I wonder? Are there many people who haven’t heard about the forthcoming extravaganza for children in Regent’s Park? Well for those of you that haven’t or haven’t decided to go yet then I’m gonna shout about it now! Every popular child’s character you can think of will be tied up this weekend as they will be attending the Lollibop Festival! As will I! I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited with a gang of my little friends to attend the very first day out of three of The Lollibop Festival this Friday the 5th of August and frankly I’m more excited than any of the children coming with me to help me review it! It looks like it’s going to be utterly fantastic and I will be reporting Friday night with every detail you could possibly wish to know both here at kidsfunlondon and for my rocknrollerbaby blog which is linked at the bottom this article. This is possibly the most exciting event for children under ten that I have ever heard of! It’s a whole festival line up but for little people and with many different areas from the Lollipalladium and Minimission where your children’s favourite bands will be playing along with DJ’s like Dick and Dom and baby Loves Disco to the Science Museum and Horrible Histories! Everyone whose anyone in the land of children will be partying hard at Lollibop and with tickets starting at just £20 why don’t you join Rastamouse and da Easy Crew, The ZingZilla’s, Waybauloo and many more and come and join in the fun?! For more information see www.lollibopfestival.co.uk.
There really is only a handful of our children’s best known character’s that won’t be in attendance and that’s the In the Night Garden gang… They do however have a very good reason for not showing up to The Lollibop Festival and that’s because they’re busy with their very own touring show. I took Florence to see In the Night garden Live yesterday afternoon and they are doing such a fantastic job with the Live show that I think they can be forgiven for not being able to make other events. If you are worried about missing out on the chance to see Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and co then check out the show’s website www.nightgardenlive.com to find out when they are playing near you. There are only a few dates left in Richmond where we went so you’ll have to get in quick if you want to see them in London before the end of their run at Brent Cross in September. Held inside a giant inflatable dome it immediately put’s you into the spirit of the child’s mind. It was a bit like being in an inside out bouncy castle which was strange but in a good way. Children scattered everywhere clutching light up twirlers were beside themselves with anticipation! You could feel the excitement in the air and as we stood in the queue waiting for the theatre door to open the children’s energy built to a crescendo when we caught a glimpse of Upsy Daisy leaving her booth from where she had been meeting guests from the previous show after it had finished. For an additional price starting at £15 you can buy a family ticket to meet your child’s favourite character after the show. We didn’t do this but all the faces I saw coming out of Upsy Daisy’s booth looked every so pleased with themselves and the small glimpse we got of her from the queue was very exciting! When it was time to go into the theatre a much organised process was shown where we were let in slowly and buggies parked in a safe orderly fashion. Once inside we found our seats. When booking your seats you choose which show, either Ninky Nonk or Pinky Ponk and whether to have premium seats or not. We were sat in standard for the Ninky Nonk show and I have to say the view was fantastic. It’s built a bit like an amphitheatre so you are sitting on large steps rather than seats which are great for children who can stand or sit depending on how they’re feeling and there’s ample room for everyone. It’s so close to the stage wherever you are that you really feel a part of the show.
When the show started my daughter’s face, along with all the other children was an absolute picture! They were all totally mesmerised to see their favourite television programme brought to life in front of their very eyes. Projected onto the wall of the dome is the In The Night Garden footage from television and every now and again a Tittifer will pop up and sing his song or a Haahoo will bounce about. The Ninky Nonk will rush around or the Pinky Ponk will parp above your heads and Derek Jacobi’s familiar voice resonates out around the theatre. It’s everything they are familiar with from the music and stroking of the hand at the beginning to the boat sailing along with Igglepiggle before entering the garden but it’s also so much more and beyond. As each character is introduced by Derek on to the stage and sings their song which the children (and me and my husband) join in with it feels totally magical! On top of the giant characters there are also puppets operated by puppeteers dressed in garden greenery behind them. It really is super clever and the puppeteers are hardly noticed which is shame for them because they do such a brilliant job!
In the Night Garden Live is everything you would want it to be and what better way to treat your child than to take them to the theatre to see it! If you have children that like In the Night Garden I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t like the show. We enjoyed it too, not just the look on our daughter’s face which was of course beautiful for us to see but because it really is a very good show! In the Night Garden is so much a part of most parents with small children’s lives; we see it every night of the week and its part of our routine! The live show is a real treat not to be missed and with tickets starting at £12.50 it doesn’t have to be dramatically expensive. If you book well enough in advance you can be savvy with this!
Aside from In The Night Garden Florence and I have been off out and about in London doing lots of other things so if you want to know more about The Princess Diana Memorial Playground and The Science Museum then please do check out my Rocknrollerbaby blog which is linked at the bottom of this article!