Sunday, 2 September 2012

In the Night Garden Live Manchester


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A while back, I did a Night Garden Live family ticket competition on my blog, but because the Manchester show didn't start until last month, we didn't have the chance to review it ourselves until yesterday.


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The Manchester tour was located in one of Trafford Centre's car park. They have set up a giant blow-up igloo in the car park where the shows are held. When we saw the igloo we got really excited and thought that it was fascinating. After we checked in, a staff gave us a couple of Souvenir Activity Brochure for free (everyone gets it too). They were marked as £6 each.


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The igloo was massive inside, and well equipped for toddlers, including a buggy parking area, snacks and goodie bag stand, toilets right outside one of the exit, and next to that exit an umbrella stand where you can borrow an umbrella to go to the toilets if it rains.


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Further in the igloo is a passage leading to the left and right of the seating area (stairs) that faces the stage. When we got there it was already half filled with families waiting for the show to start. We saw these lights swirling within the crowd, which appeared to be light-up windmills one of the staff was selling. Abby really liked it so we bought a Igle Piggle one (the other design is Upsy Daisy) for £6.00. It also comes inside the £25 goodie bag at the entrance if you prefer to buy that. Someone was also selling some hand puppets, good that the kids didn't see that!

Looking around us, a lot of toddlers brought their In the Night Garden cuddly toys with them. Some even dressed up as one of the characters, showing how much these children loves the show on TV. 


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We watched the Pinky Ponk show (there is also the Ninky Nonk show) and both me and hubby were impressed. Most of the adults were laughing and singing and Ahhhh-ing, making it look like we big people enjoyed ourselves more than the children! It was a shame that Abby has grown a bit out of it as she's now four, but she still enjoyed it half of the time. Clay was really enjoying it, however. He was struggling to get away from us so he could roam around, but when the show started, he settled down quietly until the end (it was about 50 mins to 1 hour long), really focusing.


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Me and hubby both think that they had put a great amount of effort in the show. The puppeteers were well rehearsed, and they even worked on their facial expressions to reflect what the characters were feeling. They made the show enjoyable even for the adults, and made sure there was interaction with the audience through singing, clapping and bubbles!

You can buy helium foil balloons or some other souvenirs next to the exit, and if you have signed up to meet the characters, that will be the place to go as well.


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Today is the last day for the Manchester tour, but the Birmingham tour will start on the 9th September until the 23rd in Cannon Hill Park. If you haven't seen it yet and are interested, that will be your last chance to watch it this year, so be quick to grab tickets online as they get sold out real fast!


Disclosure: We were given tickets to review the show; all opinions are honest and my own