Playgroup at Bingley Scout Hut

Are you looking to make new friends with babies and toddlers the same age as your own? The baby/toddler group at Bingley Scout Hut near Myrtle Park Primary is a very welcoming group and is looking for new members so that the Thursday group doesn’t have to close.

The cost is £2 per session, adults get tea or coffee,children juice and a biscuit, there is a car park in front of the building. The group has a great selection of toys and ride ons for every age!


Tuesday 9.15 – 11.15

Both groups are term time only.


The Scout hut, Sycamore Avenue, Bingley West Yorkshire BD16 1HD


Please contact Claire on 07760404218 for more information.

Weeny Boppers

Looking for a local music group to attend with your under 5? Try Weeny Boppers!

“We provide Music and Movement baby, toddler and preschool activity classes in various community venues for parents/carers and under fives and also deliver sessions in Primary Schools and Early Years settings in West and North Yorkshire. We also provide unique and action-packed Birthday Party Entertainment.

Each session offers an  exciting mix of interactive songs; instruments; musical activities; movement; dance; actions; rhymes; listening activities; play; story time; sensory exploration and games. Children will enjoy exploring a wide variety of percussion instruments; scarves; mirrors; puppets; books; streamers; bubbles; pom-poms and play equipment such as hoops, balls, tunnels and parachutes.

The programme is carefully designed to promote all aspects of child development – social, emotional, language, physical and cognitive.”

Class Times and Venues


10am – 10.45am
Location – St Mary’s Meeting Room, Scholar’s Way, Riddlesden BD20 5PA
Mixed Age Family Groups. Free trial then pay in advance per block


1) Keighley
10 – 10.30am
Location –
Dragon’s Den, Dalton Lane, Keighley BD21 4JH

Mixed Age Family Group. Drop-in session; no free trial as no requirement to commit to a block. Price includes soft play & drinks
Pay £1 in addition to normal charge for entry to soft play centre (which is dependant on age: £2.50/£4.50/£5.25 – sibling discounts: £1/£2)

2) Bingley
1.30 – 2.45pm
Location – Church House, Old Main Street, BD16 2RH (behind All Saints Parish Church).
Mixed Age Family Groups. Free trial then pay in advance per block

Contact Karen.
01535 642848


Days out near Bingley – National Media Museum

Like many people in Bingley, I do try and avoid going into Bradford if I can at all avoid it. Having said that though, I am quite fond of Bradford city centre in a funny way – there are definitely some hidden gems and there is also plenty of affordable things to do, if you know where to look. Today we decided to do something a bit different to normal, and my two small sons and I headed to the National Media Museum to see what they had on as they often run interesting events in the holidays. We parked with no problem at all in a small car park right behind the museum (cost £2.40 for four hours) and strolled right in. The museum is actually free, and actually is pretty awesome. On the ground floor is a really fab recently refurbished cafe and I was really surprised how good it was – though we actually took a picnic as I remembered from last time there is a nice picnic area too. On the first floor there was a chance to create your own photo with various props and bits and bobs – as an ex teacher I couldn’t really see the learning objective but maybe I was missing the point a bit, probably. Anyway, my two boys enjoyed it and we ended up on the website – excitement! There are a further five floors which contain loads of interesting bits and bobs from really old televisions to film sets and my two boys loved messing around pretending to be in Telly Tubby land. There is also a “light” room with lots of different ways to mess around with light rays/reflection/refraction which again, as a teacher I was loving.

The best bit for us was the IMAX film we went to see – something about the Unseen World – I think it was £7.75 for adults and £5.95 for children three and over. It was a 3D film and my children loved wearing the glasses and “reaching out” to anything that appeared to leave the screen, we really enjoyed it!Image

I really recommend the National Media Museum for a day out to families in Bingley – it was really quiet today which worried me as I would really hate to see this amazing facility close due to lack of visitors.

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 🙂

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—7.00pm

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 – under 1 year £1, over 1 year £2, each additional child £1.

Contact Vicky Beecroft on 07894 830820 for more information.

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