HALLOWEEN THEATRE FUN: Family musical in Sheffield this half term

HALLOWEEN THEATRE FUN: Family musical in Sheffield this half term

Baroness Frankenstein has opened the doors of her castle to creatures of the night looking for a safe place to stay, away from the prying eyes and pitchforks of the townsfolk.

 

 The problem is, it’s not technically her castle anymore! The Baroness is penniless, and sold the castle to fund her experiments! Meanwhile, the new owner (the wealthy American widow, Hannah Hoople) believes she’s bought a hotel and she’s now on her way to inspect it!

 

 Aided by her assistant Igor and a gang of ghostly housemates, the Baroness must convince Mrs. Hoople that the castle is in fact a luxury hotel and not a dusty old Laboratory. 

 

To top it off, they only have one night to do it before Mrs Hoople leaves for Paris the next morning.

 

If they fail, they’ll have to pack up their coffins and find a new place to haunt!

 

 This frightfully good family musical is sure to be a hit with big and little monsters alike!

I want my mummy a family halloween musical

Full of show stopping tunes , crazy characters, spooky silliness, and a fancy dress competition with a prize for the best costume, I Want My Mummy! is the perfect treat for this Halloween half term. 

 

I Want My Mummy! Takes place at the Montgomery, Sheffield on 29th October (7pm), 30th October (1pm signed performance & 3:30pm) and 31st October (11am & 2pm). 

 

Please note disabled access is not available at the theatre.

 

For more information, go to: 

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SHEFFIELD ABSEIL: British Red Cross’ Steel City Abseil down Hallam university – Join us!

SHEFFIELD ABSEIL: British Red Cross’ Steel City Abseil down Hallam university – Join us!
Can you remember back to the beginning of the year when you were thinking about your New Year’s resolutions and you said that you wanted to try new things and step out of your comfort zone? Well, this is your chance to do so! 

The British Red Cross in Sheffield is organising the annual Steel City Abseil down the Owen Building (Hallam University) on Saturday 26th of October. It’s only £10 to enter with a goal of £100 or more to raise for the Red Cross. You can sign up here: www.redcross.org.uk/steel.

This Abseil is for everyone: for those who already abseil and for those who have never tried it before. It’s not only one of the best ways to challenge yourself (which is a great thing!) but it’s also a chance to support the Red Cross and help us to make a difference to each and every one of our service users’ lives.  So, there’s definitely no excuse for you not to sign up!

The British Red Cross supports people in any kind of crisis across Sheffield and Yorkshire: we run advice sessions and integration workshops for refugees and asylum seekers in our city centres, we loan out wheelchairs to residents, we send out volunteers in special “campervans” to people who have had housefires or floods, and we teach first aid and crisis education to young people. So, by doing the abseil you’ll be keeping all these services running.

And if you’re thinking that you have better ways to spend your Saturday, let me tell you that you don’t! This is a great activity for you to do with your family and friends and it’s also a great opportunity for the kids to learn a little bit more about the British Red Cross and the importance of its work. What better reason to step out of your comfort zone and conquer your fears!

Our abseilers all talk about feeling a sense of mission accomplished and, one of the highlights for a British Red Cross staff member who took part last year was, the look on people’s faces when I told them what I was doing, and the feeling when I looked back up at what I had abseiled down! “The hardest part was getting over the edge”, but the adrenaline, pride and accomplishment as a result was well worth the split-second of fear. 

The challenge of the year – and this one’s for YOU!

 

Written by Barbara Rocha (British Red Cross)

SHEFFIELD ABSEIL: British Red Cross’ Steel City Abseil down Hallam university – Join us!

SHEFFIELD ABSEIL: British Red Cross’ Steel City Abseil down Hallam university – Join us!
Can you remember back to the beginning of the year when you were thinking about your New Year’s resolutions and you said that you wanted to try new things and step out of your comfort zone? Well, this is your chance to do so! 

The British Red Cross in Sheffield is organising the annual Steel City Abseil down the Owen Building (Hallam University) on Saturday 26th of October. It’s only £10 to enter with a goal of £100 or more to raise for the Red Cross. You can sign up here: www.redcross.org.uk/steel.

This Abseil is for everyone: for those who already abseil and for those who have never tried it before. It’s not only one of the best ways to challenge yourself (which is a great thing!) but it’s also a chance to support the Red Cross and help us to make a difference to each and every one of our service users’ lives.  So, there’s definitely no excuse for you not to sign up!

The British Red Cross supports people in any kind of crisis across Sheffield and Yorkshire: we run advice sessions and integration workshops for refugees and asylum seekers in our city centres, we loan out wheelchairs to residents, we send out volunteers in special “campervans” to people who have had housefires or floods, and we teach first aid and crisis education to young people. So, by doing the abseil you’ll be keeping all these services running.

And if you’re thinking that you have better ways to spend your Saturday, let me tell you that you don’t! This is a great activity for you to do with your family and friends and it’s also a great opportunity for the kids to learn a little bit more about the British Red Cross and the importance of its work. What better reason to step out of your comfort zone and conquer your fears!

Our abseilers all talk about feeling a sense of mission accomplished and, one of the highlights for a British Red Cross staff member who took part last year was, the look on people’s faces when I told them what I was doing, and the feeling when I looked back up at what I had abseiled down! “The hardest part was getting over the edge”, but the adrenaline, pride and accomplishment as a result was well worth the split-second of fear. 

The challenge of the year – and this one’s for YOU!

 

Written by Barbara Rocha (British Red Cross)

FAMILY FITNESS IN YORKSHIRE: How to keep active with the kids

FAMILY FITNESS IN YORKSHIRE: How to keep active with the kids

There are so many active family days out to be had in Yorkshire, we’ve tested out a fair few of them this Summer from free activities to climbing and fitness challenges. Here are our child-friendly highlights…

Canal and River Walks 

We kicked off the Summer with a Leeds Cares Charity Canal Challenge which saw the kids and I walking along the Leeds – Liverpool Canal. 

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A lot of people will have a story to tell about their hospital and for us it’s @leedshospitals who helped save my daughter Arianna when she was a baby (as you may know) as we had to resuscitate her and then the Doctors and nurses cared for her and brought her back to life at #leedsgeneralinfirmary #lgi #intensivecareunit so when we were invited to promote the charity which supports the hospital at their canal challenge event, we jumped at the chance 💕💕💕It was a long but fun & scenic day walking along #leedsliverpoolcanal supporting the charity close to our hearts @leeds_cares in their #conquerthecanal challenge 💕❤️💕 Quite proud of myself for taking the two little ones on my own without a pushchair and completing the challenge! We had a few tantrums, some pit stops and bear crawling moments BUT we had such a lovely time together doing the #scavengerhunt, being active and making the most of the stunning outdoors @canalrivertrust @yorkshirefamilies @blogupnorth 👌👌👌

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The event was in aid of a great charity Leeds Cares which funds Leeds Teaching Hospitals work, something we as a family are grateful for as a family as they cared for my youngest Arianna when she nearly died as a baby. 

The day also gave us a chance to explore the Canal side which is simply stunning and free to walk our cycle along. We set off from Kirkstall Forge (we got the train there from Wakefield to Leeds station to Kirkstall Forge) and walked to Granary Wharf. It was a challenge taking the two kids on my own with no buggy or bike but it was well worth it and so scenic. We will definitely be exploring more walks with the Canal and River Trust as we haven’t been making the most of the canals near us. 

It was a free day out (other than the train journey) and we had a picnic along the way too. You can get straight back to the train station from Granary Wharf too. 

 

Travel To Tokyo 

 

It felt good to start the summer with an active challenge like the Canal Walk and we continued it with doing a series of free activities as part of the Travel to Tokyo Challenge to get families active in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics. 

By joining athletes on a virtual journey from London to Tokyo, participants will be in with the chance to win some fantastic prizes as young people work together to reach the December 2020 finish line. You can find out how to join here: https://yorkshirefamilies.co.uk/2019/06/28/families-and-children-wanted-to-join-olympic-and-paralympic-gold-medallists-in-travel-to-tokyo-in-the-run-up-to-tokyo-2020/

Swimming and Climbing 

My youngest daughter’s highlight of the summer was swimming at Disney-inspired sessions at Heeley Baths in Sheffield every Sunday. 

And my eldest loved going climbing at the Climbing Works – Mini Works centre where you can boulder and learn how to climb. 

Whilst in Sheffield, I also enjoyed some adult time going to Hot Yoga classes which are great for core strength and flexibility. 

 

Go Ape at Temple Newsam in Leeds 

I also really enjoyed going to Go Ape with my younger brother and step dad. It was so much fun swinging through the treetops and pretending to be Tarzan. We did the advanced course, but I will return with the kids to go back and do the mini course. 

Tough Mudder and Lidl Mudder 

I then took my step dad and my friend Katy to Tough Mudder which is an 8-10 mile course with 25 obstacles. We went to the one in North Yorkshire at Boughton Hall. My step brother cheered us along as spectators can come and watch for £10. We had so much fun and there was such a great feeling of camaraderie between everyone. 

I also saw that they now do a Lidl Mudder course for kids to take part… which I am sure would make the perfectly muddy family day out. 

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Have you taken on @tough_mudder challenge?! 🧗‍♀️💃🏃‍♀️ I’ve just completed my first #toughmudder experience and it was completely different than I expected… yes I guessed there’d be mud 😂😂😂 (and there was lots of that!) but rather than being a fierce competitive race… the camaraderie was just awesome. The obstacles were challenging but everyone was so friendly and cheered each other on. And somehow people managed to help me and my hips get over some huge walls, under some barbed wire and through a lot of muddy water 💦 I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. It was the best way to spend a Sunday… with great friends old and new @mrleefurness @katypadam … who’s up for joining my team for the next one?! @blogupnorth @yorkshirefamilies 😜😜😜Plus it all finished in Mudder Village with coffees, food, protein shakes and beers 🍺 👌🥤@jimmysicedcoffee @arladairyuk @snickers @brewdogofficial @lidlgb 💕💕💕 Now for a cup @yorkshiretea & a hot bath (the ice bath obstacle didn’t do it for me 😂) Thanks so much #toughmudder2019 – it’s been epic 💋💋💋 #GIFTED #yorkshire

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Community Health 

To finish off on a high… have you checked out what’s on in your local community? Whether it be council run activities in your local park or community open days.. We’ve been making the most of what’s on in our local area. 

We’re lucky to live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and there are lots of family friendly walks to be had around Angler’s Country Park, Pugney’s Country Park and Sandal Castle. Also at Pugney’s and at Thornes Park there are outdoor gyms to play with too. 

I also taught dance at a community open day held by Inspiring Communities in Portobello, Wakefield – and they had weekly activities on for the whole family. 

Or maybe organise your own game of rounders, football or some indoor dancing and playing games such as twister. 

 

What are your favourite ways to keep active as a family?

 

GRIMM & CO: Apothecary to the magical… in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

GRIMM & CO: Apothecary to the magical… in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Tucked away from a busy Rotherham high street is a place where magic, creative imaginings and fairytales come to life inside Grimm & Co. 

We were invited to Graham Grimm’s Apothecary on Doncaster Gate in Rotherham’s town centre – nestled between the shops and Clifton Park and, just a 10 minute walk from the train station. 

My kids, step-brother (who’s autistic) and I weren’t sure what to expect from the family blogging event held inside the magical shop – cum – learning/event space. 

My eldest Jasmine nervously knocked at the door and rang the bell.

As the door creaked open we were greeted by one of Graham Grimm’s team who welcomed us inside the enchanted venue. Immediately it felt as if we had been transported from a bustling town centre and into a magical storybook. 

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The team led us mortals around the shop showcasing all the magical things before helping us to discover a secret door. 

Once through the door, we well and truly had arrived into today’s magical adventure. The team were all so friendly and fully remained in character as they showed us up the storybook staircase and into the room which was at the top of Jack’s Beanstalk. 

The workshop area was lush with greenery, extracts from stories and other magical instruments. 

This is where Grimm & Co, who are a charity, host workshops for groups of young people and schools. And if there was ever a place that could inspire a love of literature, creative writing and inspire a child’s imagination, it is here. 

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Not only that the team were also well equipped to engage with my brother who has special needs too. And for me as someone who is dyslexic, I loved how such a welcome environment made reading, drawing and writing so accessible. 

As a family we went around the different craft tables, writing letters, creating fairy doors, drawing and finishing story books with our own imagination and writing. 

It was great to see staff who are so well versed in children and their needs and this kept the magic flowing. After some drinks and snacks, it was time to go back downstairs to the little library where the kids could pick a book. But it wasn’t a case of going back down the staircase, this time my daughters could slide down the beanstalk to return to where we had started.

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The kids and I enjoyed rummaging through the many books in the little library /reading area. It was great to see how enthused they had become over picking a book (I’ll admit I had been having to force them to have a bedtime story of late). 

I then got distracted by all the weird and wonderful concoctions on offer in the shop and I couldn’t help but buy several gifts, also it was great to know that the money goes to support such a fabulous charity. 

In the end I had to prize my daughters away from the library and shop as we had to get to the train station to catch the new tram between Rotherham and Sheffield. 

Once, we had left Grimm & Co it was a surprise back to reality and into the town centre. 

We would definitely visit again when they run workshops during the school holidays. We may even tie it in with a trip to Clifton Park as that is so close and such a fun place if the weather is nice. 

We travelled from Wakefield, West Yorkshire to Rotherham by train. Then we returned to see my family so caught the new tram between Rotherham and Sheffield, South Yorkshire which made the trip super easy and affordable.

FREE DAYS OUT IN YORKSHIRE: Where to go and what to do with the family

FREE DAYS OUT IN YORKSHIRE: Where to go and what to do with the family

From West Yorkshire to South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire to East Yorkshire, here are some of our top free days out for families in Yorkshire.

Let’s begin our journey in…

West Yorkshire

      1. Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds: A real gem just off Kirkstall Rd in Leeds. Explore the Abbey ruins and the stunning lush grounds. There’s also a free car park and playground next to it. Abbey House Museum and Cafe is just across the road from the car park.

    2. Leeds Galleries and Museum are free to enter, for a full list, go to: https://yorkshirefamilies.co.uk/2019/03/16/easter-holidays-what-to-do-and-where-to-go-in-leeds-west-yorkshire/

    3. Leeds Dock has free water taxis: Their water taxis run everyday Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm and Sat–Sun, 10am-7pm. Twee & Drie (the boats) ferry passengers between Granary Wharf & Leeds Dock. The trip takes 12 minutes which is on a scenic canal route and all journeys are free of charge. To catch a ride on a yellow boat… Exit Leeds Train station via the New South Entrance or walk under the arches to Granary Wharf and the Doubletree by Hilton hotel. The taxis are on the lower water level, hidden out of view – just across the lock bridge in front of Bar Brasil. Hop on!

  1. The Water Taxis run every 15 minutes from either stop. Look out for a yellow flag with water taxi written on in black.

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  1. 4. West Yorkshire History Centre has a free exhibition and free family activities, check out their facebook page for the latest.
  2. 5.The Hepworth Wakefield is free to enter (although parking is £5 for the day but it is a short walk from Wakefield Kirkgate station).
  3. The Barbara Hepworth inspired gallery has a range of free crafts on during the school holidays and on weekends.There is also an outdoor playground and UK’s largest public garden is currently being built outside the gallery next to The Calder building. There’s also stunning views from the The Hepworth Cafe over the River Calder and The Chantry Chapel (which has free heritage open days on select dates).6. National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is open daily 10am-6pm. Free Entry. For more details, click here.
  4. 7. Angler’s Country Park, near Wakefield. It’s free and there is a fabulous Room on the Broom trail.Anglers Country Park is dominated by a lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the ‘Pol’. At one time this was the deepest open cast coal mine in the country, reaching a depth of 250 feet.Anglers has been awarded Green Flag status – recognising it as one of the best parks in the country.

    8. Pontefract Castle is a hidden gem in West Yorkshire with outdoor ruins and an indoor visitor centre. Make sure you take time to visit the dungeons on a tour (these cost however, £3 per person at the time of writing).

    9. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a fabulous day out to explore “art without walls” (with some indoor galleries and creative spaces and cafes).

    Parking is £10 for the day. There’s also a new Damien Hirst Sculpture which is part of Yorkshire Sculpture International festival (which is a free festival over 100 days at YSP, Leeds Art Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield) and a new restaurant and gallery building. Visitor and local creative Darren Johnson, said:

    1. South Yorkshire

10 . Experience Barnsley inside Barnsley Town Hall is a lovely little visitor experience-cum-museum which is free to enter and there are fountains outside.

It’s also a short walk away from Barnsley indoor market if you want to buy some cheap scran from the food court.

11. Clifton Park in Rotherham has parks, gardens and sport, rides and games and even a museum.

12. Sheffield Museums and Galleries have a whole host of free-to-enter exhibitions on from Sheffield Millenium Galleries which is connected to the tropical indoor Winter Gardens and the nearby outdoor Peace Gardens which is particularly wonderful in the warmer weather for picnics and running through the water fountains if you wish.

13. Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield is great for stunning walks and has a lovely visitor centre too.

 

14. Millhouses Park and Graves Park in Sheffield are located close to each other and well worth a visit. Millhouses has a great big play area and outdoor gym and Graves Park has a mini farm and plays host to a range of family-friendly events.

North Yorkshire

15. Harrogate’s Valley park with an outdoor paddling pool and stunning pavilion.

16. Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs near Harrogate: “Walking, cycle pump track, barbeque picnic spots. A very beautiful place in all seasons,” recommends Janet of a Falcondale Life.

17. Sutton Bank National Park in North Yorkshire: “We would highly recommend North Yorkshire to anybody who is into cycling. The ability to find trails suitable for the children or take on a challenging ride ourselves in the same area made it the ideal place to spend a few days. We’ll definitely be back again in the future to take on some tougher trails as the children’s cycling skills improve,” said Natalie Ray who blogs at Plutonium Sox.

18. York Railway Museum: “I have fond memories of going on a trip to York Railway Museum when I was a little girl. It was free when I was a child, and so it was always a favourite place for Mum and Dad to take my brother and I when we were younger. My brother was a bit of a train spotter in his youth. But I was more into the romance than the engineering. I loved the history of some of the older trains,” says Jo Boyne of A Rose Tinted World.

York Railway Museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily in winter, and 10am to 6pm in summer.

The museum has plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities. There are picnic tables and also several places to eat, including a tea room in a restored railway carriage and an Edwardian-style restaurant. There are two shops full of railway souvenirs and gifts for enthusiasts of all ages.

19. York City Walls  http://www.yorkwalls.org.uk/?page_id=3690

20. Scarborough: “I love just wondering round from North Bay to South, Peasholme Park, paddling in the sea and playing on the beach and the view from Oliver’s Mount,” said Amy Downes from A Mum Full of Dreams.

 East Yorkshire

Kirsty Holden aka The Money Saving Mum recommends:

21. Humber Bridge foreshore

22. Museum Quarter in Hull inc Maritime Museum and Hull Minster too.

SOAP AND BATH BOMB MAKING WORKSHOP PARTY IN SHEFFIELD, SOUTH YORKSHIRE: Our review of The Soap Loaf Company

SOAP AND BATH BOMB MAKING WORKSHOP PARTY IN SHEFFIELD, SOUTH YORKSHIRE: Our review of The Soap Loaf Company

If you’re looking for a holiday treat for all the family we’d really recommend a The Soap Loaf Company workshop. We were excited as soon as we arrived.

Natasha welcomed us as we smiled breathing in the lovely fragrances. Our eyes feasted on the displays of colourful natural beauty products, including environmentally friendly bamboo products-toothbrushes, soap dishes, great containers.

Our visit doubled up as a birthday celebration with tea in china cups. The children dipped through straws from lidded pint glasses of orange juice.

HOW TO MAKE SOAP

Natasha guided us step by step and we chose from a wide range of fragrances such as dewberry, aloe Vera, Jasmine, orange & cardamom and even chocolate. There was more fun ahead as we selected colours. We had a choice of adding Shea butter to our soap to moisturise the skin, or coconut oil. I chose Shea butter, coloured my soap translucent pink and set rose petals scented with aloe Vera.

BATH BOMB MAKING

The bit the children and us adults loved was mixing the bath bombs as they fizzed in our hands.

With such a range of fragrances, colours and flower petals we all came up with unique handmade products. Even better we were given natural waxed brown paper to wrap the soaps and bath bombs in to take home as gifts.

ECO-FRIENDLY GIFTS

It was a really good family activity and Natasha makes sure that what ever age you are it was easy and fun. On the way out we were pleased to buy some of the bamboo products and keen to do one of the workshops to make an aerosol-free deodorant stick, shampoo bars and the list goes on: 

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