Friday, 24 August 2012

LolliBop Festival 2012


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This Summer has been real busy for us. I don't think we have visited London this frequent before (poor hubby with all that driving), but there we were again last Saturday, and for a very good reason - the LolliBop Festival!! A music festival for children under 10 and their favourite TV hosts, characters and games will be there, so perfect for families like us!

It's very unfortunate that we were hit by a super hot heatwave. It hits the temperature (27-32 degrees) that only happened in Asia 10 years ago (now 36-38 is the norm for them, absolutely crazy!) We've scheduled the day so we can see most of the shows but it completely went out of the window, that's what the heat does to your brain! You just want to dive into the shades. I've forgotten to wear my sun glasses so I could hardly see anything, it was so bright!

Clay doesn't do heat either. He sat in the same position, refusing to move. We had to top the kids up with sun cream and water to keep them alive! It's good that Abby was excited, so even if she was uncomfortable, she still managed to have fun. According to her, I spoiled her fun as she had to stick with us *roll eyes*.


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When we got to Regent Park, we were amused by how big it is. The map wasn't kidding when it said that it would take us 15 minutes to walk across the park to get to the LolliBop festival ground. I think the majority would appreciate if the festival was located a bit closer to the entrance of the park, but then I suppose they had to retain the sound from other passersby.


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Although hot, the weather was fantastic and the scenes were really beautiful.


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When we got there, we could hear the music from the main stage. We quickly signed in and went to search for the bloggers lounge to say hi. The PRs have put quite a lot of effort in to make it welcoming for us, even though they were so busy putting the event together, so thumbs up to them!


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There were so much to see we didn't know where to start, and the same with the pictures, I don't know what to show you first! So lets start with the main stage. When we arrived we saw Katy and Alex's performance. They were absolutely hilarious, especially Katy and her Banana song! We kind of missed most of the performances, but we managed to catch a glimpse of the ZingZillas. It was so funny when they invited the audience to do the air guitar, and the Nana (or was it nanny..) did really well!


LolliBop Festival, children event, Skylanders









LolliBop Festival, children event, Moshi Monsters









LolliBop Festival, children event, Moshi Monsters
















The other 2 bigger attractions were of course the Skylanders and Moshi Monsters. Our children are too young for Skylanders so we weren't too certain what they were doing, I'm guessing it was a players vs player tournament in the virtual world?

Moshi Monsters have been one of Abby favourite online game (mainly because she isn't allowed to play it at home) and she would dump her family just for a picture with a big giant fluffy Moshi. In fact, that's exactly what she did! Thanks to the open space hubby spotted her from far away and followed her *roll eyes again*

After a few very stern warnings, which resulted to her saying that it wasn't fun because she had to stick with us, we let her participate in the Moshi dance competition. Her group lost but they each were given a pack of Moshi Monsters cards.

We also took her to queue for the slide next to the Moshi Monster bus, which is a shop with plenty of discounted Moshi Monsters products. Anyhow, the slide was our main target and Abby had 2 fun gos (she ran back up the stairs of course, I wouldn't queue twice!)


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LolliBop Festival, children event, Science Museum










LolliBop Festival, children event, Science Museum









LolliBop Festival, children event, Haribo











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There were other smaller gazebos as well with more performances and things to do, for example, the Horrible History, Taichi class, tiny pop's Learn to Dance, Science Museum's experiments, Haribo's throwing games, Halfords bike rides, Gorilla and Polar Bear, etc.

The Science Museum's experiments were quite fun, with the middle table the best of course! The guy was showing the children how he bubbled up the gas from dried ice, and when it popped it's all ooos and ahhhs. He only let children touch the bubbles though so I have no idea how it felt like. There were other experiments as well, and by finishing 3 experiments the children get a Science Museum pen as a reward.

I'm not very certain what's inside John Lewis' John Lewis Lane, but there was a long queue for it.


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LolliBop Festival, children event, Ella's Kitchen










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There was also other things of course - a robot dragon skeleton that can be controlled with a remote control on the side of the fence, the animated robot and dragon that we've completely missed, Transformers gazebo for photos taken, and Ella's kitchen giving away free snacks, as well as announcing their first innovative children's vending machine! It is really cute and the kids were all excited about it. At the moment they are just using them for shows, but hopefully soon you can find these near cafes, train stations or shopping malls. The cereal puff above is Clay's favourite, he's eaten 3 packets on the day, and refused to let go even when he was half asleep!!

There were also stalls for those who felt like spending money, and I think it's safe for me to say that the bubble shop was the most popular one. For those who are tempted to buy a balloon just to keep your little one quiet, do think again. The kids will play with it for a while, then get bored with it and will ask you to hold on to it. The balloon will then fight with you, slapping your head, your face and your bum over and over again. Although it was £6, and we did feel sorry for Abby, we secretly felt a massive relief when it accidentally (no, seriously, I bound it to the trolley 3 times!) flew away to freedom.


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LolliBop Festival, children event, Carousel Bar














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The food. Ahh yes. There was a lot of choices, split into 2 different areas. I was impressed with the variety they supplied instead of just burgers and hot dogs. There was Thai, Spanish, Pizza Express, Spuds, Pies, foot long hot-dog, gourmet burger, cupcakes, ice-cream van everywhere, and the most important drinks, there was a carousel bar, and it's a real carousel that goes round and round! Coconut stand, watermelon stand, etc etc. I really think they couldn't be more prepared than that!

We had the hot-dog, which was amazing, and I didn't just mean the taste. I was pushing a trolley with a giant balloon flapping about while holding a foot long hot-dog and 2 drinks, yet none of the sauce spilled, nor did the sausage break! How amazing was that?! My hubby who was queuing for the gourmet burger was counting on me dropping it lol.

The gourmet burger was absolutely worth queuing for. Hubby went for the large one, after all, he did queue for some time, so he had to make it worthwhile. It was sooo juicy and tasty and... *salivate* remember the name, Go! Gourmet Burgers! Bummer, just checked out their website and they only appear at events! Well if you see them, head straight for the queue, it's really, absolutely worth it!

I do think that more seats were needed. It was so hot that everyone lingered in the shaded seating area so it took a while to get a seat. Perhaps next year they can increase the amount of seats?


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While strolling around, Abby wanted to go on the hammock. When we were busy scowling at the mum who took over the hammock we were queuing for, we noticed a few people taking pics with some stranger. Upon closer look, we spotted Alex from CBeebies, just a few steps away standing next to a hammock chatting with someone. We were really excited and told Abby to take a picture with him, when we realised the person he was talking to looked really familiar. Simon Pegg! Wow and wow some more! He was there with his family so we decided not to disturb them, but we couldn't let the opportunity for Abby to take a picture with a celebrity she's familiar with go! Abby picked up the courage and spoke to Alex, and here it is:


LolliBop Festival, Simon Pegg, Alex Winters from CBeebies

We even managed to snap Simon Pegg's back on the pic lol. Alex was a very genuine and likable guy, he was really friendly and even kneeled down to speak to Abby so that they could speak face to face. After we said our goodbyes, Abby went back again and asked him how he got to the festival from CBeebies. He told her that he cycled all the way while he was doing the running motion, making  us laugh  her giggle.

Overall, we had a really good time, so I was quite surprised with some negative feedbacks on the LolliBop's site. I guess when you are expecting something else, like a theme park or circus, LolliBop can be very different. We appreciated the fact that celebrities and brands were there instead of some no name entertainers, after all, that's what you go to a music festival for isn't it?


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And thank you for the lovely goodie bags LolliBop! Tickets or no tickets, we are definitely coming back again next year!


Disclosure: I was given blogger passes to attend the LolliBop festival, but in no means had that affected my opinion. They are honest and my own