09th Feb, 2018
Alternative Valentine’s Day In Leeds: A Geek’s Guide To Romance
Words by Kathy Sharpe
Dating can be awkward at the best of times. Knowing when to call, what to wear, and what to say. Then, on top of that, if you’re not into mainstream culture, it can make it ten times harder.
So, if you’d rather be debating the best Dr Who over drinking at the nearest hipster bar, then fear not. Here’s a guide to alternative activities during the season of love, for the techies, nerds, and geeks of Leeds:
Board not bored!
If you’re up for getting out and finding likeminded people, why not pop along to Leeds Geek Fusion meet-up. This is a group of self-confessed “Geeks and Nerds” who meet for a monthly Thursday Game Fusion night at Bar Soba on Merrion Street, amongst other events and socials.
This open event welcomes all newcomers. Pop along from 5.30pm onwards, take a board game, or join in with others and have a drink and a chat. The next meet-up is Thursday 15 February. Other techie forums and groups, and details about their events can be found at http://leedsgeeks.net
Look for clues not love
Every day, you walk past concealed boxes in Leeds holding tiny treasures. The city is full of these hidden secrets in the form of Geocaches. To find them, you have to solve a series of clues, giving your coordinates.
Have a fun afternoon with your loved one, discovering unusual parts of the city, stopping for well-earned drinks and bites. Remember you can take whatever you find in the geocaching box, as long as you replace it with something of equal or greater value.
Similarly, take the Owl Trail hand-in-hand. Visit twenty-five locations across the city centre marked on the Leeds Owl Trail™ map and discover some unique owls, places, and facts about Leeds.
Work against the clock
Tick Tock Unlock was the first escape game in Leeds (King Street, LS1), and is now an extremely popular alternative pursuit in the city. Pair up with another couple and use your wits to escape from the room in 60 minutes – with themes as diverse as the Asylum and Alice in Wonderland – by “solving a series of puzzles, unravelling clues, and working together as a team.” Not very romantic, but tonnes of fun!
If you can wait until the weekend, Toshocon! is coming to Leeds Central Library on Saturday 17 February. This event is for all fans of Anime/Manga/Games. Throughout the day you’ll be able to take part in a variety of activities including craft workshops and panels, retro games/Nintendo area, the Maid Café, and a Cosplay Competition! Tickets are available here.
Alternatively head to the Travelling Man comic shop in Leeds (Wharf Street, LS2), where you can take part in Organised Play from midday onwards. With £6 entry, you can try out the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, or Pokémon Trading Gard Game.
And if you must get romantic…
On 14 February, Belgrave Music Hall will be showing all-time movie classics When Harry Met Sally (7 pm) and 10 Things I Hate About You (9 pm). Entry is free.
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