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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can choose between french fries and thick cut chips, so we had one of each…
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.
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!
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!
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.
Bingley Mums would like to welcome a brand new site sponsor – Hands on Babies – who have several classes in the local area.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.
I chose the calamari and the sea bream.
I was amazed at the portion sizes considering the cost – very generous indeed.
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.
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.
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.
I did not receive a free meal or discount for this review, all thoughts are my own.
Like most grown women, shoe shopping is something I thoroughly enjoy. Actually that is a slight lie, I would enjoy were it not for the fact that I have enormous feet and me trying on shoes is a bit like the ugly sisters trying to get Cinderella’s glass slipper on most of the time – sad but true. However, children think slightly differently about these things, and apparently trying on shoes is not high on their list of priorities – despite the fact that the shoes are paid for by someone else – madness! There is nothing more frustrating than shelling out a load of cash for your children on something they don’t remotely care about.
In the past we’ve often done a “buy cheap buy twice” when it comes to shoes for our two sons, something which I am at pains to avoid doing in the future. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the shoe buying process at local children’s shoe shop Poppy Red I thought it would be a good opportunity to find out what shoe buying could be like.
The shop itself is just a few seconds walk from the main car park in Ilkley, and the first thing that strikes you is the inviting shop front and huge selection of children’s shoes – brands included Geox, Ugg, Lelli Kelly, Birkenstock and many many more. I think the shop at one time did ladies’ shoes but they have now decided to concentrate on children’s shoes – a really good move I think as I don’t think there is anywhere else locally doing the same thing. Word had obviously spread as there were a fair few people in the shop already, but it didn’t take long until we had our turn. I looked longingly at some pink sparkly slippers, but my 7 year old son didn’t seem too keen – so Geox it was.
Jenny, one of the owners, was serving us and instantly “got” my two sons and how to best include them in the buying process. She’s one of those people that children instantly build a rapport with and clearly has a lot of experience with kids. Although my 7 year old son can be a bit difficult and did NOT want to be there initially, she got him excited about some “ninja” looking shoes, and he couldn’t wait to try them on! I was really impressed with her professionalism and obvious knowledge about fitting children’s shoes, it’s something that only comes from having a passion for the service you’re offering, and can’t be replicated in the chain stores in my opinion. Another thing that’s great is that Poppy Red ensure ALL their staff are properly trained in shoe fitting so that every customer has the full experience – and this really shines through. Jenny even somehow managed to persuade my son to not go with the bright green shoes (which were awesome) and he selected some more sedate looking red and black shoes – with flashing lights (standard) which he now won’t take off! Co-owner Jenny says, “I’ve always loved working with children and and what woman doesn’t love shoes? Owning this business with my mum is my dream job! I love being front-facing and seeing our customers on a daily basis, it definitely helps influence our buying decision – sometimes I can even have a customer in mind when we’re looking at new collections.”
There’s also something really satisfying about supporting a local business and ensuring that really good shops like Poppy Red, who are clearly really passionate about what they do, carry on and don’t disappear. Every single shoe I saw in store was of a really high quality and you could just tell that this is the sort of shop that wouldn’t compromise on that. The man in front of me was buying school shoes for his son and I was really taken aback by how, quite frankly, beautiful they were!
A bit more information about the owners and ethos of the shop…
Co-owner Helen says:-
“All the staff are trained shoe fitters and able to advise on the best choice of shoe to fit all shapes and sizes. People often comment that they have been unable to find anything to fit in other shops but we are usually able to help thanks to the wide range of different brands we stock. We are experienced at fitting shoes with orthotic insoles, splints and other footwear inserts. Although my daughter Jenny and I have different roles, we always unite when we’re selecting new stock. What mother and daughter wouldn’t love hours of researching and buying new shoes? It couldn’t be more satisfying if we were buying for ourselves! It’s a real responsibility getting the right mix of quality and style that mums will approve of and kids will really love and we’re very particular about what brands we stock. “
The other thing that was different from the high street chains was the fact that they actually had the shoes that my son wanted in his actual size – this never seems to happen in other shops, and means that children – who don’t want to be there anyway – aren’t left disappointed.
One other thing that Jenny did, was to totally understand that my other son didn’t need new shoes, and instead she offered him some lovely flashing lights to stop him having a full on paddy whack. Nice touch. AND chocolate eggs/sweets never go unwanted at the end of some strenuous shoe trying on.
I really urge you to support this business – great service and top quality shoes. What’s not to like?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Whether you need a new dentist, or haven’t been for a while, The Oaks Dental Practice will definitely give you a friendly welcome!
Nervous patients are welcome.
Free on site parking (no faffing about finding a space and having to use small change).
Open Saturdays and Evenings (very important).
Modern facilities, traditional values.
Payment plans are £13 for adults per month and include:-
2 dental health checks and an oral health check each year which includes a mouth cancer screen to ensure all is well
2 hygiene visits to prevent gum disease and to keep your mouth feeling fresh
Treatment for sensitivity
Any necessary antibiotics
2 Small X-Rays
10% Off Treatments
Dr Frances Vose, BChD (Leeds), the principal dentist with over 25 years of experience, says: ” We are an independent practice totally committed to providing all of our patients with excellent dental care. We give our patients plenty of time and provide prompt treatment using the latest techniques and top quality materials, because we want our patients to keep coming back and to recommend us to others. We look forward to welcoming all Bingley Mums and their families.”
What really impressed me is the service for children (this is only open to children whose parents/guardians are patients at the practice):-
Children 6yrs to 11yrs
Initial examination £15.00
Subsequent examination FREE
ALL OTHER TREATMENTS TO PAY FOR.
Did you know, that if a parent or guardian is attending the practice, children come for free!*
Children aged 0 – 12 years old are entitled to free check-ups, including that all important diet and oral hygiene advice.
We welcome children of all ages and look forward to making their dental visit a fun time for them.(*initial examination £15 for 3-17 year olds; all other treatment to be paid for)Please mention Bingley Mums when you book.
Find them at the top of Swan Avenue near Taylormade Treats
The Oaks Dental Practice