Both of my girls love CBeebies and they both love anything that involves being outdoors – so I knew Geronimo was going to be right up their street. It was quite a way for us to travel so we decided to make a weekend of it, especially as it was a bank holiday, which was lovely getting to spend even more time together as a family. I want to make this summer the best ever for the girls, create lots of memories to cherish forever.
We got up as the sun rose on Sunday morning after a late night at a family wedding on the Saturday – we were all really excited though so it didn’t seem to matter that we needed match sticks to keep our eyes open. The weather was due to be really hot too so that put us all in the holiday spirit! After just over 2 hours on the road we arrived at Tatton Park – somewhere I would like to go back to again one day actually as it looks gorgeous!
There were quite a few people queuing to get in so we had another 15 minutes wait before we could get parked up but we had accounted for that so knew to expect it. We had heard about the Harewood House event and so knew that there would invariably be hurdles to overcome, but had high hopes that these niggles would have been taken care of ready for this event.
Once parked we headed towards the main area – I’d hoped to meet up with some other bloggers I know but my signal gave up the ghost and didn’t return until we left. Not good for keeping in touch with Mr F or indeed to be contactable should either of our girls go missing. It was a shame as they had provided a table and Sharpies to write your number on their wristbands – waste of time though when you are in the middle of a field with no signal.
As we arrived and collected our tickets, the festival was already in full swing. We went to the info tent and got a map, ready to plan our day. Just as we were rubbing on our suncream Little G spotted two very important people indeed…
I am not sure I have seen her so excited in a long time! There, right in front of her, were her absolute heroes. I thought there would be a huge crowd but luckily it wasn’t a planned activity, more of a spur of the moment appearance. We were able to go get photos taken, although LJ didn’t want to join in bless her. We then went to see them in one of the tents for the Sing Along Frozen event. The tent was packed to the rafters so probably could have been a bit bigger or held on the main stage but everyone had a great time. Highlight for the girls was Sven appearing on stage!
We then headed to the main stage, where Mr Bloom (another idol of Little G’s) was gracing us all with his songs. We have seen him once before and he didn’t bring his veggies (something Little G has never forgotten) so he redeemed himself by bringing along a few new characters this time. We had a great view, sitting slightly to the side, up on one of the banks. We let Little G go stand at the front so she could have a close up view of the acts. This wasn’t possible later on in the day as there were more people standing at the front but the earlier performances were quite quiet. We also saw Cook & Line from Swashbuckle and another of G’s idols – Andy Day. She is obsessed with dinosaurs and his Dinosaur Adventures is one of her favourite shows of all time!
We brought a picnic with us and a good job too as the queues for food were enormous. Even by the end of the day, when most people had gone home, there were still about 30 people per queue. We brought water and those little Squash’d bottles to add flavour and of course of picnicky fun things to keep us going. The girls were disappointed that we couldn’t get icecreams but with the blazing heat, the icecream vans had the longest queues and I just couldn’t be doing with them.
There were so many great activities but so many required us queuing for over an hour. Thankfully the girls understood and so we spent the day doing the activities that were open for all. One of these was the horse show in the big arena, where I had a lifelong dream realised – I saw a unicorn!! The girls’ eyeballs almost popped out of their heads when they saw it walking gracefully towards us and even I couldn’t help but stare. We also enjoyed time in the Enchanted Forest tent making crafts. It was really cool in there too so a welcome break from the sunshine. It was also fairly empty with most people in queues outside, so we were able to have our pick of activities.
I had to include this photo of Little G as it makes me smile so much. She spent ages playing with a little girl and her bubbles and then the wind changed haha! We sat and watched the finale in the same spot as we’d sat earlier in the day. Justin Fletcher was the headline act and treated us all to a few songs. He also treated us to some voices from GiggleBiz, including my favourite – Farmer Dung.
Once the shows had finished we hung around for a little longer to take advantage of the lessened queues. The girls had a go on a couple of fairground rides and we wandered around the various stalls. We bought a big bag of pick’n’mix to share and ate the sweets as the sun started to set and the crowds dispersed.
With the sun shining and everyone in high spirits, it really did make for a fantastic day and we would definitely go back again despite the queues. Being able to see the CBeebies presenters and having a sing song to Frozen made it all worthwhile!
I vlogged the whole day, video seems to capture moments so much better than photos I think.
Did you go this year? What did you think?