FREE Print Giveaway for you to Win!

Win this Fab ‘Gin and Prosecco’ Print

This gorgeous print by Do You Punctuate? is up for grabs by leaving a comment on my Harrogate Mama Facebook page post. It’s A3 size and comes unframed. You might have seen it in my Spring Wins and a Giveaway! post earlier this week.

The lovely mugs are also available to buy from Do You Punctuate too! The Harrogate Gin is from Harrogate Tipple and the Prosecco is Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference! Feeling thirsty? I am! 😜



Terms and conditions:

1.) The giveaway is for you to receive one Do You Punctuate “Love, Laughter, Prosecco and Gin’ print (which is unframed) delivered to an address of your choice.

2.) The giveaway will run from Friday 21 April 2017 until Sunday 23rd April at 23.59hrs.

3.) The winner will be contacted on Monday 24th April 2017 via Faecbook.

4.) The winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

5.) There is no cash alternative for the giveaway.

6.) Do You Punctuate will be responsible for the redemption of the giveaway, any matters arising must be taken up with them directly.

7.) No purchase necessary to win.

8.) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ are no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the giveaway.

9.) The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via Facebook.

10.) Harrogate Mama blog reserves the right to publish the winner’s first name and last initial.

11.) Harrogate Mama blog also reserves the right to choose a different winner in the case that the randomly chosen winner refuses to co-operate with rules, reply to winning email in 24 hour time period or does not have verifiable entries.

12.) Only one entry per person please.

Lucy xx


Six Things Mama’s Really Want for Mother’s Day

I’ve been a Mum for almost ten years now, and over that time I’ve had a few insights into how Mother’s Day goes down.


As a new Mum, I held the misguided belief that Mother’s Day was a day for everyone to be grateful for what I had done for them; from wiping their noses, to playing jigsaws, from hauling the food shop in from the car to loading the dishwasher, to nurturing and growing a tiny human to soothing them to sleep in the middle of the night. It was the one day I could put my feet up and hear everyone just say ‘ Thank you! You’re doing great!’

Well in years gone by it’s not always gone down like that. One memorable year I recall spending the whole day cleaning and vacuuming my car so I could then list it on AutoTrader – not how Mother’s Day was ever due to go down in my head.

So I’ve learnt now I’m coming up to my tenth Mother’s Day, the best way to get what you’d like from the day is to be totally explicit with your expectations! That way there’s no margin for error and everyone is happy come the end of the day!  So here are the six golden rules for a successful Mother’s Day round ours!

1.) A Lie in

A totally uninterrupted lie in, on my own, where I can possibly sleep, or even read a few pages of an actual book.


2.) Breakfast in bed

Nothing too fancy, maybe a bit of granola, a croissant and a cup of tea.


3.) Thoughtful gifts from the Smalls

Usually the Smalls make something at school, Brownies or pre-school which fits the bill nicely. A homemade card, better still a thoughtful poem, that thanks me for the lovely things I do for them, if it makes me cry it’s a winner!



4.) Little gift

Yes a lovely bottle of perfume or a coveted necklace would be ideal, but I’m really not that bothered, 1, 2 and 3 are much more important to me, so a new mug or small box of chocolates and I’m happy. Honestly 😉


5.) Flowers

This is a personal one as Mr P doesn’t agree with buying flowers as ‘they just die’ 😬 So if I get just a small bunch I’m totally over the moon, as I know, he knows, it means I know, he’s really made an extra effort to do something that goes against his feelings just to make me happy!


6.) A little TLC

Not too much pampering, I don’t need whisking off on a Spa day – just to not have to clear the table, an offer of making up the packed lunches for tomorrow or bathing the kids. And it’s the offering that counts, I’m happy to do the things, just someone else thinking if I do it, then you don’t have to, is enough! Though to be honest, someone else doing the things is up there too! 😆


What’s on your explicit Mother’s Day list – have you had any shockers in the past?!

Lucy xx



Spring Wishes – Covet List

Apparently Meteorological Spring is here, but the real thing still seems like a little way off to me! Winter hurry up and be gone!

In the meantime here are a few things making my Spring Wishes Covet List!

1. Chanel No.5 L’eau

The iconic fragrance just got better, this (in my opinion) lighter version does exactly what it says it does ‘Tangy and Fresh, Sensual and Velvety, Vibrant and Sweet’. I love that it’s a long lasting scent too, like all Chanel fragrances. I absolutely adore it! But at £74 for a 50ml bottle it’ll have to wait a while before it makes an appearance on my dressing table!



2. Flared Back Cashmere Jumper by Cocoa Cashmere

This gorgeously soft Cocoa Cashmere jumper is even nicer to the touch than it looks, when I spied it in John Lewis recently. It’s super soft and extremely wearable! It goes so perfectly with soft, blue, denim and would make sitting on the sofa, with a mug of tea, watching the Spring showers through the window dreamy! Incredibly wearable cashmere! At £185 it’s going to have to be a ‘lifer’ piece for me!



3. Topshop CRYSTAL Flatform Lace Up Trainers in blush Velvet

Loving the Velvet trend at the moment, just not sure how I was going to pull it off, but these trainers would be the perfect way! I love blush too! Just need the muddy puddles to go away before these beauties come out to play! These are on Topshop’s website for £26 – Mother’s Day is approaching…





Three things that helped me get healthier

Since starting my health kick in January I’ve been trying to exercise more and eat better. It’s not really a ‘rocket science’ way to loose weight, but it works!

Here are three things that have helped me on way;

1.) Cooking Family Meals From Scratch

Cooking new family meals is always a pain in the arse! Invariably the small people aren’t interested in something that ‘looks funny’, ‘might have vegetables in’ or ‘smells disgusting’. That paired with the effort it takes to shop for new store cupboard ingredients and the time it takes to learn and prepare a new recipe are sometimes quite frankly not worth the bother!

However, since it was January and the season for new ventures (and I was on a health kick) I decided to give it a go! Here are three family recipes that went down a storm with the kids, first, second and third time around!

1.) Jools Tuna Pasta Bake from Jamie Oliver’s ‘Super Food Family Classics‘ recipe book


I wasn’t sure about going to the effort of cleaning leeks and chopping fennel for a tuna pasta bake I could usually knock up in ten minutes, but this one was worth the effort. It has plenty of ‘hidden veg’ in it, it’s lower in calories than a normal cheese laden one and even Mr P enjoyed it!


2.) Chicken Curry from ‘Tom’s Daily Plan‘ recipe book by Tom Daley


This is an easy to prepare curry that tastes fab! I serve the grown ups and then add a small carton of natural yoghurt to the kids before dishing theirs up to cool it down a touch! They have even asked for seconds. Note: this recipes need doubling up on quantities as it’s written to only serve two people.


3.) Salmon Parcels from ‘Tom’s Daily Plan’ recipe book by Tom Daley

The kids love this dish as they each get a parcel on their plate to open! What’s more is that there’s lots of veg in it but it’s bright, tasty and not over cooked. The sweetcorn and sweet potato mean it’s obviously sweeter in taste which suits their pallet more and the salmon is really easy for them to eat! Family winner!


2.) Looking the Part

Exercising is never really a glamorous pass time (if you’re doing it properly anyway) but I found it helped me to have the right gear. So much so I spent some Christmas money on a new pair of Asics pink trainers, which make me smile when I look at them and still desperately don’t want to get dirty! Proving harder as the weeks go by!


This fab Nike top from the JD Williams Sportswear site has also been a winner, it’s great to have a warmer pull on as an outer layer when getting to the gym. It made me feel less self conscious when entering the gym and helped maintain my core temperature before I’d warmed up properly. It meant I could feel relaxed and comfortable whilst still looking and feeling gym ready! Plus the pockets mean you can keep your hands warm getting to and from places in it too!

Going for a run gear!

For more of their sport range you can check out their full range online. It has also been the perfect (pre and post workout) school run cover-up, and looked the part for a pre-session coffee catch up with friends to boot! I love it!

I love the big hood on it, which makes it really warm if I’m heading out for a run, or, to be honest, for throwing on if I’m catching up on a bit of blogging while the heating’s off!

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JD Williams Nike hoodie, perfect for chilly morning runs!

3.) Going for a run


As I mentioned in my Personal Trainer post, going to the gym has never really been my thing! Neither, to be honest, has running!

But on and off over the last couple of years I have tried to get out and head out for a bit of a run! I started with the couch to 5k programme on my phone and now I just try ‘run a minute, walk a minute’ for a longer distance. It’s gradually increasing to ‘run two minutes, walk a minute’ so it must be working a little bit!

Sometimes you can even look this glamorous as you do it! 😆


It’s great to get out of the house and into the fresh air, even when it’s cold, and if you can go with a friend it’s even better as chatting your way around makes the distance seem much shorter! I always come home feeling good about myself and wondering why I don’t do it more often!

So, if you can bear it – pull your trainers on and have a quick walk/jog/run around the block – however far or near you go you’re lapping everyone on the sofa!


Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with JD Williams.




My twins LOVE Smiggle and it’s always a destination shop when we’re in town and it’s perfect for birthday party gifts too! We were lucky enough to open the Harrogate store in the summer – you can read all about it in my post What Opening the Smiggle Store in Harrogate was really like!

I’m running a competition for Smiggle with the prize being a bundle worth more than £75 to kit your little ones out just in time for 2017!


Smiggle – where a smile meets a giggle – is dedicated to creating original, fun and affordable stationery and is the place to be for essentials to add a whole lot of sparkle to the forthcoming festive season.

Smiggle’s products are focused on bold colour, quirky graphics, good value and innovation;  giving fans must-have essentials for helping them start 2017 in style.

Managing Director of Smiggle, John Cheston said: “We at Smiggle believe that stationery should be fun, quirky, innovative and engaging. Through all of our stores we hope to inspire children to immerse themselves in creativity by providing them with all the right tools.”


Why not also head down to your local Smiggle to see the treasure trove of quirky and exciting products in store!

To enter the competition just include your answer to this question on my Harrogate Mama Facebook page post about the competition. The winner will be chosen at random on 1st January 2017 and the prize will be posted out to them directly from Smiggle.

Visit to find the full range of Smiggle goodies.


Terms and conditions:

1.) The giveaway is for you to receive one Smiggle bundle worth the value of around £75 delivered to an address of your choice.

2.) The giveaway will run from Tuesday 27th December 2016 until Sunday 1st January 2017 at 23.59hrs.

3.) The winner will be contacted on Monday 2nd January 2017 by email.

4.) The winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

5.) There is no cash alternative for the giveaway.

6.) Smiggle will be responsible for the redemption of the giveaway, any matters arising must be taken up with them directly.

7.) No purchase necessary to win.

8.) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.

9.) The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email.

10.) Harrogate Mama blog reserves the right to publish winner’s first name and last initial.

11.) Harrogate Mama blog also reserves the right to choose a different winner in the case that the randomly chosen winner refuses to co-operate with rules, reply to winning email in 24 hour time period or does not have verifiable entries.

12.) Only one entry per person please.


Stocking Fillers for Kids from Harrogate Independents

My Mamas Christmas gift guide went down so well I thought I’d do a little round up for the Small People too!

It’s often little stocking fillers ideas for the kids that I struggle to find, so here’s a little inspiration from some local Harrogate Independents if you’re still, like me, looking for those last minute bits and bobs!

‘Add some Sparkle’ – with Jamberry Nail Wraps

Kim from Jamberry nails was featured on the blog over the summer. She has a fab kids range, my girls might be opening a stash of these on the 25th 😆!

Jamberry Nail Wraps for Kids

Kim says: “Jamberry are vinyl nail wraps that are heat and pressure activated to give a long lasting and beautiful look! They are available for adults and children (age 3-8 years). With the correct application they can last up to two weeks on fingers and up to 4-6 weeks on toes!

There are nearly 300 designs to choose from so you’re bound to find some that suits your style and personality! There’s even a Mummy and Me collection that allows children to have the same wrap designs as their mums but with smaller wraps for smaller fingers 😊”

“Each Jamberry junior sheet will give at least 4 full manicures and 3-4 pedicures! They’re also great for helping children (and adults) stop biting their nails too!”

Junior Jams for Kids

You can check out the whole collection at or join Kim’s facebook page for more details. A sheet of Junior Jamberry wraps costs £15.

Stylish Kids Artwork- from Gifty Prints

Harrogate Mama Katie from Gifty Prints creates personalised wall art and prints, she has a fab range on her website to choose from, they’d make a great little addition to any small person’s bedroom! From £15


Gifty Prints

Little Alligators

Little Alligators on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate is rammed full of unique gifts for the Small People! It’s really worth a visit! This make your own sand cards kit comes in the cutest little box and makes creating unusual masterpieces simple!

Little Alligators Sand Cards

The Small Boy would love to find one of these in his packed lunch every day! What a fab idea. Food boxes in the shape of cars at £6.50!


And these Christmas scented sketch and sniff gel crayons are an ideal stocking filler. At £7.25

Scented Gel Crayons

Stocking Filler Heaven – at Butterfly Kisses

Our children’s ranges this Christmas at Butterfly Kisses cover everything from stocking fillers to advent calendars. These paper products are our favourites brought, hands down. The advent books give children an activity to complete each day as the excitement of Christmas builds and the colouring books are a must for the Christmas table to keep little people busy during the grown up festivities.

Advent Activities

Perfect Handmade Treats – from PollieAnn Bakes

We had some of these biscuits at Halloween and they were SO, SO tasty! A box of six medium sized Christmas biscuits is £5.50 (Santa, Snowman & Rudolf or red & white collection) available for collection from Knaresborough by pre-oder from Pollieann Bakes.

PollyAnna Bakes Biscuits

Cost of Kids at Christmas

If you’re worried you’re spending too much this Christmas on your kids gifts then you’re not alone! have shared that their research shows that parents are planning to spend an average of £204 per child on presents this year!

Don’t worry though, you’ll be pleased to hear Yorkshire is at the bottom of the list as one of the least generous counties when it comes to its spending habits at this festive time! 😝

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Disclaimer: Since this is the season of good will to all, these contributors have been included solely as they are lovely local independents.

Time Management for Mamas

With Christmas approaching and so many other things to do, it’s easy  to become overwhelmed with the challenges of multitasking.   I had a chat with local coach Zoë Whitby of ZW Coaching recently and she shared her top five tips for being as effective as you can at this busy time.


Tip 1 – Know your priorities

Aside from family, we all have goals we want to achieve and knowing what’s most important to move forward helps us to focus our efforts when we’re short of time.  Zoë suggested using these headings to think about where you are and what the ideal is in each of these areas before deciding some goals and identifying the actions that will move you forward:

  • Finances
  • Career or volunteering
  • Health and fitness
  • Love – your significant relationships
  • Wider family and friends
  • Growth – personal development and learning
  • Leisure – holidays, hobbies
  • Home – your living environment

Tip 2 – Use your energy patterns

We all have different times of the day when we tend to feel ready to tackle more challenging activities.  Work out when you are at your best and use these times to power through some of the more meaty tasks.  If you’re feeling tired or ‘off colour’ stick with routine things if you can – or identify some activities on your list that you know will energise you.  Something that involves getting outside or a change of environment often works.

Tip 3 – What can you do with the children?

Some of the things you will want to do on a routine basis or as part of your bigger projects could be interesting to work on with your kids around.  There are lots of things you can’t do with the Small People around, but there are some things you can – try and work out what they might be for you. Zoe suggests you could sit alongside them while they are colouring or playing and be working with pens and paper yourself shaping your plans, writing lists or making notes on your phone.  Giving the children a role on shopping trips, planning a route around town or ticking things off a list can sometimes keep them distracted. Allowing them to “help” clean or garden helps to keep them interested while you get on and helps them learn life skills for when it’s time for them to do it themselves.

Tip 4 – Buy yourself some time?

Some tasks may need concentration or be inappropriate to do while children are around – phonecalls that you do not want interrupted, tasks involving machinery that could be a danger, present wrapping etc.  Seek out buddies who you can arrange timeswaps with – you benefit from some time on your own and you reciprocate by looking after their kids.

Tip 5 – Keep notes and review daily

Parents brains get so full of things that need to be done and we can’t expect to have superhuman powers of memory.  Zoë’s tip is to use your phone notes or a paper pad to jot down things you think of while you’re out and about so that you can review and add to your wider task list later.  Make reviewing and re-prioritising part of your daily routine – either first thing in the morning or in the evening ready to get a quick of the blocks start the following day.

If you are at work, Zoë has a Top 10 Tips guide to working smarter which you can download at the following link:

If you’d like to know more about how a coach can work with you to help you move forward in gaining confidence or achieving certain goals, contact Zoë for a no obligation chat.

Zoe Whitby

There are lots of helpful articles on Zoë’s blog at

Hope these tips have helped a little with the time management in the run up to the big day! I think ‘knowing your energy patterns’ is a great one. I’m always better on a morning than an evening and knowing that’s a good time for me to crack on helps me focus my day!

The Small Boy seems to have the gist of how things are panning out though, he told pre-school today that the Christmas Tree doesn’t go up until Christmas Day! He’s got the measure of what’s what around here at the moment! Ha!


Disclaimer: This was a guests post by Zoe Whitby without obligation from me.


Wicked Wednesday – The ‘Nature Footwell’


I’ve seen these lovely display tables in schools and nursery settings whereby all the wonders of nature are displayed on to a ‘nature table’. Some lovely Mamas even have them in their homes! Not us though, we much prefer the rustic look with a whole car footwell set aside for our ‘nature table’.

To be honest, the car footwell looks like this most times of the year – just turns out we are en vogue with it in Autumn most of all! The addition of the conkers makes it all the more justifiable, IMO!


Do you have one of these in your car?

#Sticksarenotallowedinthehouse #theyliveonforeverinmycar 😆😬🙈

#WickedWednesday 2nd November 2016


(*The lovely BrummyMummyof2 shares her favourite #wickedwednesdays picks of the week over on her blog…so if you’re feeling like the only one who’s dealing with this sort of shizzle, then check out the links, for you’re not alone!)

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Lucy xx


Wicked Wednesday – Hunt the Blu Tac


I kid you not – this is a game I, a 39 year old woman, played just last night! I know! This folks, is what real parenting actually looks like!


You think you’re getting a baby, you know, the ones that look all cute in their knitted hats in the magazine, and wham, before you know it –  you’re playing hunt the blu-tac whilst trying to make the tea in an effort to prevent bat sh*t craziness ensuing from the smallest child in the house!

The game is fairly obvious. The Small Boy devised it himself 😐 he hides the tiniest pieces of blu-tac he can find, all around the house and then he waits expectantly for me to find them, giving helpful three-year old clues, like – ‘it’s der Mummy!’ as he opens the cupboard door to reveal the hiding blu-tac! This can go on for almost ten minutes – which as Mamas know is a long time when you’re TRYING TO MAKE TEA!

This game has the added bonus of finding long forgotten tiny pieces of blu-tac for days to come when you open cupboards, put on your shoe or go up the stairs!


#WickedWednesday 26th October 2016


(*The lovely BrummyMummyof2 shares her favourite #wickedwednesdays picks of the week over on her blog…so if you’re feeling like the only one who’s dealing with this sort of shizzle, then check out the links, for you’re not alone!)

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Lucy xx


What’s On at October Half Term in Harrogate for Kids

Well, it’s Half Term, how did that happen?! We have a hectic one lined up with a camping trip (yes, that’s right, in October 😬😆) a trip to London and a wedding! Pass me the gin! Ha!

Here’s a round up of what’s going on in and around Harrogate for the week, there’s LOADS on with it being Halloween and Bonfire night too, so you’re totally spoilt for choice!

Whether it’s indoor, outdoor, for tots or teens, there’s loads to choose from including; special effects make up sessions, Diwali crafts, family star gazing, Aardman animation, Bat watching, scary scarecrow finding or story time in a Castle. Harrogate’s got it covered! I’m exhausted just reading it all!

Some of these events are even FREE!! There’s a day by day guide at the end of the post and I’ll be sharing a bonfire and Halloween roundup next week too!

Happy Half Term!

Activities that are on all or most of the week:

Mother Shiptons Cave Halloween Scarecrow Trail (Saturday 22 – Sunday 30th October)


Mother Shipton’s Cave is open every day from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October. The park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Adults £6 and children £4 (family ticket £18 and under 4’s are free).

“Not all is as it seems this Halloween at Mother Shipton’s Cave. Witches, scarecrows and strange goings on have been reported through the park and we need you to help us track them all down! With our FREE spooky scarecrow trail, children will be able to solve the mysteries of all these odd sightings at Mother Shipton’s and help us scare away things that go bump in the day! Expect the unexpected, but never be afraid! Come in your best Halloween costume and compete in our daily costume competition, it all adds to the fun at this most spooktacular time of the year!”

Thackeray Medical Museum – Special Effects Workshops (Monday 24th to Friday 28th October, 11am to 3pm) 


The little ones will love showing off the skills they pick up at this Halloween-themed event at Thackray Medical Museum. They can get the lowdown and how to create gory wounds and scars using top tips from the world of stage and film. From 11am to 3pm throughout the week, they’ll get to learn it all, so be prepared for a shock, although not at the price – it’s free with your standard admission to the Leeds museum, just book a place when you arrive.

RHS Harlow Carr Creature Crafts and Wildlife Trails (Monday 24th – Friday 28th October)


Creature crafts: Make your own pumpkin seed hedgehog to take home and pop in your garden. 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1 – 3pm, Learning Centre

Wildlife trail. Discover some of the animals of the night that could be found in your own garden.

Wild about Gardens. Pick up information about how to plant a bat feast and get advice and ideas on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly. Visit the Plant Centre for ideas on wildlife-friendly gardening.

Lots of other exciting events (see the day to day guide below).

Stockeld Park Halloween Adventure (Saturday 22nd – Monday 31st October 10.30 – 20.30)


Spooky adventures from 19 – 31 October, 10.30am – 8.30pm when Stockeld Park comes alive for the Autumn Half Term! Journey by Nordic Ski on our woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy our real Ice Rink. Plus join us for a fun-packed events calendar including our freaky Fright Nights!

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds Morbid Monarchs (Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30 October)


Dare you join us for a week full of terrible tales and horrid histories? Discover the grisly truth about some of the world’s most ruthless rulers, their beastly behaviour and disgraceful downfalls. Activities will include storytelling, combat demonstrations, dramatic performances, Hands on History sessions and animation workshops. Museum admission is free but some activities carry a small charge.

Temple Newsam – Sat 22-Sun 30 Oct

Bring some light into your life by following our light trail and joining in our craft activities. There will also be a chance to sit on a magic carpet for an interactive storytime all about light,dark and colour; plus to mark Diwali come and see our display of lamps from different faiths and make your own sparkly Diwali lamp to take home.

Leeds City Museum – Weds 26 – Fri 28 Oct 10am-12pm & 1-3pm

Enjoy Colourful Festivals- colourful and messy crafts to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas.

Royal Pump Room Museums Harrogate: 26th – 28th October 13:00 – 16:00 

Stay as long as you like at these drop in workshops and try some of the crafts that Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte might have enjoyed. You can experiment with silhouettes – great for Halloween! Try some cross-stitch embroidery and create your own tiny books for stories and drawings. Look the part and take a selfie with our Victorian dressing-up box!

Birchfield Ice cream Farm Pumpkin Festival


Brimham Rocks Halloween TraiOctober 27 – November 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Trail sheet available at car park. Use map to find the spooky clues to help you answer the questions. When you have all the answers find the witch’s kitchen to claim your prize.
Cost: £2 per trail sheet + general admission charges for non-members (£5 car park fee)
Call: 01423 780688


Ripley Castle- Storytime in the Castle Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th at 11.30am & 2.30pm


Especially for half-term, why not book to join our Story Time in the Castle. Delight in hearing the wonderfully entertaining tale of Zog, and the Flying Doctors, have a sing-along and make magical memories. Children can come dressed up as Princess’s, Knights, Kings & Queens or even….Dragons. A treat for all who do! Tickets: Child £4.50 Adult £5. Booking online only CLICK HERE As this is a children’s event adult tickets are limited to one per child. Story Time sessions last approximately 30 minutes, please note the story sessions are not guided tours of the Castle.

National Media Museum in Bradford: Aardman Expression Lab 22–30 October 2016

For October half term only, In Your Face will feature some brand new activities in the Aardman Expression Lab as we join forces with Aardman to celebrate the studio’s 40th anniversary. Some of Aardman’s best loved characters from the past four decades, including Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, will be popping up in the galleries as we reveal how animated creations communicate through facial expression – and how their faces are made. Please be aware that you may need to queue for activities at busy times (usually 12:00–14:00).

Kilnsey Park Estate

During their Halloween half term event there will be facepainting, crafts, and spell making all hosted by the witch in resident ‘Old nan’ – based on a real life witch from Kilnsey in the 1700s. The campfire will be lit every day at 3pm for marshmallows and story telling and it’s all included in the price. There will also be pumpkin carving in the onsite café.

Sporting Influence Kids Sport Camp


Day by Day Guide

Saturday 22 October 

Abbey House Museum, Leeds – Teens Halloween Special FX Make 12-4pm. Meet up along with your friends and enjoy our event hosted by a professional make-up artist. Learn how to apply gruesome Halloween and special effects.This event is specifically for young people 13+.


Sunday 23rd October

RHS Harlow Carr – Go Batty. The North Yorkshire Bat Group will be in the Lodge teaching us about all things bat-related and even bringing bats for you to meet! Noon – 3pm. Normal Garden admission applies.Monday 24th October


Monday 24th October

RHS Harlow Carr  – Reptile Rangers are bringing African Pygmy hedgehogs to Harlow Carr. Learn all about what these shy little creatures eat and where they live. 10am – 4pm, The Lodge. Normal Garden admission applies.


Tuesday 25th October

Leeds City Museum – ‘Word Up’ 11am-3pm; a day of poetry,performance and word play with activities for families of all ages, including young people aged 13+.

Royal Pump Room Museum Harrogate – Doll’s house furniture making 13:00 – 16:00. Have you seen the beautiful Victorian doll’s house? Come and explore its contents, play the memory game and make some furniture in the craft session. Just drop in.

RHS Harlow Carr – Stories with the Garden Detectives. The Garden Detectives are back with tales of adventure. Find out what the animals of the night get up to while you’re
tucked up in bed! Sessions at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, The Lodge. Normal Garden admission applies.


Wednesday 26th October

RHS Harlow Carr – Woodland Holiday Clubs. Take part in an outdoor animal-inspired woodland holiday club for all ages! Must be booked in advance 020 3176 5830.

Creepy Creature Capers (5 – 7 yrs) Create animal totems, pass through a spider’s web, try our unlucky dip and enjoy bat ear smores and hobgoblin juice. 10.30am – 12.30pm £5 member children and £10 non members. Parents/guardians must stay on the site but don’t need to be at the workshop.

Wicked Woodland Creatures (8 – 12 yrs) Set off on a quest to capture signs of hidden creatures at Harlow Carr. Cast footprints, carve a totem animal and take part in our wicked woodland games. 1 – 3pm £5 member children and £10 non members. Parents/guardians must stay on the site but don’t need to be at the workshop.


Thursday 27th October

Mini Medics First Aid for Kids Workshop – Age 7-11 years at St Wildrids Church Hall. 9am to 3.30pm £25. Booking required 01423 206440.

RHS Harlow Carr – Stories with the Garden Detectives. The Garden Detectives are back with tales of adventure. Find out what the animals of the night get up to while you’re
tucked up in bed! Sessions at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, The Lodge. Normal Garden admission applies.


Friday 28th October

Fountains Abbey  6.30 – 8.30pm- Star Gazing. Test out your telescope skills and unlock the secrets of the night sky with a helping hand from York Astronomical Society. Park at the Visitor Centre and meet us in the visitor centre courtyard to walk down to Swanley Grange. £5.00 per person, (50) BE 01765 643166. If it’s very bad weather and the stars are hiding behind the clouds there will be lots of learning and demonstrations inside the education centre.

RHS Harlow Carr –  Go Batty. The North Yorkshire Bat Group will be in the Lodge teaching us about all things bat-related and even bringing bats for you to meet! Noon – 3pm. Normal Garden admission applies.

RHS Harlow Carr – Nature workshop with the RSPB. Join the RSPB for a nature-inspired indoor workshop and create your own hedgehog house to take home with you.
10.30am – 12.30pm & 1 – 3pm, Learning Centre