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.
So much fun and excitement for the kids on board
Arts and Crafts, my children enjoyed this very much
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?
MORE ACTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR LOLLIBOP 2014
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)
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
National Geographic Kids woodlands takeover
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!
CHARITY PARTNERSHIP WITH SPARKS
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 www.lollibopfestival.co.uk
YOU CAN WIN TICKETS HERE
ENTER MY COMPETITION TO WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO THE BEST KIDS FESTIVAL OF ALL
- 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