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Our cover photograph of Alexa the fairy and Benjamin elf was taken in the grounds of Cookridge Hall Health & Fitness.

Welcome Back… When it comes to child rearing, it is always useful to defer to someone older and wiser. And who is older and wiser than Father Christmas? The more I reflect, the more I realise that the old man, with his hundreds of years of experience dealing with millions of children, has absolutely got it down to a fine art. Think about it; he’s the ultimate parenting guru. He’s a man with a plan who has won the unquestioning adoration of all children everywhere. And they all want to be good for him. Here are just three golden rules we can all learn from the big man in red: Rule One: Create a routine, and stick to it. You’ve got to hand it to him, everyone knows where they are with Santa. His routine is like clockwork and we’re all the happier for it. Rule Two: Be consistent. Above all, it’s important to be fair and treat all children equally, at all times. Rule Three: No negotiating. Do not make eye contact, or preferably any direct contact whatsoever, when discussing children’s desires, thoughts and opinions (love the ‘write me a letter’ tack here – genius). Having said this, there are elements of Father Christmas’s modus operandi that all of us busy stressed-out parents probably recognise. Essentially, his survival guide is based on threats and bribery. Oh, and when the going gets tough for him, a steady stream of alcohol…

Contents… 4 – 5 News 8 – 9 Buy the Book Your guide to buying children’s books as gifts this Christmas 12 Santa Claus is Coming to Town When and where to find him 14 Have you made a will? Expert advice from Helen Gott of Emsleys 15 Gift Guide Make it personal with Christmas presents 16 – 19 What’s On? Our ultimate guide to everything that’s happening for families over the festive season

Cheers everybody, Happy Christmas!

Claire Bottomley

The winner of our competition for a VIP visit to Stockeld Park and sleigh ride with Santa was Lyndsey Crowley. Congratulations to her and thank you to all who entered.

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Stick with Bike Helmets A study of bike helmet use has found that wearing a bicycle crash helmet reduces the risk of a serious head injury by 70% – and the risk of a fatal head injury by 65%. The same study also said that neck injuries are not caused by, or made worse by, wearing helmets, as some previous studies had claimed. Statisticians Prudence Creighton and Jake Olivier from Australia’s University of New South Wales took data from 40 studies to come up with their findings and presented their results at Safety 2016 in Finland.

Show You Care with a Toy Donation Make a difference to a child in care this Christmas – by donating a present to the The Kirkstall Abbey Toy Appeal. There are toy donation boxes in Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre, Smyths Toys at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park and the Holiday Inn hotel near the Royal Armouries Museum. The appeal is for donations of new packaged toys, but it is also taking monetary donations that will be used to buy any extra toys needed to make sure every child gets a present. A very special day is planned on December 12, when children from local care homes and foster homes will be taken to Kirkstall Abbey where they will find it transformed into a winter wonderland with Santa’s grotto at the heart of it.

The children will be treated to a magical experience with entertainment, walk-about characters and refreshments, all culminating in a visit to Santa’s workshop where they will meet the man himself and get to choose a toy from the grotto.

Wondering how to keep the children occupied over the Christmas holidays? Arty Animals could be the answer. It will be hosting Christmas arts, craft and cooking workshops from Monday, December 19 to Thursday, December 22 from 10am – 3pm. The company, based in Horsforth, has been providing fun-filled and imaginative workshops and birthday parties for more than 10 years. Children have enjoyed learning how to make bread, lemon cheesecake with frosted grapes, sticky toffee pudding, homemade burgers, crow’s feet pie and much more. They’ve also used an array of art materials to create Garbage Guzzlers, Computer Mice, Harry Potter Sorting Hats and other masterpieces. Arty Animals has now started to provide cookery workshops to children, teenagers and adults, as well as a new sewing classes for over 11s, making denim handbags. Birthday parties are designed especially for the individual child, whatever their favourite theme may be. For more information, contact Kathryn on 0113 2265 898 or 0798 2239 377, visit or email

Allergy Support The Leeds Allergy Support Group will be holding its next meeting on Saturday, November 19 from 2pm – 3.30pm at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. Children’s Allergy Nurse Specialist from Leeds General Infirmary, Brenda DeWitt, will be giving an ‘Ask the Nurse’ session. A

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Festive Food & Fun at Crag House Farm

New Christmas Attraction Launched at Lotherton Hall Families can find a magical new Christmas attraction at Lotherton Hall this year. The celebrated Edwardian house and country estate launches The Christmas Experience on November 25. Featuring enchanted experiences inspired from traditional storytelling, this authentic Christmas event is expected to leave visitors spellbound. Spread throughout the estate and house, visitors can explore a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, an Elf Village and a secret fairy hideaway. Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said, “This is a truly special experience for families to enjoy from across the county and beyond. Santa will be taking up residence in our Elf Village and the beautiful Edwardian house will be decorated in charming Christmas decorations for the Edwardian Weekend, where activities such as wreath making will be taking place. “But the magic doesn’t stop there, families can also enjoy a Twelve Days of Christmas Walk through the estate’s mysterious woodland or

dress up as Edwardians and use one of the traditional backdrops to take a family portrait – it’s certainly going to be a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy.” For more information visit: or email

Party Wear Event for Charity… A charity shop in Horsforth is holding an exclusive party wear preview event on Thursday, November 10, when it will be showcasing dresses, skirts and tops from top brands like Hobbs, French Connection, Phase Eight and more. The event at the Women’s Aid shop on New Road Side takes place from 5.30 – 7.30pm and all are welcome. Harriet Eggeling, Shop Manager for Leeds Women’s Aid said, “Proceeds from our shop will go back into funding our support services such as our volunteer training programme and staying safe programme, which is designed so that women can

support one another to understand domestic abuse, and prevent future abusive relationships.” She added, “We opened the shop last year and have had a fantastic response from our supporters who regularly donate goods and volunteer their time, all of which helps to raise vital funds. Despite this, we continue to need stock and are currently looking for volunteers who are able to spare a few hours a week at the shop.” If you would like to donate or are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the shop on 0113 258 4111. D

There’s so much going on at Crag House Farm this festive season. It will be hosting Christmas Fayres on December 3 and December 10 – great days out for all the family, with stalls selling Christmas decorations, gifts and Christmas trees. The farm shop will be filled with Christmas treats and the Granary Restaurant’s festive food will be served from 9am – 5pm. You can also enjoy a fun evening of Christmas dining with family and friends on Wednesdays, December 7, 14 and 21. There’s a great menu choice, especially for children, and meal and entertainment costs £15 for adults and £10 for children. Book early to avoid disappointment. Visit to view the full menu.

St Gemma’s Christmas Market Go along to St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown on Friday, December 2 or Saturday, December 3, where there will be stalls, a brass band, German sausages, mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto, a festive choir and real non-drop Christmas trees on sale. The Christmas Market takes place between 3 – 8pm on Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturday.

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in the Middle

Everybody’s family does December 25th differently. Here, our Columnist Becky Bond explores the gaping chasm between his and hers... HRISTMAS with my in-laws is like spending twenty four hours in the Arndale Mall on a packet of Pro-Plus. Everything feels 3D. You can‘t even escape for a yuletide log without Creepy Santa bellowing “Ho Ho Ho!” when you reach for the Charmin. Their whole house is a fantastical assault on the senses. Want a walnut? They‘ll be just next to the busty elf with a whimsical drop down dress. Need a top up of Cava? It‘s just in the fridge, adjacent to the flammable spinning wooden soldiers. Sorry, what was that? Can‘t hear you above the steam train looping round the cat basket...  But it‘s my favourite place to be on December 25th. Where else would you witness a couple of pensioners modelling comedy double knickers in broad daylight? And nobody does gifts like Granny Ruth. I‘d only been with th‘usband a year and I got a huge pile of stuff to open – clothes, perfume, a lovely leather bag from M&S... Not quite the same story when we went to my parents. It‘s not that they were tight, but it must have been a let down for Sam when he slipped off the ribbon to reveal a stapler (“...because you work in an office, don‘t you dear?”).   I‘m not saying my pre-Sam celebrations were spartan but, you know, we just did things differently. It wasn‘t really about what you wanted (Girls‘ World, Pacman, Body Shop bath pearls, anything Cadbury‘s,


Reebok trainers, Benetton sweatshirt, folding umbrella, crimpers...) but what mum thought you should have (new coat, antique desk, encyclopedia). I‘m being a bit harsh, one year I hit the jackpot and got some paisley jeans and a Pifco facial sauna.   When I was about eight, what I really, really wanted was a sports bag. I‘d seen it dangling in the cobbler‘s window in Bingley precinct and felt convinced it would enhance my life. So when dad put up the tree and mum did her decorations – red felt apples (“no tinsel dear – not really my scene”), I nearly burst when I spotted big brother Nige placing a bag-shaped box underneath.   I should have known. This was the brother who handcuffed me to the banister and trumped on my head. Of course it wasn‘t going to be the coveted Head bag.   When the big day arrived, it was the first present I reached for. But my soul sank a little more as each layer of Dave‘s Bargain Centre wrapping paper revealed ever shrinking parcels. The shoe box unveiled a uhu-sealed gift bag, which in turn gave way to a bubblewrapped envelope then finally, a battered England‘s Glory matchbox. Surely he hadn‘t bought his little sister a box of danger? No, it was worse. He‘d emptied the matches out and replaced them with a half-sucked extra strong mint.  But not to worry, we‘d all be enjoying turkey in half an hour as that was the year

mum set the oven timer to midnight rather than midday before going to bed. We had to collect Grandad early and everything. So while most families were still in their pyjamas, looking for batteries (“They must be in the bin with the wrapping paper....You‘ll have to tip it all out...Not in the middle of the lounge!”); we were fully dressed, forking our first prawn in marie-rose sauce.   I‘m doing dinner this year. I‘ve managed to dodge it for the last forty four, but my number‘s up. I‘ve taken the turkey baster baton and I‘m rolling with it. It‘s just a posh roast, right? I‘m thinking I might invite Uncle Bernard Matthews and Aunt Bessie for the main course, then introduce them to Sara Lee for dessert and let Jack Daniels take us all through to midnight.  Creepy Santa isn‘t on the guest list. To read Becky‘s blog, go to or follow her on twitter @beckymenston

Welcome to THE WARDROBE… Two sisters from Shadwell have launched a children’s dress agency selling pre-loved designer and high end high street children's clothes online. Via an eBay shop and Facebook page, Emma and Lisa, who have six children between them, sell internationally – making their target market endless. “It's never been so easy to sell your no longer worn children’s clothes and turn them into cash,” said Lisa. “We have over 14 years’ experience of selling on eBay and although we adore children’s fashion we adore selling on eBay even more! Put them together and we have a winning formula.” For more information, call 07799 414 623, email or find The Wardrobe Shadwell on Facebook.


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Christkindelmarkt Children’s Show

Each Sunday families can enjoy our Children’s Show in the Open Air Market Square, featuring sing-alongs, games, face painting and balloon modelling; with appearances from our Winter Wonderland Princesses and other characters. 10.45-11.30am and 12.00-12.45pm

Santa’s Breakfast Experience - NEW for 2016! Join Santa for breakfast in the Alp Chalet each Sunday from 20 November from 10.00-11.30am. Especially for children and families; booking is essential, tickets from



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Why Books Make Perfect

Presents for Children They don’t require batteries, they don’t need to be assembled, and they don’t mean you have to build a loft extension to accommodate them. They don’t even cause you excruciating pain when you step on them in the middle of the night. Books: what’s not to like? But it’s not just us grown-ups who appreciate the advantages of literary gifts for the wee ones. They may not deliver the biggest instant wow factor when ripped from gaudy wrapping, but books are what children will return to, and lose themselves in, time after time. Watch how a person’s face lights up when they tell you about their favourite children’s book, and then decide if books are the most magical present in the world! And older children don’t have to be keen independent readers to appreciate the right book as a gift. If it’s well-chosen with them in mind, about something that enthuses them or captures their imagination, you’re on to a winner.

popular, well-known book, but it is actually quite useful to have more than one copy. One for upstairs by their bed and another for downstairs in the daytime, or one to keep at a grandparent’s home.

So, if you’re thinking about buying books as gifts for your own children or others this Christmas, we’ve gathered some great recommendations. First though, a few dos and don’ts:

DO write in them It’s a lovely, personal touch to write in the inside sleeve or cover of a book. “Happy Christmas 2016, with love from Aunty Emma,” is something they will look back on with fondness in years to come.

DON’T worry about duplicating Chances are, they may already have a

DO buy them books about things they’re interested in, especially as they get older

Books about sports, dance, Minecraft or pets are great for junior enthusiasts. Remember they don’t have to be fiction books and factual books often go down really well. DON’T worry if they don’t seem to like it It might be that they will come back to it and discover it on another day… or maybe it’s just not for them. The thought was there and we are all individuals with our own tastes and preferences – children are no different. Getting the opportunity to try a wide range of reading material is the main thing, and books can easily be passed on to another friend or relative who might like it more.

Christmas Books… There are some great new Christmas books out this year, we’ve reviewed a few here… WINNIE AND WILBUR MEET SANTA by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul Ages: 0 – 5 Firm favourites Winnie the Witch and Wilbur are back, and they’re super excited about Christmas. A fantastic festive story which includes a spectacular pop-up surprise. 8

THE MOUSE THAT CANCELLED CHRISTMAS by Madeleine Cook Ages: 0 – 5 In the same way that good invariably triumphs over evil, so the festive spirit triumphs over petty rules and box-ticking in this funny and feel-good Christmas story. Like Scrooge and the Grinch, Mouse is an anti-hero made good by the power of Christmas.

THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig Ages: 6 – 8 The second book in the festive series sees nine-year-old Amelia writing to Father Christmas to ask for her mother to get better. Unfortunately, Father Christmas can’t get his trusty reindeer off the ground and Christmas is cancelled! Uh oh! A year on, determined to bring back Christmas and make up for last year, Santa sets off for London, with the aim to make this the happiest Christmas ever for the very first child he visited.


Book Recommendations… Some of us at Families Leeds HQ have been thinking of our favourite children’s books, and we’ve had some help from our friend as well. The age ranges are just a guide, especially since most adults still seem to enjoy them all now! PUMPKIN SOUP by Helen Cooper, Ages 3 – 5 “Our favourite book by far. It’s fun, gripping and has a moral to the story.” – Vicki Gilbert of Tiny Signers THE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister, for pre-school and reception children “A lovely story about learning how to share and how sharing with others can make you feel a lot happier.” – Helen Hudson, Reception teacher and head of early years at Ghyll Royd School THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA by Judith Kerr, Ages 3 – 5 “This was one of my favourites as a child and both my children love it too. It captures the imagination with its perfect balance of the mundane and the magical.” Claire Bottomley, Families Leeds Editor THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN by David Walliams, Ages 7 – 12 “My daughter Isla really loved this. She liked this book because it had lots of short stories in it and the tales were pretty gruesome and funny which she loved! She could not wait to read it each day which made her reading homework easy!” – Lisa Mathie, Children’s Activities Manager at Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness

DEAR ZOO by Rod Campbell, Ages 1 – 5 “Izzy, aged two, loves this. The great thing about it is she can join in with me as I read, due to the repetition (I sent him back!). I love reading it to her!” - Lisa Ross, Families Online Editor

NADIYA’S BAKE ME A STORY by Nadiya Hussain, Age 5+ “Beautifully illustrated story book with recipes for children to (help) bake, which I just bought for my daughter’s ninth birthday.” Belinda Maunsell, Editor, Families Vale of York

WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Michael Rosen, Age 2+

THE GENERAL by Robert Muchamore, 10+ “Part of the cherub series, this is a thrilling book which is hard to put down. It tells the story of a military versus kids battle with lots of action and edge of seat encounters! Readers over 10 will love it.” – Jakob Smith, age 11

YOU CHOOSE by Pippa Goodhart, Ages 3 – 5 “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a must for bedtime and daytime, enjoy reciting it as you trek outdoors en famille! You’ll have fantastic and (be warned) sometimes lengthy debates with You Choose, an awesome book.” – Helen Gration, Founder of The Montessori Nurtury, Moortown WHEN A MONSTER IS BORN by Sean Taylor, Ages 6 – 11 “We always loved reading this to both our children!” Justin Leeming, Families Leeds Designer SUPERTATO by Sue Hendry, Ages 5 – 9 “A super story line that captivates both girls and boys inspiring them to think and write like a Superhero! (Who doesn’t want to pretend they are superhero for the day?) Cecilia Warren, Year One teacher at Gateways School

STICKMAN by Julia Donaldson, Ages 3 – 7 This is one of my favourites. We have just covered it in Reception Class. It has lots of rich rhyming vocabulary and prompted a stick hunt. We used sticks to write with and it was particularly useful for engaging boys in their own learning. – Sarah Ellison, Reception Class Teacher at Gateways School

COMPETITION! We’ve teamed up with Oxford University Press to offer one lucky reader a mini Christmas book bundle of Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa and The Mouse that Cancelled Christmas. To be in with a chance to win, send an email with the word BOOKS in the title to by November 30.

Contact Sara Hall on 0113 834 6522 or email


New SENSATION Popular local company Flutterbabies, which offers infant swimming, yoga, massage and signing sessions, is introducing a whole new experience for babies and their grown-ups. Aqua Sensory will be part of baby and toddler swimming classes starting this month. It introduces traditional dry land activities like music, massage, singing, signing, discovery play and movement into the swimming pool, and this will be combined with traditional baby and toddler swimming lessons. “Water has so many healing properties and is so good for babies. It gives them the freedom of movement that they don’t have on land,” explained Samantha Dalton who runs Flutterbabies. “It is a programme where you can tune in and learn all about your child’s development.” 

Flutterbabies brings Aqua Sensory to Leeds

She added, “Our carefully structured courses promote safe practices and water confidence, but above all provide a positive, fun environment for babies to develop their natural affinity with water. “There are little stations for different activities around the pool, so not everyone is doing everything at the same time, and the parents are asked to stand back and let the children explore and take the lead, which helps their development and boosts confidence and self-esteem.” Classes will be held at Swim In Motion in Bramley, a pool which is kept at a pleasant 32 degrees and is virtually chemical free, with less chlorine than tap water. The eight week courses start on Wednesday, November 2.  

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TEN REASONS why children should play a

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT By Paul Phenny, Director of Performing Arts at Brontë House School IT HELPS THEM SOCIALLY Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together. It can also be an excellent way to meet new people and make life-long friends.

playing an instrument helps in lowering the heart rate and blood pressure and as a result pupils feel more relaxed.


IT’S A CONFIDENCE BUILDER If you want your child to develop their confidence, learning to play a musical instrument can help. Being able to perform in front of an audience as part of a group and as a solo performer requires a huge amount of self confidence. This confidence naturally spills over into other aspects of life and can help children in the future with University and job interviews and making public presentations.



IT TEACHES PATIENCE We live in a world of instant gratification, but real life demands having patience. Learning a musical instrument has patience at its very heart. A performer will not become competent immediately, it requires practise and commitment.


IT CAN HELP RELIEVE STRESS Playing a musical instrument on a regular basis can help bring down stress levels. The comfort of the routine of regular practice and losing yourself in the music makes you forget the worries of everyday life. Studies show that



HEY SAY THAT MUSIC is the universal language; something that everyone can enjoy. Experts agree that there are many benefits to learning a musical instrument. Here are 10 reasons why your child should put down their iPad and pick up a musical instrument.


IT CAN HELP BOOST BRAIN POWER More and more studies show a correlation between higher academic achievement and children who are exposed to music. Music stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, maths and emotional development.


IT CAN IMPROVE MEMORY Learning and performing music has a lot to do with memory. Further research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child's learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development.

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IT’S CONSTANT LEARNING In some pursuits, you can never truly learn everything there is to know. Music is like that, it is inexhaustible – there is always more to learn.


IT TEACHES DISCIPLINE AND FOSTERS CREATIVITY To become a competent and confident performer requires practice, practice and more practice. To improve in music, you have to not only do well in lessons, but devote time to practicing. That requires discipline. Above all, playing music, particularly as children get more advanced, is a creative pursuit. Creativity is good for the mind, body and soul.

IT CAN HELP STUDENTS GET TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THEIR CHOICE Higher passes in music exams can contribute towards UCAS credits. This can be particularly important when competition for university places is so intense. IT IS FUN! Whether it be the laughs due to mistakes in the rehearsal room or the feeling of elation from the applause of an audience, above all learning a musical instrument and performing is fun.

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Abbey House Museum Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 galleries/Pages/Abbey-House-Museum Visit Father Christmas in his magical Abbey House Grotto for the first three weekends in December and make sure to remember your camera. Grotto price not included in admission: £4.50 (includes a present).

Bolton Abbey Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6EX Father Christmas and his merry elves are taking up residence in Strid Wood for the first three weekends in December and every day from December 19 – 23. Each child will receive a gift with their name on. Pre-booking is essential and an electronic email ticket must be printed and shown on arrival. £12 per child. The usual estate admission fee of £8 per car also applies.

Crag House Farm Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 7JX 0113 230 3618 The farm will be hosting Christmas Fayres on Saturday December 3 and Saturday December 10 from 10am – 4pm. Father Christmas is due to arrive at 11am and stay hopefully until 4pm.


ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Santa in his grotto, receive a surprise gift, have your face painted and make a Christmas craft, all for £6.50. The Christmas Fayre is a great day for all the family, with many stalls selling Christmas decorations, gifts and even Christmas trees. The farm shop will be filled with Christmas treats and the Granary Restaurant’s festive food will be served from 9am – 5pm.

Eureka Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE 01422 330069 Father Christmas and a few of his Elven friends are visiting Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, to get into the festive spirit by chatting to children and giving out a few early gifts in their snuggly grotto. The big man in red will be meeting visitors from December 3 to 23. Visitors to the children’s museum will be able to watch ‘Snow Day’, a festive show seeing winter through the eyes of a child experiencing snow for the very first time, with the help of a rather frosty companion. Snow Day runs from December 3 – January 2. Visits to the grotto cost £3 plus standard admission. Entry to Snow Day is free with standard admission – book both on arrival.

Fountains Abbey Fountains, Near Ripon, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • www.national Father Christmas is touching down at Fountains Abbey this year and he comes bearing gifts. On Saturdays and Sundays from November 26 to December 18, and on Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, if you’ve been a good little boy or girl then go and pay him a visit in his cosy grotto and he may have a special something for you. (£5 per child includes gift), 1pm – 3pm. While you’re there, from November 26 to January 3 the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal deer have prepared a special explorer map for Father Christmas’s reindeer, pointing out all the amazing places across the estate. Grab your very own reindeer’s explorer map to follow in their hoofsteps. 10am – 4pm. And if it’s crafts you like, the post office at Fountains Hall will be officially open for business! Be sure to write to Father Christmas to tell him how good you’ve been. Paper, pens, envelopes and stamps provided – all that’s left is for you to write your wish list, become the postmaster, and send it off to the North Pole. If you drop in after Christmas, it will still be open. Why don’t you write to Father Christmas to thank him for your pressies?

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Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB 0113 378 2959 Presenting the ultimate festive day out, steeped in Christmas magic and excitement. From November 25 to December 23, taking inspiration from traditional story-telling, you can enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, an Elf Village where you’ll find that Santa’s taken up residence to meet the little visitors, plus you can uncover a secret fairy hideaway in the rock garden. Don’t forget the annual Edwardian Christmas in the house too, taking place on December 10 and 11, with carols, magic shows, arts and crafts, dressing up and wreath making.

St Gemma’s Hospice Christmas Market 329 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 6QD 0113 218 5500 • A brass band and festive choir will be filling the air with Christmas music as visitors see Santa in his grotto. Check out the stalls and enjoy German sausages and mulled wine. There’ll be non-drop Christmas trees on sale too. Friday, December 2, 3pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 3, 10am – 3pm.

Stephen H Smith Garden & Leisure Pool Rd, Otley LS21 1DY 01943 850 050 • Santa will be in his grotto handing out presents on Saturdays and Sundays from November 19, between 10am and 4pm – though he does need a short rest now and again! No need to book, £5 per ticket.

Templenewsam Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 336 7560 • andgalleries/Pages/Temple-Newsam Go and enjoy the magnificent decorations in the house, along with a Tudor banquet display, storytellers, music from Jane Austen’s time, Victorian craft making and carol singers on December 10 and 11, 11am – 4pm. The festive farm will also have traditional games, wreath making, a living nativity and even a 1940s kitchen demonstration. Tickets are valid across the house and farm for this special weekend event and cost £17 for families and £7.40 for adults. There is an additional £4 charge for visits to Father Christmas; grab a time slot in advance by calling 0113 336 7460. From December 13 – 17 you can also sneak in to meet Father Christmas by the fire for £5 with no additional house admission charge.

Tumble Town South View Business Centre, Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9PP 01943 870 189 See Santa as part of a fantastic Tumble Town Christmas Party. Taking place on Saturday, December 17 from 3 – 5.30pm and Monday, December 19 from 3.30 – 6pm, they include fab face painting, Christmas activities, Christmas party tea and juice, a visit from Santa with a gift for each child followed by a fabulous Santa bubble disco. Tickets limited and available at the desk at Tumble Town.



Make this Christmas an unforgettable one at Leeds Museums and Galleries Take a spellbinding visit to Santa in his enchanted grotto, pick up some hand-crafted local treasures in our Christmas market, or capture the spirit of the festive season with cheerful crafts, fun and games.

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure Harrogate Road, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 • Visit Santa in his Grotto from Friday to Sunday from November 12 and then every day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. Santa is a very popular chap so unfortunately tickets are not sold in advance or online but on a first come, first served basis at the ticket office on the day. leedsmuseumsandgalleries @leedsmuseums #magicalleeds


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WILL... Helen Gott, Head of Wills and Probate at Emsleys Solicitors, explains the importance of writing a Will.

OR MOST PEOPLE, writing a Will is one of those things we put off to do tomorrow. As a solicitor specialising in Wills and Probate, I have heard an endless list of excuses for not making a Will, from “I don’t have anything to leave” to “I know my family will sort it out”, right up to “I’m not going to die”. Whilst the latter excuse caused me to raise an eyebrow and wish the client good luck, there has been a rise in the number of cases of people dying without a Will. The problems it causes far outweigh any discomfort clients may feel about making a Will and addressing the inevitable. Recently, several high profile people have died without writing a Will, and the family arguments have played out in the popular press. Prince, for example, died without a Will leaving a complicated family of siblings, half siblings and other relations to argue over who inherits his £230 million fortune. Indeed, within a few months of Prince’s death, 30 potential heirs had filed claims in Court. Although this is in the American courts and their legal system differs to ours, there is no doubt that the legal fees will be significant and far outweigh the cost of a professionally drafted Will. Popular actors Roger Lloyd Pack and Rick Mayall both died intestate, i.e. without a Will, leaving their families to deal with the intestacy rules which operate when someone dies without writing a Will. The intestacy rules were written in 1925, so do not protect cohabitees and step


children, nor reflect modern family relationships. The only option for clients who fall into these categories is to consider legal action against the estate. However, this is not a step many families feel able to deal with after the death of a loved one. For married clients with their own personal wealth, the intestacy rules do not pass the entire estate to the surviving spouse; a fact which often surprises clients, who ‘presume’ everything will automatically pass to the survivor. With many of us having children with more than one partner, multiple marriages or long term cohabitation, the need for a carefully drafted Will becomes even more important. We often see cases of the children of a first marriage who have been inadvertently disinherited by a parent who has died leaving everything to their new spouse. In these cases, the family rifts that appear are usually irreparable and often could have been avoided. In short, making a Will offers clarity to your family at what is already an emotionally distressing time. If you haven’t made a Will already, why not put it on your ‘to do’ list for 2017? For more information on making a Will, contact Emsleys’ Wills & Probate team on 0113 201 4900 or

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Gift Guide… When it comes to presents from children, there’s nothing better than something homemade. A personal offering will be treasured by doting relatives and there’s a big sense of pride for the little elf who made it. Plus, making them can be a good activity to while away a grey school holiday afternoon. Here, Kathryn Parry-Brown from Arty Animals shares her instructions for making a Santa’s Sack cake… First, make 12 cupcakes. You will need: n 150g Sugar n 150g Butter n 150g Self Raising Flour n 3 Medium Eggs n 1 1⁄2 tsp Vanilla Essence n Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs a little at a time. If the mixture splits a little add a little flour. Gently fold in the flour. Gently fold in the vanilla essence n Place a generous spoon full of the mixture in each cupcake holder. n Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes at 180ºC/Fan 170ºC/350ºF/ Gas Mark 4 n Remove from the oven and leave to cool before decorating n Make buttercream by beating 100g of icing sugar and 50g butter together until smooth

Another great option for making your own presents is to visit a pottery café. There are so many options at Firefly in Horsforth. From baubles to mugs, plaques and more, capture little designs or handprints to adorn what will inevitably become a family heirloom, decorating Christmas trees for years to come. We’re big fans for Orchard Toys at Families Leeds, and they are always a great option for Christmas presents. Here are two of our favourites this year… For a wee one who’s just started school, Match and Spell is a great game to get them practising their phonics and word building. Featuring bold illustrations of simple words, the game can be played in two ways – appealing to different levels of ability as children progress. £7.50, Age 4+, 1 – 4 Players. A good option to give as a gift to a whole family is What a Performance, which starts you along the path towards the big family games that are great for the festive season. It’s an action-packed game, ideal for getting everyone laughing. If a player can’t perform an action before the timer runs out, they must use the magic decoder to reveal the hidden forfeit! £15.95, Age 5 – adult, 2 – 4 players.

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2. Roll out a round circle of red roll-out icing. 3. Place one spoonful of buttercream in the middle of your icing circle, then spread some more buttercream carefully around the sides of the cupcake. Place the cake in the middle of the circle and fold it up around the cake. 4. Make some green runny icing and pour it gentle over the top of your Santa's sack cake. 5. Place all the lovely things you have made on top of your Santa's sack cake. 6. Carefully place some of your favourite sweets on to fill out the top. 7. Enjoy your cake.


It’s Panto Time! IIOh yes it is! With three classic tales staged right in the heart of Leeds, the traditional tripII IIto the pantomime is a must-do for the whole family. Here’s our guide to what’s on…II

Sleeping Beauty City Varieties Music Hall’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto • November 26 to January 8 Prepare yourselves for the most thrilling panto experience… part gig, part musical theatre but always a riot of fun and enjoyed by all ages over three years. The cast of incredibly talented actormusicians slip seamlessly between playing their characters and playing in the band. The Rock’n’Roll Pantos at City Varieties are hilarious, high-speed productions which retain all the traditional audience participation and corny gags with the added bonus of a full-blown ‘boulder fight’ plus a treasure chest of top pop and soul hits performed live on stage. You’ll be dancing in the aisles to charttoppers from across the decades, plus a few more surprises along the way and there are plenty of opportunities to sing along should the mood grab you. online/sleepingbeauty Box Office 0113 243 0808

COMPETITION TIME… The lovely people at Liberty Events have waved their magic wands and given us a family ticket for two adults and two children worth £72 to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the spectacular big-top White Rose Theatre on the grounds of Tetley Brewery in Leeds. To be in with a chance to win it, send an email with the words SNOW WHITE in the title to by December 1.

Cinderella Carriageworks Theatre December 2 to January 7 Carriageworks Theatre audiences are set to be charmed this Christmas when musical heart-throb and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall takes on a princely role in Leeds’ traditional pantomime Cinderella. Jai fast became a firm favourite with millions in the popular talent contest, winning a legion of fans for his powerhouse vocals and unique classical renditions of pop hits. He secured victory in the competition, along with a coveted slot at the 2011 Royal Varity Performance. Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said,“Following on from a record breaking run of Aladdin last year I am thrilled to have Jai joining Leeds’ panto legend Jez Edwards in what is already shaping up to be a stellar cast of sensational talent. Jai’s charm and amazing vocal talents and Jez’s warmth and comedy capers will ensure this production of Cinderella is a truly magical festive experience for all the family.” Jai said,“Panto is such an amazing family tradition at Christmas and I can’t wait to play a part in all the fun. I’m so excited about teaming up with Jez and playing in the heart of Leeds which always has some of the best and most lively audiences in the country!” Box Office: 0113 376 0318 16

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs White Rose Theatre at The Tetley December 8 to January 1 Mirror, mirror on the wall, where can I see the biggest and best fairytale of them all? This Christmas, Leeds will get its first big top pantomime which will be popping-up in the grounds of the former Tetley Brewery, playing host to a fantastic star-studded production of one of the best-loved fairytales of the last two centuries; Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. The cast is led by Geordie Shore heart throb, Scotty Timlin, who is stepping up to the role of the swashbuckling Prince. Appearing alongside Scotty, Brookside and Last of the Summer Wine star, Louis Emerick, and Tupele Dorgu, known for her role as plucky machinist Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street, is playing the Wicked Queen. Radio Aire breakfast show presenters will play Royal Courtiers with Kelly Pegg playing Private Secretary to the Wicked Queen and Ant Arthur playing Lord Chamberlain. Prepare to be dazzled from the second you arrive, as you are greeted by Tinkerbell, Snow White’s pet Meerkat and other favourites from the land of fairy tales. There will also be entertainment from close-up magicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers and face-painters as well as candy floss, popcorn and ice-cream on sale. Adults who like to indulge in the festive season will love the fully stocked bars, including a luxury champagne bar. Box Office: 0113 870 7769 •

Festive Days Out

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IIThere’s so much to do for families in Leeds and the surrounding area. Here are threeII IIof our favourite spots for a visit this Christmas…II

Fountains Abbey

Stockeld Park

There’s nothing better than wrapping up warm and heading out for a crisp winter walk – it makes the well-earned mince pie at the end so much more enjoyable! What better place than beautiful, peaceful Fountains Abbey, where there’s so much to see and do. On various dates there’s an Autumn deer watch, abbey tours, a felt craft workshop, embroidery workshop and winter bird walk on offer. See our What’s On listing for more events and details. Every weekend from November 26 to December there’s Music and Light. Tuck into a hot pulled pork sandwich and a mulled wine from the visitor centre then wander through the estate to see the trees twinkling with light and the abbey all aglow with the colours of the rainbow. Stop by the cellarium to catch some live festive music – don’t hesitate to join in if you know the tune! From November 26 there’s a Woolly winter workshop from 11am – 3pm at Swanley Grange. Make a woolly decoration to take home. While you’re there check out the sheep who are staying cosy in the winter weather with their woolly fleeces. For details of Christmas activities, see our Where’s Santa guide on pages 12 – 13.

Always magical, Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure is open until January 3, with a real outdoor ice-skating rink, illuminated forest, adventure playgrounds, maze and nordic ski trail. Skate on the rink set in the magnificent parkland of Stockeld Park, fringed by the twinkling lights of the magical Enchanted Forest. Ski through the forest as it meanders past fantastical illuminated sculptures and round the stunning lake. Explore, climb and play as you discover adventure playground areas including the Tangle Tree Climb, Tepee Encampment, Woodsands Cove and new Spiders Lair. Plus, there’ll be special events including the Santa’s Arrival and Parade on November 12 and 13 with a chance to meet the reindeer, and a Camel Parade and Rides on November 19 and 20. You can also visit Santa in his Grotto. For details of Christmas activities, see our Where’s Santa guide on pages 12 – 13.



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Thackray Medical Museum The only museum of its kind in the North of England, this fascinating museum takes you on a journey through nine interactive galleries to explore the incredible world of medicine. Travel from the Victorian age to the present day to explore the fascinating world of surgery and find out how breakthroughs in science have changed all our lives for the better. November is Engineering month, and on Saturdays there are drop-in sessions between 10am – 3pm to design and make your own prosthetics. On Saturday December 3, 10 and 17 it’s Bumps and Babies month, with drop-in sessions between 10am – 3pm to learn all about baby development and see ultrasound technology in action. Try on a baby bump to find out what it is like to be pregnant or use an ultrasound to scan a model tummy.

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30 YEARS OF WORLD HERITAGE SITE EXHIBITION AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – UNTIL DECEMBER 1 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Go down to Fountains Hall and join in the celebrations for their 30th birthday of being a World Heritage Site. MARY POPPINS AT ALHAMBRA THEATRE – NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 10 Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AJ, 01274 432 000 • The magical story has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7.30pm. ADVENTURE SEASON AT STOCKELD PARK – UNTIL JANUARY 3 Stockeld Park, The Estate Office, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 • The Adventure season begins! Real ice skating, the Enchanted Forest, Yew Tree Maze and Nordic Skiing plus much more. MUSEUM MINIS MOVIES: KUNG FU PANDA AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – NOVEMBER 2 Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 • Pages/Leeds-City-Museum Enjoy special screenings of family friendly films linked to the museum’s collections. The screenings are for parents and guardians and their babies, no need to worry about disturbing other guests while the film is on. There’s free movement, higher light levels and a craft station at the back. Drop in and pay on the day. £2 per person, under-1s free. FREE DAY FRIDAY AT RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR – NOVEMBER 4 Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB 0845 265 8070 Enjoy free admission. BONFIRE NIGHT AT ROUNDHAY PARK – NOVEMBER 4 Meet at Soldiers Field. The enormous bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and fireworks will start at 8pm. Join 70,000 others to enjoy the biggest bonfire in Leeds. BONFIRE NIGHT AT BRAMLEY PARK – NOVEMBER 4 Bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the firework display starting at 7:30pm. BONFIRE NIGHT AT EAST END PARK – NOVEMBER 4 Bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the firework display starting at 7:30pm. BONFIRE NIGHT AT MIDDLETON PARK – NOVEMBER 4 Bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the firework display starting at 7:30pm BONFIRE NIGHT AT SPRINGHEAD PARK (ROTHWELL) – NOVEMBER 4 Bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the firework display starting at 7:30pm. WOODHOUSE MOOR (HEADINGLEY) – NOVEMBER 4 Bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the firework display starting at 7:30pm. AUTUMN DEER WATCH AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – NOVEMBER 5 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 A guided walk in the medieval deer park. WINTER ABBEY TOURS AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – NOVEMBER 5 – MARCH 31 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Knowledgeable guides bring to life the dramatic history of the beautiful Abbey. BONFIRE NIGHT AT THE MUSTARD POT IN CHAPEL ALLERTON – NOVEMBER 5 From 4pm. Homemade chilli, pie and peas, Yorkshire parkin and winter drinks will be on offer. FIREWORK SPECTACULAR AT STOCKELD PARK – NOVEMBER 6 Stockeld Park, The Estate Office, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 • 5.30pm start. Lighting up the sky, this display is set to music – a loud and proud Yorkshire evening of entertainment. Fireworks charges will apply on site from 2.30pm. SANTA’S ARRIVAL AND PARADE AT STOCKELD PARK – NOVEMBER 12 & 13 The Estate Office, Wetherby , West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 • Join Santa and his wonderful reindeer as he arrives at Stockeld Park to mark the opening of the magical Santa’s Grotto. Meet the Reindeer at 10am & 12pm; Santa Parade at 3pm.


RAWDON FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT RAWDON CRICKET CLUB – NOVEMBER 12 Larkfield Road, Rawdon, Leeds, LS19 6DZ 01132 506 033 • Rawdon County Cricket Club Community Fireworks Display. Lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy together. 6.30pm gates open. Display starts at 8pm.

THE REINDEERS’ EXPLORER MAP AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – NOVEMBER 26 – JANUARY 3 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • The Fountains Abbey deer have prepared a special explorer map for Father Christmas’s reindeer, pointing out all the amazing places across the estate. 10am to 4pm.

CAMEL PARADE AND RIDES AT STOCKELD PARK – NOVEMBER 19 & 20 The Estate Office, Wetherby , West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 • We Three Kings of Orient are visiting Stocked Park! And they’ll be offering camel rides to all visitors. Take part in this unique experience then wish them luck as they embark on a magical parade around the Enchanted Forest.

FOUNTAINS CHRISTMAS POST OFFICE AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – NOVEMBER 26 – JANUARY 3 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Be sure to write to Father Christmas to tell him how good you’ve been. Paper, pens, envelopes and stamps are provided – all that’s left is for you to write your wish list, become the postmaster, and send it off to the North Pole. 11am to 3pm.

WINTER BIRD WALK AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – NOVEMBER 19 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • A two-mile walk around the estate to see the birds that make Fountains Abbey their home in winter time. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.30am to 1.30pm.

WOOLLY WINTER WORKSHOP AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – NOVEMBER 26 – JANUARY 3 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Pop into Swanley Grange to make a woolly winter decoration to take home. 11am to 3pm.

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH FAMILY RAVE – NOVEMBER 20 Propaganda’s Attic, The Cube, 123 Albion Street, Leeds, LS2 8ER Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. With DJ Danny Mac (Back2Basics/Warehouse Project). Club lighting, craft area with superhero themed crafts, play area with tents and tunnels, babies-only safe space with soft mats, sofas and ball-pool, parachute dance, glowsticks and more. Sound levels monitored to be safe for even the smallest ears 2pm – 4pm. MAGIC LANTERN FESTIVAL AT ROUNDHAY PARK – NOVEMBER 25 – JANUARY 2 Leeds, LS8 2JL 0113 395 7400 • The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. A stunning outdoor Christmas themed event, a festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Roundhay Park and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Christmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals. THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE AT LOTHERTON HALL – NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 23 Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB 0113 378 2959 • Taking inspiration from traditional story-telling you can enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, an Elf Village where you’ll find that Santa’s taken up residence to meet little visitors, plus you can uncover a secret fairy hideaway in the rock garden.

CHOCOLATES FOR CHRISTMAS AT TEMPLE NEWSAM HOUSE – NOVEMBER 26 Halton, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS15 0AE, Temple-Newsam Learn to make Belgian truffles from a professional chocolatier and leave with beautifully packaged chocolates as a gift. Tickets include the workshop, a house tour and tea and cake, to book call 0113 3367460 or email 11am – 4pm. FATHER CHRISTMAS’S GROTTO AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 18,19 & 20 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Pay Santa a visit in his cosy grotto and he may have a special something for you. MUSIC & LIGHTS AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 10 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Get into the festive spirit with music, twinkly lights and a mulled wine. Tuck into a hot pulled pork sandwich and a mulled wine from the visitor centre then wander through the estate to see the trees twinkling with light and the abbey all aglow with the colours of the rainbow. Stop by the cellarium to catch some live festive music 3.30pm to 5pm SLEEPING BEAUTY THE ROCK ’N’ ROLL PANTO AT CITY VARIETIES MUSIC HALL – NOVEMBER 26 – JANUARY 8 Swan St, Leeds, LS1 6LW 0113 870 7769 • Sing along to The Eagles, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye and more. With all the familiar characters, jokes and full-blown and now legendary ’boulder fight’.

, What s on? DICK WHITTINGTON AT HARROGATE THEATRES – NOVEMBER 30 – JANUARY 15 Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1QF, 01423502710 • Join Dick and his magical feline friend on their enchanting adventure to the nation’s capital where the streets are said to be paved with gold. VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM – DECEMBER 1 – JANUARY 1 Armley Mills, Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF 0113 263 7861 • Pages/armleymills Drop-in, throughout December during opening times and make yourself some Victorian Christmas decorations and cards. CHRISTMAS STORIES WITH SANTA AT RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR – DECEMBER 2 – 24 Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB 0845 265 8070 Snuggle up for a classic Christmas tale, have a sing-along and a story with the man himself and if you have been very good receive a small gift. CINDERELLA AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – DECEMBER 2 – JANUARY 7 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 • Pages/default It’s time to be charmed by the classic rags to riches fairy tale of downtrodden Cinders.. She’s off to the ball, so why don’t you go too? CHRISTMAS MARKET AT ST GEMMA’S HOSPICE – DECEMBER 2 & 3 329 Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS17 6QD 0113 218 5500 • Stalls, a brass band, German sausages, mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto, a festive choir and real non-drop Christmas trees on sale. 3pm – 8pm on Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturday. CHRISTMAS FAYRE AT CRAG HOUSE FARM – DECEMBER 3 & 10 Otley Old Road, Leeds, LS16 7NH A great day for all the family with Christmas gifts, decorations, carols and festive treats. Santa arrives at 11am. 10am – 4pm

DECEMBER FAMILY SATURDAYS AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – SATURDAYS DECEMBER 3 – 17 Near St James’s Hospital Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 Bumps and Babies month. Drop-in between 10am – 3pm to learn all about baby development and see ultrasound technology in action. Try on a baby bump to find out what it is like to be pregnant. Use an ultrasound to scan a model tummy. 10am – 3pm. ETSY MADE LOCAL CHRISTMAS MARKET AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – DECEMBER 3 & 4 Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 • Pages/Leeds-City-Museum. Christmas shopping is going to be exciting this year at Leeds City Museum as more than 30 local creative businesses arrive to host its second Etsy Made Local Christmas Market. 11am to 4pm. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS AT THE TETLEY – DECEMBER 8 – JANUARY 1 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ 0113 870 7769 • Star-studded family pantomime starring Geordie Shore’s Scotty T as the prince. 500 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – DECEMBER 10 & 11 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 • Pages/Temple-Newsam Go and enjoy magnificent decorations in the house, a Tudor banquet display, storytellers, music from Jane Austen’s time, Victorian craft making and more. Tickets are valid across the house and farm for this special weekend event. ON THE HOOF AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS DECEMBER 10 – 18 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Watch the wild deer on the estate munching through their winter feed. CAROLS IN THE STREET AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – DECEMBER 10 & 11 Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall , Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 • Pages/Abbey-House-Museum Get in the Christmas spirit with carols in the Victorian Streets, 2.30pm.




CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – DECEMBER 11 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 • Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It’s really popular and does get very busy, so arrive early if you’d like a seat. 3.30pm to 4.15pm PETER PAN AT THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE – DECEMBER 17 – JANUARY 29 Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AJ 01274 432 000 • Billy Pearce, boards the Jolly Roger and heads to Neverland to star alongside Darren Day, Charlie Hardwick and Jon Lee. THE SANTA TRAP AT KING’S HALL ILKLEY – DECEMBER 18 & 19 4 Station Rd, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8HB 01943 436 224 • Bradley Bartleby is BAD! So bad that he plans to trap Santa Claus and steal all his presents! Will Santa be able to escape this awful ambush? Will Bradley succeed in ruining Christmas? Will someone explain why an elephant is roaming around the garden? With guillotines, tigers and a houseful of dynamite, young audiences will adore this action-packed, explosively funny new musical show! Recommended age 3+ SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – DECEMBER 20 – 23 Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 • Pages/Abbey-House-Museum There will be crafts, music and fun in the Victorian Streets as everyone gets excited for the big day! 10am. WINTER STORIES AT LEEDS DISCOVERY CENTRE – DECEMBER 21 Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB 0113 378 2100 • Pages/discoverycentre Explore the Winter Stories linked to Leeds Discovery Centre’s collections, making your own artwork and cards. Mountain hares and winter coats, winter feasts and lights combine to inspire your own winter tales in this workshop for families. Call 0113 378 2100 to book. 10am to 12pm.

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NOVEMBER FAMILY SATURDAYS: 5TH, 12TH, 19TH & 26TH NOVEMBER It’s Engineering month. Drop-in between 10am–3pm to design and make your own prosthetics.


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