Anthropologie at Victoria Gate, Leeds

New Anthropologie store, Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds | Angel In The North

Much of the buzz around the opening of the new shopping centre in Leeds, Victoria Gate, has been about the city finally getting a John Lewis. But personally I was just as excited to see the centre's other stores open, like Cos, & Other Stories and Anthropologie. On the day Victoria Gate opened last month, I was ...

Three days in Leeds

When rail ticket retailer The Trainline asked me to write a blog about what to do in Leeds, it was harder to decide what to leave out than what to put in. So much new, good stuff has arrived in the city in the last few years, and though I included genuine favourites of mine I ...

Day at Leeds Waterfront Festival

Yarnbomb barge at Leeds Waterfront Festival 2016

Sometimes there are days (though they're not that common) when I think, yes, I have this parenting thing nailed. We had one such day recently, when we decided to have a day out in Leeds for the Waterfront Festival. It was much like life on summer weekends pre-baby: we got a little dressed up, we took the ...

Crafty Fox Market, Leeds

Crafty Fox craft market Black Swan Leeds

Since having a baby I haven't been able to get to all the events I used to, to share them with you on the blog. But, when the Crafty Fox Market came to Leeds this month, I put the baby in the sling and made a special effort to visit. Crafty Fox say they "shake up ...

Weekend at Oulton Hall

Review: spa weekend at Oulton Hall hotel, Leeds, West Yorkshire

My husband has never had any type of spa experience. He was even very uncomfortable having a massage from a physiotherapist after a back injury. When, in the past, I've said I thought he'd enjoy a spa day if he tried it his look told me I had a lot of persuading to do. But when I received an invitation to spend ...

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre. It's certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling. As well as the familiar British afternoon tea - the triple tier of sandwiches, ...

Bloggers’ lunch in Leeds

Yorkshire Bloggers lunch at Kith and Kin Chapel Allerton

The latest #YorkshireBloggers meet was a few days ago in Chapel Allerton, a popular Leeds suburb. I hadn't been able to get to the last couple of meets, so I was looking forward to it. What I love about these lunch dates is the easy-going, welcoming nature of the group. Each time I go there are new faces ...

Blog at the Beach with icelolly.com

Blog at the Beach event with icelolly.com

When I think about what I would do if I had more time or more money, the answer is always travel.   I’ve done pretty well so far – I’ve seen Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, America and a lot of Europe. But for the last few years the brakes have been put on the exploring, for financial reasons ...

Fire Lake Grill House at Radisson Blu, Leeds

Fire Lake Grill and cocktail bar at Radisson Blu hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

The last time I entered the ground floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds it was to meet family who were staying there for a coffee. It was a functional foyer; not a place to indulge or linger. That has certainly changed now. As I stepped back in recently to try out the new Fire Lake ...

Elderflower foraging and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

Elderflower foraging event and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

In all my visits to the bars and eateries of Trinity Leeds, I hadn't until recently made it to Crafthouse. I'm pleased that my first visit was such a great one, at the fine dining restaurant's first elderflower foraging event. At Crafthouse and its upstairs sister Angelica, elderflower and gooseberry form a large part of the menu in the summer. ...