The best blogs from Yorkshire Families 2021

2021 has been another uncertain year, but we’ve managed to keep blogging on a range of different topics and here are some of the best ones we’ve done from Yorkshire Families, Sparkle Up North and Dan’s Sports Blog.

Yorkshire Families
Yorkshire Families is a website about things and events to do for families from crafts in January to Christmas TV and gift guides in December and below are 43 of the best blogs we’ve written about in 2021. The website is called yorkshirefamilies.co.uk.

Leeds Playhouse reveals its Spring/Summer 2022 Season – a celebration of shared moments


From rock n roll panto to Say Yes to Tess and Macbeth, here is what’s on at Leeds Playhouse in Spring and Summer 2022.

An image in red of a man with his hands to his face, wearing a crown and the words MACBETH obscuring his face

THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PANTO RETURNS TO CITY VARIETIES IN 2022

If you like pantomime with a difference, then this is for you as its panto but rock n roll style.

Winners Reveal their Percy Penguin Magical Windows Designs as part of Harrogate Borough Council’s Christmas Celebrations

Six posters were created by children across Yorkshire and each one shows a chapter of Percy Penguin’s quest to find a friend.

WENDY & PETER PAN: A Retelling of JM Barrie’s Classic at Leeds Playhouse – review

You will have heard and seen the story of Peter Pan on TV but have you seen it at the theatre? It was at Leeds Playhouse earlier in 2021.

Christmas TV guide 2021

Everyone loves to watch TV at Christmas, so how about you have a read of this guide to see what to watch this festive period.

Harrogate’s Christmas Markets and Free activities for families

From a brilliant Christmas Market to awesome pantos and free train rides, there is so much happening in Harrogate Town centre.

Toxic masculinity” stopping boys seeking mental health support, survey finds

New research finds that a fear of feeling weak is stopping boys from asking for help with mental health problems.

Beauty and the Beast: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – Review

If you like pantomime with a difference, then Beauty and The Beast rock n roll style is for you as you get to sing and dance along to the pantomine.

HARROGATE’S CHRISTMAS MARKET EXTRAVAGANZA – All aboard the Candy Cane Express

If you like to have a mooch around Christmas markets, this is for you as there is a variety of things such as: Christmas fayre, fair rides, candy cane express, Christmas markets and various santa sight seeing.

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF MEATLOAF RECIPE FROM GBBO’S Karen Wright

For Bake Off fans, this is one for you, as Karen Wright from Wakefield gives us her own take on meatloaf.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Pantomime is back in Wakefield – Theatre Royal review

If you like traditional pantomimes then this is for you, as it’s the panto we all love as they squirt water at the audience during the 12 days of Christmas song and it’s a feel-good show too.

MEET OUR STAR BAKER: Karen Wright from Great British Bake Off

We were lucky enough to interview Bake Off star Karen and she tells all about her experiences and memories of Bakeoff and her top tips for baking pastry.

Vegan recipes: Simple family picnic ideas

In these cold, winter months you may want to try some different food, so here are some recipes for vegan and they are simple.

Oliver Twist at Leeds Playhouse: A dark, deep and accessible tale – Review

You will have seen Oliver Twist on TV, and it has been adapted to the theatre and it is dark, deep and accessible.

VEGAN Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup – Serves 4

For some people, a vegan soup may be what they want to have and here is a recipe for a soup that serves 4.

NEURODIVERGENCE: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and me

There are many wonderful neurodiverse brains within many families, it can be challenging to navigate at first but with the right coping mechanisms, you or a loved one can prosper off your complex mind. Here is Sophie’s Story of herself, and her dyslexia and dyspraxia.

IT’S ELECTRIFYIN’: GREASE THE MUSICAL IS BACK – Our favourite film on stage – Review

This is for you if you like Grease songs, and if you like Peter Andre as Grease was back on stage at Leeds Grand Theatre.

WHY I WALK EVERYWHERE, TIPS TO GET WALKING AND TOP YORKSHIRE WALKS

Top tips for walking where you live, and why its important to walk even if you don’t feel like it.

Sustainability and creativity – a new immersive art adventure for families: step into a magical winter wonderland of cardboard creativity

If you like arts and crafts, this one is for you as you can immerse yourself in a new art adventure.

Your Christmas Gift Guides

From perfino for someone special to dashel cycle helmets, here is our guide to what to buy for Christmas.

Stress Awareness Week: 5 Medicinal Plants to Relieve Stress

From chamomile to Valerian Root, here are 5 medicinal plants to help you relieve stress.

COP 26: Being carbon-free in the kitchen

From being as plant based as possible to being led by the season, here is our top tips for being carbon free in the kitchen.

CARING PROFESSIONALS ARE NOT IMMUNE TO THE PANDEMIC: Here’s how and why we need to look after ourselves first before we help others

We all sometimes blame ourselves, but we shouldn’t as we need to look after ourselves before thinking of others. An example is Take a break for mindful rest or pause rather than consuming social media or negative news coverage.

Enriching your everyday life with essential oils

Ever wondered how to enrich your daily life with oils? Here are a few tips of how to do just that.

OCTOBER AT CITY VARIETIES MUSIC HALL

From Nabil Abdulrashid to Paul Zerdin, there were lots of acts on at City varieties in October

‘NOT SO ALONE’: WAKEFIELD ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES CONNECT AND CREATE THEIR FIRST SHOW FOLLOWING LONELINESS IN LOCKDOWN

Love, Romance, Happiness and Loneliness, all the emotions were in this short extract of a play CoActive Arts did in October 2021

ARTWALK: Free creative walk for all around Wakefield, West Yorkshire

If you like art and walking round different places, then Artwalk is for you. It takes place every other month across Wakefield and there’s always interesting things to look at or in some cases take part in.

MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL, INTERGENERATIONAL SUPPORT AND SILVER SUNDAY with AGE UK / THE RIDINGS – Review

Not only can shared food, drink, dance and entertainment bring us all together but such accessible community hubs like The Ridings can connect people from all backgrounds and help all of our mental well-being.

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS SINCE CITY VARIETIES REGENERATION PROJECT

We all like celebrating things in our life whether it be birthdays, Christmas and so on but in this case we celebrate ten years since the city varieties regeneration project.

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON A BUDGET AND BE ECO-FRIENDLY

You can learn top tips on saving money on budget and how to be eco friendly in this blog, from eco fashion hauls to getting crafty and creative.

Forest Bathing: Top Places To Try Newest Wellness Trend

Top places to try forest bathing the newest wellness trend.

Family money-saving tips: Can you save money by being eco-friendly?

You can learn top tips on how to save money as a family by being eco-friendly.

Reel cinema review and Around the World in 80 days review

We all occasionally like going to the cinema to see a film we want to see, and this is no different as it’s a review of a children’s film called Around the World in 80 Days.

Dinosaurs in Wakefield

Who’d thought dinosaurs could come to Wakefield? Well earlier this year they did and you can read all about it here.

Accessibility and inclusion tips and information

It’s important that when we think of websites and other things, we think about what is accessible and how we can make them inclusive for people with learning disabilities.

What are the Top 10 motivational Quotes

We need something or someone to motivate us sometimes, so we came up with ten of the best motivational quotes.

EASTER IDEAS – ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME

We were still not able to go out and about as much at Easter, so we came up with activities for kids and families to do at home for Easter.

Where to go for Walks in Yorkshire and Tour De Walkshire

We came up with best places in Yorkshire to walk to coincide with Welcome to Yorkshire replacing Tour De Yorkshire with Tour de Yorkshire.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

We also do blogs based on particular weeks of awareness in calendar such as: Deaf Awareness, Mental Health Awareness.

FIVE WAYS TO OVERCOME POST-LOCKDOWN STRESS AND ANXIETY FOR WHOLE FAMILY

You can learn tips on overcoming post lockdown stress and anxiety and these can be for whole family from controlled breathing to facing the fear.

SLEEP TIPS: 14 tips on how to get better sleep – World Sleep Day 2021

We all sometimes occasionally have rubbish sleep, so we came up with some tips to sleep better for World Sleep Day from avoiding alcohol 4 hours before bedtime to keeping room ventilated.

HOW TO START A BLOG OR BUSINESS IN 2021 – Yorkshire Families

People may have been thinking about how to start businesses or blogs in 2021, from being authentic to being clear about what you hope to achieve.

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