This week is shaping up to be one of the busiest in Leeds, with no fewer than six organised bonfires. Whether you’re going to one or fancy something different, here’s six suggestions for the week ahead.
ROUNDHAY PARK, NOVEMBER 5
It has to be the biggest bonfire night in Leeds. If you’re planning on driving anywhere near the area on Thursday, then maybe it’s time to think again (or just walk). Around 70,000 people turn up to the free event each year. It has to be one of the highlights of the year.
The fire is set to be lit at about 7.30pm, with the fireworks at about 8pm. Make sure to take your hats and scarfs (and cameras).
There are two nearby pubs, namely The Roundhay Fox and The White House if you are looking for something to do afterwards.
BRAMLEY PARK, NOVEMBER 5
Bramley Park’s bonfire night events have really grown over the last few years, attracting thousands of people last year. This year, they will be hoping to repeat the success with a fire and firework display.
The bonfire will be lit at around 7pm, before the fireworks are set off half an hour later and the nearby Globe on Upper Town Street will be putting on some seasonal food.
Fireworks display is set to start from about 6.30pm. Make sure to wrap up warm. Free entry.
ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM, NOVEMBER 4
If organised events on November 5 don’t exactly light your, err, fire, then this could be right up your street.
Offering her unique insight into Abbey House’s ‘How Do I Look?’ exhibition, Adele Peat, owner of a local beauty spa, will talks about hair, nails and make up and her experience of the beauty profession. The afternoon will include a tour of the exhibition and a demonstration of a makeover. Event is from 1.30pm-3.30pm, price £4.20, call 0113 378 4079.
Booking is essential: email firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH MILFORD, NOVEMBER 7
A traditional bonfire event, in its 23rd year this event has the biggest firework display in the north.
This unique event has grown into a spectacular night in a beautiful village location. The fireworks display has won awards.
Its a bonfire with fireworks with home cooked local burgers and local sausage and pies from a local bakery. Hot home made punch and all the usual bonfire goodies will also be available.
Event 5.30pm-9pm, @SMBonfire, tickets £6 advance (£8 on the night), under 5s free
JIMMY CARR, NOVEMBER 3
Funnyman Jimmy Carr, of 8 out of 10 Cats fame, brings his stand up show to Leeds Town Hall. Renowned as king of the one-liners, Carr is all set to set your sides aquiver, as it were, with his series of disconnected gags, delivered in his usual trademark droll style.
Prospective attendees are warned the show could be offensive and rude but is “packed with jokes” and if you are easily offended, this may not be for you.
Tickets cost £25, available direct from Leeds Town Hall’s box office on 0113 224 3801.
HUGH CORNWELL, NOVEMBER 4
As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell has enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA’s musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes and Golden Brown.
Cornwell’s latest studio album Torem and Taboo was released to rave reviews. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago.
Catch him at The Carriageworks, from 7.30pm, Tickets cost £20 advance (£22 on the door) from 0113 224 3801.