Archive for August, 2013

A Royal thank you.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

It seemed like the whole world was watching London last month awaiting the birth of the Royal baby. Here at Chiggs HQ I was glued to the news, (and shhh- don’t tell anyone but I’ve kept all the Royal baby supplements from the newspaper, too). So when the birth of Prince George was announced on the 22nd of July we popped a blue Baby Feed Wheel in the post to Clarence House as a ‘congratulations’ and ‘well done’  to Catherine and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Last Week we were incredibly excited when the postman delivered a letter with a Buckingham Palace postmark, and inside was a postcard with a gorgeous picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, introducing their new baby boy to the world!

On the back of the card is a printed thank you message:-

” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were most touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of the birth of their son, Prince George.

Their Royal Highnesses have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful messages they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes”

How lovely! I love to think that Kate may even be using her Baby Feed Wheel to keep track of baby George’s feed times 🙂

Parklife! Free events and activities in Leeds Parks over the summer holidays

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Part two of the research I’ve been doing for some family days out for the Chiggs gang over the summer break! Here are more ideas for free family events over the school summer holidays, again focusing on West Yorkshire. The Leeds area has some fantastic parks which are great for days out, and as a bonus many have free event and activity days for children:-

Sat 3rd Aug 1-2pm a guided walk with the Head Gardener at Golden Acre park 6 miles NW of Leeds City Centre at Bramhope

Sat 3rd Aug 10-4pm mini guided family nature walks plus self-led events at Middleton Park (LS10, 3 miles South of Leeds City Centre)

Sun 4th Aug Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band 2.30-4.30pm at Middleton Park.

Sun 4 Aug 1  -4pm Meanwood Heritage Walk II at Meanwood Park & The Hollies. The second of three walks exploring the diverse cultural and natural heritage of the Meanwood Valley. (Meet by the Oates Memorial in the car park off Green Road, Meanwood)

Wed 7 Aug 10– Bodgers Camp at Middleton Park. Learn about traditional woodland crafts with workshop sessions on how to make hurdles and besoms. (Requires booking)

Sun 11 Aug 2-4pm Birds of Prey Experience at Middleton Park.

Sun 11 Aug 2- 4pm Treasure Hunt at Hunger Hills Wood. Seek out and find clues by exploring this wooded hillside to get a chance to open the Treasure Chest and win a prize. Meet Hall Lane Horsforth opposite children’s playground in Hall Park

Sun 11 Aug West Yorkshire Brass Band at Pudsey Park 2.30-4.30

Wed 14th August 1-2pm at Pudsey Park.  Book worms story telling club (in the West Leeds Country Park visitors Centre).

Wed 14th and Thurs 15th August Spider Day at Pudsey Park! (I realise this may not appeal to everyone!) 10-4pm each day, celebrating the rare Fen Raft Spider with spider making crafts.

Sun 18 Aug 2- 4 A  Celebration of Dance at Middleton Park, with local dance groups performing on the bandstand.

Sun 18 Aug Wakefield Metropolitan Band at Pudsey Park 2.30-4.30

Tues 20 Aug 7.30 – 9.30pm at Meanwood Park. Creatures of the Night- a talk about local night time wildlife followed by a bat walk in the Park and woodlands. (All the family are welcome)

Sunday 25th August, Go Batty in Middleton Park 7-9.30pm. Learn about bats and go bat walking (take a torch!) with the Yorkshire Bat Group

Sunday 25 Aug Altofts & Normanton Brass Band in Pudsey Park 2.30-4.30

Sun 25th and Mon 26th Aug Potternewton Park the Chapeltown Carnival and Reggae Concert.

Wed 28th August 1-2pm at Pudsey Park.  Book worms story telling club (in the West Leeds Country Park visitors Centre)

Sunday 1st September 2-4 The Gig at Middleton Park Fri 9th Aug 1-3pm

There’s also the Leeds Owl Trail which can be followed at any time. There are twenty five locations across Leeds City Centre marked on the Leeds Owl Trail map- each owl tells you why it’s there and gives you a snapshot of what it’s seen in its lifetime.