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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
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Rugby Tots Comes To Bingley!

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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! 

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“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 https://www.rugbytots.co.uk/Class/Find

 

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

Bingley Birth Therapies

A warm welcome to Adele Potter, new site sponsor of Bingley Mums and owner of Bingley Birth Therapies.

I started taking an interest in the services available to expectant parents after the birth of my own child. In all honesty I did zero preparation for Eva’s birth, I thought that I’d be ok, that natural instincts would take over. Unfortunately I failed to convince my brain of this and didn’t achieve the all natural birth I had pictured. I know now that while the natural instincts are there, there’s a certain amount of preparation needed to be able to access them at the right time.

This is what I am aiming to help others to do now by offering a holistic range of support through yoga, massage, active birth preparation workshops and hypnobirthing.

I trained in prenatal and postnatal yoga in 2015 and have been providing classes in the area since that time. Prenatal yoga helps mums-to-be to relax and cope with the physical changes to the body during pregnancy while preparing the body and mind for birth.

Postnatal yoga helps new mums to regain the body’s strength and tone after birth while bonding with their babies who are included in the routines, these classes also include yoga poses for the babies to aid in their development.

New mum Natalie Louise Briggs said, “Highly recommend these yoga classes! I first went to Adeles classes when I was about 14 weeks pregnant. It was great to meet other pregnant women and prepare for motherhood! Adele set the tone for a wonderfully relaxing class, which was much needed after a working day. My last session was my night before my planned section. Adele had prepared me for my changing birth plan and breathing techniques to help with any birth. She was one of the most supportive people that relaxed my mind! I couldn’t wait to attend with my baby and meet all the mama’s I knew with bumps. This class is less relaxing – due to the baby in tow but it provides time to stretch aching mummy bodies and bonding time with baby, not to mention still receiving that support from Adele and other mums. I am coming towards the end of my time at yoga now and 14 months later I’ve made lifelong friends…it’s the end of an era. See you for the next one Adele, thanks for all the honest advice!”

I started training in massage in 2016 and am now accomplished in Swedish massage, Pregnancy massage and have recently trained in Warm Bamboo Massage. Offering pregnancy massage to women allows me to provide the nurturing and relaxing aspect in contrast with the physicality of yoga. I found that most mums come back to Massage in the post natal period so I offer the Swedish and Bamboo massages to support them through this time.

Hypnobirthing. I trained with The Wise Hippo in 2017 and have been offering private birthing classes to couples in bradford as an alternative to traditional hospital led hypnobirthing courses.

I enjoy supporting mums through pregnancy and birth then seeing them return to classes with their babies when they are ready. Most mums stay in touch and have reported what elements of the classes have worked well for them which is great feedback and helps inform other mums as well as shape future classes.

www.bingleybirththerapies.co.uk

Email bingleybirththerapies@gmail.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/adelepottermassage/

Bingley Easter Events 2018

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

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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 https://cook-stars-craven-and-ilkley.class4kids.co.uk/ 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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Fitness For All As New Bingley Gym Launches   

Following an extensive, state-of-the-art fit out, a former fitness centre at St. John’s House, Clyde Street will open its doors as a new and unique gym on 13th November.

Called “YourZone45”, the fitness studio offers instructor-led dynamic interval training sessions focused around heart rate. YourZone45 will offer seven action packed sessions per day during the week and three sessions per day at weekends to make the most of exercise in a 45 minute window.

Sited in a former gym and fitted out to a high specification with a range of equipment, classes will be highly motivating and energetic with the enjoyment of group exercise with the personal attention of a skilled instructor. The first of its kind in West Yorkshire, YourZone45 Bingley will be the 4th franchise of this increasingly popular approach.

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Owner Julia Parry said;

“I am delighted that months of hard work and dedication by our fit-out team has resulted in an exceptional, brand new fitness centre in the heart of Bingley. Fitness and weight loss results are our passions and I look forward to my team and I helping people of all ages and abilities meet their goals through our unique exercise approach.”

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By joining YourZone45, members will have unlimited access to daily scheduled classes that use cardio, strength and fat burn exercises taught by qualified fitness instructors to help people of any age or ability meet their fitness goals. By offering a compact 45 minute interval training workouts, classes are designed to burn calories fast and achieve incredible fitness and weight loss results in record time.

For more information and joining offers for Bingley’s newest fitness centre please register at www.yourzone45.co.uk/bingley

Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge

Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor – Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge! Somewhere I am ashamed to say that I have never been to until recently. But I thought it might be a nice idea to do a “mystery shopper” style date night with hubby, so I could get a true picture.

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Foundry Hill has recently been taken over to be run as a family business by Emma and Andrew Bremner.  The family including two children Amy & Adam, live on a farm producing high welfare free range eggs – so all eggs served are direct from their other business The Rainbow Egg Company, based in Oxenhope.  Their highly experienced Head Chef, David Hartley, is passionate about preparing all dishes from fresh using good quality, locally sourced ingredients.  Even their burger buns, pasta and focaccia bread are made in their kitchen.  Nothing is bought in except fresh ingredients.

Andrew says, “I am only three weeks into running Foundry Hill and while I am very keen to preserve its already excellent reputation and small, but quality menu I am keen to build on that success.  We plan on bringing back sharing platters to the menu, something for kids and parents to enjoy together.  We are also planning on offering reduced portion options on selected main courses for smaller appetites both young and old.  Because we make all food from scratch though we are more than happy to customize meals where possible according to customer requirements such as serving starters as main children’s meals or splitting portions of mains to share.”

Foundry Hill has been the top rated restaurant in Bingley on Trip Advisor for a few years now.  This is something the new owners are very proud of and something they aspire to keep.  They are one of the few bars in Bingleyto offer an extensive cocktail, mocktail and shooters menu plus their gin selection is growing rapidly, 15 at last count including Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin.  They have 5 guest ales a week plus an extensive range of wine and spirits.  Their Prosecco from House of Townsend has won a few awards and is sold by the glass as well as the bottle (it’s stunning).

We went on a Friday night about 7pm and the bar area was very busy indeed and we had to push our way through to the “lounge” area as we had booked in for a meal. If you decide to eat at Foundry Hill, I really recommend booking as if we hadn’t, I doubt very much that we would have got a table. In the lounge area, there are a couple of sofas and tables – I would have taken photos but it seemed a bit rude to do that when people were eating, so I didn’t.

The bar has a really wide range of truly good drinks, including lots of draft beers and fizz – I tried the pink fizz which was stunning – as good as champagne. My husband had something from the gin menu – they had LOADS of gins available, and posh tonic too. So far so good.

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I was surprised how busy the place was – in the lounge area there was a combination of people eating and people sitting in groups with their drinks, but there was a nice atmosphere. The menu is good with something for everyone, we went for burgers.

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You can choose between french fries and thick cut chips, so we had one of each…

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Now I’m not really a burger sort of person, but I have to say these were delicious, you could really tell that the meat was high quality and that the beef burgers are made by hand in house.

I’m also quite fussy about wine (though not later on in the night) and I thought the wine list was spot on and also good value. We ordered a glass of wine each and I must say it slipped down very easily.

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During the day there are good facilities for children including baby change and high chairs, as well as a children’s menu.

We had a great experience and I have to say the waiting staff were very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us (they didn’t know I was doing a review). The busy-ness of the bar didn’t affect our enjoyment as all our drinks were brought to our table. I really recommend Foundry Hill for date nights, evenings out with friends or with the whole family. A real local gem!

  • Food service Wed-Sat 12noon – 9pm (last orders 8:30pm) Sunday 12noon – 6pm (last orders 5:30pm)
  • Function room available for hire.
  • Come and enjoy 2 burgers and 2 drinks for just £20 every Wednesday
  • Sunday Roast is served 12 – 5:30pm
  • Call 01274 566144 to book a table
  • Contact their Facebook Page for more details.

Foundry Hill have paid to be a site sponsor but all thoughts are my own.

Croft and Sons Home Improvement

Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor! As regular readers know, Bingley Mums was set up to help connect local families to local businesses and generally help to improve Bingley in whatever way we can! However, running a website and paying for hosting etc does come at an occasional cost, which is covered by the generous site sponsors – I am so grateful to them for supporting Bingley Mums.

Anyway, more about our new sponsor. Croft and Sons Home Improvement are a local handyman service able to offer a full range of home and garden maintenance and improvement – from large scale projects to odd jobs, they can do them all!

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Bingley Mum Rachel says – “Croft and Sons do anything that would fall under odd jobs and general home improvement – so from changing light bulbs and leaky taps to larger projects like fitting kitchens & bathrooms. They are insured and have a current DBS check – most of all, they turn up when they say they will!”

Croft and Sons have sent over some examples of work that they’ve recently undertaken.

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Garden area – BEFORE
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Garden area – AFTER with brand new eye catching patio laid!

Phone – Call Andy on 07951 866069

Email – andrewcroft1@hotmail.com

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CroftandSons

Hands on Babies

Bingley Mums would like to welcome a brand new site sponsor – Hands on Babies – who have several classes in the local area.

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As a mum of a young toddler I know how important it is to find a class that really understands and supports the bonding between the parent and baby and also provides something for Mum and or Dad too. Hands on babies provides Baby Yoga, Toddler Yoga and Baby massage classes in the Bingley and surrounding areas.

The style of Yoga that I teach is based on Hatha yoga – the union of balance of the body and mind and incorporates massage, soft stretching and gentle movements to make it appropriate for babies, ensuring a fun and rewarding experience for both the carer and the baby.

After the class I encourage parents to stay for as long as they like, to have a drink eat some delicious cake and have a chat. The Hands on Babies Baby Massage and Yoga classes provide the ideal opportunity to meet new friends and share your own personal experience in a friendly environment.

Hands on Babies is accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives. I am a fully certified Hands on Babies Massage and Yoga instructor with a diploma in anatomy and physiology. The classes run for a 6 week block and are priced at £36.00 this includes as much coffee and cake needed!!! If you would like more information on pricing then please contact me on 07896053823 or find me on Facebook – Hannah Hands on Babies.

If you are looking for a baby massage class where your baby gets fluffy white towels each week and after you get to meet new friends with coffee and delicious cake then give me a call. If you are a parent of twins or more then you will only pay for one baby.

Class Times and NEW Locations

Monday – The Glen Public House Gilstead
9.15am till 10.15am Baby and Toddler Yoga
10.15am -11.15am – Baby Massage
11.15am – 12.15am – Baby and Toddler Yoga

Sure Start Children’s Centre – Tree Tops Children’s Centre Haworth
1.45pm – 2.45pm Baby and Toddler Yoga

Wednesday – Sure Start Children’s Centre Keighley (Rainbow Centre)
10.00am – 11.00am Baby and Toddler Yoga

Thursday – Sure Start Children’s Centre Silsden
1.00pm till 2.00pm – Baby and Toddler Yoga
2.00pm till 3.00pm – Mini Movers

For three or more friends I am more than happy to do private baby massage classes in the comfort of your home – For more information please give me a call on 07896053823.

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Seedlings Speech and Language Therapy

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ABOUT

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.

GROUP DETAILS

  • 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.

COSTS

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

WHERE IS IT?

Baildon Methodist Church.

WHEN IS IT?

Every Friday – 1pm.

WHO IS IT FOR?

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.

CONTACT
seedlingstherapygroups@gmail.com

Or Telephone 07519609319

 

 

Review – Galo’s Kitchen, Bingley

This blog has always been and always will be, about making Bingley a better place and promoting local businesses and events. I want to be part of making Bingley a great place to live for everyone – including my own family, and doing whatever I can to help others. Bingley has been on the up now, for a few years, and the recent addition of Martinez and soon a Marks and Spencers food, makes me very excited!

But now, we actually have a great restaurant too – to add to the already great cafes and bars – but we’ve never really had somewhere that not only works well for us as a family, but is also great for date nights for hubby and I – a rare thing admittedly these days. Introducing – Galo’s Kitchen! 

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“We are a family friendly Italian restaurant in Bingley. We are a local family run business who specialise in home cooked food.”

Bingley has been crying out for something like this for years – and now we have it! So on Wednesday night we went along with my parents-in-law, to check it out and see what the fuss was about. There is parking outside from 6pm, which was great for us as my father-in-law is disabled, and steps going upstairs from the street, but with plenty of room and a good banister, but just something to keep in mind if you’ve a pushchair or use a wheelchair.

The restaurant was quite empty when we got there at 6pm, but when we left at 8pm was almost full – on a week night in the summer holidays! Not bad going, already word has spread about the quality of the food and service.

We started with a glass of procecco, which was excellent. I like mine to be quite fizzy so I asked for a new bottle to be opened, which was done without question – perfect. We decided to go for the early bird menu, which frankly is amazing value.

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I chose the calamari and the sea bream.

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Calamari from the early bird menu

I was amazed at the portion sizes considering the cost – very generous indeed.

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Sea Bream

There was a kids menu too but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo – I think it was £5.95 which includes main (pizza, lasagne, pasta etc) a drink and a pudding – good value I thought.

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My son’s pizza

My in laws ordered the steak for their main course, I was surprised to see steak on an early bird menu without a supplement, they said it was cooked to perfection.

For pudding, I ordered the Italian version of Creme Brulee – again it was huge! Absolutely amazing taste, I could tell it was home made rather than from a shop, but in a good way if you see what I mean? In fact everything had that fresh cooked, home made quality to it, you could tell that everything was made to order, though service was quick even so. Speaking of service, Zara was very friendly, attentive and great with the kids – just what you need.

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Creme Brulee – amazing

I would highly recommend Galo’s Kitchen for families, couples and next time plan to try the A La Carte menu which includes scallops – I also noticed a lobster pasta on the specials board which sounded delicious.

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Baby girl enjoying her lasagne

I did not receive a free meal or discount for this review, all thoughts are my own.