Summer in Leeds

Check out our Summer in Leeds activities and events for students, postgraduate researchers and your partners and families over the summer break. From 27 June until 16 September, there will be lots of activities to keep you entertained and provide you with oppportunities to learn new things and meet with other students. 

Scroll down to see all the events on offer. More events and activities will be added so make sure to check back regularly!

Looking for more things to do? Check out our Things to do in and around Leeds guide or find out what’s happening across the city and beyond on the Visit Leeds website. You will also be able to find information about what’s open on campus and how to get support during this time. The LUU has its own programme of events going on this summer for you to check out too!

If you have any ideas for activities or events you would like us to run as part of the programme, or any questions or feedback, contact leedsandyou@leeds.ac.uk

THURSDAY 30 JUNE

Student Information Service Social, 11:00-12:00, Online via MS Teams

Hosted by the Student Information Service, join us for an online quiz about all things University of Leeds. To book a place, enter your University of Leeds email address and name into this booking form and we will send you a link via Outlook to this event. 

FRIDAY 1 JULY

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Lizzy Hardman (soprano) & Jonathan Drummond (piano), 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

From Handel to Strauss and from Puccini to Sondheim, Elizabeth Hardman and Jonathan Drummond celebrate music theatre in all its forms, including art song, opera, and musical theatre. For more information and to watch the performance.

Leeds & You Campus Tour, 14:00-15:30

Join our friendly student hosts for a tour of our beautiful campus. Meet other students and discover some great places, facilities and green spaces. Meet at the Parkinson Building Steps. Book now on Eventbrite.

Leeds & You Campus Tour, 15:45-17:15

Join our friendly student hosts for a tour of our beautiful campus. Meet other students and discover some great places, facilities and green spaces. Meet at the Parkinson Building Steps. Book now on Eventbrite.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Jazz Night, 19:30-22:00, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

A night of contemporary jazz, improvisation, new music and creativity from Leeds based graduate musicians and bands, including Doomtet, The Will Blackstone Band, and Simeon Walker. For more information and to watch the performance.

SATURDAY 2 JULY

LUU Summer Trips Programme

LUU will be running a number of trips throughout the Summer. Further details regarding times and booking via Engage to follow.

Life Drawing, 14:00-16:00, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Join Leeds University Library Galleries in our monthly life drawing class with Gallery favourite, experienced artist and tutor, Rob Oldfield. This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills. For more information and to book a place.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Imogen Creedy (soprano) & Hilary Suckling (piano), 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Imogen and Hilary present a programme of American, French and English song by female composers. For more information and to watch the performance.

SUNDAY 3 JULY

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Come and Sing! Vivaldi’s Gloria – workshop, 10:00-16:45, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Come and Sing! with Clive McClelland, Associate Professor of Music, University of Leeds and Chorus Master of Leeds Baroque Vivaldi – Gloria. Calling all lovers of singing! Here’s your opportunity to perform in the chorus of Vivaldi’s Gloria accompanied by period instrument ensemble, Leeds Baroque! All singers are welcome to attend this community music event.

Leeds & You City Chase, 13:00-15:30

Explore Leeds city centre and get to know other students in this fun treasure hunt activity. Our student hosts put you into a team and give you your instructions. Then you search for the answers and try to win your prize. Meet at Parkinson Building Steps or Clarence Dock Residences. Book now for Clarence Dock and Parkinson.

Leeds & You Trip to Leeds City Museum, 13:30-16:00

Explore Leeds City Museum and get to know other students in this trip. Our student hosts will lead you from Clarence Dock or from Parkinson Steps to the Museum. You will then visit the museum together. Book now to meet at Parkinson Building Steps or Clarence Dock Residences.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Come and Sing! Vivaldi’s Gloria – performance, 16:00-16:40, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Following a day of singing and rehearsals the Come and Sing Chorus performs Vivaldi’s Gloria, led by School of Music associate professor Clive McClelland and accompanied by instrumentalists and soloists from Leeds Baroque. 

MONDAY 4 JULY

Student Information Service Social, 12:00-14:30, Level 10 Ziff Cafe Space

Come and join us at Cafe Maia and bring your friends for an afternoon filled with fun. Also, come and meet new people whilst playing some amazing games. Book a place via Eventbrite.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Whistlestop Opera: A Tale of Orpheus & Eurydice, 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Opera North in collaboration with South Asian Arts UK. A joyful 45-minute exploration of love, music, and hope for the future. The Orpheus myth opens with the death of Eurydice, but their story began long before that. Discover the legend of the original star-crossed lovers in this pop-up musical experience. Performers from South Asian and Western musical traditions imagine a prequel to Monteverdi’s opera. A perfect introduction to this timeless myth, and opera itself, for audiences of all ages.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: The Ashatones, 17:00-18:00, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

The Ashatones are a close-knit group of professional musicians and friends who began singing together at the University of Leeds in 2013. Their journey together has seen them headline major venues across the UK, and, more recently, feature in a national TV advertising campaign. This performance includes an eclectic range of original barbershop arrangements spanning various decades and musical genres. For more information and to watch the performance.

TUESDAY 5 JULY

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Indigo Collective – Patricia Yates (tenor) & Graziana Presicce, 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Indigo Collective is committed to bringing vibrant, diverse programmes to their audiences. Their creative approach aims to break free from canonic restrictions, shedding light on lesser-known works and forging new musical collaborations. Indigo Collective will present works by living composers, a selection of French song, a snapshot of the many vocal works of Florence Price, and complete song collections by 20th century British women. For more information and to watch the performance.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival:  VRï, 19:30-21:30, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Patrick Rimes (violin, viola, voice) Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice) Aneirin Jones (violin, voice). VRï have unearthed long lost nuggets that shed a new light on a vibrant folk tradition that harnesses the raw energy of the fiddle with the finesse of the violin, the beauty of chamber music with the joy and hedonism of a pub session. For more information and to watch the performance.

WEDNESDAY 6 JULY

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Rosanna Ter-Berg, 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Rosanna Ter-Berg presents an eclectic mix of music from Western Contemporary Classical to Brazilian folk music, showcasing handmade flutes from around the world and sharing what she’s been working on over the lockdowns! For more information and to watch the performance.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Granny’s Attic, 19:30-21:30, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals) George Sansome (guitar, vocals) Lewis Wood (violin, vocals).  With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are “one of the most exciting and accomplished English folk acts on the scene right now”. For more information and to watch the performance.

THURSDAY 7 JULY

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Dom Pusey (saxophone) & Ed Rice (piano), 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Dom Pusey and Ed Rice present a programme of jazz for saxophone and piano. For more information and to watch the performance.

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Mared, 20:00-21:00, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

Mared is a Welsh singer-songwriter and actor studied music at the University of Leeds until 2018 followed by a masters in musical theatre performance at the Royal Academy Of Music, which led to her landing ensemble and understudy Eponine roles in the West End production of Les Miserables. Mared’s debut, bilingual pop/folk album, ‘Y Drefn’ , was awarded Welsh Album of the Year 2021. For more information and to watch the performance.

FRIDAY 8 JULY

University of Leeds International Concert Series Summer Festival: Morgana Warren-Jones & Michael Davies, 13:05-13:55, Clothworks Centenary Concert Hall

A recital of romantic song repertoire including a selection of German lieder by Richard Strauss. For more information and to watch the performance.

Leeds & You Campus Tour, 14:00-15:30

Join our friendly student hosts for a tour of our beautiful campus. Meet other students and discover some great places, facilities and green spaces. Meet at the Parkinson Building Steps. Further details on how to book will follow shortly.

Leeds & You Campus Tour, 15:45-17:15

Join our friendly student hosts for a tour of our beautiful campus. Meet other students and discover some great places, facilities and green spaces. Meet at the Parkinson Building Steps. Further details on how to book will follow shortly.

LUU Summer Campus Party, 18:00-21:00, The Terrace

Evening social led by the social assistants. The social assistants are current Leeds students who’ll show you the best parts of student life on campus and in the city. Everyone stays in Leeds during Summer is welcome to come along and enjoy the beauty of summertime! Further details on how to book will follow.

SUNDAY 10 JULY

Leeds & You City Chase, 13:00-15:30
Explore Leeds city centre and get to know other students in this fun treasure hunt activity. Our student hosts put you into a team and give you your instructions. Then you search for the answers and try to win your prize. Meet at Parkinson Building Steps or Clarence Dock Residences. Further details on how to book will follow shortly.

Leeds & You Visit to Royal Armouries Museum

Our student hosts invite you to an afternoon out at the Leeds waterfront visiting the Royal Armouries Museum and its magnificent collection of arms and armour from different periods in history and places in the world.  Meet at Parkinson Building Steps at 13:30 and at Clarence Dock Residences at 14:00. Further details on how to book will follow shortly.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

MONDAYS

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10:00-16:00

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize!  No need to book a place, just come along to any of our 4 Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Wellbeing HIIT & Core, 14:40-15:30, Jade studio

This High Intensity Interval Training class will work your core, burn calories, and get your blood pumping, using full body exercises. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Global café, 17:30-19:30

Global Café is for everyone from everywhere! A weekly opportunity for students and postgraduate researchers to meet new people, relax with friends, have great conversations, and enjoy free refreshments. Global Cafe hosts are there to welcome newcomers and help everyone have a lovely Monday evening. No need to book, just come along to LUU Common Ground on the day.

TUESDAYS

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10:00-16:00

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our 4 Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Wellbeing Pilates, 14:30-15:30, Jade Studio

Follow a series of mind-body exercises to focus on increasing strength, flexibility, posture and balance. This class will be suitable for all fitness levels, covering the foundation principles of Pilates. Book a place via Eventbrite.

WEDNESDAYS

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10:00-16:00

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our 4 Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Let’s Chat, 12:00-13:00 (Online via MS Teams)

An event organized by the Language Centre, providing a chance to practice you English with a fluent speaker. No need to book, just drop in! MS Teams link to follow.

Wellbeing Yoga, 12:00-13:00, Jade studio

Stretch and strengthen the whole body in this slow paced Yoga session. Suitable for all levels including those completely new to yoga. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Pen to Paper, 12:30-15:30, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson court

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, Pen to Paper is free, open to everyone and all materials will be provided. Each week, we will have a different focus so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking objects and works you may never have noticed before. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, use your time to hone your creative writing skills, chat with fellow writers or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere. No need to book a place, just turn up and write!

Art, Humanities and Cultures (AHC) Wellbeing Café, 13:00-14:00, The Grass Studio (School of Design)

AHC Wellbeing Cafe is a welcoming space for students to meet for a chat and a cuppa (you can also bring lunch). There will be activities every week that you can join in if you want to or you can just use the space to make friends and take time away from studying which is important for your wellbeing. Just drop in! Families also welcome.

Wellbeing Circuits, 13:30-14:30, Jade Studio

A circuit-based exercise session targeting full body fitness. This is open to all abilities and will involve a mixture of exercises using weights and body weight exercises to include strengthening and cardiovascular fitness. Book a place via Eventbrite.

THURSDAYS

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10:00-16:00

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our 4 Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

All about Glutes, 13:30-14:30, Jade studio

This session is targeted around activating and strengthening the glute muscles, which as integral for better movement and comfort. Book a place via Eventbrite.

FRIDAYS

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10:00-16:00

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our 4 Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Sketch Club, 12:30-15:30, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone, and all materials will be provided. Each week, we will have a different "Friday Focus" so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at works you may never have noticed before. Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere. No need to book a place, just turn up and draw!

SATURDAYS

LUU Summer Trips Programme

From medieval schools and colleges in Oxford to thrilling fast rides in Alton Towers, the Trips Programme at Leeds University Union has a range of destinations that suits different interests. Trips start early in the morning from the Parkinson Building where a coach would be waiting for us. Check out the Trips Programme Events for more information.