Elland Road Stadium
Football fans are most likely already familiar with this place, especially since it’s been the home of our very own Leeds United Football Club since their foundation in 1919. Elland Road is the 13th biggest stadium in England and has a whopping capacity of 37,890, first known as the Old Peacock Ground when it was first built in 1897.
Since then, thousands of sports games have been played there and numerous concerts, including headliners such as Queen, Kaiser Chiefs, Happy Mondays and U2.
Although former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson apparently said that Elland Road was “the most intimidating venue in Europe” – we’re rather fond of it.
As the name suggests, you can find a surprising treasure trove of art tucked away in the unassuming basement of a pre-war terraced house in Beeston.
Bruce Davies, the curator and chair of the project said it was born partly out of the frustration of trying to ?nd post-graduate exhibition spaces and came into being in 2011.
At ?rst, using the basement of a terraced property was a mainly practical solution to showcasing art, but over the years it has become the foundation of what they do and often brings visitors closer to the exhibitions.
There are ongoing features from local and international artists, making this rare gem worth the venture down into the bowels of Beeston.
The Shine Nail Bar
Fancy getting your nails done safe in the knowledge that you’re giving back to the community? Then look no further than a pamper at the Shine Nail Bar.
The Shine Nail Bar is a beauty pad with a difference. In fact, it’s a social enterprise and every time you treat yourself to a pamper and preen, you support The Shine Project. This helps girls aged 11-18 in LS10 and LS11 through mentoring, workshops and youth groups in the community. The Shine Project also provides volunteering, training and employment opportunities for girls and women in the local area.
They say that their passion is “for all girls in the local area to know their value, build supportive relationships, and access new opportunities” – which is an initiative that we can all get behind.
Leeds is a big, wide city with many wonderful suburbs just waiting for you to discover them. Hopefully you’ll be tempted to seek out the some of the best of Beeston with this handy little list of some of the many things to do there!