Fun and games in holidays in Haworth, East Riddlesden and Keighley

Keighley News: Libby McCarthy, eight, Lauren McCarthy, 11, and eight-year-old Titus Buta, with the finger puppets they made at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth Buy this photo Libby McCarthy, eight, Lauren McCarthy, 11, and eight-year-old Titus Buta, with the finger puppets they made at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth

Half-term holiday fun was on offer at key district visitor locations last week.

East Riddlesden Hall and Haworth’s Bronte Parsonage Museum both staged special events to keep children occupied during their time off school, and the Sue Belcher Community Centre in Bracken Bank also organised a range of activities for youngsters.

As reported in last week’s Keighley News, there was an acorn hunt in the grounds of East Riddlesden Hall, and young visitors were able to add artwork to a squirrel-themed mural.

Events at the Parsonage – which were free with admission to the museum – tied in with a new exhibition, entitled The Brontes and Animals.

This included children made animal finger puppets last Wednesday.

“We got all sorts of creations!” said a Parsonage spokesman.

“Although schools from outside this district were on holiday the previous week, and many of our young visitors tend to be from beyond the local area, we still got quite a few children attend and they seemed to enjoy themselves.”

Other activities included an animal-themed writing event on Thursday and an animal trail.

Meanwhile, about 120 children enjoyed a community play day at Bracken Bank.

They took part in a range of activities at the Sue Belcher Community Centre in Bracken Bank Avenue.

Den building, fire play, sports activities, a bouncy castle, graffiti wall and arts and crafts were among the attractions.

The event was staged by the play team for Bradford Council children’s services, and was supported by several organisations.

“It was a brilliant day,” said a spokesman. “We had youngsters of all ages, up to 17.”

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