The Stonehenge bouncy castle, officially known as Sacrilege, certainly is a piece of art – and it’s free! When I heard it was coming to Clapham Common early in the summer holidays I etched the words on to our calendar and spread the word. What better way to entertain the kids?
Turner award winning artist, Jeremy Deller, has brought Stonehenge to a new generation. Maybe I am over playing it a bit, but I did find myself explaining the history of the giant monoliths to my 5 year old, albeit in brief as we sat on the number 37 bus from Herne Hill.
“I think the people were just very strong, and maybe they used magic too!’ she said in reference to how the stones made it into their historical positions.
Note to self – we must visit the real Stonehenge.
Twitter had hinted that it opened at midday – contrary to information elsewhere online. Twitter does get it wrong. 10.05am and we were in the first wave of parents and children to jump onto the Henge. The friendly protectors of the site directed the queue in terms of taking off shoes, leaving bags and buggies around the rope, and being aware of the 15 minute bounce limit per 100 people max.
There were babes in arms sat with parents, 3 year olds jumping and disappearing through gaps in the ‘stones’ and 5 year olds running in ‘slow motion’. I began to bounce holding the hands of forever changing children. My realisation was this: bouncing is good for the soul. Most adults and children were smiling and laughing – the only tears were from random crashes when over eager children did not look where they were going.
We had two goes with replenishment in between each bounce session. Maybe, surprisingly, 15 minutes is actually quite satisfying and there were few (that I noticed at least) protestations at having to stop and take a break. In fact the whistle and mass departure every quarter of an hour was greeted as all part of the fun.
Having had time to reflect I’m not sure the real Stonehenge would satisfy my children now – you can’t touch it, let alone bounce.
Sacrilege is still touring London until 12th August – check out where here.