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 Leeds’ Favourite Parenting Magazine // MARCH/APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 33



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We’ve teamed up with our friends at Treasures Toys in Wetherby to give away three cracking Easter gifts. Playmobil’s popular Easter eggs are back and there are some super new designs for 2014. Choose from a Native American Indian, a winged fairy, a robo spy agent and an American biker. Priced at £5.99, these are free to three lucky Families Leeds readers. To be in with a chance of winning, send your child’s name, age and preferred design to If you don’t win, head to get your hands on one. It’s a gift that your little one will be playing with long after the Easter Bunny has done his work.

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Stumped for an egg-stra special day out this Easter? Worry no more because the magic of Stockeld Park is now available EVERY school holiday. This fabulous attraction, on the outskirts of Wetherby, will open its doors on Saturday 5th April until 22nd April for The Easter Adventure. It’s open again for May half term and then for The Summer Adventure on the 19th July. This family season ticket will allow you to explore all this fabulous attraction has to offer right thought to September. Scale the treetop adventure, go crazy on the pedal karts or get your skates on and head to the roller rink. There’s a great programme of events to keep you busy no matter what the Yorkshire weather has in store. To be in with a chance of winning, send your name and address to To find out what’s on at Stockeld Park in 2014, take a look at

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OU join me surrounded by a barricade of boxes and with a fair few days of packing ahead of me. For the second time in 6 months, the Butters family are on the move and this time we’re excited. This time we’re moving from our rented ‘igloo’ to a house we’ve spent two years renovating and too many hours arguing over. I’m told moving house is as stressful as bereavement or divorce. Having been through the former fairly recently and almost been pushed to the latter over the past 24 months, I can believe it. It’s not just the stress of getting the mountains of ‘stuff’ you accumulate as a family into boxes, it’s also the stress of leaving a place that’s been so closely linked with some of the happiest and saddest moments of the past decade. As I shut the door on Radcliffe House, I saw the seat I sat in night after night after bringing my sleep resistant daughter home from hospital. I saw the stair I sat and hugged my husband when we discovered my sister in law had lost her fight against breast cancer. I saw the spot I fell when I found out my brother had been killed. It was the only home my children had ever known. Our homes aren’t just bricks and mortor. They’re not just places to store nice looking ‘stuff’. With every year you stay in a house, it becomes a lifesize memory box of your families’ journey through the good times and the bad. That’s hard to close, hard to say goodbye to. But it’s exciting to start again. In 7 days we’ll open the door to a new memory box and I hope to start filling it with children’s birthday parties, summer BBQs (ever the optimist!) and lazy evenings. If we stay in our new house as long as we lived in our old house, it will be the home we wave off our girls to university, or prison – depending on how the next few years pan out! Whatever the future holds, I hope it’s filled with love and laughter… and I hope the heating works!


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Fish & Chips for £1 Popular Yorkshire fish and chip restaurant The Wetherby Whaler is offering families in Guiseley the chance to eat for less. Children under 12 can eat for £1 from the 5th March – 5th April. Simply take the advert on page 23 into the restaurant and enjoy the best fish and chips in town!

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Be Sharp with The Music Tree Brighten up music practice with this great range of accessories from Yorkshire based company The Music Tree. Founded by two music loving mums, The Music Tree offers funky bags, brightly coloured stands and recorders and a host of products that make music fun. “We launched the company because we saw a gap in the market and wanted to give music the updated image it deserves.” My daughter has had many admiring glances since turning up with this vibrant bag for her guitar lessons. Take a look at their full range at

Easter Welly Walk for JOSEPH Pull on your wellies this Easter and head to Golden Acre Park to help raise money for the Joseph Lillywhite Journey. We brought you the story of Leeds schoolboy Joseph last year. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma last January. Supporters have joined to organise a Family Fun Day on 19th April to help the fundraising effort. “We’ve raised £150,000 so far,” explains supporter Sarah Naylor. “However we have another £350,000 to go, so we want people to come along, support us and have some fun!” Sign up for the welly walk by emailing . There will also be an Easter Trail, face painting and raffle. The fun kicks off at 10am.

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Make the Perfect Easter CAKE POP Creating the perfect cake pop is quite a challenge. Local baker Helen Mallik wants to help you master the craft at a series of classes at her home bakery in Ilkley. The founder of Popalicious Cake Pops is running an Easter themed session on 22nd March. You’ll learn to make the perfect cake mixture, form the perfect pop and work with the candy coating. The classes run for two and a half hours and are suitable for beginners. Book early as places are limited. 07759 029 138

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DAD This issue we welcome a new Dad columnist to the Families Leeds team. Mike Smith reflects on why he’ll be staying in this Mothering Sunday.

This month, Families Leeds columnist Claire Bottomley is enjoying a little bit of unexpected help with her two boys. In a strange twist of fate, the baby has started walking and his father has stopped. That is to say, Bottomley elder’s mobility has been temporarily curtailed due to an operation on his toes. Like father like son, they’ve both been staggering gingerly around the house in their pyjamas. For both, stairs are a bit of an issue. Both need soft, supportive footwear. In theory, this is not an ideal situation. The infant is liable to stumble – literally – into danger at every turn. Lightening reflexes are required to prevent him emptying the contents of cupboards onto himself. Olympic-style hop-skip and jumps are needed to halt his bid to climb into the dishwasher. There are better times to be an adult down than at this stage in the youngster’s development, you might think. And being incapacitated in this way does not come naturally to Mr B. He prides himself on being a man of action and is always on the go, ever a task in hand. “I’m sorry,” he says, wanly, his recovery taking much longer than he had optimistically hoped it would. “This hasn’t been easy for you, has it?” I sigh stoically and say,“It’s OK.” But between you and me, it turns out that immobility in other members of your family often has its advantages, no matter what their age. Being forced to sit down with his feet up for much of the time has made my husband more useful to me than I ever could have imagined. Secure them in the living room together and he can keep an eye on the baby as he potters with his toys. He can cuddle him when he is tired or distressed. Meanwhile, I can get on with what I am doing without the interruption or distraction of having to constantly do these things. What’s more, he is a sitting duck when it comes to reading with the five-year-old and I can quiz him about what’s happening on what date without turning around to find he’d disappeared. But now, slowly, the patient is gaining confidence, and so too is his son. So the other day, while the one was able to venture out to watch the rugby, I was left to rugby tackle the other as he veered towards muddy puddles in the park, all the while shouting encouragement to his older brother on his new scooter. Yes, I had my hands full, and more than ever now that my husband had his feet back. It’s true what they say; it’s easier when they stay put. Still, it was nice while it lasted.

I’m not looking forward to Mother’s Day. In fact, I’m getting more apprehensive the closer it comes. When it’s a special day, Mum likes to go out for a leisurely meal. Unfortunately, when our two boys are involved, leisurely has a habit of not turning up. The first shots are fired before we take our seats; they want to sit next to each other. “But I want to sit next to my big boy,” I say, figuring that ‘over my dead body’ won’t get quite the reaction I’m looking for. I reinforce the message by plonking myself down next to one of them. So they try to sit opposite each other. Nope, been there, done that and got the food-stained shirt. A swinging foot accidentally touching a brother’s leg provokes instant retaliation. They sit diagonally opposite each other, with the biggest fidget safely corralled against the wall. We choose our meals quickly, making sure we pick something that won’t take long to cook, as just like milk that’s been left out in the sun, hungry children will eventually start to turn. Ours seem to curdle quicker than most. They insist they don’t need the toilet, so peace descends for a while as they concentrate on their sticker books. Then the meal arrives and we start to eat. Maybe this will finally be the outing where it all goes swimmingly. Then come the dreaded words. “I need the toilet!” “So do I!” This is the equivalent of the fox, the chicken and the bag of corn. Those two are definitely not going to the toilet together unaccompanied. I’ll spare your sensibilities by saying why. It’s a while ago now and the restaurant did manage to get all the toilet paper out of the bowls. Eventually. But they’re desperate, so off we all go, leaving poor Mum sitting alone on her special day, doing her best to look like she doesn’t mind. I put them into separate cubicles and march up and down like a prison camp guard, trying to hurry them along. Five minutes has never passed so slowly. Eventually we rejoin Mum and finish our now-tepid main courses. But the best is yet to come. Dessert means two supercharged sugar rushes. They start with loud toilet jokes. Then very loud toilet jokes. Then kicking each other. It’s time to beat a hasty retreat. Back home, we collapse into our chairs, vowing never to set foot in a restaurant with them ever again. So much for a special day. Grumble, grumble. Then the door is flung open and two little tornados burst into the room clutching home-made cards and presents. Mum is smothered under the sort of uninhibited hugs and kisses that only small children can give. “Happy Mother’s Day!” they both yell. The restaurant ordeal is completely forgotten as a delighted Mum opens her cards and presents. All is well again in the Smith household. Except… “Daddy!” My sons sternly rebuke me, hands on hips. “You are very naughty for forgetting Mummy’s flowers!”

FAMILIES LEEDS | March/April 7


Mother’s IITo celebrate Mothers’II IIDay, we’ve called onII IIsome of our favouriteII IIbusinessmums to shareII IIthe secrets of their success. If you’re thinking about makingII II2014 the year you launch your own business, take a look atII IIthese words of wisdom from some Families Leeds friends.II



My business has become my third child. But my real children are growing so fast that sometimes I have to remind myself to STOP work and make the most of them. It’s OK to leave the business to ‘tick along’ sometimes and good is very often good enough. Not everything has to be perfect so don’t beat yourself up when things slip slightly. ELIZABETH HAWKHEAD, RHYTHM TIME

Network, network, network within the mummy/daddy community and build links with other businesses. We all help each other. And get a phone that you can get emails on. That way you can get things done on the go! HANNAH KEVILL, RUGRATS RUGBY

I use my daughter Millie as my motivation. On the days when I feel like giving up, she makes me keep going. CATHIE REUBEN, STIR KRAZY KIDS

Don’t wait for things to happen, sometimes you need to pick up the phone or send that email. You risk a no but you may get a yes. BECKY, WHILE ISLA SLEEPS

When I launched, I didn’t realise how much admin I would have. As your business grows so does the time you need to spend on it. It’s a balance between the profit generating activities and the efficiency driving activities. I still don’t have that balance right but I’m working on it! CATH HALE, DIDDI DANCE

Because I work for myself, I make it to every sports day, every class assembly, every swimming gala. That’s the reason I chose to work for myself and be my own boss. On the days the bills come in, that’s hard. On the days I’m able to cheer on my children, it’s the best job in the world. SARAH BUTTERS, FAMILIES LEEDS

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Take any and all advice from other Mums who have set up small businesses. Network groups are great for this. You’ll discover really good contacts for things like stationary, clothing and venues. You’ll also find out which ones to avoid! VICKI GILBERT, BABIES CAN SIGN

Work out what your ’big rocks ’ are. These are the things you will not be flexible on. They can be home based like only working school hours or always attending class assemblies. They might be work based like always attending a specific networking event. Whatever your rocks are, put everything else in around them and don’t feel guilty if less important things slide. RACHEL SWANN, BEAUTIFUL SWANS




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FUNDRAISING SUCCESS Congratulations to Rhythm Time Leeds who have raised ÂŁ1,000 this term for two fantastic local charities. Elizabeth Hawkhead nominated the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters and Joseph Lillywhite’s Journey to benefit from the generosity of Rhythm Time parents. “We had a coffee morning then we invited our children to bring a teddy to the classes, dress up and make a donation.â€?

SEVEN YEAR SUCCESS Leading signing class, Tiny Signers is celebrating seven years teaching children a key lifeskill. The class formerly known as Babies Can Sign, is now open to older children, and owner Vicki Gilbert has expanded not just in Yorkshire but across Europe. She’s also recruited speech therapists to join her team. To find your nearest class, go to Here’s to another 7 years of success Vicki!

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RUGRATS RUGBY WHEN: Monday 10am WHERE: Kidz Clubhouse, Horsforth

||It’s 9.55 on a cold, wet Monday and|| ||the queues are building outside Rugrat|| ||Rugby’s first class of the day. The 10 boys,|| ||dressed in freshly pressed team kits are|| ||full to bursting with energy and it looks|| ||like their ‘coach’ Hannah Kevill has got|| ||her work cut out. When the doors open,|| ||the ‘team’ race into the function room|| ||as if it were match day. For these lads,|| ||this is their Carnegie Stadium and it’s|| ||game time.||


S THE NAME SUGGESTS, Rugrats Rugby is an introduction to the sport of the oval ball for children from 2 years old. Developed by two professional Super League coaches, Rugrats helps children develop their basic motor skills as well as promoting social, physical and psychological development. And by the looks of this Monday morning session, it’s also really good fun. Hannah ‘kicks’ off the class with a warm up, inviting the boys to pick up one of the brightly coloured foam rugby balls and start running. When prompted, they’re asked to score a try, something most of them can’t wait to do. Following that, it’s time for a game of Bin Ball which encourages these would be Rhinos to run with their ball before scoring in the coaches ‘bin’ when asked. It’s non-stop, non-contact fun and proving hugely popular as North Leeds Head Coach Hannah Kevill explains. “A lot of my mums come here because they have boys with lots of energy and they’re looking for somewhere to run it off. They talk about their ‘little bruisers’. We channel that energy.â€? Hannah’s sessions launched earlier this year and she already has a waiting list. This Monday morning class combines the Kick Start session for children from 2 years old and the Try Time group, for children from 3½ years old. Aside from the physical skills the boys

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are learning from kicking tries from plastic cones, and scoring into hula hoops, they’re also learning valuable social skills. Teamwork and sharing runs through the centre of this programme, as it does through the heart of the game of rugby. “We are a team,� explains Hannah.�We have a kit. I encourage the children to work as a team. At the end of each session we shake hands before we leave. Learning to be a good sport is an important part of Rugrats.� And with those handshakes, the session draws to a close. The kits don’t look quite so pristine as they leave but the parents don’t mind as they take their quieter ‘little bruisers’ home, exhausted.

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ONE in EIGHT CLUB IILast year, Families Leeds’ friend Lisa Clay received the diagnosis every woman dreads.II IIThe owner of Armadillo Toys tells us how she’s coping with cancer.II “I am an unwilling member of a not so exclusive club. I am the one in the one in eight women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m a very private person so I don’t know whether writing this is a really stupid idea or a great idea. What I do know is that I’m not ashamed to have cancer. If I am a little lacking in confidence, that’s as a consequence of the treatments I’ve had and the ones that lay ahead. Last year I found a lump in one of my breasts and took myself to my GP. I was sent for a mammogram and biopsy. Two weeks later I was told I had a stage two, grade three cancer. A second smaller lump was also found. I was told that everything around me would suddenly be about cancer. I think I did take it hard, I knew it was serious, I knew there were real and terrible implications for myself and my family. However I did believe that I was getting the best care. I had a holiday booked two weeks after the diagnosis and it was suggested that it would be a good idea to take it. I was told to try to enjoy myself and return ready to face cancer head on. When I got back from a lovely holiday in Crete, I had an operation to remove some of the lymph nodes from under my arm to see if the cancer had spread. The results weren’t great. Of the three nodes removed, one contained cancer which meant that there was the possibility of cells having spread to other parts of my body. I was told all the nodes under my armpit would be removed at a later date. Before I started on a course of chemotherapy I cut my hair short as I knew there was a real chance it would fall out. During the first session I used what is called a cold cap to try to keep my hair from falling out. It didn’t work and after about 2 weeks my hair fell out in lumps. As soon as this happened I went with a friend to chose a wig and had my hair buzzed off while I was there. Chemotherapy. I could write a book about the side effects. Mostly I felt like I was in another world. After each treatment I would have few nights of not sleeping followed by getting progressively more ill and tired. After two weeks I’d start to feel better, ready for the next dose. I was

hospitalised after the final dose, as the chemotherapy wiped out my immune system. Before my final chemo treatment, I went for another MRI scan. When I got the results it was the first bit of good news in months. It showed no sign of the larger more dangerous lump, and the other one had reduced. The chemotherapy is awful but for me it did exactly what it was meant to do, so it was worth it. Soon I will start radiotherapy, so my journey is not yet over but I am over the worst. Hopefully I will be getting back to normal soon. It’s not been easy for my family, I have two daughters – 18 and 16 –

and I worry about how this has affected them. But I am getting better and believe the worst is behind us and as a family we are getting back to normal too. Running a business when dealing with this has not been easy. Last year was a tough year financially and the business has only survived because of my protective and caring staff. I could not have done it without Jill, Sarah, Ruth and Ros. If you are also a member of the one in eight club and have just been diagnosed with breast cancer I hope reading this helps you. If you’re not, I hope you’ll take the time to check yourself and tell your friends to do the same.”

BABY BOP & HOP WHEN: 10.30am Monday and Friday WHERE: St Martin’s Institute, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3LA WHO: Elevations Dance

||There’s a train leaving an imaginary|| ||station in Chapel Allerton with 12 excited|| ||children onboard. Elevations Dance|| ||founder Hayley Bryne is today’s driver|| ||and she’s about to take them on their|| ||weekly adventure using a few well chosen|| ||props and their imagination. Meet the|| ||Happy Hoppers of North Leeds.||


APPY HOPPERS is a dance and movement class aimed at children from walking up to pre-school age. This morning the mini movers are keen to find out where today’s adventure will take them but first it’s time for a warm up. Led by Hayley, there’s hand-clapping, hip wiggling and marching all to familiar songs. Then the musical instruments come out, along with lots of smiles. Hayley runs the successful Leeds based dance studio Elevations and co-ordinates 40 sessions for older children and adults every week. But it was her disappointment at not finding a suitable pre-school dance session for her son Noah that prompted her to create the 10 week Baby Bop and Hop programme. “Noah was fed up of being handed a pink wand and told to stand in line,” said Hayley. “Our class is fast paced with a different activity every few minutes. The adventures we go on are attractive to both boys AND girls. It keeps ALL the children engaged. No one gets bored!” To the naïve observer, these early years classes look like 40 minutes of brightly coloured fun. However, Hayley explains that they are based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and give children a great foundation in basic dance skills. They’re also helping with physical, emotional and cognitive development

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and are great for social development. That’s clear when she introduces the group to the Magic Tree which is covered in shiny golden tickets. Each child is invited to pick a ticket which then allows them entry onto the imaginary train, taking them on today’s adventure. The Happy Hoppers are off to join the circus. The group is joined by a friendly clown called Clive, a familiar elephant called Nellie and they all get to try the tricks of the big top. Parents play a big part in the classes with Hayley encouraging them to be involved. It means that the class isn’t just about the child’s development, it’s also about quality time spent together having fun. In addition to Happy Hoppers, Hayley has launched classes for children from 3 months. Baby Boppers is a gentle introduction to music and movement, with lots of parental enthusiasm required. As this fast moving Happy Hoppers session draws to a close, the children head home from the circus, by horse, to a house filled with elves and fairies. It sounds a lot more fun than the pile of washing and mound of ironing waiting at my house. 07790 225 385



Alistair and Jonny Brownlee with Richmond House head girl Freya Sugarman who also competes in triathlons.

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THE BROWNLEE BROTHERS IIOlympic medal winning triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee were given a heroesII IIwelcome when they paid a surprise visit to their old school Richmond House. FamiliesII IILeeds Editor Sarah Butters was invited along to hear the school’s current pupilsII IIinterview their most famous old boys.II When did you start doing triathalons?

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Jonny: We started when we were about 8 years old – quite young. My Mum used to swim so she encouraged us to do that and we started at Aireborough Swim Club then we went to City of Leeds. I also started Cross Country right here at Richmond House!

Alistair: We both like running. Swimming is definitely the worst. It’s so monotonous going up and down but running is the best. I’ve loved it since school. When I was at BGS, we could just pull on our trainers and go running at lunchtime so I’ve always associated it with freedom and getting away from school!

Alistair: I started my running career in the field at the back of this school!

You inspire us, but who inspired you?

Jonny: We went to Bradford Grammar School. I started to run at a more serious level. At the same time I began cycling and that’s why I chose triathlon. I also played football, cricket, rugby and then one by one I stopped them and concentrated on triathlon. I qualified for Great Britain at 15. I was proud of my GB kit then and I’m proud of it now.

Jonny: My parents taught us to love being outside. We went for long walks in the Dales at weekends. I was also inspired by my sport teacher at Bradford Grammar. He taught me to love Cross Country and also showed me what you can get from sport – the confidence it gives you and the challenges you can set yourself.

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Alistair: You don’t decide to compete, you work your way up. When I was 8, I ran in Leeds Schools Cross Country competitions. Then I worked up and qualified for Great Britain. Then I wanted to win the World Junior Championship. Then I wanted to race as a senior. When I was 18, I had to decide whether to go to university, or focus on the Olympics. I picked the Olympics so that’s how I got to compete.

Why did you choose triathalon? Alistair: When we were young we competed in all three events separately – swimming, cycling and running. We swam for City of Leeds and City of Bradford. We competed for running clubs and at school. But we decided we were better at triathlons.

How many runs have you done? Alistair: I must have done thousands! I have run every day for the past 10 years!

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How do you cope when one of you beats the other? Jonny: I’m a nice guy! And I have beaten him a few times! Being brothers is an advantage we have over everyone else. We train together. Ali pushes me on. Every time we go out of the door, I am trying to race him a little bit. That’s really important. Triathlon is a team sport, so if you swim, cycle or run behind someone, it’s a lot easier. We work as a team in every race. Trust is another thing. I trust Alistair. I know he will help me, not just in races, but in training. Some days I don’t fancy heading outside, but he encourages me and I do the same for him.

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Why is attitude important in sport? Alistair: Attitude is everything. You have to be motivated to train, sometimes 3 times a day. You have to set goals and be structured and be determined in those sessions when it’s hurting. Physically your body needs to be good, but attitude is really important.




Jonny: And you’ve got to enjoy sport. I know it’s my job but I absolutely LOVE it. I think it would be really difficult if I didn’t.

What will you do when you retire? Jonny: I have thought about teaching but Ali says I’d be an awful teacher!

Do you argue about who is better? Alistair: We don’t argue because we can settle that by who races faster! Jonny: We do argue about other things – like football. We don’t play, just argue over it!

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Alistair: Winning Olympic Gold. Jonny: My Olympic Bronze. Winning it at the home Olympics in London – that was brilliant.

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School NEWS AUTHOR INSPIRES HAREHILLS CHILDREN Pupils from Harehills Primary School let their imaginations and pencils run riot as they gave legs to their favourite foods. Inspired by The Runaway Chapati, the first book of illustrator Stephen Waterhouse, the 40 children from Years 3 and 4 got creative in the author led workshops. Stephen talked the pupils through the process of making a book. They were amazed to learn that it can take a month to do one picture in a book such as Stephen’s latest, My Pop-Up City Atlas. "I really enjoyed the workshops,” said Stephen. “Both groups were brilliant and receptive. They created some inventive drawings and great ideas for characters!" Year 3 teacher Caroline Pallas said,“While some of the pupils are already keen artists, for others the session has inspired them. Stephen gave them the confidence to have a go by showing them it’s ok to make mistakes and learn from them.” The workshops were organised by Ilkley Literature Festival and The Grammar School at Leeds. They aim to enhance children’s experience of literature through author visits and activities in schools.

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PLAY with a PURPOSE Starting ‘big’ school isn’t a big deal at Woodhouse Grove. Families Leeds has been along to see how teaching the Foundation Stage in one building is giving children the confidence to shine.


T’S PLAYTIME at Ashdown Lodge and the Reception children line up to lead the way to the playground. Downstairs the coats of the Nursery classes are back on their pegs and the children are ready for story time. Ashdown Lodge houses Woodhouse Grove’s Foundation Stage teaching children from nursery entrance up to the end of their Reception year. It sits at the bottom of the hill, rather appropriately, looking up at their big sister junior school Bronte House. Today’s sunshine means the children are keen to wrap up and head outside to play on the scooters, throw around the balls and captain the wooden ship that sits in the centre of this secluded, safe playground. Keeping a watchful eye on the children is Foundation Stage Co-ordinator, Ali Hinchliffe. “We aren’t a day care nursery,” Ali explains. “We are teacher led. This is an educational environment and all the decisions we make are because we want the best for the children’s progression. In every classroom, in the playground, you will see play but it’s all with a purpose.” Children can join the nursery from the term they turn three when they join the pre-Nursery class. From there they progress to the Nursery which prepares them for the move upstairs to Reception. The staff move between the three environments depending on the number of children and the activities organised. It’s clear they’re all familiar faces to the children across the ages. “That flexibility means we can give the children individual attention when they need it,” says Ali Hinchliffe. “For example when they first come into Reception and we are teaching them how to read, we need more staff input. We have the flexibility and expertise to move staff around and make that happen.” Ashdown’s teachers clearly know and care about the children here with all of them keen to share personal stories about the achievements of the pupils in their care. Whether it’s building a butterfly out of Kids K’nex or shooting hoops in the playground,

the staff are here to lend a hand when it’s needed and cheer when the children succeed. And success is what Ali and her team of dedicated teachers are working towards. “When you see a child who is stuck, that’s when you want to move in. It’s not all about running table top activities and bringing the children to you. Sometimes you have to go to them and we have enough teachers within this team to give that individual care. It’s what the children need and the parents expect.” Having the Reception children within the same building as Nursery makes for a gentle transition to ‘formal’ schooling. In reality, these children are being ‘taught’ from the minute they walk in Ashdown Lodge, but you wouldn’t know it. At this stage in a child’s education, it’s about teaching good quality, productive play that helps them learn. That quality play, according to staff here, helps the children to learn life skills and progress their personal development. “It’s called Foundation Stage so why wouldn’t we keep the children together?” asks Ali. “Our Reception children feel secure, happy and top of the class. By the time they hit Year 1, they’re ready for the transition to Bronte House and the challenges that brings.” And that transition is well managed with Ashdown’s children visiting Bronte House for music and sport as well as for lunch. It’s a familiar environment by the time the

children progress, but they’re a little older and better able to cope. Then children are on a path that can take them all the way through their education. That continuity, from 3 – 18 years old, from Ashdown Lodge to Woodhouse Grove, is proving attractive to more and more parents. A bell marks the end of playtime and the children begin their walk back to their classrooms for a lesson about Chinese New Year. The enthusiasm of the teaching staff, whatever the subject matter, whatever the age of the children, is infectious and that, according to Ali Hinchliffe is what sets this Foundation environment apart. “We are the best of both worlds. We offer the flexible, wrap around care of a day nursery so parents can work, but we also provide high quality education from the age of three. We’re flexible, we’re affordable but most of all we are passionate about what we do and the children we care for.”

Ashdown Lodge welcomes boys and girls from the term they turn three years old. They then progress to Bronte House in Year 1 and Woodhouse Grove in Year 7. There are Open Mornings on Wednesday 19th March and 30th April from 10.30am. For more information look at 0113 250 2811

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Make the most of

PARENTS’ EVENING IISo it’s time for you to sit on very small chairs and against the clock,II IIfind out just how your son or daughter is doing at school. For parentsII IIit’s truth time, however uncomfortable that may be. For teachers,II IIthere’s the pressure of trying to sum up a year’s worth of information in ten minutes.II IIBill Moody from Kip McGrath has come up with some questions that may help createII IIthe best conversations between a teacher and a concerned parent.II


Is my child happy? When it comes down to it, this must be the basis for a good school experience. Is your child enjoying themselves and do they have good relationships with other students and staff?

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Is my child making friends? Finding out about her peer group can give you some insight about how happy she is.

What is my child’s attitude to learning? If there are areas where your child is keen to learn and topics where he is less keen, you can better decide how to support him.


Does my child contribute to class discussions? This is another indicator of how engaged your daughter is. Putting ideas into words and speaking up is a great way to learn!


What does my child enjoy best? Try to find out if he enjoys particular topics or activities. See if you are surprised by the answer because sometimes children demonstrate different abilities at home and at school!

What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses? Finding out what she can and can’t do should not mean judgement. Nobody is brilliant at everything so this question is just a way to gather information. Both strengths and weaknesses can be developed.



How can I help my child at home? Your child’s teacher will be happy to recommend things you can do, websites, apps or exercises.

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These are the questions that I think lead to a better dialogue between you and school. I hope Parents’ Evening is good for you!

Is my child at the right level for her age? If she is ahead or behind the national average her teacher will be able to help you.

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When is the next assessment and how should we prepare? Testing is another huge issue but if everything else is in place and your child is confident and cared for and you have committed and enthusiastic teachers, the tests should feel less unpleasant!

How much homework should my child be getting? Homework remains a huge issue but a conversation with her teacher will help you understand what to expect from the school and whether she is progressing.

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I’m Soooo It’s the cry that fills weekends and school holidays but educational experts now claim that being bored is good for children. Is our world of ‘competitive busyness’ robbing children of the ability to motivate themselves? Families Leeds takes a look at the benefits of boredom.

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REGULARLY MADE THE MISTAKE of telling my mum I was bored when I was a child. It usually happened about a week into the school holidays, just as she realised my brother and I had been embroiled in a TV watching marathon since school shut its doors. With the plug pulled and the long holidays stretching out in front of me like a road with no end, boredom set in. My friends were away. My brother was annoying. I had, and I quote “LITERALLY nothing to do.� “I’m SOOOO bored,� I groaned. “Only boring people are bored,� Mum replied. After rolling my eyes and being threatened with a pile of ironing or gerbil cleaning duty, I retreated to my bedroom and let the ‘boredom’ wash over me. Then I began thinking and I started writing. It was from boredom that I discovered a talent that eventually became my career. In a way my boredom gave me the time to discover who I was. We live in a different world today. Our children are raced from one after school activity to another with barely a moment to draw breath never mind be bored. As a mum of two girls, I too have been sucked into the world of competitive busyness. There’s netball on Monday, two lots of swimming on Tuesday, more swimming on Wednesday, gymnastics on Thursday and hockey on Friday. But are these packed schedules robbing our children of the chance to explore the person they want to be? “During term time, life is so busy� says Sarah Butters, Families Leeds Editor. “I don’t know why we are surprised that when the holidays come and we tell children to ‘go and entertain themselves’ they don’t know what to do. We fill their schedules from dawn til dusk, from Monday to Friday then suddenly schools out and there’s no timetable for them to follow. This is when we need to give them some signposts, some encouragement to think for themselves.� Today’s technology does little to help. As soon as ‘boredom’ sets in, children head to the nearest screen. From a busy parent’s point of view, it brings to an end the ‘boredom’ whine, however it’s a stimulation that stops any development. When the screens go off those bored children begin to practise looking inside themselves. They begin to spend time with themselves. “My children go into a trance like state when the screens are on,� reflects Sarah Butters “When it’s the end of a busy school day, zoning out is fine. But I like to limit screen time during the holidays. Yes, the children do complain of being bored but before long, they find a more imaginative activity. Boredom is usually short-lived.� Experts say that quiet time helps prepare children for real life. Boredom, as I discovered, makes you creative, promotes those vital quality of self motivation and concentration. A bored child is more likely to invent a game with his action figures, pick up a book that’s been sat by his bed for a week or head outside to build a den. The pushy parents among us need to accept that giving our children the time to be bored is as important as racing them from Karate to Kumon. Boredom is a very inexpensive way of promoting development and getting your child to know themselves.




CREATE A BOREDOM JAR Has your child ever asked to do something that you’ve not had the time for? Maybe it’s baking a batch of biscuits, playing a board game or showing you a dance routine they’ve created. Whenever time is against you, get your child to write the idea on a piece of paper and pop it in a Boredom Jar. It means you can reach into it for ideas as soon as you hear the words ‘I’m Bored!’ SIGNPOST ACTIVITIES If you have a child whose daily schedule is busier than the Prime Minister, they may not know HOW to entertain themselves. Signpost activities for them and get them to think about their options. You’re teaching them to think for themselves. PUT THEM TO WORK Nothing stops the cries of boredom in our house like the threat of housework or schoolwork. I’m sure the experts would have something to say about this boredom busting solution but I find it very effective. When presented with the choice of an hour of homework or the chance to pull on a pair of roller boots, the roller boots win every time. Very often children just need reminding that they can be in charge of their own schedules. By doing this, you’re helping them become independent, self motivated and creative individuals. Good Luck!

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Looking for some ways to beat boredom this Easter? We’ve asked Zhara Armstrong from Treasures Toys in Wetherby for her top boredom busters. GET OUTDOORS ALL SURFACE SWINGBALL £26.99 If the April showers stay away, invest in an All Surface Swingball. You don’t need grass just a paved area to play on. Practice your ball skills or play for points. I’M BOARD 10% DISCOUNT CONNECT 4 QUOTE FAMILIES LAUNCHERS LEEDS £17.99 Swop boredom for board game fun! In our house we are very good at playing a game over Christmas but we seem to forgot during the rest of the year. It’s a great way to help improve concentration so I am determined we make family board games a regular feature. Our favourite at the moment is Connect 4 Launchers.

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BULLYING Almost half of all children say they’ve been bullied at school. That’s a terrifying statistic for parents. We talk to Leeds based counsellor for young people Jennifer Dutton about what to look out for and when to seek help.

WHAT SHOULD A PARENT LOOK OUT FOR? A child may not tell you that they are being bullied so it’s important that parents look out for signs. Are they coming home with their possessions broken or missing? Have you noticed a change in their behaviour? Are they withdrawing, spending more time alone? Have you noticed changes in their sleeping and eating habits? Are they complaining of stomach and headaches to avoid school? If your alarm bells are ringing, talk to your child.

WHAT IS BULLYING? It can cover lots of different behaviour and can start at any age. Bullying is being called names. It’s when someone spreads rumours about you. At its most serious, it covers verbal abuse as well as physical attacks. However it’s also leaving another person out or teasing. Now bullying isn’t just about what happens at school, it’s also what happens via social networking sites. It’s become a much more complex issue for children today.

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR CHILD TELLS YOU THEY’RE BEING BULLIED? Listen. Don’t get angry or upset. Tell them it’s not their fault. Reassure them that what the bully is saying isn’t true and that you love them. Remind them they don’t deserve the attention they are getting from the bully. Don’t threaten action but also don’t dismiss what they tell you. They may not confide in you again and by not taking their concerns seriously, you’re saying bullying is OK. Simply listen and work with them to make a plan. Seek support from the school. Before you organise a meeting, get all the facts you can from as many sources as possible. It can be useful to keep a diary of incidents so you have hard facts to refer to when taking the issue into school. Your first port of call should be the class teacher. If you don’t get the support you need there, take

WHY DO PEOPLE BECOME BULLIES? Very often the bullied are victims of bullying or been targeted in some way themselves. They can have a lot of issues going on in their own lives. They may have no other outlet and so find someone more vulnerable to target. It’s really important that the bully AND the victim are given help and support.

it to the head of year, then to the head teacher. It’s really important issues of bullying are dealt with quickly. The longer it’s left, the more likely a child will begin believing what the bullies say. WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR CHILD IS THE BULLY? It’s perfectly normal to reject the idea. No parent wants to think that their child is a bully. However it’s important you take the time to listen, reflect and talk to your child. It’s natural to be defensive and resistant to the idea but if the evidence is there, you need to act swiftly and work with the school. Explain the hurt they’re causing and ask them to admit what they’ve done and apologise. There’s usually a reason a child begins bullying so ask yourself and your child what issues may have led to the behaviour. Don’t ignore the signs because a bully who goes unchallenged will only grow in confidence. FOR MORE SUPPORT… – there is an online messaging board where children can share their experiences. If you want to speak to someone, call on 0800 1111. Jennifer Dutton is a counsellor for young people in North Leeds. To contact her directly call 07739 801 044

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Yet results of a recent census reveal that only 2% of primary school children get to school on their bike, and in leeds that number drops to 0.3%. Vanessa James from Pedal Go in Yorkshire looks at how to get your child cycling to school. When can a child ride to school? Children of any age can cycle to school and will enjoy doing so. It really is dependent on the individual child as to when they are ready. Before your child cycles on the road they need to have an awareness of traffic and how it moves. Asking your child to tell you when and where it is safe to cross the road as a pedestrian is a good way of gaining an idea of your child’s traffic sense. Talk to them on car journeys and explain why you are stopping at junctions and traffic lights. Ensure your child is confident on their bike and has good control of the direction of the bike and the ability to stop. Introduce your child to quiet roads and ride with them. The best place to ride is behind the child so you can talk to them about what they are doing.

Talk to your child about their position on the road, it is important they can see and be seen, they should not ride in the gutter or too close to parked cars. If you ride with your child on the road you will be able to see that your child is doing it right and will have a good idea of when they are ready to start making small journeys independently. If you do not ride with your child, many schools provide free Bikeability training to children in Year 5 or 6. If your child passes their Level 2, they have been assessed by a qualified instructor as being ready to make short journeys on quiet roads by themselves. If Bikeability is not offered in your school ask your school to look into it or look for an independent instructor to deliver training to your child. Make sure your child knows it is important to remain focused when they are on the road and if they want to chat to their friends they should get off their bike and walk with it on the pavement to do so. Also ensure your child is comfortable with what to do in case of a puncture or the chain coming off. If they cannot fix it themselves, I would suggest either securing the bike and walking home or pushing the bike home on the pavement. What do they need to ride to school? BIKE: Make sure their bike fits them properly and is in road worthy condition. Working brakes are very important. A bell and reflectors also are recommended. HELMET: A helmet conforming to

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recognised safety standards is a good idea, but not a legal requirement. However I would not let my son get on a bike without one. CLOTHING: It is likely your child will wear a school uniform so make sure they are not wearing loose clothing that could get caught in pedals and wheels. Snap bands are a great colourful way of securing trousers. A bright weatherproof coat preferably with the hood removed to prevent it hindering movement and vision is a good idea. Little hands get cold on handle bars so gloves with grips on the palms and fingers are recommended. They do not need cycle specific clothing. BAG: A suitable child specific rucksack is ideal for carrying books and lunches to and from school. Deuter make a good range for children. LIGHTS: If your child is riding on the road in the dark lights are a legal requirement. They are also a good idea on a dull day. LOCK: A bike lock to secure their bike while they are in school. BLING: Stickers, and accessories can add to the fun. REPAIRS: Pump & puncture repair kit, for older children. For information on Pedal Go courses for school aged children, visit

On the MOVE

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IIPREPARE THE CHILDRENII When we told our children we were putting the house up for sale and moving, my youngest daughter went very quiet. I put it down to the fact that she’d known no other home and was frightened to leave. Wrong. She was worried that ‘moving house’ meant leaving all her possessions and walking out of the door. Make sure you spend time talking your children through the logistics. You may have done it before, but they haven’t. Explain that all their toys and teddies can be moved to your new home. A good way of preparing young children is to read stories about moving, for example Topsy and Tim Move House. If you do that when your own house is on the market, it gives your child time to

IIA PRACTICAL PLANII become familiar with the idea before the time comes to move out. Moving within your local area with no school move is much easier than moving to a totally new area. Moving schools affects all children, regardless of their age. Older children are likely to be upset – and often angry – at the prospect of losing friends. Listen to their fears and be endlessly patient and positive about the move, however you are feeling yourself. Explain how they can keep in touch with old friends while making new ones. Children are very adaptable and the chances are they will settle in the new area and have firm friendships a lot sooner than you will, but they need to vent and they need your reassurance.

Once your house is sold you can breathe a sigh of relief that you no longer have to run around stuffing piles of washing in the boot of your car to make the house vaguely presentable for viewers. Now it’s time to sit down with a cup of coffee and make a plan. Planning holds the key to a smooth move.

IIDECLUTTERII Why move your junk from one house to another? If you’ve not use it or looked at it for a year, ask yourself how valuable/useful it is. Take the time between selling and moving to do a thorough clearout. Spend a morning at a local car boot sale and use Freecycle ( to get rid of items that you want to move on.

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Get several as they can vary hugely in price and don’t be afraid to barter when you find the company you like. Decide whether you are going to do your own packing or want the removal company to do it. It doesn’t cost a lot more to let the removal company do the packing and with their speed and efficiency it is often money well spent. If you are pregnant when moving, have to move in a hurry with your work or for a house sale, it is definitely recommended.

Make sure the kettle, tea, coffee, mugs, milk and biscuits are the last things to go in the car and the first thing to be unloaded at your new home. You’ll win brownie points with your removal men.

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Do this in advance and have your letters or e-mail sorted ready to go out before you move. It is not just day to day contacts you need to inform, you will also need to change the address on your TV licence, driving licence and vehicle registration. You can find a good list of people you need to contact on property/moving_notifychecklist.shtml Set up a redirection service with Royal Mail as you’re bound to forget one crucial contact. You can do that online at

Don’t forget to take utility readings before leaving the house and arriving at your new home.

When you’ve brewed up, make sure the next box you get your hands on has your bedding in. Making the beds should be next on your list. It means that when you and your late night removal team have had enough, you can all fall into bed without playing ‘hunt the duvet’. Don’t forget special teddies or blankets. Having them to hand will make settling in the first night so much easier.



Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged in case there are any last minute snags to sort out like getting keys from the estate agent.

Make sure you can lay your hands on a couple of wine glasses and a bottle of something cold and preferably sparkling. Open, pour and raise a glass to your new adventure. You’ve made it into your new home! May it be filled with love and laughter.


Kids eat for £1 at the Wetherby Whaler Guiseley!

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Terms and conditions: This voucher is only redeemable at the Wetherby Whaler Guiseley, White Cross, Leeds, LS20 8LZ restaurant. This offer is valid from 5th March 2014- 5th April 2014. The offer is only redeemable on a kid’s meal. One voucher per meal. No cash or product alternative is available. No voucher photocopies accepted. The voucher is not transferable. Each child must be accompanied by one full paying adult. Offer excludes Sunday 30th March 2014. To receive the offer, children must be under 12 years old.




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Easter Gift Guide Easter Eggs have never been cheaper and the average child will receive FIVE chocolate eggs this year. That’s about 10,000 extra calories for them to consume. Avoid a chocolate mountain and invest in something that they’ll still be playing with come Christmas. You’ll also be supporting some great local shops. What a cracking idea!





ÂŁ4.99 From Treasures of Wetherby These affordable alternatives to the traditional chocolate egg have been hugely popular over the past few years. New designs for Easter 2014 include a Robo Spy Agent, Native American Girl, Winged Fairy and an American Biker. The plastic egg doubles as a moneybox and the fun figure is a great addition to your little ones Playmobil collection.

From £2.29 From Treasures of Wetherby It’s the must see movie of the moment and these figures are the must have figures from it. Choose from the minifigures at £2.29 or if you’re looking for something more substantial, there’s Cloud Cuckoo Palace at £17.99. Very popular and bound to last longer than a chocolate egg.



ÂŁ25.00 From Armadillo Toys Make room for this furry friend and his little pals this Easter. The rabbit lives in the lettuce so he can play hide and seek with his minibeast friends. Cute and even the lettuce is calorie free!


ÂŁ10.00 From Armadillo Toys and Treasures of Wetherby Calling all Little Bo Peeps. The aim of the game is to gather all your sheep together. This Orchard Toys favourite is the perfect present for the little boy who lives down the lane this Easter!


ÂŁ12.99 From Popalicious Cakes If you want to give an edible Easter treat, make it a Popalicious one! This yummy bunny is made up of eight individual handmake cookies. Who will get the head?

ÂŁ2.49 From Popalicious Cakes These bite-sized bunnies are an eggcellent way to celebrate. Order by 30th March to guarantee your sweet treats are with you for Easter.    

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At Stir Krazy Kids we get so excited when we see the first Easter eggs on the supermarket shelves. It gives us the green light to make our own! Forget 3 for 2 deals and oversized boxes. Join us and create your own egg-cellent Easter eggs. You will need: 8 x small egg moulds (silicone moulds are our preferred type – available from specialist kitchen shops) Ingredients: 300g of your favourite chocolate Icing for piping Easter eggs

1. Use a piece of kitchen paper with a little flavourless oil and polish the inside of each mould. This ensures a highly polished finish to the chocolate and also helps to release the set chocolate from the mould. 2. We use the 30 second microwave rule to melt our chocolate. Break the chocolate into small chunks and place in a microwaveable dish. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate has melted (the last few chunks will melt as you stir the chocolate round the bowl) 3. Pour spoonfuls of the chocolate into each mould. Swirl around until coated, Leave to set, flat side down on a surface, like a large tray, covered in greaseproof paper. Fill each mould in the same way. You will have to repeat the process another two or three times to build up a good layer of chocolate in each mould.

4. Wait for about 20 minutes for the chocolate to set in between layers. 5. Draw a clean ruler across the chocolate to ensure a clean edge every time you add a layer. This is important so that the two sides of the egg stick together evenly. Leave to chill in the fridge or a cool place until set. 6. Carefully un-mould the egg halves and place on a clean surface taking care not to handle the chocolate too much as it will start to melt from the heat of your hands. 7. To stick the two edges of an egg together, use a little melted chocolate and then place the edges of two halves on it for a few seconds, then gently push the edges together. 8. Now its time to get creative! To decorate the eggs, sit an egg in a glass or small cup and use as a stand while you use icing pens to create your designs! Or why not add some of your favourite sweets if you fancy! To join a Stir Krazy Workshop this Easter, go to Workshops are available at the Grammar School at Leeds from 8th – 11th April. Junior and Senior sessions available. Contact Cathie on 07725 083 959 or Sarah on 07809 253 747 to book your place.

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Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th March

Health Heroes Dragon’s Den EUREKA! Meet Florence Nightingale, Alexander Fleming and Louis Pasteur in Dragon’s Den sessions to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week. Who wins? You decide!

Make a Mothers’ Day Badge TEMPLE NEWSAM Make the perfect gift this Mothers’ Day.

Sunday 23rd March

Mothers’ Day FOUNTAIN’S ABBEY What a location to celebrate Mothers’ Day. Enjoy morris dancing in the courtyard, pop to the shop or enjoy afternoon tea.

Super Science Day LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM As part of National Science and Engineering Week, come along to make machines, have a go at experiments and enjoy lots of science fun. From 1pm – 4pm. Sow and Grow LOTHERTON HALL Springtime fun at 10am and 1pm.

Sunday 30th March

Saturday 5th April Games with the Easter Bunny LOTHERTON HALL Easter fun from 12pm until 2pm. Take a walk on the bunny’s trail which runs until Easter Monday.

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April

Saturday 5th – Tuesday 22nd April

Easter Eggstravaganza TEMPLE NEWSAM Join the Easter Egg hunt around the house and be in with a chance of winning a prize. Make sure you pop into Home Farm and check on the newborn animals too!

The Easter Adventure STOCKELD PARK Hunt for eggs, meet the giant bunnies in the Enchanted Forest and help Little Bo Peep find her sheep in the Maze. There’s also some lambs and chicks to say hello to, to make the Easter theme complete.

Saturday 5th – Monday 21st April Lindt Gold Bunny Trail RHS HARLOW CARR It’s always a good sign to have an event linked to a chocolate company. Join the Lindt bunny on a hop through Harlow Carr. Follow the clues and find a treat.

Golden Egg Hunt FOUNTAINS ABBEY There’s a tiny golden egg hidden somewhere in the grounds of the abbey and it’s your job to find it. Team up with your family and find the egg to claim a prize. 10am start.

Bloom and Zoom RHS HARLOW CARR Join in the build up to Le Tour Yorkshire. Create your own bunting and sow some yellow flowers.

Talking Without Speaking FOUNTAINS ABBEY Imagine using sign language to talk to your friends. Grab a map, find the clues and crack the code. 10am start.

Easter Bunny Trail LOTHERTON HALL Hop around the estate and follow the Easter Bunny trail.


Wonderful Windows FOUNTAINS ABBEY Craft session using stained glass.

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Saturday 5th – Saturday 26th April If Teeth Could Talk THACKRAY MUSEUM At this time of year, I’m sure teeth would say ‘lay off the chocolate’. How much do you know about your teeth? Check your own teeth and find out what secrets they can tell us about the past.

Saturday 5th – Sunday 27th April Nature’s Stage EUREKA! Come along to see nature Spring into life. There’s a bear hunt, a Spring fairy to meet and you’re invited to take a walk in the Eureka! jungle.

Sunday 6th April Spring Family Nature Walk FOUNTAINS ABBEY Calling all nature detectives. This is a family walk to wake up your senses. Starts at 2pm from the Visitor Centre.

Monday 7th April – Monday 21st April




Where magic is made & adventures


The Easter Adventure

Open daily 5th - 22nd April Open daily: 10am - 6pm, Saturdays: 10am - 8pm

Every day this Easter at Stockeld Park we are hosting a unique egg hunt with Bunnies and Giant hand painted Eggs hidden in our Enchanted Forest. You can also come and 

        quest in our maze. See real live lambs & chickens in our parkland and take part in Easter themed crafts. We have ‘eggstra’ special events on Easter Sunday and Monday, with The Magic Hatter, Fairy Enchantica and the Easter Bunny. Join in the Easter Catwalk and Egg and Spoon Challenge! Have an active Easter Adventure!

Springtime Crafts LOTHERTON HALL Craft sessions from 11am – 4pm

Tuesday 8th April Foody Fun Yorkshire KIRKSTALL ABBEY Food themed fun at 10am and 2pm. Think Yorkshire puds! Den Building FOUNTAINS ABBEY Come along and create a makeshift home using leaves and branches. Great family activity. Sessions at 11am and 1pm.


Tuesday 8th – Sunday 13th April Easter Eggstravaganza TEMPLE NEWSAM Join the Easter Egg hunt around the house and be in with a chance of winning a prize. Make sure you pop into Home Farm and check on the newborn animals too!

Wednesday 9th April Silly Science KIRKSTALL ABBEY A day of science activities inspired by great Yorkshire inventors. 10am and 2pm.

Outdoor fun & indoor play, there are so many ways to enjoy your day! Stockeld Park is perfectly located between Harrogate & Leeds, LS22 4AN T: 01937 586333

See our website for full details on our opening times, prices & events.


Tuesday 15th April

Friday 18th – Monday 21st April

King Henry the Egg TEMPLE NEWSAM Create an egg-cellent egg character inspired by history. Fun at 11am and 2pm.

Easter Bunny Visits RHS HARLOW CARR Come along and see the Easter Bunny from 11.30am – 2.30pm. You may even find an Easter egg.

Tuesday 15th – Monday 21st April

Easter Bunny Visits KIRKSTALL ABBEY Bunny themed crafts and the chance to brush shoulders with the Easter bunny.

Easter Eggstravaganza TEMPLE NEWSAM Join the Easter Egg hunt around the house and be in with a chance of winning a prize. Make sure you pop into Home Farm and check on the newborn animals too!

Wednesday 16th April Silly Science: Eggsperiments! KIRKSTALL ABBEY Egg inspired science experiments. No yolk! 10am and 2pm. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party LOTHERTON HALL Bring your picnic and pray the April showers stay away. It promises to be a strange afternoon tea party. 12 – 2pm.

Friday 18th – Monday 21st April Cadbury Easter Trail FOUNTAINS ABBEY Find the giant eggs, count up your total and then claim a tasty treat. There’s face painting and some cracking games. And the fact Cadburys is involved can only be a good thing!

Saturday 19th April Egg Roll LEEDS CITY MUSEUM Join Rory’s Saturday Club for its popular annual egg roll. Bring your egg to decorate and see how far you can roll it.

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Saturday 19th – Monday 21st April Steam Days LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM Come and see Jack the 100 year old Hunslet locomotive.

Sunday 20th & Monday 21st April A Mad Hatter Easter THE EASTER ADVENTURE, STOCKELD PARK Come along and watch the magic Mad Hatter perform an Easter themed show. Daily at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Egg & Spoon Challenge THE EASTER ADVENTURE, STOCKELD PARK On your marks, egg set, GO! Join the challenge in the field arena. Prizes to be won. 2.30pm start!

Monday 21st April Easter Eggsploits FOUNTAINS ABBEY Bring your hard boiled eggs for an egg-citing Egg and Spoon race. There’s also a best decorated egg competition and then it’s time to put your egg to the test in the egg roll. From 1.30pm.




NEW for 2014 at STOCKELD PARK 5th – 22nd April


It’s been one of our favourite venues for Halloween and Christmas for years but now Stockeld Park near Wetherby is open for EVERY school holiday. For their first Easter Adventure, there’s lots of activities running as well as the popular attractions we fell in love with last Summer. Take a walk through the Enchanted Forest, stopping at the great adventure playgrounds that hide within it. Have a go on the pedal karts. Pull on your boots and head to the roller rink or take a ride on the hugely popular electric scooter trail. To celebrate Easter, there’s an egg hunt through the forest with hidden bunnies to watch out for. However, if you’re feeling a little sheep-ish, head to the Maze to help Little Bo Peep. There’s live chicks and lambs to welcome the Spring and a visit from the Mad Hatter who promises to work his magic over the Easter Weekend. Just try and keep us away!




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Families Leeds March - April 2014  

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Families Leeds March - April 2014  

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