Wednesday, 12 July 2017

CBBC Summer Social 2017


We had so much fun at CBBC Summer Social (MediaCityUK in Salford) last weekend! Did you go too? Here is a recap of our day, which was great!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

We got there before the event started, and there was already a long queue for people to get into CBBC Summer Social's main area. We came here a few years ago for the CBeebies Summer event, with stalls more widely spread out. It's different now with what have been happening, but BBC made sure that everyone feels safe and worry free, so that they can truly enjoy a family day out at the CBBC Summer Social event.


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

Before we joined everyone with the fun, we were invited inside the BBC Quay House to enjoy a delicious (they have the best croissant ever!) breakfast with CBBC presenters and the wonderful people behind CBBC.


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

After breakfast, we went to join the fun! There was a lot of Meet and Greet opportunities throughout the day for everyone, and we even get to see a CBBC live clip being filmed, as well as taking picture with the all time favourite Danger Mouse!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

There were plenty performances on the Main Stage throughout the day, but we were most impressed with CBBC presenter and football freestyler John Farnworth's performance!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

More and more people arrived later in the day, creating a fantastic atmosphere under the hot Summer sun. The ice-cream bike appeared in the afternoon as well but only for a very short time as they quickly sold out!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

Activities wise, Abby's favourite were the science ones. She started with launching a rocket (filled with water) with Terrific Scientific, and was very well prepared by zipping up her waterproof, after seeing water going everywhere! And then we found out that the rocket she was launching had a mind of its own and would launch prematurely, and it sprayed water all over her! It was very funny though.

She then got an opportunity to become Dr. Brain's (Ultimate Brain) makeup artist, and while she was powdering his face, she was told (by Dr. Brain!) to tell him things like 'you are doing great', as, according to Dr. Brain, that's the main job of the makeup artist during touch ups!

Dr. Brain was really funny, but his science experiments weren't just something to make us laugh. They looked like magic tricks, with things disappearing before our eyes, but can all be explained scientifically, which was amazing! Me and hubby were so impressed, we decided to catch up on the Ultimate Brain series.

We also saw the most gruesome Operation game with Operation Ouch, and Abby wanted to play! She managed to complete it with 7 buzzes (at that time we played she was one of the 4 leading on the board), and was marked as a Surgeon (oppose to a Butcher, hehe).


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

Clay's favourite I think was Shaun the Sheep's Championsheeps. He was really good at sack racing until he bumped into an obstacle and fell, but he was still laughing at the end! He then ran up to the melon head farmer and threw a welly right at it, which toppled the head over! To be fair he did cheated (he was suppose to stay at the other end) but it was so funny and he was having a blast!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

The kids also took part in making a Marrying Mum and Dad wedding dress. Clay's favourite colour is black and at the time we participated, his was the only black square! There were a lot of gorgeous pieces already, I'm sure the dress will look amazing! We are looking forward to seeing it on the show.


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

Other activities in the MediaCityUK Piazza includes Go Jetters Disco, which had some really good music playing, Clangers crafting, Mini Tennis, Reading at the Fantastic Fiction station, and reptiles for children to pet!

But that's not all!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

Outside the Piazza there were plenty more activities happening! There was the Blue Peter Garden where families can chill out and enjoy the sun, football practice, Zorbing, and even zip wiring across the river from a crane!


CBBC Events, CBBC Summer Social 2017, Family summer festival

Overall we had a lovely day out. The weather really topped it up! We hope that BBC can hold more children events like this for CBBC and CBeebies fans!