One Dance UK Conference 2018 – Planning Your Visit
The One Dance UK Conference 2018 is being held in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant city of Leeds. It will take place in various venues across the city. If you have any accessibility needs, then please do let us know by email in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Getting to Leeds
- Where to Stay
- Day One – Friday 23 November, Leeds College of Music, Yorkshire Dance and Northern Ballet
- Day Two – Saturday 24 November, School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus
- Top 10 Things to do in Leeds
Getting to Leeds
Train – Closest Station: Leeds Train Station (New Station St, Leeds LS1 4DY). You can find out more about train ticket information on the National Rail website https://www.networkrail.co.uk/stations/leeds/
Driving – Leeds has good motorway links to the M1, M62 and M621.
Where to stay
- Jury’s Inn, Brewery Place, Brewery Wharf, Leeds, LS10 1NE – Tel: 0161 7743172
- Travelodge Leeds Central Vicar Lane, 97 Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6PJ – Tel: 08719846337
- Premier Inn Leeds City Centre, 1 Whitehall Riverside, Leeds, LS1 4EQ – Tel: 08716222412
- Park Plaza Leeds, City Square, Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 5NS – Tel: 0333 400 6144
- Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6ET – Tel: 0113 236 6366
Day One – Friday 23 November
Leeds College of Music, Yorkshire Dance, Northern Ballet
Bus – Bus route to the various venues take between 7-10 minutes from Leeds train station. You can plan your journey by bus via the First Leeds Website: https://www.firstgroup.com/leeds.
Walking – 15 minute walk via York Street to Leeds college of music, Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance from Leeds train station.
Driving – For Leeds College of Music, Yorkshire Dance and Northern Ballet, follow the brown road signs for ‘West Yorkshire Playhouse’ at Quarry Hill, just off the A64 York Road in the centre of Leeds – or you can follow the City Centre Loop signs.
Parking – there is no parking on the university campus
- Pay and Display at Quarry Hill, accessed from St Cecilia Street and costs £8.50 for the day.
- NCP on New York Street, accessed from New York Street and costs up to £24 for the day. However, you can pre-book a parking space for only £7.50.
Taxi – Amber Cars Leeds: 0113 2022117
Something for the evening –
RJC Dance and Trailblazers Showcase
Day Two – Saturday 24 November
School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, Leeds Beckett University – Headingley Campus
Bus – Bus route to Headingley campus takes up to 45 minutes from Leeds train station. You can plan your journey by bus via the First Leeds Website: https://www.firstgroup.com/leeds. Headingley station is 10 minutes by train from Leeds Station.
Walking -15 minute walk from Headingley Station, via Queenswood Road to Leeds Beckett University. Please note: This route includes a footpath through Beckett Park. Alternatively, you can turn off Queenswood Road onto Foxcroft Mount and then follow Batcliffe Mount to St. Chads Drive.
Driving – For Headingley Campus, you need to use the main entrance off Churchwood Avenue (for sat nav use: LS16 5LF), as St Chad’s Drive is for permit Holders Only.
- Pay and Display at Headingley Campus, accessed from Churchwood Avenue Entrance. Parking costs 80p an hour
Taxi – Amber Cars Leeds: 0113 2022117
Something for the evening:
Combining exquisite detail in movement with evocative text and set design, Stopgap presents The Enormous Room – thoughtful, moving and ultimately life-affirming work, performed by a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.
NSCD’s Riley Theatre
Top 10 Things to do in Leeds
Make it Leeds this Christmas
Come and enjoy a festive break, with cosy Tipis, magical markets and spectacular events. This is Christmas with a difference; wonder at the sparkling lights, cosy up by the fire at Thor’s Tipi and take in the delights of the German Christmas Market in Millennium Square. Experience spectacular and dazzling performances from our unmissable programme of festive events. Celebrate Christmas in style from our spectacular roof top bars and award-winning restaurants. Plus, with traditional markets, historic arcades and unrivalled shopping, we’ve got Christmas wrapped up. https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/christmas.aspx
Leeds boasts a thriving and diverse cultural scene and is home to a number of inspiring art venues. Take your time exploring Leeds’ visual art and head for the recently refurbished Leeds Art Gallery which has the best twentieth century collection outside London. The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. White Cloth Gallery, a small independent gem, showcases a range of regularly changing exhibitions. Home to Opera North and Northern Ballet, Leeds also plays host to West End shows, comedy, major concerts and theatre productions.
History and Heritage
Leeds has more listed buildings than any other city outside London. The built heritage here is one to marvel at and enjoy when strolling through the centre. For a slice of British history the city has plenty to offer with a number of nearby historic houses, including Harewood House and Temple Newsam, as well as Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most complete Medieval Cistercian Abbeys in the whole of the UK.
Kirkgate Market is without doubt one of the most recognisable and best loved landmarks in the city. The majestic Grade I listed building dates back to 1857 boasts the first covered retail street in Leeds and is home to the birthplace of one of Britain’s biggest global brands Marks & Spencer which still has a presence. As soon as you enter this impressive Victorian masterpiece you feel alive! There isn’t anywhere like this in the UK.
Catch a show
Leeds is home to four outstanding theatres, the first direct arena, and is one of three cities outside London to boast an Opera House and Ballet company; Opera North and Northern Ballet. Whether it’s a musical at Leeds Grand Theatre, ballet at West Yorkshire Playhouse, comedy at Carriageworks Theatre or the charming Leeds City Varieties Music Hall there’s a show to suit all tastes and ages.
Food and drink
Leeds has always been held in high esteem in the food and drink realm. In recent years the biggest growth in the food and drink scene has come from a fantastic range of independent cafés, bars and restaurants. You can’t Visit Leeds without sampling the delights of Friends of Ham, Tharavadu or The Greedy Pig! Leeds has a café culture which can rival any leading European city. Visitors should head to Mrs Atha’s for delicious freshly baked treats, a cool urban vibe and fantastic coffee. Or try Bundobust, a craft beer bar that sells top quality beverages accompanied by incredible freshly prepared Indian street food.
From Michelin starred restaurants to street food stalls in Trinity Kitchen and Kirkgate Market serving up an ever changing variety of exciting cuisines, Leeds has something for everyone including a diverse range of restaurants, with an abundance of world cuisine on offer in all areas of the city, so there is something for every culinary palate.
Museums and Attractions
Leeds has a wealth of museums many within walking distance of the centre. These include the Henry Moore Institute the award winning medical Thackray Museum and the City Museum which takes you from the famed Leeds Tiger to a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy. Alternatively, take a water taxi along the River Aire and visit Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, The Royal Armouries, one of the most important museums of its type in the world. Based at Leeds Dock, it is home to the UK’s largest collection of arms, armour and artillery, including Henry VIII’s original armour. Animal lovers in the family? You’re in for a treat! Visit Tropical World and explore tropical habitats and other exotic places from around the world. You can see crocodiles, lemurs, butterflies, bats, snakes and meerkats!
Leeds is now the third largest shopping destination in the UK outside London so you are never more than a few steps away from a great shopping experience. Fans of the high street can hit Trinity Leeds, or if you’re looking for luxury treats head to the award winning Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter. Vintage goods and boutique shops can be found a plenty in Leeds Corn Exchange, or stop by Leeds Kirkgate Market, one of Europe’s largest covered markets, to browse the vast array of independent stalls.
The Nightlife in Leeds is arguably some of the best in the country! The city has recently been awarded the Purple Flag Award to show that a night out in Leeds is entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable. Whether you’re catching a show at the arena or theatre, enjoying cocktails, singing along to live music, dancing til you drop in a nightclub or soaking up the atmosphere in some of Leeds’ liveliest bars, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Escape to the country
Leeds provides the perfect base for exploring the local countryside. Just half an hour’s drive or bus ride outside Leeds is Otley Chevin Forest Park. Hike or cycle through the Chevin Forest for stunning Wharfedale vistas from the 282-metre Surprise View summit. Be sure to visit Otley too, a quaint market town in a picturesque setting.
Hop on a train to Ilkley for a scenic walk on the famous Ilkley Moor. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, call into Bettys Tea Room for some quintessentially English refreshments.
Add Haworth to your list to take in the landscape that inspired the Brontës. A trip to this charming village surrounded by rough, brooding moorland is sure to leave you inspired. Pick up the Brontë bus from Keighley train station to see more of the area.
All of these destinations are within easy reach of Leeds. Enjoy a day in the countryside and be back in the city centre in time for dinner and a show!
Leeds is known for hosting world class sporting events, with unforgettable, international competitions being held in the city, including the grandest Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014, Rugby World Cup 2015 and the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series in 2016, 2017, 2018 and looking forward to 2019. Leeds offers impressive sports grounds and stadiums, including the 40,000 capacity Elland Road Football Stadium and 22,000 capacity Headingley Stadium, just ten minutes from the city centre, is one of the world’s best known cricket grounds and 2018 sees even more international cricket grace their hallowed wickets. The city is also the proud home of Olympic athletes, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie and Leeds United A.F.C