23-25 May 2015
Reviewed by Sue Trish
We arrived at Tatton Park in Cheshire on Saturday morning with our two kids aged 5 and 12 ready for a day of family fun – and we were not disappointed! Parking was reasonable at £5 for the whole day and the stewards were really friendly and super organised!!
We walked into the festival area and right away we were engaged in some fabulous family friendly activities – things that none of us had ever had the pleasure of doing before! We made fairies from Marino wool and wooden whistles from scratch using traditional tools and methods – absolutely brilliant!
From there we walked around the park taking in the brilliant atmosphere and entertainment from the main stage.
The 5 year old headed for the balance bikes and races around the tracks! Then on to the helter-skelter for some sliding fun!
We watched the circus skills, the wacky races cycles and the stunt bikes before heading over to have a bite to eat and be entertained by the main stage again.
The selection of food and drinks was impressive and far from the usual expensive and tastes burgers you usual find at festivals.
The adults had some amazing tasty wraps and the kids finally settled for something from the noodle bar.
By this point the sun was blazing and some additional shade around the food area would have been welcome – but a short walk to the many tents and even the surrounding woodlands was all it took to cool down again.
The afternoon seen fun in the inflatable zone, den building and then off to face our fears in the adrenaline zone! Zip wiring was a massive hit for both kids but especially the 5 year old because she is usually a bit too small to take part in stuff her brother does! This festival was so inclusive it was amazing! All the staff and helpers were brilliant – but a special mention to the lads at the Adrenaline Zone – they were ace! So friendly and patient – especially when our little girl got scared!!
There was so much other stuff we seen as we wondered around. Face painting, donkey rides, circus acts, cycling and the infamous pig were also massive hits with both kids. In fact there was also loads of stuff we didn’t get to try!!!
The festival was busy but there was still plenty of space and it didn’t feel over crowded. Staff at all points were an absolute credit.
The only issue we had was trying to get into some of the more structured and planned activities (monkeys) – we were not aware not made aware of the fact we needed to book onto these activities so couldn’t take part.
I’ve read comments from people saying it was overpriced. I disagree (although the adult prices should probably be lower than the child ones). There was so much to do for families throughout the day it was worth the entrance fee.
On the whole it’s a fabulous day out and we would definitely recommend it to anyone with kids!
For more information visit www.geronimofest.com.