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13 Fun Things to do in Leeds for Adults

The prosperous West Yorkshire town of Leeds has an excellent variety of fun and interesting things for adults to do on a visit or night out.

Here are just a few of our favourites:

1. Try Gin Tasting or Create Your Own Gin at Liquor Studio

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Try a Gin & Tonic tasting session at Liquor Studio and discover your new favourite drink.

Taste different styles of gin and find the perfect mixer and garnish for each one, learning all about the UK's favourite spirit as you go.

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Liquor Studio © Crop 45

Serious gin enthusiasts can book a Gin Creation Class. This starts with a tasting session, followed by a series of experiments to teach you about the science of taste.

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Liquor Studio © Crop 45

You then move to the Blending Room where you mix your favourite distillates before creating a 50cl bottle of your very own unique gin creation.


2. Find your Inner Lumberjack at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing

© Whistle Punks

The sport of axe throwing originated among Canadian lumberjacks, but it's getting more popular in the UK, and now it's come to Leeds thanks to Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing.

Created by best friends John Nimmons and Jools Whitehorn, axe throwing at Whistle Punks is a competitive challenge and a great social activity that's different to anything else you might have tried.

Sessions last for 70 minutes and no prior experience is needed.

© Whistle Punks

You'll get a safety briefing at the start, and take part in a tournament.

An instructor will be with you throughout to show you how it's done and even teach you some trick shots.

Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks is strictly for over 18s only.


3. Search for Pirate Treasure at Treasure Hunt Leeds

© Treasure Hunt Leeds

A fun alternative to a traditional walking tour, Treasure Hunt Leeds lets you explore the city while playing a pirate-themed game.

You'll discover landmark buildings including the Corn Exchange and Kirkgate Market, fascinating history, great pubs and some hidden gems that make this city such a great place to visit.

Use treasure maps and cryptic clues delivered to your phone, and you'll need to solve the puzzles and keep a good eye on your surroundings to progress.

© Treasure Hunt Leeds

The treasure hunt is completely self-paced so if you find an area (or a pub) that you particularly like, there's no rush to move on - you can even finish the next day if you want to.

Along the way, pirate Captain Bess will keep an eye on your progress and give you hints if you need them.


4. Solve Tricky Puzzles with Tick Tock Unlock

© Tick Tock Unlock

Billed as the sequel to traditional escape rooms, Tick Tock Unlock are offering a new format called The Library of Broken Books.

Apparently, it's a hybrid of an escape game, immersive theatre and a game show, unlike any other escape room in the UK - and Leeds is the first city to host the new experience.

Enter the library and prepare to be transported to an immersive world where you'll find clues, solve puzzles and collect magical keys.

Check out the website if you want to be among the first to experience this exciting new twist on the traditional escape room format.


5. Discover Local Beers on a Leeds Heritage Beer Guided Tour

© Leeds Beer Tours

A Leeds Heritage Beer Tour lets you explore 300 years of beer's history in Leeds.

The tour lasts three and a half hours, and you'll visit five historic venues and enjoy half a pint of excellent beer in each one, included in the price.

© Leeds Beer Tours

Leeds Beer Tours also offer a Leeds Craft Beer Tour which allows you to sample ten craft beers as you visit the breweries, micro-breweries and taprooms that make up Leeds' thriving craft beer scene.


6. Try a Great Alternative to Paintball at Archery Combat Leeds

Billed as a hybrid mix of archery, paintball and dodgeball, archery combat is a great activity for a group of adults, and something you've probably never tried before.

Whether it's a stag or hen party, a grown-up birthday party or a team-building event, archery combat is ideal.

© Archery Combat Events

Put your archery skills to the test - the arrows are foam-tipped so you can fire them at your friends without injuring them.

Your session can include several mini-games including BattleZone, Last Man Standing, Medic, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag

Groups of 10-18 players play for 60 minutes - larger groups can play for longer.

You can even choose from a range of second activities within your event when you book.


7. Visit Emmerdale on Emmerdale Village Tour

© Emmerdale Village Tour

Keen fans of Emmerdale won't want to miss the chance to tour the set on the Emmerdale Village Tour.

Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales you can explore the outdoor set where your favourite soap is made.

As the set is a closed location, you'll meet up in Leeds, and a complimentary coach will take you to the secure location of the set within the Harewood Estate.

© Emmerdale Village Tour

During your 90-minute outside walking tour, you'll see the exteriors of famous locations like The Woolpack, Café Mainstreet and David's Shop, and you can take photos.

Snacks and refreshments are available to buy before your return coach transfer to Leeds.

Tours are only available at weekends as the set is in use for filming during the week.


8. Re-Live Your Mis-Spent Youth at Arcade Club Leeds

© Arcade Club Leeds

For all the fun of a huge arcade, visit Arcade Club Leeds, situated in Kirkstall just outside the city.

© Arcade Club Leeds

Arcade Club Leeds is Europe's largest video arcade, packed with hundreds of classic arcade favourites, modern machines, pinball machines and more, spread over three floors.

You can stay as long as you like, and once you're inside all the machines are free to play - so it's limitless fun!

© Arcade Club Leeds

Food and drinks are available, so real arcade fanatics can make a day of it!


9. Can you Escape with Escape Hunt Leeds?

© Escape Hunt Leeds

Put together a brainy team of friends and see if you can find the clues, solve the puzzles and escape within the hour.

There are four exciting games to choose from, each with a beautifully themed room.

© Escape Hunt Leeds

Choose from the Doctor Who-themed "Worlds Collide", "The Fourth Samurai", "Blackbeard's Treasure" and "Our Finest Hour".

Are you ready to take on the challenge?


10. Discover the Story of Leeds on a Leeds Walking Tour

© Leeds Walking Tours

Learn the fascinating history of Leeds and see the city in a whole new light on a Leeds Walking Tour.

Whether you're a visitor to Leeds or a local, the two hour tour, led by a friendly and knowledgable blue badge guide will tell the story of Leeds including its buildings, public spaces and people.

© Leeds Walking Tours

You'll travel through 800 years of the city's history, visiting landmark buildings, hidden alleys, beautiful arcades and one of the largest covered markets in Europe.

Leeds Walking Tours run every Saturday at 11 am.


11. Reach New Heights at The Climbing Lab

Indoor climbing is growing in popularity - probably because it's good exercise and great fun too.

The Climbing Lab in Leeds offers bouldering (indoor climbing on lower walls without ropes) and they have excellent facilities for beginners and experts alike.

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If you haven't done bouldering before you can book an Adult Intro where a coach will show you the basic climbing techniques you need to go bouldering safely.

Your intro includes the hire of climbing shoes and chalk. It also includes a day pass, so you can spend as long as you like enjoying climbing afterwards. You'll also get a free Lab Card which offers discounted entry for a year.

When you've finished climbing you can relax on one of the sofas, and enjoy a coffee from Maude Coffee and a cake from local baker Jodie Bakes.


12. Try the Exciting Sport of Clay Pigeon Shooting at Otley

Clay pigeon shooting is an exciting and challenging sport that's definitely worth a try.

The shooting ground in Otley has been around for more than 40 years and offers superb clay pigeon shooting with great views of the Yorkshire countryside thrown in.

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Beginners are welcome, and you get friendly tuition from APSI-qualified instructors.

There's ample parking and a range of hot and cold drinks available to purchase, and of course, all safety equipment is provided.


13. Make Indulgent Chocolate Truffles at the Chocolate Collective Truffle Making Workshop

Combining fun, creativity and a love for chocolate - what could be more fun than a truffle-making workshop?

Sessions start with an introduction to the world of chocolate from Chocolate Collective's expert chocolatier. You'll then learn how to make Belgian dark chocolate truffles by hand.

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You'll do everything from mixing and shaping to piping, coating and sprinkling.

You then beautifully package your unique creations to take away.

A great fun way to spend an afternoon with friends, and you'll leave with a new skill you can continue to perfect at home.



We hope you've enjoyed our selection of fun things to do in Leeds for adults.

As you can see, this exciting, vibrant city has a lot to offer, and loads of activities to choose from. Have a great time in Leeds!

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