Cheap & Cheerful Ways To Spend Your Bank Holiday Monday in Leeds

From foodie events to festivals, Leeds has your August Bank Holiday Monday covered.

This bank holiday falls on Monday, August 27th, meaning that most people in Leeds will get to enjoy a three day weekend (our sympathies if you’re a poor sod working today)

It’s the final bank holiday weekend of the year! This August Bank Holiday we’ve decided to help you make the most of it.

What’s On This Bank Holiday Monday

Of course Leeds Festival will be the big event for lots of people across the city, but that’s not all that’s on the calendar.

1. Leeds West Indian Carnival

women dressed in colourful clothing celebrating the leeds west indian carnival

Leeds Carnival is back to bring the streets of Leeds to life on Bank Holiday Monday. The vibrant West Indian Carnival parade is one of the most popular events in the city and promises to be one huge party.

The route is around Chapeltown and will end in Potternewton Park where there’ll be music, good food and fun fair rides.

It’s a free event and the parade begins at the park at 2pm.

2. Merrion Street Festival

the busy merrion street festival which has loads of people enjoying drinks in the sun

Head over to Merrion Street for their bank holiday festival and enjoy some live music, street food and, of course, great booze.

They’ll be drink promotions on all day and loads of different food for you to dig into.

MOJO, Roxy Ballroom, Verve, Mean-Eyed Cat and The Pitt have all joined forces to put on the event so it’s sure to be a good one.

This is free entry and starts at 12pm.

3. Chapel Allerton Arts Festival

crowded chapel allerton arts festival with loads of people sitting in the street

End your bank holiday weekend in Leeds with the first day of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, a celebration of culture, music and the local community.

On Monday afternoon, you can have a go at the Art Hunt, where you have to find 5 artworks that are hidden in Gledhow Valley Woods. Or you can pop along to Seven Arts for their Short Film Festival in the evening.

This is free to attend, hosted by a charity and rely partly on donations to fund the event.

4. Food Deli at Kirkstall Abbey

kirkstall abbey ruins surrounded by nature in the sun

This yummy event is back again to take over Kirkstall Abbey. Today you will find the monthly food deli and street market.

The ruins are transformed into a huge market place where locals can sample the finest foods from all over Yorkshire.

Grab some grub and relax in one of the most beautiful spots in Leeds. The best part? It’s Free entry.

5. Temple Newsam beer festival

temple newsam leeds building with gardens at front

Bottoms up! It’s the Temple Newsam beer festival this bank holiday for all you ale lovers.

They’ll be 24 Beers and Ales from local breweries and if you’re not a fan of the hops, there are 8 types of ciders and some prosecco and gin.

The beer festival runs on the Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, August 26 on the Temple Newsam Estate.

Tickets are £7 on the door and children go free.

Which event will you be attending today?