Six of the best: Upcoming Leeds festivals

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As the weather picks up and forecasters predict one of the best summers on record, there’s plenty to look forward to in terms of outdoor events in and around Leeds.

WATERFRONT FESTIVAL, JUNE 27 AND JUNE 28

Leeds Waterfront Festival covers Thwaite Mills, Leeds New Dock, Brewery Wharf, The Calls, Minster, Victoria Wharf and Granary Wharf. There will ba a dragon boat races on the Saturday, to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

In fact, more teams are wanted for the

boat race. Contact siobhan@janetomlinsonappeal.com or call 0113 826 7754.

There will also be a mix of mix of music, performance, arts and fun for all the family. You can even get around the various venues using water taxi.

Contact: leedswaterfrontfestival.com

DOG SHOW, HAREWOOD, JULY 24-26

One of the UK’s largest outdoor dog shows, more than 160 breeds will compete for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize and for a chance to compete at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

Please note, whilst Harewood Members are admitted free to the Championship Dog Show, due to Kennel Club rules their dogs are charged an admission fee on the gate as a Spectator Dogs.

This is the 65th annual show and so should be a memorably occasion.

For details visit www.harewood.org/whats-on/event/dog-show

BETTE MIDLER, LEEDS ARENA, JULY 15

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler will return to UK stages for the first time in 35 years.

The Divine Miss M will perform material from her career and her new album It’s The Girls - a tribute to girl groups through the ages.

However, be wary because according to the PR spiel attached to the Leeds Arena website, cameras will not be permitted for this performance. Doors open 6.30pm, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Book tickets at: eventim.co.uk

LEEDS PIANO FESTIVAL, AUG 26-SEPT 13

Since its foundation in 1961, the Leeds International Piano Competition has discovered many of the greatest pianists of our time and escalated their status to world fame. Artists such as Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu and Dimitri Alexeev launched their careers by taking first prize at ‘the Leeds’.

The Competition is rightly recognised by the international musical community as one of the world’s most important platforms for the emerging generation of young professional pianists, with previous prize winners from twenty-eight countries.

LEEDS BEER FESTIVAL, SEPT 3-SEPT 6

The 4th Leeds International Beer Festival is due to begin in Leeds late in the summer.

The four-day festical will celebrate and promote craft beers brewed in the UK and overseas. Along with 100s of beers and ciders the festival also includes a street food market, live music across two stages and all sorts of lovely beer related things.

The event is held at Leeds Town Hall, which has wheelchair access. Last year’s went down a treat and this year’s looks set to be no different.

Tickets are on sale from leedsbeer@gmail.com or 0113 224 3801

OAKWELL FESTIVAL

Now in its second year and looking more and more like it will become an annual event, the Oakwell Music Festival aims to do for Birstall what Party In The Park did for Leeds.

Set in the grounds of Oakwell Hall, the festival was a huge success last year.

The Oakwell Music Festival is a family friendly festival starting at noon and finishing at 11pm. Consisting of three stages and upwards of 20 acts playing, there will also be a fairground, bars, bouncy slides and play areas, with special areas to entertain children.

www.oakwellfestival.co.uk

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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