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Kids’ Spring Half Term Round-up

Originally published on Weds 18 May 2011 at

The Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum, York
Saturday 28 – Monday 30 May

Take the chance to see for yourself the iconic and legendary steam locomotive as it returns to the National Railway Museum in York this half term. There’ll be talks from train experts, who’ll be on hand to tell you more about the train’s history, recent restoration and how it was once the fastest train on Earth! Plus, don’t miss a live bagpipe performance in celebration of the Flying Scotsman’s appearance.

Ryedale Folk Weekend, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole
Friday 27 – Monday 30 May

Fun for all the family at Ryedale Folk Weekend – with live music, workshops, sing-alongs and more in the 16th century manor house that’s home to the Ryedale Folk Museum. It’s all happening in the picturesque setting of Hetton-le-Hole, and promises to be a fantastic festival featuring great entertainment for everyone. Tickets are £40 for adults, children (4-16) £15.

Dream Bigger Dreams, All Saints’ Square, Rotherham
Tueday 31 May – Friday 3 June

A roadshow with a twist! The University of Sheffield will be holding a series of performances and interactive sessions in Rotherham town centre. It’s a chance for kids to find out what the university does, meet students, and try out a range of activities ranging from archaeology to electronics to medicine! Activities will be running from 10.30am – 2.30pm each day, and are completely free.

Half Term Fun Days in the Energy House, Heeley City Farm, Sheffield
Wednesday 1 – Thursday 2 June

Come along to South Yorkshire Energy Centre to have fun discovering more about recycling and saving energy! Based at Heeley City Farm, there’s pigs, goats and other animals for kids to meet. Suitable for all the family. Free entry – open 11am to 5pm.

Wetwang Scarecrow Festival
Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June

To many people, Wetwang is famous for appearing in Look North’s weather map, whenever its honorary mayor Paul Hudson presents the forecast. However, it’s also home to a scarecrow festival – previous entrants have included Noel Edmonds in his ‘Deal or no Deal’ guise, a representation of the ‘Dancing on Ice’ cast and – wait for it – ‘Status Crow’, last year’s winner, depicted in performance of ‘Rocking All Over The Wolds’. Who will be ‘crow’-ned the winner this year? Head to the village hall, Wetwang, between 10am – 4pm during the festival, and pick up a festival guide.

Bridlington Arts Festival Finale, The Spa Bridlington
Saturday 28 – Monday 30 May

Bridlington Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, so head over to the newly refurbished Spa and take in its impressive sea views. The Spa Gardens will feature street entertainers, a colourful array of continental market stalls and a host of free entertainment (weather permitting). The fun kicks off at 11am, and is free.

Zoolab Animal Roadshow, Dewsbury Museum
Friday 3 June

Meet snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies and creatures at the Zoolab Animal Roadshow! A team of rangers will deliver hands-on workshops which use animals as a way to encourage kids to explore the natural world. There’s four one-hour animal handling sessions during the day, with a charge of £2.50 per child.

Kaleidoscope Mask Making, The Hepworth Wakefield
Monday 30 May

Come and make a kaleidoscope mask at the brand new Hepworth Wakefield gallery! The Hepworth is Britain’s newest major art gallery, the largest purpose-built gallery space outside London, and will undoubtedly become one of the country’s most important galleries – housing hundreds of works from the late legendary sculptor Barbara Hepworth and other major artists. Drop in from 11am – 4pm. Free entry.

Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival

Originally published on 10 May 2011 at

When I was a kid, the words ‘children’s cinema’ conjured up images of a VHS copy of Scooby Doo being projected onto a rectangle in a community centre. At least, that’s what I thought. Decidedly uncool. I now wish that I was a kid again, because Sheffield’s Showcomotion Festival, which begins this month, is aching with cool points and proves that I was wrong.

Taking place over nine days at the Showroom Cinema, there’s films from all over the world, plus workshops and talks from BAFTA-nominated writers and industry professionals.

The Opening Night Gala on 20 May features a special preview of Kriv Stenders’ Red Dog, following the tale of a lost dog that unites a community to find his owner, who’s missing in the Australian outback. The next day, there’ll be a major preview of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, a sequel to the first film based on the popular books by Jeff Kinney.

There’ll be a selection of recent big screen hits too, including Tomorrow, When the War Began, Winnie the Pooh and Rio, alongside classic features Watership Down and The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island.

There’ll be a special focus on the work of legendary director Carroll Ballard with a retrospective of his family films, including Fly Away Home, Black Stallion, and Never Cry Wolf, plus a look at the latest work of award-winning Japanese studio Studio Ghibli, The Borrower Arrietty.

It’s not all fiction either, Neukölln Unlimited documents a group of Lebanese siblings who are successful dancers and musicians living in Berlin facing the threat of deportation, and Against All Odds follows some courageous young women as they face the prospect of teenage motherhood.

Studying the films will be Showcomotion’s InterActive Youth Jury, comprised of a panel of 15-18 year olds, who’ll be looking for a winner for the Best Film award. Plus, every film in the programme is up for the Audience Award – so you can help make a film a winner.

Check out for full details of what looks set to be a fantastic festival!

Leeds Young People’s Film Festival 2011

Originally published on Tues 15 March 2011 at

Now in its twelfth year, the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival kicks off on March 28th, with some special surprises in store for young and old alike. Visitors will be treated to films from around the world made both for and by young people, plus there will be workshops and masterclasses from film industry insiders.

Guests at this year’s festival will be able to take a sneak preview of the new 3D blockbuster Rio, from the makers of the hit Ice Age series. There’ll also be a special day of anime films, with a pre-screening discussion from expert Jonathan Clements for fans wanting to know more. Other highlights include the charming stop-motion A Town Called Panic and Adam Elliot’s dark animation Mary and Max featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Younger film fans will be enthralled by Ploddy the Police Car Makes a Splash, as he battles to save his town from the dastardly Badger brothers.

Big-name guests include Fast Show creator and star Charlie Higson, discussing his new zombie thriller series The Enemy and his love of all things horror. Rachel Hurd-Wood (Perfume, Dorian Gray, Solomon Kane) will also introduce a special preview of her new film Tomorrow, When the War Began, a dramatic story based on the best-selling books.

That’s not all – there’s a Harry Potter day for Hogwarts fans and the prestigious National Young Filmmaker’s Award showcase – plus more films than there’s room to write about!

If you’re a young person and you’re interested in film, then don’t miss this amazing festival! Full details of the programme can be found at

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