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Yorkshire Site Picks Up 'Sustainable Wetland Of The Year' Award
The Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) is due to present the prestigious award to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is to receive the…
Potteric Carr. Photo by Matthew Roberts
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The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park
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FLAMINGO LAND HALLOWEEN HALF TERM - 2 for 1 Offer
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Ingleborough Cave Photography Day

Granny's Santa Safari Sign Up

Jack Kirsopp and Jill Lee
Jack Kirsopp and Jill Lee
A Granny from Bessacarr, Doncaster was the first person to sign up to a very special festive, fundraising event which is raising money for the hospice that cares for her eight year-old grandson…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 1:41pm

Yorkshire Family Halloween Events!


Yorkshire has a fang-tastic choice of events to amaze and entertain your children this Halloween half term. We have put together a monster collection of ghoulish activities for all ages. From…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 6:39pm

Local Families Sign Up To Work With Artisan Ice Cream Producer

The Simpsons on a farm visit
The Simpsons on a farm visit
Four families from across Yorkshire have signed up to help growing artisan ice cream producer Yummy Yorkshire after a competition to find community champions.

The 'Yummy Yorkshire Families on the…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 3:38pm

Things To Make, See And Do This Half Term

Geocaching
Geocaching
From treasure hunts and high-octane thrills to spooky crafts and autumnal activities, there's plenty happening in the North York Moors this October half term.

The National Trust's Old Coastguard…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 11:16am

Vikings Set To Invade Harrogate


A troupe of Vikings will lead a torch-lit procession through Harrogate to open the second Harrogate History Festival.

The major literary event, in association with the Historical Writers'…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:51pm

Countryside Live 2014

8 year old April Skelton, Champion of the Young Sheep Handler section last year
8 year old April Skelton, Champion of the Young Sheep Handler section last year
The little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show takes place at Harrogate on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October (2104) with classes for cattle, sheep and horses, as well as poultry, pigeons and honey.

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 12:53pm

Fun For Families At Ilkley Literature Children's Festival

L-R Erica East and Hattie Hogan, from Ilkley, with Lauren Child
L-R Erica East and Hattie Hogan, from Ilkley, with Lauren Child
Multi award-winning author and illustrator Lauren Child earned a new accolade after her appearance at Ilkley Literature Festival last weekend - the prize for the longest book signing queue!

Lauren'…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 2:40pm

Halifax Daughter To Cut Off Hair In Tribute To 'One In A Million Dad'


A daughter from Halifax will pay tribute to her 'one in a million' dad by chopping off her waist-length hair to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Kelly Moizer-Peace lost her dad, Alan…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 10:07pm

New Right For Fathers And Partners To Attend Antenatal Appointments

photo - Augie Schwer
photo - Augie Schwer
Fathers and partners now have the right to take unpaid time off work to accompany expectant mothers to up to 2 antenatal appointments, Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson announced today (2…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 10:39am

Dancer Is Plie-sed With Developer's Donation

Seren Palfreyman with Clare Thacher, sales executive at The Banks
Seren Palfreyman with Clare Thacher, sales executive at The Banks
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has provided a cash boost to eight-year-old dancing star Seren Palfreyman of Mosborough, enabling her to train further and take her talent to the next level.

The…

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Tue 30th Sep, 2014 | 1:16pm

Local Girl With Cancer Bakes Her Wish For Charity!

photo by Gavin Prest photography
photo by Gavin Prest photography
Ten year old Eve Naylor, from Driffield, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Eve loves swimming but was unable to swim regularly after her diagnosis. In February she was granted her…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 3:18pm

Parents Urged To Do Research And Not Compromise On Price When Buying A Car Seat


Maxi-Cosi - a leading innovator in child car seat safety for 30 years - is urging parents to do their research and not compromise on price when it comes to buying a car seat.

The call comes as the…

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Sat 20th Sep, 2014 | 8:20pm

BHF Launches 'Design Your Heart Superhero' Competition For Children


The British Heart Foundation are inviting all children aged 11 and under in Yorkshire & the Humber to take part in the BHF Bag It. Beat It. poster competition this September.

They would like…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 12:18pm

Discover The Magic Of Lotherton Hall This Autumn

Lotherton Hall is always a lovely place to visit in the autumn
Lotherton Hall is always a lovely place to visit in the autumn
A special apple harvest event is just one of the delights on offer at an historic Leeds house this autumn.

Held on Sunday 14 September 2014, visitors can enjoy a range of fun activities and games…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 6:38pm

50,000 Children Set To Benefit In Child Maintenance Shake-Up


Single and separated parents who have previously received no maintenance from their former partner could start receiving payments for the first time, as reform of the child maintenance system…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 12:05pm

Transformers Movie Cars Visit Children's Hospice

Bumblebee with Transformers cars Bumblebee and Optimus Prime
Bumblebee with Transformers cars Bumblebee and Optimus Prime
A Doncaster based car hire company lit up the faces of youngsters staying at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice today as they visited with their movie replica cars from the hit Transformers movies.

I…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 5:24pm

Thinking About Buying a Puppy?

Photo by Jerry
Photo by Jerry
The first question you should ask when considering buying a puppy is 'where is its mother?' says VioVet

To coincide with Pup Aid 2014 this Saturday, VioVet - the online animal medications and pet…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 4:55pm

New Funding To Reward Families For Recycling

photo by Smabs Spulzer
photo by Smabs Spulzer
Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, announced a new £5 million fund (29 August 2014) to help families recycle, without facing the threat of unfair bin fines or cuts to their bin…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 1:25pm

Number Of 2-Year-Olds Eligible For Free Childcare To Double

photo by doviende
photo by doviende
From next week, around 40% of 2-year-olds will be entitled to 15 free hours of free early education per week - up from 20% last year.

Evidence suggests that children from less advantaged…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 2:32pm

Moving Health Visiting Services To Local Government Must Not Be A 'Short Term Fix', Says Unite

photo by paparutzi
photo by paparutzi
Concerns about plans to move the commissioning of health visiting services for children aged up to five-years-old from the NHS to local government in October 2015 have been raised by Unite, the…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 3:10pm

Troubled Families Programme Expanded To Help Younger Children

photo by Chris_Parfitt
photo by Chris_Parfitt
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today (19 August 2014) announced details of an expansion of the government's Troubled Families programme, to help vulnerable younger children from struggling…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 10:35am

Hospice Pockets From World Snooker Partnership

Mark Selby when he visited Bluebell Wood
Mark Selby when he visited Bluebell Wood
South Yorkshire's only children's hospice, Bluebell Wood, is going snooker loopy having pocketed over £152,000 from its longstanding charity relationship with World Snooker.

The two year…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 9:25pm

New Child Maintenance System Fit For The 21st Century Starts Today

photo by Phil Roeder
photo by Phil Roeder
The new system is a break from the failures of the past, which saw children miss out on support despite hugely expensive running costs.

Innovative new features will now also include an online…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 12:37pm

Parents Struggle To Find Time To Play Physical Games With Children

40 per cent of parents only have time to be physically active with their children at weekends
40 per cent of parents only have time to be physically active with their children at weekends
Parents are struggling to find the time to play physical games with their children - with 40 per cent of mums and dads confessing they only have time at weekends.

Long working hours and commuting…

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Sat 2nd Aug, 2014 | 7:40pm

Wall Street Comes To Yorkshire For Pupils In Stock Market Challenge

The winning pupils from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
The winning pupils from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
West Yorkshire pupils proved to be a class act when they took part in the annual Stock Market Challenge, hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University.

The competition, an initiative funded by the…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 4:16pm

The Children's Air Ambulance Completes 100th Transfer

TCAA pilots and NHS retrieval team
TCAA pilots and NHS retrieval team
On Friday 24th October, The Children's Air Ambulance (TCAA) Charity reached a magnificent milestone - by completing their 100th emergency helicopter transfer. They had received a request to assist…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 5:09pm

Learn More About The Romans At Family Fun Day!

Can you follow the clues set by Rorius?
Can you follow the clues set by Rorius?
Step back in time and earn your Roman armour at a family fun activity day set to be held at a city museum next week.

Tying in with the popular 'Roman Empire: Power & People' exhibition currently…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 3:56pm

PA System Gives A Voice To Bethany's Smile

Singer and fundraiser Bethany Hare
Singer and fundraiser Bethany Hare
The Maplin store at the Junction 1 Retail Park in Leeds has donated a state-of-the-art PA system to 15 year old Bethany Hare, budding singer and founder of charity Bethany's Smile.

Bethany…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 12:37pm

Ghostbusters, Gladiator and Home Alone! Film and food theme nights at the Yorkshire Museum

 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the York Museum Gardens, image created by Graham Thorne
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the York Museum Gardens, image created by Graham Thorne
Don your proton pack, enjoy an eyeball punch and watch Ghostbusters on the big screen 30 years after it was released, at the first of three themed food and film nights coming up at the Yorkshire…

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Fri 17th Oct, 2014 | 8:05am

RAF Crew Fly Into Botton Village


Thirty Chinook RAF crew are paying a flying visit to the North Yorkshire Moors to volunteer within a unique community that creates opportunities to adults with learning disabilities.

27 Squadron…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 6:28pm

Autumn Steam Spectacular - A Big Noisy Three Day Festival Of Steam!


Steam, smoke and oil.... .

...Join the Keighley and worth valley railway for a fabulous, all action Autumn Steam Spectacular 10th - 12th October.

The Autumn Steam Spectacular is perfect for…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 7:38pm

Top Excellent Things to do in Yorkshire this Autumn

Roche Abbey
Roche Abbey
As the good weather looks set to hold for the month of October, get out and about to one of the many English Heritage properties and enjoy some Autumnal treats before the sites move to Winter…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 3:58pm

Nominations Needed To Recognise All That Is Child Friendly About Leeds


People are being asked to nominate the organisations and individuals who they think epitomise child friendliness in Leeds, for the city's second Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

Children and young…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 1:27pm

Yorkshire Children's Author Releases New Book 'Prankenstein'


About the book
When Soapy Thompson's granny is shot through the roof on a turbo-charged stairlift he knows that something is not right.
Someone, or something, is playing incredible, hilarious…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:39am

Dreaming Of A Bright Christmas With St Luke's Hospice


St Luke's Hospice is set to bring some extra Festive sparkle to the Christmas season as plans for the charity's 17th Festival of Light gets under way.

The annual Christmas celebration - one of the…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 5:15pm

Fascinating First World War Event To Be Held At Leeds City Museum


A special First World War themed event is set to take centre stage at Leeds City Museum this Saturday.

As part of 'Exploring Leeds and Yorkshire in the Great War', which will be held on Saturday…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 9:41am

Bluebell's Sixth Birthday

Callum Edwards
Callum Edwards
Local children's hospice Bluebell Wood has got the bunting out this week as they celebrate supporting life limited children in the South Yorkshire region for the last six years.

The hospice will…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:16am

Time Running Out To Round Up Pink Flock


People have just over a week left to track down pink sheep hidden around the North York Moors, Howardian Hills and Yorkshire Coast. Ranging from cakes to giant sculptures, the sheep are being…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 7:44pm

Colour Dash Set To Make A Splash In 2015

Evie Jae Evans
Evie Jae Evans
A project manager from Goole is asking members of the public to join forces with her and sign up to Bluebell Wood's Colour Dash in May 2015. This is to thank the hospice for the care and support…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 1:42pm

Panto Fever Hotting Up At The Victoria Theatre

Junior chorus final teams
Junior chorus final teams
The Victoria Theatre in Halifax got a little taste of panto fever this week when they held their auditions to find young performers for the junior chorus of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Over 100…

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Tue 9th Sep, 2014 | 8:36am

Blue Peter Viewers Invited To Design Astronaut's Mission Patch

Timothy Peake training in Soyuz simulator. Credit: ESA - T. Peake
Timothy Peake training in Soyuz simulator. Credit: ESA - T. Peake
Blue Peter mission patch competition launched.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency have teamed up with CBBC programme Blue Peter to launch a competition for UK children to…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 8:01pm

Skipton's Architectural Past Revealed

Skipton Castle's imposing gatehouse will be opening it's door
Skipton Castle's imposing gatehouse will be opening it's door
Skipton's architectural past is to be revealed in a series of free visits and guided tours to some of its most historic buildings this September.

The town is getting involved in Heritage Open…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 3:10pm

More Help For Families Of Missing People


Families of missing people will be given extra help when a loved one goes missing, under proposals announced by Lord Faulks QC today.

The government's proposals, which fill a gap in the law,…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 10:20pm

Best Paw Forward For Rowan

Patricia Taylor, Poppy the dog, Matt Poole and Rowan at Bark around the Park in 2012
Patricia Taylor, Poppy the dog, Matt Poole and Rowan at Bark around the Park in 2012
On Sunday 7 September, a family from Denby Dale, Huddersfield and their beloved pooch Poppy are taking part in Bark around the Park, a sponsored dog walk to raise funds for their local children's…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 4:14pm

Pirates Return To Thirsk Races


Friday 29th August sees Thirsk Racecourse staging its popular 'Pirates Family Day' and aiming to entertain budding young high-seas adventurers, as well as its usual array of dedicated racegoers!…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 9:06am

Bus Company Donation Puts Smiles Back On Scouts' Faces

231st Sheffield (Shire Green) Scouts and cubs with Stagecoach in Sheffield staff in front of the Scout groups plastic bottle green house
231st Sheffield (Shire Green) Scouts and cubs with Stagecoach in Sheffield staff in front of the Scout groups plastic bottle green house
A generous donation from Stagecoach Yorkshire has brought back the smiles of a local scout group after their Sheffield base was burgled.

The leading bus operator has donated 50 basil plants to the…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 7:50pm

Bringing The Beach To Knaresborough!

Two art makers and Maria Dawbarn
Two art makers and Maria Dawbarn
All the fun of the seaside has come to Knaresborough this week as part of feva's urban beach extravaganza! From 8th to 17th August, the walled garden at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre will be…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:00pm

FASTEST GROWING FESTIVAL IN THE NORTH REVEALS FAMILY DETAILS


MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL - SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE DALES
AUGUST 7TH - 10TH 2014.

Beacons Festival is fully revamped and ready to build on its welcoming family appeal in Skipton this weekend, providing a…

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Mon 4th Aug, 2014 | 9:01pm

Donation To Neonatal Unit To Thank Staff For Daisy's Care


Amy Walton's daughter Daisy was born a year ago and was 15 weeks premature, she weighed just 1lb 9oz and could not breathe for herself.

She was taken into the Neonatal Unit at Leeds General…

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Sat 2nd Aug, 2014 | 7:19pm

Knights Of Yore Meet City Knights To Prepare For Yorkshire Medieval Festival

In training with the Knights
In training with the Knights
With only a few days until the region's rich medieval history comes under the spotlight for the third annual Yorkshire Medieval Festival, organisers have turned to York's modern day heroes to…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 3:22pm

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