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Feature Comment t’appelles-tu? The Light Becomes La Lumière

In celebration of the greatest cycling race in the world coming to Leeds, The Light – the city’s top leisure and retail destination - is embracing its French side and rebranding itself as ‘La Lumière.’

 

The start line for the race will be located on the doorstep of the scheme and from next week, The Light will adopt its new name and launch a six week peloton of fun.

 

Brian Oakley, Centre Manager at La Lumière, said: “There’s no doubt that everyone in Leeds is getting very excited for July – and we wanted to do something special…

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Feature The big five O. Merrion Centre Celebrates 50th birthday

It has been an icon of our city’s shopping for decades and now the Merrion Centre is celebrating its 50th birthday.

It was the largest indoor shopping centre in the UK when it opened its doors in 1964. To mark this golden occasion on 26th May 2014 and say thank you to its loyal shoppers, the Merrion Centre is hosting a whole host of action packed activities from 12pm -5pm.

 

On stage there will be singers and dancers delighting shoppers throughout the day and for the excitement of younger shoppers, Peppa Pig will be making her debut Merrion Centre appearance, handing out free chocolate between 12 – 2pm. Families will also be dazzled by balloon modeling, the resident face painter,…

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Feature YORKSHIRE’S OLYMPIC STARS ENTICE HUNDREDS INTO THE SNOW TO SUPPORT DEAFBLIND CHARITY ‘SENSE’

Hundreds of skiers and boarders flocked indoors this weekend to celebrate Snozone’s new partnership with Sense, the charity that supports and campaigns for deafblind people, at Snozone Castleford, within Xscape.

 

Paralympic Sitskier Jo Willoughby from Barnsley and Olympic Freeskier Katie Summerhayes from Sheffield were there to support the event and inspire visitors that winter sports can really be for everyone. Jo Willhoughby overcame a terrible childhood illness which left her paralysed from the chest down, to become the most successful female sitskier Great Britain has ever had, taking up the sport at the age of 28. 18-year-old Katie competed…

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Feature Playful Leeds

Stevie J Kilgour looks at a scheme to make Leeds city centre more fun

Already a thriving hub for music, TV and sporting excellence within these fair isles, our wonderful city is again looking to lead the way in interactive art, creative play and inspiring the imagination of every man, woman and child in Leeds.

The Leeds-based community development consultancy Cultivate are looking to inspire minds and bring out the playful side of the city, through a new project called Playful Leeds. It works on the idea that childhood is not the only time in our life when we should take a moment to push our imagination, let out a burst of energy and…

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News Searching for a Secret Millionaire

Channel 4's Secret Millionaire came to Leeds on 27th November and a donation was made to local chairty Simon on the Streets

It’s the eon of email at our fingertips, social media sites bringing breaking news, and very few things more than a Google away – but it seems we still underestimate the power of the internet. The charity Simon on the Streets has received a phenomenal donation of £35,000 after it was provided with search engine optimisation (SEO), making it possible for Secret Millionaire, Charles Allen, to get in touch with the organisation.

The Leeds-based homeless charity was provided with free SEO recommendations from Search Laboratory (http://www.searchlaboratory.com/), taking it from online obscurity to the top of search engine…

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Feature Getaway Special: Blow the Budget

The reviving experience at Rudding Park's new Follifoot Wing is worth every penny, writes Ali Schofield

We arrive at Rudding Park on a Friday evening, tired and hungry after a devil of a working week. We come away on the Saturday afternoon feeling satisfied and, in my case, looking about 10 years younger. It’s not something you would expect from a hotel stay, but Rudding Park has even won the accolade of Best Hotel in the UK before now, so youth-reviving as standard perhaps shouldn’t be such a surprise. As it is, I’d enjoyed a revolutionary treatment, the Pro-Lift Diamond Facial by Carita, in the hotel’s recently opened spa.

The French luxury skincare brand’s Pro-Lift treatment…

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Feature Howard Assembly Room Becomes a Leeds City Centre Wedding Venue

Opera North's performance space is Leeds' latest wedding venue and host of the LOVE weddings experience on 2nd October

Within our fair city lies a hidden gem, a subtle reminder of Leeds’ historic culture. The Howard Assembly Room at the Leeds Grand Theatre, programmed by Opera North, represents the perfect marriageof historical elegance and modern eclecticism. The transformed venue, which reopened two years ago, is well known as a performance space and theatrical rehearsal room but, unbeknown to many, is also Leeds’ most up and coming wedding venue.

Standing apart from other wedding locations in the area with its stunning Grade II* listed architecture, arched windows and high, barrel-vaulted ceiling, the Howard Assembly Room is one…

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Feature Summer Days Out

Make the most of our summer with some great family-friendly outdoor activities in and around Leeds

For many of us, the default option for a summer’s day is to head straight to the nearest beer garden and spend those fleeting moments of sunshine soaking up rays and alcohol. However, it’s worth remembering that Leeds and West Yorkshire are blessed with some stunning scenery and great outdoor activities. Want proof? Try any of these for size…

 

YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

We’d happily take a trip out to the YSP if there was nothing there but the lakes, rolling hills, livestock and majestic unspoiled landscapes. As it is though, the Yorkshire…

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Review Red Bull's Flugtag

Homemade flying machines take to the air over the lake in Roundhay Park

15,000 people streamed into Roundhay Park on the 17th July as Red Bull’s annual UK Flugtag came to Leeds. For those not acquainted with the concept, a Flugtag is where competitors attempt to fly homemade ‘flying machines’ off a pier into water of some kind, in this case the lake in Roundhay park.

Predictably, it was raining one the day, but this didn’t dampen the crowds’ spirits as they cheered on the 34 teams from the opposite side of the lake. The crowd was even treated to a spectacular aerobatic display at half time by the Red Bull…

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Feature LILAC

We find out about a pioneering project in Leeds creating a first of its kind low-impact, affordable and community-focused living space. And what's more, they're looking for people to join them

"LILAC is a community of 20 homes in Bramley, built out of super-sustainable materials like straw and timber, and we are structured in such a way that the homes will be affordable forever, which will help ensure that there’s a mixture of people living in the community, and whilst we have lots of shared facilities and share some of our lives together, we also all have our own flats and houses and can do our own thing as well."

This is how Alan Thornton, a founder member of LILAC, describes the exciting communal project he and some 20-odd other passionate…

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