Things to See And Do In Leeds This Week

A guide to making the most of your week in Leeds… Featuring I Love West Leeds, Cocoon in the Park, M-Fest, Unity Day, Leeds Irish Festival, Found Footage Festival, PickleAid, Plus North, Urban Arts Project, Ronald Searle, Bettakabaret and the Run For All!

Fans of Bettakultcha should head to The Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday 3rd July for their new venture – Bettakabaret! Featuring performances from The Story Hunters, The Raphael Attar Variety Hour!, Dean from Biscuithead and Harrison Richards. Tickets are £5.

Leeds Gallery in association with the Chris Beetles Gallery is hosting an exhibition of over 100 works to celebrate the abundant talents of the late, great cartoonist Ronald Searle. His most famous creations and best-loved characters, including Molesworth and Lemon Hart, reveal his unrivalled wit and fluent interpretative line. Ronald Searle Remembered, Leeds Gallery, Munro House, until 31st July.

The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, comes to the Hyde Park Picture House on Thursday 5th July at 9pm. The FFF was founded in New York in 2004, and is a unique event featuring VHS tapes discovered in charity shops and garage sales throughout North America. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher host each screening in-person and providing an insightful and amusing commentary. Tickets are £10, over 18s only.

Urban Arts Project is a huge event with skateboarding, scooter & BMX competitions, demonstrations, a graffiti exhibition and live music as part of Garforth Arts Festival. Featuring the Beatbox project led by MC Testament (from Shlomo & The Lip Factory), A.M.P (the Alternative Music Project), Reason 32, This Legion and more to be announced! Thursday 5th July at The Works Skatepark, Hunslet. Doors open at 6pm Tickets: £4/£3 concessions.

Hooray – I Love West Leeds is back! This year’s fun packed festival runs from Friday 6th – Sunday 15th July. The programme includes magical mystery boat tours with All Hands On Deck, an outdoor cinema showing The Artist and Woman in Black, an exhibition of locals with stuffed animals in their homes (yes really) and a big free festival day!

Now one of the UK’s biggest open-air events, the one day techno festival Cocoon in the Park returns to the picturesque estate of Temple Newsam on Saturday 7th July. This year’s headliners are Sven Väth, Loco Dice,  Cassy, plus Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves performing together as Visionquest. Tickets are £43 plus booking fee. Over 18s only.

M-Fest is a festival for all the family! Featuring a line up of live music including The Human League, Texas, Steps, Scouting For Girls, Cher Lloyd, Soul II Soul, The Pigeon Detectives and Bob Geldof, as well as comedy, sports legends and celebrity chefs. The festival is supporting the Morrison’s ‘Raise a Smile’ charity and is being held at Harewood House, from Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July. Tickets are £95 for the weekend, £47.50 for 11-16 year olds. Day tickets are £45 per day and £25 for 11-16 year olds. Children under 10 go free with a paying adult.

Hyde Park Unity Day celebrates the people, culture and community of LS6 and surrounding areas. The festival is run totally by volunteers, from fundraising to clearing up afterwards. This year’s event will involve family focused fun from 12-3pm, with a children’s parade mid afternoon. From 3-7pm it’s time to party with a variety of live music and DJs, followed by after parties off the park for those who want to carry on the fun. Hyde Park, Woodhouse Lane, LS6. Free entry.

The new-look I Fest, previously known as the Leeds Irish Festival, is holding its 15th annual celebration at the on 7th and 8th July 2012. As with previous years a full and free programme of sport, music, cultural events and children’s entertainment will be available throughout the weekend.  John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, LS11.

A musical extravaganza featuring Reverend Chunky, Freedom of The City, Jilly Riley, DJ Bobzilla, Matthew Cullen and many more is raising money and awareness for a great cause. PickleAid is taking place at Full Circle Design Emporium on Saturday 7th July from 2pm. Details of Adam Pickles’ story and the fundraising efforts are on the website.  Adult tickets £10, Children £5, Under 2s go free.

Plus size fashion bloggers event Plus North comes to Aspire Leeds on Saturday 7th July. Simply Be, Life’s Big Canvas and Plus Size Tall are sponsoring the event, which will also feature a catwalk show modelled by members of the blogging and plus size community. From 1– 6pm. Tickets are £5, which includes entry into the Plus North prize draw.

Come and cheer on runners from across the country as they head to Leeds this Sunday for Yorkshire’s biggest running event – Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All. Profits from the Leeds 10K will be donated to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.