Beat the January Blues

louie louie imageLouis Louis Louis play The Arch Café    Friday 30th January

Guaranteed to get your feet tapping…..and your legs flapping! You can expect to hear thumping slap bass, honking horns, raucous four-part harmonies and a driving piano boogie. Playing the hits of Armstrong, Prima, Jordan and more!

The café will have a special ,menu on the night with a selection of delicious wines and local brewery beers.

Tickets are £6 available from The Arch Café or from


Heritage Open Days

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We are very excited to be opening our doors for the first time for Heritage Open Days.

Visitors can take a short guided tour of the offices and meeting rooms which formed the main hall and living quarters of Grade II listed Bradbury Building, currently home to Age UK Leeds. This former charity school is located on the site of the chapel and Alms houses built by John Harrison in the churchyard of St John the Evangelist (managed by the Churches Conservation Trust). Visitors can take a short guided tour of the offices and meeting rooms which formed the main hall and living quarters and see the beautiful inter-sected arched windows, exposed roof beams and award winning renovations.

Tour Times
Saturday 13 September: Tours 1100-1500
Sunday 14 September: Tours 1100-1500
Max 10 people per tour/session

In addition to our usual menu we will have Yorkshire Cream Teas with a whole aray of flavours of scones from our famous sultana to cheesy Cheddar, lemon and ginger or cranberry and orange.

Why not join us over the weekend and visit some of our neighbours too such as St John the Evangelist church or The Grand theatre and City Varieties.

Leeds Pride Sunday 3rd August

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Join us at The Arch Cafe for a family friendly, relaxed and safe Pride, march with us, or join us for a vigil.

Arch Cafe open 12 noon- 5pm. March with us at 2pm. Join us for a vigil at 4pm.

The Arch café will be open during Leeds Pride as a welcoming venue for LGBTQ people & friends to enjoy a safe & friendly environment during the big day. Families, older people, & anyone who would like an alternative to the gay quarter can join us for a chilled afternoon in the Arch Café. There is an enclosed churchyard where children can play. Coffee, cake, laze outside, or shelter from the rain!

Age UK Leeds will be marching in this year’s Leeds Pride, and invite anyone (regardless of age!) to join us! If you’ve not been to Pride before, don’t know anyone or would just like to join in with some friendly faces, then please join us. Sarah and Adie will meet people on the Leeds Museum steps from 1:45-2pm, identified by wearing Age Uk teeshirts. They will do the full march from Millennium Square to Lower Briggate, and then return to the Arch café for the rest of the afternoon. If you prefer not to walk that far, they will show you where to leave the march after a few hundred yards to join us in the Arch Café.

At 4:00 we will hold a small vigil remembering friends and allies across the world who are unable to enjoy a safe Pride.

Join us before, during or after the march. Make some new friends & enjoy a relaxing, safe afternoon.

We are situated behind Sainbsury’s Headrow, not far from Millennium Sq and metres from the march route. There are a number of disabled car parking spaces located nearby. We have baby changing facilities. Alcohol free zone.

Cafe Flamenco Friday 16th May

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Flamenco dancing

Sit back and be transported by the  traditional Spanish music and dance performed by Flamenco Diez and Slanjayvah Danza.

Enjoy the café’s special menu of Mediterranean dishes and bar with wines and local brewery beers.

Tickets available online   or at The Arch Café £12 including a glass of sangria and tapas.

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Great Leeds Festive Bake Off

We loved it so much in the summer, we’re going to do it all over again! Bring us your nordic nibbles, practice your panattone, and sprinkle that cinnamon, as we aim to get your Christmas season started with baking fun, and raise some dough for Age UK Leeds!

Tickets are £5 each, and bakers can bring up to 2 free guestss- not least so juniors can bring their parents!

Saturday 30th November 3:30-5:30. For more info about catergories, exciting prizes (including a Kenwood Chef!) and our special category for juniors, see

To book tickets to bake or eat, see




Light Night

We are very excited to be taking part in this year’s Light Night on Friday 4th October.

The Arch Cafe will be open until at least 9pm, for hot food and drink.                We’re thinking bacon sarnies, chill jackets – hearty food to keep you warm! We serve Yorkshire Tea and great coffee. And, of course, home made cake. Food will be available to sit in – the cafe is a very family friendly venue, with a fully accessible toilet and changing facilities.

In addition, we know it’s a packed night and many of you want to dash to the next venue, so all our food and drink will be available for take-out too, so you don’t have to miss out on any of the fun!

All the money spent in the Arch Cafe supports older people across Leeds. Enjoy Leeds. Enjoy Light Night. Feel good about buying some great food.

We’re also chuffed to have a Light Night art installation  in the Harrison Room ‘Little Space’ by Kirsty Ware (@gazpachodragon). 

We have an art exhibition in the cafe by Jane Mullins, as part of the Love Arts Leeds festival

In addition, our neighbours are joining in Light Night fun!  St John’s church will be open, as will the Howard Assembly Rooms in the Grand Theatre. Come and join us for Leeds’ favourite night. 

International Day of Older People

We are delighted to be attending the big Leeds celebration for the International Day of Older People. With the theme of ‘Food, Health and Heritage’ we will be linking in with the Age UK campaign on winter warmth- encouraging older people to prepare and eat a hot meal. We will have some of the Age UK winter warmth recipe booklets to give away, and some delicious sample tasters!

There will be lots of other organisations in attendance, including Leeds Markets and our friend Lynn from Clandestine Cake Club. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 1st October 1pm-3pm. St Georges Crypt. Call Sean at Leeds Older People’s Forum to book- Tel: (0113) 244 1697


Leeds Pride Sunday 4th August

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The Arch Cafe and Age UK Leeds is opening for Leeds Pride as a welcoming venue for LGBT people and friends to enjoy a safe and friendly  environment during the big day. Families, older people, and anyone who would like an alternative to the gay quarter can join us for a chilled afternoon in the Arch Café. There is an enclosed churchyard where children can play. Coffee, cake, laze outside, or shelter from the rain!  Join us before, during or after the march.

The cafe opens 12 noon-6pm. There will also be a vigil at 4:30.



Leeds Loves Food Festival

We are very excited about the Leeds Loves Food festival. We have 2 events organised, and we would love for you to come along!

Great Leeds Bake Off- Saturday 8th May

Celebrate Leeds Loves Food (and cake!)

We’ve been inspired by the Leeds Loves Food festival to celebrate our love of cake, and have launched a baking competition to raise funds for Age UK Leeds. All money raised will help support some of the most vulnerable older people in the city.

 To celebrate the Leeds Loves Food festival we’re looking for bakers to take part in our Great Leeds Bake Off. And lots of people to help us eat the cakes! Cakes will be judged by: Clandestine Cake Club founder, and cake recipe book author, Lynn Hill.

And MasterChef Vivek Singh Kashiwale, born and trained in India, is a multi-award winning chef who worked for 5 years for the world’s first Indian Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia.

Bake a cake inspired by one of these categories :

  • Leeds Love Food
  • Vintage/retro
  • International

(Remember, you can enter more than one category but only need to buy one baking ticket! )

Cakes will be judged on taste and how they interpret the category. The competition is open to all, from 5 year old children to seasoned bakers. But remember, we definitely believe that appearances can be deceiving- it’s all about the taste!

It’s all fundraising fun, and without the cakes, we can’t eat! Have a go and enter a cake- we’ll all enjoy it even if it turns out lopsided!

Owing to cake eating popularity, we request that only people who are accompanying a baker purchase an ‘eater’ ticket. Join us at The Arch Café for an afternoon of cake delights, to enjoy eating competition cakes and drinking lots of Yorkshire Tea. 2 slices or 7 slices, eat as much as you like!

Admission costs £5 (under 10s go free) , and unlimited cups of Yorkshire tea will be available. All money raised will support Age UK to help older people across Leeds.

The Great Leeds Bake Off will take place at Age UK Leeds, which incorporates The Arch Café.

[Cakes will be handmade by people baking in their home kitchens. They are eaten and enjoyed at your own risk]                                                            

There will be lots of food stall and events taking place around Leeds that day. Bring your cakes to Age UK Leeds between 9am-2pm, explore some of the foodie goodies in Leeds, and finish off your day with cake!

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Get your chocolate on!  Saturday 25th May                                                               Do you love chocolate? Wondered how you can make your own?                          As part of the Leeds Loves Food Festival, we are delighted to help you move on from  ordinary into the realm of gourmet, and you too could ,   be making your own exciting chocolate!

Local amateur cake maker and chocolatier Mike Wallis (@nalsa) will be demonstrating how to make flavoured truffles, pralines and other sweets which you can make at home. Tell him what to make from the ingredients available!

Saturday 25th May. Demos will be held at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm and last 30 minutes plus Q&A, no need to book. Demos will be held in the Harrison Room, part of the Arch Cafe and Age UK Leeds. Buy a cup of tea or coffee whist you watch Mike work his magic, and then why not enjoy your lunch sat outside in the churchyard

(If you were at the Town Hall Bettakultcha, you will have heard Mike give a 5 minute intro to chocolate, and may have been lucky enough to taste one of his creations which were eagerly passed round the audience!)

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Concert in the cafe! Saturday 11th May

Opera NorthGrab a cup of tea and settle in to enjoy some great moments from opera unfold around you….

  • Have you ever wanted to hear some opera?                                              Worried that opera  may not be               for you?                                                     Think that a free performance whilst enjoying coffee and cake may be a great opportunity to try it out?                          We are delighted to annouce that Opera North are putting on 3 free performances in the Arch Cafe.

Soprano Bibi Heal escapes from the stage and lands in the Arch Café, to perform some of opera’s most beautiful and dramatic moments, from Spain, France and Italy, accompanied by accordion.

Find your socks blown off by the power and beauty of the operatic voice up close, and do something really different with your afternoon tea break.

Concerts last approx 25 minutes and are free of charge to café customers.                  No need to book.                                                                                                          Start times:   12.30pm     1.30pm      2.30pm