Monday, 13 May 2013

Leeds primary schools get experimenting for the Leeds Loves Food festival

Picture caption: Primary school children enjoying a Kiddy Cook lesson.

Issued on behalf of Kiddy Cook Leeds

Children at primary schools across Leeds have been invited to design their very own ‘Leeds muffin’ in the Kiddy Cook and Leeds and Partners Meal in a Muffin Challenge.

The competition aims to get local primary schools involved in this year’s Leeds Loves Food Festival from 24th May – 9th June and promote healthy cookery activities in schools, whilst giving teachers the tools to build the competition into their class curriculum.

The competition is open to all Leeds primary schools with the chance to win a day’s worth of Kiddy Cook workshops, which use the theme of healthy eating to enrich the curriculum and develop thinking in a range of subjects. The prize will be presented to the winning school at the Yorkshire Food and Drink show – a highlight of Leeds Loves Food. The winning recipe will also be made by Leeds City Council’s school meals services so that children at schools across the city can have a taste of the special ‘Leeds muffin’.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for children’s services said; “Teaching children and young people how to prepare healthy, nutritious food is a really important life-skill and this competition will encourage more children to experiment with food and learn how to create their own recipes. Our aim to be a child friendly city means giving young people the chance to be creative and develop skills which they can use for years to come.

“The winning muffin design is sure to demonstrate some of the wonderful flavours of our city and show that Leeds children can produce some excellent food.

“I’m sure the pupils who get to try the winning muffin when it is produced by the council’s school meals service will be suitably impressed.”

Katherine Reynolds, owner of Kiddy Cook Leeds and setter of the challenge said;
“Our aim is to get school children to experience some of the variety we have right on our doorstep. Pupils will be taken through a series of classroom activities aiming to get them thinking about what represents the best of Leeds, what sort of food is grown and produced here and what wonderful combinations of flavours can be created as they mix, taste and experiment in the kitchen. Kiddy Cook workshops bring practical cookery into schools, encourage kids to play with food, and explore new flavours in an educational and fun way. I hope that this competition gives Leeds kids a taste for playing with their food”.


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Dates announced for Party and Opera in the Park in Leeds

Caption: One Direction performing at last year's Party in the Park at Temple Newsam

The Temple Newsam Estate will echo to the sounds of pop and classical music this summer as the dates have been announced for this year’s Party in the Park and Opera in the Park.

The two outdoor events organised by Leeds City Council will be held this year on the last weekend in July, with Opera in the Park on the evening of Saturday 27 July and Party in the Park the following day (Sunday 28 July). Tickets for both events will be available from this Wednesday (15 May).

A major change for this year brought about by the continuing significant budget challenges faced by the council is the decision to introduce a charge for those wishing to attend Party in the Park.

Bringing the event in line with Opera in the Park and also Classical Fantasia which will be held in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey in September, admission prices for all three events will be the same.

Public consultation over introducing charges for council-organised events such as Party in Park was carried out as part of the council’s online YouChoose budget challenge. A specific survey was also conducted for all successful and unsuccessful applicants who registered to attend Party in the Park in 2012, with over half of responses calling for nominal charges to be brought in.

Tickets for each of the three events in 2013 will be available for £5 for Breezecard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders, £8 for those with Leeds Active, LibraryCard and standard LEEDSCards and £10 for general admission. Discounted tickets for groups of friends/family members will also be available at £7 each for bookings of between five and 10 people. Children aged four and under will be able to attend free of charge although a separate ticket will be required.

Tickets for both Opera and Party in the Park will be will be available to purchase from Wednesday 15 May either online ( or respectively) or in person/by telephone from the city centre box office at The Carriageworks (0113 224 3801) or from Leeds Visitor Centre at the train station (0113 242 5242).

Tickets will also be available in person only from the Temple Newsam gift shop in the stable courtyard. Advanced car parking tickets are also available to purchase this year online and from the city centre box office.

A special 10 per cent early-bird discount offer will also be available for all Opera and Party in the Park tickets purchased before the end of May.

The ticket dates and event information for Classical Fantasia will be announced later in the summer.

Full details of the artist line-up for Party in the Park and Opera in the Park will follow in the weeks to come, with leading pop and classical performers following in the footsteps of the likes of One Direction, Dizzee Rascal, The Saturdays, The Script, JLS, Example, Katherine Jenkins, Lesley Garrett and Alfie Boe in taking to the stage at Temple Newsam.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“As with many other areas of the council, due to the ongoing budget situation we can no longer avoid making the very difficult decision to bring Party in the Park in line with Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia and introduce admission fees.

“This decision was one we had resisted for previous years and is one we have not taken lightly, and we have worked hard to keep prices as low as we can. Party in the Park is a fantastic event for Leeds, and we are sure this year’s line-up which will be announced in the next few weeks will make for another exciting day out at Temple Newsam.”


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Roger Boyde, Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email:

Bond Court to receive facelift this summer

Caption: Artist's impression of how the refurbished Bond Court area will look

Bond Court in the city centre of Leeds will be refurbished and upgraded later this year.

Leeds City Council in partnership with building owner Midland House Ltd (advised by Wilton Developments), will fund the project which will see the square located between Park Row, Greek Street, East Parade and Infirmary transformed into a new office plaza space.

The project will involve planting six new trees, repaving part of the square in granite and providing high-quality seating. The Petanque Pitch is to be retained and chess boards are to be incorporated into the new seating area.

Groundwork Leeds has been appointed as the Landscape Architect and contract administrator with work expecting to begin on the site in June.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy said:

‘The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Wilton Developments to bring about the refurbishment of the square. This is a good example of improving the public realm for our residents and visitors.

“The square is one of the city centre’s promotional & event spaces and the work that is being carried out will provide a fantastic new space for this part of the city and breathe new life into it.”

Jason Stowe, managing director of Leeds based Wilton Developments said:

‘Bond Court is a very important square for the city, being only one of a few office plaza’s in Leeds where the buildings are not separated from the public space of the square by traffic.

“The Square has so much more to offer its occupants and people using the Square, which we feel with a little investment can be realized. It is our intention to encourage other owners and occupiers to embrace the Square rather than backing on to it. As a forward thinking investor, Midland House see the advantage of investing private monies in to publicly owned space for the benefit of all.’

Notes to editors:

The Bond Court Scheme will complement the investment made by Midland House into their building at 2 Bond Court, a scheme which included the opening up of retail frontages to the square which have to date accommodated Costa Coffee on the corner of Bond Court.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450