KIDS EAT FREE: This Half-Term at Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant & Bar

KIDS EAT FREE: This Half-Term at Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant & Bar

Turtle Bay’s newly revamped kids’ menu has arrived… and to celebrate they’re inviting kids to eat free throughout half term. 

Better still, Turtle Bay have restaurants across  the country and indeed Yorkshire (Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield & York), so Yorkshire families can go to a Turtle Bay near them.

So if you want to bring a bit of Caribbean sunshine into your half term staycation with this bespoke new menu for the “Little Turtles” in your family.


New Kids Menu

The new look Caribbean kids’ collection includes a Tiny Turtles and Bigger Turtles menu as Turtle Bay know that children’s dining isn’t a one size fits all affair. 

All kids are invited to kick their Turtle Bay experience off with fresh dips and dippers – a little persons amuse bouche is served via a vegan spread of hummus, smashed avocado and carrot sticks. 

Tiny Turtles can then grab a main course, side and drink for just £5.95. Dishes include healthy bites like Grilled Chicken with Lemony Rice, Fresh Avocado Turtle Wraps, Sweetcorn Fritters, and Flat Bread pizzas. 

Bigger Turtles can opt for a whole rainbow of slightly bigger, more grown up options including a Quarter Jerk Chicken and Sunshine Quinoa, Chicken and Cheese Toastie with Caribbean Slaw or Crispy Squid with Fries! 

Kids Drinks Menu

Kids get their own special ‘mocktail’ collection at Turtle Bay too – delicious and colourful fresh juices blended to create dreamy drinks that will make the kids feel like VIPs. 

From Sky Juice’s frozen blend of pomegranate pineapple, orange and lemon juices to the Reggae Sunsplash which crushes grapefruit, coconut and raspberry – there’s plenty for the little ones to get excited about. 

Dessert Menu

For pudding kids can choose from healthy Fresh Tropical Fruit selection or the more decadent Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie – or there’s the halfway house treat of two good old scoops of vanilla, coconut or vegan chocolate ice cream. 

New Menu for the Adults too
Meanwhile grown-ups can feast on Turtle Bay’s new menu, which is a colourful selection of sharing platters, hearty dishes, small sharer plates, vegan specialities, salads and of course their signature Jerk Chicken. The menu hacking possibilities are endless!

We tried it out and here’s how we got on.

It’s a real feast for all the family at Turtle Bay so get stuck in this half term. 

 Terms and Conditions: 

  • Offer valid from 22nd October – 2nd November 2018 only
    1 free kids menu main & kids soft drink with every paying adult
    To qualify adults must have a main dish from either our main menu or eat from the set lunch menu
    This offer excludes Kid’s mocktails and puddings
    Not be used in conjunction with any other offer
    Turtle Bay reserves the right to amend or withdraw the offer at any time

MY YORKSHIRE: Yorkshire Mum of 4’s top family days out, activities and attractions

MY YORKSHIRE: Yorkshire Mum of 4’s top  family days out, activities and attractions

From Wakefield to York, new blogger Yorkshire Mum of 4 is taking the online world by storm. Here she shares her favourite places to go and things to do in Yorkshire as part of our My Yorkshire column.

Where do you live and work?

I am Gemma. I live in Wakefield and work in Barnsley as an accounts assistant.

How do you like to travel around Yorkshire?

I do like to travel by car because I love choosing my own music and having the flexibility to just jump in the car on my own schedule. Although as the car is a Zafira, it’s more like a bus which is essential when you have 4 kids.

Where would you recommend nearby?

Places nearby I would recommend for a family would be Xscape as there is so much to do from bowling, laser zone to trampolining, however we don’t get there much as it can be quite expensive.

We do like Swithens farm in Rothwell as all the kids like animals and there are also adventure bits for the older kids. It is cheap and cheerful and not far to travel.

What do you love most about Yorkshire?

I love the fact Yorkshire people are just so down to earth a friendly, there is a real sense of pride about being from Yorkshire. I also love Yorkshire Puddings and Yorkshire tea.

the full english breakfast in a Yorkshire Pudding at The Hepworth Cafe

What is your ultimate day out in Yorkshire?

Ultimate day out in Yorkshire would probably involve a theme park so Lightwater Valley and then a nice pub somewhere on the way home serving traditional British Grub as I like my food. The family like our days out exploring theme parks and trying different rides and thrill seeking and then a nice meal at the end. Usually followed by a chocolate brownie and custard or some equally delicious dessert.

What are your favourite family-friendly places to go?

Weekends for us as a family are about exploring What is on locally so we will look at the local what’s on pages and event listings on facebook and find an event that we can support whether that is a fayre, a music event, a craft occasion, fun day, Emley Show that we went the other week or just a local car boot sale. There are so many wonderful events happening right on our doorstep that it is great to support.

What are your favourite free activities in Yorkshire?

Free activities that are available are places like Bolton Abbey, Hemsworth Water Park, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and also places like Thornes Park that have play areas and also nice park areas where you can take a ball, kite or frisbee, go for a walk or bike ride and feed the ducks.

yorkshire mum of 4 gemma stringer

Where would you recommend going for food and drink?

For food and drink in West Yorkshire we have been to so many places – My reviews on trip advisor have been read by 65,000 people and we have visited a variety of places however we do have three favourites. As a family I would say Orlandos over Emley way because he does magic at your table, they have a birthday hat for the kids and it feels very authentic and happy. For adults I would say the Old Mill in Horbury although I think it has been rebranded now and we haven’t been since. A local favourite would be Rinaldis, food is always delicious and service is usually pretty good.

If you were giving a whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire – where would you recommend people go if they were spending 48 hours in Yorkshire with their family?

For 48 hours in Yorkshire I would say spend some time in York, I remember me and my husband had a day out in York where we did the York Dungeon, then had some lovely food at a nice italian restaurant in the town. Then we went to the Chocolate Story and had a walk by the river.

Later that night, he proposed, so York is one of my favourite places and nice for a day out. They also do a family pass for families to explore the attractions there so it would be a fab place to spend a weekend.

There are also seaside destinations such as Whitby and also Bridlington that I would recommend for sight seeing and historical reasons.

Anything else you’d like to share about Yorkshire?

I love that fact I live and work in such a fabulous place, there are so many things going on here and so many places worth visiting. We have Cannon Hall Farm, Clifton Park, Lightwater Valley, Hornsea, Filey, York, Harrogate and also Leeds which is a fabulous shopping destination. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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HALLOWEEN, AUTUMN & OCTOBER HALF-TERM: Where to go and what to do in Yorkshire?

HALLOWEEN, AUTUMN & OCTOBER HALF-TERM: Where to go and what to do in Yorkshire?

From pumpkin picking and autumnal crafts to spooky events and slime workshops, there is so much on offer this Autumn and Halloween in Yorkshire.

Now the Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival is over (we celebrate the Chinese festival in our household), we have been on the hunt for things to do locally in our beloved county of Yorkshire.

One of our favourite places to go is Farmer Copley’s  in West Yorkshire who boast the UK’s largest Pumpkin Festival. But we’ve never actually visited during the Pumpkin season, so that’s on our to-do list this year. And fellow northern blogger Cora Harrison highly recommends the farm in Pontefract and said that they picked a blue pumpkin last year at Farmer Copley’s!

Not too far from there is the fabulous Yorkshire Sculpture Park who are putting on a family-friendly Autumnal Bushcraft Day. We went to one of their family days over summer and loved it!

The Hepworth Wakefield also has crafts on throughout the weekends and Wakefield School Holidays such as Art Pods and Craft tote bags to borrow on Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays.

crafts free family activities at the hepworth gallery wakefield art pods

Wakefield Museums are always free and most of their family-friendly workshops are free too (including Wakefield Museum, Pontefract Museum and Castleford Museum). To find out What’s On check out their leaflet here.

Don’t miss a super spooky event for older children (advised 12 plus) on Hell Lane in Wakefield… it’s Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, combining special effects and actors in an immersive experience as well as a pop-up bar in the severed head!

Also close by for the whole family and scare-free is a Light Party happening on Halloween, 31st October at Portobello Community Centre in Wakefield.

Or you can jump on a ghost train with special Halloween-inspired story-telling at Kirklees Light Railway with their ‘Half Term Horrors’ event.

There’s also plenty of free activities on at the National Coal Mining Museum this half-term.

Up in North Yorkshire, we always enjoy a visit to Stockeld Park who have a special Halloween Adventure on from 25th-31st October during the Autumn October half-term. They’ll be transforming the maze each night into something spooky as well as their Woodland Trail with Nordic Ski, the Illuminated Enchanted Forest and a real ice rink.  I would recommend their Christmas Experience too.

Blogger Amy Downes recommends York for the slightly older kids.

She said: “York is amazing for ghost walks on Halloween – everybody goes dressed up and the people who lead them are really lovely and entertaining. We actually booked a night over there last year at the Holiday Inn which is a 40 minutes walk into the city centre and after the walk Mummy and Daddy had a quick pint afterwards while our toddler was sleeping – recommend Valhalla the Viking Bar which isn’t very well known or the Guy Fawkes pub close to York Minster to get you in the mood for Bonfire Night (Fawkes was born in the house which is now a pub).”

Europe’s largest maize maze, York Maze, reopens on 27th October until 4th November for a special Hallowscream event.

Then if we journey to South Yorkshire, Trips with a Tot recommends Halloween at Whirlow Hall Farm with their Witches in the Wood event on 27th October, a free Spooktacular at Conisbrough Castle or Slime Workshops at Medieval Mayhem, a play centre in Sheffield.

Museums Sheffield (which includes Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum) always have a variety of free family activities on rom Craft and Art Clubs to Fridays for Under 5s. Make sure you check what’s on here.

museums sheffield free family activities millenium gallery

Then drive over to Barnsley for Cannon Hall Farm’s Halloween event… The Pumpkin Festival where young witches and wizards can complete challenges to graduate from the Wizardry School.

So whatever you get up to this Autumn, please let us know below or if you have any recommendations… we’d love to hear about them!

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VEGETABLE BOXES REVIEW: Is it worth having fruit, vegetable & recipe boxes delivered to your door from Yorkshire suppliers?

VEGETABLE BOXES REVIEW: Is it worth having fruit, vegetable & recipe boxes delivered to your door from Yorkshire suppliers?

Several years ago, when I was living alone and working, I treated myself to weekly fruit and vegetable boxes, delivered from the local farm right to my door. But as soon as I had acquired more responsibilities such as a family and less disposable income, I put a stop to “luxury” items such as my fruit and vegetable boxes. 

But was that the right choice? Was I choosing thrift over health? 

These days the market for such boxes seems to have become even bigger as us millennials are becoming well aware of the importance of organic produce, cooking fresh and from scratch, but the one caveat is time. 

In our 2.4 family household these days we have tried all kinds of recipe boxes such as Muscle Food (lots of meat for my sport-loving hubby) and The Spicery (a gift subscription of spices for me).

But when it comes to fresh produce and locally sourced produce, what are the options? 

Greengrocers to your door

Earnshaws of Horbury – Vegetable and Fruit boxes for households and businesses

One of only two surviving greengrocers in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Earnshaws of Horbury is having to diversify the way in which it serves its customers. 

Owner Simon Fishwick, said: “We can no longer rely on people coming to us in our local shop, but we need to be going to them which is why we deliver fruit and vegetable boxes to people’s doors as well as businesses.”

Simon started with delivering boxes to customers throughout Horbury but has now expanded his customer base of people and businesses to the Wakefield District. 

He said: “We have a diverse range of customers and people are seeing the benefit of locally sourced organic produce, but the issue is cost and convenience.” 

And whilst Simon has addressed the convenience issue, he understands that price is difficult with so much competition in the fruit and vegetable market. 

“Even pound shops are selling fruit and veg now and, we simply can’t compete on price but we can on quality as well as being plastic-free where possible.” 

Simon also points out that by this Summer 40 per cent of the world will shop online so he too plans to launch a new site soon so that he can serve his customers in store and further afield. 

“People love what we do and we get some of our produce from as nearby as Newmillerdam Country Park (a village and suburb of Wakefield).

“But we have to make our business viable too, so we hope the online element of ordering fruit and veg boxes takes off.” 

What’s in the box? Anything… depending on your budget 

Just as you can select anything which is on offer in-store, this goes for the boxes too so you still get that personal touch. 

I opted for a “surprise and colourful selection” of a box worth £25 (see photo). 

The produce was delivered by a colourful van and it was noticeable how fresh and big the vegetables were as well as, no plastic. 

It was about a week’s supply of vegetables (and we eat a lot of veg in our house). It was more than what the same items would cost in a supermarket but for me it’s a small price to pay to support the local economy and to help improve my family’s health.

 A farmer’s crop to your door 

Riverford Organic Farmers – Fruit & Veg boxes and Recipe Boxes

Guy Watson, Riverford

Riverford has four farms including Home Farm at Newby Wiske, North Yorkshire where organic vegetables are grown and supplied for boxes to be delivered across the North of England.

North Yorkshire’s Home Farm grows seasonal veg including potatoes, parsnips, courgettes, broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbages, asparagus, beetroot, chard, broad beans, runner beans, French beans, garlic and leeks.

Riverford was originally founded when Guy Singh-Watson started growing organic veg on the family farm in Devon, with a wheelbarrow and a borrowed tractor in 1987.

His pioneering veg box scheme now sends out around 55,000 boxes a week to a loyal band of customers who share his commitment to fresh, seasonal food, produced with respect to customers, staff, farmers, livestock and the environment.

Riverford’s offer includes veg and recipe boxes as well as fruit and salad boxes. Customers can also choose from its online meat, dairy and farm shop. Everything grown or sold by Riverford is organic.

From the start,  the business has minimised its environmental impact, from the way  food is grown through to how it is packed and delivered. You won’t find crazy supermarket-style cosmetic specifications; just beautiful, often wonky veg, that is grown for flavour.

Having been badly treated by supermarket buyers himself, Guy agrees prices with farmers in advance, and gives them a guaranteed market for their produce.

Twice voted BBC Farmer of the Year, Guy is a veg expert and writes about sustainable farming, the politics of food production and better ways of doing business. The Riverford veg box was also named Ethical Product of the Decade by The Observer.

Who owns what at Riverford?  

Riverford became employee owned on 8 June 2018.

74% of the company has moved into an Employee Trust, benefitting all Riverford employees equally. Guy retains 26% and a very active involvement in the next phase of Riverford’s journey.

How much does a box cost? 

Prices vary depending on the content of the box. A medium veg box is £14.45. Recipe boxes start from £11.20 for a meal for two.

Recipe Box PR image


Whilst your weekly food budget would need to increase if you’re used to buying cheap supermarket produce. The prices are similar between Earnshaws and Riverford, both of whom support local producers. Obviously, Earnshaws is hyper-local whereas Riverford is national.

I think that if you budget correctly and cut down on meals-out or takeaways, you’d definitely benefit from the “treat” of healthy food through your door. 

As soon as the veg boxes arrived, my kids were excited and quickly began munching on the large locally-grown carrots and asking about all the different types of fruit and veg, which for me is well worth the extra cost.  


  • Please note we received the boxes free-of-charge for the purpose of this review. 

MY YORKSHIRE: The best Yorkshire Attractions, Family Days Out & Food

MY YORKSHIRE: The best Yorkshire Attractions, Family Days Out & Food

Yorkshire Families began due to my love of Yorkshire – the people, the places, the attractions and most of all the fond memories I have of being born and bred in God’s Own County. 

And I want to help other families enjoy Yorkshire – helping them to discover with insider knowledge the best places to go, eat, drink and experience the region. From South Yorkshire to North Yorkshire, from West Yorkshire to East and the Yorkshire Dales.  

I was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and now live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and have travelled around the region lots… but I want to hear from other people who also love Yorkshire in this new “My Yorkshire” column as there is so much to do and so much to discover that I can’t do it all myself… as much as I will try. 

Anyhow, here are my answers to the questions I’ll be asking, as well as, a short introduction: 

A self-confessed YouTube and Yorkshire Fan, Sophie Mei Lan decided to set up Yorkshire Families to help showcase the best Yorkshire has to offer. When she is not blogging or vlogging, Sophie is a mum to two girls and a multi-award-winning Journalist. She also co-owns Media Consultancy & Video Production Company Evoke Media Group and The Hepworth Cafe. 

Where do you live and work? 

I live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire near Castleford, Pontefract and Leeds. But I am from Pitsmoor in Sheffield, the Steel City. My family are originally from all over – from Burton-on-trent and Preston to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and China!  

I blog and vlog from home and when I am out and about. I also run my own businesses – Evoke Media Group, our office is in Wakefield City Centre and The Hepworth Cafe which is based inside The Hepworth Wakefield and I help my chef husband with his events and wedding catering company Pop Up North. 

Wakefield Westgate station Jasmine Make and Move

How do you like to travel around Yorkshire? 

Most of the time you’ll find me running with the buggy or walking or catching buses but occasionally my husband drives us around or we use the train if going for a day-out. 

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Where would you recommend nearby?

The Hepworth Wakefield is great for a free day-out with crafts and lots of family activities on, especially during the holidays. It’s not just because we own the cafe there but we have been going to The Hepworth since it opened. 

There’s also a Free City Bus in Wakefield which takes you from Wakefield Westgate Station and Wakefield Kirkgate station to The Hepworth, Wakefield Museum (which is also fab and full of free activities for children) and into the City Centre where you can shop at Trinity Walk or The Ridings Shopping Centre. 

I also love a walk down the canal near The Hepworth and going to Thornes Park which has a Secret Garden, Duck Pond and indoor/outdoor gym and athletics stadium. 

The Hepworth Wakefield in the rain

What do you love most about Yorkshire? 

All the independent businesses, suppliers, influencers and makers – there is so much talent in Yorkshire. 

What is your ultimate day out in Yorkshire? 

I love the Yorkshire Coast! I had an amazing day-out in Scarborough. We began the day at Alpamare Water Park before heading down to the beach and playing on the slots. We then seen the evening at The Scarborough Spa – perfect! 

Where do you enjoy going to at the weekend in Yorkshire? 

If the weather is nice the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton is lovely for a walk and a picnic and so is National Trust’s Nostell Priory. Or if the weather isn’t great we head to The Hepworth or a local play-centre. 

What are your favourite family-friendly places to go? 

  • Sheffield’s Winter Gardens and Millennium Galleries (they’re attached and all indoor). 
  • Stockeld Park near Harrogate 
  • National Coal Mining Museum for England, in Overton, Wakefield 
  • Hemsworth Waterpark or Anglers Country Park (both in the Wakefield district) 
  • The Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield has The Den play area and FAB (Families and Babies) charity. 
  • Kirklees Light Railway 
  • Eureka in Halifax 
  • Wensleydale Creamery is home to a new family experience (we’re yet to check it out).
    The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre 12 

What are your favourite free activities in Yorkshire? 

There are so many galleries and museums with children’s activities on as well as an array of parks (we love Millhouses Park in Sheffield) and countryside to explore – all for free. For example, I’ve mentioned a few free excursions such the National Coal Mining Museum and The Hepworth. Also check out your local library for activities and play/story corners. 

What are your favourite Yorkshire attractions? 

Any secret hot-spots or insider tips you’ve discovered? 

  • For discounts, check out the leaflets on display at a local attraction as you can pick up some bargains, we always enjoy using Yorkshire Attractions. And sometimes you can save money by booking online in advance. 
  • Check out the Park Run website for places to go on a Saturday morning to run with the whole family. 
  • How Stean Gorge is really cool if you have older children who fancy gorge walking or abseiling or just look in the cafe as there is a glass floor looking down to the gorge. 
  • If you’re visiting National Trust’s Fountain’s Abbey – don’t forget to go on the Folly Trail.   
  • If you’re travelling on the motorway near Scotch Corner check out Mainsgill Farmshop, cafe and playground, beats any service station! 

Where would you recommend going for food and drink?  

It’s always hard finding somewhere comfortable to suit all ages which is why we love picnics but with the bad weather that’s not always possible. Asides from the family-friendly pub chains, if you’re looking for good food and drink which is family-friendly there are tons of homely Italian Restaurants. 

Farmer Copley’s has a nice Bistro-style Cafe with plenty of options. Oh and of course, The Hepworth Cafe! 

the full vegan breakfst brunch at The Hepworth cafe

We also loved having Children’s Afternoon Tea at Mr and Mrs C’s in Wakefield City Centre and the staff at Waterton Park Hotel put on a special family afternoon tea for us all if booked in advance. 


Or another great option is Private Dining where a private chef comes to your home (my husband is a Chef and does this for a lot of families as it takes the stress out of going out). 

Also check out Peddler Market in Sheffield is full of street food and music located in an old warehouse in Kelham Island, Neepsend (Burton Rd), day-time tends to be best for families.

If you want to find exclusive offers to some of the best Foodie spots, go to: Yorkshire Food Guide  which has a new online shop.

Are there any family-friendly shops or businesses? 

We love going to Crafty Owls Pottery Barn in Ossett and Boomchikkaboom put on a lot of fun family events across the region. 

Make sure you check out as they have lots of good recommendations and so do My Bump 2 Baby for families. Or for women in business, check out Girl Tribe Gang. 

If you were giving a whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire – where would you recommend people go if they were spending 48 hours in Yorkshire with their family? 

I’d say check out these blogs in advance as you’ll see there’s so much to do, it’s best to focus one part at a time: Yorkshire Tots (covers West Yorkshire), Trips with a Tot (covers South Yorkshire), Leeds Dad, Hip2Trek, Charlotte The Magpie Mama, Cossins Music School (covers Wakefield), A Mum Full of Dreams (Leeds), Lucy At Home, Wonderful Chaos, Rainbeaubelle, Yorkshire Wonders and here on our site. 

Anything else you’d like to share about Yorkshire?

There is SO much happening in Yorkshire, makes sure you follow us on here and on social: 

@YorkshireFams on twitter.

Yorkshire Families on facebook.  





If you’ve ever wondered how cheese is made or want your kids to get to grips with what cheese-masters do, this is the family-friendly experience for you.

Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience is a fun-filled day out, featuring games, activities and live demonstrations of cheese-making as well as a kids milk tanker to help children learn about how a cow makes milk.

There’s also Wallace & Gromit films to watch as well as puzzles for the kids.

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Live Cheese-Making Demonstrations

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Visit Wensleydale Creamery

Whether you want to get the full experience or shop or have a coffee and bite to eat, there’s plenty on offer at Wensleydale Creamery.

Here are the opening times:

Cheese Shop & Gift Shop 

Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

1897 Coffee Shop

Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 4:30pm 

Calvert’s Restaurant

Monday – Sunday
11:00am – 4:00pm

Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience Including New Cheese-making Viewing Gallery.

Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm


Wensleydale Creamery currently make cheese Monday – Friday.

However, cheese-making and butter-making demonstrations happen on an hourly basis 7 days a week.

Find Wensleydale Creamery and Experience:

Wensleydale Creamery, Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire DL8 3RN
T: 01969 667664

SEARCH FOR A STAR: A search for Yorkshire Children to appear in Christmas Pantomime

SEARCH FOR A STAR: A search for Yorkshire Children to appear in Christmas Pantomime

A leading theatre company based in Leeds is looking for Yorkshire children appear in their Christmas pantomime this year.

On Stage Productions is to stage Dick Whittington and His Cat at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall in November and is seeking talented youngsters, aged four to six, to form the youth chorus.

“This is such a great opportunity for Yorkshire youngsters to experience the world of theatre and performance,” said co-Founder and Principal Liz Coggins.

“They will get the chance to experience rehearsals, take  part in training and special pantomime workshops to enhance their performance skills – all alongside industry professionals.”

All the principal actors in the show are adults with professional experience.

Scarborough’s Dale Ibbetson is playing the lead comedy role of Idle Jack for the fifth year; he is regular comic in professional pantomimes throughout the North of England.

The Principal Boy is played by Eloise Peniston; Eloise joined On Stage Academy some 13 years ago aged five and is now on the staff as a trainee teacher and in her final year of drama school.

The production team is also made up of industry experts in technical, costume, hair, make-up and dance.

“On Stage Productions was co-founded by the late Chris Fox – one of the most renowned Pantomime Dames in the country,” said Liz.

“He started his extensive theatrical career as a child and believed that a young person’s first experience of theatre should be a magical one. He also believed in Pantomime as an art form, and as a company we still embody those ethics today.”

Rehearsals start in early October and budding stars will rehearse every Saturday afternoon at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds City Centre; it is expected that more rehearsals will be required in the run up to the production.

If you have a young star in the family let On Stage Productions know by emailing

Dick Whittington and His Cat is at City Varieties Music Hall on Saturday 10th November at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £19.60.

Book online at

or call Box Office on 0113 243 0808


YORKSHIRE DALES CHEESE FESTIVAL: Cheesy things to do with the family

YORKSHIRE DALES CHEESE FESTIVAL: Cheesy things to do with the family
Visitors can go on a cheese pilgrimage during the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival, enjoying cheesy-themed events at many venues that are getting involved for the first time.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has announced the week-long programme which runs from 15-23 September and includes a celebration of the county’s fine local food.
Several new cheeses are expected to be launched including Stonebeck farmhouse cheese that visitors can try for the first time during the open weekend at Low Riggs Farm in Nidderdale at the beginning of the Festival.
The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival starts with the two-day mini Festival at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes and then dropping in at various venues including several new ones right across both the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Plenty of cheese for the Family 
For youngsters there are plenty of events and activities to keep them entertained from cheese tasting and making cheese scones through to going on a guided walk to see red squirrels and taking an imaginary flight in a helicopter after donning virtual reality goggles courtesy of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There’s a cheese-themed Forest School for kids at Aysgarth on September 20 and the Cheese 2 Dales off-road children’s bike ride starting from Hawes on 22 September.
Meanwhile history buffs and those interested in the art of cheese making are well-catered for with days devoted to the region’s rich dairying heritage.
For instance on September 18 visitors can while away time learning more about the fascinating history being uncovered by the Dairy Days project at Askrigg Village Hall while on September 23 expert Andy Swinscoe will be talking about his research into 1930s cheese-making and how it’s leading to a revival of farmhouse cheeses.
The event then begins winding down in spectacular style with the North of England’s first Beer and Beef Festival on 22 September featuring rare breed Dexter beef reared on the host venue, Springhill Farm at Jervaulx near Masham.
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival - Stephen Garnett
Helen Dalton, destination co-ordinator for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said: “We’ve aimed to make the Festival family-friendly so that people of all ages can savour the spectacular range of cheese and other great produce that is produced locally, make a stronger connection between the landscape and the region’s dairying heritage while also enjoying the great scenery we have right across the National Park and Nidderdale Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
More information including the booking details for individual events on

YORKSHIRE FAMILIES: Why I started a Yorkshire Family Magazine Blog

YORKSHIRE FAMILIES: Why I started a Yorkshire Family Magazine Blog

I was born and bred in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and eventually I started my own family in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. I am passionate about the Yorkshire region and making the most of all the places to go, things to experience, days out and  produce to taste with my family.

I wanted to create a one-stop-shop guide for families in Yorkshire so they can find fun and interesting things to do with children, teens and grown-ups whatever the weather or time of year and, whether or not they are locals.

I am also keen to support the local economy because, as well as being a Journalist and Blogger, I co-own businesses too, so I want to support other suppliers and organisations, too help make this region as fruitful as possible for everyone.

I hope Yorkshire Families will show the world all the best things Yorkshire has to offer for any family.

Join us on our family journey throughout Yorkshire, England…