CIRCUS IN LEEDS: Win tickets to Mr Montgomery’s Circus Spectacular at Yeadon Town Hall

CIRCUS IN LEEDS: Win tickets to Mr Montgomery’s Circus Spectacular at Yeadon Town Hall

Mr Montgomery’s Circus Spectacular arrives to save the summer holidays

This summer, from 27 August – 1 September 2019, Yeadon Town Hall is bringing a circus spectacular to fill those end-of-the-summer-holiday afternoons.

The Town Hall team are working in association with Guiseley-based Codswallop CIC to create the show.

Led by Ringmaster Jacob Phillips, Artistic Director of Codswallop CIC, the circus show will dazzle audiences with a programme packed full of talent. Jugglers, aerial performers and dancers are expected to wow audiences.

There are hour-long shows running throughout each day, and plenty of themed activities to get involved with before and after the show. Children will even be given a free activity booklet to enjoy!

Jamie Hudson, Director of Yeadon Town Hall, says: “The circus will provide great family-friendly fun for all ages. The additional activities make this a fantastic day out for children and grown-ups, too! The team are working hard to transform the Town Hall into a mesmerising circus ring, so we’re sure people will be wowed from the moment they walk in.”

Go to: www.yeadoncircus.com to book tickets.

Win a Family Pass to Mr Montgomery’s Circus

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All about Yeadon Town Hall in Leeds 

Yeadon Town Hall is an entertainment venue based in Yeadon, Leeds. We serve the local community in addition to providing professional standard entertainment. Yeadon Town Hall’s own work tours to theatre stages and performing arts venues across the UK, and we also curate a diverse programme of live music gigs, classical concerts, theatre performances and comedy shows – ensuring there is something for everyone.

Yeadon Town Hall is passionate about bringing theatre and the arts to the local community and beyond, inspiring every generation to connect with creative activity and experience new styles of theatre and performance. We are proud to be supported by Key Fund, Leeds City Council and of course our wonderful audiences, enabling us to continue bringing quality entertainment to the tow

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FREE FAMILY DAY OUT: Exploring Kirkstall Abbey (and Abbey House Museum)

FREE FAMILY DAY OUT: Exploring Kirkstall Abbey (and Abbey House Museum)

I have seen pictures online of Kirkstall Abbey of various events popping up from cinema screenings to markets, all at the 12th century ruins. But other than events, what was there to offer for a family in Yorkshire with young children?

We had been invited to review Abbey House Museum (the gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey) and Kirkstall Abbey itself by Leeds Museums and Galleries, so we went along in the school holidays to explore.

We drove from Wakefield and I was surprised at how close Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum (which are across the road from each other) are to the motorway and tucked around the back of Kirkstall Rd where I have previously worked for TV channels. Kirkstall Abbey is just 4 miles from Leeds City Centre (bus details are at the bottom of this post).

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Vlogging at Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum in Leeds / Yorkshire Families

Even from the car park Kirkstall Abbey is staggeringly beautiful and is thought of as one of the most complete Cistercian monastries in Britain.

But the kids being kids were more interested in the playground next to the car park. Anyway we managed to bribe them into Abbey House Museum Cafe aka The Gatehouse for some lunch before exploring Kirkstall Abbey and then inevitably, ending up back at the playground.

We had a peek inside the museum which is made up of Victorian Streets (but you have to pay to get in and we didn’t have time to do both, we should have scheduled a full day trip out). Abbey House Museum’s The Gatehouse cafe and toilets are aptly themed too with plenty to learn even whilst sat on the toilet!

The cafe, like the museum, is stunning in terms of the architecture of the building. It was a sunny day when we visited so we opted to sit outside overlooking a vast array of plant beds and Kirkstall Abbey across the road.

There’s also a picnic area too or you can choose a range of drinks and hot and cold food from a simple menu of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and other hot meals.

The food is fresh and nice but basic, so it was perfect for the kids but a little plain for us adults.

We finished off with ice creams before crossing the road to Kirkstall Abbey. Other than the visitor centre it is all outdoors so make sure you wrap up warm and bring an umbrella, unless you drop on like we did and have sunny weather.

Kirkstall Abbey is FREE to enter

There’s also a nice field for children to play on too and well built paths to help you explore the circumference of the Abbey.  On appearance you can tell it was built by monks from Fountain’s Abbey as there are a lot of similarities in its appearance.

As The Cistercians in Yorkshire writes: “The history of Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire, begins with its foundation in 1147, when a group of twelve monks from Fountains Abbey, under the guidance of their prior, Alexander, colonised the site at Barnoldswick. In 1152 the community relocated to the present site of Kirkstall, and remained here until the dissolution of the abbey in 1539. The abbey buildings escaped the wholesale destruction and plunder that occurred elsewhere; most were left standing and used for agricultural purposes; this is perhaps why Kirkstall is now the most complete set of Cistercian ruins in Britain. While the abbey is now embedded in the industrial quarter of Leeds and the site bisected by the A65 Kirkstall Road, during the Middle Ages – and up until the late eighteenth century – this was a secluded spot in a rural setting. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the main thoroughfare to Leeds actually ran through the nave of the church.”

My family and I made our way around the Abbey before realising how to actually get in to the Abbey through the visitor centre.  

The kids loved running around the site and playing hide and seek. Also there’s often activities on in the visitor centre during school holidays.

I also couldn’t resist taking endless photos of the stunning site for pleasure and for instagram of course.  

 

The kids also found a mud kitchen to play in. It was great to see them use their imaginations to move around the areas rather than give them lots of pre planned activities.

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Make and Move: Jasmine and Arianna exploring Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds / Yorkshire Families 

As the weather started to turn, we then made our way back to the playground as we had promised we could go there too.

We had only given ourselves a few hours to visit but I could have easily spent longer there. There is so much to do for the whole family young and old and easily a day out if visiting both places in tandem. 

For other ideas for free days out in Yorkshire, go to: https://yorkshirefamilies.co.uk/2019/04/17/free-days-out-in-yorkshire-where-to-go-and-what-to-do-with-the-family/ 

How to get to Kirkstall Abbey

Visitor information:

Email

kirkstall.abbey@leeds.gov.uk

Address

Kirkstall

Leeds

LS5 3EH

Opening Hours

Mondays: Closed – Open Bank holidays: 10:00 – 16:00

Tuesday – Sunday:

April to Sept 10:00 – 16:30 Last admission 16:00

October – March 10:00 – 16:00. Last admission 15:00

Admission

General admission is free

Venue Details

Visit one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country and step back in time to see how the monks lived. Refreshments are available from the Gatehouse café across the road at Abbey House Museum.

Facilities

Baby change; Toilets; Visitor centre; Picnic area; Cafe; Education facilities; Play area

Telephone Number

0113 3784079

Access

For information on access at this venue, please visit our Access page

Parking

A large free car park is situated opposite Kirkstall Abbey, on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled access parking.

Public Transport

Bus numbers 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.

The nearest train stations are Kirkstall Forge (1 mile away) and Headingley (1 mile away). Contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676.

 

Getting to Abbey House Museum

Visitor information:

Address

Abbey Walk

Kirkstall

Leeds

LS5 3EH

Venue Details

Wander the beautifully created authentic Victorian streets for a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds.

Telephone Number

0113 3784079

Email

abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk

Public Transport

Bus numbers 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.

The nearest train stations are Kirkstall Forge, c.1 mile away, and Headingley, a 1 mile walk. Contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676.

By car: If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS5 3EH.

Access

For information on access at this venue, please visit our  Access page

Parking

A large free car park is situated next to Abbey House Museum on Abbey Walk. This includes disabled parking. There is an additional disabled access parking space immediately outside the museum entrance.

Opening Hours

Mondays: Closed (Open Bank Holiday Mondays, 10:00 – 17:00)

Tuesday – Friday & Sundays: 10:00 – 17:00. Last admission 16:30.

Saturday: 12:00 – 17:00. Last admission 16:30.

Facilities

Baby change; Cafe; Shop; Education facilities; Picnic area; Play area; Toilets; Parking

Admission Adult

£5.20

Admission Child

£2.65 Children under 5 years – free.

Admission Concession

£4.20

Admission Family

£11.00

Admission Group

£4.20

Admission Leeds Card

  • Leeds Card Adult £4.15,
  • Breezecard child £2.10,
  • LeedsCard Family £8.80.
  • Leeds Card Extra £3.15 Please make sure you have your card with you.

Admission Max Card

General admission is free

Admission Membership

Admission is free to members of the Leeds Art Fund, Friends of Leeds City Museums, the Museums Association and the National Arts Collection Fund.

 

DISCLAIMER: WE RECEIVED FOOD AND DRINK FREE OF CHARGE TO COVER OUR COSTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS REVIEW. ALL VIEWS ARE OUR OWN.

YORK MAZE: Family Day-out with rides, challenges and lots of playing in Yorkshire

YORK MAZE: Family Day-out with rides, challenges and lots of playing in Yorkshire

We enjoy going to lots of family-friendly attractions and over the years they have all gotten bigger, better and slicker. It’s great to see the rise of super-farms and businesses booming but sometimes everything feels a bit ‘too’ comfortable for the kids. There’s not a lot of exploratory play. It’s just handed to them on a plate (or screen).

Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing I love more than being indoors, cosy and with a good cup of coffee. But it’s important to let kids be kids and that’s what York Maze does right.

Europe’s Largest Maize Maze – York Maze

After chatting to York Maze online, we were invited to go review the place. I’ll be honest, I had never heard of the Yorkshire attraction, so I was excited to give it a try this half-term.

As we went the day after Halloween, it was all Halloween themed but hopefully this review will help you regardless of what season you visit the maze.

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Entering York Maze

Once we had entered through the wooden building we were immersed in smoke to start off our Halloween adventure.

When we had passed the smoke machines, we were then into the ranch-style courtyard where there’s a cafe, toilets, wooden play area and even a pumpkin slingshot. (I imagine it’s themed differently depending what season you visit).

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We popped in first to a mini Halloween panto, set inside a barn.

halloween panto at york maze

Then we spotted the sign for Pumpkin Carving and went that way as we weren’t sure how to get into the maze (yes we’re that bad at directions- we that we had gotten lost before we even got to the maze).

Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Carving

Inside the tent you could do pumpkin carving, there was a mini pumpkin show as well as the chance to watch a professional carving a pumpkin.

Out of the back of the tent was a mini field of pumpkins, including the largest real pumpkin I have ever seen! (In fact Farmer Tom from York Maze sailed down the River Ouse in that Pumpkin! You’ve got to love the Yorkshire spirit!).

After some photos with the pumpkins and the opportunity to pick our own, we decided to head for the maze after we had worked out that you go along a little path to the entrance.

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Exploring the Maze

As it’s a farm the maze can be muddy and uneven, so wear wellies or walking shoes if possible. The children enjoyed finding each station where you can use a stencil to draw on your map. A-maze-ingly we didn’t get too lost! But we had fun finding our way around and trying to keep up with the kids! The girls were chuffed to get their sticker on completion.

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Awesome Corn Snake Tower Slides

Next up, my daughters and I went on one of the high slides in a brown bag. There wasn’t much of a queue so we managed to get on fairly quick.  

It was really fun! We could have gone on a drop slide but the girls wanted to go on the slower “wavy one.”

Pumpkin Slingshot

My mum then wanted a go on the Pumpkin slingshot where you sling pumpkin/balls and try and get them in baskets to win a badge (all free). So my mum and the girls had fun on that and luckily both daughters won a badge!

Jumping Pillow, Volcorno, Climbing Zone and Sand & Water Play

We had only given ourselves a few hours at York Maze but we quickly realised we could have spent most of the day there. We didn’t get chance to go to the Scarecrow Centre, Painting Mural, Remote Control Boats, Witch’s Grotto, Face Painting  or Mini Mazes. As the girls wanted to go and bounce on the large pillow. We were lucky as there wasn’t much of a queue to get on and the girls had a blast bouncing around. They then each selected their last activity.

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Avid climber Jasmine wanted to boulder up the Volcorno Slide and Arianna was a bit young for that, she went in the Climbing Zone and Sand & Water Play.

It’s great that the kids get to be so active and get a bit muddy too… How children should be!

As it was getting dark, we made our way out this time via the shop, The Ivy Store.

Before entering the car park, we bumped into the corn mascots which topped off a fun-filled afternoon for the kids.

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