I am incredibly excited to announce we will be attending our first ever family festival this May. Following a hugely successful first festival in 2015, Geronimo is returning to Tatton Park in Cheshire for a second year in 2016, but it also has a new second home at Harewood House. Taking place over the weekends of 1 – 2 May (Harewood House) and 29 – 30 May (Tatton Park), Geronimo is back, bigger and better with a huge programme of events lined up for both venues.
My twins are incredibly excited about the one and only Mr Bloom who is going to be on the Geronostage Zone! Geronimites can ‘popalong’ 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. Charlie will be chuffed as another CBeebies favourite Andy Day will be performing his Dino Rap show filled with tales of his adventures to far away lands as well, and Alex Winters will be hosting the main stage each day, along with daily meet and greets. Charlie is a huge Swashbuckle fan so he is super excited to see Cook and Line from Swashbuckle in their 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! For those who like things a little less fast paced, there are fencing and archery taster lessons and Parkour sessions where Geronimites can learn how. 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 (what else would you expect at Geronimo?). For history fans, watch the Knights of the Royal Order as they carry out a live joust, or check out a local band of cowboys showing off their horse handling skills. 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 and the Highland Valley gold & gem panning activity brings the GOLD AND GEMS RUSH to Geronimo!
For fans of Frozen, there will be a Frozen singalong which I know two little ladies who will be belting out Let it Go! You can also try your hand at plate spinning, or hop onto stilts in the Circus Zone. This zone also includes a full circus show and Circus fudge will also be performing his show from Glastonbury festival – don’t miss it! 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.Or why not enjoy some old fashioned fun in the 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!
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!
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 no matter what their age.
Tickets are on sale from now with prices from £18.50pp.
Visit www.geronimofest.com for more information
Hopefully see you there!