The two outdoor annual events, held at Temple Newsam and organised by Leeds City Council, are the largest free events in the city.
Sell-out crowds of 70,000 for Party in the Park and 50,000 for Opera in the Park are expected as fans have snapped up almost all the free tickets. The final few tickets for both events are still available from Centre Centre Box office in The Carriageworks theatre in Millennium Square.
Opera in the Park - Saturday 22 July 2006
|Katherine Jenkins at Opera in the Park|
Returning after a stunning debut performance at Temple Newsam last year is opera star Katherine Jenkins. The 25-year-old, whose third album Living a Dream was named album of the year at the Classical Brit Awards earlier this year, will be supported by the Orchestra of Opera North and the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus. Together they will be performing classic works from Puccini, Bizet and Verdi, as well as a selection of memorable modern pieces.
Gates open 6pm.
Party in the Park - Sunday 23 July 2006
Now in its 13th year, this year's Party in the Park will feature performances by X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, McFly, Duncan James formerly of Blue, Matt Willis formerly of Busted and X-Factor finalist Chico. In addition there will also be performances from Liberty X and Rooster, both of whom return after appearances at last year's event.
Gates open 1.30pm.
A shuttle bus will run to and from Temple Newsam for these events. Bus tickets cost £4 return for adults and £2 for seniors and children (£2 and £1 respectively for single trips), no passes or cards can be used.
Party in the Park: Service X27 - Departs Leeds City Square stop P5 at 10.30am followed by a frequent service until 8pm. Buses will return from Temple Newsam to City Square 11am - 9.30pm.
Opera in the Park: Service X27 - Departs Leeds City Square stop P5 at 4.30pm and then at 50, 10, 30 minutes past each hour until 8.10pm. They also stop at F4 York Street. Return service from Temple Newsam to City Square at 9.30pm, 10pm, 10.30pm, 11pm, 11.05pm and 11.45pm.
For those travelling by car, signs for event car parking will be clearly displayed on all major routes into Temple Newsam (from M62, A642, A63, A64, A6120), and parking directions were issued with all tickets.