What to do in Leeds in the autumn

It’s never been a better time to be a lawyer in Leeds. Firms are expanding, new firms and brands are opening offices, creating opportunities in private practice and in-house departments. Socially, the city continues to up its game to make sure it attracts talent that might previously have overlooked it in favour of other UK cities.

But the long, lazy summer evenings are over, and it’s dark by 7pm. The temperature has dropped, Strictly is back on TV and people are talking about winter coats and “layering”. Autumn has officially arrived. Luckily, Leeds still has a lot to offer and we’ve crowdsourced some of the best ideas from the Brooke Thornham team…enjoy!

See the light

It might be getting dark way too early for anyone’s liking, but that does give you the opportunity to see some of the city’s best-known landmarks in a different light. Running over two nights – 10 and 11 October – Light Night Leeds is the UK’s biggest annual arts and light festival. Take a walk around the city as darkness falls and you will see some of its most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces transformed by spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national and international artists.

Feast your senses

One of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Kirkgate market is a shopper’s paradise where you can buy everything from fresh food, drink and fashion to jewellery, flowers, hardware and haberdashery. The range of foods on offer is astounding – from crepes to cockles – and the whole market is a vibrant feast for the senses. Well worth a visit, especially at weekends, when it has a real buzz about it.

And while we’re on the subject of food…

Make the most of Sunday roast season

There’s nothing quite like a roast in a cosy pub on an autumn afternoon to make you feel good about the world. And Leeds has plenty to offer. We could write a post about the best places to go for a roast dinner in Leeds alone, but for now we’ll keep it simple and point you in the direction of the Leeds Brewery flagship pub, the Midnight Bell. Located in Holbeck’s urban village, their Sunday lunch menu offers plenty of choice and caters for all tastes and diets.

Walk it off…

You don’t have to go far outside the city centre to find stunning green spaces that are perfect for walking off that Sunday roast. Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam are both stunning on a crisp autumn day and you will soon have walked off enough to make room for a pudding!

Treat yourself at The Everyman

Who cares if it’s chilly outside when you can snuggle up on a comfy sofa, glass of wine in hand, have pizza delivered to your seat and enjoy the latest release on the big screen? The relaxed atmosphere, selection of food and drinks and plush setting makes the Everyman cinema in Trinity a real treat.

And, if you’re a film buff…

Visit Leeds International Film Festival

One of the UK’s biggest film festivals, Leeds International Film Festival runs over 16 days from 6-21 November and gives you the opportunity to be among the first to see new films, rarely screened classics, documentaries, cult and fantasy cinema and short films. This year is the 33rd event, and a must for film fans.

Indulge your sweet tooth

If you have a taste for desserts, then a visit to the city’s newest luxury dessert bar will brighten up even the darkest autumn evening. Haute Dolci in The Light has a menu including everything from Belgian waffles, American pancakes and French crepes to milkshakes and sundaes.

Get a warm glow

No self-respecting Autumn blog would be complete without bonfire night firework display recommendations. There’s nothing quite like wrapping up, feeling the warm glow of the bonfire with a drink in your hand while ooh-ing and ahh-ing as the sky lights up. Here at Brooke Thornham we’re fans of the council-run display at Roundhay Park, but there are lots of others to choose from. Leeds Live has a full rundown.


What do you enjoy most about Leeds in the autumn? We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re looking to relocate, our team can help in your job search as well as with recommendations for your social life!

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