Children get crafty in Kirkstall with a circus themed twist!

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Children took a walk on the wild side with a free half-term Russian circus themed event at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum.

The day, which was inspired by the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia, is just one of many events being held at the museum this week – a second event with the same theme will run on Friday at 10am.

A free family fun challenge trail will be held at the venue today, which will ask participants to solve a variety of clues and work together to crack mysteries. The event will run from 2pm to 4pm.

And from 2pm to 4pm on Friday messy monkeys will be able to paint the town red, blue, green and any other colour they choose.

The crafty event for under fives asks for parents to dress their children in suitable clothing as it might get a bit messy.

For more information about half-term events being held by Leeds City Council museums and venues visit

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Rachel Reeves, Leeds West MP and former junior chess champion, during her visit toWhingate Primary School with Grand Master Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of CSC, to support of Chess in Schools and Communities.
Picture shows Malcolm Pein and Rachel Reeves taking part in a simul against 16 children.
Rachel will joined children of the school in a chess lesson and give a simultaneous exhibition, playing the best players from the school.
 Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve childrens educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess.
16 November 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Founded in 2009, CSC now teaches in over 300 schools and supports 500 more nationwide including 13 in Leeds, teaching around 1000 children each week how to play the game in classroom lessons and after-school clubs.

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