Family fun for the weekend and beyond

The SwimFin.
The SwimFin.
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If you’re looking for something to entertain the children this weekend, why not start with the Tour de Yorkshire? Tomorrow is the third and final stage, starting in Wakefield at 12.15pm and expected to arrive at the finish line on Princes Avenue, Leeds between 4.30 and 5pm.

Saddle up: If you loved the TDF last summer, no doubt you’ll be watching this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire. The race finale, at Roundhay Park in Leeds tomorrow, promises a fun-packed family day out with children’s funfair rides, a ball pool and inflatables. The spectator hub, with giant screens showing live race coverage, will be open from noon to 6pm.

Bestseller: Demon Dentist by David Walliams.

Bestseller: Demon Dentist by David Walliams.

Dive in: Learning to swim is a lot more fun these days than when I was little, thanks to inventions like the SwimFin. Aside from the sheer thrill of terrorising family members by pretending to be a shark, the SwimFin allows kids aged two and over to ‘suspend’ in the water without tipping forward. £21.99 from

Page-turner: Next on my “to-read” list is Girls, Uninterrupted, by Tanith Carey – about moulding your daughters into healthy, resilient women. For a somewhat lighter read, these are the most popular books for nine to 12-year-olds sold in Waterstones Leeds.

1. Demon Dentist: David Walliams.

2. A Tiny Bit Lucky: Liz Pichon.

3. Murder Most Unladylike: Robin Stevens.

4. Save Rafe: James Patterson.

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: J. K. Rowling.