Bingley is a pretty interesting place, and I’m trying to put together a booklet with the key historical facts about Bingley in – but I need some help! I’ve put together two templates – one for ages 5-7 – My Facts About Bingley Ages 5 – 7
Ask your child to complete their own research either from your collective knowledge or through researching, and when you’re done, please photograph and send to my inbox at the Bingley Mums Facebook Page.
This not only gives your child an actual reason to write, but they stand a chance of being featured in the finished (printable) booklet! If you don’t want your child’s name to be used, please let me know when you send the message, if not, I’ll include it. The booklet will be available to download from this website, and will not be professionally printed or anything, just so you know!
I’ve only included Five Rise Locks and St Ives, but feel free to do further research on other aspects of Bingley too. Your child may find it helpful if you write out key spellings for them on some paper for them to copy as they complete the activity. Enjoy!
Quite often on a weekend we’ll pop into Bingley, spend £17 in Home Bargains (standard), get brunch, have a stroll in the park etc, and have a nice time. But the Type A in me sometimes thinks, what’s the purpose of our visit? Now, highly strung types like myself need fear no more, as I’ve created a Bingley Treasure Hunt which is free to download and do! Start in Bingley market square, and find the answers to the questions as you stroll around. Be warned though, question 3 doesn’t have an easily obvious answer, but you can just ask someone locally in the town and hopefully they will know the answer!
We had a go today at some of it just before the storm started, and my sons loved it! Take a look…
Even better, our friends at The Coffee Lounge, conveniently situated just next to the market square, are offering everyone who mentions Bingley Mums a 10% discount on completion (ok you don’t need to do every single question…) of the hunt. Download yours here! Bingley Treasure Hunt
*I didn’t have time to do the whole thing, so if you spot any glaring errors please let me know.*
If any local businesses would like to offer spot prizes for completion, I’d be glad to hear about it also.
If you’re out of ideas already, download this FREE summer holiday ideas activity sheet (made by me!) for things to do in and around the Bingley area – click here to download –Bingley Summer Holiday Activities – print (black and white will work fine), stick on your fridge and cross out each activity as you go along! Here’s how we’re coming along so far…
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.
If you are looking for a baby massage or yoga class where your baby gets fluffy white towels each week and you get to meet new friends with coffee and delicious cake then this is for you!
Hannah, who runs Hands on Babies says, “As a relatively new mum 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. 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.
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.”
Hands on Babies is accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives and Hannah is a
fully certified Hands on Baby Massage and Yoga instructor. If you are a
parent of twins or more then you will only pay for one baby.
Monday – Toddler Yoga – Oak Glen Doctors Surgery Eldwick -11.30am -12.30pm
Monday – Baby Massage – Oak Glen Doctors Surgery Eldwick – 1.00pm -2.00pm
Wednesday – Baby /Toddler Yoga – New class – Keighley Children’s
centre more info soon Wednesday – Toddler Yoga – Crossflatts Primary School 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Friday – Baby Yoga – Oak Glen Doctors Surgery Eldwick – 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Pay and play new born to 3 years £6 per session
I am fully qualified in baby massage and baby / Toddler yoga with a
diploma in anatomy and physiology, and baby massage and yoga. My
classes are accredited by midwives and fully supported and recommended
by health visitors and Doctors. If you would like to contact me about
my classes please give me a call on 07896053823.
If you would like more information/pricing then please contact Hannah
on 07896053823 or find her on Facebook – Hannah Hands on Babies.
“Bumble Tots classes will be starting on Thursday 19th January. The first session will be pay on the day and following this, I will be taking bookings for a block of 6 classes. As a Welcome to Bumble Tots however, the first block will be 6 classes for the price of 5. If you would like to come to the first class on the 19th, please message me via the Bumble Tots Facebook page. I’ve had a lot of interest in the classes so please book your place as soon as possible.”
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.
We’ve been to many classes and groups over the years, but I have to say that babyballet® is one of my favourites. Many years ago, we used to attend classes with Miss Brianne at Jimmy Gs in Saltaire, and I love the structure of the classes and how interactive they are. So I was pretty pleased to hear that classes are starting up again in Bingley with Miss Heather, and we attended today. Miss Heather has a strong background in dance and is great with little ones – she gets that they sometimes want to run around, and the setting is ideal for that too!
The class times are:-
9:15 – 18 months to 3 years. £4.75
10am – 3 years+ £4.75
10:45 – 6 months to 18 months. £4
The classes are 35 minutes long and take place at St Wilfreds Church Hall in Gilstead. There is on road parking.
We went along today and there is plenty to keep little ones occupied including bubbles, teddy bears, instruments, dance moves and great songs. Unfortunately my little girl spent the session running round like a lunatic so I was unable to get many good photos!
Heather says, “babyballet® is running award winning classes across Bradford North, why not book a trial and come and join in the magic?
With a real focus on learning through play, the unique babyballet® syllabus offers four key stages of ballet and tap classes where every child can build their confidence and social skills, learning manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality, balance, posture and rhythm.”
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.
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