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Spring into Action at the Royal Armouries


This May half term the Royal Armouries museum will be playing host to a programme of exciting hands-on and have-a-go activities as part of its ‘Spring into Action’ week.

Families are invited to burn off some energy as children can try out the challenging military-style junior assault course, as well as discovering the skills and training required to become a warrior from different time periods in a Warrior Workshop.

Alongside this activity, the museum’s experienced interpretation team will be demonstrating martial arts and sword skills, plus recounting dramatic tales of tournaments and sporting daring-do.

The museum will be open from 10 am – 5 pm between 27 May – 4 June, with activities running throughout the week.


Have-A-Go Activities will include:

Junior Assault Course

Outdoor energetic fun on our military style junior assault course.

£3.50 / Suitable for ages 4 – 13 (parental supervision required)

Book on the day / Combo ticket £5 for assault course and Warrior Workshop


Martial Arts Demonstration

Watch a variety of martial arts techniques and find out how they were developed.



Martial Arts Have-a-Go Workshop

Your chance to have a go at some martial arts techniques.

Free / Suitable for ages 5+ (parental supervision required) / Book on the day


Battle Tactics

Get in formation and defeat your enemy! A fun introduction to Viking marching drills. 

Free/ Suitable for all ages (parential supervision required)/ Book on the day


Warrior Workshop

Discover the skills and training required to become a warrior from different time periods in this fun and interactive workshop (child friendly props and ‘weapons’ will be provided).

£3.50 / Suitable for ages 5 – 11 (parental supervision required) / Book on the day / Combo ticket £5 includes assault course and Warrior Workshop

For more information on ‘Spring into Action’, visit:


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Get Kids Active This Spring Bank Holiday at Camp Carnegie

Camp Carnegie, programme of American sports, football, rackets and athletics for children aged eight to 16 will take place this Spring bank holiday week from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June.

Taking place at the Carnegie Sports Centre at Headingley Campus, Camp Carnegie is open to children of any sporting ability.

New to the Camp this year is the specialist football camp, alongside the popular American sports programme including American football, lacrosse, baseball/softball, ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball. Children will also have the opportunity to mix and match their choices of sports during the day. They will have access to some of the finest sports facilities in the country, within the safety of the University’s grounds.

The Camp runs from 10am to 4pm each day, with the option of paying for wraparound care from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Children will be taught by qualified and friendly coaching staff, who will place them into age and ability-appropriate groups.

The athletics programme includes sprinting, hurdling, long jump, javelin, discus and shot put; while the rackets programme features tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis.

The cost of the Camp is £15 for a half day, £25 for a full day, £30 for a full day with wraparound care, and £18 for a half day with care.

For more information and to register your child for the Camp, please go to or contact Kirsty Mcphee on 0113 812 3737 or by email at

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Revolting Fun at Thackray Medical Museum




Enjoy some revolting fun at Half Term in the Body Lab at Thackray Medical Museum. From 29th May to 2nd June, the museum invites you to investigate your bodily functions in a series of hands-on science workshops.

If you always wanted to know why wee changes colour or why we create snot when we have a cold, then these workshops are for you. Roll up your sleeves and don your lab coat to make a fake poo, mix ingredients to resemble sick, make slimy snot and create fake scabs.

“These activities are really hands-on and messy and great fun to take part in”, said Learning Officer Charlotte Chester.  “By explaining the purpose of these bodily functions and their importance to keeping healthy, visitors will go away with an understanding of how the body works and what to look out for when things go wrong.”

Family workshops take place from 29th May to 2nd June between 11am and 3pm. Museum admission charges apply, but there is no extra charge to take part. For full details visit the museum website








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Two Great Shows at The Carriageworks for Half Term



The Carriageworks Theatre has two brilliant dramas for children this May Half Term.

‘Don’t Dribble on the Dragon’ (ages 2+) is on Wednesday 31st May at 2pm. It is based on the book by Steven Lee and features Tom – a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon, and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop. When his dribbling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart, can a dose of crazy dragon magic save them? With magic designed by the late Paul Daniels, this is a magical musical adventure and a great feel good show for big hearted adults, cheeky cool kids and loving little ones.


‘Tarzanne’ (ages 7+) is on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June at 3 and 7pm. Presented by Interplay Theatre, it follows the story of a young girl lost to the jungle as a toddler and growing up with an adoptive family of apes. Interplay specialise in theatre that engages the senses and brings interactive storytelling in immersive environments to audiences.

Tickets for Don’t Dribble the Dragon (£8.50/£9.50 adults/ £34 family) and Tarzanne (£6 /£8 adults/ £24 family) are available from 0113 376 0318 or



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A Run Just for Kids at Temple Newsam


Radical Run has designed an obstacle course just for children. The 3km course at Temple Newsam will take place on Saturday 29th April and has some amazing inflatable obstacles that children (aged 5 – 14) can run, jump, climb and slide over. It is challenging, fun, and a great day out for the family.

Safety is paramount. All obstacles are marshalled by at least two marshalls who will encourage the participants and help make the day enjoyable. Of course, there are loads of other family activities at Temple Newsam, including the farm, playparks, and walks. In addition, the team from Kings Camps will be providing free entertainment for children from age three and up.

Run with friends

Advanced tickets are required to participate and can be purchased via, spectators are free. There are two start times – 10am for high school age children, and 12 noon for primary school ages.

Representatives from Martin House Children’s Hospice will be there promoting their work. The hospice provides care, support and practical help for children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families. Visit their stall and find out how you can help.




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Gig-ready in a Day with Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins with his student band from Leeds + Harrogate schools

Jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins put the big into big band when 50 young musicians recently took to the stage with him after just one day of making music together.

The one-off ensemble from five local schools spent the day with Dennis at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), rehearsing a programme of music ranging from jazz to Motown, Latin, blues and even Adele. The students, aged 11-18, came from GSAL, Allerton Grange School, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Harrogate Grammar School and Garforth Academy. Despite the limited time they had to get to know each another, the band soon gelled and they gave an assured and energetic performance in the evening.

Dennis Rollins is an acclaimed performer, composer and educator, who developed his own musical talents with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. He encouraged the student band as an ensemble, working with them on the musical arrangements, improvised solos and sight-reading skills.

“There’s something special about standing in front of a group of young musicians and seeing the massive potential for them to express themselves”, said Dennis. “It’s such a big moment when you see that spark and they realise they can do it and give to the audience. It’s been fabulous to witness it and see the joy in their faces. They’ve done the work, I’ve just encouraged them.”

Saxophonist Madi Jones is a Year 12 student at Harrogate Grammar School. “Before we went on, Dennis told us we needed to work together and have fun, show you love the music”, said Madi. “He put us at ease, treated us as proper musicians and it felt really professional.”

Rachel Gillespie, teacher of music at Allerton Grange, said: “It’s given our students a good experience of musicianship and a sense of belonging to something big. A couple of hours in, they were already asking if we could start a jazz band at school!”

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Young Musicians Take to the Stage with Trombonist Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins      Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Dennis Rollins Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Young musicians from schools around Harrogate and Leeds will take to the stage alongside acclaimed jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins on Friday 24th March, 7pm at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

Dennis Rollins is well known on the British and international jazz scene and will bring his unique style to GSAL for a lively day of music making, culminating with an evening performance.

Around fifty pupils aged 11-18 from GSAL, Harrogate Grammar School, Allerton Grange School, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Crawshaw Academy and Garforth Academy have been invited to form an ensemble for the day. Comprising saxophones, brass and rhythm sections, they will be led by Dennis in creating a programme to showcase at the concert, alongside numbers performed by Dennis himself.

Dennis grew up in Bentley, Doncaster, and developed his musical talents with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. He is celebrated for his versatile and powerful approach to trombone playing and high-energy jazz-funk repertoire as well as his own take on more traditional tunes.

He has earned numerous accolades, including Trombonist of the Year at the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards; British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist and the prestigious cross-Parliamentary Jazz Educator Award. He has performed with some of the world’s top jazz and pop acts, including Quincy Jones, the Jazz Warriors, Courtney Pine, Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Blur and Maceo Parker. He is also a formidable bandleader of jazz-funk outfit Badbone & Co and Velocity Trio.

The concert is open to all and tickets cost £7/£5 – available online at or on the door.


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New Gallery, New Name & a Spacecraft

The Soyuz TMA-19M  spacecraft with museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch & Bradford MPs Naz Shah & Philip Davies

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch & Bradford MPs Naz Shah & Philip Davies

A state-of-art £1.8m interactive gallery, a new name, and the arrival of astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft are among a series of major launches at the National Media Museum, Bradford, this year.

Set to become the ‘National Science and Media Museum’, to reflect its focus on the science behind the magic of photography, film and television, the museum unveils its new gallery ‘Wonderlab’ with an opening family weekend on 25th/26th March.

Featuring UK-firsts and breathtaking live shows, Wonderlab explores the science of light, sound and images through state-of-the-art exhibits – including some that can’t be seen permanently anywhere else in the world. Visitors will be able to see their body split from their head as they walk, hear their voices echo through a 15m-long tube, experience an anti-gravity mirror and a musical laser tunnel, and watch one of the world’s first 3D-printed Zoetrope installations.

The museum has also confirmed that it will host the world-famous Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft that carried Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station (ISS) and back to earth. You will be able to see the spacecraft in September, when it travels outside London for the first time since it was acquired by the Science Museum Group in 2016.


Artist Akinori Goto installing his 3D zoetrope

Artist Akinori Goto installing his 3D zoetrope

“These announcements are not only incredibly exciting, but a significant statement of intent – that we are aiming to be one of the leading museums in the UK and worldwide”, said Jo QuintonTulloch, Museum Director. “The museum has a bright future and we are confident that people will be wowed by Wonderlab and its state-of-the-art exhibits, along with many other events.

“We want to draw in new visitors, encourage existing ones to come more often, and open a whole new chapter for the museum. Our collections across the technology and culture of photography, film and TV are unrivalled, and Wonderlab explores the science behind what makes these things magical in a very hands-on way.”

Wonderlab presents more than 20 mind-blowing, permanent exhibits including:

  • UK’s first permanent ‘Time Twister’ screen, which separates head from body
  • A waterfall that visitors appear to make hover in mid-air with their hands
  • The world’s first permanent 3D-printed zoetrope by Japanese artist, Akinori Goto
  • A 6ft sphere with spectacular animations of the sun and earth
  • Self-portrait photos timed to the exact moment a water drop splashes
  • A musical laser tunnel designed by Bradford-based artists Steve Manthorp and Shanaz Gulzar

Changing our name to the National Science and Media Museum makes it clear what people can expect when they visit us and the plans we’re revealing fulfill that promise”, said Jo Quinton-Tulloch. “It is the start of our long term strategy to look at our core subjects differently and inspire the filmmakers, photographers, scientists and engineers of the future. Ultimately, our aim is to take our place among the top international museums and build on our status as a key part of British, Yorkshire and Bradford tourism.

Owl Project installing sound exhibit

Owl Project installing sound exhibit

“The arrival of Tim Peake’s spacecraft is a huge coup for us – the first time it can be seen in the UK outside of London. It was at the centre of one of the biggest broadcast events of 2016 and will be yet another reason for people to visit the museum when it goes on display later in the year.”

The new Wonderlab will also feature a series of immersive shows in the new 70-capacity theatre. Visitors will be part of spectacular experiments – from creating art together by drawing the universe with light and movement, to recreating the sound of a thunderstorm. Other interactive experiences include shooting smoke rings from giant air cannons using sound vibrations, the chance to explore an Egyptian pyramid with endoscope cameras, and exploding balloons with lasers.


Bradford artists Steve Manthorp & Shanaz Gulza

Bradford artists Steve Manthorp & Shanaz Gulza

Entry to the new gallery and entire museum is free. For more information see


Link to Wonderlab TV and cinema advert:




Soyuz spacecraft at the Science Museum


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AT-iD Project Gives Yorkshire Teens a Voice

Voices from AT-iD (movie shot)

The Adopted Teens Identity (AT-iD) project recently screened its independent film ‘Voices’ at Hyde Park Picture House.

The featurette was produced to raise awareness about the challenges and misconceptions around adoption for older children. It highlights the impact of adoption and its effect on building relationships with families, friends and peers.

The event featured a talk from Mark Owers, Professional Adviser to the Adoption Leadership board, and a Q&A session with the teenagers and group leaders from the film.

“The feedback we have had following the showcase has been quite astounding”, said Tanya Killick, AT-iD project lead from PAC-UK. “Especially regarding the bravery of the teens getting up on stage and answering questions from the audience after the film was screened. We are all extremely proud of those involved and thank everyone for their support on the day.”

“Adopted children represent a minority in society and across the education system, which can leave them feeling misunderstood and isolated among their peers and the adults they interact with”, said Peter Sandiford, CEO of PAC-UK. “The messages in this short film clearly illustrate the complexities of adoption and should be compulsory viewing for all professionals adopted young people might come into contact with. I am proud of the hard work and personal commitment that went into the film – both in front of and behind the camera – and delighted that PAC-UK could play a part in the project.”

AT-iD, a project set up by Yorkshire & Humber Adoption Consortium and delivered by PAC-UK– It was created to provide adopted teens aged between 11 and 18 with a community that offers information and an insight into the experiences of adopted teenagers. The project aims to give a voice to adopted teenagers by providing them with a safe and secure way to discuss problems and issues with their peers or project workers.

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Babe, The Sheep Pig Visits Temple Newsam


Babe, The Sheep Pig had his first taste of Yorkshire farm-life in preparation for a visit to West Yorkshire Playhouse.


Visiting Temple Newsham’s Home Farm, the plucky piglet with a talent for herding sheep put his skills into practice, rounding up the farm’s rare-breed flock and putting them safely away in their pens.


The loveable Babe then went on to rub noses with one of Home Farm’s Middle White piglets, getting well acquainted with his real-life counterparts in preparation for opening night.


Adapted from Dick King Smith’s 1983 novel which inspired the 1995 Oscar-winning film, Babe, the little pig with big dreams, features amazing puppets designed by Max Humphries (Chief Puppet Designer, Cirque de Soleil) and Dik Downey, with puppetry direction by Matthew Forbes (Associate Director in Puppetry & Movement, War Horse). Babe’s heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery is the perfect half-term treat.


Wed 15 – Sat 18 Feb

Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Suitable for all ages.

Box office 0113 213 7700   Book online  

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