Family picnics, storytelling sessions, scarecrow trails, steam fairs, comic pirate plays and so much more in Yorkshire this half-term
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Out with the kids: half-term ideas!
Trendy Tudors at Kirkstall Abbey
Trendy Tudors, you say? Hmm. Well, they were trend-setters in a way – that off the shoulders look is a beaut, and how many people have gone on to form their own churches since Big ‘enry did? Loads. You could call him a pioneer of free love, too, his philosophy being that, if a relationship isn’t working, axe it. Anyway, get dressed up in Tudor garb and make like Henry VIII at Kirkstall Abbey any day during half-term
Potted Pirates at Selby Town Hall
Potted Potter saw whacky loons Dan and Jeffrey squeeze all 7 Harry Potter books into an hilarious 70-minute musical stage show. They’ll be at Selby Town Hall on 30th May, this time giving pirates the potting treatment, swapping wizards for peg-legged pirates and spectacularly re-enacting the Spanish Armada
Leeds Annual Steam Fair at Temple Newsam Park
Steam, not electric – that’s the way to go. OK, so the steam roller’s not the quickest on the open road, but there’s no better vehicle to get yourself out of a traffic jam in, that’s for sure. As for steam trains, folk go up and down the country to see ‘em in action, and a steam boat, should you get to see one, is, after the swan, just about the purrdiest thang you’re ever likely to see on the war’der, yes ma’am. Celebrate them all at Leeds Annual Steam Fair at Temple Newsam Park over the bank holiday weekend
Wensleydale Railway Herriot Country Excursion
Brilliant, was All Creatures Great And Small. Outsiders come here in their droves virtually begging for the kind of Yorkshire rudeness they saw in the TV series, and we’ve doled it out to them in spades. It’s win-win. Join the Wensleydale Railway Herriot Country Excursion at Redmire on 27th May to see the Dales landscapes that soft lad vet James Herriot came to call home www.wensleydalerailway.com
Snow White and Rose Red at Rotherham Central Library
‘Watch out for devious gnomes and bears in disguise’, it says in the listing for Snow White and Rose Red - Tales from the Grimm Forest and Beyond at Rotherham Central Library on 28th May. Now, devious gnomes I get, but bears in disguise? You’d think no-one could be stupid enough to let a bear fool them thinking they’re anything other than a big smelly bear (even if it shaved itself bald and took a good long bath), but then Snow White’s not the brightest. I mean, a wicked old crone gave her a shiny apple in the street, and the silly girl went and ate it - no wonder she’s always getting into bother. Join storyteller David Hague as he takes us on another fairytale adventure inspired by Snow White’s baffling stupidity
National Family Week – regionwide activities
Families. You can’t pick them. And you can’t lock them in a room and slide them flat food under the door. So why celebrate them, for goodness sake? Family picnics at Kettlewell Village Hall, food fairs at Muker Showfield, storytelling walks at dusk in Malham, an action-packed day at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby, organised rockpool explorations at Slipway Runswick Bay, a Scarecrow Trail at Huntington Memorial Hall, face-painting in Hull’s Queen Victoria Square... some nutter’s arranged all these and more during half-term for something called National Family Week. Really they have: see details for yourself here
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