Iconic Leeds venues take part in National Lottery #thankstoyou campaign


From Monday 3 to Sunday 9 December 2018, National Lottery-funded heritage attractions are saying #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players by offering free entry, treats or discounts at hundreds of UK-Based National Lottery funded visitor’s attractions, and sport, arts and community projects.

Leeds Grand Theatre will be saying #ThanksToYou by giving away 140th birthday branded Tote bags*, whilst Hyde Park Picture House (HPPH) will be giving away a free hot drink and an original HPPH Christmas card designed by Yorkshire artist Kristyna Baczynski.

The idea is simple; any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard between Monday 3 to Saturday 8 December at Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office can claim a bag. Similarly, anybody presenting a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard between Monday 3 to Saturday 8 December at HPPH will receive a free hot drink and a card (T&C’s apply. For full details visit hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/ThanksToYou).

Leeds Grand Theatre received funding from the Heritage Lottery fund to undertake major restoration work on the grade II* listed Victorian theatre and to create a major base for the arts in the north of England by improving both backstage and front of house areas, including installing a state of the art computer-controlled system for flying scenery, improved seating and acoustics for audiences, and easier access for the disabled.

Hyde Park Picture House has recently received backing from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for The Picture House Project. The £3.6m project received £122k development funding from HLF in 2016, which has allowed the organisation to progress plans for a full National Lottery Grant application which is due to be reviewed this December. If successful, work on The Picture House Project will begin in 2019, helping to protect and preserve the historic cinema, whilst making the building more sustainable, comfortable and accessible. For further information on this exciting project, please visit thepicturehouseproject.com.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

* Numbers are limited.