Looking for something decidedly different to do in Leeds? We cover all bases in our line-up of six of the best oddest days out in Leeds.
TICK TOCK UNLOCK! PUZZLE SOLVING
It’s one of the most exciting things you can do in a room with six other people without wearing silly hats. Tick Tock Unlock is like being plunged into an episode of The Crystal Maze, as you and your team attempt to solve a series of puzzles before the clock runs out. It’s a little disconcerting at first as your mind struggles to make the leap from mobile phone screen to reality but once you get the concept, the hour-long live escape game will flash by in what seems like minutes.
Address: Third Floor, Kings House, 1 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 2HH
Phone: 0113 345 4567
GEOCACHING, TREASURE HUNT
What was once the preserve of tech-obsessed nerdy-types is, thanks to the advent of smartphones, now open to everyone. We’re talking about geogaching, which is akin to a treasure hunt, except the clues are delivered to your phone and the packages dotted about the city.
GPS in modern smartphones is commonplace and the geocaching hobby is just the touch of a button away through a mobile phone app which costs just £6.99. Apparently, there are hundreds of caches in Leeds.
Log onto: www.geocaching.com
BOUNCY BALL GAME
“The rules are simple,” begins the website. “Play a game of football and the team who scores the most goals wins .” But there’s a catch... each person has to wear a giant inflatable bubble. It sounds like the equivalent of trying to butter a slice of toast using a spatula while wearing oven gloves. Except more fun. And like real football (and footballers), when you collide with someone, you’re guaranteed to end up rolling around uncontrollably on the floor.
Address: LS11 0LU
THE ANGEL PUB
TRADITIONAL ALE HOUSE
Possibly one of Leeds’s best kept secrets, this Sam Smith’s traditional pub is hidden from plain view off one of the old Briggate yards and yet, once you know where it is, it’s more than likely you’ll return again and again.
With a no-nonsense approach, it serves some of the best (not to mention most affordable) beer in Leeds, with a pint costing around £2.10. There’s plenty of space inside and out, with rows of wooden tables in the alley and some of the most remarkable characters you’re ever likely to meet in the city.
SECRET SUPPER CLUBS, DECEPTIVE DINING
You’ve heard of book clubs and wine and cheese evenings but secret supper clubs are popping up all over the place and they take many guises, from those concerned with just cheese and cake to others with more eclectic tastes.
A few examples include the Clandestine Cake Club, Homage to Fromage and Dinner at The Manor, although now there are plenty of pop-up supper clubs getting in on the act.
Log onto supperclubfangroup.ning.com/?xg_source=badge or type ‘find a supper club’ into your web browser.
STOCKELD PARK, WETHERBY
Snail Racing, Barney the giant bunny, Guinea pigs, Tortoises, Stick insects and a Giant millipede are just a few of the fun-filled activities on offer at Stockeld Park’s ‘Spring Adventure’. And tomorrow (Sunday May 31) will see an appearance from CBeebies’ Mr Bloom.
After all the action and excitement, visitors can relax in the new look licensed woodland cafe. Stockeld Park is between Leeds and Harrogate and blends outdoor activity pursuits with original sights, sounds and sculpture.
Harrogate Road, Wetherby LS22 4AN
Telephone: 01937 586101