Autism Hour 2018

The list of shops and services taking part in this year’s Autism Hour is confirmed. In Leeds, a range of retailers are holding at least one quiet hour between Saturday 6th October and Saturday 13th October for autistic shoppers. They will do such things as turn the lights down and turn background music off to reduce the potential for sensory overload.

Here is a list of which shops, banks and other services in Leeds are taking part:

Banks and building societies

  • Lloyds Bank – branches in Leeds City Centre, Harehills, Cross Gates, Moortown, Horsforth, Hunslet, Morley, Rothwell and Wetherby
    • Times – TBC, check your local branch
  • Halifax – 3 x branches in Leeds City Centre plus branches in Cross Gates, Garforth, Wetherby, Moortown, Headingley, Bramley, Pudsey, Morley, White Rose, Horsforth, Yeadon, Guiseley and Otley
    • Times – TBC, check your local branch


  • Sainsbury’s – all larger supermarkets including ones in Moor Allerton, Colton, the White Rose Centre and Headingley, as well as all branches of Sainsbury’s Local
    • Monday – times vary
    • Wednesday – times vary
    • Friday – times vary
  • Co-Op Food – all branches – times vary
  • Morrison’s – all supermarkets, including branches in the Merrion Centre, Horsforth, Wetherby, Harehills, Hunslet, Swinnow, Rothwell, Kirkstall and Morley
    • Saturday 6th – 9am-10am


  • Argos – branches in Leeds City Centre, Colton, White Rose Centre and Otley
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday – times vary
  • Home Bargains – branches in Leeds City Centre, Cross Gates, Morley, Oakwood and Kirkstall
    • Saturday 6th – 9-10am
    • Sunday 7th – 3-4pm
  • Schuh – branches in Leeds City Centre and White Rose Centre
    • Monday – 10-11am
  • Pets at Home – branches in Meanwood, Kirkstall, Crown Point, Guiseley and Colton
    • Saturday 13th – 9am-10am
  • Lookers Nissan – Kirkstall Rd Branch – times TBC
  • The Entertainer – branches in Leeds Trinity and White Rose
    • Saturday 6th – 9am-10am
    • Monday 8th-Saturday 13th – 9am-10am
  • Superdrug – branches in Leeds City Centre (Kirkgate, Headrow, Albion Street and Merrion Centre), Headingley and the White Rose Centre
    • Saturday 6th – 11am-Noon
  • Charles Clinkard – branch in Leeds City Centre
    • Every day – 11am-Noon

Shopping centres

  • Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter
    • Friday 12th – 12:30-1:30pm