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.

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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.

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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Taylormade Treats

When we bought our house on the Swan Avenue estate in Eldwick/Gilstead nearly seven years ago we had it in mind that it was going to be great – within walking distance of a pub no less! Two children later and we rarely get an opportunity to go to the pub, but the arrival of Taylormade Treats made all the difference – here was a place we could go for a nice relaxing brunch or lunch, take the children and feel like we were “out and about”. Taylormade Treats really is a welcome addition to the local area, with a great menu with something for everyone, plus a great kids section too. For dessert there are plenty of options including the famous cupcakes that were the cornerstone of the original business. Ruth and Keith the owners are lovely and really nice people – which is just one of the reasons why we support this local business. Ruth makes the cupcakes as well as a plethora of other delicious temptations which includes cakes to order (these really are something special. For more information visit their website at

Closed Monday, open Tuesday – Saturday 9 – 5

200 – 202 Swan Avenue Bingley

Image used with the kind permission of Taylormade Treats.

Stump Cross Caverns

We decided to try a new day out today as we’re a bit bored of doing the same thing every weekend. So for a change we took a drive over to Pateley Bridge and went down the caves at Stump Cross Caverns. Our children are 3 and 5, and though initially our 3 year old was a bit reluctant, he soon got into it and we really enjoyed our visit. There are no set times for tours, you just go down into the cave whenever you want to. Things to remember are:

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Bricks for Kidz

My two boys are really obsessed with Lego at the moment, so I was pretty happy when I found out about these local sessions called Bricks for Kidz, run by Keith Moran.

Bricks 4 Kidz® provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to learn science and engineering concepts by building with LEGO® Bricks.

After school classes are listed here.

A site for Bingley Mums (and Dads) to find out what's on in the Bingley area!