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Things To Do With Kids In And Around Calderdale From April 12!

Things to do with kids in and around Calderdale and Halifax from 12th April – step 2 of the roadmap It might seem as though we’ve been in lockdown forever, but the light is starting to beckon from the end of the tunnel. Step 2 of the Covid-19 re-opening roadmap is from 12th April 2021….

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Virtual Santa & Christmas Experiences for Families Christmas 2020

Virtual Santa and Christmas Experiences for families for Christmas 2020 With COVID-19 restrictions, there is a lot of uncertainty around what will be open in the run-up to Christmas. But not even a pandemic can take the magic out of Santa – and he’s taken himself online! To meet Santa from the safety of your…

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Lockdown Alternatives to Christmas Traditions

Recreate your favourite Christmas traditions at home with these easy lockdown alternatives. We’re all hoping lockdown eases before Christmas Day, and that we can safely do a few of our favourite December family favourites. But just in case we can’t, we’ve thought of a few easy swaps that you can do at home, in a…

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Places to See Festive/Winter Illuminations Near Calderdale!

With Christmas lights switch-ons still being negotiated, we’ve rounded up some fabulously festive lights displays within 90 minutes drive of Calderdale. Pack some hot chocolate, snuggle up in the car and set off to find some beautiful Christmas lights displays. RHS Harlow Carr – Glow Winter Illuminations  Thurs-Sat November 19-December 19 & Mon-Wed December 21-30,…

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Free & Cheap Days Out in Calderdale During October Half Term

Fun and easy on the pocket too! 10 free or cheap days out for kids during October Half Term. In Calderdale, or within an hour’s drive. School holidays are many things, but cheap isn’t one of them! These days (especially now two of my kids are over 5 and not free anywhere!) I get creative,…

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Halloween at Flamingo Land

October 10 – November 1, 2020 Spooktaclar events, rides and attractions, including the Trick or Treat Trail (£3) with sweets and stickers at five locations around the park and Peter Rabbit’s Pumpkin Trail. Spooktacular Fireworks Displays October 14, 17, 24 & 31. Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton. YO17 6UX.  

Blackberry Picking in Calderdale

It’s blackberry season! Here are our favourite spots to pick them in Halifax, Calderdale and beyond – and some yummy recipes too! My kids’ fingers and mouths have been permanently purple over the last few weeks. They’ve had so much fun finding – and eating – juicy berries on their morning walks, popping some in…

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50 “Old School” Summer Activities for Kids

Get back to basics with these traditional summer activities that the whole family can enjoy! Oh, those endless summers spent running through sprinklers, picnicking in parks and licking endless ice cream cones. There’s a lot to be said for getting back to basics; especially when it’s cheap, easy and always a bucketful of fun. This…

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Attractions Now Open in Calderdale & Beyond

Attractions and Gardens Re-Opening Post Lockdown Many attractions in Halifax & Calderdale have reopened their doors to welcome everyone back – although lots do still have some restrictions in place and require pre-booking. I have included details below for attractions locally and further afield, but please check details directly before travelling. It is extremely important…

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Mama Napoli

Italian restaurant in Hipperholme. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5-9pm for takeaways. Mama Napoli, 1 Halifax Road, Hipperholme, Halifax. HX3 8EW. 01422 208068.


Mongolian takeout/delivery. Temujin, Sowerby Bridge. 014222

Anisa Indian Takeaway

Indian takeaway/delivery in Hipperholme. 1 Leeds Road, Hipperholme, Halifax. 01422 200888.

Red Dragon

Chinese Takeaway in Brighouse. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5-9pm. 21 Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse. 01484 401063.

The Alma Inn

Alma on Wheels including Sunday roasts, grills and BBQ boxes. Cottonstones, Sowerby Bridge. 01422 823334.

Kershaw House

Traditional English food. Pickup or delivery 7 days a week, from 4pm (11am on Sundays). Luddenden Lane, Luddenden Foot, Halifax. HX2 6NW. 01422 882222

Moorlands Inn

Full menu available for delivery or pickup. The Moorlands Inn, Keighley Road, Halifax. 01422 248943

La Luna

Italian takeaway and delivery service with contactless collection or home delivery. 13/15 Westgate, Halifax, HX1 1DJ. 01422 363755

The Loose Goose Inn

Sunday lunch and pub fare delivery or pickup. 1 West Street, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3AN. 01422 833193.

Birth Stories in Calderdale During Coronavirus

Having a baby might be one of the best moments of your life – but a global pandemic probably wasn’t part of the plan. Pregnancy and labour can be stressful at the best of times, never mind having to worry about how coronavirus will affect your experience and expectations. In Calderdale, the rules surrounding antenatal…

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Calderdale Council Advises Local Schools NOT to Reopen to More Students on June 1

Schools in Calderdale are being urged NOT to reopen until they can meet more safety guidelines. Despite the Government expecting children in reception and years 1 and 6 to return to school from June 1, Calderdale Council has “major concerns” and has advised schools not to reopen until they are “confident” that staff and students…

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How to Celebrate VE Day at Home

VE Day dawns on Friday, May 8, 2020 – marking 75 years since the guns fell silent in Europe near the end of World War Two. There were grand plans for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, with events, street parties and a spectacular VE Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall. However,  due…

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VE Day: Fancy Dress Ideas

If you’re hosting your own VE Day party at home, there are some great fancy dress options! Amazon has ready-made costumes if you want to splash out, but with a bit of a rummage through the wardrobes, you might be able to put something together for your wartime littles.  Here are a few ideas to…

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VE Day: How to Throw a Kids’ Afternoon Tea Party!

Is there a better way to celebrate VE Day (or any day!) than Afternoon Tea? We’re huge fans of afternoon tea and picnics, and it seems like the perfect way to enjoy VE Day – indoors or in the garden. It’s so easy to create an afternoon tea at home. You can have lots of…

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Calderdale Mumbler’s Spanish Challenge

Easy Spanish Words for children Have you decided to learn a new skill while staying at home with the kids? There are so many things I’d love to teach my kids while they’re at home, and learning Spanish has been on my list for ages! They have a large family in Spain and two of…

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How to Do an Easter Egg Hunt at Home

I don’t know what my kids love the most at Easter – gobbling their body weight in chocolate or the whole family egg hunt around the garden. Their grandparents hide (what seems like!) hundreds of foil-wrapped  eggs among the trees, flowers and bushes and the grandkids race like Duracell bunnies to grab as many as…

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Home School: 10 Basic Life Skills

As the second week of ‘homeschooling’ beckons, you might be wondering what else is worth teaching? As well as maintaining your child’s academic education, now is the perfect time to teach (or remind!) them of some much-needed basic life skills. Not all learning is done in the classroom, and these key life skills will come…

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Coronavirus Help: Where To Find It & Where to Offer It!

Look for the helpers – it’s a phrase that brings comfort and calm the world over in time of panic and stress. Here in Calderdale, people are already reaching out to see what their neighbours need; to offer groceries, childcare help, a friendly ear, online tutoring and so much more. It’s human nature to want…

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Easter Egg Trails in Halifax & Calderdale

We’re going on an Egg Hunt, we’re going to catch a big one – and we’ll try our very best not to eat them when our kids are asleep! You can never have enough Easter chocolate, and there are lots of different trails, hunts and events to get the whole family in the mood for…

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20 Family Meals from Tins and Frozen Ingredients

Covid-19 has brought lots of uncertainty and inevitably, many of us are thinking of how to feed our families if we have to stay home. So we thought it would be useful to have a few quick-and-easy family recipes that you can put together easily, using long-life ingredients from your cupboard or freezer. Thanks to Maria…

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Where to See Baby Animals Near Calderdale

Spring means one thing (apart from Easter Eggs!) – and that’s cute baby animals! We don’t have a petting zoo in Halifax, but there are plenty within an hour’s drive. Here’s our list of where you will be sure to find sweet little animals, and maybe get to feed a lamb a bottle – or…

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Things to do on Mother’s Day in Halifax & Calderdale

Mother’s Day is upon us and while we’re all hoping for breakfast in bed and a nice lie in, some family time would be nice too. Sleep ins don’t exist in my house – unless you count lying in bed with three children sat on various parts of your body – but I know the…

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Mother’s Day Lunch in Halifax & Calderdale

Prefer not to cook for your Mother’s Day celebration? We don’t blame you, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax! Lucky for us, there are loads of local options where you can be thoroughly spoiled. Here are five of them – and some involve your children being entertained too! The Mill Play Cafe Sunday, March 22,…

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Coronavirus Explained – Practical Advice for Parents

You must stay at home – that’s the latest coronavirus statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as of today, Monday, March 23, 2020. Here at Mumbler, the LAST thing we want to do is spread panic. So we’ve tried to explain Boris Johnson’s statement as easily as we can, while also sharing lots of practical…

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10 Easy Last Minute World Book Day Costumes

Still need a costume for World Book Day? Don’t worry about spending £15 on a costume (unless you want to, there’s no shame in paying to make things easier!) – there are loads of things you can throw together at home to transform your little darling into their favourite characters. Some top tips before you…

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Calderdale’s Weekend Roundup: Feb 29-March 1

The weather might be frightful, but if you wrap up warm there’s plenty to entertain you in Halifax and Calderdale, and a few things indoors too. From a party at The Piece Hall to storytimes and comic con, and a huge dinosaur a bit further afield in Castleford! People’s Play Party – The Piece Hall…

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Reopening date still being decided – check back soon! Single household bookings only.  Axe throwing sessions for anyone aged five and over. Full safety briefing and instructions throughout and balloons can be put on targets and popped with knives to make it easier. Call for opening hours and availability. Netherton Mill, Holdsworth Road, Halifax. 07885…

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Valentine’s Events for Babies & Toddlers in Calderdale

A good play is probably all your child’s heart desires for Valentines Day – and there are plenty of love-themed opportunities in Halifax and Calderdale. Here’s a round-up of local messy play, disco and soft play sessions, all with a heart-shaped theme! Valentine’s Disco & Crafts at The Edge Play Gym Hearts, sparkles and fun…

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Easter Panto at Victoria Theatre!

Looking for the purr-fect Easter treat for the family? Victoria Theatre’s panto might be the answer! Puss in Boots will be gracing the stage in Halifax between April 15 and 17, 2020, starring Suzanne Shaw and children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis. Produced by Imagine Theatre – the team behind the annual Christmas pantomime – Puss…

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Fun Fitness Classes in Halifax & Calderdale

Fun Fitness Classes in Halifax & Calderdale Is your enthusiasm for your New Year’s resolutions waning already? We all start off well, but leftover Christmas chocs and winter fatigue can hamper our efforts and make abandoning the gym easier by the day. So we’ve rounded up some of Mumbler’s  favourite fitness classes in Halifax &…

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Weekend Roundup – Jan 25-26, 2020

Whether you want to be inside or out this weekend, there’s plenty going on in Halifax and Calderdale to keep you busy. Here’s out pick of some of the best local events! Pub Quiz for Kids @ Square Chapel Sunday, 2.30pm Fun, family quiz for anyone aged 5+, this show will find out who is…

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Mum and Baby/Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy yoga &  mum and baby yoga classes. Pregnancy Yoga: Gentle stretching and strengthening to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy. Fridays, 6.15-7.30pm, The Todfellows Space, Todmorden, OL14 5PU. Mum and Baby Yoga: Rebuild and stabilise core muscles after pregnancy and birth. Stretch out tired limbs, eat cake, drink tea, meet other mums and…

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“Supermum” Launches Nanny Agency in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Sophia Rojas brings Harmony at Home Nanny Agency to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire families. Sophia, mum of three and seasoned Nanny employer, has acquired the North East arm of the award-winning Employment Agency Harmony at Home. Born and raised in the Humber area, Sophia is ideally positioned to meet with clients face-to-face, offering a truly personal…

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Rainy Day Ideas

Arden Road Social Club

Large room available to hire. Contact 01422 362349. Arden Road, Halifax. HX1 3AG.

FREE Carrots for Rudolph

Rudolph and his pals are in for a fine feast on Christmas Eve, thanks to Morrisons! The supermarket chain is giving away 125,000 paper bags of wonky carrots labelled “Carrots for Rudolph” at its store entrances today (December 21, 2019). And tomorrow (December 22) it will be giving away free oranges for stockings – as…

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Mumbler Review: Beauty & the Beast Panto at Victoria Theatre

Of all the fun Christmas traditions, going to the panto is one of our favourites. This year, it’s Beauty & the Beast taking to the stage at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, telling the tale of Belle, her beast and the colourful characters of Soggy Bottom. This panto visit was a surprise for my oldest (we let…

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Weekend Roundup – December 14 & 15, 2019

The Christmas countdown is on, and Calderdale is absolutely full to the brim with festive fun this weekend! From live nativities to meeting Santa in the woods, pantomimes, wacky science shows, taking your dog to visit Santa Paws and cooking on campfires, there’s something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites here, and…

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Card Factory Top 10 Personalised Christmas Gifts

Much as I love Christmas shopping, choosing the “right” gift can be a minefield and a half. I don’t want to waste money, I don’t want excessive plastic and most importantly, I want the recipient to genuinely love it. For family and friends, a bit of personalisation is always a winner. However, I’ve found that…

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What’s on in Calderdale this Weekend?

It’s the second weekend in December and we’re in full Christmas countdown mode! From Christmas fairs to festive theatre, Santa in his grotto and Victorian characters roaming The Piece Hall, we’ve compiled a list to help you have maximum fun this weekend! Santa’s Dizzy Day, Victoria Theatre December 5-8, 2019 Fun-packed festive show for kids…

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Dreaming Of A Kind Christmas?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but not everyone is lucky enough to wake up to food and gifts galore on Christmas morning. From disadvantaged families to women and children living in refuges, there are many people who could use a helping hand to give their nearest and dearest the Christmas of their…

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Have Yourself An Eco-Friendly Christmas!

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Since becoming a mum this statement really hits hard. I’m constantly thinking about what the future will look like for my kids, for their kids, and how our actions now impact on theirs. Of course we want to do what we…

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Tried and Tested Christmas Cake Recipe for Kids!

Making a Christmas Cake and making a wish over the mixing bowl really marks the start of Christmas in our house. I’m not great at letting the kids get involved though (mess! spillage!) and have been on the lookout for a simpler recipe that would be easier for my three little elves to manage. Huge…

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WIN a Family Ticket for Arabian Nights at Square Chapel!

Would you like to take your family to see Arabian Nights at Square Chapel? Now is you chance, as we have FOUR TICKETS to give away for this funny and fabulous performance at 6pm on December 15, 2019. Presented by Story Pocket Theatre, Arabian Nights is the tale of Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them…

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Play Streets Could Be Coming To Calderdale!

Roads in Calderdale could become temporary play spaces for kids – under a new council scheme to get children playing outdoors. The “play streets scheme” would give residents the power to close a street for a few hours at a time, letting children play in the road without the danger of traffic driving through. The…

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A Victorian Christmas at York Castle Museum

TBC 2019 Take a stroll over the cobbles of York Castle Museum’s twinkling Victorian street, Kirkgate, and experience the true magic and traditions of days gone by. Journey back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated over 150 years ago on Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer. There…

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Brighouse Christmas Market

Celebrate the start of Brighouse’s festive season with its annual Christmas food and craft market. There will be amazing food, over 70 stalls, live music and Christmas fun for all the family, including the town’s lights switch-on with Father Christmas. Saturday, November 23: 10am-5pm. Christmas lights will be switched on by Father Christmas in his…

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Bankfield Museum Christmas Craft Fair

Get into the Christmas spirit and peruse the local crafts and produce on sale. Free entry. December 7, 2019. 10am-4pm. Bankfield Museum, Halifax.

10 Bonfire Night Crafts

My kids love crafting all year round, but there’s something about Bonfire Night that really captures their imaginations. Whether it’s the sparkles, bright colours exploding against the night sky, staying up late or the delicious snacks, they love the chance to get excited all over again so soon after hanging up their Halloween costumes. So…

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Autumnal Glamping With Kids!

It’s known for pumpkins, witches and a whole lot of bad weather – but could autumn really be a glamper’s paradise? Yes! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t pitch a tent during October half term, but find yourself a waterproof, cosy wigwam and I promise, you’ll have a ball. Our family fell in love with…

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Cheap and Easy Ways to Celebrate Autumn With Kids!

I have a confession: My name is Charlotte and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AUTUMN! From wrapping up warm to colourful crunchy leaves, darker nights, pumpkin spice, muddy puddles and even the wind and rain, it’s gorgeously atmospheric and probably my favourite time of year. Add in Halloween and Bonfire Night and it’s so much fun I…

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Halloween Picture Hunt & Autumn Scavenger Hunt

My kids love a good scavenger hunt, especially  if there’s a prize to collect at the end! To kick start your October, we’ve designed two special hunts for you to download and print out – one full of autumnal finds, and another that’s perfect for Halloween. Great fun to do during half term, you could…

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Pick Your Own Pumpkin!

Heritage Festival! Free Events in Calderdale!

Who fancies a FREE day out, with history and culture to boot? This year, Heritage Open Days – England’s largest festival of culture and history – takes place between September 13-22, 2019. It ties in with Halifax Heritage Festival – which runs through September – celebrating People Power. Expect walks, talks and lots of events…

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50 Things To Do in Calderdale Before You’re Five!

The big kids are back to school and the little ones are ruling the roost again! I don’t know about you, but my day-to-day activities are heavily dictated by my older kids when they’re not at school, and my littlest one follows along. Now we’ve got some free time just for her, I’ve been looking…

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Claire Harbottle – Independent Midwife

Independent Midwife offering one-to-one safe and empowering care. One-off clinical visits through to full packages of antenatal, birth and postnatal care. Specialist home birth midwife but also able to support you in your hospital birth plans. Can travel within 90 minutes of Leeds. Contact me to chat through your options at any point in your…

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Surviving A Beach Trip With Babies

Beach holidays take on a whole new meaning with kids, don’t they? There’s much less sun bathing and relaxing and much more sun cream slathering while fishing sand out of the baby’s mouth. Don’t get me started on trying to get the sand off of everyone at the end! These days we make a few,…

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Travelling With Kids

Holidays can be the highlight of the year, but getting there can test the boldest of souls. Kids aren’t the easiest of travelling companions (and to be honest, adults aren’t either) so airports, cars, ferries and coaches can become fraught, anxious nightmares. But there are definitely things you can do to make it easier. Here…

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Camping With Kids

I’ll admit it: when our friends told us to take the kids camping, I thought they were mad. Parenting three small children is hard enough at home, never mind trying to get them to sleep in a flimsy canvas structure in a field with no fridge or toilet across the hall. But the more Facebook…

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10 Family Annual Pass Schemes near Halifax

We all like getting the most bang for our buck and let’s face it, family days out can be expensive! Spreading the cost by buying a family annual pass or membership can mean many cheap (or free, even better!) days out for the whole family with more cash left over for ice creams. Picking the…

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New Life for Halifax and Huddersfield Nappy Library

They’ve come a long way from the Terry nappies our mums knew and loved – but for many, cloth nappies are still shrouded in mystique. That’s where a local nappy library is worth its weight in gold; giving demos, advice, explaining all the benefits – from being great for the environment to good for babies’…

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Halifax Dad’s Delicious Fundraiser – In Memory Of A Special Baby Boy!

TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains details of stillbirth When Tom Hannan’s partner Gina suddenly started craving apples, he knew she must be pregnant. A pregnancy test confirmed it, and their excitement grew as they looked forward to welcoming baby “Pip”, their treasured first child together. “We were both so excited,” shares Tom, who has a…

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Two Whole Weeks of Father’s Day Fun for Dads in Calderdale

What’s the best present for dad on Father’s Day? Quality time with their kids! This year, the men of Calderdale are being treated to an extra special gift – a whole fortnight of experiences especially for them and their children aged under five. Men as Parents Fortnight runs from June 1-15, 2019 and hopes to…

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9 Fun Ways to Welcome The Tour de Yorkshire!

We’re counting down the days until the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 arrives in Halifax to begin the final leg of the race. There’s lots happening at The Piece Hall – where Stage 4 will set off from – with many family-friendly events running through the day. But if you’d like to whip up some excitement…

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HD Hypnobirth

ANGELA ROGERS BSc(Hons) Dip Hb(KGH) Hello and congratulations on your pregnancy! My name is Angela Rogers and I’m a mum, a practising midwife and qualified hypnobirthing teacher. I’m passionate about supporting mothers, preparing their mind and body for labour and birth in a calming, relaxed way. Hypnobirthing reduces the fear surrounding childbirth, providing techniques to…

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Forest School at St Ives

Easter Forest School at St Ives Estate, run by Get Out More. Led by qualified and experienced forest school leaders. February’s session included cooking on the camp fire, charcoal face painting and building dens. Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 10am-3pm

Safer Sleep Week

It’s #safersleepweek and this year, the focus is on co-sleeping. Sadly, four babies die every week from SIDS and unsafe co-sleeping is certainly a factor. But with greater awareness and more information, we can work together to reduce this number. As someone who was absolutely adamant I wouldn’t co-sleep, I never expected that all three…

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Yorkshire Children’s Trust Charity Shop

Fancy grabbing yourself a bargain AND helping sick and disabled children in Yorkshire? At Yorkshire Children’s Trust Charity Shop, in Halifax, you can do exactly that, making a real difference to local children and families. Set up by Simon Widdop – founder and trustee of YCT – the shop is below the charity’s offices in…

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Indoor Swimming pools with slides, splash zones and other fun stuff near Halifax!

Swimming is the perfect activity for this time of year, especially when you throw in water slides, floats and splash toys! Unfortunately, we currently don’t have an indoor waterpark in Calderdale, but there are plenty of options within an hour (ish) drive.   1. Huddersfield Leisure Centre Waterpark The closest to Calderdale and a whole load of…

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Bite Sized Ballet is Coming to Calderdale!

Gather your mini ballerinas – bite-sized ballet is coming to the big screen! Perfect for toddler attention spans, these 40 minute films are shot in vibrant, high-definition colours and will be shown at Square Chapel, Halifax, starting on March 9. Northern Ballet’s Bite Sized Ballet series will kick off with an adaptation of the Tortoise &…

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Keeping Kids Warm in the Cold

It’s forecast to get chilly again this weekend with maybe even some snow! We’re trying to spend more time outdoors this winter, but the kids aren’t always up for it and there’s nothing worse than little ones crying because of cold hands and feet. We had seven winters in Canada, and learned a thing or…

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The Mumbler Great Christmas Bake Off !

Nothing says Christmas like a kitchen full of homemade Christmas cookies! My kids love baking, and this blog by Hayley from East Cheshire Mumbler is full of easy, festive treats. Enjoy, and let us know how it goes!    “If I’m completely honest, baking isn’t my strong point.  I’d go so far as to say I’m pretty…

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WIN Tickets for The Nutcracker!

It’s one of the most enchanting Christmas shows around, delighting countless children with its magic. This year, The Nutcracker is headed to Square Chapel, with Clara, Fritz and the Mouse Queen bringing the magic of Christmas to Halifax. Presented by the award-winning Pocket Book Theatre and directed by Julia Black and Adam Fletcher-Forde, Clara and her…

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Mornings: How to Leave the House Easily

Nailing down the morning routine Was anyone else’s morning a big, hot mess? Every day I strive to do better but still end up yelling “SHOES” and “TEETH” at my dilly-dallying kids who think we’ve got two hours instead of two minutes. There’s no advice like ‘mum advice’, and the friendly members of Calderdale Mumbler…

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Halifax Ukrainian Club

The bar opens at 6pm and there will be food available, with Fireworks at 7.30pm. Free entry! Friday, November 2, 2018. 6-11pm. Fairfield House, Queens Road, Halifax. Free!

Test Food and Drink – And Get Paid!

Are you interested in taste testing food and drink? Not only will you get to taste delicious products, giving feedback will earn you reward vouchers! It only takes 15 minutes to an hour, but is vital to help manufacturers see how their product is performing against competitors and whether a new recipe works. Sarah de…

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Sing and Sign

Fun, musical signing classes for babies and parents on Fridays. Babies (birth to six months): 10.30am Stage 1 (6 months – 18 months: 9.30am & 11.15am. Sing and Sign, Fridays. Heath United Reformed Church, Free School Lane. Phone Gemma on 07738 059610 for more information.

Fun For Rainy Days!

With more wet weather doing the rounds in Calderdale, Mumbler has some fun indoor activity ideas to keep the little ones busy.   Make Shadow Puppets This website has STAR WARS shadow puppet ideas! But you can make anything you want really. The kids will have hours of fun making and playing with these.  …

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Enjoying The Races With Kids

If you’re anything like me, going to the races is a good  – child free – excuse to dress up, hang with friends and enjoy a few glasses of bubbly. But adding kids into the mix could actually make it more fun, with most racecourses offering free admission to children (accompanied by a paying adult)…

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Family Day at York Races

  The Press Family Raceday is fun for all the family, with seven thoroughbred races, and a Charles Owen Pony race at the beginning of the card, as well as our ‘interactive racing zone’ which includes fun and games for our youngest racegoers. Elsewhere look out for bouncy castles and slides, face painting, pony rides…

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Walking With Kids – Routes For Little Legs

It’s one of the nicest things to do with your children – run through fields, explore woodland and soak in the gorgeous scenery. And with Calderdale’s beautiful landscape, we have the perfect backdrop for picnics, paddling and walks all year round. But it’s not always easy to find tracks for little legs, that are also…

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Upper Valley Children’s Centre Summer Activities

Mumbler Review: Knuma Huddle

There’s nothing nicer than having a newborn baby – all those gorgeous, squishy cuddles and new baby smells. But the tiredness that goes with it – oh my goodness, the tiredness! Anything that makes night feeds easier is a plus in my book, and I’d heard great things about side-by-side cribs, how you can just…

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Once Upon A Time – Weekly Storytime

Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts. Ages 2-5. £3 per child (£2 PTL) Halifax Central Library and Archives (The Imaginarium) Wednesday mornings – July 4, 11, 18. For information, call 01422 392638.

Teacher Gift Ideas

What to buy a teacher as an end of year gift Seriously – how quick is this year going?  It’s nearly the end of the school year already!  Children and teachers across of the country rejoice, whilst, let’s face it -we parents are slightly terrified about the thought of keeping these little ones entertained for…

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Safe Sleep For Babies

The warmer weather can be hard for babies – they can overheat quickly but don’t have the ability to cool themselves down. The Lullaby Trust has some great information on keeping your baby safe and well: Information below taken from the Lullaby Trust Website ( “AVOID LETTING YOUR BABY GET TOO HOT It…

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Mothershare Fashion Show

Imagine being able to shop, enjoy a fashion show AND help families in need in Calderdale! Well you can, at non-profit group Mothershare‘s first Fashion Show on Thursday (June 21). Held at Lee Mount Social Club, the show – tickets are £5 – also includes supper, a tombola, raffle and stalls, all to raise funds…

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FREE School Uniforms at the YMCA!

We all know how fast kids grow out of school uniform – or ruin them with paint or in the playground. And while it’s not cheap to buy a full school uniform, there is a free – and fabulous – option in Calderdale. Halifax YMCA has been running a free uniform donation and giveaway service…

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A Family-Friendly French Adventure – In a Camper Van!

Forget fancy hotels and all inclusives – you can have so much fun on a road trip! Mum-of-two ROSANNA NOLAN shares her family’s French adventure in a VW Campervan.   One Friday last August, my husband and I decided to purchase a 1972 T2 Bay VW Campervan. We named her Phoebe, and spent the next…

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Moscow State Circus is Coming to Town!

We’ve teamed up with Moscow State Circus so that two lucky families can see the fabulous Gostinitsa show when it comes to Halifax this week. We have two family tickets to give away (maximum four people each) and they are valid for any performance between Thursday, May 24 and Monday, May 28. Gostinitsa is a…

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Adventures With Alpacas!

Our sister site Ryedale Mumbler and her two children had a wonderful time walking an alpaca recently – about an hour and 15 minutes drive from Halifax. Sheriff Alpacas is a lovely setting, on an organic small holding, growing organic vegetables as well as some beautiful flowers and of course, home to this herd of…

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Piece Hall Events

There’s a full day of Tour de Yorkshire fun planned at The Piece Hall! Gates will open at 9am and sporting greats from the cycling world will enter the main Courtyard to sign on at the podium used for the Tour de France. This is your chance to meet your heroes and see the bikes…

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Public Transport – Tour de Yorkshire

To cut down on traffic and make it easier for race organisers, people are encouraged to use public transport on race day. There will be a regular bus service to and from Halifax Bus Station and trains will be running as normal. You can plan your route and see Tour de Yorkshire information at …

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How To Recycle Your Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother’s Day has been and gone and the flowers that looked glorious on Sunday have now probably seen better days. Rather than let them wilt and be thrown away, incorporate them into some of these fun activities and bring colour and fragrance into your child’s play. Have a Tea Party! Pour the petals onto a…

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Do you know any great nannies or babysitters?

  Here at Calderdale Mumbler, we know how important it is to find a great nanny or babysitter that you trust. We’re always looking for recommendations. If you have any suggestions, simply drop us an email at

Play Schemes – Free

Free open access term time after school inclusive play schemes. Ages 5-14 or 16 with disability/special need. Beech Hill School, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Halifax. Mondays, 3-6pm Brighouse Youth Club (age 8+), Aire Street, Brighouse. Mondays, 4-6pm Mixenden Activity Centre, Clough Lane, Mixenden. Tuesdays, 4-7pm Pellon Network Centre, Rye Lane, Pellon. Tuesdays, 3-6pm Queens Road Neighbourhood…

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Commando Fit – Brighouse

Military-inspired fitness training programme for men and women of all fitness levels who want to lose weight, get fitter and healthier. New attendees should arrive 15 minutes early for their free trial, so instructors can discuss queries with you and give you time to fill in a health questionnaire. Class times: Monday – 7-8pm Wednesday…

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LBee Fitness Boot Camp – Southowram

Fitness boot camp in Halifax. Southowram Community Centre, Wednesdays, 7.30pm. LBee Fitness Boot Camp. Southowram Community Centre, Halifax. Check out the Facebook page for info.

Kloe Wilkinson Photography

Halifax-based photographer covering babies, children and events. Kloe Wilkinson Photography, Halifax. Contact 07879 865674

Eye Caught It Photography

Halifax-based photographer covering newborn, children, parties and more. Eye Caught It Photography, Halifax.

Elsiebee Photography

Photographer based in Halifax offering newborn, children and family portrait sessions. Elsiebee Photography, Halifax. Contact 07734 450492.

Family Fotos

Studio-style family portraits taken in the comfort of your own home. Fmily Fotos. Yorkshire-based. -Contact 07864 098636.

Smiler Photos

Photographer offering baby photographs, family events and everything in between. Smiler Photos, Queensbury. Phone 07773 388456.

Tania Elizabeth Photography

Newborn and wedding photographer based in Halifax. Tania Elizabeth Photography, Pye Nest Road, Halifax. Phone 07584 126808

Julie Teague Photography

Photographer based in central Halifax, offering maternity, newborn, family and cake smash shoots. Julie Teague Photography, Greenwood Mill. Phone 07799 651406.

Lawrence Batley Theatre – Huddersfield

Exciting theatre with plenty of family-friendly offerings. 2018 shows include: Rupelstiltskin (April) and Ugly Duckling (May). Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Huddersfield. Box Office: 01484 430528.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Small, dynamic and welcoming theatre group. Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge. Phone 01422 843907.

Elland Day Nursery

Private day nursery in Elland providing care and education for children aged six weeks to five years old. Elland Day Nursery, Northgate. Contact 01422 370818.

Julio’s Italian Restaurant

Italian restaurant in the historic quarter in Halifax. Welcomes families. Julio’s Italian Restaurant, Princess Street, Halifax. Phone 01422 349449.

The Chocolate Teapot, Brighouse

Cosy tearooms serving afternoon teas, also catering for baby showers. The Chocolate Teapot, Bethel Street, Brighouse. Contact 07740 171078.

Sweaty Mama Halifax

Sweaty Mama Halifax is a fun and effective fitness class that let’s you bond with your baby whilst burning fat!  Suitable for ALL levels of fitness, for ages 6 weeks to four-years-old. Get fit, meet other mums and have fun. £35 for a six-week block booking. Sweaty Mama, various venues throughout Calderdale. Phone 07894 025318.

Oakwell Hall & Country Park – Birstall

The park is open but the visitor centre is closed. Toilets open at weekends between 10am and 3pm .Upper car parks and cafe only open on weekends.  Oakwell Hall dates back to 1583 and is now run as a living museum, furnished as the Batt family home in the 1690’s. There are restored gardens, a…

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Another World Adventure Centre

Planned reopening on March 30, 2021. Outdoor activity centre in Ogden with a wide range of activities. Choose from  mountain boarding, grass sledging, archery, low rope courses, slingshots with paintballs, archery, air pistols and more. Just turn up and have a go – no need to book! Birthday parties for ages 5+ include packages such…

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Electric Bowl

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Tenpin bowling with ten lanes, a dining area, pool table and licensed bar. Automatic bumpers, electronic scoring and bowling ramps make sure all the family can have fun. Glow in the dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights. Children’s and teen parties available all week, including…

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Wainhouse Tower

It’s visible from all over, but have you ever thought about climbing Wainhouse Tower? Standing at 77 metres high, this ornate Victorian chimney is open on Bank Holidays to those brave enough to tackle the 403 steps on its internal spiral staircase. Feel like Rapunzel as you take in the breathtaking views! The tower is…

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Savile Park

A large park just outside of Halifax town centre, Savile Park boasts lovely views, good paths and the walking is fairly flat. Often used for family events, such as the circus and the Halifax Agricultural Show. Savile Park, Skircoat Moor Lane, Halifax.

Wellholme Park, Brighouse

Close to the centre of Brighouse, Wellholme Park boasts beautiful floral displays, a children’s play area with a double web net that stands at over 6m high, a skate park, outdoor gym and a café. You can also play crazy golf, hire one of the four tennis courts, or play on one of the bowling…

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Centre Vale Park – Todmorden

Whether it’s walking through the 33 hectares of mature oak and beech woodland, picnicking on the grass or playing in the fabulous children’s play area, there’s plenty in Centre Vale Park to help you enjoy the great outdoors. You’ll find all-weather 5-a-side football pitches, bowling greens, a skate park, a cycle way, an outdoor gym,…

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People’s Park

Located in the heart of a conservation area, People’s Park has been revitalised and restored with new facilities. There’s a children’s play area, visitor’s centre, bandstand, water features, pavilion and public toilets, and disabled access is provided through the college entrance. Events are put on through the year, including brass bands and gardening workshops. It’s…

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Jerusalem Farm & Wade Wood

With 13 hectares of nature reserve, the beautiful Jerusalem Farm and Wade Wood are perfect spots for picnics and paddling!  The kids will have great fun splashing about in the stream and there is plenty of space to play ball or Frisbee. There are picnic tables, spots in the shade and you can have a…

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Bankfield Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Bankfield is a lovely (free!) museum in Halifax that’s great for the kids to run around in. It’s been a museum since 1887 and tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. It’s set in a Victorian mansion in Akroyd Park…

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Charlotte’s Ice Cream & Farm – Dewsbury

Currently open for takeaway only and the animals are in the barn for the winter. Ice cream parlour, where children can meet animals such as a herd of alpacas, two wallabies, peacocks, rare breed birds, a giant rabbit, goats, friendly donkeys and, of course, the Jersey cows. There is also a giant inflatable, crazy golf…

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Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s amazing story. She lived some 500 years ago in the times of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth…

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Jodie Bear Parties

Fun and stress-free bear-making parties across West Yorkshire. You choose one of our party packages and we come to your house or chosen venue. Each child receives their chosen bear, wishing heart and stuffing and more. Jodie Bear, contact 07342 984334.

Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop

Classes for children to learn how to act, dance and sing, aiming to stimulate young people to gain confidence, be creative, develop communication skills and have fun in the world of theatrical arts. Besides staging musicals each year, Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop takes part in many charitable events. Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop, St…

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One Pot Family Meals

Plan out your week’s worth of meals in advance, buy only what is on your shopping list and stick to these two simple rules: stick to one–pot recipes only, and use recipes that involve common ingredients! Mumbler recommends: Chilli Con-Carne BBQ Pulled Chicken Pasta Bake Sausage Casserole