Leeds hits the spot

The Belbroughton Road Community Association (BRCA) visited Leeds in May, timing it to coincide with the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. Antony Jeffries who, with his wife, Elaine, organises the trips, reports back about their relaxed feel-good weekend.

At the finishing line

‘The BRCA began as a group of neighbouring families who wanted to go on short breaks together but now it has extended to include friends of friends as well. We tend to go away in small groups of eight to a dozen people and such was the case for the overnight trip to Leeds. We stayed at the Village Hotel in Leeds and enjoyed its gym and spa facilities as well as rubbing shoulders with some of the cycling teams and Huddersfield Town football team, who were playing Manchester United the following day.

None of us had visited Leeds for some time and we were very impressed with the city, especially its Victorian and Edwardian covered shopping arcades in the Victorian Quarter. We visited the Royal Armouries Museum – it’s free to enter and has extensive collections revealing the history of weaponry and warfare – and we found it fascinating. We also visited the Corn Exchange to browse its many small individual shops and had a delicious lunch in Harvey Nicolls.

On Sunday, we made our way to city centre to the finishing line for the cycle race, we chose this as our viewing spot rather than travelling to a village en-route as there’s more going on, with souvenir and food stalls, and live music creating a carnival atmosphere. It was very exciting to watch the final moments of the race as the cyclists crossed the line, and then it was great to see their jubilation in having completed the challenge! Leeds has a lot to offer groups and we recommend it as a destination to other GTOs’