Storytime in Bingley Library

Every Tuesday at 10.30am and Wednesday at 2pm (term time only) in Bingley Library.

These sessions include listening to a story as a group, then making a craft activity or other learning related activity linked to the story that has been read. It’s a great opportunity to meet other local parents, learn about books and generally introduce your little one to the joys of being a member of a library and choosing books.

If you want to join Bingley Library for free there is an online form here, it’s probably one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child. Remember that as tax payers we all pay for this service, so make the most of it ūüôā

bingley library

5Rise Shopping Centre
9  Myrtle Walk
West Yorkshire
BD16 1AW
01274 438 780

Jo Jingles in Bingley!

Janet says

Starting 25th of April – new under 2s Jo Jingles class places now available! Starts at 11 a.m Fridays at Bingley Methodist Church.

Also 2 definite places have come available at the busy over 2’s class!”

Contact Janet at for more details.

Other details  and timetable of classes available here on the Jo Jingles Ilkley website.


Child Friendly Restaurants – La Strada

One of the reasons we decided to move to Bingley seven years ago, was the number of nice pubs and restaurants locally. When you have young children it can be really difficult to have anything resembling a social life, so it’s good to have lots of places locally that you can take children to – even if it had to be fairly quick and earlier in the evening! One of the restaurants in Bingley that is great for taking children to is La Strada on Park Road, near the train station.

la strada

La Strada is an Italian restaurant and is open from 5pm which means you’ve plenty of time for a family meal together before bed time! Staff warmly welcome families and you won’t feel that you are being noisy or rushed. There are two menus and children’s size portions of pasta and pizza are available.

Early Bird Menu

2 Courses £ 10.95
3 Courses £12.95

Every Day 5.00pm‚ÄĒ7.00pm

Main Menu

Pasta from £7
Pizza from £6.50

Other mains include fish, veal, steak, salad, lamb from £10.50

26 Park Road
West Yorkshire
BD16 4AD
Tel: 01274 770550


Days out near Bingley – Shipley Glen Tramway

Like all families I think, we’re sometimes stuck for things to do on a weekend which is annoying, since we work all week to enjoy our time off. They just sort of creep up on us and before we know it, they are here! Sometimes it’s nice to be able to spend a morning doing something on our doorstep that’s quick and easy to get to, which is why I was pretty interested when a trip to Shipley Glen Tramway was suggested by one of our facebook fans

Shipley Glen is on the outskirts of Baildon, accessible from Bingley by heading for Baildon moor through Eldwick then taking a right turn before the cattle grid (I think there’s a sign). There is a nice pub called The Old Glenhouse which you’ll see just before you get there.

“The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty ¬†spot of Shipley Glen near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.¬†

A short walk brings a Cafe within reach as well as the rocks and woods of Shipley Glen. The bottom station allows access to Roberts Park and the River Aire and the delights of Saltaire with Salt’s Mill and its famous Hockney Gallery.”

It’s also really good value at ¬£2 return for adults and 50p for children – you can buy a family pass which lasts the whole year and is ¬£12.50.

There are also several events running throughout the year including this one – which looks like good fun.

shipley tramway events

Tramway Office Prod Lane,
West Yorkshire, BD17 5BN
Tel: 01274 589010

Bingley Trinity Five Rise Children’s Centre Timetable

Here is the most updated version of the children’s centre timetables (as of September 2015).
Please ring 01535 605272 to enquire and make bookings.

Trinity 5-Rise Children’s Centre
John Escritt Road
BD16 2ST

If you want to make sure you help keep our Children’s Centre going, read my post about my efforts to save it from becoming an outreach centre (which happened anyway!) – The One Where I Saved The Children’s Centre.

You will need to click on this timetable to be able to read it.

bingley trinity timetable
bingley trinity timetable

The one where I saved the children’s centre…

…well not exactly, but it got you reading! We’ve attended Bingley Children’s Centre for quite a few years. To be honest since moving here in 2007, it’s one of the few places I’ve found where I’ve felt truly accepted. There are lots of opportunities for messy play and painting, there’s water play, a sandpit, home corner and lots more! It’s basically an awesome place and to be quite honest, for a lot of people I think it’s a lifeline. I was lucky enough to be on the advisory board for the Children’s Centre a few years ago when I was on maternity leave, and I can’t really imagine a time when I won’t be one of its supporters.

Continue reading The one where I saved the children’s centre…

East Morton Playgroup

Vicky¬†says, ” I run a playgroup in East Morton on a Tuesday morning at the East Morton Institute. This is already well attended by many mums from Bingley.

The group runs every Tuesday morning during term time from 9.30 – 11.30. The group is really popular and so we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment.”

Admission is Рunder 1 year £1, over 1 year £2, each additional child £1.

Contact Vicky Beecroft on 07894 830820 for more information.

The horror of the school run – Bingley Styley

I sometimes think of life before the school run – we could laze around in our pyjamas until whenever we liked, breakfast was a leisurely relaxing time usually followed by a couple of cartoons while I had a nice sit down. Now it’s totally different. Here’s what happens…

6.15am – In a very deep sleep you dream you are being attacked and sure enough, when you open your eyes you see a very wide awake two year old clocking you over the head with Postman Pat’s cow. It isn’t the first time.

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Toddler Group Spaces!

Looking for somewhere to meet other parents? New to the area? Looking for fun activities to do with your child? There is a Mums and Toddlers Group with spaces available  on a Tues/Wed/Thursday morning at Bingley Baptist Church on Clyde Street just off Park Road in Bingley.

They have a few vacancies after Easter on each of the mornings 9-45 until 11-00am for children under 5. Sessions start again on the 29th April.

The Baptist Church is also running “Messy Church” which is on Mondays (7th April – held once a month) at 3-50pm – play, craft and tea for children under 9 years. For more information visit their website here.

Ideas for Mother’s Day near Bingley

This is my sixth Mother’s Day as a mummy and I have to say, it never gets old. However, who came up with the idea of having it on the same day as the clocks going forwards! That’s just not fair! Anyway, as ever my three year old woke up at the crack of dawn this morning and has no consideration for the fact that I didn’t get to bed until midnight.

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