Street parties are set to take place across the city centre this June as Leeds celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Leeds City Council has teamed up with the city’s hospitality sector to deliver a programme of activities that will take place from June 2-5. The events are set to take place in some of the city’s key nightlife and leisure hotspots, including the newly pedestrianised New Briggate, Call Lane, Merrion Street, Lower Briggate, Greek Street and the recently opened Cookridge Street public space. To accompany the celebrations, there will also be a variety of street activities for people to enjoy, such as outdoor seating, pop-up bars, BBQs, street performances, street food and live music.
And away from the Jubilee celebrations, on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June, Cookridge Street will also host a stage for the Leeds Jazz Festival. The stage will feature local musicians programmed in collaboration with Jazz Leeds, Jazz North and Launchpad. There will also be a range of ticketed and free events over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend including the World Island festival at Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House, a full day party at the Leeds West Indian Centre and more.
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education said:
“It will be fantastic to see businesses and people come together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Leeds has a brilliant street food and drink scene, as well as a great programme of events taking place to celebrate the Jubilee. I urge everyone to come to the city centre and enjoy what should be a fantastic long weekend.”
After what has been a challenging two years, it is hoped that the parties and events taking place over the Jubilee weekend will help support the city’s hospitality sector and further enhance Leeds’s growing reputation as the food and drink capital of the North. The Jubilee weekend will also mark the completion of investment by Leeds City Council into many of the public spaces where parties will be taking place, through the Connecting Leeds and Our Spaces programmes.
The street parties will be free to attend, with no pre-booking required. People are urged to check with individual operators before arriving to check what’s on and the individual timings for events.
For more information on the street parties, please visit: www.visitleeds.co.uk