Category Archives: After School Activities

Rugby Tots Comes To Bingley!


Rugbytots is launching in Bingley at Bradford and Bingley Sports Ground (for the summer term, then switching to Beckfoot School).

Rugbytots is the worlds favourite rugby play programme for girls and boys aged 2-7.  Our energetic coaches and fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination! 


“Be prepared to run across the jungle, wade through the quick sand or sprint through Rugbytots Valley avoiding all the smoking boulders.”

Times and Class Details

Sunday 09:30am Age 2 – 3.5 – 30 mins – 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Sunday 10:05am Age 2 – 3.5 30 mins 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Sunday 10:40am Age 3.5 – 5 45 mins 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Sunday 11:30am Age 5 – 7 45 mins 8 Jul 2018 – 19 Aug 2018


Classes are £6.50 per session payable as termly blocks.

You can book  your term place via



There are also still limited spaces for FREE taster sessions on this weekends classes. To book a free taster email

Bingley Summer Holiday Clubs and Activities

A round up of all the paid and free holiday clubs and activities going on in the Bingley area! If you would like to be included in this section, please email for consideration.

Holiday Activity “Camps”

Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August. Dylan’s Academy of Dance Summer School – “The Greatest Showman”. Contact Mags for more details via her facebook profile here.

Fisical Sports  have camps running for the whole of the 6 week holidays for dance&Gymnastics, multi sport, football and the famous Friday fun day! Please inbox the page and flyer will be going out soon but for the meantime these are the dates and venue.

📅Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July
📍Fisical Sports Centre

📅Monday 30th – Friday 3rd August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Monday 6th – Friday 10th August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Monday 13th – Friday 17th August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Monday 20th – Friday 24th August
📍Sandal Primary school

📅Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st August
📍Sandal Primary school

Care club will also be available before (8.45-10am) and after (3-4pm) our camps for a small charge of £3 per child per club.

⭐️ Packed lunches will also be available ⭐️
We will now be offering a packed lunch service which can ordered and delivered to your child up at camp. For more details drop us a message

Chellow Heights Special School in Heaton have Stay and Play days Tuesdays and Thursdays – fully inclusive facilities – ring to book slots in the hydro pool, soft play, rebound and sensory room. It’s about £5 per child. Lunch can be taken in or bought as the kitchens are also open.


Future Stars Swimming Crash Courses

Summer Holiday Crash Courses and extra lessons available at St Josephs , Bradford
Week 1 30th July-3rd August
Week 2 6th August-10th August
This can be used for a full week to gain more confidence or work towards a certain badge
Morning lessons each Day. Contact Future Stars for more info.

Holiday Clubs

Tots DayCare has a holiday club for children aged 5-11. The children get to go on so many local outings and also go to different places further afield depending on consent. They are open from 7am-6pm for those parents still needing to work. You can contact them for more information and prices on 01274 352900.

Bingley Baptist church are holding their holiday club from Monday 30th July until Friday 3rd August. 10-00am until 11-45. “Team builders” further details 01274 201555.


Seedlings Speech and Language Therapy

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Caroline and Nicki are qualified speech and language therapists (members of royal college of SLTs (RCSLT) and HCPC) and each have 16 years of experience. They are highly specialist speech and language therapists within their specialism of pre-school learning difficulties with particular experience with autism.  They have experience working in schools and nurseries with other providers.

Caroline and Nicki said, “Our idea around ‘Seedlings’ is that we would like to be able to provide some more affordable, local therapy  for families around Bradford.


  • Blocks of 5-6 sessions with some commitment from parents to attend the block.
  • Free first sessions to all the families attending.
  • Caroline and Nicki aim to get to know the child from discussion with parents (and through the group) and any other assessment reports available to be able to quickly provide appropriate therapy and strategies for that child.
  • The group consists of 6 sessions.
  • The sessions are informal and consist of roughly 1/2 hr free play/chat and 1/2 structured sessions.
  • Homework sheets and a ‘what works sheet’ are provided at the end the block.


  • £12 per session, or if pay upfront for a block then £10 a session.


Baildon Methodist Church.


Every Friday – 1pm.


Caroline and Nicki are focusing on pre-school but could open up to Reception if enough parents were interested to run one out of school hours.


Or Telephone 07519609319



Swim Stars – Hazelbeck Review

Like many parents in Bingley, my two sons have been having lessons with Swim Stars for many many years. To be honest, it’s the one thing I don’t mind spending money on – swimming lessons really are a right of childhood, and there was no way I was going to wait until my children were in year 5.  Having accompanied many year 5 classes myself to swimming lessons as a teacher, I always felt sorry for the children floundering in the water because their parents weren’t able to have them attend lessons from an earlier age (I’m not judging – some people I guess genuinely can’t afford it).

Aside from the embarrassment factor of not being able to swim, swimming is clearly really good for us all for a variety of reasons – health, fitness, that feel good factor as well as simple survival if the need ever arose! Although I learned to swim as a child, I’m still not really a strong swimmer, and I know if my children got into trouble in the water I would probably struggle to rescue them safely. Another good reason for them to learn to swim to a good standard! We chose Swim Stars because of its good reputation locally, and also due to the simple fact that it was our nearest provider. We did try the council run lessons for a while, but I didn’t think that the boys were making any progress due to the large class sizes so we moved – a good decision!

So a little bit of info about Swim Stars…

“The Swim Stars story started in 2000 when we were known as ‘C.A swim school’ we started with just 5 swimmers, and have gone from strength to strength, we now have over 800 pupils across our 3 pools…..and we are still growing!

We pride ourselves on having some of the best teachers in the area, who are devoted to giving all our swimmers personal attention whilst developing excellent relationships with both children and parents.

From the first lessons as a beginner where time is spent encouraging confidence in the water, to mastering the perfect stroke with our more experienced swimmers- we aim to make each lesson as fun and rewarding as possible.

Our lessons are carried out with no more than 6 pupils per lesson. (4 at our Hazelbeck and Cragg Vale pools) with water based instructors at all pools. Private 1:1 lessons are also available as well as adult lessons on request.”

Caitlin Belle

It’s worth knowing that lessons also take place at Bingley Grammar school if you prefer. The pool at Hazelbeck is a hydro pool which means it is quite a warm pool and atmosphere – great for the swimmers but worth knowing for parents as you’ll need to wear a thin t shirt during the session for sure!

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Hazelbeck Hydro Pool

My boys both started at Swim Stars being unable to swim at all – my second son particularly has made really good progress and even though he’s only 5 (Swim Stars take children from 2.5 years old though), he can swim a length under water unaided and is really water confident. My older son has struggled a bit more (it’s just the way he is!) but under the guidance of Louise, he has really focused down to learning his strokes properly to make him a more effective swimmer. As well as teaching children the correct swimming techniques – children also get to have some free swim and jumping in at the end. Though the lessons themselves are “fun” based – unlike the lessons we as parents perhaps remember as children ourselves! The groups are really small – usually around 4 in each group, so each child gets personal attention from the instructors, and they are taught according to their own ability, rather than the ability of others in the group – although the groups are put together according to age and ability.

The instructors are really “child friendly” though know when to be strict when it’s appropriate – to ensure that the children make progress.  The lessons seem to build on the children’s skills each week so that  children clearly progress through a range of skills and strokes. There are badges and certificates when children achieve certain things which I think is a nice motivation!

My boys both really enjoy their lessons and have really bonded with their instructors – which is really cute to see! They really look forward to their lessons and as a parent I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing that we’ve provided something for them that is going to last a lifetime.

Swim Stars also run crash courses during the holidays which we’ve attended a few times. With this, children attend each morning for a week – I have to say that the progress during that week is incredible, which just goes to show how important regular swimming is.

Lesson places are now currently available, and if you’re not signed up already, I really urge you to think about it. If you just pay for one thing for your child – this should be it.

Contact Swim Stars on:-

01274 560570

Or visit their website over at

Swim Stars are a site sponsor of Bingley Mums, but all thoughts are my own.

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Bingley Dance Studio

Bingley Dance Studio is owned and run by Maureen Carr who has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years. Maureen is a member of the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance Teachers and is fully qualified to teach:

Ballroom, Latin American, Disco, Hip Hop/Street, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cheerleading, Salsa, Line Dancing, Keep Fit and Hula Hoop Fitness , Belly Dancing and Hula Hooping. Maureen is also an Championship adjudicator for Freestyle Championship competitions.


6:15 – 7:00 pm – Advanced Freestyle (Over 14)



8:00 – 9:15pm – Line Dancing – All Levels


5:15 – 6:10pm – Show Dance (Under 16’s)



4.45 – 6.55pm – Competitive Freestyle Practice (All)

7:00 – 7:55pm – Pop Dance (8 – 16 years)



9:15 – 10:10am – Pop Dance Beginners (Under 12s)

10.20 – 11:10am – Tiny Tots (3 – 6 years)


If you have any queries or would like any further information on anything you have seen, please call the studio on 01274 560070.  If you are unable to speak to anyone, please leave your message, name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Bingley Dance Stuio, The Old Library, Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2HT

Alternatively, you can contact via email at

You can also visit our  Facebook page for up to date information!

or follow us on twitter … @BingleyDance




We meet on Tuesday Evenings from 6.00 – 7.30 in the parish hall in Cottingley.

We start the New Year off by attending Church Parade at Bingley. This term we are preparing for Pack Adventure which is being held at Harrogate. The theme is “Willy Wonka and Friends”. We are all excited by the thoughts of lots of sweets and chocolate!

Rainbows: Our Rainbow Unit is now up and running. The Leaders and girls had a great time preparing for Christmas, and this term they will be taking part in their first Church Parade with their new flag. They will also all be preparing to make their Promise, which will be followed with a party and the official opening of the unit. Exciting times.

Guides: It is hoped that we will be opening a new Guide Unit very soon. Girls will be aged 10 – 15 if you are interested in joining or helping out in the unit please contact Sheila Cotterill on 561076.

What do Brownies do?

Badges, Arts, Crafts, Sports, Drama, Singing, Baking, Dancing and lots more. But the most fun of all is that we go away with our Leaders on Brownie Adventure where we get to do lots of activities, such as Grass Sledging, Water Slide and Treasure Trails.

Our Leaders are Snowy Owl (Sheila Cotterill), Barn Owl (Veronica Snowden) Tawny Owl (Angela Ackroyd), White Owl (Barbara Deegan) and Laura Winnery who is our Young Leader.

For further information or to place your daughters name on the Brownie waiting list please contact Sheila on 561076. Thank you.

The national Brownies website can be found at

Pages just for Brownies are at

Football Clubs

Bingley Juniors

All information regarding signing up to Bingley Juniors FC can be found by clicking here.

Under 5s
Training for the High 5’s takes place every Saturday morning from 9am – 10am in the Sports Hall at Beckfoot & Hazelbeck School or outside on the Astro so bring both trainers and other suitable boots for astroturf. Just bring your child down suitably dressed (wearing shinpads) with a drink.

Under 6s
Training for the U6 age group takes place every Saturday morning from 9am – 10am on the 4G astroturf surface or in the sports hall at Beckfoot & Hazelbeck School so bring both trainers and other suitable boots for astroturf. Just bring your child down suitable dressed (wearing shinpads) with a drink.

Under 7s
Training for the U7 age group takes place every Saturday morning from 9am – 10am on the 4G astroturf surface at Beckfoot School.

Under 8s
Currently full

Under 9s
Training for the U9 age group takes place every Saturday morning from 10am – 11am on the 4G astroturf surface at Beckfoot School.

Information about all other age groups available here.

Beckfoot School
Wagon Lane
West Yorkshire
BD16 1EE

Eldwick Juniors

All information regarding signing up to Eldwick Juniors is available here.


The Eldwick Juniors Creche is designed to provide an “All Inclusive” approach to the children of Eldwick and surrounding villages.

What ever your child’s ability, the Number 1 aim of the club is to provide a safe and FUN environment for your child to enjoy and develop their football skills.

We cater for children between the ages of 4 and 6, with the aim of allowing your child to enter an U7’s League at the appopriate time.

Boys and girls are welcome, so why not pop down to our drop in sessions on Saturday mornings between 9am and 10 am at the Eldwick Recreation Ground, Eldiwck (behind the Memorial Hall).

For any additional details, please contact:

Nigel Wood
Tel: 07798 768709

Eldwick Juniors Under 6s

We run two teams (boys and girls mixed)for Under 6’s. the emphasis is on fun, building skills, confidence and playing football in the right way!

Any new players welcome to join us on a Saturday morning @ Eldwick Recreation Ground 9.15 to 10.30 am.

If you have any questions or want to confirm training times please call James on 07748 772690 or Marc on 07960 443641

Under 7s- Eagles

We run two teams (boys and girls mixed)for Under 7’s. the emphasis is on fun, building skills, confidence and playing football in the right way!

Any new players welcome to join us on a Saturday morning @ Eldwick Recreation Ground 9.15 to 10.30 am.

If you have any questions or want to confirm training times please call James on 07748 772690 or Marc on 07960 443641

Under 8s

The club are running an Under 8’s team again this season.

If your son or daughter is interested in playing please e-mail: or telephone James on 07748 772690

All players are welcome.

Information on other age groups is available here.


Baby Swimming with Water Babies

What could be better than swimming with your baby. Life saving skill? Check! Healthy and good for you both? Check! Fun and exciting? Check! Bonding activity? Check! And much more besides. It’s tempting when you first have a baby to sign up to as many groups as possible just to get you out of the house, though you do have to stop yourself over committing and then becoming exhausted. However swimming with your baby really is one of those activities that is mega important, and more to the point, it tires baby out so they have a nice long snooze…zzzzz…

Here are Bingley Mums, we are delighted to be working with Water Babies who have offered to be another one of our generous sponsors. Here’s a little bit more information about them (nearest classes to Bingley are at Hazelbeck (Beckfoot School) on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.)

Water  Babies, the UK’s leading specialist baby swim school, has now opened its waiting list for new beginners for its winter term, starting week commencing 16 November and running for 10 weeks.

At Water Babies, we’re extremely proud of our world class teachers, the only ones with a national diploma in baby swimming. Together, we’ll teach you to teach your baby to swim, building your little one’s confidence and independence in the water and ensuring that safety around water becomes second nature.

Swimming is one of the most complete and beneficial activities, and with NHS guidelines stating that infants don’t have to have had their immunisations before they go swimming (even underwater), it’s one of the few things parents can do with a baby literally from birth as we swim in extra warm water hydro therapy pools. And not only is it fantastic for your baby’s health and development, it’s also a huge amount of fun.

Water Babies classes are available across the Yorkshire area 7 days a week in:

– Leeds

– Bradford

– Wakefield

– Huddersfield

– Bingley

– Keighley

– Skipton

For details of your local pools, please visit our website at:

Please note your baby must be under 12 months old to start beginners classes with us. For more information, please contact Water Babies Yorkshire (Central) on 01943 862802, email: or visit

Water Babies

Teeny Linguists Baby/Toddler Group

Try a free session of Teeny Linguists Fun French and Spanish classes for babies and little ones!

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These classes are full of music, laughter and engaging sensory aids. Join in the fun as we sing and play our way through language learning. Before you know it your little one will be happily singing the words we’ve learnt as they play at home and you’ll be bursting with pride at your little linguist.

When and where:
Fridays 10am (Spanish) / 10.45am (French)
@ The Bingley Youth Café, based under Bingley Pool, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2LF

Contact Michaela on 07729461163 for more details.

Here are some lovely quotes from happy parents!

Rana, Mum of Maya (3 1/2), Keighley – “The sessions with Michaela don’t feel like a language lesson, they’re more about learning through play, and the interactive experience. She uses props really well to engage the children, and there’s a different theme each week with cards to take home to help you refresh what they have learnt. Michaela is so lovely, it feels like I’ve known her forever! Maya has really taken to her too, and gets so excited when it’s time for a session. It’s been amazing to see how well she remembers the words, and we both have a wonderful time”

Claire, Aunt of Ruby (18 months), East Morton“I’ve been taking my niece to Spanish classes with Michaela, and also have private adult sessions with her too. What’s lovely for the children’s classes, is how she incorporates Spanish with games and learning activities, so it’s varied, interactive and fun. Michaela is really friendly and approachable, and interacts with the kids on their level to get them involved. It’s clear that she really loves what she does, and always goes over and above. The big benefit for Ruby has been the social aspect with huge amounts of learning whilst having fun!

Jacqui, nanna of Alexander – “Michaela’s enthusiasm for languages shines through her every class. She puts a great deal of time and effort into her preparation and resources which are always relevant and age appropriate. Each class is fun as well as educational with plenty of opportunity for repetition and reinforcement. I would highly recommend her classes!”