Social Programme

Thursday 12th December 2019

When visiting England for EIBA don’t miss out a tour in Yorkshire!  Please book via the registration system.

Tour 1 – Harewood House and the City of Leeds (£75 per person)

Starting the day off at Harewood House, you will be visiting one of Yorkshire’s finest sites. Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in Britain. It has been used as a backdrop for the Netflix show Victoria as well as the formal start of the Tour de France in 2014.

On this visit, you can view the house, the rare Bird Garden, explore the wonderful Farm Experience and have lunch in Courtyard Café on the Harewood estate.

In the afternoon you will be transported back to the University of Leeds where you be greeted by a Tour Guide to take you around the City of Leeds, discovering the architecture and exploring the city’s heritage. You will learn how Leeds developed from a tiny village to the proud and thriving city of today. You will visit: the rich and opulent décor of the Victorian and Edwardian Arcades with their exclusive independent and designer shops; a range of superb Shopping Malls and wide pedestrian streets full of stores with high street names; Kirkgate Market, offering an exciting maze of inside stands and outside stalls; and the pavement cafes, heritage pubs, bars, clubs and award-winning restaurants.

Itinerary of the day:

09:00 – Mini bus from the Parkinson Building, University of Leeds (approx. 35 mins, 9 miles) 
10:00 – Harewood House – entry into house and gardens 
12:00 – Lunch at Harewood House 
13:15 – Mini bus from Harewood House to the Parkinson building 
14:00 – Tour of the City of Leeds 
16:30 – Tour ends 

Tour 2 – Castle Howard and the City of York (£75 per person)

Starting off the day with a visit to Castle Howard. You will be visiting one of Britain’s finest stately homes. A magnificent historic house in the north of England, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Castle Howard served as the film location for the US PBS blockbuster Brideshead Revisited and will be decked out for their Christmas pageant.

On this visit you can view the house, the fine art collections, the castle’s memorabilia and stories, and explore the beautiful gardens.

In the afternoon you will be transported to the City of York where you will be introduced to your City of York tour guide. You will walk along the cobbled medieval streets and view the Georgian architecture. A city where chocolate, Romans and gruesome ghost stories collide offering an eclectic mix of culture and history. Modern day meets old, there are hidden gems and unique experiences around every corner.

You will also visit York Minster, one of the world’s most exquisite cathedrals. From the handcrafted stone to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass you will tour this ancient building and experience this sacred journey.

Itinerary of the day  

08:30 - Mini bus from University (Parkinson Building) to Castle Howard (approx. 1 hour, 42 miles) 
 
10:00 - Castle Howard exploration of house and gardens 
 
Lunch (at own cost) at Castle Howard cafés / marquees on site 
 
12:45 – Mini bus to the City of York (approx. 45 mins) 
  
14:00 – York walking tour (90 minutes max) / York Minster Tour (1 hour max) 
 
16:30 – Mini bus departure  
  
17:30 – Approximate arrival time to the University of Leeds, Parkinson Building 

Please book both tours via the registration system.

Friday 13th December 2019

Welcome Reception, 20:30, University of Leeds, Parkinson Court Building, Leeds, LS2 9JT

The welcome reception of EIBA 2019 Leeds will be hosted in the Parkinson Building (a grade 11 listed art deco building and campanile) located at the University of Leeds. A prominent landmark in Leeds, the tower can be seen for miles around the campus, and has become synonymous with the University of Leeds. We look forward to welcoming you at this reception with drinks and canapés.

The welcome reception will be hosted in the Parkinson Building (a grade 11 listed art deco building and campanile) located at the University of Leeds.  A prominent landmark in Leeds, the tower can be seen for miles around the campus, and has become synonymous with the University of Leeds.  

For further information on the venue and the location, please click here.

Sunday 15th December 2019

Gala Dinner, Royal Armouries, Armouries Dr, Leeds, LS10 1LT

18:45 - Drinks reception and canapés in the War and Tournament Gallery 
20:00 - Dinner will be served in the New Dock Hall
00:00 - Close 

The Gala dinner will take place at The Royal Armouries located at the Leeds city docks displaying arms and armour from all around the world. The Royal Armouries is one of the most important museums of its type in the world. Drinks and canapes will be served before dinner in the War and Tournament Gallery where exclusive use to EIBA guests will be given. Dinner will be served in the New Dock Hall.

Attendees of the Gala Dinner must wear their badges. 

Coach Transport

Free coach transport will be available to and from the Royal Armouries:

18:15 - Coach pick up from the main entrance of the Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds (click here)
00:00 - Coach pick up from the Royal Armouries, outside Holiday Inn Express.

Taxi Service

On departure from the Gala dinner, taxis can be booked by phoning Amber Cars on T. 0113 242 9600.  The pick up address for the taxis is: Royal Armouries, Holiday Inn Express, Leeds Dock.  Approximate cost from the Royal Armouries to Leeds City Centre is £5.

Car Parking 

For those driving to and from the venue there is a 'CitiPark' car park next to the Holiday Inn Express at Leeds Dock. Click here 
for further information. 

For more information about the museum and venue please click here.