Looking for a booze-free way to spend your day in Leeds? Put down the pint glass and head to one of these fun activities for a sober experience you won’t forget.
Climb up the walls
Have a go at bouldering at one of the best climbing centres in Leeds, The Climbing Lab. As well as a custom-built boulder that you can climb up and over, they also offer free coaching on a Tuesday night to help you get a grip of things. You can even sign up for beginner’s lessons and go by yourself or with friends. After you’re all climbed out, relax in their social space with a drink from their café.
Visit The Climbing Lab at Kirkstall Industrial Park, Milford Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ.
Improve your cooking skills
Leeds Cookery School is the perfect place to learn new cookery skills or improve your knowledge. Head Chef Simon Chappelow and his team of expert cooks will teach you how to make dishes ranging from Thai meals to fresh bread and pasta – all from scratch and using locally sourced ingredients. This hugely welcoming kitchen is also a charity, which means you’ll be doing something good at the same time.
Visit Leeds Cookery School at The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 6NL.
Try to escape
For a mental challenge head over to Escape Hunt and try and escape the room before the timer hits zero. With challenging clues and a range of themes from WWII to samurais and pirates, tackle the rooms on your own or work together with a group of friends.
Visit Escape Hunt at The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Have a sweet treat
Forget the pub, meet with friends at one of Leeds’ amazing dessert venues instead. With a huge variety of ice cream flavours, cakes, waffles, milkshakes, crepes and cookie dough, there are plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth while catching up with friends.
Delight your tastebuds
If desserts aren’t your thing then take a trip to Trinity Kitchen at the top of the shopping centre. Dishes to try from include Vietnamese food, burritos, ribs and waffles, as well as a rotation of pop-up vendors with a selection of delicious bites.
Visit Trinity Kitchen at Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Game the night away
If you love to game then Geek Retreat is the place for you. You can spend hours playing their massive variety of games, including board games, arcade games, role-play games and collectable card games with friends. If you fancy some “me-time” grab yourself a graphic novel and a mammoth milkshake and settle down for a very enjoyable evening.
Visit Geek Retreat at Central Arcade, Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
Have an evening at the theatre
With its numerous great theatres and brilliant programmes, you can always guarantee a fantastic night of live entertainment in Leeds. From musicals, to dramas and comedy, there’s no excuse not to indulge yourself in some culture. Head to Leeds Grand for the latest blockbusters, the Carriageworks Theatre for family shows, Leeds Playhouse for cultural classics, or Leeds City Varieties for an eclectic mix of performances.
Bounce yourself silly at Oxygen Freejumping. There are over 100 interconnected trampolines so you can jump to your heart’s content. There are loads of other fun things to do here too, like leaping into a giant foam pit, taking on the massive airbag, tackling the speed reaction wall and challenging yourself to the full-sized obstacle course.
Visit Oxygen Freejumping at Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Watch a film in a historical setting
Hyde Park Picture House has been a cinema for over 100 years, and is still open to the public and showing films. Catch a blockbuster or an arthouse flick in this Grade II-listed building and take in the history all around you – from the Edwardian plasterwork to the vintage gas lights and analogue film display.
Visit Hyde Park Picture House at 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JD.
Take a life drawing class
Try your hand at life drawing at The Leeds Drawing Club at Gallery 164. They supply everything (including the model!) so you can just sit and draw. Untutored sessions take place once a month at Café 64 for £9, but if you’d prefer some guidance then opt for their full tutored courses at Studio 232 for £125.
Visit The Gallery at 164 at Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.