ACTIVITIES are being staged at Bradford Council venues across the district next week to coincide with the school half-term holidays.

A group of palaeontologists will be at Cliffe Castle Museum on Tuesday, October 24, showcasing a range of fossils found locally.

There will also be a chance to hear the story of Pholiderperton, whose fossil was found in a colliery in Bradford and is on display at the museum, and arts and crafts for early years.

The session will run between 11am-3pm.

And Theatre in a Box will be at Cliffe Castle on Thursday, October 26, with its production The Banana Club and Me – the story of Jane Goodhall, an environmentalist, conservationist and animal behaviourist. Performances are from 11am-noon and 1-2pm.

Best-selling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst will be at Keighley Library this Saturday (October 21), at 11am, when youngsters can meet the star of her latest book, We Are All Astronauts.

The session will include space facts, dressing up and drawing.

It is suitable for children aged four to ten.

And Robin Simpson will be at the library on Tuesday, October 24, 10am, for a storytelling show, for four-to-eight-year-olds.

Places at the sessions must be booked by contacting the library.

There will be a storytime, featuring Izzy Gizmo, by Pip Jones, and space-themed crafts at Silsden Library on Wednesday, October 25, at 10.30am. It is suitable for all ages and no booking is required.

Arts charity Keighley Creative is staging a Halloween workshop at Keighley Market on Saturday, October 28, from 11am to 3pm. It will include arts and crafts and face painting.

And Doe Park at Denholme is hosting 'Swing and Splash' sessions – visit for details.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for healthy people and places, says: “There is an exciting and extensive programme of events being offered to children and families this October half-term. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.”