Category Archives: Family Days Out Near Bingley

Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival

Bingley Mums are excited to be going to Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival this year – taking place on the 29th and 30th September 2018 at Broughton Hall – just past Skipton.

Putting Yorkshire at the heart of children’s literature. This September, Yorkshire’s  majestic Broughton Hall Estate plays host to a spectacular weekend of performances, workshops and literary magic. Over 65 amazing authors, story-tellers, performance
poets and artists will entertain and inspire thousands of children in a series of exciting events. Their stellar line-up includes Clare Balding OBE, Sir Chris Hoy, Carnegie Medal Winner Tanya Landman, poet Tony Walsh who performed at the One Love Manchester concert, Young Samurai and Bodyguard author Chris Bradford, Ross Welford,
Robin Stevens, M.G. Leonard and World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.
We are delighted to announce that CBeebies superstar Andy Day and his brilliant band Andy and The Odd Socks will launch the festival with a children’s concert on the evening of Friday 28th September.

There are 7 events in each of the 7 marquees throughout the day. To see the full schedule take a look here.

As well as seeing your favourite authors perform at the festival, there are many many more activities for ALL ages. Follow The Micralite Scarecrow Trail and meander through Broughton Hall Estate’s magical woods discovering your favourite book characters transformed into scarecrows (45 min walk). You can get messy with Yorkshire Sculpture Park who will be running paper sculpture making sessions whilst Sponge Tree artists will run a children’s wearable craft workshop inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

There’s more, children can take donkey rides, drive mini tractors, have their faces painted, meet and challenge Voldemort to a duel and visit the petting area to see rabbits, guinea pigs and ponies. At our FREE ‘Outdoor Stage’, performances include poetry, close-up magic tricks, Bollywood dancing, cartoonists will draw caricatures and live music by BrassaNova.

If you get peckish, you can head over to Broughton Hall’s venue Utopia for hot food and various food vans. The refreshments don’t stop there, on site selling the finest ice cream in the land will be Brymor, a traditional sweet shop van and a licensed bar for the adults.

Our favourite pick is Andy & The Odd Socks (Andy from CBeebies) –

Welcome to the crazy and wonderful world of Andy and the Odd Socks who will open the Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival with a BANG on Friday evening. CBeebies star Andy Day will be joined for this very special gig by his Odd Sock friends…Rio on Guitar, Blu on Bass, Moxy hitting the Drums and Andy’s kilt wearing Cousin Mac on keys. They are all bonkers! They love telling stories and singing about all sorts of things from Aliens and Dinosaurs to Rapping Robots and even a Groovy Hoover! Come join us for a show jam packed with hilarious songs, fun loving characters, and an important message about celebrating your individuality. Don’t forget to wear your odd socks!
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Tickets for Andy’s event are: £10 and £8 for under 14 year olds (but parking is free for this event).
Parking: This is charged at £10 for all day parking for the Saturday and Sunday and you can come and go as you please.
Age range: from toddlers to 12 years
Prices per event are:  £6 – £8.
Time – events take place from 10am on both days with the last event being on at 4.50pm.
Location: the beautiful Broughton Hall Estate, which is an amazing opportunity in itself just to explore the gorgeous grounds and have a little picnic.
For more information ring Festival Office 01535 656015

Bingley Easter Events 2018

A what’s on guide for families in the Bingley area this Easter!

East Riddlesden Hall

Cadbury Easter Egg

Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your little ones to the magic of our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. You can follow bunny’s clues around the garden whilst spotting the signs of spring and finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolaty treat. 9.30am – 4.30pm, trail sheets £2 each.

Easter holiday traditions

Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April (closed on 6 & 13 April), 10.30am – 4.30pm

Come along for an adventure this Easter holiday and get closer to nature in the wild play garden. You can balance on a fallen tree, create mud pies and hunt for bugs. As well as enjoying the great outdoors, we’ll be making nature crowns and decorating the apple trees with messages of luck to encourage a good harvest. There’ll be nature inspired arts and crafts too. Inside the house we’ll be making gingerbread the traditional way every Tuesday at 11.30am.

An Anglo-Saxon experience

Sunday 8 April, 11am – 4.30pm

This Easter we’ll be joined by the English Companions for an Anglo-Saxon experience. Take a step back in time to the fifth century and learn what life was like for the Anglo-Saxons who once walked the grounds here.

This family-friendly day will include a shield wall demonstration, costumes to try on, shields and bracelet making, writing runes, story-telling and lots more. There’ll be artifacts on display as well as the chance to ask questions and learn about how the Anglo-Saxons have influenced our lives.

General admission prices apply – free entry for National Trust members and under 5’s.

Woodbank Nursery

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Prince of Wales Park

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Cliffe Castle Museum

Return of the rabbits – Sunday 31st March

We are excited to announce that the rabbits and guinea pigs will be returning to Cliffe Castle Park and moving into their brand new homes on 31 March 2018.

To celebrate there will be ferret racing and a reptile reception in the park between 12 and 4pm, and if you hop along inside the museum we will be making rabbit masks between 1 and 3pm.

All activities are free of charge.

Easter Cooking Workshop

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Contact for more details.

Easter at Shipley Glen Tramway

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AND FINALLY – not forgetting..

Bingley Easter Eggstravaganza

All details available via the facebook page here.

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Free Bingley Treasure Hunt Activity

Quite often on a weekend we’ll pop into Bingley, spend £17 in Home Bargains (standard), get brunch, have a stroll in the park etc, and have a nice time. But the Type A in me sometimes thinks, what’s the purpose of our visit? Now, highly strung types like myself need fear no more, as I’ve created a Bingley Treasure Hunt which is free to download and do! Start in Bingley market square, and find the answers to the questions as you stroll around. Be warned though, question 3 doesn’t have an easily obvious answer, but you can just ask someone locally in the town and hopefully they will know the answer!


We had a go today at some of it just before the storm started, and my sons loved it! Take a look…


Even better, our friends at The Coffee Lounge, conveniently situated just next to the market square, are offering everyone who mentions Bingley Mums a 10% discount on completion (ok you don’t need to do every single question…) of the hunt. Download yours here! Bingley Treasure Hunt

*I didn’t have time to do the whole thing, so if you spot any glaring errors please let me know.*

If any local businesses would like to offer spot prizes for completion, I’d be glad to hear about it also.

FREE Bingley Summer Holiday Activity Sheet

If you’re out of ideas already, download this FREE summer holiday ideas activity sheet (made by me!) for things to do in and around the Bingley area – click here to download –Bingley Summer Holiday Activities – print (black and white will work fine), stick on your fridge and cross out each activity as you go along! Here’s how we’re coming along so far…


Get printing and see how many you can do!



Bolton Abbey Halloween Trail

Queuing cars on first arrival.


Parking quick ensures survival.

Coats on, gloves on, cold cold cold.

A reminder that we’re getting old.

Three kids sorted, pushchair out.

Wriggling baby screams and shouts.


Walk a million miles to start.

See a pumpkin, work of art.

Count those witches, see them fly.

Open the doors as you pass by.

Crack the code, break the spell.

And maybe we’ll have fun as well.

See the Strid, hear the river.


Read the warning with a shiver.

Rejoice at seeing the latte van.


Take some caffeine while you can.

Heading back you see your neighbours.

Friends, family and owers of favours.

Bypass the expensive food.

Eat your picnic, lifts your mood.

Yorkshire’s offering, wonderfully fine.

A perfect day for family time.



Spooktacular Halloween Happenings Near Bingley

Recently, Halloween has become a HUGE thing and to be honest, I stopped minding ages ago, as it’s a good excuse to get out and about and have some family fun. Here are my top suggestions for Halloween days out locally.

1) Bolton Abbey’s Pumpkin Trail.
22nd Oct – 30th Oct 2016
10am to 4pm
FREE event – the Estate’s usual admission fee applies

A spooktacular week of fun. Follow the trail of oversized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery doors hidden amongst the trees. Behind each door is a clue to help unravel the witch’s magic spell.

The trail starts at the entrance to Strid Wood (by the Cavendish Pavilion) and finishes at the Strid. Call back at the Cavendish Shop to enter the free prize draw.

This fun-filled event is a free activity and takes place every day during October half term.
The trail is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Collect your pumpkin trail activity form on arrival at Riverside kiosk and enjoy a spooktacular walk!

2) Billy-Bob’s Parlour – “Hooray for Half Term! Be sure to come on up to Billy-Bob’s before 31st October to join in with our annual Fall Festival fun. We’ve got decorations galore, mouth-watering menu specials, Hilda the witch and her spooky hovel, a Haunted Hallowe’en Trail and a Hay Bale Cinema for the little ‘uns. Also, under 10’s wearing full fancy dress can ‘trick or treat’ Hilda for a free ice cream treat, and we’ve a fab photo competition for you to enter your pics from your visit – check out our facebook posts for details of our competitions and giveaway.” REMEMBER TO BOOK or you’ve no chance.

3) Eureka, Halifax

Come and see the ghostly goings-on, if you dare…

It’s time for the creepiest event of the year and we’ve conjured a cauldron-full of Halloween fun for the whole family this half term, running from Saturday 22 to Monday 31 October, but don’t be too scared to visit as there will be a GhostBuster on hand too!

  • If you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost, strap your proton pack on and join the Eureka! GhostBuster on a ghastly tour of the museum to track down (and hopefully capture) some ghouls.
  • Visit the haunted Mansion in the Theatre to explore your spookier side and listen to scary(ish) stories.
  • Get your grisly groove on with some truly terrifying dancing every single day this half term.
  • Meet the spooks roaming the museum throughout the day – proton packs at the ready to catch the vampire, the witch and our ghosts!

All blood-curdling activities are included in the price of admission and free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders!

4) Dragon’s Den, Keighley



5) Thornton Hall Farm Park


6) East Riddlesden Hall 

Join us for spooky stories in a dimly lit room, listen to the creeks and groans of this 400 year old haunted house. Find out what revolting remedies like spiders webs and woodlice were used for. You can also let your creative imagination run wild and write your very own spells to cast, then finish off by making a witch or wizards hat for you to fly off around the garden and follow our pumpkin trail in.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

22 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00
23 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00
29 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00
30 October 2016 13:00 – 14:00

7) Stockeld Park

Join us for spooky adventures from 19 – 31 October, 10.30am – 8.30pm when Stockeld Park comes alive for the Autumn Half Term!

Journey by Nordic Ski on our woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy our real Ice Rink.

Plus join us for a fun-packed events calendar including our freaky Fright Nights!

8) East Morton Village Institute



Easter Activities Near Bingey

It’s that time of year again – holiday time which for most people, means a childcare headache and/or relying on the goodwill of friends and family. However, if you’ve been able to book some time off, there’s lots going on locally this Easter time. Here’s a round up.



  • Great Shakes Egg Hunt – click here.
  • Variety of activities at the Fox and Magpie in Saltaire – click here.
  • Friends of Northcliffe Park Easter event – click here.

Win Win Win! Family Ticket for Thornton Hall Farm Park!

Today we were lucky enough to be the guests of Thornton Hall Farm Park in Thornton in Craven – not the Thornton in Bradford as I foolishly thought. What a lovely village Thornton in Craven is – driving up there reminded me of one of the reasons we chose to live in Bingley, namely its proximity to all things beautiful. It took us about 25 minutes to get there, door to door, which makes it about equidistant with Hesketh Farm at Bolton Abbey in times of driving time.

There was no issue parking, in fact there were so few cars there at first we thought it was shut! But we had a friendly welcome from the staff there who were all great people -persons and very warm and friendly. The place was VERY quiet when we got there – apparently their Christmas celebrations start next week and so the week before is usually very quiet which makes sense. It was great for us as my oldest son doesn’t like crowds, so they had a great time having the huge slide to themselves. Stupidly I didn’t get a photo – but it’s very similar to the large slide at Dragon’s Den and the children had to sit in sacks to go down. The boys loved it and went on over and over again. There is also a hay maze, animals to feed, ropes to swing on, an outside play area and tea rooms, as well as regular feeding sessions and egg collecting. Here’s what we got up to.

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The outside play area

I thought the outside play area was great – good quality play equipement and a good variety for all ages. Probably nice in the summer – wrap up warm it’s colder than Bingley for sure! Nearby are the quad bikes, the caterpillar rides and trailer rides (extra fee applies). They looked like good fun.

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The rope swing

This was a great idea! Lots of rope swings with mats underneath, we really enjoyed it and it was great to see the boys initially worried and unsure learn how to swing really confidently. Loved it!

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The rope swing


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Egg collecting

We were led outside by one of the farm guides, who was really nice, to see the chickens and collect eggs. She explained about the different kind of chickens and why the eggs looked different. Then we took some eggs home (£2.50 for 12) for breakfast.

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Bunny stroking

As well as collecting eggs there are regular animal feeding and petting times, although you can also buy food for £1 and feed the animals yourself! As well as chickens and bunnies there were cows, sheep/lambs, horses, donkeys, llamas and ostriches (or were they emus?!). The animals were all really tame and happy to be fed and stroked.

We had lunch in the cafe which could have done with being a bit bigger, though extension work is currently taking place so it’s something the farm is obviously aware of.

Thornton Hall Farm Park have kindly given me a family ticket for four to give away to one lucky Bingley Family! To enter, you need to like Bingley Mums on facebook and comment on the post pinned to the top of the page saying you’ve liked the page. Share the post and tag your friends for an extra entry! I will pick a winner at random on 5th Demember 2015. Note that only residents of Bingley can enter this giveaway as I will be dropping the ticket off at your house. The ticket is for normal entry to the farm so if you go over Christmas, you will have to pay a small additional charge to visit Santa, that sort of thing.

Christmas Events Near Bingley

Bingley Christmas Market

Bingley Christmas market is a 2 day event Friday 27th & Saturday 28th November with lots of seasonal gift stalls, beer tent, food stalls.

On Saturday Santa will be there and the Christmas lights will be switched on.

As well as Santa and his helpers, who will be there from 10am to meet local children and hand out Christmas presents, there will also be the ever popular land train, carousel rides, face painting, balloon sculptures and more….

Come join in the Christmas Spirit and soak up the atmosphere!

Taylormade Treats

Taylormade Treats is doing 4 dates 12th 19th 23rd and Christmas Eve. Following on from the Wonka events last year, this year we are doing a Wizard of Oz inspired afternoon tea, served by Dorothy and her team. The afternoon tea itself will be a luxury afternoon tea for all the family, there will be activities for the kids to do and of course a visit from santa with gifts for all children. We are encouraging fancy dress with a prize for the best boy and girl and the worst adults Christmas jumper!

Tickets are between £7.50 and £10 for children including a gift and £14.95 for adults or £17.50 including a glass of Fizz or mulled wine. Great value for a luxury family event with a team that really genuinely want you to have a great time:-)

Call 01274 560044 to secure your place.

Kirkgate, Bradford

Sun 15th November, Join in the festivities at the annual reindeer parade.

See Santa in his sleigh, accompanied by six real reindeer including two of the cutest baby reindeer!

West Yorkshire Fire Brigade Band leads the parade from Kirkgate, along Sunbridge Road to City Park.

Santa and the reindeer then return to the Kirkgate Centre where Santa takes up residence in his free grotto until Christmas Eve.

Get a close-up look at the reindeer in their pen on Kirkgate for an hour after the parade.

Coffee Lounge

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Thornton Hall Farm Park

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thornton hall santa

Little Daisy’s Shipley

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Contact Little Daisy’s on 01274 593204 or on facebook to book. Click here.

Tumble Town

Tumble Town Christmas Party
Sat 19th Dec at 3-5.30pm &
Sun 20th Dec at 12.30 – 3pm & 3.30 – 6pm
Tickets are £12 and Include party tea, lovely Christmas activities, face painting and a letter and gift from a very special guest.
Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment from the Tumble Town desk.

Tong Garden Centre

In groups your child hears a festive fairytale read by Santa before meeting him individually. Then, the elves invite your child to choose their own gift from their workshop.

Tickets cost £10 per child and include a gift. A maximum of 2 adults may accompany each child.

Booking is essential. Plan your visit by selecting your date and time using our online booking system, or alternatively book in advance in store.

Please allow 45 minutes and note that your grotto experience will be in groups
of up to 15 children.

Book your tickets here (opens in new window)

For more information, you can either call in store or phone the centre on
0113 285 3506

Harden Garden Centre/Woodbank Nursery

My own personal favourite. It’s a Winter wonderland! Opens from 14th November, Lots of Christmas stalls, trees, baubles, present ideas, decorations, cards, the lot!

santa land

For Santa’s Grotto: –

Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm
from Saturday 14th November to Sunday 20st December

Tuesday and Wednesdays 2pm – 4:30pm
from Tuesday 17th November to 16th December

Thursdays 3:30pm – 7:30pm
from Thursday 19th November to Thursday 17th December

21st – 24th December 10am – 4pm

Priced £7 per child – includes a gift for children up to 10 years old.

For more information click here.

Shipley Glen Tramway Santa Specials

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5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th December. 11:00 – 16:30
(No booking needed. The wait is normally no more than 20min, but this of course depends on numbers).

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Santa’s Specials

Santa Special trains run from Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope stations so please check your ticket carefully to make sure you get to the right place at the right time. Santa Special services are usually fully booked, so if you miss your train we may not be able to accommodate you on a later service. Booking is here.

Priced £16.99 for children over 35 months and adults.

Only dates left are November 28th/29th and December 5th/6th.

More details are here.

East Riddlesden Hall Santa’s Grotto

Join us for something extra special this Christmas. Pay a visit to Father Christmas and enjoy hearing tales of his magical adventures, join in with music time and have fun playing the festive party games.You’ll receive a warm welcome in these group sessions, a specially wrapped gift, the opportunity for a photograph with the man himself, access to the garden trail and the arts and crafts room where seasonal activities will await. Sessions held at 12.15pm and 2.15pm are tailored under 4 year olds. If you don’t get the chance to book onto a younger session, the others are tailored to suit all ages and are especially good if you have children of different ages all wanting to attend.

Dec 12 – 13th and 19th – 20th.

Priced £7 per child. Booking is essential. Click here for more info.


Geocaching at St Ives

This is a guest post from local dad Andy Walker with some ideas for things to do in Bingley with kids when the “boss” is away!

I’m a Dad of two living in Bingley. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I get somewhat worried when my wife tells me on a Sunday morning that she’s off out for the day and I need to hang out with the kids. Apparently the boss tells me I’m not allowed to spend another day getting the kids to ‘help’ rake the leaves and I actually need to occasionally do something else with them.

So I looked into Geocaching. I found a great free app which gives some locations around Bingley of caches that me and the kids can look for. So we decided, one Sunday, to go see what we could find up at St Ives.

St Ives is a great place to spend the day with the kids. We took a picnic (which the wife made, apparently a packet of crisps and an apple is not a meal) and spent the entire day collecting sticks, playing in the playground and looking for caches. There are at least 3 free caches in St Ives. The kids loved finding the hiding places and writing their names on the log books.

Here are some pictures of them having fun up at St Ives. It’s a great place and you don’t need any money unless you want to buy an ice cream. There is a cafe but we usually take our own food. I definitely recommend it for having fun with the kids.

Geocaching at St Ives
Geocaching at St Ives
Geocaching at St Ives
Geocaching at St Ives