MORE than 100 women and girls donned their red shoes for a Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz-inspired flashmob in the centre of Bradford during an action-packed weekend of activities.

The impromptu performance was held as part of the weekend-long Born in Bradford Family Festival, which took place at the National Media Museum and City Park.

The troupe, led by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, skipped and danced their way through the Mirror Pool in a five-minute display organised by the Irregular (Arts) group, based in Shipley to mark the 75th anniversary of the classic film starring Judy Garland.

Other attractions at the festival included a giant digger, photo booth, magical monsters, tooth fairy and teddy bear trails.

The festival was organised to give thanks to those who were involved in the Born in Bradford project. This started in 2007 to track the lives of 13,500 babies and their families from different cultures and backgrounds.

Dr Rosie McEachan, Born in Bradford programme manager, said: "It's been an amazing turnout.

"It's about us giving our thanks to those who have been involved in the study and to the people of Bradford."

Across the city, a nine-metre Skybolt space rocket, flight simulator, DNA workshop and dressing up as an astronaut were just some of the attractions on offer at Bradford Science Festival's Science Saturday.

The free event saw about 5,000 people go to the University of Bradford on Saturday as young science buffs got a closer look at many different areas of the subject.

Workshops were also held at the Richmond Road site including a crystallography masterclass and the chemistry of jelly and ice-cream.

Children could also get up close to animals such as snakes and spiders.

Mark Careford, of Baildon who attended with his son Jamie, six, said: "It's fantastic, The kids love it. It's really interesting."

Meanwhile, residents quick-stepped their way through at 38 dance, music and song workshops as part of a fundraising 'The Day of Dance' in Saltaire.

Workshops on offer at three different sites in the village included Charleston, Tango, Flamenco and traditional Greek Dance.

Evening events included a family ceilidh, the main ceilidh and an Eastern European Klezmer ceilidh, all held at Victoria Hall.

Organiser Denise Craghill said: "About 300 people took part in the workshops.

"I think it's a unique event. It's for people to come and have a go at dancing.

"Some of the most popular classes are the swing ones."

The proceeds, about £3,000, will be donated to Yorkshire CND, Oxfam and Campaign Against the Arms.