Family activities for all ages

Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganyav.
Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganyav.
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Wouldn’t it be great if tiny book characters wandered through Leeds every day?

But just because World Book Day is over for another year doesn’t mean we should stop talking about our favourite reads. The top five picture books sold in Leeds Waterstones this week were:

1: Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart.

2: The Queen’s Orang-utan by David Walliams.

3: Oliver and Patch by Claire Freedman.

4: Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field.

5: Blown Away by Ron Biddulph.

* Talented eight to 18-year-olds have until Monday March 9 to apply for the Leeds heat of new Royal Academy of Dance contest Moving North. Youngsters can compete in ballet, contemporary, jazz, or street dance/hip hop – for the chance to perform at the final in Salford, hosted by Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganyav. Visit

* Ill health and accidents come with the territory once you have kids, so it’s best to be prepared. Bumps and Bashes run baby and child first aid classes, designed with parents in mind. The next session is on March 21 in Alwoodley, or you can organise a private class for friends and family at home. Go to

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