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  • Headingley gives Christmas a Bavarian boost

    BRATWURST and beer, crackers and cocktails – just some of the treats on offer this Christmas at one of Yorkshire’s best-loved venues.

    Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, home to Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, has unveiled its Christmas schedule for 2017.

    And, throughout December, the stadium – which is the only one in the country to boast two international sports grounds – will be inviting friends and work colleagues to join them for two very different types of party.

    The Headingley Experience, which manages conferencing and banqueting at the stadium, is building on last year’s success with the return of its Bavarian Christmas.

    Its award-winning chefs will be serving everything from frankfurters and bratwurst sausages to sugary pretzels and hearty soups at traditional alpine-style stalls.

    They will also be roasting a whole pig, on a full spit, while an authentic Bavarian Oompah band will play thigh-slapping German tunes to give the evening a truly traditional flavour.

    And every Friday and Saturday night in December the stadium will also be holding Christmas Cracker party nights comprising a three-course meal followed by a disco featuring classic hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

    Guests will be welcomed with a sparkling cocktail before sitting down to a starter of sweet roast butternut squash soup, followed by pan-fried breast of chicken wrapped in smoked streaky bacon or a vegetarian alternative of roast vegetable Wellington, both served with a potato rosti, carrot and haricot vert tower and tarragon jus.
    Dinner will be rounded off with white chocolate pannacotta with vanilla bean cream and strawberry garni, while drinks will be served at happy hour prices from 7pm to 8pm.

    “Our cracking shared parties are the ideal opportunity to get together with friends, colleagues and family to celebrate the festive season,” said Jacqui Page, sales and marketing manager for the Headingley Experience, “and this year’s looks set to be our best ever.”