THE BEST BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT ACTS 2020: The Great British Variety Show is back on TV

THE BEST BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT ACTS 2020: The Great British Variety Show is back on TV

From Dance Troupes to Magic Marines to a Rock ‘n’ roll Granny… Britain’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon have had a lot of acts to enjoy and some to endure this year.

Here’s a round-up of our top acts so far… (written by Dan our accessibility correspondent who is part of Yorkshire-based CoActive Arts charity and would normally be sports reporting so he is keeping entertained from Wakefield, West Yorkshire by the hit ITV show instead!)…

Episode 1:

From Dance troupe, sign language act to David Walliams pressed his Golden buzzer, here’s what happened in episode 1:

Nu Crew who were a dance troupe, I liked these as I liked the way they moved differently, they got 4 yeses, and were thorough to the next round. ( Favourite)

Sign along with Us – these were a brother and sister act and some other adults, but the brother of the sister couldn’t speak properly, so they decided to sing and do sign language to the Greatest Showman’s This is Me, they were brilliant, and they got David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer which puts them straight through to the live finals whenever they may be. (Favourite)

So in summary, I would say that some of the acts in this episode were good, whilst others were not, but in general the standard for the first episode was good, as you always want a couple of decent acts to see how the show may progress, and also you know when a decent one comes along that David, Alesha, Amanda or Simon will press their Golden Buzzer.

Episode 2:

From  a Magic marine to an entertainer and to Ant and Dec pressing their Golden Buzzer, here’s what happened in episode 2

James Stott was a Magic marine.  He had 6 tags, he asked Simon Cowell to choose 1 and not reveal to anyone which one it was. He then had a dagger knife, and asked Simon to place it under the bag that corresponded to the tag Simon chose, and using his powers as a marine, he worked out that it was under number 5 as he left that one to last, and he revealed that the knife was there.

His next part was that the 5 plungers on the stage that were connected to the boxes near the judges, Simon then had to release the plungers in order he chose, so he started with number 5, then he chose plunger 2 which let off explosives, then he chose another 1, did same, and finally he chose number 3 and James Stott revealed they were 50/50 from potential disaster, and luckily Simon chose the right one.  I enjoyed this act, as it was magic and danger at same time. He got 4 yeses and got through to the next stage.

Jon Courtenay was a pianist Entertainer, and he sang a song about the history of BGT, I personally thought it was good, and the judges were about to vote when Ant and Dec came down, and pressed the Golden Buzzer which means he’s through to the live shows.

These 2 were 2 of the ones I liked from this episode.

Episode 3 :

From a Tribute act to a singer and Simon Cowell buzzing the singer “booooo”, here’s what happened:

Elite Elton- Tribute act to Elton John, I enjoyed this one but the judges didn’t and he got 4 red buzzers and 4 no’s.

Bhim Naroula was a singer who sang a song called: I want to love you Every day dedicated to his wife, I really enjoyed this act as his song was catchy and 3 of the 4 judges liked it, so he got through to the next stage.

Episode 4:

From mother and daughter singing to the oldest ever contestant and Amanda Holden pressing her Golden Buzzer, here’s what happened

Honey and Sammy were mother and daughter singers and Sammy had been diagnosed with cancer, so they wanted to sing a song together, however Simon didn’t like the song 1sttime, so asked if they could come back later and try again, so they did and they were better, and they got Amanda’s Golden Buzzer, which put them straight through to the live shows.

Nora was a singer who had Alzheimer’s and was the oldest auditionee ever on BGT .  I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOOD, THE JUDGES LIKED HER AND SHE GOT 4 YESES.

Episode 5:

From a dinosaur playing piano to an emotional dog act, here’s what happened

Dario the dinosaur- I liked this one as it was something different that’s never been on BGT before, even Simon liked it and it got 3 yeses.

Miracle the Dog and Amanda- This was a really emotional act, as it showed what Miracle went through which was horrific, and Amanda asked Simon if he could divide the cards into 4 roughly equal piles, and asked him to take 1, and pass 3 to Amanda and so on. Miracle told Amanda which 4 dogs he wanted to take with them to BGT, then Amanda asked the judges which dogs they had chosen, and then it turned out the 4 dogs were the exact ones the judges Miracle chose, and they got 4 yeses.

 

Episode 6:

From spoon playing brothers to rock n roll grandma , here’s what happened

A few acts I liked from this episode were the Lozkha Brothers as they tricked the judges because they told them they were a danger act, but it turned out they were playing the spoons, I liked it and they got 4 yeses.

Another act I found funny was the magician from Sweden as he did magic with rabbits.

Another good act was Crissy who was the rock n roll grandma and I liked Simon’s comment which was: “I though t you were going to be a really bad comedian, and I’d have to pretend to like you because of your age, but you were really good”.   She got 4 yeses.

My final act I liked was a young girl who couldn’t see properly so Ant had to help her both onto stage and to the piano, and she was really good, the judges liked her and she got 4 yeses.

What are your favourite acts so far? I’d love to know your best and worst of my favourite TV Variety show.

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SELF HELP TIPS for managing uncertain times for people with learning disabilities

SELF HELP TIPS for managing uncertain times for people with learning disabilities

What does Lockdown and the Coronavirus Pandemic mean for people with learning disabilities?

Our accessibility blogger Dan has written these tips which he has found helps him in these uncertain times…

Tips for people with Learning disabilities to help them manage this period

I know staying at home can be hard for adults with learning disabilities in this strange time, but I have some tips to help them manage this period.

My tips are:

1)      Try and make sure you have some kind of structure to your days – for example mine is: TV in a morning, bit of work in the afternoon, more TV on a night.

 

2)      Talk to someone at least once a day  whether it be a carer you have, support worker, parent if you have one, or just even ringing or texting a member of staff of a group you go to, can be helpful.

 

3)      Try and make sure you exercise at least once a day so that you have some fresh air inside your lungs, and gets you out of the house for half hour, an hour

 

4)      Don’t watch too much news as it can scare you

 

5)      Do something you enjoy doing every day to help you feel more relaxed

 

Dan also wants to share why he claps for carers on a Thursday…

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Every Thursday evening for just a minute, people all across the UK step onto their doorsteps or balconies and they clap, not only for the NHS staff who are keeping the country going,  but they’re also clapping for the carers who are having to work through these tough times.

I have lots of people who I see as carers: my parents, staff at CoActive, In the Sky,  GT Care whether that be in the group or on a 1:1 basis, doctors, dentists when I have appointments.

I’ll explain why I see each of these are carers, and what they do for me.

Why I see my parents as carers is they take me to a couple of my groups in normal times, and they don’t mind dropping me off and picking me back up again,  they make my food for me, and they do loads of other stuff for me, so that’s why I see them as carers.

Why I see staff at CoActive as carers are:  they’re really helpful and ask if I’m OK with activities we do,  and if they don’t think I’m doing something right they explain to me what I should be doing in a simple way , and then I do it again. They’re all fantastic at their job as well which helps.

In the Sky staff are carers, as they ask me what I’ve been up to during the week, and they listen to me.  Performance wise if I’m in the wrong place on stage or I get a line wrong, they let me know and they let me do it again.

GT Care staff  are carers as it’s in their name , and when I’m in a group which is on a Tuesday and Saturday night, they come and pick me up, take me to wherever we go, so on a Tuesday that’s for tea at a pub, followed by a game of bowling, and then they take me home when it’s time, and on a Saturday they take a group of us to Carlton Social Club where there’s darts, bingo, a singer usually although occasionally there’s something else e.g. a comedian, and then when it’s time they drop me off at home and they ask me sometimes if things are OK. I also have a 1:1 on a Friday who picks me up, goes with me to In the Sky, and then drops me off home at the end when it’s time.

Doctors and dentists are carers as they do check-ups so  doctors is usually a health check every year and just a general checkup.  Dentists are either for check-ups or for fillings if needs be.

How my Cares are helping me through this Covid 19 crisis… 

The groups I used to go to have all got some kind of way of keeping members of the group connected in some sort of way. Whether it be via Zoom or an online chat group or DVD (such as CoActive charity who are making the DVD to hand deliver to their members each week as not everyone can get online. The DVD includes the normal sessions that the creative arts charity would normally put on for adults with learning difficulties).

So that’s a list of carers I have and why I clap for them.

ROYAL CROWN DERBY ‘MAKE A MUG, MAKE A DIFFERENCE’ CAMPAIGN GIVES YOUNGSTERS THE CHANCE TO USE ARTISTIC SKILLS TO SUPPORT THE NHS

ROYAL CROWN DERBY ‘MAKE A MUG, MAKE A DIFFERENCE’ CAMPAIGN GIVES YOUNGSTERS THE CHANCE TO USE ARTISTIC SKILLS TO SUPPORT THE NHS

A competition has been launched by Royal Crown Derby to encourage young people to use their artistic skills to celebrate the NHS – and leave a lasting legacy of the vital role of healthcare professionals in these unprecedented times. 

The company has created the ‘Make a Mug, Make a Difference’ competition, which will see winning designs exhibited in the V & A, and rolled out into production. 

Royal Crown Derby Artisans aim to produce 26,299 of the winning designs, to celebrate every day since the formation of the NHS on 5 July 1948 to its 72nd anniversary in 2020.  

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The competition has two entry categories, for the under 12s and 12-18- year- olds. 

Entries will be shortlisted by Royal Crown Derby’s in-house design team, before artist and children’s author Liz Million selects the winner in each category. 

Both mugs will be priced at £30, with 100 per cent of profits being donated directly to the ‘NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.’   

The mugs are immediately available to pre-order via the Royal Crown Derby website and each purchase includes a free ticket to tour the Royal Crown Derby factory and museum. Those wishing to buy the mug as a gift have the option to add a personalised gift message to their delivery.  

Managing Director, Christopher Oakes, said: “Everyone at Royal Crown Derby had a strong ambition to support the NHS, especially as many of our team have front line workers in their immediate family.  

“We explored several options, but we ultimately chose this campaign as it allows us to support the NHS by offering 100 per cent of our profits and help British families who are also facing unprecedented challenges.  

“We hope our entry packs will give children a much-needed challenge, boost creativity, and encourage them to learn about how precious the NHS is. 

“We’ve added the option to include a personalised message card as we hope many mugs will be given as gifts to loved ones or as a thank you to the frontline hero’s, who are protecting and serving us all.”      

Royal Crown Derby is the oldest surviving British pottery maker and has a long history of creating high quality commemorative pieces dating right back to the coronation of King George III in 1761.  

Today it makes luxury fine bone china for retailers, hotels and restaurants and, whilst many of its clients have temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the company is still able and willing to make the mugs and make a difference.   

Museum Director, Elizabeth Woledge added “It has been a real pleasure to work together on this campaign.  

“Our entry packs encourage young people to explore the process of design and explore their creative abilities.  

“Royal Crown Derby’s history includes the work of some extremely talented artists and designers, some of whom were working as apprentices as young as 13.  

“We are looking forward to opening the entries and seeing some of the amazing talent which we know is out there among young people today.”   

Competition entries are now open and will close at 4 pm on May 7, 2020.  The winners will be invited to Derby to meet the design team and see how the mugs are made from start to finish at the factory, in the heart of England.  

The winners will also take a tour of the Palace of Westminster with Jo Gideon MP and will be presented with the first mug off the production line together with their framed artwork.  

They’ll also visit the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, where their mugs will be exhibited.  

Tristram Hunt. Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, said “The V&A is delighted to be able to endorse this important and innovative response by Royal Crown Derby to the COVID-19 emergency.   

“Our front-line workers need all the help and funding possible, and it is wonderful to see a great British pottery company encouraging ceramic skills with the next generation in support of such a worthy cause.  

“We look forward to welcoming the winning young designers to the V&A in South Kensington.” 

Jo Gideon MP, commented “As an MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to BEIS (department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy) I’m passionate about the NHS, the future of young people and business, including the ceramic industry.  

“That’s why I’m delighted to support this amazing competition, which not only celebrates our wonderful NHS but will raise much needed funds for the NHS All Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.” 
 

Royal Crown Derby are also grateful for the generous support of Global Ceramic Materials limited who are generously providing a discount on the raw materials meaning that even more money can be donated to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.   

HOME EDUCATION TIPS: Staying engaged and learning under lockdown ‘schooling’

HOME EDUCATION TIPS: Staying engaged and learning under lockdown ‘schooling’
Parents around the country are rightly anxious about their newly added responsibilities around homeschooling. And as the novelty wears off and we start the summer term, Murray Morrison, founder of learning software, Tassomai, has a few tips to keep things going for the long haul.

Top tips for schooling and educating at home:

The first thing to acknowledge is that you’re not their teacher. So it’s OK not to try to be their teacher this term: parents have plenty on their plate and they must keep their own priorities. Whatever you do, don’t be made to feel guilty by the work you’re seeing on social media from mythical super-mums and dads. Nevertheless, there are a few principles worth bearing in mind that can get you and your children through the coming months.

Use what the school give you, but make it part of the bigger picture

You will likely have been given an outline of the curriculum to cover, and a few worksheets. They’ll likely be fairly thin, so it would be easy to blast through them all just to keep your kids busy… Instead, try to make them last and instead lower your expectations as to how much time will be spent on actual schoolwork each day.

Rather than fill the days with “work” as it might be done in school, encourage your children to do some independent work around what they had to cover today – for older children, that might be reading around the material on Wikipedia, for younger children, drawing or craft projects that relate to the work they did.

Keep the lion’s share of the day for activities that will be mentally stimulating and ‘wholesome’ but feel like a treat – you’re far likelier to keep things going this way.

Don’t worry about missing bits or falling behind

Everything will be covered again when your child goes back to school, so don’t wake up in the night worrying about the odd missed bit. But remember that, when schools do resume, everything will be compressed – the revision of last year’s work, the teaching of the missed term’s curriculum and, consequently, all next year’s work too.

So while nothing will be missed, your child will manage next year far better if they have developed the skills to handle what will be the strangest 18 months in modern education.

Look back over the last year’s learning

Where you can support your child in getting ready for what comes next is to get them organised. Over the next few months, if they can look through everything they have done since September 2019 and consolidate their knowledge, they will have a major advantage next year.

Knowledge consolidation is an art – and it can be made into artistic exercises if, for example they write their own knowledge organisers or mind maps; anything you can do to support regular retrieval practice too – flashcards and quizzes can be made manually, or software like mine is ideal for keeping everything fresh in mind.

Build the skills that will help them next year

There’s one area where parents working with their children at home can do better than any school in their setting – and that is in the development of core learning skills. The fundamentals in this area are things like sustained concentration – which can be nurtured with activities like gardening, painting, knitting, puzzles or model-making. Beyond these, number puzzles, logic puzzles and crosswords can be superb for building facility with numbers, structured thinking, memory and vocabulary-building.

Think of this time not as one to spend replacing their school education with something similar – instead approach it as a time to get them as fit as possible for a disruptive year to follow. The given curriculum can form the backbone of their routine, but fill it with productive activities that allow you to live your own life too.

If, at the end of this, your child has a strong understanding of what was taught this year, and is happy and mentally prepared to learn what comes next, you will have done an amazing job.

Murray Morrison is a leading education and learning expert. He is the founder of online learning programme www.Tassomai.com

Murray Morrison is a leading education and learning expert. He is the founder of online learning programme www.Tassomai.com

FREE SUPPORT FOR YORKSHIRE FAMILIES: Skill-sharing, money-saving tips, home hacks and activities – Join our #YFams Community

FREE SUPPORT FOR YORKSHIRE FAMILIES: Skill-sharing, money-saving tips, home hacks and activities – Join our #YFams Community

Skill share, find community support, make friends, promote a cause, share ideas/tips and things to do in our new Yorkshire Families group #YFams. 

Yorkshire Families has set up an online community group to help everyone in Yorkshire to access support, network and most of all to help everyone to make the most out of God’s Own County. 

Here’s what we posted in the Yorkshire Families #YFams group about why we launched sooner than planned… 

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Yorkshire Families logo

SUPPORT FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, PLEASE ADD YOUR FRIENDS: We want to represent and support ALL families (people) in Yorkshire and beyond… we were working on a huge site revamp BUT as time is of the essence and help is needed NOW we have launched our facebook group early where we will be sharing posts on what to do with your family// reducing isolation  // food & essentials sharing (where allowed) and community support // skill sharing // fun and free activities // Keeping active as a family // Money saving tips // Local Neighbourhood communities // Support for local businesses // Campaigns // Learning for all // HELP FOR ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES SO WILL WE… TOGETHER XXX

“A crisis reveals a community” and it can help to create one too…  

We are all one big Yorkshire Family that supports each other regardless of our individual backgrounds or circumstances. We want to create a place where we can enable everyone to get active in their community, support one another and find things to do and places to go/explore/discover. 

We also want to support local charities, organisations, community groups and businesses to shine a light on all of the incredible things that are happening in our area and how to access them. 

There is no judgement just assistance where possible in this peer-to-peer group. Originally it was going to be a food bank finder, community sharing as well as days out and activites hub. But at the moment it is hopefully a vital resource to help each other by lending a hand (digitally), sharing ideas of things to do in lockdown and signposting useful information. 

JOIN THE #YFAMS COMMUNITY HERE 

 

YORKSHIRE CARE HOME is “on “its knees” with Covid 19 outbreak and NEEDS YOUR HELP

YORKSHIRE CARE HOME is “on “its knees” with Covid 19 outbreak and NEEDS YOUR HELP

A care home in the Wakefield District, West Yorkshire is desperately searching for volunteers as they are “on their knees now” trying to care for the most vulnerable in unprecedented times…

“They pride themselves on providing as much support, care and love for elderly people in their final days as possible and that is what all our elderly deserve. But they can’t do that when they’re stretched to breaking and that’s breaking their hearts.”

Staff at Snydale Care Home in Pontefract have been doing a “heroic job” to keep all their elderly vulnerable residents safe during the corona virus crisis but they’re on their knees now.

Many have not had a day off work for weeks, they’re tired and short staff, 15 now in self isolating. Weeks ago the home had to stop relatives visiting which put all the strain of socialising with residents on them. Sadly some of the residents have died of Covid 19 without their relatives by the side in their last hours which is emotionally devastating for both relatives and staff.

Yes these carers deal with death as a care home for the elderly it’s part of what they do but they don’t deal with deaths like this. They pride themselves on providing as much support, care and love for elderly people in their final days as possible and that is what all our elderly deserve. But they can’t do that when they’re stretched to breaking and that’s breaking their hearts.

Cheryl Varley writes…

This is my mum, Marjorie Jones, she’s 87 years old, is much loved by her four children and eleven grandchildren, has dementia and really needs your help.

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She’s a resident at Snydale Care Home.

My mum is one of twenty residents in the home that are now in isolation, she’s in a room on her own for the next fourteen days her families not allowed to visit and because she has dementia she won’t know what’s going on or why… and she’s probably a bit scared. The home have put out a desperate appeal for volunteers who could do back room jobs so their staff can continue to look after residents like my mum who are now in isolation. Can you help them could you volunteer?
Of course we should all applaud our NHS hero’s they are magnificent but could you also support the second front line who are care workers with no where near the training and resources of the NHS and are also fighting to save lives and comfort the dying?
If you can help my mum, the carers and all the other residents please call Snydale Care Home  and ask for Caroline Walter’s she will talk you through what they need – they have PPE they will keep everyone who volunteers safe. Thank you.
TO VOLUNTEER, CALL SNYDALE CARE HOME (New Road, Pontefract) on: 01924 895517

EASTER ACTIVITIES: Fun things to do at home with the kids – from crafts to dance and Easter Bunny in your home live

EASTER ACTIVITIES: Fun things to do at home with the kids – from crafts to dance and Easter Bunny in your home live

We know this Easter will be different from normal due to Lockdown and the Coronavirus Pandemic… but we want to make sure that you still have fun whilst staying safe at home during Covid 19.

So here’s our alternative Easter ‘What’s On Guide’ of activities and things to do at home this Easter…

  • Easter Crafts: Now’s a perfect time to get crafting! There are so many things to do from cutting out egg shapes and decorating them to creating bunnies out of the middle of all that toilet roll with cotton wool. Or you can easily bunny face masks or hats made out of a paper band with bunny ears. Or you could have an Easter Nail Art salon! fbt
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Whether is be with chocolate eggs or other treats or even just clues on their own or a treasure hunt. We love a good old Easter Egg Hunt (with or without the chocolate).
  • Easter Baking: Depending on what you have in there’s a few simple recipes you may be able to make (or create your own!). From chocolate corn flake buns and cakes to hot cross buns and we always enjoy a Sunday Dinner so it is Yorkshire Puddings for us! Use your imagination or even create a mud kitchen in the garden! (But obviously don’t eat mud!).
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  • Hatchimals Easter Bouquet is a great alternative to chocolate and flowers for children. We were gifted it to try it out and the girls loved hiding each flower in their own hunt they created. It’s a great gift too if you have more than one child as they ‘could’ share the bouquet and open a different flower each. They’re available here: https://amzn.to/2QViqmQ

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Hatchimals Easter Bouquet – Photo: instagram.com/yorkshirefamilies 

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  • Have your own Easter Dance Party! Put on some Easter songs and play party games.
  • Easter Bunny Live streaming at Home:

    A new experience has been developed by the creators the Easter Bunny Live event, an annual live experience that was due to be touring the country to deliver the full Easter experience. Helen Nurse, Director of Fun for Wonder Adventures, explains; “Despite having to cancel the event, we didn’t want anyone to miss out on the magic of Easter so we’ve been working hard to take all the fun online for children to still experience at home.”

    The live-streamed event will deliver the same fun, imaginative entertainment as the live experience, all designed to get children involved and active together with their parents.

    After registering for a chosen event date and time ‘visitors’ will be directed to join a private Facebook group where the event will be securely broadcast.

    During the online event the Easter Bunny will deliver storytelling, interactive games and riddles all of which the children join in at home. He will also run an egg hunt which families can do around their space and they will learn the new ‘Easter Bunny Hop song and dance’ – a special single will be released especially for the event.

    Helen Nurse adds; “During the event we’ll be encouraging parents to send messages for personal Easter Bunny shout-outs as well.”

    The team behind the event, wonderadventures.co.uk, are a family run business include their own children as chief fun testers. They specialise in interactive experiences for under 10’s including live events and online interactive treasure hunts. Helen added; “With our experience covering live and online content – taking the Easter event online seemed the obvious thing to do.”

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    Helen, Director continues: “We are passionate about providing imaginative play experiences, inspiring kids and encouraging children and parents to play interactively together and so it is actually more important than ever to provide this at home at what will be a challenging time for a lot of families. We want to still provide opportunities for families to experience special, fun moments together and make memories. And being able to bring this into the home as a live experience means families can mark Easter and do something together that is memorable.”

    Registration for the event is £5 per family. To register or for more information on the Easter Bunny Challenge LIVE online or the interactive treasure hunts go to http://www.wonderadventures.co.uk

BEST DAYS OUT IN YORKSHIRE: What attractions families can look forward to!

BEST DAYS OUT IN YORKSHIRE: What attractions families can look forward to!

Where is your favourite family day out in Yorkshire? Whilst a day out might not be on the agenda for a while… we wanted to recognise some of the best days out for families in Yorkshire so we have a list of things to do when we are allowed to explore the region again safely.

Our accessibility correspondent Dan Cross writes…

Here’s some ideas of the best activities in Yorkshire for families, when they are allowed to, and what type of things to expect:

  • York Dungeon with shows and history. It’s a 75 minute tour which takes you through the city’s gory past, using actors and special effects to make history loads more exciting. This is based in York.
  • Eureka Museum in Halifax with interactive exhibitions, designed to make learning fun, covering everything from the desert to human biology. This is based in Halifax in West Yorkshire.  It’s the perfect day out in Yorkshire!
  • Flamingo Land, this is not just a theme park it’s a zoo too, you can even meet a Creature as the Chief Education Officer brings out a range of animals  such as snakes or frogs for you to get up close and personal with. This is based in Malton North Yorkshire.

 

  • York Maze with different types of mazes – illusion, mineshaft and finger fortune Maze, there’s also play zones, including a jumping pillow which is a bouncy castle without walls, and there’s also a climbing Zone. This is based in York North Yorkshire, and is open from mid-July until September.

 

  • The Deep in Hull tells the story of the world’s oceans with interactive exhibitions, and loads of sea creatures: fish, turtles, sharks. The whole tour takes 2 to 3 hours and there’s also a café if you or your kids get p=peckish. This is based in Hull, East riding of Yorkshire.

 

  • Snozone in Xscape Castleford, where you can ski or go tobaggoning. They offer lessons as well as activities, such as: sledgling or ice slides. This is based in the Xscape, Colorado Way Castleford.

  • Jorvik Viking Centre. They’ve reconstructed Viking streets so you can see what it was like 1,000 years ago , and there’s interactive displays  telling you about their 5 year- long dig on Coopergate, so it’s both fun and educational. This is based in York, North Yorkshire.

 

  • National Coal Mining Museum.  You can venture 140 metres underground to explore one of Britain’s oldest working mines, and learn about the lives of who worked there. You can go outside and meet ponies, walk around nature reserve and even have a mini train ride. A great day out. This is based in Overton, Wakefield , Caphouse Colliery.

 

  • Scarborough is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Britain. You can go on loads of beaches, there are arcades, you can take a boat trip out to sea, or you can visit the Scarborough Sealife sanctuary. There’s so much to do in Scarborough. This is based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

 

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park.  There are loads of exotic animals for the kids to see close and personal as you walk round the park. There’s lions, polar bears, meerkats, giraffes, tigers, zebras and more. There’s also a chance to learn about them with the various talks throughout the day. It’s definitely one of Yorkshire’s best days out. It’s based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

 

Where are you most looking forward to visiting in the future? Let’s share the love for our wonderful Yorkshire attractions who will need our support!

 

 

YORKSHIRE GIFT GIVEAWAY: EEH BAH GUM IT’S A GOOD ‘UN – Yorkshire Families

YORKSHIRE GIFT GIVEAWAY: EEH BAH GUM IT’S A GOOD ‘UN – Yorkshire Families

The Yorkshire accent is one of the top 5 attractive accents in the UK, according to a YouGov poll and we chuffin’ think so too (we are Yorkshire Families and proud after all!).

So we have teamed up with a born and bred in Yorkshire independent giftware company … Dialectable Ltd for a right good giveaway for the whole family (no matter what yours looks like!).

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BEST YORKSHIRE DAYS OUT USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Leeds by bus, train and water!

BEST YORKSHIRE DAYS OUT USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Leeds by bus, train and water!

A lot of families want to explore the best Yorkshire has to offer but without a car… so we thought at Yorkshire Families that we would start to share some of our favourite days out using public transport… beginning with Leeds, West Yorkshire.

I myself (Sophie Mei Lan) have a driver’s licence but no vehicle and I am determined to do what I can using public transport or by walking. Not only can it save money but it is better for the environment too and at times, I have found, it is less stressful than driving a car (YES I have been stuck on Leeds Ring Road a number of times!). So what is there to do in Leeds via public transport?

There are so many but here are some of the recent places we have visited and loved in Leeds City Centre!

Train  

As we live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, we often get the train into Leeds if I have the energy to face the busyness of Leeds Train Station (that said the kids love it and it looks super pretty after its recent makeover). The train station itself is equipped with a few shops and lots of eateries from coffee shops to McDonald’s (the children’s favourite along with Subway), Pret a Manger (great for an affordable filter coffee), Wetherspoons (cheeps and cheerful but not child-friendly), Leon (my absolute favourite) and a Sainsbury’s (perfect if you forget picnics and snacks like I always do).

From Leeds Train Station main entrance you can easily access the city centre shops and Trinity Leeds and it is just a 10 minute walk to Millennium Square where you will find the brilliant Leeds City Museum (such a great free day out for little ones) as well as Leeds Art Gallery. Nearby there is also The Core Shopping Centre where we like to grab a slightly quieter bite to eat, The Merrion Centre and for a treat we love The Light Leeds.

Or if you come out of Leeds Train Station’s South Entrance you can easily access the city’s waterfront (River Aire).

The entrance has two escalators up to the concourse which provides access to either side of the river for passengers to get to Granary Wharf and Little Neville Street, or Holbeck.

Granary Wharf has lots of places to eat but the children’s favourite are Leeds Water Taxis. The boats (called Twee and Drie) ferry passengers from Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock. At Leeds Dock you will find Royal Armouries Museum which is well worth a visit.

Bus 

My favourite way to get to Leeds is via bus although it does take a lot longer this way (approximately one hour on the 110 Arriva bus from where we live in Wakefield to Leeds City Bus Station, which is only 20-30 minutes on the train).

Once arriving in Leeds City Bus station, there are lots of places to visit locally.

The bus station itself is nothing to shout about but at least it is quieter that Leeds Train Station and it has a Greggs and corner shop as well as vending machines.

Leeds City Bus station is literally next door to Leeds Kirkgate Market which has a huge array of fruit and vegetable stalls as well as an accessible food court with lots of independent food and drink vendors (you can get delicious fresh food cooked for you at an affordable price).

The bus station is also across the road from Victoria Leeds which is home to John Lewis and some higher end shops and eateries. It’s great with a pushchair or with older children.

Not only that, Leeds Playhouse theatre is also across the road with a new city facing entrance which makes it even more accessible (previously West Yorkshire Playhouse). We love going to the theatre to see family friendly shows such as The Bear which was on during half-term.

Yorkshire Families review of The Bear at Leeds Playhouse: 

“Charming and captivating! My 5 & 8 year old daughters were so engrossed, they forgot to ask for the sweets I’d brought them. I’m not sure I could give higher praise!?

This production is everything children’s theatre should be: beautifully made, witty, charming and light-hearted.

The Bear is adapted from the picture book by Raymond Briggs, the same writer behind The Snowman. Here, a relatable and enchanting little girl, Tilly is delighted when a polar bear climbs through her bedroom window. Despite the bear making trouble, in every toon in the house, her parents remain blissfully unaware and assume the ‘bear’ Tilly constantly charters about is part of her imagination. Which my girls found hilarious, as the bear is huge!

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the experience, from the welcome at Leeds playhouse, the wonderful acting on show, the seamless scene changes to the perfect duration and atmosphere for my girls. I’d thoroughly recommend for a family trip!”

Also nearby you have Yorkshire Dance and Northern Ballet who both run classes for children and adults. We recently attended a free family festival at Yorkshire Dance where we did a Bollywood Dance Workshop.

 

So whether you’re visiting Leeds by bus, foot, train or even boat… there are so many things to do! Let us know your favourite day out on social media @yorkshirefamilies on instagram/facebook and @yorkshirefams on twitter.