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Happy Mother’s Day! Our handy gift guide
Happy Campers Top tips for family camping
Cracking the Code How to help your child with computers and technology
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What’s On Our guide to what’s on in and around Leeds this March and April
Welcome Back… My husband is under the false impression that I hate camping. This is based solely on our one experience of Happy camping together with our first child, aged 18 months. memories: I actually have really fond memories of that trip. It is a a little unique and magical experience waking before 4am with blurry eyed after his the sunrise and a rambunctious toddler. When else do early start. I get to see the birth of a brand new day? I was also lucky because the risk of his whinging waking all the other people on the site meant I was moved to hike around the area, pushing his buggy down country lanes and along riverbanks. Never have I travelled by foot around the Yorkshire Dales at such a quiet and peaceful time. It may have been at around 4pm that day when, starving hungry due to my skewed body clock, a little weary and the wrong side of two glasses of wine, I got a bit emotional, causing my other half to shake his head sadly and conclude that girls really aren’t cut out for the great outdoors. Now we have two adventurous children who I know would just love a family camping trip. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching our camping feature (pages 8 – 9) and I’m ready to put all those top tips into practice. I realise that now they are a little older, it will be much easier to camp with them. They are potty trained, can feed and clothe themselves. And, oh yes, they can say: “Wake up Daddy.”
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A musical extravaganza aimed at young children and families is set to ring out in Horsforth this month. Sounds of the Orchestra, at St Margaret’s Church, is tuning up to be the perfect way to introduce orchestral music to diddi divas. The City of Leeds Youth Training Orchestra will perform music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables and Romeo and Juliet at the event, which will also include lots of complimentary hands-on activities for
GATEWAYS Netballers aim high… A Leeds netball team has made it to the national finals of a schools competition. The Gateways Under-14 Netball Team put in an outstanding performance in the Yorkshire and
Humber round of the National Schools Netball Tournament, coming second overall and securing their place at Stanborough School on March 18.
children. There will be introductions to the instruments as well as opportunities to try beginner brass, string and wind instruments. The Sounds of the Orchestra will take place on Saturday, March 18 from 3.30pm – 6pm. Take your own picnic for the interval. Cold drinks, popcorn and sweets will be available to buy during intermission. For more information or to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: HorsforthWalkofART or call Eunice at St Margaret’s Church on 0113 258 1719. Laura Braithwaite, subject leader of PE at Gateways High School said, “This is the first time that a Gateways team has ever reached the national finals. The level of play of the girls throughout the tournament so far has been outstanding and I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved. Training is going to be getting more intense from now on and the team will need to continue to demonstrate a high level of determination and enthusiasm in order to compete at national level.” Dr Tracy Johnson, Headmistress at Gateways said,“To reach the national finals of a sporting competition is impressive for any school, however for a small school like Gateways to be beating much larger schools at this level is outstanding. We are incredibly proud of our players’ efforts and wish them all the best for the final stage of the competition.”
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NSPCC school service needs volunteers An NSPCC schools programme aiming to protect a generation of children from abuse are looking for people from across West Yorkshire to deliver the message to children. The children’s charity is asking for volunteers to help them deliver assemblies and workshops in local primary schools. Speak out. Stay safe. teaches children aged five to 11 how to recognise abuse and give them the confidence to speak out and seek help if they need it. Speak out. Stay safe’s vital message has reached nearly 90,000 pupils in schools across Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield but more volunteers are needed. Michelle Poucher, NSPCC School Service Area Co-ordinator said,“We have an amazing team of volunteers who deliver informative
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Hop along to the THE LITTLE GYM for HOLIDAY FUN If you are looking for some extra childcare during the Easter school holidays, The Little Gym could be the answer. It provides fun, sporty, creative activity camps that keep your kids active, entertained and laughing. Themed sessions that change every week stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics, in the care of a qualified team of instructors. The camps take place from April 10 – 13. For more information or to book, visit www.leeds.thelittlegym.eu
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Playing outside could reduce the risk of short-sightedness in later life Spending time outdoors as a teenager could reduce the chances of becoming shortsighted as an adult, according to a new study. The study, by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Kings College London, looked at more than 3,000 people aged 65-plus. The researchers took blood samples, conducted eye examinations and interviewed participants to gauge their levels of exposure to sunlight since early adolescence. The results found that those with the highest exposure to sunlight in their teenage and young adult years were up to 30% less likely to become myopic or short-sighted.
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Becky Bond begins to question her sanity as she finds herself chatting to a wine bottle.... T’S been almost a year and I still can't get dad out of the kitchen. 8th March 2016 he died, and short of a better idea after the cremation, I funneled him into a shiraz bottle and popped him on my recipe shelf. I think he quite likes it up there, keeping an eye on the family. He hasn’t offered me any cooking tips yet, but then he was always a liver and onions man, brought up on 1940s fodder and rarely risking anything as tropical as Thai rice. The mere thought of a tarka dal would involve him dragging out his dreadful punkawallah impersonation. He simply couldn’t go to a foreign country or restaurant without a vague attempt at the accent. Not the language. The accent. It was “una limonarder” in France, “uno larsaarniaa al forrrno” in Italy and “una beef-a-boyger” in New York. Good job we never dined next to Una Stubbs. I did try giving dad some cookery lessons a couple of years ago. He and mum had enjoyed a very traditional marriage so tea was always on the table at 5.30pm, followed by a
milky mellow birds with the news. But mum’s creeping dementia put a slow stop to that. I decided he needed taking in hand after he caught mum putting Baby Bio in the beef bourguignon. So we went shopping for a casserole dish and got started with a basic stew recipe. He was surprisingly enthusiastic, but his slicing skills bordered on butchery. ’Chop roughly’ meant ’hack dangerously’ with a bread knife. And in terms of herbs, if there was no oregano then nutmeg ’would be right’. My sister Lu and I were once invited round for a lunch of German sausages. A bloke at the golf club had told him Lidl did superb bratwurst. I’ve never cooked bratwurst, so couldn’t tell you how they’re actually supposed to be done; but dad’s method was ’boil to near disintegration, serve on a roll too short for the sausage, then garnish with out of date dijonnaise.’ It’s lucky it was just laughter that nearly killed Lu and I. Oh bless my lovely dad. I do miss him. I haven’t got the complete works of dad on the shelf. Us siblings divvied him up. A goodly amount was scattered in his garden, where he’d bomb about on his sit-on mower with various grandchildren clinging on. His idea of health and safety was also stuck
in the 1940s, seeing absolutely nothing wrong with leaving a four year old in charge of the steering wheel. Lu’s got her ashes stashed next to some celebratory champagne corks in the lounge and Nige sprinkled his in Lake Semerwater, where we all used to go water-skiing in the late 70s. I say we all, I could usually be found in the car boot, keeping warm with the dogs, occasionally surfacing for a bag of beefy crisps and a whinge. I was six and the skis didn’t fit. So I’m looking at him now, a year on, wedged between my yucca and ’Save With Jamie’ and I’m thinking, is that OK or a bit weird? Is it normal to talk to a wine bottle? Because I know he can’t hear me, but I’ve got used to him up there. I’ve made a habit of running ideas past him, tipping him the odd nod at a family meal or just, you know, having a gaze and a think. I didn’t notice, when he was alive, how much I sought his approval and how he rarely judged when I took a wrong turn. It’s a worry, but I think this bottle of shiraz could well be my guiding light. So instead of kicking him out of the kitchen, I think I’ll just pour another red and raise a toast. To dad. My lovely, lovely dad. To read Becky’s blog, go to www.beckybondwrites.com or follow her on twitter @beckymenston
Sorting out the School Holidays if you are separated Head of Family Law at Emsley’s Solicitors, Gabbie Clasper, says planning and communication are vital when it comes to holiday arrangements… OR many families, large parts of the school holidays are spent juggling the demands of work with a menu of different childcare arrangements. Holiday time can become yet more complicated when you separate. The Family Court at Leeds has made it clear that any application to spend time with your children during a holiday period will not be treated as “urgent”. So, if you leave it until the last minute to check that it’s ok to take the children to Disneyland, you are unlikely to be able to ask a Judge to make the decision about the holiday going ahead if you and your ex can’t agree. Few parents want to disappoint their children if they are told that they are going on holiday, but many are anxious about arrangements and communication. This isn’t the parent at home being nosey, but wanting reassurance. Many separated parents have a lack of trust in one another because of issues
related to the breakdown of a marriage or relationship and it is important to be as clear as possible with one another about arrangements. So, as a checklist: n Sort out diaries early and try and avoid clashes. Some couples mark up a calendar and each keep a copy. n Make sure you give each other written details about any arrangements to take the children away, and that you agree in broad terms holidays to be taken abroad, who is going, when, and destination, and get the other parent’s consent. n Make sure you exchange in good time details about flights, address of hotel accommodation, and travel company. The purpose of the holiday is, of course, for the children to have a good time with
their parent. If they are dragged out of the pool to phone the other one at home three times a day it becomes intrusive. There is a balance to be struck between this and a blanket silence. It’s always good to hear that the children got there ok, the flight was fine, the hotel is great and that they are excited and happy. If you really can’t get your ex-partner’s agreement and think they are being unreasonable, contact a solicitor early. An application to the court can be made, but this is a process which can take three to six months and will not be dealt with by the Judge urgently. For more information on the issues discussed above, you can contact Emsleys’ Family Law team on 0113 201 4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GIFTS This year, Mothering Sunday is on March 26, and we’ve come up with some great ideas for dads, daughters and sons to show mum how much you appreciate her.*
Flowers are a classic way to make mum smile – but did you know you can have them delivered through the letterbox? A great idea for grandmothers, Bloom & Wild use bespoke boxes, slender enough to slide through a letterbox, but sturdy enough to protect every petal. And there’s no need to worry about whether she’ll be at home when the courier calls. You can also buy a three or six-month subscription, so fresh flowers can be enjoyed long past Mother’s Day. www.bloomandwild.com
Maybe mum has always fancied a go on a pottery wheel? Why not get her a gift voucher for a 30 minute one-to-one lesson and a glass of fizz for £20 at Firefly, Horsforth. Children aged eight and over can do this with mummy as a treat, adding another 15 minutes to the session per child for the special offer price of £12. www.fireflypottery.co.uk
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||Something You Made Yourself…|| The gifts we keep are the ones they make for us with love. “The ceramic gifts painted and made by visitors of all ages are always treasured by mums,” says Vicky Iball, who runs Firefly on Town Street in Horsforth. The pottery café and art hub also offers gift vouchers for evening painting sessions, to give mum some me time. www.fireflypottery.co.uk
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F THERE’S ONE THING that exercises us parents more than stressing about how much time our children spend indoors using gadgets, it’s our own lack of sleep. So what’s stopping you dusting off that old sleeping bag and getting your pitch booked? If you’re still feeling tent-ative (ho ho!) Here are a few pointers…
Snug as a bug in a rug… Re-setting your body clock is one thing, but you want to make sure you sleep well while you’re camping too. Keeping warm is key. n Make sure you are protected from the cold from the ground. Invest in a good quality thermal mat. n Go for bedding that works for you. If you don’t like sleeping bags, take your duvet. n Calories keep you warm. Eating something before you go to sleep can really help in warming you up and keeping you warm into the night. n Wear layers and keep your head warm. Some sleeping bags are designed to go over your head, but if you’re not keen on that then wear a fleecy hat and get the kids to do the same.
Camping in Yorkshire There are plenty of opportunities to camp near here, so if you get really unlucky with the weather, you’re not too far away from a hot bath and other home comforts.
Let there be light… Head torches are a great idea. Kids love them and they mean you can be hands-free for toilet trips, getting dressed, eating and reading. A torch that hooks onto the top of the tent is also useful so you can find your bits and pieces and play games. Glow sticks outside are great for spotting kids in the dark.
If it does rain…. It’s almost inevitable that the good old British weather will throw a few raindrops your way, but snuggling inside with a pitter patter overhead is all part of the experience, and it’s not miserable if you go prepared. n Take a trilby, peak cap and/or umbrella. n An extra gazebo for eating in and playing games can be a god send in the rain and means that your sleeping tent won’t get trashed with muddy feet. n Card games like UNO, Whot! Or Dobble go down well, as does a good Roald Dahl. n Before you go, research where the local museums and cinemas are. n Go swimming. If you can’t beat it, join it – and the beauty is you can use the showers and changing facilities to get clean and dry.
Families Readers tips Mike Price, dad of two from Horsforth Top tip: Make sure you stay warm and get dry at night. Kids need sleep and respite from having fun and getting muddy and wet. I always keep the bedroom area of the tent really clean and boot-free. I wouldn’t go camping without: A tent. Only joking! I always take a camping toilet (posh bucket!). It seems like an extravagance but boy does it come in handy in the middle of the night in a dark, wet campsite, particularly when you’ve got two children and only one needs the toilet. Sarah Jepps, mum of two from Pudsey Top tip: have a laundry bag and a washing line (we actually rig one up from guy ropes and spare tents poles). I wouldn’t go camping without: A little dustpan and brush for inside the tent, bin liners and a head torch.
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Finishing touches…. Pack these luxury items to make the experience extra special for everyone: n Hot chocolate n Bunting n Magazines n Gin and Tonic Enjoy!
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A Leeds teacher has launched a new business offering private tuition to school children and language courses to adults.
We all know that the lead up to exam season can be a daunting time for child and parent. With phonics screening checks, teacher assessments, and SATs, you might often wonder how best to support your child. While there is no magic formula for exam success, there are many ways to help children feel prepared and confident about assessments. Start early by planning ahead. Revisiting a range of subject areas in manageable, weekly chunks can be much more beneficial to supporting memory, skills, and confidence than ‘cramming’. Everyone learns and revises in their own way. Some children like visual representations and sticky notes around the house whereas others will respond better to conversations and answering questions aloud. Find a learning style and timetable that works for your child and create a plan to suit this. Be sure to remain positive and praise them when you see them accomplish something great: hearing “you’ve done a fantastic job today!” will undoubtedly build their self-belief. At Explore Learning, we’re here to support the whole family from day one. We offer tailored maths and English tuition from expert staff, and exam preparation workshops and parent information evenings throughout the year so that everyone feels confident at home.
Jenny Silvester heads up The Learning Curve Leeds, based at Springfield Commercial Centre in Farsley. “All of our tutors are qualified teachers and we aim to deliver the highest quality teaching in a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment close to home,” said Jenny. After an initial free assessment, pupils enroll at The Learning Curve and embark on a personalised learning plan. “Tuition takes place in a specially designed hub with up-to-date teaching materials and computer programmes designed to deliver the highest standard of teaching in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere,” Jenny added. In addition, The Learning Curve is holding Easter SAT Attack – SATs training camps – during the holidays. This is designed for Year 6 pupils, offering expert tuition and guidance on how to approach the SATs papers in Maths and English in three-hour sessions over five days.
For more advice and top tips, or to book a free trial session, visit www.explorelearning.co.uk/blog/exampreparation-how-to-support-your-child
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involved in coding… Computers and technology are fast taking over the modern world, and becoming an integral part of our lives. While previous generations didn’t have access to this technology until they grew older, nowadays computer sciences are present in children’s lives from a much younger age. As a result, it’s becoming vital to educate our children correctly, making them more aware and safe as they grow, and preparing them for future developments and industries as they reach adulthood.
What is coding? Coding can be difficult to understand, as there is no limit to how advanced and detailed it is. But coding is basically what makes the programmes in computer systems and technology that we use every day. It tells our computers and smartphones what to do; from setting a spin cycle on a washing machine to sending an email on your laptop, coding is the building blocks of all technology. So why do our children need to learn to code? Teaching children coding is quickly becoming a vital part of their education, and is even now a part of the national curriculum. It teaches them basic life skills as well as preparing them for the future. Even at a basic level, coding and programming are difficult. For children, learning at a young age will test them and encourage them to think differently in order to work around a problem. Coding is a great way for children to
develop important problem-solving skills, in a way which interests and fulfils them. After learning the basics for yourself, you will quickly recognise the similarities between learning to code and learning another language. How can you teach coding to your child? Any child that can use a smartphone or tablet can learn some level of coding and programming. As with any learning, it needs to be fun and interesting. Here are a couple of ways to help your little ones grow in the subject of coding: Daisy the Dinosaur app This free app is ideal for younger children and teaches them the very basics of coding while making it feel like a fun and colourful game. Hopscotch Created by the same people as Daisy the Dinosaur, this app is ideal for teaching yourself
and your children the coding basics in a slightly more in-depth way. This app allows children to make and play on their own games, publishing them online for others to see as well. Code.org This website aims to expand access to computer science developments. The creators want to increase the diversity of programmers, and encourage young girls and underrepresented minorities to become more involved in coding. With a multitude of online courses and useful information, this site is brilliant for learning at home and in the classroom.
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n Rice Krispies, Chocolate You could use any chocolate for this, simply place broken up pieces of chocolate over a pan of simmering water and wait for it to melt. Mix with the cereal in a bowl and then place into paper cake cases before putting in the fridge for a few hours. Voila!
If you end up with a glut of chocolate offerings from well-meaning friends and family this Easter, and the thought of munching your way through it all en famile makes you feel a bit queasy, why not melt it down and do some baking? That way, you’re likely to share your sweet treats around – at work or visiting friends, or use them up in packed lunch boxes. Children love baking, and these recipes inject some healthier elements (cereal, oats and banana). They’re practically health foods! (Ok not quite, but it’s a start…)
Banana Loaf n 4oz butter or margarine n 6oz sugar n 8oz self raising flour n 2 eggs n 2 large or 3 medium, very ripe bananas 1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC or gas mark 4 and butter a loaf tin. 2 Mash the bananas with a fork. 3 Cream the butter and sugar together and mix in the eggs. Add the banana and mix in the flour. 4 Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes then lower the temperature to 150ºC or gas mark 2 and cook for another 30 minutes. 5 While it’s cooling, melt about an average Easter Egg of chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and in turn let this cool a bit. When the loaf is cold, spread the chocolate on the top of it and then wait for it to set – if you can – before tucking in.
Chocolate Flapjack This doesn’t actually use chocolate, but we decorate it with mini eggs, which the Easter bunny may well bring you… n n n n n
12oz butter 3tablespoons golden syrup 12oz sugar 16oz oats 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
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Easter & St George’s Day Have a Mad Hatter of an Easter at Lotherton Hall during the first three weeks of April, where there will be springtime crafts, outdoor games and a Mad Hatter’s trail to explore the house and gardens. On special days there’ll be hopping games with the Easter Bunny, a chance to meet the Mad Hatter and friends, see live hatching displays in the bird garden and make a spring planter or basket. Then on April 22 – 23, it’s St George's Weekend, with a Dragon Hunt Trail around the house and gardens, plus the little ones will have chance to dress up as a knight, dragon or princess. Get involved in some medieval family crafts or just soak up the atmosphere with live music from the brass band. www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsand galleries
My First Cinema Experience It’s always good to have a rainy day option up your sleeve during the Easter holidays, and the ever-popular Peppa Pig is making a return to the big screen on April 7 when Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience is released. As an ideal introduction to the cinema for pre-schoolers (and a comforting old favourite for older ones!) it promises to be a whole hour of snorts and giggles. Fans will be able to watch nine brand new episodes, one of which sees Peppa and her friends meeting the Queen again on an exciting visit to London.
Abbey House Museum
A Wonderland of activities Don’t be late for an important date at Abbey House Museum during the Easter holidays, where there’ll be two weeks of fantastically creative crafts and activities. There’ll be everything from murder mystery to flamingo croquet! In the second week of the holidays it’s all about eggs, with family challenges and silly science. The museum will also welcome its annual guest the Easter Bunny, who may have some treats to give out. www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
Fun at the Mill… Throughout the Easter holidays there’ll be a nature pack on offer at Thwaites Mill to help you explore the grounds, or you can pick up an artist pack and get creative. Join in one of the special activity afternoons; Creative Tuesdays and Experimental Thursdays, where there’ll be crafty fun, egg experiments and animal investigations. www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
We have a bundle of Peppa Pig prizes to give away. To be in with a chance to win, email email@example.com with the words PEPPA PIG in the title by March 31.
We have a family tournament ticket worth £25 for the Easter Tournament at the Royal Armouries Museum this Easter Weekend.
A crime has been committed. Can you solve the clues to crack the case? Put on a hazmat suit and use your ingenuity to solve three different crime scenes. These drop-in workshops take place at Thackray Medical Museum between 11am and 3pm on weekdays during the Easter holidays, and were planned with the help of West Yorkshire Police. Activities include blood spatter analysis, fingerprint identification and facial reconstruction. www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk
The tickets, which are for either two adults and two children or one adult and three children, are for Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. The lucky winners will enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting as internationally renowned knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy – it’s spectacular entertainment for all the family. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the word JOUST in the title before March 31. For more information, visit www.royalarmouries.org 13
, What s on? WINTER ABBEY TOURS AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey Knowledgeable guides bring to life the dramatic history of the beautiful Abbey. Meet at Porter’s Lodge. 1.30pm – 2.30pm. FLOOD RESPONSE AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM – NOT MONDAYS Armley Mills, Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF 0113 378 3173 • www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills An exhibition co-curated by the community in Leeds that reflects upon December 2015’s floods. Images and stories from the worst incident of flooding in Leeds in living memory are complemented by the museum’s collections representing historic instances of floods. A programme of events and talks will run alongside the exhibition. FAIRY TALES AND FANTASY AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – FROM JANUARY 21 (EXC MONDAYS) Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH 0113 378 4079 • www.leeds.gov.uk/fairytales This exhibition showcases some familiar fairy tales, including Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. COMICS UNMASKED AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – FROM JANUARY 21 (EXC MONDAYS) Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH 0113 378 4079 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/abbeyhouse/Comics-Unmasked From Dan Dare to Dennis the Menace, this display explores comic strips past and present through objects and the eyes of the local comic collecting community. FOR ALL SEASONS AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – EXCLUDING MONDAYS Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 378 5001 • www.leeds.gov.uk/seasons Whatever the weather, go along and explore how the world around us changes with the seasons. From sunny, summery days to the cold chill of winter, this exhibition takes a look at how people and animals respond to the challenges of our weather. With lots of hands-on activities and events. LITTLE SCIENTISTS AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – MARCH 1 Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH 0113 378 4079 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk For under-fives. Join the team at Abbey House to explore, create and have lots of science fun. No science knowledge necessary, just curiosity! Free, with usual admission to the museum. 10am to 12pm. CHATTERBOOKS AT ARMLEY LIBRARY – MARCH 1 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, Leeds, LS12 1UQ 0113 395 1010 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk Aged between six and 11 years old? Like reading? Quizzes? Fun activities? Then why not join Chatterbooks! A Children’s reading group at Armley Library. Chatterbooks is on the first Wednesday of the month in term time. Free event, no booking required 4pm – 5pm. TINY TIGERS AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – EVERY FRIDAY Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk Free craft-based fun for the under-fives and their carers. No booking required, just turn up and join in the creative fun. Materials provided. Wear suitable clothes as sometimes creative fun can be messy! 10am. LEEDS BOUTIQUE BABY SHOW - MARCH 4 Doubletree by Hilton, Granary Wharf, Leeds, LS1 4BR 07709 709 222 • www.boutiquebabyshows.co.uk Showcasing a variety of small baby businesses, including advice (e.g. first aid), classes, photography, clothing, accessories, keepsakes and toys. 10am – 4pm. MEDICAL LEGO COMPETITION AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – SATURDAYS MARCH 4 – 25 Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 • www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk Get creative with Lego and take part in the competition! Take inspiration from the museum’s collection to create your own Lego medical model. The best model will win a Lego prize and the winner will be announced on Facebook at the end of the month. Just drop-in, use the museum’s Lego or bring your own. Normal museum admission prices apply. Free entry if you already have an annual pass. 10am to 3pm. RORY’S TIGER CLUB AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – EVERY SATURDAY Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk Go along on Saturday mornings for different free craft activities. The museum’s team provide the theme and materials, you add your own bit of creative magic. Take home your creations. 11am. CHILDREN’S CINEMA CLUB (BABE) AT TOM FOOLERY – MARCH 4 179 High Street, Boston Spa, LS23 6AA 01937 541 500 • www.tomfoolerybostonspa.co.uk Start the weekend with a fun family film and some delicious food. While the kids watch the film downstairs with their friends the parents get to relax upstairs with a coffee and the paper. Tickets are available in advance at the bar. Or on the day if there are spaces left.
MEGAPLAY SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT – MARCH 6 Unit 1 Chestnut Court, Lotherton Way Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2JY 01132 320 955 • www.megaplaycentre.com/leeds Exclusive use of the soft play area for children with special needs and their siblings. Children with special needs have free admission. Siblings charged at normal admission prices. The cafe is open and this is the ideal place to meet and get support from other parents with special needs children. 5.15pm – 6.45pm. STORY AND RHYME TIME AT HORSFORTH LIBRARY – TUESDAYS DURING TERM TIME Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5BL 0113 378 1872 • www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries Stories, fun, rhymes and songs. 10.30am. STORY TIME AT CHAPEL ALLERTON LIBRARY – MARCH 7 106 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4LZ, 0113 378 1859 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk Fun-filled story time for pre-school children. A great opportunity to meet other parents and carers. No booking required. 10.30am. RHYMETIME WITH STAY AND PLAY AT PUDSEY LIBRARY – WEDNESDAYS DURING TERM TIME Church Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7TY 0113 378 1893 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk A fun session of sharing songs and rhymes in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. A great opportunity to meet other parents and carers. 9.30am. ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – MARCH 11 The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 • www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs and cells. Expect X-rays, Y-chromosomes and plenty of zoology. Age seven plus. BABY FRIENDLY CURATOR TALKS (CHILDHOOD) AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – MARCH 16 Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk Find out more about life as a child in Victorian and early 20th century Leeds with an illustrated talk using examples from the museum’s collections. This is a new, baby friendly bite size talk. 10.30am. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR LIVE AT KING’S HALL ILKLEY – MARCH 16 4 Station Rd, Ilkley, LS29 8HB 01274 432 000 • www.bradford-theatres.co.uk The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage in this wonderful production. FASHIONABLE YORKSHIRE; 500 YEARS OF STYLE AT LOTHERTON HALL – DAILY FROM MARCH 17 Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB 0113 378 2959 • www.leeds.gov.uk/yorkshirestyle Explore the history of fashion through the clothes and personal stories of a selection of Yorkshire women. 10am – 5pm. SPRING FAIR AT ST GEMMA’S HOSPICE – MARCH 18 329 Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS17 6QD 0113 218 5500 • www.st-gemma.co.uk Stalls, games, raffles and delicious homemade cakes. 11am – 4pm. MOTHER’S DAY AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – MARCH 26 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/Temple-Newsam Plan a special day out with all the family this Mother’s Day and enjoy the delights of Temple Newsam. There’ll be some special activities for the occasion – a chance to get crafty and make a gift. 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. MEGAPLAY SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT – MARCH 17 Unit 1 Chestnut Court, Lotherton Way Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2JY 01132 320 955 • megaplaycentre.com/leeds Exclusive use of the soft play area for children with special needs and their siblings. The cafe is open. 5.15pm – 6.45pm. SOUNDS OF THE ORCHESTRA AT ST MARGARET’S CHURCH – MARCH 18 Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LA Child friendly orchestral concert aimed at very young children and their families. COMICS CLUB AT ARMLEY LIBRARY – MARCH 29 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, Leeds, LS12 1UQ 0113 395 1010 • www.whatson.leeds.gov.uk A comics and animation club for ages six to 12. Do you like comics and animation? Then why not join, all drawing abilities welcome. Contact Armley Library for more information or to register your interest on 0113 378 5674. 4pm – 5pm. EASTER HOLIDAYS AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – APRIL 1 – 16 Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays Two weeks of fantastically creative crafts and activities.
EASTER HOLIDAYS, LEARN ABOUT FIRE AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM – APRIL 1 – 16 Armley Mills, Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF 0113 263 7861 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays Learn about the important role of our fire and rescue services. See the museum’s beautiful Victorian fire engine, dress up as a fire officer, make fire engines, and see some of the wonderful fire services objects in the collection. 10am (1pm Sundays). EASTER HOLIDAYS AT THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL – APRIL 1 – 16 Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP 0113 2141914 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays Throughout the holidays Thwaite Mills have lots going on. Make use of a nature pack to help you explore the grounds or pick up an artist pack and get creative. A MAD HATTER OF AN EASTER AT LOTHERTON HALL – APRIL 1 – 23 Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB 0113 281 3259 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays A varied programme of activities including daily springtime crafts, outdoor games and a Mad Hatter’s trail to explore the house and gardens. 10am to 4pm. JUNIOR CSI AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – WEEK DAYS APRIL 3 – 21 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 • www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk A crime has been committed. Can you solve the clues to crack the case? Put on a hazmat suit and use your ingenuity to solve three different crime scenes. Normal museum admission prices apply. Free entry if you already have an annual pass. 11am – 3pm. HIPPO EASTER HOLIDAYS AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – APRIL 4 – 13 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays Did you know hippo bones were discovered in Armley in Leeds? Join Leeds City Museum for Easter Holiday events based on this wonderful animal. Join Leeds City Museum on Tuesdays for multi-sensory family adventure sessions about the hippo, with storytelling you can touch, smell, hear and maybe even taste. Crafts are hippo-tastic on Wednesdays and Thursdays of the holidays. On Tuesday, April 4, take part in a comic strip masterclass (ages 11+). On Friday, April 7 you have the chance to don a lab coat and investigate 125,000 year old hippo bones (suitable for age 7+). Two sessions, 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. ROBIN HOOD AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – APRIL 4 – 5 The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 • www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/ Pages/Event Starring Gareth Gates as Robin Hood, Graham Cole (The Bill) as Sheriff of Nottingham and Zippy and George from Rainbow as the Merry Men. EGGSPERIMENTS AT LEEDS DISCOVERY CENTRE – APRIL 5 & 12 Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB 0113 378 2100 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays Take a look at the amazing eggs and egg cases from the Natural Science collection and learn all about eggs in this free family workshop. THE EXPLORER AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – APRIL 6 The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 • www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/ Pages/Event A new marionette show performed by puppeteer, Lori Hopkins. After the show, have all the secrets unlocked in a fun and interactive Question and Answer session designed for ages three to eight and a chance to meet The Explorer herself! PEPPA PIG MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE – AT CINEMAS FROM APRIL 7 A whole hour of snorts and giggles. MEDIEVAL EASTER AT THE ROYAL ARMOURIES MUSEUM – APRIL 8 – 23 Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT 0113 220 1999 • www.royalarmouries.org There’s an exciting programme of live interpretations, dramatic performances and combat demonstrations in store, as well as not-to-be missed events including The Knight’s Apprentice Horse Show on April 8 – 9, Knight School, Falconry, Medieval Dance Workshops and a International Jousting Tournament on April 14 – 17. CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – APRIL 8 – 23 MONDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events Cheeky little spring lambs are frolicking all around the estate. Find them to win a yummy chocolate prize!
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THE EASTER ADVENTURE AT STOCKELD PARK
WHOOO’S IN THE HOOOSE?! AT LEEDS TOWN HALL – APRIL 14 – 17 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD 01132 478 384 • www.sneakyexperience.co.uk A surprising Springtime experience, inspired by the moving image, rhyme and works of Dr. Seuss. ANIMATION CENTRAL AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – APRIL 14 – 17 The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 • www.leedsyoungfilm.com Leeds Young Film Festival is back at the Carriageworks Theatre for Easter 2017 with Animation Central: an amazing line-up of activities, events, guests, films and talks from the world of animation alongside digital storytelling, including the latest cutting-edge virtual reality content and gear. JUSTIN’S PARTY AT THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE – APRIL 15 – 16 Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AJ 01274 432 000 • www.bradford-theatres.co.uk A brand new show packed full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games guaranteed to make it the party of the year!
CHRISTOPHER NIBBLE AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – APRIL 8 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 • www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/ Pages/Event Topsy Turvy Theatre presents a story written especially for children aged two to seven. All tickets include a pre-show activity hour. Performances at 1pm and 3pm. THE EASTER ADVENTURE AT STOCKELD PARK – APRIL 8 – 25 The Estate Office, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 • www.stockeldpark.co.uk Fabulous fun including a giant egg hunt and chocolate week. DICK & DOM LIVE! THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE – APRIL 11 38 Bridge Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1JT 01274 432 375 • www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/ dick-dom-live The legends of Children’s TV, Dick and Dom are about to be unleashed in Bradford. Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet, the performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches.
CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT AT EAST RIDDLESDEN HALL – APRIL 14 – 17 Bradford Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5EL 01535 607075 • www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events Join in this Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt around the garden. Bunny has been up to his old tricks again… It’s up to you to follow his clues which lead to a Cadbury chocolate prize. CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT AT BRIMHAM ROCKS – APRIL 14 – 14 Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW 01423 780688 • www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events Fancy going on an egg hunt this Easter. Join in this Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt around Brimham Rocks? Get wrapped up warm and ready for some chocolate hunting! CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT AT NOSTELL PRIORY – APRIL 14 – 17 Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE 01924 863 892 • www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events Bunny’s been bouncing around Nostell this spring. Follow in his footsteps around the gardens during the Easter holiday. To claim your yummy Cadbury chocolate prize, you’ll need to adventure through the wild woodlands and alongside lakes to find the clues and puzzles Bunny’s left behind.
ST GEORGE’S WEEKEND AT LOTHERTON HALL – APRIL 22 – 23 Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB 0113 281 3259 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/School-Holidays Follow the Dragon Hunt Trail around the house and gardens, plus the little ones will have chance to dress up as a knight, dragon or princess. MR BLOOMS NURSERY LIVE AT YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE – APRIL 24 Cumberland St, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9SW 08448 713 024 • www.mrbloomlive.co.uk The popular CBeebies character Mr Bloom and his Veggies are about to embark on their first ever live theatre tour! FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL AT LOTHERTON HALL – APRIL 29 – MAY 1 Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB 0113 281 3259 • www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/ Pages/Lotherton-Hall Take your pick of delicious snacks, shop for local products and produce and sample the different drinks on offer, including plenty of family entertainment. Lotherton Hall hosts its second Food & Drink Festival. Take your pick of delicious snacks, shop for local products and produce and sample the different drinks on offer. There will be family entertainment and live music all bank holiday weekend to get you in the festival spirit. 10am to 5pm.
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Open Day Thursday 23 March 9.00 - 11.00am and 4.00 - 7.00pm
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3rd – 21st April (weekdays)
A crime has been committed. Can you solve the clues to crack the case? Next to St James’s Hospital. On-site parking and on the major bus routes from Leeds city centre.
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