As I look out of the window at a very rainy, cold and grey Tuesday morning, I can hardly believe we were lucky to get actual sunshine for our trip up north to Geronimo Fest over the bank holiday weekend.
sun + bank holiday = unheard of
But it did happen, and I have photographic evidence to prove it.
I am of course, so grateful that this happened as we were up visiting friends in the Peak District, and all of our planned activities were outside, so I’m not sure what we would have done if the armageddon that I can see today would have happened.
With it being a long weekend, we had Sunday tickets to the family-friendly festival Geronimo Fest, and with a balmy 20 degrees celsius forecast, we headed off with our packed lunch for a *hopefully* fun day with the kids.
What is Geronimo Fest?
For those of you that have never heard of Geronimo, think back to those boozey music festivals you might have gone to in a previous life, replace stalls of silly hats with people selling bubble machines and balloons, swap a damp dance music big top for smaller tents full of giant teddies, baby raves, and story time, and the smell of sweaty pits for sun lotion.
So basically, forget everything about the festivals of yesteryear except for queues for portaloos and ice cream vans and you’ll get pretty close.
Geronimo Fest is a festival entirely aimed at families, with specific areas for those 3 foot and under, baby change and feeding pods, and a main stage featuring a selection of Cbeebies characters.
Held at Tatton Park in Cheshire, with a definite northern pull, the festival bills itself as ‘The biggest children’s festival in the North West’ and I have to say, it doesn’t disappoint.
From live shows, a circus, theatre companies, bands, jousting, sheep shearing, motorcycle displays, funfair rides, tortoise encounters, and 100s of other activities there was so much for our 2 under 2s to look at, touch, try and run around that it kept them busy all day (completely missing nap times), and despite a period of frantic over-tiredness mid-afternoon, it was sensory overload for their little brains – promptly falling asleep before we’d even made it off the car park.
My only complaint about the day would be that there were probably too many tickets sold for what was on offer, meaning the queues for a lot of the attractions and more importantly, ice-cream vans were pretty massive. That said, it was a very sunny day, and you kind of expect to have to wait at some point.
On the whole, we had a great day and would definitely recommend it for families – just prepare yourself for a bit of waiting around at times, pack a picnic, and in the hope of sunshine, slap on the sunscreen!
Find out more and like the Geronimo Fest Facebook page.