Readers! I have some exciting news to share with you, Geronimo is back for the 2016 festival period with not only one weekend of fun in store, but two! The family festival is returning to Tatton Park, Cheshire and also has a second home at Harewood House, Leeds. We’re really excited to be working with Geronimo this year as one of their chosen ‘Geronimo Ambassadors’ this means that not only do we attend the event and write all about our awesome day (with Richard providing wonderful images!), we also have the opportunity to share with you news about the line up, special announcements and also I have coming soon, a competition in which you could win a family ticket to either venue!
Geronimo is taking place over the weekends of 1st & 2nd May (Harewood House) and the 29th & 30th May (Tatton Park), the festival is back, bigger and better with a huge programme of events lined up for both venues Geronimo Festival will yet again be delivering an exciting array of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures, including lots of new attractions all of which will result in a fantastic family day out.
As a parent of two young children and someone who loves festivals, this event is right up my street! It’s hard to find a quality day out where there is something for everyone, but I have a feeling Geronimo is going to tick those boxes looking at the line-up! I love festivals for many, many reasons but mostly I love to have fun outdoors with the kids. Fresh air, live entertainment and lots of fun activities, creating a mini ‘community’ in a field where everyone is enjoying themselves! It’s also a lovely opportunity to do something a little different from soft play or the park, helping to create long lasting memories for the family too!
All sound interesting and fun? Read on for details for the Geronimo programme!
The return of Mr Bloom to the Geronostage Zone! ‘Geronimites’ can ‘pop along’ and say ‘Ello!’ with Mr Bloom, where there’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for
toddlers and parents alike.
Our favourite explorer, Andy Day will be performing his Dino Rap show filled with tales of his adventures to far away lands as well.
Alex Winters from CBeebies will be hosting the main stage each day, along with daily meet and greets.
Join Cook and Line from Swashbuckle in a rip-roaring pirate adventure! Full of fun songs and silly slapstick comedy, this energetic and interactive performance will be loved by children of all ages.
The Adrenaline Zone will challenge even the bravest adventurers with tree climbing, den making and a thrilling zip line that will reach speeds of up to 60KPH!
New for 2016 is the Arena Zone, an extravaganza of live displays featuring motorbike display teams, sheepdog shows with a difference (we haven’t got any sheep so we had to use geese instead!) and owls in the falconry show – on horseback!
The Library Zone – Join some dance classes to learn Bollywood or Zumba moves or enjoy a gigantic drumming session – beware, it’s going to be noisy! For fans of Frozen, there will be a ‘Frozen singalong’ and the talented Mr Yipadees show will be bringing instruments to life.
Catch award winning theatre productions in The Theatre Zone, with Pocket Story Theatre – winner of the primary times children’s choice awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fabularium is the most eccentric of travelling shows and Les Enfants Terrible present the Imaginary Menagerie— travel with Dr Longitude as he regales you with his strange stories and takes about his travels.
Test your own performance skills with the Circus Zone. This zone also includes a full circus show and Circus fudge will also be performing his show from Glastonbury festival!
Enjoy a hands-on wildlife experience in The Pasture Zone where kids of all ages can climb aboard for a ride on one of the donkeys or Shetland ponies. Crocodile Joe will be hosting his amazing reptile show and new for this year, there will be the largest collection of giant Tortoises
coming to Geronimo.
In the 3ft and Under Zone, little ones can join a fun class with Tumble Tots, take a ride on a balance bike or take a dance lesson with baby ballet. For the tiny tots, simply chill out in the baby yoga tent.
Fans of live music are in for a treat at the Bandstand Zone with popular acts on throughout the day.
Creative kids can join in the many craft workshops in the Funky Junk Zone. From amazing woodwork workshops, hair braiding, face painting and fairy making workshops, to stone carving and totem pole making, there is something for everyone to get stuck in to.
Fun-filled Fairground Zone – With an old fashioned Helter Skelter, traditional carousel and steam powered swing chairs for kids and grown ups who are still kids at heart!
And where better to have some fun than in the beautiful woodlands of Tatton Park and Harewood House? Transformed into the Woodland Zone, Geronimites can make a mud pie or fairy potion, learn to create a whistle from a carrot or build a den. Older kids can monkey around in the trees in a mobile high ropes course or strap on a helmet and ride the mountain bike course.
VIP Puppets creates characters of epic proportions, teamed with moments of intimate audience interaction. These larger than life puppet walkabouts feature an adorable giraffe called Dolly and her baby Juno. Dolly is a life-sized gentle giant of a giraffe who gracefully wanders where she pleases. She towers above her audience, but is always happy to lower her head to meet her biggest (smallest) fans, for a pet, or to nibble on some leaves. Her team of attentive zookeepers is always on hand to train new recruits in feeding, and cleaning up her poo!
For all mini music lovers, Saul’s Junk orchestra’s amazing pop up musical installations will amaze and inspire. Find them in the woods and the main festival field, or join in one of their workshops.
Panning for gold has been around for hundreds of years, with millions of pounds spent on retrieving the gold and gems. But not anymore! The Highland Valley gold & gem panning activity brings the GOLD AND GEMS RUSH to Geronimo!
Not only is Geronimo providing it’s visitors with a fun day out and amazing entertainment, it’s a festival committed to raising money for charity. Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens was launched in January 2015 with the aim of raising money for research specifically into cancers affecting children, teens and young adults. Through raising money and awareness, the charity hopes to better understand these cancers and find kinder treatments and cures. Geronimo will raise money for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens through a series of initiatives including the Geronimo Festival Kids & Teens VIP Area, optional donations on tickets, merchandise, bucket collections and a clothes drive on site, all funds raised during the year will be donated to Kids & Teens.
Tickets for Geronimo are priced at just £25.00 and are available from the website. Visit www.geronimofest.com for more information.
Feeling social? You can also find Geronimo Festival on social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook where you can keep up to speed with all Geronimo news, announcements and fun communications. Watch this space too, for the competition coming very soon!