A BRADFORD boy has spoken of his joy after having a den built for him by a hit CBBC show, which will be coming to Bradford this October half-term.

Yusuf Karim, 11, from Great Horton, applied to The Dengineers to have a den built in his garden.

He designed and built the den with help from presenters Lauren Layfield and Joe Tacini and the show’s team of experts.

Yusuf, who goes to Dixons City Academy School, is one of the lucky few to be chosen, and will feature on the show in November.

His mother, Rifat Mir, said the den is a “dream come true”.

She said: He loves the show, and was on the website and saw they were asking for applicants, and asked if he could apply.

“He got through all the interviews and they surprised him at his school in July at Atlas Primary School.

“He was amazed, he couldn’t believe he had won, he was trembling.

“He loves the army and coding, so he wanted something to do with the army and spies.

“It’s impossible to describe, it’s like a big camouflage room in the garden, and has electrical equipment brought in from America the practice coding and building robots, and loads of military things, I can’t describe it.

“It was his dream den so it’s a dream come true for him and gives him his own space to play. I can’t describe how happy it has made him.”

Now, the team from The Dengineers, which has been one of the most popular shows on CBBC since it first aired in 2015, will be stopping by the National Science and Media Museum for a fortnight later this month.

There will be a host of free interactive and creative activities at the museum, led by the Dengineers team from Saturday, October 20, until Saturday, November 4.

The museum will use the show’s template of planning, designing and building in a range of workshops and deminstrations, including 3D modelling, choosing the best materials, and tackling engineering challenges.

Presenter Lauren Layfield will also be making an appearance on Monday, October 22, introducing her favourite dens, and revealing some behind-the-scenes secrets from the show.

The museum will also present a new live event called The Big Engineering Show, which looks at designing, building and creating in fun and inspiring ways.

John Darnbrough, learning programmes developer at the museum, said: “We love The Dengineers at the National Science and Media Museum, so I can’t say how exciting it is to be partnering with them for our school holiday activities.

“If you’re a fan of the show and want to learn more about the techniques they use to create the best dens, or simply just love watching Lauren and Joe, we’re definitely the place to visit in October half term.”