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Leeds to celebrate culture through city centre tours

VISIT LEEDS: Tales of a City Tours

LEEDS RESIDENTS are invited to celebrate the city’s diversity as they hear stories of culture and countries from around the world.

In collaboration with Leeds City Museum, local social enterprise Tales of a City Tours are running a series of monthly walking tours around Leeds city centre, led by tour guides with a refugee background.

Guides will ask participants to walk a mile in their shoes as they take them on a journey around Leeds city centre, sharing their own personal experiences of being a newcomer to the city they now call home.

Throughout July and September, Lilly, who is originally from South Africa, will be escorting people on a revelatory walk of her own personal and emotional journey, from being a South African national growing up during apartheid, to migrant, asylum seeker, refugee, mother and now proud citizen of Leeds.

The tour will start and finish at Leeds City Museum where it will finish with a Sanctuary Supper – delicious home-cooked food made by volunteers from refugee community groups.


The project is an initiative of City of Sanctuary UK, which supports a network of groups across the UK engaged in activities to welcome people seeking sanctuary. The Sanctuary Suppers help people from all walks of life to reach across borders and cultural barriers to build stronger relationships and connections. A mix of vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be provided.

Tickets for these events can be booked on Eventbrite and cost £10 plus booking fee.

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