Lollibop on the High Seas and Win Tickets to Lollibop 2014

Last Sunday my children and I were invited on board the good ship Lolli Rodger to experience some high seas tomfoolery courtesy of Lollibop!

Yes, the fantastic Lollibop team put together this one off event as a little pre-festival taster of fun for little ones on a boat trip down the Thames, and what a fab time was had by all!

The Pirates and Princesses theme was perfect, although my boys didn't want to dress up, there were lots of kiddies that did and they looked great! On board the specially prepared boat there was a mini disco, arts and crafts, face painting and games! The boat set sail down the Thames from Butlers Wharf at 11am and we were back again at around 12.30 so just enough time to fit everything in without it becoming too much! And who can resist taking in the London scenery which to me is always beautiful.

lollibop lolli rodger

So much fun and excitement for the kids on board

lollibop lolli rodger

Arts and Crafts, my children enjoyed this very much

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 Beautiful views

We had a great time and it has seriously whet our appetites now for the main event, not long to wait... just over a month to go until Lollibop arrives at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Hatfield House is easily accessible by road, or rail, just 20 mins from London Kings Cross and has ample parking on site.

Have you got your tickets yet?


Lazy Town Live, Bear Grylls Survival Academyand other top names have been added to the already brilliant lineup.  LolliBoppers are invited to join the hit television show Lazy Town Live on the main stage at this year’s festival.  Stephanie, the new girl in town, with the help of her back flipping super hero friend Sportacus, will teach festival goers how to get active, what is "sports candy", where good energy comes from and most importantly how to become super heroes! This highly energetic mini show will have everyone jumping, dancing and singing along!

Join the universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance in the STOMP workshops.  The team behind the hit West End show will be taking up residence at LolliBop running workshops across the weekend.  Step into the exciting world of music using pipes, bins, plastic bottles and much more… and once fully trained, mini STOMP-ers are invited to join the daily parade to showcase their new talents.  Bin lids have never been so much fun.

Calling all muggles and magical folk! Sign up to Harry’s Wizard School and take part in fun antics and enchanted activities…. Ever wondered which house you would belong to?  Well now you can find out with a visit to the sorting hat! Plus put your wizarding skills to the test with Bean Planting Workshops, Wand Making Workshops andBroomstick Training.  Expect one or two special guest appearances too!

Making the most of LolliBop’s new home with its fantastic green spaces and woodlands, the incredible Bear Grylls Survival Academy will be joining LolliBop for the first time. Taster sessions, include Fire Lighting, Shelter Building, Camouflaging and Concealment, Gross Eating and many more.  Have you got what it takes to survive?

A must for all budding Beckhams, Rooneys and Bales is the Tottenham Hotspur Global Coaching Team who will be at LolliBop teaching kids essential football skills, including passing, dribbling, keepy uppies, shooting, 5-a-side and more.

The newly announced acts and activities join an already vast confirmed line up of some of the biggest names in kids entertainment, including:

CBeebiesSuperstar Justin Fletcher (Saturday & Sunday)

Mister Maker (Friday only)

Mr Bloom

CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up stars Sam & Mark

Andy Day’s Live Show

Thomas & Friends

Chris &Pui Mini Roadshow

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid

Cook and Line from Swashbuckle (Fri & Sat)

Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Show

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic present a Silent Disco!

Join In with Southbank Centre, including music, dancing, fashion shows, DJs, pirate school, den making and takeaway crafts

Skylanders Trap Team

Postman Pat Mini Show

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre

Science Museum.

National Geographic Kids woodlands takeover

Beano events

I don't know about you but I think all of the above in one place at the same time? How is this possible and can all of this really take place over a weekend? This is why Lollibop is the best kids festival, ever!


The team behind the LolliBop festival - Broadwick Live and Live Nation - have announced their partnership with Sparks, the leading children’s medical research charity. The UK’s biggest kids festival, which takes place at Hatfield House and includes hundreds of engaging activities, interactive zones and big name performances all aimed the under 10's, now will give families the opportunity to make a life-changing difference to other children by simply having fun.

As the leading children’s medical research charity Sparks is dedicated to funding and championing pioneering research into a range of conditions affecting babies, children and pregnant women. Since 1991 Sparks charity has committed over £27million to pioneering research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions including childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, premature birth and spina bifida. In total Sparks has funded more than 270 research projects in more than 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and abroad.

Festival director, Gareth Cooper said: “LolliBop is a fantastic family day out and we’re delighted that this new partnership with Sparks will enable us to communicate some really important messages about the great work they do, as well as hopefully raising lots of money for this great cause along the way.”

Sparks will host interactive stands and exciting events each day to add to the mini-festival goer’s experience such as a treasure trail, celebrity bake-off and a chance to find out more about the science behind their research.

Each year, less than £10 per child in the UK is spent on research into child health. Every day 1 in 30 babies are born in the UK with a condition which may affect them for life. Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research to get this to change.

Zillah Bingley, Sparks’ Chief Executive, said: “We’re really excited to be part of Lollibop this year. As well as providing some fantastic funactivities for children, support through the festival can help us to fund another ground-breaking medical project. Together we can move closer to funding cures or treatments for some of the most devastating conditions that turn a child and family’s life upside down.”

To book tickets and make a donation to Sparks, visit



Lollibop 2014


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Terms & Conditions
  • The competition closes on 1st August 2014
  • We have one family pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 12 months do not require a ticket)
  • The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either August 15, or August 16 or August 17. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize
  • Travel and accommodation are not included
  • The prize is non-refundable and cash alternative will be offered
  • The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival
  • The prize includes all events and activities at LolliBop but not food and drink from any stalls or bar

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The Lollibop Lolli-Rodger Sails Into Town

To give you the chance to get a little 'taster' of what's to come at the Lollibop festival in August, there will be a mini Lollibop on the high seas... well on the Thames anyway!!

This absolutely fan-dabby-dozy event is taking place next Sunday 6th July and I for one definitely want to go, it sounds amazing!

Kids and parents are invited to set sail down the Thames on the 'Princess and Pirates Lolli-Rodger' boat and they will be entertained by the brilliant Sharky and George. The kids will have so much fun as they follow the treasure map and learn the ropes to become the fiercest pirate on the seven seas of the most enchanting princes in the kingdom.

Lolli Rodger Lollibop event

There will be two 90 minute sessions (11 - 12.30pm or 1 - 2.30pm) starting from Butlers Wharf all the way to Wandsworth Bridge. Adults can enjoy a relaxing drink along the river Thames whilst little ones get stuck into treasure hunts, sword and wand decorating, tiara and pirate hat making, water bomb canon ball catapulting and a mini disco!
My children would absolutely love this and what nicer way to spend an hour or two for Mums and Dads checking out the beautiful sites of London!
Tickets are now on sale with Ticket Master at a price of £10:

Lollibop 2014 Ambassador


Last year I attended the Lollibop kids Festival and it was absolutely amaze-balls! We loved it!! I cannot tell you how good it was, I had been invited along as a blogger but this year I have been approached by them to be an Ambassador and I am beyond excited!

Lollibop is the best kids day out, there is so much more to it that your average kids festival. This one is, I would say... classy! There is nothing cheap and tacky about it as some kids focused days out are, and there are some really brilliant acts and areas that are truly fantastic! There is no expense spared!

Last year the event was held at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the Olympics site, which was good but this year it is somewhere better!


Of course I'm biased because it's not far from where I live, so much easier for me to get to but I think it's going to be a fab venue, it's beautiful there and a bit of a site seeing adventure in itself!

lollibop 2014 hatfield house


So what can we expect at LolliBop this year? Well, the UK’s biggest kids festival has announced it’s most exciting line-up to date with CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher headlining on Saturday and Sunday ( we saw him last year and he was great) and Mister Maker taking over the main stage on Friday. Stars of CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up Sam & Mark are also at LolliBop for the first time.

I don't know about you but I love Sam and Mark!!

Other LolliBop ‘newbies’ include Thomas & Friends with a bespoke interactive play experience created especially for LolliBop, Chris & Pui (yay) with their Mini Roadshow, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid, Cook and Line from Swashbuckle (Fri & Sat only) and Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Show.

LolliBop is delighted to announce it’s first ever Disney experience with the Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic present a Silent Disco!

Creative kids are invited to Join In with Southbank Centre, in a brand new space for Lollibop 2014. Whether you love, drawing, playing, singing, dancing or creating there is something for all under 10s and their families to enjoy. Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames, with art and activities inside and out that encourage everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways. At Lollibop there will be music, dancing, fashion shows, DJs, Pirate school, den making and plenty of takeaway crafts

The ever-popular Skylanders return to LolliBop to launch the fourth instalment of its award winning franchise – Skylanders Trap Team™. Kids can expect the opportunity to play the brand new game before it’s released later in the year.

Other big names for pint sized festival goers include Mr. BloomAndy Day’s Live ShowPostman Pat® Mini ShowThe Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre and Science Museum.

Making the most of the fantastic gardens and woodlands at Hatfield House, National Geographic Kids have planned a Woodlands Takeover, with engaging activities including games, prizes and exploring natural habitats!

Other activities confirmed are Beano Events, cookery workshops in the Lolli Kitchen, LolliBop’s first Inflatable Village, a Good Old Fashioned Sports Day, dancing session with Itsy Bitsy Strictly, Ready Sheddy Disco and Baby Ballet, Footballing Skills, Beat boxing, face painting and balloon modelling classes.

With more acts and activities still to be announced, LolliBop truly is the biggest day out for kids this summer!

Situated in Hertfordshire, Hatfield House (the childhood home of Elizabeth 1), just off the A1 with plenty of parking or a short 22 minute train journey from London Kings Cross, the stunning country house and gardens offer an incredible array of spaces to host LolliBop’s vast activity and entertainment programme.

Festival Director Gareth Cooper said: “For a family destination, Hatfield House can’t be beaten.  The setting is breathtaking  - with stunning gardens, lush green areas and a woodlands just waiting to be explored - it’s allowed us to open our imaginations and programme an event like never before.

With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a five minute walk from Hatfield train station, LolliBop 2014 is more accessible than ever before. So, what are you waiting for? Keep one of the days free... 15th, 16th or 17th August and book those tickets! If you keep your eyes peeled I will be running a special competition for one lucky reader to win a family ticket to the event.. I'm very excited about this one!

For more information and tickets which are priced at £17.50pp please visit the Lollibop website

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