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Thank you to Stockeld Park for our cover image, which shows children enjoying one of its adventure playgrounds. For more information on Stockeld Park’s Halloween Adventure, turn to our What’s On coverage on pages 20 – 23. To be in with a chance of winning a family sleigh ride with Santa at Stockeld Park, turn to page 19.

Welcome Back… As you can see, we’ve taken the Back to School theme and run with it – all the way back, in my case, to 1985. It was our columnist Becky Bond’s idea. She exerted peer pressure, and in a spirit of ‘dare you’, got me dig out this old school photo. Turn to page 6 to see Becky’s own school photograph and read her ever brilliant musings on the start of a new school year. If your little ones are of school age, you might be sad that the holidays are over – or relieved to get back into a normal routine. But there’s always a bit of a gulp factor as they start and new class. You suddenly get a snapshot of just how quickly this time will pass. One day, they’ll be looking back at their own pictures with a mixture of embarrassment and nostalgia. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of spelling tests, homework, school fairs, plays, no school uniform days, sponsored walks, sports days, art projects, parents evenings, class trips and more before then. So enjoy this new term and all it brings with it. One word to the wise – don’t forget the hairbrush on school photograph day!

The winner of last issue’s Now I Can Sew competition was Sarah-Jayne Windridge-France. Congratulations to her and thank you to all who entered.

Contents… 4 News 5 Evening All What’s on for families after dark this Autumn 8 – 9 Big Steps for Tiny Toes How a soft play centre has got on board with the Real Junk Food Project 10 – 11 Clubs and Classes News and ideas 14 – 17 Education Open days, parents’ evenings, sports and more 18 Spooky Make and Do Create your own Halloween decorations 20 – 23 What’s On? Our guide to theatre, events and more this Autumn

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FAMILIES NEWS… Pupils meet Olympic Diver Alicia Blagg Children at Horsforth Featherbank Primary School were lucky enough to play host to an Olympian in the run up to the Rio games. Alicia Blagg, aged 19, dives for the City of Leeds club and competed for Great Britain in her second Olympic Games alongside her synchronised diving partner, Rebecca Gallantree. The pair missed out on a medal to come fifth in the synchronised three-metre springboard diving competition at the Rio games this summer.

Featherbank teacher, Stephanie Robinson, said,“It is very important that we let our children know that the sky is the limit for them and that they should always strive to achieve their goals and ambitions. Alicia was a primary school pupil in Leeds when her talent for gymnastics led to her being selected as a prospective diver... and she’s gone from strength to strength.” Alicia brought her 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal with her to show the

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AFTER DARK… IIAs the nights draw in there is fun to be had on Autumn evenings –II IIand that’s before the fireworks have started! Here are a few of ourII


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Fright Night at STOCKELD PARK This atmospheric attraction invites you to wander into the moonlit forest, join the Vampires’ Ball and more. It will be opening it’s doors for Fright Night from 29 – 31 October from 5.30pm – 9.30pm. Follow the murky path through the twisted trees into the Vampires’ Vale, where vampires gather in the shadows for a night of decaying decadence. Then get lost in the giant shadowy yew tree maze, where Edwin Oddfellow’s ‘Carnival of Oddities’ lie in their final resting places, awaiting your arrival! The finale is only for the brave! Are you strong enough to enter the Black Crypt? In this sensory deprived experience. Sometimes it’s what you can’t see that gets you! £14 per person, online booking only.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe at CARRIAGEWORKS A magical evening of family entertainment awaits at the Carriageworks Theatre. Open the wardrobe doors, push through the fur coats and enter the wondrous land of Narnia. When four young evacuees Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to a grand country mansion, they discover a portal to a new world through a mysterious old wardrobe. From APL Theatre, comes this festive new adaptation of C S Lewis’ timeless story, which





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Take advantage of the longer autumn nights with an after dark outing to see Fountains Abbey in a whole new light on Saturdays in October. Experience something truly special as you explore the illuminated ruins of the abbey. Warm up with a hot pulled pork sandwich and listen to a live choral performance. Family Abbey Tours take place at 5.30pm; see if you catch a glimpse of the mysterious roving monk and make the scariest shadow monsters of all!


promises to be a magical and thrilling adventure for the whole family. September 29 to October 1. Book online. Main Auditorium: 7pm on weekdays, Sat 2pm & 6pm.

Light Night LEEDS For one night only the city centre will come alive with spectacular light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances on Friday, October 7. Shining a light on the city, the annual multi-arts and light festival – now in its 12th year – takes over the City Centre. It’s an amazing and unique opportunity to explore Leeds, providing people of all ages with a night to remember.

Spooktacular at TEMPLE NEWSAM Go along and celebrate Halloween with something for all ages. From 5 – 8pm take your little ghosts and ghouls dressed up in a spooky outfit to trick or treat through the darkened house and farm and collect some ghoulish treats. Then at 8.45pm there’s an experience only for the faint-hearted with an adult only ghost walk through the house and cellars. Numbers are limited so buy tickets early to avoid disappointment. 5

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in the Middle

As everyone trips off back to school, our columnist Becky Bond tries to come to terms with her bad fringe and wispy side flick... It’s my belief that lifelong allegiances can be formed over sparkly biros – and I’ll wager there’s many a glass ceiling been smashed by women who realised early on, the subtle power of a well turned out pencil tin. Equally as important was manoeuvering the minefield of backing your school books. It had to be funky wrapping paper from Athena at the very least. Everyone knew it was social suicide to consider your parents’ suggestion of using leftover wallpaper. Nobody wanted to be friends with ’Anaglypta Jotter’. The only other alternative was to cut out choice phrases from Just Seventeen or pop an insult on the back in a smaller font (’Mr Zaranko’s breath smells like a tramp’s gusset’, for example). Well, it did.  It’s basically just about fitting in, isn’t it? This summer I went to Mablethorpe with four mums I met at school – and all our children. Playground rules still apply. Former Head Girl (’Sensible Sue’) is in charge of shouting, while the rest of us fall into place as various bosses of gin, crisps and money-for-slot-machines. It’s a shame nobody had been designated ’Appropriate Television Tsar’ though – as we caught the 10 – 15 year olds watching The Inbetweeners one night.  They’re all back at school now though, no doubt swapping stories of how they wasted the past six weeks. I’ll bet none of them recall the painstaking care us mums took to create tableaus of picnics on the beach, educational trips to the Seal Sanctuary, tennis in the park... No, the first thing out of their mouths will be "OMG, that scene on the dance-floor...?"  But that’s what memories are made of, right? A spot of risk here, a dash of danger there... But they have been warned. If I catch them watching a ’15’ film again, I'll be marching them straight to the hairdresser... 

I can’t believe my mother waved me off to school with that hair – on photo day. Fortunately, I have little recollection of this horror, but I suspect it would come tumbling out in regression therapy, alongside my big brothers feeding me labrador treats and making me watch The Omen. But I guess that’s your lot when you’re the youngest of four. It’s just one harrowing event after another, brushed off with a soothing “What now?”. Mum and dad began building work on my character fairly early on – or rather, they took the view that after three children close together then surprise – me – they’d done all the parenting they were prepared to do. So perhaps that’s the reason I’ve been accused of having a somewhat slacker approach to bringing up the bairns; and maybe, why I thoroughly enjoy winding up my own two daughters... Ahead of our back-to-school shopping junket, I threatened the girls with sensible, unnecessarily square shoes for the Autumn term – something with a clumpy heel, in brown (titter). When they jockeyed for new pencil cases, I suggested a traditional Helix Oxford Maths Set (snort). But my favourite taunt was a money saving tip: ditch the Paperchase rucksack and use Jack Fulton carrier bags instead (ha ha ha ha ha ha...HA).  They were saved the horror of me actually going through with any of it though, as somewhere in the dark recesses of my conscience I recalled the joy of owning enviable stationary. Oh, the pride I felt on that first day back to school as I produced a melon shaped sharpener, a scratch ’n’ sniff ruler and wait for it... spongy Snoopy stickers.

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TINY TOES in Horsforth is a play centre with a difference. With Clare and Pete Zanetti at its helm, the boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity of this husband-and-wife team means there is always some great new thing going on. Free music sessions, breast-feeding support groups, sling libraries and bring your own wine bistro evenings are just some of the regular favourites. And another key ingredient in their recipe for success is food. Pete is a whizz in the kitchen, and their freshly made on the premises pizzas, pasta, soups, cakes and more have always gone down well with parents and their little poppets alike. Now, Tiny Toes is not just different, it is making a difference – a real difference, after joining forces with the Real Junk Food Project. Founded by Leeds chef Adam Smith, The Real Junk Food Project was set up to combat food waste. It has become a global network of Pay As You Feel cafes which use food which would otherwise have gone to landfill.

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Inspired by what he saw while travelling, particularly in Australia, Adam came back to Leeds and opened the first café in Armley in 2013. A third of the food produced in the world goes to waste, and the cafes use perfectly good surplus food from supermarkets, which have been part of promotions like 2-for-1 offers or have damaged packaging. “The business model for some online food delivery services means that if an order is cancelled, it’s cheaper to send it to landfill than return it to the warehouse,” explained Project Development Lead for the charity Sharon Danes. “So if we pick it up from them instead, it saves it from being wasted and feeds several people.” There are now 13 Real Junk Food Project cafes established in Leeds, and 126 have been opened across the world, including pop-up cafes. “Having set up the original model, people have approached us to ask how they can replicate it, so we give them the business plan in our starter pack,” explained Sharon. They are all Pay As You Feel, making them inclusive. With perfectly good diverted food they create delicious healthy meals. People are welcome to support the project with their time, skills or a donation.

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Families Leeds The Real Junk Food Project has also teamed up with another initiative set up by the head teacher of Richmond Hill Primary School in Leeds – Fuel for School, which works to remove hunger as a barrier to learning, highlight the importance of nutrition, and to highlight food waste. It now provides 22 schools with a twice-weekly delivery of food, which is used for breakfast clubs, for a pay as you feel market stall for the school community, cooking activities and more. Joining forces and reaching out is clearly something Adam is good at, and that is how the team at Tiny Toes got on board. “Adam was a customer and he came and spoke to Pete and explained what it was about,” said Clare. “He knew how we ran the business, that we know our customers and are part of the community, and he thought we could work together.” Unsurprisingly, given the three dynamic individuals involved, the idea quickly became reality, and Tiny Toes Horsforth is now a Pay as You Feel cafe using only intercepted food. It has become a community interest company, and only charges for coffee and entry – so as not to undercut neighbouring coffee shops. “We can produce the same menu just as easily as before,” said Clare. “We’ve got boxes and boxes of tuna, all in date, just a discontinued line from Morrisons. Pete now makes fresh passata, often with Piccolini tomatoes from Marks and Spencer, rather than ready-made jars.”

In turn, Clare is going into other cafes to create play centres offering similar services to families as the ones she has developed at the original site in Horsforth. Clare’s background is in early years’ education, and she used to be a project developer for children’s centres. Lots of the work she has done at Tiny Toes draws on her experience and passion for supporting families. Her first project is to bring the Tiny Toes model to one of the Real Junk Food’s cafes in Moortown – called Moortown Junction. “At Moortown we’ll have a sling library, peer support groups, breastfeeding support, music sessions. We’re hoping it’s going to be the flagship one, and people can come from other cafes and see how it works.” With a healthy serving of infectious enthusiasm from Clare, I’m sure they’ll soon be on board too.

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What’s New? Clubs & Classes news… IIIt’s the start of a new term and a great time to sign up to a class with your baby, toddler or child.II IIHere’s the latest news from some clubs and classes in the area…II JULIA GRANTHAM

Julia joins diddi dance… A Leeds mum loved her pre-schoolers’ dance classes so much she decided to take on the franchise. Julia Grantham took her children to diddi dance classes in Horsforth, and soon began teaching a class. Now she has taken over the Horsforth and Roundhay classes from Cath Hale, who will continue to run diddi dance in Boston Spa. “When the opportunity came along I couldn’t refuse,” said Julia. “It is a perfect job for a mum of two as I fit it all around their school hours and teaching the classes just feels like fun not work! Nothing beats seeing the smiles on little ones’ faces as they dance along to the funky tracks! I can't wait to get started and make the business my own.” Diddi Dance classes are action-packed 45-minute sessions suitable for boys and girls from around 18 months. For more information, visit

Fun and Fitness for the whole family at Cookridge Hall… Forget January – the new school year is a great time for families to join a gym. Cookridge Hall is a one stop shop for classes, swimming and more for the whole family.


“We are always reviewing the classes we offer for children and we always try to time them alongside an adult class so that all the family can enjoy the facilities without the worry of childcare,” said Helen Dyson from the club. She added,“We offer a variation of classes to give a great choice for every interest, and our new Kids Gymnastics class is proving very popular, as is the new Abs and Flex class. “Old favourites such as Kids Games, Cheerleading, Boxercise, Street Dance and Teen Gym are all popular too, and even better all these classes are included in a child or a family membership.” There are also two karate classes per week on offer which carry a small fee for members and can be booked by non-members too, at £5 per class. In the pool there are swimming lessons starting with the baby swim school Little Splashers and going all the way up to adult classes, in groups or private lessons. Every Saturday and Sunday there is a family splash time from 10 – 12am with floats and fun for all the family.

And if it’s childcare that you need whilst you have some time off and keep fit, there’s an OFSTED registered crèche, open daily from 9am to 1pm, and in the school holidays there’s a Kids Camp too. For more information, call 0113 2030 000.

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Creation Station Launches New Born Creative Keepsake Classes The Creation Station is launching a new craft service for parents who want to create a range of keepsakes with their baby’s hand and footprints – right here in Leeds. The classes, called Tiny Treasures, are the first of their kind for Creation Station, and are perfect for parents with babies from birth to five months. The fun interactive classes run for 90 minutes and are a relaxed way to meet other parents, have fun with your baby and to be creative – as well as enjoying a drink and cake – all at the same time. “I came along to The Creation Station Tiny Treasures and we had such a lovely time,” said new mum Sarah. “My baby Reggie is just one week old so I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone was so friendly and it was fantastic to make some wonderful creations to treasure. It was so lovely to meet lots of other mums and to do some crafts with my baby. We both had lots of fun and I can’t wait for the next one.” The monthly classes include some of these activities: • Make personalised baby bunting with your baby’s name and footprints. • Create printed hand and footprint canvases with your baby to treasure their first marks. • Frame their footprint with a beautiful deco patch wooden frame. • Create your own personalised baby hand and footprint greeting cards. • Make your own 3D creative clay handprint or footprint to treasure forever. • Create your own wooden baby finger print memo holders to share with family and friends as a unique keepsake.

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SNACK ideas for Kids We tend to think of snacking as a bad habit that spoils our appetite for proper mealtimes. But when it comes to toddlers and young children, this isn’t the case. With fistsized stomachs that can only cope with small amounts, snacking is a staple part of your pre-schooler’s diet.

OUR TODDLER’S calorie needs are proportionally more than yours, and with all that running around, they need to refuel regularly. This in turn stabilises their blood sugar levels and avoids those tricky meltdowns that can strike when hunger hits. And as young children often struggle to sit for more than 10 minutes at the table, providing smaller more frequent meals throughout the day makes perfect practical sense.


MAKE SNACKS PART OF YOUR CHILD’S DIET The key is to keep snacks healthy and nutrient-dense. If you are used to thinking of snacks as sweet ‘treats’, adjust your mindset and instead think of your child’s snacks as an integral part of their daily healthy diet. So instead of having three set meals a day where they get all the important nutrients, they have five to six small meals across the day, each one providing foods from the main food groups, including protein, carbohydrates, dairy and fruit and vegetables. Don’t fret that each snack has to be perfectly nutritionally balanced; as long as they receive a range of foods across the day, or even across the week, they’ll be doing fine. HEALTHY SNACKING IDEAS There are dozens of simple, easy-to-rustle-up nutritious ideas. Try small pick and mix snacks at home, with two or three items creating a colourful ‘tapas’ for your child.


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HEADLICE: an Irritating Problem How to cope with those nasty nits… By Sally J. Hall Nits are a headache parents could do without. How do you deal with headlice – and can they be prevented? WHAT ARE HEADLICE? Headlice, also known as nits, are tiny insects that live in human hair and feed on blood. They are very small, so it’s no surprise they’re difficult to see. The discarded egg cases are white and it’s often these, the ‘nits’, that you notice first, behind the ears. ARE THEY OBVIOUS? They are tiny, so difficult to spot and although most children will have itching and the feeling of movement in their hair, others may have no idea. Even if your child displays no symptoms, check regularly. HOW TO CHECK Your best friend is your nit comb. When you wash your child’s hair, apply plenty of conditioner and comb in sections, making sure you don’t miss any areas. Check the comb for small black or brown dots – these are the lice. Remove under a hot tap or into a cup of hot water. Even if you use a lotion from the pharmacist, you should still comb.

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5 TIPS for attending an OPEN DAY Dr Tracy Johnson, Headmistress of Gateways School, shares some advice on how to approach a school Open Day. n ARRIVE PREPARED: Bring a list of questions that you and your child would like answered. You may have different priorities but they are just as important. n ENGAGE WITH PUPILS: Talk to as many as you can, and ask lots of questions, e.g. do they work a lot with iPads or are they often copying from various sources. Find out about extra-curricular activities, trips and school meals. This will give you a real insight into the pupil experience and the quality of experience that your child might have. n LOOK OUT FOR NOTICEBOARDS: What feel do you get from these about the community life of the school?

n PAY ATTENTION TO THE GENERAL ATMOSPHERE: Do the staff and pupils look happy? How do they interact with each other? Ask the pupils if what you are seeing is typical of a normal day. n TALK TO THE HEAD TEACHER: The head’s personality and values are crucial as these shape the ethos and culture of the school. If you are unable to speak with them on the day, arrange an appointment. Gateways School is holding an Open Morning on Friday, October 7, from 9 – 11am. Go along and put the tips to the test!

How to make the most of

PARENTS’ EVENING Parents’ evening is your opportunity to get feedback on how your child’s doing at school, but with as little as five or ten minutes a couple of times a year, how can you get the most of your time in there? Plan and prioritise Maximise what you get out of the meeting by working out priorities in advance. What do you need to know the most and what do you want to communicate to the teacher? Have a chat with your child to see if they have any worries or issues you could discuss and find out more about what they do and don’t enjoy at school. Then write a list and put it in order of importance in case you run short of time. Take a pen/pencil and paper to write notes if you’re likely to forget what was said afterwards.

‘middle group’. Equally, if your little one is only in reception, it’s pointless grilling the teacher about their future job prospects or chances of Oxbridge. They simply won’t know.

Don’t get sidetracked

Don’t just focus on academic matters

Parents’ evenings usually run to tight schedules and most teachers will stick strictly to the time limits (it’s not unheard of for them to use an egg timer), not least to avoid making subsequent appointments run annoyingly late for other mums and dads. So save the general chit-chat for another day or you risk half your time being wasted talking about the weather.

Behaviour, friendships and how your child has settled into the class are all just as important as reading, writing and maths.

Be open-minded about less flattering feedback

Be realistic about what the teacher will tell you The style of feedback teachers give has changed since most of us were kids – it tends to be less blunt and less about direct comparisons with classmates. So if you go in expecting to know your child’s position in the class versus other children, or whether they’re on a higher reading level than specific classmates, you’ll be disappointed. At best you might be told they are ‘in the top quarter’ or

Most of us head into parents’ evening wanting to hear fabulous things about our children but the reality is you might receive negative feedback, albeit constructive. It can be hard to take this on board if you don’t agree but stay calm and hear the teacher out respectfully before asking further questions or making your points.

Don’t be surprised if the teacher talks about a ‘different child’ We don’t mean literally a different child, but

don’t be shocked if some of the descriptions of your son or daughter aren’t so familiar. Sometimes children behave or perform differently at school compared to at home – your child might be extremely chatty with you but very quiet in the classroom for example.

Need more information? If any issues were left unresolved or you have concerns once you’ve digested the feedback, it’s normally fine to request a follow-up meeting with the teacher.

Parents’ evening question ideas: Do ask: n Has my child settled well into school life/in the class this year? n What are his/her strengths and weaknesses? n How is he/she doing compared to expectations for this age and stage? n Is there anything we can be doing to help support his/her learning or behaviour at home? n About friendships and behaviour, not just academic matters. Don’t ask… About other children’s academic performance – this is confidential. You shouldn’t be given class rankings in primary schools. 15

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New Head

Whether or not your family has caught Olympic fever this summer, taking part in sporting activities is undeniably good for youngsters. They don’t have to be the next Andy Murray, but the benefits go way beyond increased skills and exercise.

An outstanding independent preparatory school in Far Headingley has a new Head Teacher.

EAM SPORTS like football, rugby, and netball are not only brilliant for keeping kids active but also helping them learn team work where they can begin to appreciate what’s good for the whole team, rather than just thinking of themselves. Competitive sports are also great for learning difficult life lessons like being a gracious winner – and loser. “Developing the skills and physical attributes to perform is only a small part of Physical Education,” explains Joe Bedford, Head of Boy’s PE, Brontë House School. “It is also about enhancing the morals and values of sport to the child. The importance of fair play, teamwork and building confidence is supported through lessons and the competitive element of sport increases with maturity. “Resilience and coping with disappointment are necessary attributes to acquire and being able to work and co-operate with others is critical when preparing young people for the wider world. Sport allows people to build friendships for life and the experiences can be memorable. For younger pupils, it is about providing the children with a variety of sporting opportunities which will hopefully ignite a passion and desire for them to participate in sport outside of school as well.” If they do get the bug, the list of sports and activities children can take part in is endless. There are clubs for almost anything you can imagine. However, new skills, team work and confidence building aside, the most important thing to think about when deciding which sport to choose is the fun factor – make sure it’s something they enjoy.


Helen Stiles joins Richmond House from The Grammar School at Leeds where she has enjoyed a successful career, having led the Humanities Faculty and Religious Studies Department. Mrs Stiles succeeds Jane Disley as head of the school. Mrs Disley retired at the end of the summer term after eight successful years at the school and a total of 38 years in education. Chair of Governors for Richmond House, Catherine Shuttleworth, said,“We are delighted with the appointment of Helen, the recruitment process has been thorough and vigorous and we are confident that we have chosen a fitting successor to Jane Disley.” Mrs Stiles said,“I am thrilled to have been appointed as the new Head Teacher, Richmond House School has a fabulous reputation as one of the leading preparatory schools in Leeds and I am looking forward to taking the school from strength to strength.”

Brönte House is holding opening mornings on September 24 and November 19. For more information visit

To find out more about Richmond House School, visit

A FLYING START The Froebelian School, one of the leading independent preparatory schools in Leeds for boys and girls aged from three to 11 years, is holding an Open Day on October 1 from 10am – 12pm. Appearing consistently in The Sunday Times ‘Top 100’ Independent Preparatory Schools listing, its motto is ‘Giving a flying start to the citizens of tomorrow’. “Children are at the heart of everything we do and we are passionate that all children enjoy a positive experience at school each and every day,” said head teacher Catherine Dodds. “Our aim is to provide a first-class education which is enriched by a comprehensive co-curricular programme; meeting the unique needs of our children and enabling their talents to flourish in a caring, structured and secure environment.” She added,“Situated in Horsforth, a pleasant suburb of Leeds near to the ring-road, the school is easily accessible from Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. Our site is very secure with a wooded area offering delightful views over the Aire Valley.” For more information visit 17

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Make and Do

Crafts & Decorations Have fun with a few simple art and craft activities which will transform your home into a witch’s cavern or haunted house this Halloween. Create lanterns and flying bats for a Halloween feast!

HALLOWEEN LANTERN Create a stunning but easy-to-make Halloween lantern to decorate your garden or window. MATERIALS Two pipe cleaners or pieces of garden wire, glue, tissue paper, patterned wallpaper or wrapping paper, scissors.

TOILET TUBE BAT Make this bat to decorate your house, as a spooky present or to take to a party! MATERIALS Toilet roll tube, black poster paint, black card, scissors, string, sticky tape, coloured poster paint or googly-eye stickers.

INSTRUCTIONS Fold the top of the tube inside to create two points making ears. Then, turning the tube sideways, do the same again to create a point at the bottom making the shape of a bat’s body.

INSTRUCTIONS Cut the patterned paper and tissue paper into strips of the same size. Cut shapes into the patterned paper Stick the tissue paper onto the back of the patterned paper.

Once folded, paint the whole toilet roll tube in black poster paint for a really scary bat look.

Stick the paper strips onto the jar. Twist the two wires together into a crucifix shape. Turn the crucifix upside down so that the long end or ‘tail’ points straight up.

Take a piece of black card and fold it in half, then draw two small curves at the bottom to create spiky bat wings. Cut this into shape.

Place the horizontal wire that forms the cross of the crucifix around the rim of the jar, twisting the ends together to secure. Then bend the long ’tail’ up and over the top of the jar. Twist the 'tail' to the horizontal wire to secure the handle. Place a tea light inside and your lantern is ready!

Fold the piece into a concertina zig-zag shape to give the wings lots of body and make some scary shadows. Cut two small holes on each side of the tube where the wings should go, then thread the folded wings through.

Open up the wings and fold them into shape. Add some spooky eyes with paint or googly-eye stickers. Tape some string to the back, and get ready to scare all of your friends with your frightening hanging bat! 18

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WIN… a SLEIGH RIDE with SANTA & VIP TRIP to STOCKELD PARK We’ve teamed up with Stockeld Park to give one lucky family the chance to join Santa on his sleigh ride through the Enchanted Forest on Sunday, November 13. You’ll get VIP access to the sleigh which will pass by the waiting crowds pulled by Santa’s reindeers and you’ll get to pay him a private visit to let him have all your Christmas wishes. The fabulous prize also includes a VIP pass to all the great activities at this superb attraction. You can head to the real ice rink, have a go on the Nordic ski trail, get lost in the magic maze and finish your day with a twilight walk retracing your sleigh ride through the Enchanted Forest. To be in with a chance of winning this magical prize, email editor@families with the word SLEIGH in the title by October 15.

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IIMagical theatrical productions, pumpkin carving, II IIhedgehog box making, exhibitions, arts, craftsII IIand more – there are tons of things going on forII IIchildren and families this September and October –II IIwhich ones will you choose to do?II

Aardman Expression Lab at the National Media Museum For October half-term the National Media Museum’s In Your Face exhibition is joining forces with Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and more, to celebrate the famous studio’s 40th anniversary. From October 22 to 30 some of Aardman’s best-loved characters from the past four decades will be popping up in the museum’s free family experience, In Your Face, along with a range of animation activities, plus a visit from the man who helped start it all in 1976 – Aardman’s co-founder Peter Lord. In Your Face explores the most photographed, examined, and expressive part of the human body with more than 20 different exhibits, displays and experiments. Throughout half-term it will feature a range of brand new activities as part of the Aardman Expression Lab, which reveals how their animated creations communicate through facial expression.

Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park The Enchanted Forest will welcome you with its illuminated creatures and animatronics sculptures. Don’t be alarmed to find a witch or two lurking around Tangle Tree Climb, or in the Spider’s Lair – you might have to answer her riddle before she lets you leave! See Wizard Mal’s Magic Show from October 24 to 30, as he casts wizardry and witch craft in regular performances throughout the day. Take part in a spot of Pumpkin Carving, also from October 24 to 30, and meet the Reptile Rangers, who’ll be onsite with their Creepy Creatures for the whole week helping you to hold a tarantula, pet a snake or make friends with a giant cockroach during October half term. The Halloween Adventure is open from October 19 to 31. For more information, visit 20

It includes a behind-the-scenes look at CGI animation, an Aardman art gallery made up from visitors’ own drawings, plus original models seen in some of the Bristol-based studio’s hugely popular films and TV programmes. Peter Lord, the man behind Morph (and many others), will be making a special appearance at the museum on Wednesday, October 26, to tell young visitors more about the fascinating Aardman story, their famous characters and how they were created, followed by a screening of one of Aardman’s hit films (full event is suitable for ages 7 plus). Visit for booking details and more information.

Let’s Talk Teeth at Thackray Medical Museum Drop into the museum and learn all about your teeth during family sessions on Saturdays in September, between 10am – 3pm, starting from the 10th. Then from October 1 – 15, Family Saturdays host children’s crafts and activities between 10am – 3pm. On October 20, the museum will be hosting a Quiet Afternoon, to offer a calmer environment. Audio in the galleries turned down or where possible off completely between 3.30pm and 5pm. Accessible children’s science activities will also be available in the family room. For more information, visit

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Autumn Fun at Fountains Abbey Wrap up, grab your wellies and head out with your autumn explorer map to discover all of the best nature hotspots at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this October half-term and check off lots of must-do activities. Run, jump and dance in piles of freshly fallen leaves and if the weather takes a turn, shelter in Swanley Grange to discover more about the abbey’s agricultural past. Stop by the workshop there to make your own medieval tile, taking inspiration from your walk around the abbey ruins (Saturday 22 October – Sunday, October 30, 11am – 3pm). Our prickly friends are looking for somewhere to sleep – can you help them out? Get to grips with a hammer and nails and make a hedgehog box for your garden (October 25, 26 and 27, £6 per person, booking essential, call 01765 643 166). And every day until Sunday 30 October, 11am – 4pm, find eye-popping artworks hidden in the water garden with the Folly! exhibition. For more information, visit

Wizards & More at the Carriageworks There’s a packed programme of family performances on stage at the Carriageworks Theatre during October Half Term. But before the holidays have even arrived, from September 29 to October 1 there’s a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by APL Theatre. Then on October 25 and 26, there’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Charlie Hubble is a little boy with a very big dream, he wants to be a world-class magician. So, he saves up his pocket money to buy The Big Book of Magic for Trainee Magicians. Then he sets off to Mr Zacoor’s Toy Shop to buy his spell book. But Mr Zacoor is no ordinary shopkeeper, he’s a real life Sorcerer! This delightful new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. Suitable for ages 3 – 7. On October 22 you can meet Holly Webb, one of the UK’s most loved children’s authors, and hear about hugely popular animal stories. Holly will be signing copies of her books which you can take or buy at the event. And finally, there’s Cardboard Joe and the Book of Mysteries, a family adventure with you at the heart. Perfect for children aged 3 – 8. Make sure you don't miss the antics of this thicker than paper, but thinner than wood, hero and his friends. For more information, visit

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POND DIPPING DAY AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – SEPTEMBER 1 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608888 Newts, water lice, water boatmen, pea mussels – there’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered under the surface of the water garden's ponds. Nets, identification charts and pots are all provided so you can see what you might find. Pop along to the water garden moon ponds to have a go at this drop-in session. 11am – 3pm. FAMILY ABBEY TOUR – A MONK’S LIFE AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – SEPTEMBER 2 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Join the guide and dress up as a monk to find out what life was like for the monks of Fountains Abbey in the Middle Ages. They had to keep silent, eat one meal a day and always wear the same clothes; would you have liked to be a monk? Meet at the Porter’s Lodge. 11.30am – 1pm. MUDDY MONKEY CLUB AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY – SEPTEMBER 6 Leeds, LS5 3SB 0113 395 7400 Messy and imaginative play for the under-5s and their carers. 10am – 11am. HERITAGE OPEN DAYS AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – SEPTEMBER 8 TO 11 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 On Thursday and Friday there's free entry to the house. Then although normal admission applies at the weekend, free Rooftop Tours will be on offer on Sunday. HERITAGE OPEN DAYS AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM AT ARMLEY MILLS – SEPTEMBER 8 TO 11 Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF 0113 263 7861 From Thursday to Sunday, as part of the national celebration of Heritage Open Days, the museum will be offering free entry. On Saturday, September 10, you’ll be able to find out more about WW1 by joining a tour of the current exhibition or listen to a talk all about munitions at Armley and Newlay. On Sunday 11, join museum curators to explore weaving, with a tour and a chance to get hands on with some museum artefacts. FAMILY SATURDAYS AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – SEPTEMBER 10 TO 24 Near St James’s Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 Drop-in to learn all about your teeth, 10am – 3pm. HERITAGE OPEN DAYS AT THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL SEPTEMBER 10 TO 11 Thwaite Mills Thwaite Lane Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RP 0113 2141 914 There’ll be free admission on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, 1pm – 5pm, with guided tours every half hour from 1.15pm to 3.15pm. AUTUMN HARVEST AT LOTHERTON HALL – SEPTEMBER 11 Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB, 0113 281 3259 Celebrate Apple Day by picking and trying rare apple varieties. There’ll be cider and apple juice tasting, harvest treats in Lotherton’s cafe and garden games, all to celebrate the start of this year’s apple harvest. Apple picking will be available in the estate’s much-loved orchard and can make fruit and vegetable sculptures in the stable courtyard. 11am – 4pm. GANGSTA GRANNY AT YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE – SEPTEMBER 20 TO 23 Cumberland St, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9SW 0844 871 3024


THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE AT CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 1 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 Open the wardrobe doors, push through the fur coats and enter the wondrous land of Narnia. From APL Theatre comes this festive new adaptation. 7pm on weekdays, Saturday 2pm & 6pm. FAMILY SATURDAYS AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – OCTOBER 1 TO 15 Near St James’s Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 Drop-in for children’s crafts and activities. 10am – 3pm. LEEDS STEAMPUNK MARKET AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM AT ARMLEY MILLS – OCTOBER 1 TO 2 Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF 0113 263 7861 galleries/Pages/armleymills There’ll be stalls, art, colourful character and more to see. FOUNTAINS BY FLOODLIGHT AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – SATURDAYS OCTOBER 1 TO 29 Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey. Warm up with a hot pulled pork sandwich and listen to a live choral performance. Join an evening guided tour and see if you catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. Half price admission. 5pm – 9pm (last entry 8pm). LIGHT NIGHT LEEDS – OCTOBER 7 Leeds City Centre 01132 478 384 Light Night is an annual multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on one Friday night in October. For one night only the city centre will come alive with spectacular light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances. ADVENTURE SEASON AT STOCKELD PARK – OCTOBER 18 TO 31 Wetherby, LS22 4AN, 01937 586 101 The Adventure season begins! Real ice skating, the Enchanted Forest, Yew Tree Maze; Nordic Skiing plus much, much more. QUIET AFTERNOON AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – OCTOBER 20 Near St James’s Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 To offer a calmer environment, audio in the galleries will be turned down or off completely where possible between. Accessible children’s science activities will also be available in the family room. 3.30pm – 5pm.

HALF TERM FUN: WILD ABOUT GARDENS AT RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR – OCTOBER 21 TO 29 Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB 0845 265 8070 Half term activities. OCTOBER HALF TERM AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – OCTOBER 22 TO 30 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 galleries/Pages/Temple-Newsam Follow the light trail and enjoy craft activities. Sit on a magic carpet for interactive story time. Plus make your own sparkly Diwali lamp. AUTUMN EXPLORER MAP AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – OCTOBER 22 TO 30 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Grab your map and discover all of the best nature hotspots on the estate this October half-term. Check off lots of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ too! 11am – 3pm. MEDIEVAL TILE MAKING AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – OCTOBER 22 TO 30 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Join in at Swanley Grange to make your own medieval tile. Take inspiration from the examples found at Fountains Abbey and find out about the patterns which would have decorated the floors of the buildings when the monks lived there. 11am – 3pm. SPOOKY SCARECROW TRAIL AT LOTHERTON HALL – OCTOBER 22 TO 31 Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB 0113 281 3259 Follow the clues around the estate and see the popular scarecrows on display. Don’t forget to visit the witches’ cottage and try your hand at the creepy crafts. 11am – 4pm. ORCHARD EXPLORERS AT THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL – OCTOBER 22 Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP 0113 214 1914 Celebrate Apple Day and explore the ancient orchard at Thwaite Mills Watermill. There will be other fruit too if you don’t like apples! 1pm – 5pm. ANIMAL STORIES WITH HOLLY WEBB AT CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – OCTOBER 22 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 Much loved children’s authors Holly Webb has written more than 90 books. Join her for a family friendly event based on her hugely popular animal stories. Holly will be signing copies of her books which you can bring or buy at the event. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind her bestselling books. For age 6 plus. 2.30pm.

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PROFESSIONAL PUMPKIN CARVING AT STOCKELD PARK – OCTOBER 23 TO 29 The Estate Office, Wetherby, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 The very talented Christian Russell, a professional pumpkin carver will be at Stockeld throughout the Halloween half term carving amazing pumpkin designs. 10am – 5pm. WIZARD MAL’S MAGIC SHOW AT STOCKELD PARK – OCTOBER 23 TO 29 The Estate Office, Wetherby, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 Join Magic Mal, who will be casting wizardry and witch craft during his magic shows throughout the day. Learn new magic spells and have fun watching tricks that will leave you spellbound! Each child will also leave with their own Halloween treat! CREEPY CREATURES AT STOCKELD PARK – OCTOBER 23 TO 29 The Estate Office, Wetherby, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 Reptile Rangers will be onsite with their Creepy Creatures for the whole week. Hold a tarantula, pet a snake or make friends with a giant cockroach. WITCHES IN THE FOREST AT STOCKELD PARK – OCTOBER 23 TO 27 The Estate Office, Wetherby , West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 There are spooky happenings in the Enchanted Forest this Halloween half term. If you go down to the woods today (or all of this half term week) you will meet some vile and spooky witches who will tell you a tale and get you to join in with the trick or treat fun and mystery. Solve the riddles and win a treat at the end of your journey! HALLOWEEN BY DAY AT YORK MAZE – OCTOBER 23 TO NOVEMBER 1 Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT 01904 607 341 Spooky family fun awaits at York Maze this Halloween. The giant maize maze has been harvested but a small section is kept for the Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt, just one of over 20 Halloween attractions rides and shows, plus every child gets a free pumpkin!


MAKE A HOME FOR A WILD ANIMAL AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – OCTOBER 25 TO 27 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 As winter approaches we’re not the only ones wrapping up warm! Our prickly friends are also looking for somewhere to bed down – and you can help them out. Roll up your sleeves and make a wooden hedgehog box for your garden. Take the family and book early as it’s really popular. £6 per box. Booking Essential. Tel: 01765 643 189. 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm (each session is one hour). SPOOKY SCARECROW TRAIL AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY – OCTOBER 25 TO 30 Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 Explore the abbey looking for things that go bump in the night! Spooky but not too scary scarecrows are dotted all over the abbey for you to find. There will be all sorts of Halloween creatures including witches, vampires, werewolves and trolls! OCTOBER HALF TERM AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – OCTOBER 25 TO 28 Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall , Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 Get ready for Halloween with a variety of spooky activities in the creepily decorated Victorian streets. On Tuesday there will be spooktastic family fun making crafts and decorations, on Wednesday whip up some potions with Silly Science, on Thursday there will be a detective mystery to solve in Murder at the Museum, then on Friday there will be lots of spooky Halloween fun in haunted Abbey House! 10am – 12pm and 2 – 4pm. OCTOBER HALF TERM AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – OCTOBER 25 TO 28 Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 From Tuesday enjoy a variety of activities for families of all ages. On Tuesday it’s Word Up, a day of poetry, performance and word play. For the rest of the week enjoy Colourful Festivals – colourful and messy crafts to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas. Tuesday 11am – 3pm and Wednesday to Friday 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.

, What s on... THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – OCTOBER 25 TO 26 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 This delightful new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. For age 3 plus. Presented by Blunderbus Theatre Company. 11am & 2pm. MOLLY’S MARVELLOUS MOUSTACHE AT CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – OCTOBER 27 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 Molly’s Marvellous Moustache is a new theatrical adaptation of an original storybook, written by Andrea Heaton and illustrated by Talya Baldwin. For age 3 plus. Molly wants to be just like the grown ups. So her mummy makes her a moustache. With her moustache she can go anywhere and do anything she likes. She can launch an expedition to the heart of the jungle, blast off into space and create incredible inventions. 11am and 2pm. CARDBOARD JOE AND THE BOOK OF MYSTERIES AT THE CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE – OCTOBER 28 The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 376 0318 Perfect for children aged 3 to 8 and their grown-ups too – make sure you don’t miss the antics of this thicker than paper, but thinner than wood, hero. All tickets include a preshow activity hour. 2pm. FAMILY STARGAZING EVENING AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – OCTOBER 28 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Ever wanted to see a star up close? Moons, star clusters and all kinds of deep sky objects are all up above Fountains Abbey waiting to be spotted by you. Test out your telescope skills and unlock the secrets of the night sky with a helping hand from York Astronomical Society. Park at the Visitor Centre and meet in the visitor centre courtyard to walk down to Swanley Grange. £5 per person, Booking Essential. 01765 643 166. 6.30pm – 8.30pm. FRIGHT NIGHT AT STOCKELD PARK – OCTOBER 28 TO 31 The Estate Office, Wetherby LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 Wander into the moonlit Forest and join the Vampires’ Ball. Follow the murky path through the twisted trees into the Vampires’ Vale, where vampires gather in the shadows for a night of decaying decadence. Then get lost in the giant shadowy yew tree maze. The finale is only for the brave… Are you strong enough to enter the Black Crypt? Online bookings only, time slots available from 5.30pm – 9.30pm. HALLOWEEN WEEKEND AT LOTHERTON HALL – OCTOBER 29 TO 30 Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB 0113 281 3259 Dress up your little monsters for Lotherton’s first Halloween weekend. Spot prizes for the best costumes, spooky scarecrow trail, face-painting, creepy crafts and the chance to meet some ghostly characters. 11am – 4pm. AUTUMN DRIVE THROUGH AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – OCTOBER 30 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. Just for cars and minibuses, this is great for people who might be less steady on their feet. Free admission. 6pm – 8pm. HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – OCTOBER 31 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 galleries/Pages/Temple-Newsam From 5 – 8pm take your little ghosts and ghouls dressed up in a spooky outfit to trick or treat through the darkened house and farm and collect some treats.


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Ashville Visitors are welcome to explore all areas of the school including our new Pre-School.

A leading independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3-18

Family Open Day

Saturday 8th October, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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