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Be First to See Magical Lantern Festival and Support Jane Tomlinson Appeal


The Magical Lantern Festival is back at Roundhay Park from 24th November  – 1st January and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is partner charity of the event for a second year.

Discover wonderful new lantern designs along the illuminated trail, including ‘Polar Bears on Ice’ and the ‘Chinese Temple of Heaven’. There will also be a tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides and a food and drink area, making it a perfect evening out for the whole family.

For one night only, 500 people can attend an exclusive preview night on Thursday 23rd November – with their ticket proceeds going directly to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children and cancer causes across the North and Midlands. Last year’s preview night raised over £3,000 for the charity and it is set to raise even more this year.

Tickets are just £10 for adults and £5 for children (plus £1 booking fee), a saving on standard ticket prices.

“This is a unique opportunity to see this year’s display before anyone else, with all proceeds helping the Appeal to make a difference in your community”, said Kate Goldring, Manager of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Purchase your preview night tickets here.

For further information on the festival, visit

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Northern Antiques Fair Has a Facelift


The Northern Antiques Fair (formerly Harrogate Art & Antique Fair), is under new management and has reverted back to its original name, which dates back to 1951.   Held in association with BADA, the fair has undergone a facelift and is set to become the leading Autumn fair in Harrogate.

The fair brings together furniture, fine art, jewellery and accessories from some 35 specialist dealers. Its mix of antiques, mid-century and contemporary pieces will particularly appeal to the design-savvy looking for unusual one-off objects.

Dealers exhibiting include Haynes Fine Art of London and the Cotswolds, Howards Jewellers from Stratford upon Avon, Millington Adams from Cheshire, Stephen Kalms Antiques from the London Silver Vaults, Greenstein Antiques from London’s Gray’s Antique Market. Local dealers from the north of England include Howell 1870, J Dickinson Maps & Prints, Jack Shaw & Co, Melody Antiques, Graham Ruddock, Solo Antiques & Valerie Main Ltd.


The Fair is in Hall M, Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate HG1 2RD from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October. Tickets (£7.50 including catalogue) will be available on the door, or book in advance through Eventbrite:







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Step Back in Time at the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Vintage Fair



The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice Vintage Fair is back! The fair will be held at St Chad’s Parish Centre in Far Headingley on Saturday 21st October, 10am – 4pm.

The Vintage Fair will bring in all kinds of stalls selling, clothes, jewellery, books, toys, vinyl and so much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to book a valuation for prized antiques with well-known auctioneer Gary Don.  A vintage hair stylist will be available to coif locks and a seamstress will be on site for advice and off site bookings for clothing alterations. Delicious food and drinks will be available throughout the day in the pop up Vintage themed cafe. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes.

Kirsty Christmas, Senior Community Fundraiser at Wheatfields, said:  “There will be a wonderful array of items ranging in date from the 1920s to the 1980s. If you like retro, vintage or just a trip down memory lane, this is definitely the fair for you!”

Entry is just £3 and all the money raised will help to fund the specialist healthcare services provided by Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice – from inpatient and day care, to caring for people in their homes.


For more information, please call the Wheatfields fundraising team on 0113 278 7249 or email



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Discover the Story of Yorkshire’s Queens of Industry



A new exhibition opening 2 November at Armley Mills Industrial Museum celebrates the women who were standard bearers for a golden age in Yorkshire’s industrial heritage, and were once crowned the queens of their industries.

Industry queens rose to prominence in the 20th Century, with the first Railway Queens elected in the mid-1920s and the last Coal Queen being crowned in the early 1980s. Inspired by the idea of traditional May Queens in villages and towns, these queens flew the flag for their industry, county or even country in what often proved to be a life-changing opportunity for the chosen few.

Frances Lockett, the first Cotton Queen, met aging former Prime Minister Lloyd George in 1930. And Railway Queen, Audrey Mossom, visited Russia, where she met Joseph Stalin.


Doreen Fletcher (nee Kerfoot, above) who became Yorkshire’s Wool Queen in 1948, was selected to play the lead in ‘The Three Piece Suit’ a film aimed at inspiring young female workers to join the wool industry. She went on to enjoy a successful modelling, acting and singing career, becoming something of a forces’ sweetheart. Now approaching her 90th birthday, Doreen still lives in Yorkshire and organisers are hoping she can attend the exhibition opening later this year.

“Being named a Queen of Industry was an incredible opportunity, and those lucky enough to be given the title became celebrities in their own right”, said John McGoldrick, Leeds Museums and Galleries curator of industrial history.

“It was a chance for women to play a leading role in industries which had traditionally been male-dominated, providing inspiration for other young women. As well as paying tribute to those women, we aim to spark a discussion about how women today experience working in industry.”

As well as historic photos and films, the exhibition will feature rarely seen objects from Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collection and loans from major UK museums and private collectors.



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Launch of New Book to Help Caregivers


Local author and speaker, Linda Sage, is launching her new book ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ on 25th November and she’ll be joined by singer/ songwriter Fuzzy Jones, performing her new single (recently reviewed in North Leeds Life) and other songs.

Presenting an introduction to her book, Linda will talk about how those working in caring professions, which require putting the needs of others before their own, very often neglect their own mental and physical health.

The book seeks to investigate common beliefs and habits related to this issue. All caring professions have a propensity for compassion fatigue and burnout; anyone regularly giving a large part of themselves to others and dealing with trauma, needs to protect themselves.  Not just for their own wellbeing, but also for those they care for.

Compassion Fatigue has been around for decades but few people involved in care take steps to combat it.  This is not just an issue for those seen to be on the front line – doctors, nurses, dentists, social care, the emergency services etc. Volunteers, home carers, professional support workers, PAs, admin and receptionists all also build up barriers to trauma and sadness as a protection, but suppression is not the solution. In learning to deal with Compassion Fatigue effectively, being able to enhance personal beliefs to become more powerful and positive is a great step forward.

The launch will be between 2 pm and 4 pm on the Saturday with refreshments, tickets are  a  donation of £ 2.00 when booking via Eventbrite at

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Tea and Tolerance to Launch Conversational Tool Kit

Calling all 21st Century Humans:  Tea and Tolerance are testing a brand new tool kit for conversation on 21st October 12 – 5pm at the Corn Exchange.

The Tool kit is essentially a play kit/game to help facilitate discussions in a fun and engaging way. What makes for a great conversation? Sample some of the toolkit ideas to find out.

The Tea and Tolerance project is designed to bring people together through conversation and the arts. The aim is to slow down, listen and share time together over tea. It is about exploring the possibilities of friendship and connection between people.

Over the past year the Tea and Tolerance team has been working with community groups and artists in Leeds to develop a resource based on the Tea and Tolerance format that can be used by anyone as a catalyst for conversation and connection.

Activities at the event include:

Creative conversations – playkit games – design your own play board – badge making – design your own teapot – massage from Phoenix Health – tea & cake –  tea leaf readings with Miss Fortune – and add your hopes and dreams to the wishing line.

The Tea and Tolerance team will be trying out the conversation playkit over the afternoon and asking people to help design the final version. The event will culminate with a group discussion at the end of the day.  Join them for a day of conversation and exploration. It is a free, family friendly event.

For more information see the Facebook group:

The project is supported by Arts Council England


Twitter @Teaandtolerance


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The William Merritt Centre’s New AccessAbility Exhibition


The William Merritt Centre’s new AccessAbility Exhibition will take place on 11th October at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club, 10am – 3pm. Once again, it will showcase new assistive technology and provide information and advice to help both adults and children with disabilities achieve greater independence.

“Both professionals, end users, their families and carers are invited to attend this free event”, said Annette Abbott, Senior Occupational Therapist. “As well as companies demonstrating a range of assistive technology (including beds, seating, walking aids, bathing aids, tricycles, scooters, wheelchairs, and car adaptations), a number of charities will be attending to offer support and information. This is a great opportunity to meet companies and try products that can enhance your everyday life and enable greater independence. It is also useful for professionals to attend with clients to assess which equipment might best meet their needs.”

There will be a special gaming area showcasing the options available for adaptations so everyone to access computers, toys and computer games. And, William Merritt Centre’s Car Safety Consultant and Occupational Therapist will be on hand to check that children’s car seats (both mainstream and special needs) are fitted correctly.



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Sail Back in Time in Traditional Coracle at Pocklington Canal Discovery Day


The Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after the Pocklington Canal, is hosting a special Discovery Day of free family-friendly drop-in activities taking place from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 2 September.

The rare opportunity to explore the landlocked Canal Head from the water whilst navigating the canal in a traditional coracle looks set to be a highlight of the day’s activities.

Considered to be the oldest form of water transportation dating back centuries, the construction of coracles has remained largely unchanged in modern times. The small, circular traditional solo vessel is propelled by a paddle, like a kayak or canoe. A basketwork frame made using willow or hazel wood is covered either in animal hide, natural cotton canvas (calico) or a synthetic fabric such as nylon sealed to make them watertight. Effective fishing boats, coracles are still used for this purpose, particularly in South Wales.

Willow weaving, guided nature walks around Canal Head with expert ecologist Phil Taylor of Eco Sapien, pond-dipping and a heritage trail with prizes will also be part of the free, family fun on offer.

Pocklington Canal Discovery Day marks the end of Pocklington’s Big Summer events programme and the first 12 months of the Gem in the Landscape project – a three-year programme of activity supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which includes wildlife habitat improvements, heritage restoration activities and events.

Pocklington Canal Discovery Day takes place Saturday 2 September, 10am-4pm at Canal Head, off A1079, Pocklington, YO42 1NW (follow the brown signs).


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Dadstastic: The Huge Free Father’s Day Party at Leeds City Museum


Dadstastic, a day of free family fun organised by Leeds Dads, takes place on Father’s Day (Sunday 18 June 2017) from 11am – 3pm at Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square.

The day is for babies, toddlers and children up to 11 years old and offers a great opportunity for parents, carers and grandparents to interact with their children.

The day’s activities will include music, dance, science, storytelling, arts and crafts, and sport.

Children can learn to dance with Phoenix Dance, upcycle vinyl and turn old records into art, jump and shout at the BoomChikkaBoom baby rave, and meet their favourite fairy tale story characters. There’s fun outdoors with Pop Up Sport on Millennium Square, you can create crazy carnival headpieces, or make ‘Dad-Face’ biscuits and eat them!


Some sessions are bookable on the day and loose clothing and trainers should be worn:

BoomChikkaBoom – Baby Rave!

Sponge Tree Storytime – Laughing Yoga Story time

Phoenix Dance – Movement, Balance and Taking Space Classes


Other sessions are drop-in and do not need to be booked. These are:

Bloom Bakers – make your own ‘dad-face’ biscuits

Valentina’s Collective Carnival Arts (part of Leeds West Indian Carnival) – create crazy carnival headpieces

Zulu King Monk – upcycle vinyl and turn records into art

SaturDads – Tiny Play – heuristic play for under 2s

Scraptastic – invent musical instruments using scrap

Leeds Library – Dadstastic Zines – make a mag about your family

Health For All / Young Dads – fabulous food art and other edible creations

The Tetley/Timid Elk – 3D dad’s construction

Hamara Centre – mendhi and face painting

Leeds Children’s Theatre – meet your favourite fairy tale story characters

Leeds Pop-Up Sport – fun and engaging activity session to get your heart pumping and your face smiling. Please wear loose clothing and trainers.

Leeds Museum Family Trail – find out more about dads in the Life on Earth Gallery – from the sensational seahorse to the perfect penguin!

Anyone wishing to attend this FREE event should pre-book and register at

For more information about Leeds Dads and Dadstastic, please visit their website:; Facebook:; Twitter @leedsdads

Or e-mail:

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Kirkstall Festival Promises Another Great Event


Kirkstall Festival returns on Saturday 8th July and this year’s theme is ‘All Singing and Dancing’.

From 11am the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey will vibrate with a variety of sounds, dancing, singing, and victorious Vikings. A great day of activities and entertainment aimed at the whole family is planned, with local community groups and organisations joining performers and stallholders.

Returning this year will be the world-famous dog show, fairground attractions, and Leeds Museums’ Battle of the Bands. There will also be the Festival Parade, with a pipe band formed by children from local schools and community groups.



Entry to the Festival is free, but please do buy a programme (£2) as this helps Kirkstall Festival to put on a fabulous event every year. The Festival is entirely organised by volunteers, and has attracted over 27,000 visitors in a day.

Festival organisers ask that people walk or take public transport to the Abbey if possible. Buses 33, 33A, 38, 49, 91, 508, 670, and 727 all pass within a five minute walk of the grounds, and both Kirkstall Forge and Headingley Stations are a short walk from the grounds.

If you are driving, there will be a free car park on the sports fields on Vesper Lane, and parking available at Kirkstall Forge. Please note that there is a time limit for parking at Kirkstall Bridge Retail Park and please don’t park on residential streets.

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