Countdown to CBBC Live in Leeds begins

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Details of next month’s CBBC Live in Leeds event have been revealed today as stars of some of the channel’s biggest programmes prepare to pack their bags and head to the city to kick off the summer holidays in style.

The CBBC Live in Leeds event – which is aimed at children aged 6-12 years old and their families - will take place in Leeds city centre on 25, 26 and 27 July, will be free to attend and is a collaboration between BBC North and Leeds City Council.

Stars from some of CBBC’s most popular shows will be appearing at the event, and programmes including Blue Peter, Newsround and Wild will be going live from the location over the three days. The CBBC presentation team, including Chris Johnson and Hacker the Dog will also be broadcasting live from Leeds during the event.

Millennium Square in the city centre will be host to the Main Stage, where CBBC favourites Dick and Dom (Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood) will entertain the crowd on Thursday 25 July, followed by a live transmission of Blue Peter which will see presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood reveal their brand new co-presenter as voted for by viewers of Blue Peter – You Decide!

On Friday 26 July the Main Stage will be hosted by dynamic duo Sam and Mark (Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes), while on Saturday 27 July Naomi Wilkinson will be keeping wildlife and adventure lovers entertained with special shows throughout the day, created by BBC Learning.

As well as the activity taking place on the Main Stage, kids will have the chance to take part in hands-on activities in a variety of interactive zones around the site, including a Creative Zone to encourage children to try something new online, a Wild Zone for animal and nature lovers, the CBBC – It’s Your Go! Zone where kids can – amongst other things - try their hand at TV presenting, the Absolute Genius Zone for budding scientists and a small area where little brothers and sisters can join in the fun. The team from CBBC’s Officially Amazing will also be on site with some very special world record attempts.

Hacker the Dog from CBBC said: “I can’t wait! It’s only a month till we do CBBC Live In Leeds – it’s going to be top drawer! I’ve got my meat paste sandwiches and framed picture of Sue Barker packed already! I’m all geared up to get on the road, and I know that the people of Leeds will be looking forward to seeing a superstar like me broadcasting live from their lovely city. See you soon Leeds!”

Oliver Larking, Leeds Children’s Mayor said: “It’s so exciting to have all the stars from CBBC coming to Leeds. It will be great for the children of Leeds to have a chance to see the live shows and take part in the activities and the interactive zones. When I became the Leeds Children’s Mayor my manifesto was all about getting outside and being active, so I’m especially looking forward to the ‘Wild’ Zone. It’s going to be lots of fun, I can’t wait!”

The events in Millennium Square will be taking place from 12noon to 7pm on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday 27 July – no tickets are required and families can simply turn up on the day. Events are free though there may be a queuing system in place at busy times. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, and over 18s must be attending with a child.

In addition to the main activities in Millennium Square, CBBC’s Wild – the live Saturday morning programme which encourages children to get up off the sofa and enjoy the outdoors – will be broadcasting from the site in front of a ticketed audience. There will also be special family programme screening events taking place over the weekend, featuring CBBC drama favourites The Dumping Ground and Wolfblood. Entrance to the screening events will also be ticketed. For more information on how to apply for free tickets to either the Wild programme broadcast or the CBBC drama screenings, please visit the BBC Shows and Tours website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/events/cbbc_live_in_leeds_2013

Beyond Millennium Square, children and their families can also enjoy a range of activities hosted by child friendly Leeds partners. Craft sessions, storytelling, outdoor giant games, dance and film workshops are among the exciting activities on offer at a number of venues, including the City Museum, Central Library and many more. Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/CBBC for more information.



CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor and Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services, are available for photographs today, Wednesday 26 June between 1pm and 3pm.

They will be attending the BBC School’s Challenge, an event taking place in Leeds City Museum between 9.30am and 3pm today. The event will see teams of Year 8 students from Leeds being challenged to be a CBBC Development team for the day – including generating a creative idea for the channel or website and developing a budget for the project.

If you are interested in coming along to take a photo, please contact Emma Whittell from Leeds City Council on 0113 247 4713 or email emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk


For more information on CBBC Live in Leeds, please contact Claire Briscoe in the CBBC press office on 07711 387 585.


CBBC is the BBC’s multiplatform offering for 6-12 year olds bringing the very best drama, entertainment and factual programmes to its young viewers.

CBBC is the most-loved and most-watched channel of children in its target age group. Almost a third of children (6-12) consider it one of their favourites and over a third tune into the CBBC channel each week.

CBBC aims to encourage children to find out more about existing interests and inspire them to develop new ones; helps them understand the world around them and provides an entertaining watch when they just want to relax.

The majority of our output is UK-made, reflecting children’s lives in the UK today. Popular programmes on the channel include Horrible Histories, Deadly 60, Wizards Vs Aliens, My Life, Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground as well as long-running favourites Blue Peter and Newsround.

Leeds Children’s Mayor:

Oliver Larking, aged 10, is Leeds Children’s Mayor for 2013. He attends Bardsey Primary school. Oliver won the honour after pupils across Leeds voted for their favourite manifesto submitted by children in to an annual competition. Oliver’s idea, ‘Open Aire Active Zone’ focused on a scheme to encourage children and their families to get outside, get some fresh air and get fit and healthy.

‘Leeds Children’s Mayor’ is a local democracy project supporting children to recognise they have the power to influence change within their own communities by increasing awareness of democratic participation. It is part of Leeds City Council’s wider vision to become a Child Friendly City.