I hope that you all had a lovely break. We have made sure that we didn't do much during ours so that we could truly relax and recharge for the new year, and I think it's working so far. I am feeling positive about 2016, and have even armed myself with a planner, which hopefully can help me get organised and achieve what I have set myself to do.
To start the new year, I have details for this year's Geronimo Festival to share with you. If you have children under 13 years old, this is definitely a family festival worth going to. Following last year's success, Geronimo Festival will not only return to Tatton Park in Cheshire, but will also be held in Harewood House, just outside Leeds. It must so popular that they have to expand!
- Sunday 1st to Monday 2nd May 2016 (May Bank Holiday) at Harewood House
- Sunday 29th to Monday 30th May 2016 (Spring Bank Holiday) at Tatton Park
- Children under 2 years old are free to go
- Tickets for others starts at £18.50 per person, which is an early bird price. It is currently still available.
Mr. Bloom from Mr. Bloom's Nursery
- stories, gardening games, catchy nursery songs for toddlers and parents alike.
Andy Day from Andy's Wild Adventures
- Dino Rap show
Alex Winters from CBeebies
- hosting the main stage each day, along with daily meet and greets
Cook and Line from Swashbuckle
- pirate adventure full of fun songs and silly slapstick comedy
- tree climbing, den making and a thrilling zip line that will reach speeds of up to 60kph! There will also be fencing and archery taster lessons, and Parkour sessions where Geronimites can learn how to jump and roll like a Pro.
- new for 2016 with live displays featuring motorbike display teams, sheepdog shows with a difference (geese instead of sheep!) and owls in the falconry show - on horseback. There is also a live jousting show by the Knights of the Royal Order, and local band of cowboys showing off their horse handling skills.
- dance classes (Bollywood or Zumba moves), gigantic drumming session, Frozen singalong, and Mr. Yipadees' show
- award winning theatre productions including Pocket Story Theatre (winner of primary times children's choice awards at the Edinburgh Fringe), Fabularium (travelling shows) and Les Enfants Terrible presenting the Imaginary Menagerie
- watch the aerial trapeze show, or try your hands at plate spinning and stilts. Also includes a full circus show and Circus fudge performing his show from Glastonbury Festival.
- wildlife experience where kids of all ages can ride on one of the donkeys or Shetland ponies. Crocodile Joe will also be hosting a reptile show.
- new for 2016 features the largest collection of giant Tortoises (maybe we should bring our tortoise as well to meet his kind)
3ft and Under Zone
- little ones can join a fun class with Tumble Tots, ride on a balance bike or take dance lesson with baby ballet. There is also a baby yoga tent for the tiny tots
- Live music. Lineup will be announced shortly
Funky Junk Zone
- craft workshops including woodwork, hair braiding, face painting, fairy making, stone carving, totem pole making
- Helter Skelter, traditional carousel, steam powered swing chairs for kids and grown ups alike
- make mud pie or fairy potion, learn to create a whistle from a carrot or build a den, mobile high ropes course or ride the mountain bike course in the transformed woodlands of Tatton Park and Harewood House
The programme certainly sounds exciting. There is a lot of things to do, from still and quiet to adrenaline pumping exercises, there must be something for everyone in the family, especially the children, young and teens alike. It even have something the adults can do and enjoy. I think we will have to plan our day ahead so that we can visit as many places of interest as we can.
We have enjoyed children festivals in the past few years, and I think the Geronimo Family Festival will be our best one yet to attend. Having them both on a long weekend means that more families can enjoy a good family day/ weekend out, so I'm sure they will be popular. The Early Birds tickets are still available, and the price will gradually get more expensive, so you might want to plan your May bank holidays ahead.
Do come back and check for more details, as I will be sharing the updates with you as soon as I get them. We will be going to the Tatton Park one, maybe we will see you there?