Geronimo Festival, Tatton Park – Review

As official blog ambassadors for Geronimo Festival we were invited to attend this weekend as VIPs.  We chose to visit on the Saturday and my goodness did we strike it lucky with the weather!  I’ve decided to write this post a little differently to my usual write ups after an adventure so I’d love to know what you think!  Hopefully you’ll get a good feel for our day out without having to read a “diary of our day” if you see what I mean.
Geronimo Festival - Family

Without further ado here’s 20 things we love about Geronimo Festival:

1. Plenty of parking and no traffic to worry about – I had expected to perhaps queue off the road to get into Tatton Park or perhaps on the grounds themselves but everything flowed really nicely and we were directed into a parking space on the grass relatively close to the main event.  It always galls me when events charge you a further £5 for parking on top of the entrance fee however this is a standard fee for parking at Tatton Park all year round so I imagine the Geronimo Festival organisers actually had very little to do with it.  We also had no issues as we came to leave – the car park emptied out steadily with no big queues – at the end of a long day, this was a big win in my eyes!
2. Meet & Greets – As VIPs we had a special timetable for VIP meet & greet sessions in the VIP area but there were also timetabled meet and greets out in the public arena for a number of the performers.  (It’s worth noting that not all of the performers were doing meet and greets and some were VIP only eg Cook & Line, which was a little disappointing for our friends who were with us.)  We missed meeting Katy and Mr Bloom as we were on the other side of the site in a queue however, we loved meeting Alex Winters and Cook & Line – they were fabulous with the kids who were just so excited to see them in real life.  Alex particularly was so lovely with the kids, making a special effort with Amy who was in her pushchair so that she wouldn’t be nervous of him.  He just spoke to them all as though they already knew him (which of course they felt they did!)
Alex Winters at Geronimo Festival
Cook & Line at Geronimo Festival
3. No sneaky added extras – Once you’re inside the event all the activities are included within your ticket price, there’s no sneaky added extras tempting your kids and causing you to fork out again and again.  This is a big win for me as I hate being made to feel the bad guy when I’m saying “No, I’m not spending any more on that”.  It was great to know that we could just say yes to pretty much anything they wanted to do!  (Of course there were plenty of stalls you could spend your money on if you felt so inclined however they were situated in such a way as to be able to avoid them easily if you wanted to.)
4. Amazing burgers – We could have taken a picnic with us but we decided it was only right that we sample what was on offer from the different food vendors (and because I couldn’t be bothered to organise and carry one).  There was plenty of choice to suit everyone though you must be prepared to pay through the nose, these are festival prices after all.  Dave and I thoroughly enjoyed our chicken, spiced beef and grilled halloumi burgers from “V Fresh Street Food” (£6.50 each)
Burger at Geronimo Festival

5. Ice-cream – Of course it would have been rude not to enjoy an ice cream on such a beautifully sunny day!  Again these are not the cheapest ice creams you’ll ever buy at around £3 a pop but boy were they worth it.

enjoying ice cream at Geronimo Festival
6. Donkey rides – Who says donkey rides are just for the seaside!  The queue for the donkey rides moved relatively quickly as there was a group of donkeys taking around 8 children at a time for a couple of laps around their enclosure.  (Ben was particularly amused that his donkey was called Finn just like his best friend!)
donkey rides at Geronimo Festival
7. Alex Winters & Mr Yipadee – I know I already mentioned Alex when I talked about the meet and greet but I feel he needs a mention all of his own!  He was great fun to watch on stage with Mr Yipadee and the kids thought he was hilarious.  They really interacted with the crowd, leaving the stage to involve everyone in an enormous Conga was a particular highlight.
Alex Winters & Mr Yipadee at Geronimo Festival
Conga at Geronimo Festival
8. Time with friends – We were really lucky to spend the day with some of our best friends which of course just added to our enjoyment of the day!
boys at Geronimo Festival
9. Zip wire – Ben is a tried and tested thrill seeker so we knew the Zip Wire was a must.  The queue for the climbing activity and zip wire was a really test of patience for our 5 year old boys (I think they queued for around an hour while the girls played on the bouncy castles!) so it certainly wasn’t an activity you’d do more than once but safe to say they all loved it.
Ready for the zip wire at Geronimo Festival

 Neil on the zip wire at Geronimo Festival

Boys on the zip wire at Geronimo Festival
10. Helter-skelter – Ben and Chloe spotted the Helter-Skelter the moment we got out of the car and were very excited by it!  The queue seemed to be pretty steady throughout the day but moved quite quickly.  Ben was off like a shot when it was his turn whereas Chloe chose to ride down with me.  She panicked initially but once she realised I had tight hold of her she loved it!
Helter Skelter at Geronimo Festival
Mummy & Chloe on the helter skelter at Geronimo Festival
11. Mountain bike display – Dave and Ben really enjoyed the lads performing tricks and stunts on their bikes.  I just hope Ben didn’t get any ideas!!
12. Circus skills – This kept our little gang entertained for quite some time with a wide range of equipment laid out ready for them to test out their circus abilities.  I think we might have our very own little circus troupe within another few years with a bit of practice!
spinning plates at Geronimo Festival

 hula hooping at Geronimo Festival

13. Princess walk about – Chloe was enthralled with the princesses and whilst I wasn’t particularly impressed with Elsa, I thought Cinderella was lovely.  Chloe thought they were all wonderful though and kept spotting them during the day and running off to wave at them all.  For a princess mad little girl this was heaven seeing princesses wandering around the festival!
princesses at Geronimo Festival
Geronimo Festival fairy

 Geronimo Festival frozen princess

 Chlo and Cinderella at Geronimo Festival

14. Sofa area – although we didn’t actually sit down here we loved the idea of having loads of old sofas and standard lamps set out like a great big cosy living room in the middle of the site!  It made for the perfect area to relax and chill out (particularly if you had a little one to feed.)
15. Samba workshop & parade The samba parade and workshop was a really lovely end to the day.  Chloe loved watching the dancers and having a go herself.  Both Ben and Chlo really enjoyed having a go with the instruments and the samba parade itself meant that the whole day ended on a real high as it guided people towards the gates.

16. Bouncy castles – With at least 4 bouncy castles and no time limits this was just kid heaven!  It kept our girls occupied whilst the boys stood in a rather long queue for the zip wire and climbing area.
bouncy castle at Geronimo Festival
17. Beautiful surroundings – if you haven’t been to Tatton Park before you really should add it to your list of places to visit.  There’s so much beautiful park land to explore for your £5 car parking fee and our kids adore the adventure playground.  We can easily while away a day there with a picnic (and plan to do so more than once this summer!)

18. It was clean underfoot – Despite the fact the weather had been pretty wet in the run up to the event the ground was impressively dry and yielded no need for the wellies we had chosen to wear (though I shouldn’t think that was the case for the rest of the weekend)19. Hammocks – Who doesn’t love a hammock?! These made a beautiful bright centrepiece to the site and I can’t say I didn’t want to get in there myself!

Geronimo Festival hammocks

20. The sunshine – cheers to whoever ordered that one!  I’d been frantically checking the weather all week and was thrilled with the steady forecast of warm but cloudy.  As it turned out we really struck it lucky and got the most perfect bank holiday weather of bright blue skies and sunshine.  It was a real joy to feel the sun on our faces for a change and was most definitely the icing on the cake of an already fabulous day.

There are so many things we didn’t even get chance to visit – the petting zoo, the under 3 foot area, the craft tents to name but a few!  The festival really did provide something for everyone and we’ll definitely be looking to go back next year!

I’ll leave you with this video of some of our highlights:

 

Tried and Tested*Disclaimer – We were invited to attend Geronimo Festival free of charge as blogger ambassadors for the purposes of writing this review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

40 Comments

  1. May 26, 2015 / 5:58 am

    It looks like a brilliant day and I like the blog post style! (but then I always love a list) I like that there weren't extras to pay for once you were in and wow! so much to do! I don't know if it was just the way you took photos but the day wasn't nearly as crowded as I had imagined.

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:17 am

      It was very calm actually Erin – bar a lengthy queue to get in & long queues for the zip wire it never felt busy x

  2. Baby Isabella
    May 26, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Sounds like a great festival! Daddy is having lots of fun too it seems! Great post and very informative.

    • May 29, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Daddy certainly did have a lovely day too 🙂 He'd been working away all week so it was great to have him back just in time for our day out!

  3. Sophie P
    May 26, 2015 / 8:07 am

    Wow…it looks like a such an amazing place and you seem to have had a wonderful time!

  4. May 26, 2015 / 7:31 am

    Sounds like a fab day! My eldest would have loved it. Also loving this style of review! Very informative xx #triedtested

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:18 am

      Thanks! I thought it would be more interesting / easier to read. Glad you enjoyed it x

  5. May 26, 2015 / 7:34 am

    This looks brilliant – my two would have loved it! (and I can't be the only one that would be star struck by cbbebies presenters, right)?! #triedtested

    • May 29, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      I was TOTALLY star struck 😉

  6. May 26, 2015 / 8:00 am

    What a lovely event for little ones, there seems to be so much to see and do.

    #Tried/Tested

  7. May 26, 2015 / 8:18 am

    What a fabulous day out – my two would have loved this. Not having to pay for extras once in sounds brilliant and looks like you all had a lot of fun 🙂

    • May 29, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      It really does make it much easier when you know nothing is going to cost you!

  8. May 26, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    That looks such a great day – I was very tempted if we had been free on the dates too, so great to see what it's actually like. Masses to keep you entertained, and I like the fact it's one price (except eg for food). #triedtested

    • May 29, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Definitely keep it in mind for next year!

  9. May 26, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I think we would really enjoy this. Gwenn, being two, has a frighteningly short attention span, so the fact there's a lot to do would mean we could move from place to place when she got bored. She works better in a outdoor environment too! I'll have to look and see if there's anything like this going on in the North East. x

    #triedtested

    • May 29, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      Yes it really was great for keeping the little ones busy!

  10. Mummy & Bean
    May 26, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    What a great family day out and that burger looks amazing, i am literally drooling!

    • May 29, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Oh god it was! I could eat it again now!

  11. May 26, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    It looks like you had a fantastic time….What a great day out!
    Not having to pay for extras sounds brilliant! x

  12. May 26, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    Looks like you had a great day. You were very lucky with the weather.

  13. Michelle Bailey
    May 26, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Thats sounds and looks like a fab, all round family day! The weather was great for you! Love your highlights video at the end 🙂 x

  14. May 26, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Wow that does sound a fab family day out. Loads for everyone to enjoy #TriedTested

  15. May 26, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Looks like you had a fab day, so much to keep everyone entertained xx

  16. May 26, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Looks like it was a great day – have never heard of it before will definitely keep an eye out for next year. I am very new to this blogging thing and I love the way you have written the post – I have only just started doing the odd review and have struggled with format – thank you for hosting – its a great linky idea #TriedTested

    • May 29, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      I must admit this is a different way of writing up days out for me but I had so much to say that I think it would have gone on forever!

  17. May 26, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    This looks like such a fab fun day out! And brilliant that everything is included, I hate when you have to pay for extra things unexpectedly #triedtested

  18. May 26, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Oh – I wish I had known about this before hand as we are not that far away #TriedTested

  19. May 26, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    What a great review! Your photo's are fab Colette and it looks like a fab festival! Very similar to Lollibop by the looks of it! We love this type of day out!

  20. May 27, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Lots of outdoor fun for you all, what a fun range of things to do too.

  21. May 27, 2015 / 7:48 am

    Wow – it really looked liked you had a fab fay out. So many activities and things to do too! #TriedTested

  22. Mummy Melton
    May 27, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Sounds like you all had a fantastic day. I think we'll take Mini M next year #triedtested

  23. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    May 28, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Oh wow this looks like a fab place!! So much fun, oh I need an iceream now!

  24. May 28, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I am so gutted we couldn't attend this as little J was ill especially now there is no Lollipop this year. Looks like it was an amazing weekend and you picked the best day for the weather xxx #TriedTested xxx Mummy2Monkeys xxx

  25. May 28, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    This looks like an amazing day and I totally want to go next year! Great photos too x

  26. katefever
    May 29, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    I love love love this review. I wish we were close enough to have come. The video is awesome too, I love Amy's face!

    • May 29, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Maybe next year we could plan for you to come up x

  27. Sharon Powell
    May 29, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Iv'e seen a few people tweet about this it looks fantastic! I will definitely be looking into it next year x

  28. Kerri-Ann Hargreaves
    June 1, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Great write up and much more enjoyable to read when deciding on a festival. I often write mine like this. Love how much fun your littles were having. Glad about the weather too. Makes a huge difference. #TriedTested

  29. Stacey G
    June 15, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Wow, it looks like an absolutely brilliant day out!

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