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Festive Fun Returns To Stockeld Park

Yorkshire’s ultimate Christmas adventure and award-winning winter light display returns to Stockeld Park in Wetherby for 2022. Tickets go on sale to the general public from the 21st of September, with those on the mailing list being given early access on the 20th. Prices start at £15 per person but some of the additional activities available may incur additional costs.

Stockeld Park’s highly anticipated Christmas event has seen crowds as big as 125,000 in years past. Doors to the winter wonderland open daily from the 19th November until the 4th of January.

The award-winning Christmas festivities at Stockeld Park started as a local Christmas tree shop in Wetherby and over the years has transformed into a unique celebration that expands across the park, whilst also keeping true to its roots of selling family Christmas trees.

With a Winter Illuminations light display as well as activities such as Nordic skiing, ice skating and plenty of opportunities to interact with Santa Clause himself – there’s festivities for the whole family to enjoy!

Light up your Christmas with Winter Illuminations
Stockeld Park’s award-winning Enchanted Forest dazzles with the Winter Illumination light show from dusk every evening at the park. One of the United Kingdom’s largest and most creative light displays – the Winter Illuminations at Stockeld Park transforms the Enchanted Forest into a dazzling winter wonderland. With state-of-the-art animation installations, incredible light displays and immersive soundscapes the Winter Illuminations is not an event to be missed.

Spend time with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to town! To celebrate his return to Stockeld Park and to officially kick off the festive season why not join Santa’s arrival parade, which will take place twice a day during the opening weekend on the 19th and 20th of November.

Once he and his reindeer have arrived back at the park, make sure to visit Santa in his rustic and cosy Grotto. Ideal for both kids, and adults full of festive cheer. Keen to spend more time with the jolly man himself? Join Santa for breakfast ahead of the Snow Queen panto show for the opportunity to snuggle up with your loved ones and be transported to a magical world of merriment and yuletide wonder.

Winter sports
Keen to try some winter sports at Stockeld Park? Whiz around the ice-skating rink or try your hand at Nordic skiing. The 630 square meter ice rink is covered from the elements so allows for festive fun snow or shine. The ice rink is conveniently located near the café so treat yourself to a warm hot chocolate after skating around.

Enjoy the Enchanted Forest on skis with the cross-country skiing Nordic trail. The 1.2km ski route weaves through the Enchanted Forest, is suitable for age 6 and above and is open all day. The ideal family activity for both kids and kids at heart!

Select your Christmas Tree at the farm
Grown on the Stockeld Estate – our Christmas tree shop sells real, non-needle drop Nordmann Fir Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree shop opens to the public from the 25th of November and can either be selected in person or online.

Festive weekend tunes
Each weekend in December excluding Christmas Eve award-winning Harrogate brass band Tewit Silver band will bring the festive cheer through song to the park.

Additionally, the adventure playgrounds, Playhive and Snowflake themed maze will be open to guests throughout the festive season.

Young People Have Enjoyed A Summer Of Fun!

Young people across Calderdale have been enjoying fun and inclusive play sessions throughout the school holidays, as part of the Council’s Play Development Service activity programme.

The Play Development Service is part of Calderdale Council’s Children and Young People’s Service and offers regular inclusive play sessions in communities across the borough.

The sessions are open to all young people between 5 and 14 years of age (or up to 16 for those with individual needs or disabilities) and the team includes specially trained staff to enable those with additional needs to access mainstream activities.

In addition to their regular sessions, throughout the summer holiday break the service has delivered 28, four-hour sessions, for young people in the borough.

Over 1260 young people attended and enjoyed a varied programme of activities which were not only fun, but also supported health, wellbeing, development, and social skills. These included:

Circus skills – Young people enjoyed the opportunity to learn new and exciting tricks, many of which they’d never experienced before. The sessions included an array of activities which tested abilities and developed skills such as balance, coordination and speed, alongside the stimulation of concentration levels.

Rugby sessions – At these sessions, professional rugby players supported young people to take part in rugby team games and learn new skills. The games created healthy competition and encouraged teamwork. The active sessions supported hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and overall health and was a fun way to encourage exercise.

Blender bikes sessions – These stationary bikes feature a smoothie maker which spins when the bikes are pedalled. The sessions also featured an adapted bike that can be powered by moving the arms, to allow those in wheelchairs to use the equipment. Alongside the excitement of making their own smoothies, young people enjoyed the health benefits from taking part in cycling and then sampling their own fruit smoothies.

Football programme – The service partnered with Halifax Central Initiative and supported around 500 children to take part in a five-week football programme. The sessions included people from different ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and backgrounds in an environment that was inclusive and fun for all. Young people made friends and developed a knowledge and understanding of other people in a local area filled with diversity.

Many sessions also featured as part of the Council’s Healthy Holidays programme, funded through the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) and in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale. The play service worked with young people and staff from Project Challenge, a specialist education/training provider working with 16–19-year-olds, to provide hot meals for children who usually receive free school meal. The staff and young people at Project Challenge helped to prepare and deliver almost 1500 meals over the six-week summer period, catering for vegetarian, vegan and Halal diets, as well as different allergies and specific requirements.

Play Services and Project Challenge share a base at the Orangebox young people’s centre located in the heart of Halifax which offers a range of fun, educational and support services to young people from across the borough.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Adam Wilkinson, said: “The long summer holidays can be a difficult time for families. The Council’s Play Development Service has done a great job ensuring that young people of different ages and abilities have been able to access a varied programme of activities to engage, educate and entertain throughout the school break.”

“The sessions have been a huge success, with some really positive feedback received. Coordinating activities like these is not an easy task, but every member of the team, as well as the partners and volunteers who’ve supported the programme, has given their all to ensure that everyone taking part felt included and that activities ran smoothly.”

“Although the holidays may be over, the hard work doesn’t end, and the service continues to provide inclusive after-school sessions at locations across the borough. Specialist teams also continue to offer support to families who are struggling, offering advice on a wide variety of subjects and signposting to further help when necessary.”

To find out more, visit the Calderdale Council website here. Sessions run throughout the year, in term time and holidays, for more information contact Imran or Sarah on 01422 380995.

New Exhibition Launching, The Art Of Colour

This Autumn, The Art of Colour will be celebrated in Tennants Auctioneers’ third major loan exhibition, which opens in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on 14th October.

Visitors will discover a vivid collection of paintings and sculptures, on loan from public institutions and private collections, which celebrate the rich use of colour in art from the 16th century to the present day and include important works rarely, if ever, on public display.

Cambridge art historian, writer, and broadcaster Dr James Fox, who has written the foreword for the exhibition catalogue, says: “Colour has played a pivotal role in human culture for hundreds of thousands of years, and has been a defining feature of visual art since our ancestors first started painting on cave walls.”

“Over the last five years, Tennants has built a reputation for its intelligent and exciting exhibitions. This one is no exception. It delights the eye and stimulates the mind, reminding us not only of the beauty of art, but the irresistible power of colour.”

The artists represented in the exhibition are all known for their masterly use of colour, and will include such greats as George Romney, Joseph Wright of Derby, Anish Kapoor, William Nicholson, Bridget Riley, and Pierre-August Renoir.

Important works include an iconic self-portrait by Wyndham Lewis, one of the most significant British artists of the 20th century, on loan from the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, ‘Central Australia’ by Sidney Nolan on loan from the University of York and rarely on view to the public, and ‘Picking Flowers’ by Yorkshire artist Mark Senior, with provenance from the artist’s private collection.

The exhibition will be held in The Garden Rooms at Tennants and is free for the public to visit.

It is open daily from Friday 14th – Tuesday 18th October 2022. Viewings are strictly by pre-registration, and to register contact The Garden Rooms at Tennants on 01969 621146 or email them directly on info@tennantsgardenrooms.com.

Specialist Talks and Tours
In addition to public viewings there will be a series of talks, which include:

Monday 17th October, 11am-12pm: A Talk by Helena Cox, Curator at The University of York, on their Collection

Monday 17th October, 3pm-4pm: A Guided Tour of the Exhibition by Guy Cooper

Tuesday 18th October, 11am-12pm: A Talk on Dame Laura Knight, William Powell Frith and Atkinson Grimshaw by Jane Sellars MBE

Tuesday 18th October, 3pm-4pm: A Guided Tour of the Exhibition by Guy Cooper

Places on Talks and Tours are limited. Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased by calling The Garden Rooms at Tennants on 01969 621146 or emailing info@tennantsgardenrooms.com