Welcome to the wonderful world of Let’s Grow, brought to you by Ben Faulks, co-creator of the award-winning, CBeebies television series Mr. Bloom’s Nursery.

Get ready to celebrate the places where you live with our Let’s Grow Live Events. The friendly Let’s Grow gardening Nannies and their family of baby fruits and vegetables can’t wait to meet you to laugh, learn and grow together and share the joys of life on the Allotment, in your community.

Launching in 2022, is the Let’s Grow online educational resource for Early Years Foundation Stage. This is an innovative, multi-media resource for educational settings that offers an irresistible invitation to learn and play for children and their educators. Let’s Grow enhances attainment by giving children the opportunity to develop language and communication skills, to think critically, to build self-confidence, to enhance well-being and to master school readiness.

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Let's Grow Ho, Ho, Ho! - December 2021

Families can share the joy of laughter, learning and festivities in the magnificent Victorian Halifax Borough Market and surrounding streets this December, as the ‘Let’s Grow’ team return with a Christmas theme.

The Let’s Grow Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Little Christmas Party follows the successful debut of the two-day pop-up allotment event at the market during the October half-term.

On Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December 2021, Halifax’s stunning market hall will welcome back the charming family of baby fruits and vegetables, their friendly ‘Vegetable Nannies’ and a host of performances, games, crafts, festive tunes, prizes and more.

The free event is brought to the market by Ben Faulks - co-creator of the award-winning TV series, ‘Mr Bloom’s Nursery’ - and his wife, Mimi, who live in Calderdale. It is funded by the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to help high streets and tourist attractions recover from the pandemic and welcome back shoppers and visitors.

At the October Let’s Grow event, the Council launched a two-year community art project and gave people the chance to share ideas for the borough’s Year of Culture in 2024, to coincide with Calderdale’s 50th anniversary and support the economic recovery.

Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, said:

“In Calderdale we’re proud to be known for our distinctive heritage and culture. The Let’s Grow events showcase these qualities within our historic Borough Market. They bring fun for the whole family and the opportunity to learn about gardening, food and nature, whilst attracting people into the town centre.

“Working with our partner organisations, one of the ways we’re rebuilding the economy is by harnessing the power of our unique culture and heritage to revitalise town centres and celebrate Calderdale’s identity.

“Visitors to the Let’s Grow Christmas Party will be able to take part in the consultation to gather ideas for the borough-wide celebration of Calderdale’s 50th birthday in 2024.

“After another tough year, we hope families can come and enjoy some festive cheer and pick up some Christmas treats from the array of independent retailers in the market and Halifax town centre.”

Here are just some of the fun-packed activities taking place:

  • Join the Let’s Grow Nannies to celebrate Christmas in style along with their adorable family of Baby Fruits & Vegetables.
  • Dance along as the Disco Shed plays funky festive tunes with games, bubbles and cheeky elves a-plenty.
  • Snap a selfie with the Living Lamp Posts and Christmas Travellers, Hodman & Sally.
  • Get creative with reindeer costume making and arts and crafts.
  • Complete the Christmas market treasure trail for a chance to win a family annual pass to Eureka! The National Children&aspo;s Museum.
  • Make your own reindeer food to take home and sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.
  • Get active with the reindeer hoopla game or relax and draw elf portraits in the Christmas Chill Out Zone.

COVID-safety measures are in place for the event, including face coverings for all performers and stewards and the monitoring and restriction of visitor numbers in the festival spaces.

To find out what else is happening in Calderdale this festive season, head to www.visitcalderdale.com and look out for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #visitcalderdale

Let's Grow Comes to Halifax - October 2021

Let’s Grow came to the heart of Halifax, transforming spaces in the historic Borough Market in the heart of the town centre on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October 2021. It was part of the launch of a two year community art project and consultation leading to Calderdale’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2024. Families could explore the ‘Let’s Grow’ pop-up Allotment with its charming family of baby fruits and vegetables to meet, along with their friendly Vegetable Nannies. There were interactive performances to engage with, street art games to play, make and take family workshops and a treasure trail to follow with the chance to win ‘Shop in Halifax’ gift cards. Urban street artists transformed unused spaces into giant market murals.

The free two-day event was organised by Calderdale Borough Council and supported by the European Regional Development fund and H M Government’s Welcome Back scheme for post- Covid high street recovery. It coincided with the national Love Your Local Market campaign which celebrates the role of markets at the heart and hub of town centres and communities.

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Let's Grow Live Events

Let’s Grow Live Events provide a great solution for place making, town centre festivals, event management, partnership working, cultural development and community engagement. Our award-winning team have worked nationally and internationally in towns and cities in all sorts of indoor and outdoor venues.

Scaled to fit your locality, Let’s Grow Live Events include consultation and artistic programming designed to suit your needs and are site specific to your area. We have a ready-made tool kit of high-impact branding and graphics, including festival narratives and template press releases which can be adapted for any season of the retail or cultural calendar. We can work with you to bring your stakeholders together to maximize the message and drive footfall. Our events bring people of all ages together for heart-warming experiences, fueled by laughter and playfulness!

As place making tools, Let’s Grow Live Events can transform spaces, change perceptions and bring new audiences to make memories in places they may not have engaged with. Fantastic experiences make your visitors think positively about places which they will want to come back to and revisit in the future. We’re used to working with business improvement districts, councils, cultural programmers, shopping centres and markets, stately homes, country parks, community centres, festival organisers, Covid recovery funded projects using Welcome Back funding, Arts Council funded projects and more.

Choose from a suite of Let’s Grow content and let us create an event that suits your budget and will appeal to family audiences. This could include...

Interactive performances
Roaming performances
Make & take workshops
Large stage shows
Small stage shows
Artistic programming (local, national and international acts)
Multi venue festivals
Partnership engagement
Community engagement
Place making consultation
Event management
PR, digital communications and marketing
Event Production Services

Let's Grow Live Events work with the award-winning place maker and creative communications consultant Harriet Roberts, as well as UK Media & Events who provide a range of production services including security, stewarding, staging and technical support.

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Let's Grow Online Educational Resource

Let's Grow is a multi-media, online educational resource for Early Years Foundation Stage. It combines interactive video calls, songs and educational resources with hands-on sensory experiences, that are all underpinned by the EYFS curriculum. Tailored for both early years professionals and grown-ups at home with young children, Let's Grow offers an irresistible invitation to learn, play and achieve school readiness.

This online resource is due for release in 2022 and can be used throughout the academic year, to complement and enhance the early years curriculum. As a creative teaching and innovative learning resource, it can be integrated into anyone’s practice at any time of the year promoting flexibility and inspiring creativity. The resource comes with a comprehensive toolkit for CPD.

Let's Grow takes a topic-based approach that teachers can easily incorporate alongside all lesson planning throughout the academic year. Additionally, it has been proven to be an excellent tool for the collection of baseline data. Topics are ‘Getting to Know Each Other’, ‘Welcome to the Seasons’, ‘Seasonal Celebrations’ and ‘Growing Things.’ All topics are supported by a host of multi-media resources.

How It Works

Each Let's Grow session starts with an engaging video call to either Mr Bloom or one of his friendly neighbours, Bob & Flo. This call is an exciting springboard into the suggested activities that follow. Teachers can easily engage in the activities that are best suited to their children.

Mr Bloom champions nature and the great outdoors, delivering an introduction to each of the four seasons and encouraging everyone to get engaged in themes surrounding the natural world including gardening. Additionally, Mr Bloom loves making music and provides the collection of fun motivational songs for doing daily tasks.

Bob & Flo are Mr Bloom’s neighbours who are rushed off their feet with taking care of their baby fruits and vegetables. Each baby has a unique personality and following each video call with Bob & Flo, one of the characters visits you at your setting. These sessions provide children with the opportunity to learn deeply in the areas of Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, as they to get to know, nurture and play with the bunch of baby fruits and vegetables. Children become the architects of their own experience as the story is put into their hands when the babies come to visit.

In preparation, teacher’s make the visiting character out of a real fruit or vegetable using our recommended craft and baby resources. It’s simple and fun to do by following our step-by-step photo guides. Sessions are centred around the visiting baby, after which the children become heavily invested with the fiction. The Let's Grow Toolkit (CPD), equips teachers with robust techniques, methods and advice to underpin their delivery ofLet's Grow, offering all manner of opportunities to expand creative delivery skills.

Testimonials

“The Let's Grow Educational Resource’ had an amazing effect on our reception children. Children transformed from quiet, shy, lacking from confidence when starting school, to more confident, expressive ones. They were able to demonstrate their wonderful caring nature towards vegetable and fruit babies. Children were given opportunities to learn new vocabulary, practise asking questions and learning to take turns, all in a meaningful fun imaginative context. They loved the veg and fruit babies and couldn’t wait to meet the next one and find out how they could help and nurture them. This is great for baseline assessments. We can’t wait for the next instalments. Even creating the veg babies and putting them in nappies was fun!! Not forgetting the googly eyes!”

Jo Worthy, Barden Primary School.

“We thoroughly enjoyed Let's Grow! Children were engaged and given opportunities to touch, smell, and discover through a range of mediums. It brought out a nurturing side to the children that we hadn’t seen before and gave lots of communication opportunities. The boys engaged in nurturing the fruit and vegetable babies just as freely as the girls. The children truly thought that we were being visited by the fruit and vegetable babies and they made so many things for them including for example pictures, models and cards, as it gave them a purpose. We recommend it to any school for the amazing cross curricula links and the opportunities it gives.”

Natasha Barney, Cherry Fold Community Primary School.

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An Early Years Educational Resource designed for schools (mainstream, SEND and alternative provision), nurseries and home educators. Content can be used throughout the academic year. Includes a comprehensive Toolkit for CPD.

Early Years Workshops for arts, cultural and community organisations to deliver with their own in-house workshop facilitators, for family-friendly audiences to enjoy at their venue or setting. Includes a comprehensive Toolkit for CPD.

Playful sessions for grown-ups at home with young children to enjoy with their little ones, such as parents, grandparents, guardians and childminders. Available for individual purchase or organisations can purchase bulk access for their audiences to enjoy at home.

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Whether it be to keep in touch about Let’s Grow events as part of the Calderdale Celebrations 2021 to 2024, to hear more about the Let’s Grow Online Educational Resource for EYFS settings or simply to share a picture of the bulb you planted at one of our events & show us how it’s growing, we’d love to hear from you.