BUBBLE blowing fish, a giraffe and an elephant helped turn Guiseley into a zoo for the day in an extravaganza staged by a community arts group.

Enthralled youngsters mixed with life-sized puppets and mad zoo-keepers in the Codswallop CIC event.

The group staged the entertainment as part of its Day in the Woods programme supported by Leeds City Council’s Youth Activities Fund which aims to get children and families playing together outdoors.

With crafts and workshops the arts group provided an afternoon of fun for families on a “pay what you can” basis.

Children were invited to come dressed as explorers to enjoy crafts at the base camp at Guiseley Theatre before setting off to explore the zoo. Activities on offer included learning how to become a master puppeteer.

Codswallop CIC will be back on Saturday, September 20 at Parkinson’s Park in Guiseley for a pirates and mermaid themed day in the woods before a break in the programme over winter.

Families can look out for Splaturdays at Guiseley Theatre on the first Saturday of every month, lots of elf madness at the Guiseley Christmas Lights Switch On on Sunday, November 25 and the Christmas show, Freckle and Speckle’s Christmas Calamity in the three days before Christmas. All information about Codswallop events and the Pay What You Can scheme can be found on the website at www.codswallop.org.uk.