Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds

Enjoy a coffee at the Leeds Bowery

What better way to enjoy a fantastic range of art workshops and exhibitions than with a flat white and gooey chocolate brownie in hand? Part laid-back café, part gallery space, The Bowery in Leeds offers this and more. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and a good stock of magazines and daily papers to get stuck into while you relax. Or, dip into the contemporary art, design and architecture library for some inspiration.

The Bowery has been listed as one of the top coffee shops in Britain by the Times newspaper. This is the kind of place you can ask to see the roast date of the beans in your java without receiving blank looks. They also serve a range of homemade products, such as jams and chutneys, made by local resident Karen Guerney. Likewise, whether it's scones and pastries or wholesome soups, the Bowery aims to buy local and seasonal.

Learn a new skill at a Bowery workshop

The Bowery run a whole host of adult evening, day and weekend workshops. Want to learn how to use that digital SLR camera properly? Or finally start writing your novel? Make the first move by booking a class during your stay in Leeds. Painting, jewellery-making, DIY and sewing all feature on their list of courses, too. New parents will also love the #BYOB policy: Bring Your Own Baby! Little ones up to 8 months old are welcome to come along.

Celebrate with a creative party

Whether you’re planning a hen do in Leeds or a birthday get-together, The Bowery is a great place for a party. You can make everything from decorative cupcakes and body butter to vintage-style fascinators and retro lampshades at these creative soirées. A really sweet idea for mums or brides-to-be is the patchwork quilt party. Each person appliqués a square with a message or image, and they are all sewn into a keepsake quilt for the baby or bride by the course tutor.

Fun classes for kids

The Bowery aims to provide a great learning experience for kids, with stimulating creative parties, workshops and tuition. Children can leave a creative party with anything from a printed bag to a clay monster or mosaic mirror. If you’re visiting Leeds during the school holidays, you’ll find several art school classes for kids aged 6 to 11 years, with activities specifically designed to stimulate their imaginations. There’s plenty for teens too, with art, fashion and art classes available.