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Our regulars - News, Education, Clubs and Classes and What’s On

Let’s get this party started – party ideas from round our region.

Parent business – work life balance for local families

Bump2Tot comes to Brighouse – Families Pennines sponsors local baby and toddler show

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NEW! – Wilkinson Woodward’s Family Law column

Half-term fun

The really useful magazine for families in Halifax, Huddersfield, Brighouse, Oldham and Littleborough


Let’s Celebrate this May and June! We have a lot to celebrate this issue as we enter our fourth year in the Pennines. And first, Families Pennines is thrilled to be sponsoring a new local show for parents and parents to be – Bump2Tot – on 8 June at Brighouse High School (Finkil Street site), and more about that in our News section.

Do you dream of…

If you have your own celebration coming up then this could not be a better place for you – we have 10 steps to a perfect party plus some of the region’s best party venues, suppliers and organisers to help you along.

• Running your own business and being your own boss?

We bring you the first of several special features on Family Law from Wilkinson Woodward plus our occasional column, the Parent Business, focussing on local families and their work-life balance. With our regular pages on local News, Education and Childcare, Clubs and Classes and What’s On in and around our area, including half-term, we really hope you will enjoy this issue and come on over to too as there are always new things to tell you about in between our issues.

• Having control over what you do and when you do it? • Earning an extra income? If you love beautiful stationery, then a business as a Phoenix Trader could be just what you are looking for! If you would like to find out more about how a new Phoenix business could work for you, or you have any questions, please get in touch:

As always, we ask you to show your support for those businesses which support Families Pennines and keep this really useful publication free to you. Thank you.

Rachel Bentley


Tel: 0797 6621 496

Your Families Pennines editor

In this issue


 ews N From our area and beyond.


 BUMP2TOT Families Pennines sponsors Brighouse’s essential baby and toddler show


 FAMILY LAW COLUMN Wilkinson Woodward provides our NEW column

6-7 EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE Education news 8 TOUR DE FRANCE Update on the Cultural Festival and the World’s Largest Sporting event

Contact us Rachel Bentley: editor@ Tel: 07580 612800 Copyright Families Pennines May-June 2014 Next issue: July-August Families Pennines is free to our readers thanks to our advertisers. Design by Nik Clayton 07710 618119


Printed by Charlesworth Press, Wakefield T 01924 204830 Front cover by Toni Gregory of MIA FOTO, (07500) 956665,

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 LUBS AND CLASSES C Out of school activities


 ENNINE PARTIES P Let’s Get this Party Started with Parties Checklist and local suppliers

15-16 What’s On Dates for your diary this May and June – more on too!

Families Pennines is one of a group of magazines established in 1990. It is a Families Franchise independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine, but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequences. Any original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s own risk and, while every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage.


Spring Clean

It’s that time of the year again where we all clear out our wardrobe s ready for the summ er! This year,

Spring Clean for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice!

could you do your ‘One Good Thing’ and consider giving your unwanted clothes and items to our Forget Me Not stores, and help support the children and families we care for.

Our established Nanny Agency covers Huddersfield and surrounding areas and we provide: • Reliable and professional Nannies, Mother’s Helps and Babysitters • Relevant childcare qualifications &/or min 2 yrs childcare experience



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It’s that time of the year again where we all clear out our wardrobes ready for the summer! This year, could you do your ‘One Good Thing’ and consider giving your unwanted clothes and items to one of Forget Me Not’s stores, and help support the children and families they care for? Your donation will help towards the £2.8million needed each year to continue caring for local children and families.

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For more information on Forget Me Not’s Spring Clean and One Good Thing campaigns or location of your nearest store visit Registered charity number 1110457.

Competition Time Win £50 voucher for Benetton Huddersfield To celebrate the move to a new store on New Street, Benetton Huddersfield is offering a £50 voucher to be spent in the New Street store. See page 9 about how the move came about – might be handy for our competition question too! For full details visit and the competition runs till 30 June 2014.

WIN one of 3 Father’s Day Gift bundles With Father’s Day just around the corner (15 June) Families Pennines, with thanks to MacWet and Heat Holders, has a competition for three lucky winners to receive a bundle containing a pair of MacWet gloves and a pair of Heat Holders socks – perfect for chaps who like the outdoors, or those who are touchline supporters for sons and daughters! Closing midnight 30 May 2014 (to get the goodies out in time) get over to for full details.

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News Eureka! has record breaking visitor numbers in 2014 Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, is celebrating record-breaking visitor numbers. Over 83,000 people have visited the award-winning children’s museum during the first quarter of 2014, almost double the number of visitors for the same period in 2013.

Chilly Powder - Surprising summers in the Alps The Alps may be an obvious destination for the ski season, but how about a summer visit? Summer offers enough green (the mountains) and blue (the sky) to set you up for the whole year - and plenty of fresh air to fill your families’ lungs. With reasonably priced flights from Manchester and Leeds-Bradford airports to Geneva then a short drive to Morzine, there is a warm welcome waiting from Paul and Francesca Eyre at Chilly Powder. With the main chalet - Au Coin du Feu - plus two chalets next door, you can organise your own meals, or join the party at ‘Au Coin du Feu’ for dinners that you usually only dream of. Family friendly early evening meals for the children and a daytime crèche for little ones not quite as active as you, with drinks in the bar for the grown ups – or in the Jacuzzi on the terrace – Paul and Francesca will make you wish that this was home! For more about Chilly Powder chalets for summer and winter visit www. and more about summer in Morzine visit

Eureka! Chief Executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski says, “2014 has been a bumper year with our new gallery All About Me proving to be a popular draw for families wanting to play as they learn. Attractions across the region report an increase in visitors - an encouraging trend for our cultural institutions. We’re delighted so many families are heading to Halifax for their days out. Long may it continue!” The All About Me gallery encourages children to make positive choices about their health and wellbeing, and was named the UK’s Top Interactive Exhibition for Children by parenting network Mumsnet. Eureka! has over 400 hands-on exhibits designed especially for children aged 0-11. For visitor information call 01422 330069, visit Eureka! is an educational charity no. 292758.

Butterfly Tea Party for Hit the trail! Calder Children’s Hospices This June why not hold a Butterfly Tea Party in aid of Together for Short Lives – the national charity for children’s hospices? This is an opportunity for mums (and dads!) to get together over afternoon tea with Phoenix Trading greeting cards and stationery products on sale by one of the network of Independent Phoenix Traders in the UK. A proportion of orders and sales will go direct to the charity – and you can ask friends for a small financial donation for cake and a cuppa too. Phoenix Trading is also planning gorgeous new Butterfly Tea Party themed stationery including a charity greeting card which will help this good cause raise vital funds.

Valley charity to launch innovative new e-trails

For help in organising your own Butterfly Tea Party, raising funds for your own good cause, purchasing from the range (standard or charity) or starting as a Trader yourself contact your local Independent Phoenix Trader or see, 07976621496.

Lindley’s Cafe, Suspended Coffee Supporter The family friendly Lindley’s Cafe (Lidgett Street, Lindley, Huddersfield) is a Suspended Coffee Supporter. The scheme, giving customers the opportunity to help someone who might not be able to afford a cuppa themselves, has been gaining pace in the UK and beyond. A customer may buy an extra coffee to be claimed later, by adding a Suspended Coffee to their order. It is a tally system (rather than a cold coffee sitting there just in case!), and someone who is finding things tough can come in later and ask if there are any Suspended Coffees available. Lindley’s cafe Information on the scheme and other local cafes involved


Hebden Bridge based charity Pennine Horizons has just introduced electronic trails to enhance four walks in the Calder Valley area. The e-trails are downloadable to smart phone or MP3 player and include interesting stories of local events and people plus information about the ecology and industrial heritage of the area. Nine more are planned in the near future. Some will be challenging whilst others will be more suitable for families of all ages and abilities. Pennine Horizons is a local Heritage Lottery Fund project which aims to encourage residents and visitors to explore the history of the Pennine landscape and its industrial legacy. Volunteers are needed to develop the group’s services. Pennine Horizons 01422 844 450

News Baby Steps Charity Walk – 10 May 2014 Life’s an Event is organising a sponsored walk at Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, to raise money for Healthy Minds Calderdale.

Families & the Law – Know Your Rights

The gentle 2.3 mile walk will be a chance for parents to socialise and exercise, accompanied by their babies, toddlers and children – and well behaved dogs on leads too. Meet is at Midgehole Road Car Park at 10am on Saturday 10 May 2014 and the registration fee is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for under 16s. Sponsorship forms are available on request or donations can be made through Local Giving (link on the charity’s website). Healthy Minds is the operating name for Calderdale Wellbeing. Calderdale Wellbeing: Company No 6828871, Charity No 1132316.

Bump2Tot – Families Pennines Sponsorship Families Pennines Sponsors Bump2Tot Baby and Toddler Show Local business Life’s An Event will be hosting Bump2Tot baby and toddler show, at Brighouse High School (Finkil Street site) on 8 June 2014. Families Pennines is sponsoring the event, which takes place in the heart of the magazine’s distribution area. The event will bring together the latest, new products and services aimed at parents of 0-5s and parents to be. The organisers have already attracted an impressive line-up of standholders, and arranged demonstrations during the event which runs from 10am to 3pm. Mia Marsh, owner of Life’s an Event, says, “This is a great opportunity for parents to purchase products, receive advice and guidance in addition to gaining useful ideas.” Families Pennines Editor, Rachel Bentley, is delighted to be sponsoring the event, “I am really pleased to work with Life’s an Event to bring news of Bump2Tot to potential exhibitors and to readers who can come along and browse through a fabulous range of products and services all under one roof and right on their doorstep.” Tickets are available online and on the door (see advertisement below).

Families Pennines asked local legal experts Wilkinson Woodward for an update on the latest in family law. Family law specialist, Liza Pickles, explains the recent changes to the way child support is calculated. On 25 November 2013, the Government introduced changes to the way child maintenance is calculated. The new “gross income scheme” applies to all new child maintenance applications from that date and simplifies the process of assessing the level of child support required from the main income earner.

The new scheme (which has not been widely publicised) means that child support payments are now based on gross income, making the process of assessing payments simpler and more transparent. The changes could benefit the person with care, which is often mum. For existing cases, the old “net income” regime still applies. Before considering a change to the new scheme, take professional advice to see whether or not it would benefit you. More information can be downloaded from the website. Liza Pickles is a family law practitioner and specialises in mediation. She is based at Wilkinson Woodward’s offices on King Street in Brighouse. Wilkinson Woodward also has offices in Halifax and Huddersfield. Things change so to get the most up to date advice contact Wilkinson Woodward, 01422 339 600,

Protection in times of family disputes from

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Finkil St, HD6 2NY 10am-3pm Bump2Tot – your local baby and toddler show • Bringing together the best of local products and services • For parents of 0-5s and parents-to-be. • Purchase products, receive advice & guidance • Get loads of useful ideas for bringing up baby! • Admission: On the door Adults £2.00/Under 16s Free • Get 50% off accompanying guest with this original advertisement. • Buy your tickets online - (Please note: this show is for promoting businesses and services and selling new items – not a second hand table top sale.)

Businesses To showcase your business, please contact Packages start from as little as £3.50. EVENT SPONSORED BY FAMILIES PENNINES –


We’re here to guide you with: • Relationship & family disputes • Mediation (legal aid may be available) • Divorce, separation and the ending of civil partnerships and co-habitation • Financial arrangements • Disputes over children including children’s welfare • Care proceedings • Pre-nuptial agreements • Injunctions

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• Collaborative law • Making a will Offices in Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse. Wilkinson Woodward, 11 Fountain Street, Halifax 01422 339 600 Wilkinson Woodward Bearders, 3-5 King Street, Brighouse 01484 710 571 Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe & Co, 20-22 Queen Street, Huddersfield 01484 483 800



Education & Childcare Pupils join together in art project.

New Head announced for Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Mr Craig Mairs (Left) with current Principal Dr Paul Neeson (Right)

Craig Mairs had been appointed the new principal of Oldham Hulme Grammar School, where he has been a member of staff since his student teacher days. The 41 year old is currently deputy principal, responsible for the school’s sixth form, and will take over from Dr Paul Neeson, who retires next September.

An exhibition by Calderdale Primary Schools co-ordinated by Heathfield School, Rishworth, is taking place at Bankfield Museum till 6th May with free admission. The work on show was developed at a collaborative art day with Calderdale schools participating in print based workshops, supported by Heathfield’s Art Co-ordinator Ellen Robinson, and five 6th form Art students from Rishworth. Pupils developed collagraphs, mono prints, Polyboard and wax crayon prints, using their portraits as a starting point and moved onto artwork based on their school buildings, printing with everyday things, including Lego bricks, wooden blocks and toy cars. Bankfield Museum, HX3 6HG, 01422 352334.

Mr Mairs lives in Shaw but was born in Limavady, Northern Ireland. He gained an MA in English literature and history at Edinburgh University before completing a postgraduate certificate in education at Manchester University. Mr Mairs says, “I am absolutely thrilled at the appointment. My main teaching practice was at Hulme, and a vacancy came up in the English department and I started in September 1996.” He explained the school’s attraction: “There is a really special atmosphere. I have been fortunate in being able to progress in my career while working somewhere I have come to love. Mr Mairs’ daughter Alexandra (7) is a pupil at the school, and his two-year-old son, Samuel, is hoping to join the kindergarten in September. Oldham Hulme Grammar School, 0161 624 4497,

Heathfield Pupils in Hundred-mile Run for NSPCC


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Heathfield’s School Council wanted to support the NSPCC as their charity last term, and decided to do something extraordinary to raise money.

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Mr Anthony Wilkins, Head of Heathfield School said: “We are very proud of all members of the Heathfield community, and delighted that Heathfield has been able to make such a significant contribution to the NSPCC!” Heathfield, The Junior School to Rishworth, 01422 823 564,,

• teaching Verbal Reasoning skills and strategies


Running a hundred miles sounded like a great idea – shared between all the children in the School! Each child ran one mile, with lots of help for the younger pupils! Over £2500 was raised for the NSPCC.





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SPELLING - WHY IS IT SO TRICKY Steve Uttley, of NumberWorks’nWords Huddersfield, answers Families Pennines’ questions on spellings. Parents often say that they don’t understand why their child can perform so well on the school weekly spelling test, but can’t retain the words for future use in written text.

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The answer is simple: Your child is young and has a good short term memory. Most children can learn the 20 words necessary for the weekly spelling test. The problem is the words are committed to short term memory for the purpose of getting 20/20 in the test. This has a ‘feel good’ factor but it can contribute little to the child’s application of spelling words to written sentences or stories.


So how should spelling be taught?

The Junior School to Rishworth School

Here are some ways that children may remember their spelling more effectively •

Introduce new words by reading a story to them.

Ask your child to write down the new words to be learnt.

Use the new words in sentences.

Create some fun! Who can use the new words in a spoken sentence?

Give your child a small reward for success.

Have some family fun with a spelling bee.

Heathfield provides a caring environment and a stimulating education for boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 11 Rishworth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom HX6 4QF. Tel: +44 (0)1422 822217 Fax: +44 (0)1422 820911 E-mail: Website:

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• Who can write the smartest/quirkiest/best sentence using the new spelling word?

For more hints and learning tips contact NumberWorks’nWords Huddersfield on 01484 487911.

Thoughtful Communication launched in Calderdale Kathryn Pierce offers bespoke evidenced based speech & language therapy assessment and intervention for children and young people from 18 months to 24 years. Kathryn has worked for the NHS in London for 10 years and has recently moved back to the north and set up her independent practice. Kathryn can support children and young people with a wide range of needs from autism, learning difficulties, specific language impairment, stammering, dyslexia, ADHD and challenging behaviour. Appointments can take place in your own home, child’s school or nursery, or in peaceful therapy rooms in Hebden Bridge. Call Kathryn on 07890329103 or email thoughtfulcommunication@outlook. com to arrange a free phone consultation.

Hipperholme Grammar School Food Finalists Hipperholme Grammar School (HGS) has been shortlisted to the final three of the national Independent Schools Association (ISA) Healthy Eating Award 2014. HGS promotes healthy eating in all areas of school life in conjunction with their caterers, Wilson Vale. The use of quality, seasonal ingredients is key to keeping food standards high at the School, so local sourcing is a priority to ensure provenance and sustainability. A wide range of foods are prepared in-house from freshly-baked bread to yoghurts, granolas and home roasts. Hipperholme Grammar School, 01422 202256,




• Five minute spelling quizzes around the dinner table are a great way for the family to interact and to keep learning front of mind for all ages!







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Come and join in the fun

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Tour de France The Zone – Cheering on the Tour de France! The Dance Zone is rolling out an 8 week Tour de France (TDF) dance project open to all primary and upper schools in Kirklees. The project will work alongside the Huddersfield Giants Cheerleading Squad who will go into the schools to teach the students a specially devised dance routine focused around the TDF. The participants will then be invited to perform their routine in front of the Huddersfield Giants home crowd at the first:utility Super League game against Salford Red Devils on Saturday the 5th July 2014 as a warm up for the actual TDF events on the 6th July. Some schools will be lining the route along the 15 mile route through Huddersfield whilst others will be invited to be part of the official celebrations in the city centre.

Parent Business Our occasional feature focussing on local parents who own businesses – Rachel Bradley (below) tells Families Pennines about her experiences in balancing work and home life as owner of Huddersfield and Holmfirth Nannies. Read also about Helen Blakeman of Benetton Huddersfield on page 9 (opposite) about her growing business.

For more information on how to get involved contact Bernie Nunn at Bernie. or call 01484 484163.

Phoenix Trading card commemorates Le Grand Depart Phoenix Trading, the number one UK direct selling Greeting Card and Stationery people, have issued a fantastic new blank card to commemorate the Tour de France. Called ‘Le Grand Depart’ (order code: A130), it is exclusively available via your usual, local Independent Phoenix Trader or by going to (postage and packing charge may apply, call 07976621496 to check).

I wanted to go into childcare from school and my placement as a nanny when I studied for NNEB childcare qualifications led me into nannying and a live-in job in Holmfirth. Short nannying jobs helped me travel through Australia and I started nurse training on my return (to become a Health Visitor) until I became pregnant. I worked as a part-time nanny with a family with similarly aged children for six years and the children came to work with me. My eldest has special needs so this worked for all of us. I enjoy having personal involvement with a family building a close relationship, but still maintained a professional line. I thought about starting a nanny agency but hadn’t known how to get into it. Registered with Holmfirth and Huddersfield Nannies, 3 years ago the agency became available and I bought it - a fantastic opportunity and a dream come true! Now, I work as a part-time nanny for two days a week and run the agency for three days. The business runs easily around my family though with a lot of juggling! I have made it work for me - once the children are in bed, that is the time when parents want to speak to me about hiring and nannies themselves are available for interview.

New Traders are needed throughout the UK (and France, Australia and New Zealand), with a great starter business pack for just £30 and the chance to purchase stock packs at extra special prices. Free information or orders to,, 07976621496.

Shepley Spring Festival - part of 100 day Cultural Festival Shepley’s brilliant Spring Festival (16-18 May) is part of the 100 day cultural Yorkshire Festival counting down to the Tour de France. It will feature some great Yorkshire artists including Kate Rusby, The Demon Barbers, The Hut People, and many more, who will be headlining for visitors expected from right across Britain,


See the Yorkshire Festival website for more details of the Shepley Spring Festival and other cultural events planned around the region in the run up to the Tour de France pley-spring-festival

Huddersfield and Holmfirth Nannies provides a personal service, with interviews and checks done for you by an experienced nanny - Rachel Bradley – who understands all the needs of a family. 01484 645621 or 07557 787119,


Huddersfield - New Store in New Street! There was exciting activity at the end of March, as Benetton Huddersfield moved from a concession in Peter’s Department Store to its own premises in the former Beaumont’s Opticians shop on New Street. The new store is more than just a change of address for owner Helen Blakeman – a Meltham mum of 2. Helen has been on a journey herself, fitting a career in fashion and textiles around a young family too. When the opportunity to own the local franchise for the United Colors of Benetton arose 3 years ago, Helen was well placed to take over and has since built the business to allow her to fulfil her plan to move to bigger premises

being rolled out within the Benetton flagship stores worldwide, to give customers a luxury shopping experience. See the new store yourself : United Colors of Benetton, New Street, Huddersfield HD1 2AR and why not take the voucher with you on

page 15? And for a chance to win a £50 voucher to use in the new Benetton Huddersfield store see Families Pennines and Benetton Hudersfield’s competition in our News section and enter online at www.familiespennines. - good luck!

Helen says, “I have two boys aged 8 and 5, and I have worked my fashion business round family life for some time. I studied in Leeds, and when I was 25, set up an independent designer clothing shop in Huddersfield which I ran for 7 years. I had four years out of retail whilst bringing up the children, but I still worked with textiles in wholesale sales and marketing. Benetton Huddersfield came up for sale at just the right time for me.” The investment in the new premises tells much about how Helen is making a long term commitment to the town. The New Street store is over double the previous space and has created 2 part-time roles as well as the existing positions brought over. The new shop has been fitted to the highest Benetton specification in association with local retail marketing specialist Woven Marketing using local craftsmen and businesses. The design incorporates the new global shop fit, currently

We’re on the move - New Street, New Store

0-12 & Ladies Store 2 New Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2AR TEL : 01484 766480 07580612800


Clubs and Classes

Summer Camp at Huddersfield Tennis and Squash Club HuddersfieldTennis and Squash Club is a hub of activity, offering an impressive range of sports and facilities, including out of school holiday activities. Why not book your child into Summer Camps, open to all, from ages 4 to 16?

Take a look at the Zone’s popular holiday camps this Spring Bank and Summer holidays – with activities varying from rugby, football, youth gym to dance, gymnastics and cheerleading there will never be a dull moment.

With courses taking place Monday to Friday each week from 21 July to 22 August, sports activities include tennis, squash, racquetball, football, rounders, table tennis, cricket, Ultimate Frisby and Padel tennis (played outside, a cross between tennis, squash and racketball, one of the first centres in the UK).

For information on all the classes, holiday clubs (including age suitability and latest activities included) and play sessions available contact 01484 484 134 or visit and see our feature for more about parties at the Zone.

Summer Camps at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club attract a discount for early booking by Sunday 13 July. For information about the club and to book Summer Camp contact Reception on 01484 422541. Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Cemetery Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield HD1 5NF,

Halifax dance school ‘babyballet’ has been mixing with the movers and shakers in the entertainment and dance world! Twinkle, Teddy and Flutterby The Fairy were a massive hit at the recent ‘Little Fun Fest’, Manchester and ‘MOVE IT’, Olympia’s dance extravaganza. As well as holding interactive workshops and performing on the main stage at Little Fun Fest, the North’s biggest under 10’s family festival, babyballet characters met TV stars Alex Winters (CBeebies), Cat Sandion (Hi-5/CBeebies) and Dr Ranj (CBeebies/ This Morning). Former principal Royal Ballet dancer, Darcey Bussell, a judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, tweeted about meeting Twinkle at MOVE IT. Other celebrities photographed with Twinkle included Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity, dancer Tobias Mead, street dance duo Twist and Pulse and Strictly’s Aljaz (Aliash) Skorjanec. “We had the most amazing time at both events and love flying the flag for Halifax. It’s fantastic that the characters are recognised and loved in the entertainment and dance world, spreading the fun, positive image of what babyballet is all about,” says babyballet’s owner Claire O’Connor. With its 60th franchise in the UK launched, babyballet is bringing one of the biggest names in the ballet world, Wayne Sleep, to the babyballet annual conference in Calderdale. Claire worked with Wayne when she took part the highly acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series ‘Big Ballet’, which showed ballet isn’t just for the super skinny. For lessons, call to check for availability and to book 01422 329471, email and for information such as class times see the website

On 31 May Swimbabes will hold an underwater photo shoot at their Denby Dale pool. Swimbabes run up to 3 shoots a year across at pools in Sheffield, Denby Dale and Halifax. The shoot offers the chance for unique underwater images of babies and children plus the chance to include family members too. Laura Molloy of Swimbabes says, “To get the best images, there’s a lot of underwater swimming during a shoot. We recommend that all little swimmers have attended at least one full term of baby swimming sessions, and older children are relaxed and happy underwater.” Swimbabes shoots in partnership with Urchin Rock - For class availability -, 01484 683570. Swimbabes shop online at or in Holmfirth for swimwear, children’s clothing and accessories.

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Beginning MY anything can be a bit daunting, CY which is why Colne Valley CMY Black Belt Academy offers K a free, no obligation, trial lesson. With younger children this can be a one-to-one introductory session, whereas or for older children, adults and the more confident they can try a regular class. Colne Valley Black Belt Academy is based in Linthwaite, Huddersfield. Call now for a free trial class 01484 844386 or email and see for full list of classes.

Moving and Shaking with babyballet!

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Inspiring Creativity

The Star Tree Studio is based in exclusive, specially designed, shop front premises in Littleborough town centre. With classes for ages 0 to 4, every child and their parent or carer can have a creative, hands-on experience with the added bonus of paint, glue and glitter being cleared up by the fantastic Star Tree staff! Term time only - places limited, booking essential. Contact, more info contact 07778 543233 or drop in to book and visit thefor shop too.

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Nature’s Footprints is providing Spring Bank activities as part of Kirklees Council Young People’s Holiday Activity Programme (with Friends of Beaumont Park). Includes outdoor games, skills, crafts and activities, like den making and fire lighting, in outdoor locations around Huddersfield. Cost is free or just 50p, booking essential – see website for information and contact Nature’s Footprints to book. 07843 673011,,

Clubs and Classes Pyjama Drama Teams up with Eureka! Children’s drama and imaginative play company, Pyjama Drama, has agreed a deal with National Children’s Museum, Eureka! to run classes in the museum and surrounding area. The classes will be taught by Eureka! with ongoing training and support provided by Pyjama Drama. Pyjama Drama was created by former drama teacher Sarah Owen, currently operating 30 franchises across

the UK and has won a number of awards including being named ‘Best Under 5s’ activity in the Netmums awards. The award winning classes encourage children to play imaginatively and introduce them to simple drama games and techniques. Commenting on the deal Sarah said, “We are absolutely delighted that one of the most well respected children’s organisations in the country will be showcasing our classes. We have a very similar ethos to Eureka! as we both strongly believe in inspiring children about the world around them. I am looking forward to working with them and to a long standing partnership.”

Classes are starting in the museum initially with a longer term plan to expand into venues across the wider geographical area. Michelle Emerson, Marketing and Development Director at Eureka! said, “Drama is not only fun and exciting but helps develop key social skills such as confidence and concentration. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to local children and families alongside our exciting museum activities.” For more information please visit or Eureka! on 01422 330 069, email or see

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Pennines Parties

Let’s Get this Party Started! I know that my children have a birthday on the same date every year (after all – I was instrumental in their birth!) Why, then, do I NEVER get myself organised in PLENTY of time. Last year DS2 did not have a party at all – which then makes for guilt this year and a spectacularly over indulgent party planned. That is why Families Pennines is bringing you some party planning ideas to help and guide you towards a party that is just right for your child, their friends and perhaps most importantly – you and your budget!

Families Pennines Editor, Rachel Bentley’s, 10 steps to a perfect party Here are some things I have learnt from experience and work well for us – there are lots of local suppliers who can help too and we have included some of those for you in this issue. 1. Save the day When would you like the party? Decide as soon as possible which time and day of the week will be best (or least problematic for the majority!) and identify any major events or festivals which clash. Send invitations at least a month ahead clearly showing what the party style is and if the parent or carer will need to stay. Include RSVP details - your name, number/email and ‘reply by’ date so you can chase up anyone who doesn’t get back to you. At this stage check dietary requirements and other special needs. 2. Who’s who Have a rough idea of who will be coming for numbers – will their parent or carer need to supervise them, will siblings be included? Will you need to plan space and catering for them? 3. Budgeting How much is in the kitty for the party? Set how much would you like to spend per child and in total. Remember to factor in your child’s clothing, invites, party bags, decorations and thank yous as well as the party itself. Could you share your party and some of the cost with another family celebrating at the same time with mostly the same guests eg another child in the same class at nursery or school? 4. Get help! What help will you need to run the party? Can you do this by yourself or will you need a party organiser to really help things along! What suppliers and venues could you consider? You will need to book really early to get exactly what you want as the best providers get overbooked, so leave yourself plenty of time. 5. Home or away? Make your party age appropriate for your child and their friends. Look at your options with that in mind – party at home might be fine for smaller children but look at a venue or activity that you will be comfortable with as well especially for older or very active children. Be aware that our little darlings DO change their minds – often - and be clear with them that once decided, and it is booked, that is it! A Peppa Pig themed ‘do’ might be difficult to turn into a Ninja Turtles event at the drop of a hat! 6. Clear arrangements Check out what your party venue or entertainer provides and what you need to provide (we once went to a party where everything but the cake was provided by the venue, but the parents weren’t clear that they must supply a cake – tumbleweed moment when the candles should’ve been lit!) 7. Responsible partying Be clear who is supervising the children at the party and if it is the party venue’s staff or if you have employed an entertainer check out their credentials including insurance, safety and child protection policy. If you expect a parent or carer to stay with their child be absolutely clear when the invitation is sent out and accepted. Otherwise make sure you have mum or dad’s contact details in case a guest falls ill, has a bump or just needs reassurance! 8. Catering The sky is the limit! If the venue offers it – grab with both hands. Caterers are available for children’s parties and can provide good value but if you need to DIY then keep it simple – we love coloured paper sandwich bags or themed party boxes full of pre-packed goodies (one per child), otherwise big sharing plates to dip into with sandwiches, snacks and green things! We also like cupcakes on stands rather than a cake as they can be quickly popped into party bags without cutting up and a lot of mess. Make sure you cater for ALL your guests needs or ask their parent or carer if they would mind helping you to put something together that would suit. 9. Little finishing touches A venue based party or one with an organiser or entertainer may supply rudimentary invitations and party bags. If your budget runs to it why not make your child’s day really special with invitations and thank yous themed to the party style, and let your imagination run wild with decor and with party bags - make that cake a really fab affair. If you don’t have the time, skill or inclination then rest assured that there are some lovely local suppliers you can support and they can take the strain of personalising your little ones’ parties for you. 10. Feet up When the party is over, make sure there is a treat lined up for you too – not just a tonne of party food leftovers! Make a mental note of what worked and what didn’t. Spread the word about the positive experiences you had of your local party supplier and give them your support – you will most probably need them again in 12 months time!


Pennines Parties

Party Local!

Let’s support our local party providers - here are some below to help take the strain and please mention Families Pennines when contacting them.

A play gym and party venue for under 7s.

Cardelium – Bespoke balloons and everything party! Cardelium’s attention to service and detail has quickly made it a popular choice for people planning a party or celebration in Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees and surrounding areas. With a wide range of products on offer, and outstanding customer service, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for – and if you can’t, the qualified staff will find it for you. From helium balloon displays, invitations and gift wrap to decorations and party bags, Cardelium will provide what you need to make a party really special for your own special people! Whatever your budget or your theme, Cardelium will help you throw the perfect party, bespoke to you. 07517539821

Contact Anthea for a no-obligation quote. Member of BAPIA, CRB checked, full public liability insurance. 07813 777075,,

Kirklees Light Railway All aboard the Party Express! Have an exciting birthday party with Kirklees Light Railway. Lasting 3 hours, the package includes a return journey to Shelley aboard Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains. With a party host to help things run smoothly, you will have exclusive use of the Birthday Party Carriage as the venue for your party. Party food will be provided too with party games held at Shelley in the party room. Flexible too, there are extras to include at additional cost including party bags. Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West HD8 9XJ. Parties can be booked every Saturday and Sunday (except during special events) at 11.20am, 12.40pm or 2pm. Party Package for up to10 children & 4 free adults is £95 with £25 deposit. To book or for further information call 01484 865727, email info@,

The Lollipop Tree – party bags and treats for children of every age The Lollipop Tree, Huddersfield’s favourite sweet & chocolate shop, has 100s of varieties which can all be beautifully gift packaged. For a fabulous gift for all ages, ‘Sweet Memories’ boxes contain sweets from every decade from the 20s to the present day. With party bags from £1, order yours today. The Lollipop Tree, Almondbury, HD5 8JN, 01484 533660,


My Play Cafe – party venue for A play gym Balloons Partyware Gift Wrap under 7s and party Stuffed Balloons Pre-Filled Party Bags venue for Balloons and under Bespoke 7s.

My Play Café, in central Hebden Bridge, is a play gym and party venue for Under 7s. It’s a great place to let children play in a safe environment and for parents to relax at the 07517539821 same time.The Café offers a great range of food plus homemade cakes and bakes.

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Soft play for tots to twelves Get bouncing on our amazing trampolines! Huge inflatable slides Food and drink with slimming options available Parties with 10% off in May and June quoting “Families Pennines” when booking


Pennines Parties Life’s An Event – party planners do the hard work for you What does a good party mean to you? To party planners Life’s An Event it means that everyone involved is having the time of their life, at an incredible venue, good food, music, games, an all round amazing atmosphere and memories to treasure forever.

Bouncers – great exercise, great parties and great reader special offer!

Mia Marsh from Life’s An Event says, “We know how much these events mean to our clients and we want to make sure their child’s day is the best day possible - if the host and guests are happy then we are happy!” So why not sit back, relax, enjoy the day, and let Life’s An Event do all the hard work for you. Life’s An Event,

Colne Valley Black Belt Academy - Nerf Gun Party in the gym

With this party, the guests are actually ALLOWED to use Nerf guns! For a maximum of 20 children, this fully insured party provides 2 hours of Nerf fun with an instructor with equipment (guns, bullets, safety goggles, team bibs) provided. Staff are CRB checked and first aid trained, the party includes the venue and equipment, and you provide food, cake and party bags. The party starts with a safety talk, then team games, a break for party tea and cake, more games and 5 minutes of karate basics. Colne Valley Black Belt Academy, Linthwaite, Huddersfield - 01484 844386,,

Climbing Party Don’t just celebrate your birthday with friends, take them on an adventure! Explore ROKT Climbing Gym’s energetic and exciting activities with your instructor and build memories that will last a lifetime. What about caving, roped climbing and bouldering, all in the SAME day? With food options also available, ROKT kids’ parties are the ultimate way to celebrate your special day.

The Zone – Soft play parties The Zone play centre not only has clubs, classes, a lovely cafe and soft play on offer, they also host great kids’ parties too. Whether your child is into sports, dance, dressing up or tube slides and ball pits, The Zone has everything to make their special day truly magical. With fun party packages to choose from, and one to suit every budget, you can let The Zone take the stress and mess out of birthdays. For bookings or more information call 01484 484134 or email


Bouncers, Saddleworth, 01457 810300. Party bookings in May and June get 10% off if you mention Families Pennines when booking.

Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club – tennis and multi-sports parties How about taking the hassle out of
 parties with a tennis and multi-sports party? A coach of your choice takes the group of children and they participate in tennis linked activities and multi sports - depending on what you choose – for an hour. After, the children can go into the clubhouse for party food and drinks (to be supervised by parents). Parties start with up to 10 children but can accommodate quite a few more. For full details visit or call the coaches 01484 422541.

Lively party host entertains with favourite babyballet dances and songs plus classic party games and prizes to give the birthday boy or girl an exciting and magical party never to forget. Available for non-members as well as class attendees, it is suitable for 2-4 year olds, lasting for an hour. Lots of activities all you provide is the venue, food and cake plus party bags which are available at additional cost as well as a range of optional extras.

Charlotte Arliss Photography - Photoshoot Party

From £50, mention ‘Families Pennines’ when booking and receive an extra 10x8” print! Charlotte Arliss Photography, 07956004637,

After nine years in the children’s party business Paul and Katie feel that they have now perfected the art of providing the best parties, with fresh, quality food and very competitive prices. With several packages available, there is a party to suit every budget.

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Visit or call 01484 717444 for more information.

Charlotte Arliss Photography provides fun, photo booth style shoots perfect for parties and guests of all ages. During the hour-long session, Charlotte takes fab photographs of the party guests, then edited images are ordered via a password protected personal gallery. The birthday boy or girl receives a free 10x8” print worth £20 plus a free 6x4” print for up to 8 guests.

Paul and Katie Andrew-Willis are a father and daughter team who have run ‘Bouncers’, in Saddleworth for nine years. They are also opening a second centre in Droylsdon, Tameside. Bouncers play centre is based around gymnastics, trampolining and inflatables, providing great exercise for children as well as endless fun!

Each area will have their own package so see then contact your local centre.

The Star Tree Studio – Create & Make Party Offering creative, individual art & craft parties, The Star Tree Studio is not afraid to get the paint, glue and sparkles out! Voted a Netmums Favourite by parents, Create and Make parties are perfect for boys & girls aged 2-12 and held at the Littleborough studio or a venue of your choice. Run by an experienced, insured and CRB checked party leader, you can book pass the parcel and face painting, and serve your food or snacks after the activities. Up to 10 children, from just £100 including party leader, exclusive studio hire, invitations, a party bag to personalise, 2 activities and all materials. The Star Tree Studio, 07778 543233,

Amy Best Postbox Studio Littleborough

What’s On

Please be aware that things change so check details and suitability for your family with the provider before setting out as Families Pennines cannot be held responsible for the events we list.

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SHOWS 4 May Chuckle Brothers Space Oddity Victoria Theatre, Halifax Don’t miss this new hilarious story as The Chuckle Brothers go into Space. 11 May, 2.30pm Pirate Gran Square Chapel with Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre Meet Gran. She bakes. She knits. You’d never guess she was a Pirate! 17 May, 11am & 2pm Cello Babies – an Imagine Experience Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Live performance led by Ruthie Boycott-Garnett an engaging opportunity for babies to play and be enchanted by the sounds around them. 18 May ‘Starmakers’ Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Halifax babyballet’s stars perform on stage with Twinkle, Teddy and Flutterby Eureka! this May and Jun including May Day and Half Term school holidays. Join the team at Old Moor and Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society for • Plasticine Jurassic Experience 3- 5 May - a roarsome prehistoric adventure making and moulding dinosaurs, meeting a scary roving dinosaur and taking home a free gift of a Plasticine Dinosaur Squidgem! • National Children’s Day: Go Wild 11 May - Swap screen-time for wild-time as the Eureka! team will be encouraging children to connect with nature.

What’s On preview – open air theatre dates for Jul and Aug Treat your family to a unique open-air theatre experience from Heartbreak Productions. See for times and to book well ahead. • Manor Heath Park, Halifax 2 Jul - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys • The Botanical Gardens, Sheffield 3-6 Jul - Macbeth 11-13 Jul - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys 21-23 Aug - Pride & Prejudice • Sandal Castle, Wakefield 19 Jul - Pride & Prejudice • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 3 Aug - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys 10 Aug - Pride & Prejudice • Temple Newsam, Leeds 13-15 Aug - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

• Follow the Yellow Brick Road 24 May-1 Jun - Help Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion defeat the Wicked Witch and help Dorothy realise there’s no place like home. • Halifax Family Festival 28 Jun 11am-4pm - Free afternoon fun in the grounds of Eureka! Music, street shows and pop-up story tent. Parachute games, story sessions and craft activities so take a picnic and join the fun!

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See also our highlighted activities in these pages which include many Half-term activities 10 May, 10am Baby Steps Charity Walk for Healthy Minds Calderdale Meet is at Midgehole Road Car Park for gentle 2.3 mile sponsored walk. 10 May, 6, 11, 18 & 25 Jun Xplorer - Family Navigation Challenge Various time and locations in Kirklees – see website for more details, 07906 500541 Kirklees Light Railway Very busy events, so Kirklees Light Railway strongly recommend you book in advance by calling in at the Clayton West Ticket Office, phoning 01484 865727 or visiting • Thomas and Friends

• Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham

17-18 May - Clayton West transforms into Sodor for this mid-May weekend. Thomas will be pulling the first train at 10am (only train Thomas pulls to Shelley). Returning from Shelley, Thomas will be at Clayton West giving platform rides. There is something for every little one including Face painting, bouncy castles and donkey rides too!

16 Aug - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

• Olly Owls BIG Weekend

• Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

7-8 June - Join the Railway’s resident mascot Olly Owl and travel aboard Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains. A fantastic day out for all the family, trains will be running every 40 minutes from 11am to 3.40pm. There will be platform rides, Bouncy Castle and lots more.

20-22 Aug - Macbeth 27-29 Aug - Pride & Prejudice • Pontefract Castle, West Yorkshire 15 Aug - Macbeth

17 Aug - Pride & Prejudice • Woolley Hall, Wakefield 22 Aug - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys • The Walled Garden, Astley Park, Chorley 31 Aug - Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

• Wheelchair Users Children’s Club 10, 24, 31 May 10am-12 noon - 3 FREE Saturday Clubs are for families of children who use wheelchairs. Funding from Esmée Fairbairn, book with Trizia or Jenny G 01422 330069.


25 May, 2.30pm Alice in Wonderland Square Chapel with Uncontained Arts Alice’s adventure have just begun when she chases the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. 27 May, 11am & 2pm Jack and the Beanstalk, Lyngo Theatre Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Fee Fi Fo Fum! Enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big leafy explosion! 8 Jun Bananas in Pyjamas Victoria Theatre, Halifax Join B1, B2, Amy, Lulu and Morgan in this brand new, all singing, all dancing show.

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1 Jun, 10am Bolton Brow Burner Buggy push/fun runs (2.5k and 10k) raising money for Calderdale schools, variety of stalls, games, refreshments, snacks and a cafe. Registration, costs and details on website. 7-8 Jun Brighouse 1940s Weekend Dress in vintage style as Brighouse is transformed into a wartime town. 01484 400664/01484 722462 8 Jun, 10am-3pm Bump2Tot Baby and Toddler Show Brighouse High School, Finkil St, HD6 2NY For parents and parents-to-be - the best of local new products and services. Sponsored by Families Pennines.

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What’s On 29 May - 10am-12 noon & 2-4pm Hunt the Golden Ticket family challenge. Kirkstall Abbey 24 -30 May 10am-3pm - French scarecrow hunt. 29-30 May 2-3pm - Turn Yorkshire yellow.

Abbey House Museum 5 & 26 May 10am-12pm & 2-4pm Murder mystery and detective crafts. 27 May 10am-12 noon & 2-4pm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory family fun and crafts. 28 May 10am-12 noon & 2-4pm Revolting recipes science fun.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills 10 May 11am-4pm - Mills weekend, teaming up with Thwaite Mills. 26 May-1 Jun during opening hours – Last film showed 50 years ago. 26-27 May 1-3pm - Lights, camera, action. Create a zoetrope, flip book or a thurmatrope.


Thwaite Mills Watermill 11 May 1-5pm - Mills weekend, teaming up with Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. 29 May 11am-3pm - Bridge builder – learn about bridges and build a mini one. Leeds Museum Discovery Centre 24 & 28 May 10am-12 noon Heroes and Sheroes. With resident comicbook art expert Marek Romaniszyn. Booking essential, contact 0113 378 2100. Leeds City Museum 27-20 May 10am-12 noon & 2-4pm West meets East.

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9 Jun National Bookstart Week This year’s theme is ‘My Hero’ and there will be activities at many local libraries in our regions – check with your borough’s library service for details. 13 Jun, 10am-12 noon National Bookstart Week ‘My Hero’ celebration Oldham Library From superheroes to everyday heroes the session includes a treasure hunt and themed activities. Come along dressed as your favourite superhero or character, there will a prize for the best fancy dress! 0161 770 8000 21 Jun, 1-7pm Party in the Park Oldham Hulme Grammar School Lots of family fun for the community in and around Oldham. Tickets available now. 0161 630 6181 27 Jun-5 Jul Halifax Festival Amazing cultural events across Halifax in the run up to the Tour De France. @HalifaxFestival

Close to M1, good facilities including parking, accessible paths, play area and lovely cafe. Pond dipping kits and activity backpacks are available to hire. Entry fee £4 adults, £2 children, £8 family ticket or use the voucher on page 15. See uk/oldmoor or contact old. or 01226 751593 for times and booking details.

May Half Term w/c 26 May Following events are free, but reserve entry fee applies. Free Friday! Reserve entry is free to all children on 30 May.

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Leeds Art Gallery 27 & 29-31 May 11am-4pm - My place in Artspace. With Artist in Residence Chris Harman. Temple Newsam House 5 May during open hours - Games for giants! 26-30 May during opening hours Le Tour de Temple. Lotherton Hall 5 May 11am-4pm - May Day party. 24 & 28 May 11am-4pm - Teddy bear trail. 26- 30 May 11am-4pm - Summer half term love your zoo week.

• Drawing, Dipping and Discovery Day 26 & 29-30 May, 10am-3 pm – Self-led crafts all about homes for nature, painting, sticking, gluing plus explore the reserve to see bugs, birds and pond life. • Tuesday Tales 27 May, 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm - Join Chris and Bob for tales of wildlife and wonder in the heart of our nature reserve. • Wild Wednesday 28 May, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm - The most popular holiday time activity - nature themed craft activities in the classroom, pond dipping on the reserve with a wildlife expert.

from Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society. WARNING The public should not attempt to look at the Sun without special equipment. To ignore this warning could result in permanent eye damage. Reserve entry fee applies or use voucher on page 15. • Big Wild Sleepout w/c 16 June - Join the RSPB on their annual national sleepout event. For details of how to get involved visit thingstodo/sleepout. • Bioblitz 27-29 June - The reserve opens its doors free of charge to all Wildlife Detectives for walks and exploration. For details see rspb.

June • Solar Gazing 15 June, 10am-3pm - Amazing chance to look closely at the sun through special telescopes, with experienced astronomers

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