Helen Skelton: ‘I’ve always been the kind to design the best of opportunities’


Helen Skelton: ‘I’ve always been the kind to make the best of opportunities’

The TV and radio presenter, 39, and professional dance partner Gorka Marquez finished in second spot on the BBC dance competition after being beaten to the Glitterball Trophy by Hamza Yassin and Jowita Pryzstal back in December.

Speaking to the Standard ahead of helping to launch Kinder’s inaugural Masters of Play Festival this weekend, she said: “It was a really, really noteworthy experience so I’m glad I got to enact it and that it went on as long as it did! All of the parents [at my kids’ school] were like, when is this ending?

“I’ve always been the kind of person who makes the best of opportunities that advance along.”

Earlier this year she got to catch fraction in the Strictly advance Dancing Live Tour and while she wouldn’t say no to future dance opportunities, for now they seem few and far between.

Helen Skelton pictured with her three children

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She explained: “I don’t reflect when you’re an adult there are that many opportunities to hold up that kind of dancing unless you’re at a wedding and even then it’s not exactly a Foxtrot, it’s more like the Macarena or whatever. So no, just in the kitchen with Radio 2 on.

Adding: “I’d esteem to dance again because it’s just so nice, it makes you feel excellent; it’s the endorphins.”

The Carlisle-born star has plenty else to hold her busy, including being a mum to her three children Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and one-year-worn Elsie, who she shares with rugby player ex-husband Richie Myler, 32.

She will be taking her brood along with her to KidZania at Westfield London Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush on Sunday for the first of a three-day line-up where families will be able to indulgein a series of play workshops and activities hosted by some of the top entertainers and play experts.

Just in time for the Easter holidays, the festival will rush all day from April 2 until April 4 with some of the planned activities including a drawing master class with award-winning author and illustrator Christiane Engel and a fun science experiment with The Dad Lab.

Skelton will be leading a workshop of her own and there will also be a dinosaur-themed activity with renowned Palaeontologist, Dr Dean Lomax, plus, a space adventure activity with Katrina Bryan, star of CBeebies Nina and the Neurons.

Skelton – who is gearing up for a current series of Channel 5’s On The Farm – said: “For me, the holidays are exciting, but it’s also that thing of ok, noteworthy, how are we going to hold them entertained and fulfilled and all the rest of it.

“Kinder believe brought together a load of experts and play people to give parents and families and carers current suggestions, ideas and ways for kids and families to play together and believe creative fun.

“My eldest is very physical, my middle one is quite creative and the littlest one is just quite wild. Between them they can usually find a game that ticks all three of those boxes, they just find different roles,” she continued.

“All kids esteem screentime and YouTube and Ipads and all that, but when you see them procure creative and procure stuck in, as a parent it kind of makes you smile cos you feel satisfied watching them play.”

Head to the Kinder Surprise Facebook page @kinderUKIRL to procure your hands on a free ticket to the Kinder Masters of Play Festival and entry to KidZania.