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OUR FEVER has hit the Families Leeds office and we are in full planning mode for Le Grand Depart. We’ve put up the yellow bunting, started serving croissants at morning meetings and I’ve begun bidding my children farewell with a double kiss at the school gates. My husband and eldest daughter are big Tour fans. It’s a source of some irritation that Isobel can name most of the world’s top cyclists, but refuses to learn her times tables. However it does mean that when the peloton passes, we will have our own personal commentary team. I know there are people who question the point of a ‘big bike race’ coming to Yorkshire. I’ve had many a discussion about whether the Grandest of Grand Departs promised by the organisers is worth all the effort. For what it’s worth, we’re right behind the race. It’s not just about the excitement of one of the greatest sporting events in the world coming to the heart of Leeds, it’s about the legacy it leaves behind. It’s about getting families out on bike rides at the weekend. It’s about children choosing 2 wheels not 4 when heading out on the school run. It’s about inspiring the next generation of Bradley Wiggins who might be messing around in a cul-de-sac near you. So get out on your bike this Spring and if you need inspiration or even a little help, take a look at the ideas we have in our Tour De France special. And think on this. If Yorkshire gets a bit fitter, spends a bit more time outside and a few more families get cycling this summer, surely that’s the point of the ‘big bike race’.

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Stockeld’s Bloomin’ Marvellous this May CBeebies’ star Mr Bloom is visiting Stockeld Park and he’s keen to meet his green fingered fans here in Yorkshire. The star of Mr Bloom’s Nursery will join Fairy Enchantica to bring some springtime fun to Stockeld on Monday 26th May. “We can’t wait to meet Mr Bloom and to have him help us plant pumpkins for later in the year,” says Amy Thornton from Stockeld Park. You’ll have the chance to meet and have your picture taken with Mr Bloom from lunchtime on Bank Holiday Monday. You’ll also be able to enjoy your favourite parts of The Spring Adventure. To get a season card to give you access to Stockeld Park through until the end of the Summer, go to

RICHMOND HOUSE Victory at Rhino’s Home Pupils from Richmond House School in Headingley are celebrating after taking first place in a half time relay organised by Leeds Rhinos. The event, which was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium saw the team of 15 pupils compete in a relay against other local schools. Along with their medals, they secured milk for a year for Richmond House School! The event, which was part of Sport Relief, was organised as part of Leeds Rugby Foundation’s aim to inspire children through sport. Congratulations!

POP goes Le Tour Just when you think the baking boffins at Popalicious Cake Pops couldn’t get any more inventive, they have. Say ‘bonjour’ to a tasty Tour treat. “I have been inundated with people asking about Tour pops,” says Helen Mallik from the Popalicious kitchen. “I’m sure there will be lots of Tour parties and these pops are the perfect party treat!” Tour Pops are £1.99 each. Order early as they promise to be popular.

Stay with Stagecoach Plea to Teens Local Stagecoach schools are encouraging would-be performers to stick with Stagecoach as they head to High School. Ken Davison from Stagecoach Morley and Horsforth says that after 10 years as a Stagecoach Principal, he’s keen to offer teens something different. “Our students can now take LAMDA exams up to Grade 8. We are looking at work experience opportunities and we’re putting on a summer showcase which will be attended by local theatre professionals and casting agents.” If you’re interested in finding out more, call Ken on 01757 248 884.

Get on Your… Scooter! If you’re inspired to get out on two wheels this Summer, why not try a scooter. Leeds firm Quelb has a fabulous range of sturdy scooters for adults as well as children. These push scooters are a real alternative to the popular micro scooter as they have inflatable wheels and a larger more substantial frame. “We have adult scooters with a child seat, folding scooters for city use as well as a great range of children’s scooters. Some even have inbuilt seats for tired legs!” explains Quelb owner Roman Domurad. Enter our competition on page 23 to be in with a chance of winning a super Hello Kitty scooter. Take a look at the full range – including the adult options – at


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DAD Both our columnists have caught the Tour bug this issue. Leeds Dad Mike Smith is also in training on two wheels, but Mark Cavendish need not worry.

This month Families Leeds columnist Claire Bottomley looks forward to Le Grand Depart bringing peace and harmony to her home this Summer. I can be pretty mean, you know. Even the baby has noticed. Anything that looks fun – sharp objects, teeny-tiny stones, wild animals… I am intent on denying him the pleasure of exploring them, as though my whole raison d’etre is to veto fun. Then there’s the five-year-old. All he wants to do after a busy day at school is relax in front of a computer game. But no, he is forced to contend with my obtuse demands for him to do his reading, eat his tea and make conversation. They should count themselves lucky I am imperfect. I’m someone who sees a toddler’s zeal for throwing himself off the sofa can be the lesser of two evils, who – when it suits – thinks quite a lot of screen time has its educational merits. But still, I am mean. Even Mr Bottomley gives me that look sometimes. The look that says,“Ten years ago I was cycling around the world on a big adventure, just me and the open road. I had plenty of time to think and achieve peak physical fitness. Now peak physical fitness and time to think are but a pipe dream. I’m not saying it’s your fault, but…” When we’re in the car, with Spiderman blaring from the portable DVD player behind us, and we pass a cyclist, he says wanly,“That’s what I should be doing.” So, when the biggest cycle race on earth charges through our county, setting off from this very city, how will Mr B, a one-time keen and accomplished cyclist, feel? Will there be resentment on a grand scale? Will he be tempted to hop on his bike and follow Le Tour, calling over his shoulder,“Remember to feed the fish!” Hopefully not. Actually, we’re all pretty excited. We’re going to a friend’s house. They live in a village Le Tour de France will be travelling through. I’ve come up with a plan: We’re going to cycle there. I’m not sure it will come off, but in one fell swoop I may, for once, have made everyone happy. My husband will be on a bike, my children will be enjoying an exciting adventure. And with the youngest strapped in and thus less of a liability, and the eldest looking around him at the real world, in which Yorkshire sporting history is being made, I’ll be pretty happy too.

I’m eagerly anticipating the start of Le Tour, not least because my daily commute will benefit from the resurfacing of the roads. As we live almost right beside the route, the council has already informed us that we’ll be barricaded in for the Grand Depart. Well, we can live with that as we’re getting front-row seats. Even better, our local pub is beside the route, so we’re pretty much sorted for the day. However, although we’re all looking forward to the race, we’re not generally a sporting family. Well, Dad isn’t, anyway. Of course, that’s nothing to do with never being picked for the Tenth Eleven during school PE. It just never really was my thing. Honest. Cycling is a bit of an exception to that, though. I’ve been riding to work for a while to try keeping the flab at bay, and I’ll have to admit that I’m quite enjoying it. Also, the boys have caught the bug after watching Mum and Dad wheezing their way round the Great Manchester Cycle course last year. They’ve decided that they want to take part and are busily training me for this year’s event, which takes place a week before the Grand Depart. In an unguarded moment, I let them volunteer me for doing the full four laps – 52 miles – while they’re getting away with one. I’d like to claim that the boys’ only motivation is the noble idea of raising money for charity. However, the crisps and snacks in the finishers’ packs are equally attractive, although they are looking forward to swaggering round school brandishing their medals as well. Naturally, some regular training rides have been necessary. So far, they’re going reasonably well. Perhaps too well – they now have enough confidence to use dirty tactics on the school run. Mum already has scabbed knees from being knocked off her bike by a misguided missile on two wheels. Unlike Le Tour, the Great Cycle isn’t a competitive event, but that seems to have eluded the boys. I’ve had to resort to individual training rides, as taking them out together inevitably results in a sprint trial; and woe betide the miscreant who tries to overtake the other. After defusing several rows that were pretty even on points, I’ve managed to persuade a willing friend to accompany one boy while I supervise the other. From the opposite end of the grid. I’ve wondered if I’m not imposing enough discipline on them. However, I don’t approve of the Pushy Parent thing, if only because both boys can be as stubborn as mules; trying to chivvy them just doesn’t work. If they enjoy the event, don’t get carried away, and gain a sense of achievement from doing something they genuinely want to do, then I’ll be very happy. On the other hand, I seem to have landed myself with a 65 mile stint, which is a bit further than I’ve ridden for a while. I just hope the John Wayne walk will have gone by the time the professionals arrive.




{BUSINESS} IIClare Booth is spending the morning painting two princess moneyboxes – a giftII IIfrom a local lady to her grandchildren. It’s a long way from her former life as aII IIpolice officer and Clare doesn’t mind sharing how much she’s enjoying it. AlongII IIwith her business partner Marietta-Louise Shaw, she opened Jackrabbits PotteryII IIin Oakwood in February after seeing a gap in the market.II “When I started researching, I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a pottery painting café in Leeds when there’s all this demand,” explains Clare. “We found out that people were travelling outside of the city – to Saltaire, Harrogate and York – to visit places like this. Then it was just about finding the right premises and here in Oakwood, I think we have.” The pair has turned a once unloved retail unit on Roundhay Road into a spacious shabby chic retreat for families looking to get creative. On the walls, there’s a tree with a sitting squirrel sculpted out of plaster welcoming children. But it’s the fabulous hot drinks menu and home made cakes that provide the warmest of welcomes to the many parents coming through these doors. “So many people have said it feels like a calm place. That’s exactly what we were trying to achieve,” says Marietta. “We felt it was really important to have really good drinks and particularly really good hot chocolate, as I don’t drink coffee. We don’t provide cooked food so we had to make sure the cakes were all homemade and they are! This isn’t just a place for children to paint. It’s a place for parents to relax too.” The sheer space in Jackrabbits helps to maintain that calm. There’s enough room for families to paint together before parents enjoying a relaxing coffee while toddlers play and read. For parties, there’s a dedicated area for up to 16 children set aside from the café itself. It’s by far the best party area

we’ve seen in a venue like this which is why the diary is filling up fast. As well as the décor and space, parents are being attracted by the individual attention given by Clare and Marietta so the guests get the best results. Perhaps the pair’s patience comes from the fact that they don’t have children of their own so they enjoy their time working with the young people who come in. “All children are different. Some want to get the pot painted as quickly as possible while others want their creation to be perfect,” explains Clare, who is also a portrait artist. “Younger children need distractions – colouring and games – whereas the older children take more time. Our range of animals is hugely popular with everyone – in fact the kiln looked like a zoo last weekend!” But the display of pottery on the shelves shows that Jackrabbits is not just popular with children. Beside the cupcake trinket boxes and pottery penguins are wine coolers, vases and water jugs. This is a place where adults are welcome to come and create while enjoying a great cup of coffee. However, it’s the Dads that have surprised Clare and Marietta with their creativity. “Painting pottery is a really nice weekend family activity,” says Marietta. “We’ve seen Dads start by drinking coffee and reading the paper, and end their visit choosing to paint a pot. They love to get involved.” As Clare puts the finishing touches to her morning creation, there’s a steady stream of

people coming in to collect their mini masterpieces. The coffee served here at Jackrabbits is super, but nothing tastes as good as a brew from a mug made with love and every creation leaving the café this morning has been made with lots of that. Jackrabbits Pottery is on Roundhay Road, Oakwood and is open from 10am – 6pm from Tuesday – Saturday and from 11am – 5pm on Sunday. CLOSED on Monday in term time. 0113 318 9315



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IIScarlet Fever has hit levels in children not seen for 20 years. Would you knowII IIhow to spot it and what to do if you suspect your child has it? We welcome back ourII IIresident Children’s Hospital Dr Georgina Hudson to answer your questions.II What is it? Scarlet Fever is relatively rare, but we still see cases in children at our A&E departments. Parents are usually concerned that their child is unwell, when they develop a rough textured red rash. They have usually had a high temperature and complained of a sore throat 48 hours previously.

What causes it? It is an infection caused by the bacteria group A Streptococcus. It usually affects children between 5 and 12 years. The classic

symptom is the rough red rash, which feels like sandpaper. The bacteria spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

How long will it last? Parents sometimes notice that their child’s tongue has a whitish coating on it and can look red and swollen. At this time the child will also have a high temperature and feel generally unwell with aches and pains. The rash will usually then appear 2 to 4 days later. It usually first appears as fine red blotches, on the neck, armpits and groin area. Gradually this bright red rash will begin to feel bumpy and then develop the characteristic sandpaper texture, as it spreads across the entire abdomen. This rash usually begins to disappear after approximately 7 days. It can be itchy and some people describe it as looking like sunburn.

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RHYTHM TIME WHEN: Friday Afternoon

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LIZABETH HAWKHEAD has been running Rhythm Time classes in Leeds for 11 years. However, you’d never guess it from the enthusiasm she brings to each and every session more than a decade on from launching. “When I pull on my Rhythm Time t shirt and stand in front of the children, the world disappears,” says Elizabeth. “It doesn’t matter what’s going on at home, what problems I’m dealing with, all that matters is the children in front of me. It doesn’t matter how many times you deliver a class, for the children, it’s got to feel fresh.” And this toddler class for children from 15 months feels just that. Elizabeth encourages the group to get out their tickle fingers, sit on their parents’ knee and head off to market. The songs are familiar so joining in is easy for parents and, before long, for the

children too. Mixed in with Ring a Ring o Roses, is a bit of Mozart to introduce the children to ‘real’ music. “Music is massively developmental,” explains Elizabeth. “The children learn counting, explore the mathematical part of their brain, explore the part of the brain that helps with co-ordination. But you’ve got to get children early. If you give them a bit of music at this age, you’re helping to develop their whole brain.” It also builds confidence. There’s a part of the class where children are encouraged to come up to a microphone, one by one, and repeat a rhythm pattern. These young toddlers are reluctant, but they give it a go and receive the applause they deserve. Repetition is also a big part of the session. The same songs are used throughout the term to give the children a sense of security. They know what to expect and from that security comes confidence. There’s also the brightly coloured props. Today’s favourite was most definitely the pom poms but there was also much enthusiasm – from the children at least – for the sound of crashing cymbals. But the biggest smiles are saved for the finale – calming music and lots of bubbles. The session draws to a gentle conclusion with the children and their parents sent on their way smiling and a little more relaxed than when they arrived. Rhythm Time classes are available across Leeds. NEW Baby sessions for children under 6 months are now available. For more visit



Class NEWS‌ NEW FRANCHISES LAUNCH Kids2dance has welcomed two new franchisees onboard. Kat Turnbull will be running classes in Boston Spa, Collingham and Wetherby while Claire Corry will hold sessions in Thorner, Chapel Allerton, Roundhay and Horsforth. These are high energy pre-school dance classes for under 4s. The aim is for children to develop through dance and laughter. To book a FREE taster session please contact Kat on 07541 811 354 or Claire on 07851 100 075 •

NEW CLASSES ACROSS LEEDS Following our review in the last issue of Families Leeds, Rugrats Rugby has expanded its timetable across the city. Hannah Kevill says there are now classes for pre-schoolers in Leeds City Centre, Stainbeck, Morley, Wetherby as well as as extra session in Horsforth. Watch out for MORE classes from September.

NEWBORN BABY CLASS Popular music class Rhythm Time is now holding sessions for babies from birth. Elizabeth Hawkhead is running a 4 week introduction to music for mums and their newborns. They’re running at Holt Park Leisure Centre on a Tuesday afternoon. “This doesn’t replace our regular baby sessions which will continue to run across the city. This is a chance for new mums in North Leeds to meet up and learn how music can help babies develop.�

NEW KIRK DEIGHTON CLASS Having a baby hasn’t slowed Tennis Tykes’ Caroline Buncall down. She’s launching a new session at Kirk Deighton Village Hall, just outside Wetherby on a Wednesday. The session, which begins at 10.45am is in addition to the classes in Harrogate, Chapel Allerton and Ilkley. To find your nearest tennis session, take a look a the Tennis Tykes website:




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COHABITING FAMILY Recent figures produced by the Office for National Statistics show that in the last ten years, the number of non-married couples living together or ‘co-habiting’ with dependent children has increased. Approximately 40% of all children are registered at birth to a single parent. We talk to Gabbie Clasper from Emsleys Solicitors about the rights and responsibilities of the co-habiting couple.


OMMON LAW MARRIAGE hasn’t existed in law since 1753, but despite this a recent public survey found that 51% of the population wrongly believed that those living together had the same rights as married couples when they separated. The current laws relating to those who live together and have children are uncertain in outcome and can involve complex legal procedures. CHILDREN & PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY It does not always follow that a dad automatically has parental responsibility for his children. If your children were born before December 2003 and you are not married to your children’s mother, you probably will not have parental responsibility for them. Parental responsibility is a bundle of rights which gives a parent the right in law to be consulted about major decisions about a child’s upbringing relating to, for example, which school your child should attend and issues relating to their medical care. If you don’t have parental responsibility you can obtain this in one of two ways: You can enter into a written agreement with your child’s mother to obtain parental responsibility, or if no agreement can be reached, you can apply to the Court for a Court Order. Many families today include step-children who may not be biologically your own. You can acquire step-parent responsibility again by way of agreement or application to the Court. In some circumstances, you may be able to adopt step-children. Adoption will extinguish any parental responsibility that a natural father has. Adoption orders are not frequently made and the children’s natural father must either consent, or the Court must agree that his consent can be dispensed with.

WILLS, INHERITANCE & GUARDIANSHIP Under the intestacy rules, if one of a cohabiting couple dies without having made a will, unlike a surviving spouse, there is no automatic right for the other person to inherit part of the deceased’s estate. The estate might include the family home where a surviving parent may wish to continue to raise their children. If that parent has no legal interest in the property despite having lived there for a period of time and/or made regular contributions, they would find themselves in a difficult legal situation at a time when stability for the children will be of paramount importance. If you wish to regulate more formally the way in which you own your house, then consider entering into a Cohabitation Agreement. Parental responsibility is also an important thing to consider in your will-making. If your partner does not already hold parental responsibility for your child, you may wish to name them as a Guardian in your will. There are a number of other associated rules concerning guardianship and parental responsibility and we recommend that you seek advice that is specific to your personal circumstances. At the moment stepchildren are not automatically able to inherit, unless they have been legally adopted by you. If you would like them to inherit it is essential that you document it in your Will. If you are in a co-habiting relationship with dependent children and have concerns about any of the above subjects, then speak to a solicitor about the various options available to you.

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It’s more than just a LIBRARY! Want to go on a weekly adventure with your little one? How do you fancy flying to foreign lands, meeting made up creatures and perhaps making some friends along the way? Families Leeds has teamed up with Leeds Libraries to encourage YOU to head to the city’s fabulous libraries to see what’s in store for under 5s. Supporting the Leeds Libraries is local author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst. Kate, who has illustrated books for a host of authors, is now writing her own series of children’s stories about a young girl detective called Mariella Mystery. She says she knows the value of sharing her own stories with children, and that’s what library Story Times are all about. “It’s great to share my work – that’s the best thing about my job! You get to see which bits they pick out as being funny or interesting. It’s also great to see what ideas can be sparked by discussing a story. Children’s imaginations are fired up most of the time, even more so by a good book!” Join Kate at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 10th May from 1 – 3pm for a special drop in featuring Mariella Mystery. Solve the mystery, and uncover the secrets of the Pampered Poodle of Puddlesford.

FIND YOUR NEAREST STORYTIME… Here’s a selection of Leeds Libraries’ Story Time and Rhythm Time across the city. All sessions are ½ hour Story Time sessions unless stated. Leeds Central Chapel Allerton Chapeltown Garforth Guiseley Halton Headingley Holt Park Horsforth Moor Allerton Morley Oakwood Otley Wetherby Yeadon

Thurs 11am Thurs 10.30am Fri 2.15pm Fri 10.30am (Rhythm Time) Wed 10.30am Tues 10.30am Fri 10.30am Mon 2.15pm Fri 9.30am (Rhythm Time) Wed 9.30am Tues 10.30am Wed 11.15am (Toddler Time) Thurs 2pm Tues 2.15pm Fri 11am (Rhythm Time) Fri 2pm Mon 2pm Wed 10.45am Mon 2pm

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LEEDS’ TOP 5 PRE-SCHOOL BOOKS What books have you been borrowing over the past year? Take a look at the list and if you haven’t shared them with your pre-schooler, head to your local library and borrow it! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


All by Julia Donaldson!

FAMILIES BOOK REVIEW Looking for a good book to share with your child? Why not take a look at these recommendations from our young reviewers. If you’d like to add them to your bookshelf, make sure you enter our competitions on page 23 to win copies of them both! WHERE THE POPPIES NOW GROW By Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey Book Review by Meryl Frazer, age 8 Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School “This book is a poem and a story because some lines rhyme and some lines tell a story. Hilary Robinson has written this book so children can learn more about the First World War and she has written it this year because it’s the war’s 100th anniversary. It is about two boys who fight in the War, get injured and grow old. I noticed that in the last picture, the tree that the two boys (Ben and Ray) planted in 1909 has grown and there are thousands of poppies surrounding it. Also the boys are now old men. One of them has lost a leg because he fought in the war. The painted pictures help to tell the story and you see something new every time you look at them. Some of the pictures are gloomy and show soldiers hiding in the trenches. I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend this book to young people who are interested in the First World War. “ MY POP UP CITY ATLAS By Stephen Waterhouse Book review by Marya Aftab, age 10 Little London Community Primary School “This book is really informative because it gives you a lot of information about cities in a fun and accessible way. It is interesting to find out what people do in different cities and this book looks at historical as well as geographical contexts. My Pop up City Atlas is really good because it has quizzes on different pages which encourage you to find the answers. The pop out pictures are awesome! I really like the way the cities are categorized – religious cities, coastal cities and historic cities. You find out so much more than just visiting one country. The pages are interesting and colourful – it makes me want to read it!”


“A BOOK can be a friend… and there are lots of friends in a LIBRARY!” Yorkshire based children’s author Hilary Robinson tells Families Leeds why she thinks libraries are a vital part of family life, and shares her inspiration for her new book ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’. WHAT’S YOUR NEW BOOK ABOUT? Where The Poppies Now Grow tells the gentle story, in rhyme, of two boys who grow up together in rural, Edwardian England. Their innocent war games become real as years later, they volunteer to fight for their country. The story is their story. It is about friendship, about courage, and about humanity. It serves to show that no matter what the difficulty or how devastating the situation, friendship and love will conquer all. WHAT SORT OF RESPONSE HAVE YOU HAD TO THE BOOK? The response has been phenomenal. I have been concerned that young children are not being actively involved in the commemorations and I can understand some of the reasoning behind that. But I hope Martin and I have proved that they can be involved, that they can be encouraged to look at the sacrifices that were

made, that while we had enemies we are in fact all one and that as the story is written in rhyme, in tribute to the war poets, and historically accurate it may foster a broader love of both subjects. DO YOU GET THE CHANCE TO GO TO LIBRARIES TO SHARE YOUR BOOKS? I love visiting libraries and schools because I share in the passion of the professionals who dedicate so much of their valuable time to the development of young minds. I have nothing but admiration for the vital work that is being done. HOW IMPORTANT ARE LIBRARIES, AND LIBRARY STORY TIMES WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING CHILDREN TO FALL IN LOVE WITH READING? I can think of no other central resource which has such a powerful and long lasting effect on encouraging children to enjoy books. Not all children are fortunate to have parents who will encourage the experience of storytelling and reading. Libraries in conjunction with schools provide a powerful base both in terms of their expertise and their efforts. One friend, who had a difficult family life, found the library provided her with sanctuary. A book can be a friend, she once told me. And, if that is the case, then clearly there are lots of friends in a library.

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Get set for SUMMER…

IILooking to plan your summer childcare? Searching for something a bit different?II IITake a look at the great workshops running over the school holidays right here inII IILeeds. You can take to the athletics track, hit the hockey pitch or even get cookingII IIin the kitchen. Whatever your child fancies, you’ll find it here.II GET ACTIVE… ACTIVE SPORTING CLUB FROM 21st JULY – 22nd AUGUST A multi sport camp run by a great group of young people under the expert eye of James Ponton at The Grammar School at Leeds. There’s a fun approach to getting the 5 – 14 year olds involved in a host of activities from athletics to rugby, rounders to swimming. The camps use all the fantastic facilities the North Leeds school has to offer and put the emphasis on having fun and making friends. Running for 5 weeks from 21st July and there’s a discount for a full week booking. Individual days are £20. Early drop off and late pick up options available for working parents. 07775 850 986 BARDSEY SOCCER CLUB MAY HALF TERM & SUMMER HOLIDAYS Popular soccer club offering camps for children from 5 years old. All abilities welcome. Running from 9am – 3pm. Dates on website. 07841 336 675 LEEDS MET ATHLETICS CAMP FROM 28TH JULY – 22nd AUGUST Run by UK Athletics coaches, this half day camp is a great balance of athletics, skills and games. Based at Leeds Metropolitan University, it uses some of the best University track and sports facilities in the country. Children will get to work on sprinting, hurdles, endurance as well as a host of throwing events. Daily registration is at 9.45 with a 10am start and the camp day finished at 1pm. £14 a day or £60 for a full week. 07780 493 007

INTENSE HOCKEY CAMP Super hockey camp at Adel, Ben Rhydding and Harrogate for under 10/11 players. Intense Hockey uses the week long camp to help keen players work on their skills through games and lots of fun. 07802 235 805 YORKSHIRE JETS NETBALL CAMP 28th JULY – 31st JULY & 18TH – 21st AUGUST Yorkshire’s Superleague netball team run 2 camps, each over 4 days, to pass on their skills to children from 8 – 14 years old. These well run, fun camps are based at The Grammar School at Leeds and run by Jets staff and players. Camps run from 10am – 3pm daily. 4 day camp is £75 or individual days are available for £20. WETHERBY TENNIS CAMP 23rd JULY – 29TH AUGUST Angela Crossley and her team run camps in Linton (23rd – 25th July) Wetherby and Boston Spa (28th July – 29th August). There’s hour long morning sessions for 4 – 6 year olds and day long camps for children from 7 years old. Great coaching and lots of fun. 07793 718 701 LEEDS MET RACKET SPORTS/ TENNIS CAMP 28TH JULY – 29TH AUGUST A range of camps led by performance coaches providing high quality teachers. Mini Red Tennis Camp is for children from 4 – 7 years old and runs from 9 – 10am. There’s a full day tennis camp for children from 8 years old. There’s also a full day Racket Camp for children from 8 years old wanting to try squash, tennis, table tennis and badminton. 0113 812 3737

LEEDS GYMNASTICS CAMP 28TH JULY – 29TH AUGUST Fantastic half day camps for children from 5 years old at this fabulous city facility in Seacroft. Under the eye of expert coaches, they’ll get to go on the beam, pommel, vault, parallel and high bars and take to the floor. Sessions run from 10am – 1pm. £15 a session an £60 for a week. 0113 265 6662 DON’T FORGET… Check with your local council run Sports Centre to find out what events are going on in your area. To find your nearest centre visit .

GET CREATIVE… STAGECOACH 4TH – 8TH AUGUST IN HORSFORTH 11TH – 15TH AUGUST IN TINGLEY 18TH – 22ND AUGUST IN ALLERTON BYWATER From page to stage in just 5 days – that’s the aim of a Stagecoach Camp and there’s some great themes to choose from this year. Ken Davison and his team in Morley and Horsforth will be putting on All Tangled Up for 4 – 6 year olds, and Pirates of the Currybean for children from 7 years old. Over in Allerton Bywater, Lisa Druett will be taking her students along the yellow brick road as they put on a production of The Wizard of Oz. Younger children enjoy a half day camp while older children spend a full day rehearsing a performance for friends and family on the Friday night. These are always popular and recommended by our readers so spaces are limited. Early booking is recommended. 01757 248 884 (Horsforth/Tingley) 0113 210 3505 (Allerton Bywater)

Book NOW for Summer Term Wetherby, Selby & Kippax on 0113 210 3505 Horsforth & Morley on 01757 248 884 Roundhay on 0845 678 7778

FLEXDANCE WORKSHOPS 18TH – 22ND AUGUST WITH ONE DAY CAMPS ON 5TH, 7TH, 12TH, 14TH, 26TH & 28TH AUGUST Steph and Sam are running a series of one days camps throughout August at Colton Primary School. There’s Street Dance (5th August), a Disney Princess Day (7th August) and a West End Musical Workshop (12th August), a Disney Fun Day (14th August) Grease Workshop (26th August) and a Summer Beach Party (28th August). The 5 day camp has a Shrek theme and runs from 18th August. These are high quality, well run camps that are recommended by readers time and again. The one day workshops are £15 with discounts for multiple day bookings. There’s also sibling discounts. 07921 222 710 FANTASY KIDS CAMPS 4TH – 8TH AUGUST IN LEEDS 11TH – 15TH AUGUST IN HARROGATE Train as a fairy or a hero at Make a Wish’s super Fantasy Kids Camps. These 5 day workshops will take your children on a journey to a far away land all without leaving Yorkshire! Trainee fairies will be under the guidance of Fairy Enchantica and friends while would be heros will be on their way to Planet Hero. There’s a great mix of drama, adventure led story telling, creative play, craft and sport in the camp day which runs from 9am – 3pm. There’s a graduation ceremony on the final afternoon so all the newly crowned fairies and heros leave knowing they’ve achieved. Always recommended by Families Leeds’ readers. 0113 322 7988 MUSICALE CAMP 28TH JULY – 4TH AUGUST Non residential music camp held at The Grammar School at Leeds. Choose from a Step up to Music (from 5 years old), the Instrumental Programme for more advanced musicians (from 7 years old) or the Let’s Make a Musical week for those who hear the stage calling. Whatever your child’s ability, there’s a programme to inspire them. 01582 713 333 STIR KRAZY COOKERY WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT JULY/AUGUST Come along and cook up a storm at these superb workshops run by the Stir Krazy Team. During the day long sessions your little chef will learn how to follow a recipe and create a feast. From fondant fancies to scrumptious scones, this is the tastiest workshops in town! Workshops run from 9am – 3.30pm. 07809 253 747 • 07725 083 959

HOLIDAY CHILDCARE – The Au Pair Alternative If our camp suggestions don’t work for your family, have you thought about an Au Pair? We talk to Jane Linney from Yorkshire based School Holiday Solutions about a different approach to holiday childcare. I don’t want my children in camps all summer, but I have to work. What can you offer? School Holiday Solutions offers an innovative approach to solving that dilemma. We founded the company because we are working mothers and know just what it’s like to juggle the demands of pursuing a career, raising children and managing childcare. We believe that the very best childcare begins at home. For children, there are so many demands on them during term time from school and various out of school activities. It’s not surprising that our children feel “schooled-out” and exhausted by the time the holidays arrive. For parents, the stress of school holiday childcare can be overwhelming – mixing and matching with friends, grandparents, holiday courses/camps and annual leave can be a tricky, unreliable and expensive business. We can reshape the focus of the school holidays by delivering flexible childcare based in the family home tailored to the needs of each and every family. How? We handpick Au Pairs mainly from France and Switzerland who bring energy, imagination and a safe pair of hands to childcare at home. Just imagine the relief of knowing that the school holidays are sorted and your handpicked Au Pair is looking forward to spending time with you and your family during the long school holiday. I’m sure I can’t afford bespoke childcare. What are the costs? An SHS Au Pair would expect to be paid around £70 per week by the host family, depending on the hours worked and the same rate applies whether you have one, two or more children. In addition, you must provide your Au Pair with a room of his/her own and all meals. SHS charges a flat fee of £175 for its services in sourcing, interviewing and placing an Au Pair.

By way of comparison, booking 3 children on a holiday camp this summer for 2 weeks will give you little change from £900. Whereas, an SHS Au Pair could provide you with cover over a 6 week period in the summer for all 3 children at around £600. I’m not sure I want a stranger in my home. Apart from the childcare help, what else do you think an Au Pair adds to your household? We understand the need for complete trust between a family and their Au Pair. That is why SHS has developed a profiling and selection service which is second to none. We interview and select all our Au Pairs which means we offer a truly personalised service for host families and Au Pairs. Every one of our Au Pairs is 18 or over, each comes with a health and criminal records check from their home country and they also provide childcare and personal references which we follow up. Matching your family’s needs with the right Au Pair is what we do best. Why do you think your service is proving popular? We think families are becoming more aware of the importance for children to spend time in the home environment during the holidays away from the structured summer school setting. Also, flexibility is a key factor. If you occasionally end up running late with work, you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child is safe and sound in your home. This safety net can only relieve the stresses and strains of juggling work and home life. To find out more give us a call on 01904 499 314 or visit:

Make your child's dream come true - book a taster day Guided by a member of staff and a group of supportive, like-minded pupils, your child will have the opportunity to see what makes GSAL a truly magical and excellent teaching environment and pursue one of their interests whether that be sport, music, drama, art, science or cookery. Throughout their taster day with us, your child will experience our superb facilities first-hand, meet with our teaching staff, and will be fully encouraged to make their own magic to see what wonderful opportunities lie ahead here at GSAL.

But don’t just take our word for it; The Grammar School at Leeds recently received top marks across the board following a visit from the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The School was rated as ‘Excellent’, achieving the highest possible rating in every category, from academic success through to extra-curricular activities, demonstrating we really do offer excellence in everything we do.

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Private Education… CAN YOU AFFORD IT? IIRuled out private education because of cost? Think again according to theII IIheadteacher of the Froebelian School John Tranmer. He tells Families Leeds why topII IIschools like his are making a quality education accessible to all.II “For many years, one of the problems that BMW faced was that they were perceived as being exclusively a luxury car maker with the assumption that this would be reflected in all their prices. Gradually, BMW began to dispel that myth and made the public aware that many of their models, such as the best-selling 3 Series, were no more expensive than equivalent models from manufactures such as Ford and Volkswagen. Private schools are often faced with a similar ‘price myth’ which is regularly fuelled by lazy and inaccurate journalism. Most reports about private schools are characterised by sensationalist headlines that suggest exclusivity and aloofness. Photographs of pupils from Eton or Harrow often accompany such articles and annual fees of £30,000 plus are quoted yet the reality is very different. Yes, the private sector does include some boarding schools that have rolling acres and boating lakes with corresponding fees, but the vast majority of private schools offer outstanding education and good facilities at fee rates that are highly affordable. At the Froebelian School for example, the fees (including lunch) amount to a payment of less that £600 per month. I have lost count of the number of prospective parents who have children in full-time pre-school care and tell me that they are going to be saving money once their child starts at school. Froebelian may offer outstanding value but we are not alone in providing affordable fees and many of the independent senior schools in

West Yorkshire charge fees of approximately £1,000 per month. Where most private schools differ from BMW is that many also offer means-tested financial assistance to families who would like to provide their child with independent education but are unable to afford some or all of the fees. These schemes are usually called bursaries and reflect that fact that many private schools believe their education should be accessible to the whole of society. Indeed some of the most selective senior schools, including Eton, have ambitious targets to increase the number of bursary assisted pupils with some even hoping to reach a stage whereby any child who meets their admissions criteria can join the school regardless of family income. Most private schools, including Froebelian, are unlikely to be in a position to offer all their places regardless of family circumstances but through a combination of affordable fees and some bursary assistance, we are able to offer an excellent independent education to many parents who aspire to provide their children with ‘a flying start to the citizens of tomorrow’. It is also a common myth that the best private schools are always full. In my experience, schools often have some gaps such as the two places we currently have at Froebelian in Year 3. If you are thinking about an independent education, it’s certainly worth making an enquiry.” • 0113 258 3047


SATs Clinic‌ Are you living under the same roof as a child sitting SATS? If your Year 6 is sweating over the upcoming tests, take a look at our these top tips from Kip Mc Grath Adel’s Bill Moody. He answers YOUR most asked questions. IIWhat are SATs?II

IIHow can I help my child prepare?II

Standard Assessment Tests in Year 6 are part of the drive to collect information about pupil progress and school performance. The grades are a measure of how much progress students are making and how they compare to the national averages.

A huge debating point! Now that SATs are a part of the school calendar, many schools and parents prepare students for them. Some people suggest preparation skews the results, others think preparation is important. My personal view is that doing past papers all the time and cramming for the SAT means children can miss out when education is about so much more than tests. Give confidence a boost by treating tests as a stepping stone to the next level and giving students a context for the test. My simplest tip is to practise times tables. Having to stop to count on fingers or count through tables can really slow down what’s happening and drain energy. Times tables also help with division and fractions in one go!

IIHow do the grades work?II ‘A’ is better than ‘B’ is better than ‘C’. Higher numbers are better. So a 4A is better than a 4B. And a 4C is better than a 3A. National average for Year 6 is a 4B

IIDo they matter?II A common idea is that SATs are used to plan sets at high school. Problem is, sometimes they are used and sometimes high schools don’t set until later. Also, high schools often use other measures to test student abilities and seemingly ignore the SAT result (much to the chagrin of many Primary teachers I know!)

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IIMy child doesn’t do well in testsII Your child is not the only one. Taking a sociable, play focussed creature like a child and putting them in a lonely place and adding pressure isn’t ideal! Tests are an inevitable part of growing up and while they aren’t perfect, there is a lot to be said for them too. Reassure your child that the test is not a final comment on them as a person; don’t offer rewards for doing well in case they think they might be punished for doing badly; try not to compare, as everybody has different skills.

IIWhat if I am still concerned?II Primary teachers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated professionals I know. They take a personal level of care that is admirable. If you have concerns, please talk to your child’s class teacher. Teaching professionals are doing everything they can to make these tests as straightforward as possible.

Everything you want for your child and more Richmond House School is an independent preparatory school providing an excellent education for boys and girls 3-11 years, within a happy, caring, family environment.

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IIHowever your child wants to celebrate this year,II IIthere’s a party for them. We’ve uncovered a hostII IIof great new themes, entertainers and venues inII II2014 and we’re delighted to share them with you.II IIThink of it as our present to you!II



Newly opened Leeds pottery painting café Jackrabbits is available for parties. This spacious new venue in Oakwood has a dedicated party area, set aside from the main café. “We’ve not been open long but the party bookings have been coming in thick and fast,” says co-owner Clare Booth. Guests can paint a mug, plate or bowl, a trinket box or a money box depending on the package you choose. The birthday child receives a plate painted to a theme of their choice by artist Clare. You can bring your own food but make sure you sample the fabulous coffee and homemade cakes while you look on. Jackrabbits parties are available for children from 5 years old, for a minimum of 8 children and a maximum of 16. To check availability or to book, call 0113 318 9315 •

We’re huge fans of the great museums we have on our doorstep here in Leeds and now you can head there for your next birthday party. At Leeds City Museum you can explore the museum before getting crafty. Tiny Tigers Parties are for children from 2 – 6 years old while for celebrations from 7 years old you can book an Explorer Party. Meanwhile at Abbey House Museum you can dress up and get crafty. There’s Messy Monkeys Parties for children from 2 years old. From 7 years old there’s Arty Smarty Parties where children can try tile making, t-shirt decorating or jewellery and card making. These are great value parties for up to 15 children. Food is available at both venues. 0113 224 3733 (Leeds City Museum) 0113 230 5492 (Abbey House Museum)


Looking for a party that will take your guests into another world? Look no further than Make a Wish Entertainment. Suzanne Kaye Vaughan and her team pride themselves on creating real magic, and at their most recent Woodland Party they did just that. “We invited guests to a secret location near to where the fairies live. They were met by Fairy Enchantica and her friends.” The children decorate the manes of real unicorns, followed a magical trail through the woodland to a celebration feast fit for a Fairy Queen. They then visited mushroom tents, learned fairy skills before being awarded a certificate from the fairy council. “Birthdays are precious times for creating everlasting memories,” says Suzanne. “We get to create those memories and it’s an absolute pleasure.” To find out how to hire a unicorn, or get directions to the secret fairy woodland for your next party, contact Make a Wish Entertainment on 0113 322 7988

Popular party entertainer Susie Sparkles is now offering Frozen Parties to fans of the hit movie. The parties will be hosted by Elsa and will begin with snowflake making before moving to themed party games. There’s a personalised Frozen storytime for the party guests and even the chance to hear Elsa sing her song. “Elsa’s dress is so beautiful,” says Susie. “It’s quite a challenge for me to sing Let It Go and I’m a singer! However I’m thrilled with the results.” To book your Frozen Party, call Susie on 07887 648 734

BACK TO SCHOOL BIRTHDAYS Ashville School in Harrogate is inviting you to hold your next party with them. Make use of the 30m pool for a fabulous swimming party or head to the sports hall for 5 a side football fun. There’s even a Bouncy Castle available. You can either hire the venues and run the party yourself, or enlist the help of an Ashville party host who will help with the fun and games. There’s Jackrabbits even onsite catering to help take the stress Pottery out of the party Paint your own pottery studio planning. To book your A: 633a Roundhay Road, party at Ashville, Leeds, LS8 4BA email parties@ T: 0113 318 9315 to W: check availability.


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MAMA DOREEN’S CUPCAKE PARTY ||Take cupcakes. Add children and you have the perfect party!|| ||That certainly seems to be the secret of Mama||Doreen’s success.|| ||This emporium of cupcakes is where six ravenous reviewers|| ||are heading for our lunchtime party.||


HEY range in age from 6 up to 11 years old, united by a love of cake and creativity. The girls – because they are all girls – settle in their shabby chic seats, in the shadow of the vintage bunting, ready to start the fun. On hand are three party hosts with bowls of icing and bags of enthusiasm. “We want to teach the children to create something really special,� explains Jessica Wyatt from Mama Doreen’s. “When you tell them what they’re making they often say they can’t do it. But when we help them and they do create a fabulous cupcake, they’re proud of themselves.� Today our group are making Princess Elsa from Frozen and a puppy. When the group are shown the finished product, they follow Jessica’s script and admit defeat. But the party hosts have none of that and with icing on the table and knives at the ready it’s time to get making. After the initial tasting and some sugar shocked excitement, the group settle into transforming a simple cupcake into a beautiful princess. There’s a dress to make, a head to craft and a long icing plait to create. “We cater for all ages,� explains Jessica. “Generally a 10 year old is more creative and takes more time over the decoration. The younger children tend to need slightly more help.� There’s a lot more help given by the party hosts than I was expecting. When I thought about a cupcake decorating party, I thought the group would be left to their own devices, armed with a table of silver balls, butter cream and glitter. Not so. The aim of the party is fun, but it’s also about learning a skill. After the 6 princesses take to the cake stand, it’s time for the group to tackle the puppies. As tiny bits of icing were rolled, it was hard to imagine how thIngs were going to turn out but the finished product looked too good to eat. With appetites worked up, it was time for the party tea. And this is no ordinary party tea. Mama Doreen invites party guests to an afternoon tea, served on finest china and fit for the very princesses the group have fashioned out of icing. On the tiered stand there’s miniature sandwiches, tiny macaroons, chocolate covered strawberries, petit cupcakes and mouthwatering chocolate squares. Juice is served in

china cups and before too long, the girls ask to be left to enjoy their afternoon tea ‘in peace’. Not a problem when there’s the perfect cup of Mama Doreen’s coffee to keep me occupied. With nothing but crumbs left of the party tea, it’s time for the girls to head to the onsite sweet emporium to fill up their party bags. From gob stoppers to chewy strawberries, from sherbet treats to jelly beans there is something for everyone. Even the parents! After the cupcakes are packed into take home boxes and the grown ups have inhaled what’s left of afternoon tea (well, no one likes waste do they?) it’s time to head home. “So girls, did you enjoy it?â€? I asked. There were some full mouthed grunts and a lot of nodding heads from the backseat. I’ll take that as a yes. Mama Doreen’s Cupcake Parties are available at the emporiums at Moortown and Harrogate. Prices start at ÂŁ15 per child with a minimum of 6 children. For more information on themes and availability, call 07969 306 583 •

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TOY SHOP FREE GIFT WRAPPING See our competitions and promotions on Facebook or Twitter 112a Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4NY 20 Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 4RJ

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Hall hire & catering options Dedicated party co-ordinator Pool parties Football parties Roller Disco parties Face painting Bouncy Castle  activities Peppa Pig lookalike appearances Contact our events team on 01423 724 827 or email Ashville College, Green Lane, Harrogate HG2 9JP

PARTY by NUMBERS… TOP FIVE PARTY POPS IIWhat’s hot this year? We’ve asked Helen Mallik from Popalicious Cake Pops to tellII IIus what pops are proving popular this party season.II



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TOP THREE DRESS UP OUTFITS IIWe’ve asked our local toy experts to give usII IItheir best selling dress up suggestions to putII IIyou in the party mood.II PIRATES • £23.99 From 3 years Available at TREASURES





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“Pirates are our best selling outfit for boys. Pirate parties are very popular, so we have several different outfit options. Choose from Peg Leg, Buccaneer and the Pirate Captain. The jacket has a gold trim and there’s mock boots with golden buckles. Guaranteed to shiver ya timbers!” Zhara Armstrong from TREASURES

Bardsey Soccer Camp Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th May 9am – 3pm Ages 5 – 12 years and all levels of ability welcome. £45 for 3 days or £16 for each day per child. Soccer Juniors will be running a football camp during the summer mid-term holiday at Bardsey Sports Club.

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TOP FIVE PARTY BAG THEMES IIParents hate them but children are reluctant to leave aII IIparty without one. Make your next party bags hassle free and truly personalII IIwith these fabulous creations from By KT.II 1. CIRCUS • £4.25 Includes themed badge, zoo activity book, snakes and ladders game, animal stationery set, pattern creator, crayons and an animal mask. 2. PIRATE • £4.25 Includes pirate badge, eye patch, pirate telescope, gold coins, felt tips, pirate sticker book, chocolate coins and a pirate mask. 3. PRINCESS • £4.25 Includes personalised princess badge, glitter purse, mini windmill, hair bobbles, felt tips, magic wand, love heart sweets and princess sticker book. 4. RACING CAR • £4.25 Includes personalised keyring, winners medal, racing car sticker book, crayons, play clay, pull back car, car puzzle watch and a packet of Haribo. 5. SUPERHERO • £3.95 Includes comic themed badge, colouring book, four in a row game, window crawler bug, ring toss game, felt tips and a lollipop.

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“We booked Susie Sparkles for my daughter Grace’s 7th birthday. My daughter wanted a Willy W onka chocolate th emed party as it’s one of her favo urite films and sh e loves chocolate The party was am ! azing. There were ch oc olate activities, a sweet buffet and full lots of games and chocolate prizes. came dressed as Susie Wilma Wonka, W illy’s sister and the were convinced sh children e actually was his sister. The party wa and the children s unique all said it was the best party they ha been to. Susie’s fla d ever ir, creativity and at tention to detail made it. We would n’t use anyone els e.” Sarah Jane Gannon , Mum

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“We loved the party at Tumble Town in Guiseley for various reasons. As our son was only 2 we didn’t want a huge party nor expense. They have various options for a smaller affair and we opted for their ‘Meet and Play Party’ with maximum 10 guests, a small additional fee for the use of the party room and they provided the food and party bags. As my children have allergies it is important venues understand their needs and can meet them. They provided everything including gluten and dairy free buns. The venue is clean, spacious and colourful and the staff are friendly and helpful. We enjoyed it so much we have booked again for this year!“ VICKI GILBERT, Mum of 3 from Yeadon.

WIN… WIN… WIN… All entries close on Friday 30th May. Winners will be notified by email. For full terms and conditions, go to

HELLO KITTY PUSH SCOOTER Combine a top quality push scooter and our favourite cat and you’ve got the perfect prize! We’ve teamed up with Leeds based Quelb to give away this sturdy Hello Kitty push scooter, with 10” bantam wheels. It’s perfect for getting children from 4 years old out and about this spring. “Our 3 year old has already learned to scooter on this,” says Roman Domurad from Quelb. “We have scooters for adults as well so the whole family can enjoy getting out and about on their scooters!” To be in with a chance of winning this perfect pink scooter, simply send your name and address to with the word SCOOTER. Take a look at the full range of children’s and adult scooters at

3 COPIES OF ‘MY POP UP CITY ATLAS’ We’ve teamed up with The Grammar School at Leeds to give three lucky readers the chance to win one of Stephen Waterhouse’s pop-up atlases, signed by the author. The book takes you on a journey around 70 cities and reveals their secrets. Use the pop up figures and flaps to scale a skyscraper in Toronto or sleep in a honeycomb hotel in Tokyo. To be in with a chance of winning this bright, fact packed book, simply send the name of your child and your address to editor@ with the word ATLAS in the subject line. Good Luck and happy travelling!

5 COPIES OF ‘WHERE THE POPPIES NOW GROW’ To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we have 5 copies of ‘Where the Poppies now Grow.” Written by bestselling Yorkshire author Hilary Robinson to encourage children to participate in those commemorations, it’s a book that looks at friendship and courage through the eyes of two boys, who become soldiers and as the book concludes, two elderly men. It’s written in tribute to the war poets with beautiful illustrations to take readers on a moving journey. This is a book to share with your children and to keep on your bookshelf. To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful story, simply send your name and address to with the word POPPIES in the subject line.

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BONJOUR! That’s as far as my French goes, but here in the Stir Krazy kitchen we are excited about Yorkshire playing host to Le Grand Depart. To get you and all the cyclists ready to get on their bikes, we’ve decided to create an energy bar. Cook it. Eat it and then get cycling! You will need a 13 x 10” cake dish Ingredients: (Makes approximately 16 bars): n Rolled oats 384g n Raisins 64g n Pumpkin seeds 64g n Butter (unsalted) 64g n 1 can of sweetened condensed milk n Golden granola 128g

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Preheat your oven to 180ºc and grease your cake tin.

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Add the rest of the ingredients together and mix really well.


Allow to cool slightly, then remove from the tin. If you take it out too soon, the bars will collapse. Allow them a little time to set. Cut into bars, pop them in your pack up and get on your bike!

Melt the butter. You might need to get a grown ups help with this bit. You can use a pan over heat or pop it in the microwave.

Spread the mixture into your cake tin, making sure you press it down firmly. The finished bars will hold together better if you do that. Pop it into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Interested in cooking with Cathie? Sign up to a Stir Krazy Workshop this Summer. • 07809 253 747 • 0772 508 3959



SPECIAL WHERE TO WATCH Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll have heard that the Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire in July. If you’re one of the 2 million people who will be roadside to watch it here in the UK, you might want some advice on the best family friendly spots to catch the action. LEEDS CITY CENTRE This is where the Tour begins on the 5th July and you can expect huge crowds along the route through Leeds. The race starts from Leeds Town Hall at 11.10am and here it’s the early bird who will get the best view. As well as the race, spectators who are in place from 9am will get to see the ‘caravan’ – a fabulous procession of 180 vehicles who will be distributing Tour souvenirs to the crowds. From here it’s off up the A61 to Harewood House. HAREWOOD HOUSE Head to the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling at Harewood (4th – 6th July) and you’ll see the peloton leave for the Depart Reel or the Official Ceremonial Start of the race just after midday. The race will head up Harewood’s drive, stopping outside the historic house at 11.40am for 10 minutes before heading off to Pool in Wharfedale. This is a great place to camp or simply spend the day. There’s lots of family activities to enjoy including bike rides, go karting and balance bike fun. To book your tickets go to


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BOLTON ABBEY As the race heads out of Ilkley, it will pass through Addingham at about 12.30 before moving on to Skipton and Kettlewell. This makes Bolton Abbey a great base for viewing – not just on Saturday 5th July, but also on Sunday 6th July. Bolton Abbey has 7,500 parking spaces for Tour enthusiasts wanting to spend the day soaking up the festival experience, or there are full weekend camping passes. If you’re keen on viewing Stage 1, as the race heads out to the Dales, Bolton Abbey is about 2 miles from the route. As the race heads south on Sunday, you’ll be just ¼ mile from the Stage 2. You’re strongly advised to book camping and day parking in advance. It’s £10 per car, per day. • 01756 718 009


BUTTERTUBS PASS This is where you’ll see the race climbers show their strength. Thousands of race fans will chose this as the perfect spot to spectate, meaning there will be a fabulous atmosphere as the riders make their way to the highest point of Stage 1. Because of the 20% gradient at some points, the riders are likely to be slower making the long wait for the peloton to arrive more rewarding.


HARROGATE Stage 1 draws to a close on the Stray in the centre of Harrogate. After 190km, the race caravan will arrive between 2.30 and 3pm, preparing the way for a straight line sprint finish and the award of the first yellow jersey of 2014. Brit Mark Cavendish is one of the favourites to take that first ‘maillot jaune’ and the Yorkshire crowd is bound to be a boost for him. Expect to see him at about 4.20pm. Expect to hear the crowds cheering him ‘home’ long before that!


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OR… If you want to watch the race, but can’t face being part of the roadside crowds, why not head to Stockeld Park’s Cycling Festival. On the 5th and 6th July, you can watch the race on a giant screen while enjoying a French feast in the picnic field. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the Adventure Zone where you can try unicycling and the Likeabike Balance Course. Lots of two wheeled fun.

YOUR BIKE… Skyride Leeds will take place in Leeds City Centre on Sunday 15 June. It’s a free fun event which will take over the city and offers cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride safely together on a traffic free route. It is a great day out for families, with lots to do both on and off the bike. Skyride Local offer opportunities to be part of a larger group. In the Leeds area there are 50 free led bike rides every weekend between 1st June and 31st October. The rides are graded beginning with EASY – completely traffic free with children from 5 years old able to ride their own bikes. The STEADY rides are a mix of quiet roads and traffic free paths suitable for families with children over 8. Then there’s CHALLENGING rides for older family groups with children over 11 years old. Visit for more information or to book onto a ride.

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ILKLEY MOOR Children from The Grammar School at Leeds are putting a Tour twist on Yorkshire’s favourite song, ‘On Ilkley Moor b’ah tat’. With the help of French teacher Victoria Cooke, they’ve put new words to the old tune to welcome the cyclists as they pass by the school. “It's a fun way to get some of the Tour de France vocabulary learned,” explains Mrs Cooke. “Songs are one of the best ways to learn a language and we’re enjoying celebrating the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.”

LE TOUR DE FRANCE ARRIVE Sung to the tune of on Ilkley Moor b’ah t’at Qui va porter le maillot jaune? Who’s going to wear the yellow jersey? Le Tour de France arrive The Tour de France is coming Qui va porter le maillot jaune? Who’s going to wear the yellow jersey? Qui va porter le maillot jaune? Who’s going to wear the yellow jersey? CHORUS: Le Tour de France arrive The Tour de France is coming Le Tour de France arrive The Tour de France is coming Le Tour de France arrive The Tour de France is coming

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(VERSE 2) Le maillot blanc c’est pour les jeunes The white jersey is for the young ones (VERSE 3) Le meilleur grimpeur porte les pois The best climber wears the spots (VERSE 4) Le maillot vert pour le sprinteur The green jersey for the sprinter

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HALF TERM... IIMR BLOOMII IIvisitsII IITHE SPRINGII IIADVENTUREII STOCKELD PARK Monday 26th May Calling on green-fingered fans of CBeebies favourite Mr Bloom. You’re invited to join him for some outdoor fun at the fabulous Spring Adventure at Stockeld Park. He’ll be helping plant pumpkins for later in the year and he can’t wait to meet his Yorkshire fans. After rubbing shoulders with Mr Bloom, enjoy the roller rink and head into the forest to climb and play among the magical trees. Guaranteed to be a bloomin’ marvellous day!




THE TETLEY Sunday 25th & Monday 26th May

How far have you got through your ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3⁄4 ‘? Tick off some more challenges at Fountains Abbey this half term. Explore inside a tree or go bird watching. Why not join the family bike ride on the 27th May or simply roll down a really big hill. The ’50 Things’ challenge is about getting out and getting close to nature. If you’ve not taken up the challenge yet, make this half term matter and start your scrapbook. We’ll be checking on you in the Summer Issue!

A weekend of extreme family fun at this fantastic Kids Festival in the centre of Leeds. Held outside The Tetley on Hunslet Road this promises to be hugely popular. Join Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam and watch a host of performers from professional skateboarders to BMX riders. Take a walk down Guzzle Alley which is being run inconjunction with the Leeds Food and Drink Festival. Show your children how food gets from farm to fork and indulge in some great cuisine from top chefs and local shops. Work off your lunch on Space Hopper Island or by scaling the 30ft Climbing Wall. The fun begins at 10am each day.



Saturday 10th May Muscles & Movement THACKRAY MUSEUM Did you know you have 600 muscles in your body? Head to the wonderful Thackray to find out more about your muscles in May. Find out how they work and make your own muscles to take home! From 10am.


Saturday 24th – Wednesday 28th May Teddy Bear Trail LOTHERTON HALL Follow the teddy bear clues around Lotherton to enter the prize draw.

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French Scarecrow Hunt KIRKSTALL ABBEY To celebrate the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, head to Kirkstall Abbey to see the scarecrows of famous French art and artists hiding around the Abbey.

Saturday 24th May – Monday 2nd June May Pole Trail THE TETLEY Family trail with clues for a prize.

Monday 26th May Murder, Mystery & Detective Crafts ABBEY HOUSE Make a magnifier and become a detective. Follow the clues along the Victorian Streets to crack the case and solve a murder. Sessions at 10am and 2pm. Love Your Zoo Week LOTHERTON HALL Come along and celebrate the bird garden.

FREE CREA CREATIVE AT TIVE A ACTIVITIES CTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FFAMILY AMILLY IN THE HE HEART HEAR RT OF LEEDS Enjoy contemporar Enjoy contemporaryy art art and brewery breweery heritage displays displaays y in our sstunning galleries before beffor o e sampling our Yorkshire-inspired Yo orkshire-inspired menu menu in the Bar & sunny beer gar den. Plenty of space fo for kids to run around around on Kitchen or sunny garden. for Brewery Green, green the Br ewery Gr een,, the largest gr een space in the city centre. centre.

Monday 26th May – Friday 30th May Le Tour de Temple TEMPLE NEWSAM Get your Tour preparations underway this week with bunting making!

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ALSO ON WED Heroes & Sheroes 28TH MAY LEEDS DISCOVERY CENTRE Create your own comic book hero. Be inspired by the Natural History Collection to create your own characters. Resident comic book art expert Marek Romaniszyn. 10am – 12 noon.

Monday 26th May – Friday 30th May Muscles & Movement Half Term Fun THACKRAY MUSEUM Find out why it’s important to keep active and flex your muscles. Take part in a health MOT and experience Yoga, Zumba and more. From 1pm.

Tuesday 27th May Family Bike Ride FOUNTAINS ABBEY Get ready for Le Grand Depart and take part in a family cycle around the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Free Entry. From 6 – 8pm. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM Fun crafts inspired by Roald Dahl’s fabulous book. Sessions at 10am and 2pm. West Meets East LEEDS CITY MUSEUM Come and discover the Voices of Asia exhibition. Craft activities. Sessions at 10am and 2pm. Mini Marigolds KIRKSTALL ABBEY Under 5s session celebrating the Turn Yorkshire Yellow campaign. A morning of planting and crafts. Mess guaranteed. 10am start.

Wednesday 28th May Revolting Recipes ABBEY HOUSE Come and create a menu you won’t want to eat. Revolting food science experiments. Sessions at 10am and 2pm. Teddy Bears Picnic LOTHERTON HALL If you go down to Lotherton today, you’re in for a BIG surprise! 10am – 4pm.

Thursday 29th May Bridge Builder THWAITE MILLS Follow in the footsteps of Leeds’ bridge builders and try it for yourself. 11am – 3pm. Golden Ticket Hunt ABBEY HOUSE A new family challenge. Work together to solve clues, beat time challenges and uncover mystery objects to find the golden ticket.


Thursday 29th – Friday 30th May Turn Yorkshire Yellow KIRKSTALL ABBEY Seed planting and pot making as part of the Turn Yorkshire Yellow campaign. Craft activities. 2 – 3pm on Thursday and 10 – 11am on Friday.

Friday 30th May Tiny Tetley NEW VENUE THE TETLEY Fun messy play at this NEW city venue. For under 5s and their carers. 10.30am start. The Witches Family Fun ABBEY HOUSE Spooky fun inspired by Roald Dahl’s fabulous book. 10am and 2pm.

Saturday 31st May Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market KIRKSTALL ABBEY Hugely popular deli market in the ruins of the Abbey. Buy great local food from local producers. 12 – 3pm.


Saturday 7th June Survival ALSO EVERY SAT IN JUNE THACKRAY MUSEUM Come along to learn some simple survival skills and test your knowledge with quizzes and challenges. From 10am.



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Investigate how your muscles work and make your own Muscly Arms to take home. Keep healthy by taking part in exercise and movement classes in half term.

Tour de Cinema FOUNTAINS ABBEY Come along and see some great films on the west green of the Abbey. They’re all themed around Yorkshire and cycling. BBQ available from 5.30pm. Booking essential.


Join us to learn some simple survival skills and then test your knowledge with fun quizzes and challenges.

Sunday 22nd June Wartime Tea Party LOTHERTON HALL Swing to the sights and sounds of the 1940s. Enjoy a band, children’s entertainment and a street party picnic. From 11am.

Award winning museum, open daily from 10am-5pm

Learning Café - serving hot food and tasty treats

Tickets last all year

Unique birthday party venue

On-site parking only £1

Saturday 28th June Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market KIRKSTALL ABBEY Hugely popular deli market in the ruins of the Abbey. Buy great local food from local producers. 12 – 3pm.


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Half-term family fun

Tuesday Muddy Monkeys KIRKSTALL ABBEY Messy, outdoor fun for under 5s from 10am.

at Leeds Museums and Galleries

Friday Tiny Tigers LEEDS CITY MUSEUM Craft for under 5s from 10 – 11.45am. Messy Monkeys ABBEY HOUSE Messy fun for under 5s. From 2 – 4pm.

Saturday Rory’s Saturday Club LEEDS CITY MUSEUM Craft sessions from 11am – 12.15pm

Sunday Arty Smarties ABBEY HOUSE Craft afternoon on the Victorian Streets. 2 – 4pm.

See what’s on at: @LeedsMuseums LeedsMuseumsandGalleries

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