Showing posts with label Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Festival. Show all posts

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Dates for your Diary - Brand New Festival Coming to Chester this September - Deva Fest

Deva Fest is a brand-new music, food and lifestyle festival which is coming to the heart of Chester this September. Organisers have recently announced the full programme for this family friendly event which shall be staged across three days at Chester Lakes in Dodleston, Chester from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September. Tickets are on sale now!

Friday's 'party night' will be open from 5pm to 11pm, whilst gates open on Saturday and Sunday at midday. The event promises fun for all the family with amazing attractions, traditional fun fair, local artisan food and drink vendors, and an all-star music and live entertainment line-up.


Deva Fest is a collaboration between lifestyle businesses We Love Good Times and Taste Cheshire bringing a celebration of the finest music, food, drink and entertainment to the Cheshire region.

A circus style 'Big Top' will house the main stage where visitors can sing and dance the weekend away come rain or shine.

The festival will kick off with a performance from one the country's most loved Um Pah bands The Bavarian Strollers, playing a set of their traditional and rousing anthems to get the party started on the Friday evening. The Friday night will be a celebration to the local Chester talent, with performances from local high energy rhythm and blues band Zoot Serious and The Bellyful of Pop, Lucy Bradburn and David O'Connor.

Saturday is carnival day promising a day of colour and fun for all the family including Carnival Day parades, and The Carnival Day Ball with TRIX.

Saturday's music line-up includes a headline set from Ivor Novello award-winning UK rock band The Feeling. Their smash hit album Twelve Stops and Home sold 1.5million copies worldwide including the singles Fill My Little World, Love it When You Call, Sewn and Never be Lonely.


Pop/rock band The Dunwells; emerging rock group Mississippi Riot; indie quartet Camens; music collective SWJ Group; 2017 XFactor contestant Russell Jones Jr; tribute act Foo Fighterz; and DJ Ally Kidd Cameron complete Saturday's music programme.

Sunday's 'Old School' theme will bring the finest dance classics to the stage. Symphonic Ibiza fuses a thrilling live symphony orchestra with high tempo beats from renowned club DJ Andy Joyce to reimagine 30 years of Ibiza dance anthems.

Add in dance legends K-Klass; Baby D; Capella; Shiva; Cream resident  DJ's Anthony Proby and Ed Mackie; Mark Radcliffe's UNE; and DJ duo Geddes and Gioia and it promises to be a neon filled, hands-in-the-air, glow stick waving party!

There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained with a whole host of family activities across the whole weekend. Visitors can enjoy all the fun of the fair with a wide selection of fairground rides and attractions, which are all included in the ticket price.

Aspiring young stars of tomorrow will not want to miss Diddi Drama. Let their creative talents flourish as they combine role play, movement and music to journey into the imagination in these exciting drama classes.

Laughter Tots will be providing themed Messy, Craft, and Sensory play sessions, where little ones will go on a magical adventure with bubbles, lights, songs and more. There will be a variety of sessions available for both walkers and non-walkers.

Other highlights include The Carnival Day Parades (Saturday), Roman Gladiator Fights (Sunday), and bingo to an Ibiza soundtrack from Kev & Perry's BinGO Large (Sunday).


All this entertainment is certain to work up an appetite, and visitors certainly won't go hungry - or thirsty - at Deva Fest, where festival goers can enjoy some of the best food and drink the region has to offer with 50 local food and drink vendors hand-picked by curators Taste Cheshire.

Sample tastes and flavours from across the globe with the finest pies, meats, seafood, cheese and savouries all on offer. Wash that down with the impressive variety of gins of the world, flavoured vodkas, prosecco, cocktails, craft beers, and freshly squeezed juices - guaranteed to keep guests' thirst quenched.

For the authentic festival experience then there are also weekend camping packages available on the Festival field, plus a dedicated area for camper vans and caravans.

There will be a free shuttle bus running between Chester Railway Station and the festival site which is free for all ticket holders.

Principal organiser Phil Marston said: "We are very excited to be sharing details of the full programme. The line-up will provide a unique blend of entertainment with something for all ages and musical tastes, as well as many different experiences to enjoy.

"We have on-site camping as well and facilities for camper vans and caravans, so people from further afield, as well as locals, can come and experience this very special party weekend."

Taste Cheshire CEO Stephen Wundke said: "We have such an exciting event planned and we all agreed that Chester needed a chance to let its hair down with a cracking three-day party and that is exactly what we are bringing to Chester Lakes.

"Deva Fest will be a party of music, food and drink, Roman Gladiators, parades, fairground rides and lots of fun for every member of the family. We can't wait to bring it all to life."

We Love Good Times founder, Izzy Grey added: "Stephen and his team have brought us so many events over the years, with not just The Food and Drink Festival, but Chestival and so many amazing experiences so it is a perfect fit to grow Deva Fest into a major regional event."

Deva Fest comes to Chester Lakes from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2019.

For more information or to book tickets please visit www.devafest.co.uk.


*Disclaimer - This is a press release provided by BEA. All information is believed to be correct at the time of publishing, but can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the events own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Dates for your Diary - The Countdown Is On Until Cheshire Fest 2019! 1st & 2nd June 2019.

The weather is getting warmer and the excitement is heating up, as Cheshire 2019 returns with its biggest programme of live performances, family fun and food and drink galore.

Taking place at the Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme on Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June, this years event promises to be the biggest and best Cheshire Fest yet, featuring a packed programme of family fun, entertainment, live music, food and drink.

The Cheshire Fest Main Stage will feature a fantastic line-up of the UK's best tribute acts across both days. The Fillers (The Killers) and Kazabian (Kasabian) will play on Saturday 1st June when the Big Hitters theme promises rock 'n' roll, indie pop and festival favourite inspired artists. They'll be joined by headliners Kings Ov Leon (Kings of Leon), along with The Phonics (Stereophonics) and Totally Tina (Tina Turner).

Meanwhile The Stones (The Rolling Stones) and Vicky Jackson as Pink take to the Cheshire Fest Main Stage on Sunday 2nd June for the Family Favourites line-up, featuring a whole host of all-time music greats for all ages. Get ready to dance as Bruno - A Tribute to Bruno Mars and Little Fix (Little Mix) perform. Critically acclaimed Queen tribute Flash close the weekend programme and will rock the festival ground to a memorable end.


 The all-new Acoustic Stage will complement the Cheshire Fest Main Stage programme. The new stage zone will be set amongst deckchair seating, hay bales and bunting, offer festivalgoers, the chance to chill-out in a relaxing environment.

Saturday's Acoustic Stage line-up includes Mancunian indie folk artist David Gorman; rising star Jess Kemp, whose music has been featured on BBC Introducing and Radio 2; the vintage sound of Chris Tavener; guitarist and songwriter Joel Gardner; irresistible indie, soul and funk from The Bright Black; indie singer songwriter Drew Selby; singer songwriter Lyza; uplifting indie band The Rosellas; the pulsating party sounds of Caroline Francess & The Lights; and the deeply personal music of singer songwriter Barratt; along with singer songwriter Jack Woodward, who released his second EP Higher to acclaim in 2018.

Jack Woodward returns to entertain The Acoustic Stage audience also on Sunday. He will be joined by acoustic singer Sam Lyon; John Dhali with his indie soul sounds; acoustic singer songwriter Jordan Philips; folk duo Waiting 4 Bob; Kieran Dobson and The State, inspired by Talking Heads, Nick Cave, and The Smiths; singer songwriter Charlie Airey; the heart-felt music of Manchester-born Paul Smith; the talented storytelling songs of Sion Jones; and energy acoustic trio Girls Bike complete the talented acoustic programme.

The event will be packed with fun for young festivalgoers as they sing, dance, and play all weekend at The Kids Stage and Play Park. Little ones will want to come dressed as their favourite characters as their heroes come to life. Disney legends Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Mary Poppins will perform classic songs and meet their young fans. And for kids that prefer capes and comic books, a cast of superheroes including the amazing Iron Man, massive green Hulk, and the caped crusader himself Batman will definitely attract crowds, with plenty of selfie opportunities guaranteed!

This year's Kids Stage boasts four incredibly talented young singers from The Voice Kids, witness the stars of tomorrow perform live in Cheshire over both days. The youngest jazz and blues artist in the UK, Astrid will perform, as well as Warrington-based Jennifer King. The Voice Kids' semi-finalist Mandy Scarlett and multi-talented Lola from Team Danny will also wow the crowds.


Street dancer Junior Frood is the UK Freestyle Champion, catch him on Saturday, whilst future stars Isaac Lancel Watkinson and Girl Talk perform on Sunday. Super talented Isaac plays a mean guitar and has a fantastic voice. Girl Talk are back by popular demand after their fab performance of 2017 - four bubbly, energetic girls who can sing, rap and dance.

More local talent comes from Aimz Bolly Dance, with their incredible Bollywood Dance performances and The 5 Star Unique Talent Theatre School both on Saturday, followed by the YBSD Theatre School on Sunday.

Endless fun activities and attractions will keep young festivalgoers busy throughout the weekend as they find themselves face to face with a Giant T-Rex; go hi-tech and walk in the boots of a Wild West sheriff or become a famous rock star thanks to VRYourself; or craft sand art and slime in the Craft Tent.

The Play Park is the perfect place to burn off that Summer excitement with inflatables from Bonkers World. The silent disco is also back by popular demand, with Shush having everyone dancing to music as they listen on wireless headphones. Bring the Fire Project will close the Kids Stage programme, treating audiences to a fantastic fire dancing finale.


All this entertainment and family fun will see festivalgoers work up an appetite, but they won't go thirsty or hungry at Cheshire Fest who have brought together the finest selection of local independents and quality festival traders. Street food from around the world will be complemented by real ales, craft beers, ciders, as well as a gin garden and a cocktail bar.

The Street Food Village will offer international cuisines, vegan and vegetarian options - something to suit everyone's tastes.

Local favourites Chilli Banana, which has bases in Bramhall Village and Alderley Edge, is one of the region's most highly regarded vendors of Thai and South East Asian food. While the infamous Porky Pig menu will be familiar with regulars to Old Trafford football ground and the Manchester food markets.

Flavors of Africa will offer rich and nutritious dishes; Cantonese and Schezuan Chinese dishes with a kick come from Panda Catering; traditional steak burgers and fish and chips from Oh So British; melt in the mouth snacks from Hoggie Hog Roast; choose your toppings from Wildfire Pizza; homemade delights and delicacies from the Eastern Mediterranean from Levant Street Food; while Turks Wraps offer charcoal-grilled chicken, halloumi wraps and kebab with sauces from around The Med.

A visit to Mashed Tea Tent will cleanse the palette so visitors can move on to sample sweet treats. Los Churros Amigos will fill the air with the sweet scents of its 100% vegan star-shaped Churros; Hanky Panky Pancakes is tempting with a feast of toppings and sweet sauces; Cheshire Bake House will offer more traditional desserts; with delicious smoothies from Straw & Spoon.

Where there's fabulous food, a diverse drinks selection follows. Cheshire Fest will host more than 100 real ales, craft beers and ciders produced by the best independent breweries across the UK and Europe. Hosted by Funky Brands, the extensive range will delight any beer connoisseur.

On the Saturday the spotlight will be on award-winning Tiny Rebel brewery from Newport, South Wales. Festivalgoers can meet the team behind Tiny Rebel at a special 'meet the brewer' event at Cheshire Fest on Saturday 1st June, where they will be showcasing 10 beers.

The Funky Brands real ale, craft beer and cider tents will also feature Kelham Island Brewery, Dark Star Brewing Co, Anarchy Brew Co, Cross Bay Brewery, Thornbridge Brewery, SeaCider, Ilkley Brewery, Oakham Ales, Fynne Ales, Lilley's Cider Barn, and Saltaire Brewery.

Festivalgoers looking for a lighter choice of beverage may be tempted by the Champagne and Prosecco Bar. Or if you're partial to a cocktail then you'll be well catered for. Renowned for its Spinningfields venue, The Alchemist will be on-hand with their pop-up cocktail unit the Alchemistress, offering some of its finest and quirkiest creations.

Relax in the oasis of The Gin Garden. Sponsored by Fever-Tree, there will be more than 20 gins available from the best distilleries. Enjoy a chilled gin and tonic near the Acoustic Stage.

Cheshire Fest 2019 promises to be the event to kick-start Summer, bring your entire family and join your neighbours for an unforgettable weekend.

For more details you can visit the Cheshire Fest website or their social media pages on the following channels:

Website - www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Facebook - facebook.com/cheshirefest
Twitter - @festcheshire

Listing Details

Event - Cheshire Fest
Venue - Manchester Rugby Club, Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7NB
Dates - Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June 2019
Times - Saturday 12pm to 11pm / Sunday 12pm to 11pm

Book online at www.cheshirefest.co.uk

Tickets
Child (aged 6 to 15): Single Day £8* / Weekend £12.75*
Adult (16+): Single Day £17.50* / Weekend £25.50*
VIP Tickets (18+, private tent and viewing area with washroom facilities, and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival) Single Day £50* / Weekend £90*

* Ticket prices are subject to booking and administration fees.


* Disclaimer - This is a press release from BEA.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Dates for your Diary - Top Music Acts Complete a Stellar Line-Up on Cheshire Fest Main Stage: 1st June - 2nd June 2019

This year's Cheshire Fest is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with a packed programme of family entertainment, live music, food and drink. The festival ground will be twice the size of last year and there will be a large Main Stage featuring some of the UK's best tribute acts as well as the region's finest new talent.

Cheshire Fest has recently revealed a host of brilliant acts that will appear at the two day family festival, taking place at Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme on Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June 2019.


Saturday's line-up follows a 'Big Hitters' theme, which promises a selection of rock 'n' roll, indie pop and festival inspired artists. Acts include Kings Ov Leon, The Fillers, Kazabian, The Phonics and Totally Tina.

Sunday offers a 'Family Favourites' theme which will entertain audiences of all ages. Acts include the critically acclaimed Queen tribute Flash, Bruno - A Tribute To Bruno Mars, Little Fix, The Stones and Vicky Jackson as Pink.

Festival organisers Philip Osborne and Ben Harris said: "We're delighted to be able to reveal these new acts for our main stage. These are tribute artists who really are at the top of their game, bringing to life their music of some of the world's biggest stars in flawless performances.

"Cheshire Fest goes from strength to strength and this year is set to be the biggest yet - both in terms of the sheer size of the festival site itself, and the exciting and ambitious line-up of music, entertainment, food and drink on offer. We're incredibly proud to be able to bring this festival to the people of Cheshire."


Cheshire Fest 2019 will also include an all-new Play Park and Kids Stage for young festivalgoers; A Street Food Village offering a wide choice of international cuisines; Gin Garden, Prosecco Bar, and cask ale and craft beer relaxation areas.

For further information please visit the Cheshire Fest website, or their social media pages which can be found on the following channels:

Website: www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Facebook: Facebook/CheshireFest
Twitter: @FestCheshire

Listing Details

Event - Cheshire Fest 2019
Dates - Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June 2019
Times - Saturday 12pm to 11pm / Sunday 12pm to 11pm
Location - Manchester Rugby Club, Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7NB

You can book online at www.cheshirefest.co.uk

Tickets:

Child (aged 6 to 15) - Single Day £8* / Weekend £12.75*
Adults (16+) - Single Day £17.50* / Weekend £25.50*
VIP Tickets (18+, private tent and viewing area with washroom facilities, and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival) Single Day £50* / Weekend £90*

*Ticket prices are subject to booking and administration fees.


Disclaimer - This post is written based on a press release provided by BEA. Details provided are believed to be correct at time of writing, but can be subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the events own website, in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Cheshire Fest to Return in 2019 With a Bigger & Better Festival!

Organisers of Cheshire Fest have revealed that the hugely popular family event will be returning next year and have announced dates for Summer 2019. Due to be held at Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme, the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

Cheshire Fest will be staged across two days, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June. Tickets went on sale at 9am on Friday 21st September 2018 and there are some early bird ticket offers available.

The event was unable to go ahead this year on its usual late September weekend due to fixture clashes at the venue, but organisers are excited for a return to the leafy green setting - and with a brand new Summer date in June there are big hopes for an exciting weekend of fun in the sun.

First launched in 2016, Cheshire Fest promises a huge celebration of family entertainment, live music, food and drink in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

There will be lots of new additions for 2019, with a packed programme that has something for all the family. Further announcements will be made in the lead up to the festival.


Festival organisers Philip Osborne and Ben Harris commented: "We're absolutely thrilled and delighted to announce Cheshire Fest 2019. We'll be back at Manchester Rugby Club in June next year bigger and better than before - and to top it all, with a new Summer date to really kick-start the festival season. Feedback from last year has been so good and we cannot wait to reveal what we've been planning to take the festival to the next level. We have plenty of surprises to announce and it's going to be a fantastic family weekend."

Live entertainment on the Cheshire Fest Main Stage across the Saturday and Sunday will feature a stellar array of the UK's best tribute acts alongside the region's finest new talent.

The 'Big Hitters' theme on the Saturday promises a line-up of rock and roll, indie pop and festival favourite inspired artists, with Kings Ov Leon tribute band headlining the bill.

Sunday's 'Legends' theme will leave visitors having a good time, as Flash - a critically acclaimed Queen tribute band close the weekend alongside a host of other all-time music greats.

A full line-up for both days is yet to be released.

There will be plenty on offer for young festivalgoers in the all-new Play Park. Building on previous years, the Play Park will be expanded across the site and will pack in a wide variety of activities, interactive workshops, all the fun of the fair with thrill rides, and live entertainment on the Kids Stage.

Exciting programmes for Play Park and the Kids Stage will also be announced.

All this activity will guarantee that visitors have worked up an appetite - and they definitely won't go hungry or thirsty at Cheshire Fest, with the finest selection of food and drink on offer from quality festival traders and local independents.

The Street Food Village will offer a wide choice of international cuisines, vegan and vegetarian options, gluten free, raw-foods and kids menus. There really will be something to cater for all tastes. This impressive food offering will also be complemented by more than 50 cask ales and craft beers, produced by the very best independent breweries across the UK and Europe - as well as a relaxing Gin Garden, Prosecco Bar and plenty of Summer cocktails.

Cheshire Fest 2019 promises to be the event to kick-start Summer, right at the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Book your tickets now to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD OFFER giving returning visitors the chance to grab a cheap ticket - these will be available for a limited time only. Head over to www.cheshirefest.co.uk for more information.

Website: www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CheshireFest
Twitter: @FestCheshire

Listing Details

Event - Cheshire Fest
Venue - Manchester Rugby Club, Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7NB
Dates - Saturday 1st June & Sunday 2nd June 2019
Times - Saturday 12pm to 11pm / Sunday 12pm to 9pm
Booking - Book online at www.cheshirefest.co.uk

Tickets:
Limited 'first wave announcement' EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for a short time only.
Child (aged 6 to 15) - Single Day £6.50 / Weekend £9.75
Adult (16+) - Single Day £11.50 / Weekend £17.25
VIP Tickets (private tent with unlimited prosecco and washroom facilities) - £75

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dates for your Diary - Brazilica to Return to Historic Pier Head for 2018

Liverpool Carnival Company recently announced that Brazilica Festival, one of the hottest events in the festival calendar, is back for 2018.

Returning to the city this July for the 11th consecutive year, with the main carnival day taking place on Saturday 14th July, organisers of Liverpool's International Samba Carnival are excited to now reveal that the main stage will once again be located at The Pier Head.

The Brazilica main stage will take pride of place within The Pier Head Village - a family focused festival coming to Liverpool's Waterfront for it's 3rd year again this summer.

The Pier Head Village will deliver a programme of world class entertainment, locally-sourced street food and artisan markets, world class high flying thrill rides and activity-based family entertainment, offering a complete day to night summer experience designed to entertain all ages.

Guaranteed to create a spectacular carnival atmosphere, the site will be brought to life with a colourful celebration of the sights, sounds and tastes of Brazil on the Brazilica main stage.


Brazilica organisers are busy putting together the programme for the main stage which will run throughout the day on Saturday 14th July from 12pm til 8pm, and the full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

It is certain to feature plenty of Latin fever, extravagant costumes, exotic music, and of course, plenty of samba, with a host of activities to celebrate the very best of Brazilian culture.

Already confirmed for 2018's festival, the Brazilian Film Festival will once again return, plus a Fringe Festival packed with a wealth of exhibitions, workshops and performances.

The hugely popular and extravagant Carnival Queen competition will also return on Friday 13th July; the winner crowned at the event will lead the sensational night-time Carnival Parade on Saturday 14th July, which remains the festival highlight and features Samba bands from across the UK and overseas.

The UK's largest Samba Carnival event, Brazilica has become one of the flagship events of the year in Liverpool's festival calendar. A colourful celebration of Brazilian music, dance, culture, food and sport, it attracts over 60,000 visitors to the city centre.

2018 promises to be even bigger and better, and Brazilica will form part of the city-wide year-long cultural programme of events, as Liverpool celebrates its 10-year anniversary of being named Capital of Culture.

Maeve Morris of Liverpool Carnival Company said: "We are very excited to be returning to the Pier Head for 2018 with the Brazilica main stage as part of the popular Pier Head Village. We have some very exciting acts in the pipeline which we will be announcing very shortly, and it promises to be a fantastic day of live music and entertainment."

Martin O'Shea, managing director of The Pier Head Village, added: "While we are still preparing the announcement of our full programme for the Village for the summer, we are delighted to lead with the news that Brazilica is returning for another year. The performances last year were truly world class and the vibrancy and excitement it brought to the Village was wonderful; we can't wait to welcome the crowds back again."

The full programme details are to be announced very soon, but to keep up to date with all Brasilica Festival activity in the meantime, then please visit their website or social media accounts below:

Website - www.brazilicafestival.com
Facebook - /brazilicafestival
Twitter - @BrazilicaFest


Disclaimer: Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but are of course subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the events own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Dates for your Diary - The CBBC Summer Social Comes to Liverpool 3rd-5th August 2018!

It is official, we are now in the final term of the school year, which means that there are only seven more weeks to go until the summer holidays. We are extremely lucky as a family that we get to spend the full six weeks together and this year we are determined to make it our best summer yet!

I have already been busy planning places for us to visit and events to attend, so we were all really excited to learn that the CBBC Summer Social was heading to Liverpool this August. This fun packed family festival, will be held at Croxteth Country Park from Friday 3rd August to Sunday 5th August and features a stellar line up of stars, acts and entertainment.

Guests at the event can expect the very best of CBBC programming including immersive activity zones, theatre shows, interactive and inspiring art workshops, top class musical experiences, cool outdoor and sporting activities, junior discos, themed treasure hunts, gaming areas, character walkabouts, vlogger meet and greets, live appearances from the most popular children's authors and much, much more.

The CBBC Summer Social is being organised in partnership with Liverpool City Council and forms part of Liverpool 2018 - a year of projects marking a decade since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture. Taking place from the 3rd to the 5th August at Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool, CBBC Summer Social is the BBC's biggest ever kids event, and the only festival to give 6-12 year old's and their families a unique lineup of CBBC favourites, alongside a host of international music acts including Union J, Johnny Orlando, Matt Terry and Mackenzie Ziegler.

Incredible artists including Max and Harvey, Sophia Grace, KIDS BOP and Merseygirls will also feature, and it was recently announced that the global sensation New Hope Club will also be performing.

West End and Broadway hit, Shrek the Musical, has also been added to the bill for Sunday 5th August. The theatre adaptation of the animation has picked up excellent reviews so far this year whilst on its new UK and Ireland tour, with a feisty princess, a lovestruck Dragon and all the charm of an ogre, the performances are sure to bring the magic of the big screen.

For the under 6's, there will be a Cbeebies Village which ensures that even the youngest of guests can have a great time. Popular favourites including Mr Tumble, Andy Day and Cook & Line will be in attendance, as well as Fern & Rory from Vet's Tales.

Performances, guests and acts vary each day, so please check the full line up before deciding which day to purchase your tickets for, especially if there is a particular artist or act you are wanting to see. I have added the current line up below, but this is subject to change, so would always recommend visiting the official CBBC website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now priced from £28*. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit bbc.co.uk/cbbcsummersocial

*All ticket prices are per day. Booking and transaction fees apply.

You can also find out more on the CBBC twitter page @cbbc

The current line up is as follows:

Friday 3rd August

Featuring: Andy Day, Art Ninja, Bars & Melody, BBC Music introducing in BBC Merseyside, Ben Shires, Clangers, Everton in the Community, Go Jetters Disco, Got What It Takes, Hacker T Dog, Johnny Orlando, Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Liverpool LIMF, Mackenzie Ziegler, Mr Tumble, Naomi Wilkinson, New Hope Club, Opera North, The Pets Factor, Sam & Mark, Saturday Mash-Up!, The Next Step, Worst Witch, Yolanda Brown and more to be announced.

Saturday 4th August

Featuring: Andy Day, Art Ninja, Bars & Melody, BBC Music introducing in BBC Merseyside, Ben Shires, Clangers, Everton in the Community, Go Jetters Disco, Got What It Takes, Hacker T Dog, Johnny Orlando, Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Liverpool LIMF, Mackenzie Ziegler, Mr Tumble, Naomi Wilkinson, New Hope Club, Opera North, The Pets Factor, Sam & Mark, Saturday Mash-Up!, The Next Step, Worst Witch, Yolanda Brown and more to be announced.

Sunday 5th August

Featuring: Andy Day, Art Ninja, Bars & Melody, BBC Music introducing in BBC Merseyside, Ben Shires, Clangers, Everton in the Community, Go Jetters Disco, Got What It Takes, Hacker T Dog, Johnny Orlando, Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Liverpool LIMF, Mackenzie Ziegler, Mr Tumble, Naomi Wilkinson, New Hope Club, Opera North, The Pets Factor, Sam & Mark, Saturday Mash-Up!, Shrek the Musical, The Next Step, Worst Witch, Yolanda Brown and more to be announced. 

Disclaimer: We have been invited to attend this event and will be receiving a complimentary family ticket in exchange for an honest review. All opinions as always are my own.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Dates for your Diary - Cheshire Fest 2017 - A Family Friendly Festival

Cheshire Fest 2017 is a two day festival filled with music, food and drink and is a guaranteed end of summer celebration in the heart of the Cheshire Countryside. It will be held at the Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme on Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September and offers a fantastic entertainment programme, including some of Cheshire's finest talent.

The organisers have now revealed a full schedule for the weekend, detailing the wide range of activities that revellers can expect from the family friendly festival. The weekend festivities kick off from 11am on both days, with a full main stage programme of live entertainment throughout the day. Cheshire Fest 2017 also offers FREE entry for children aged 15 or under, with adult tickets starting at only £10 (plus booking fee) and includes a free drink.


On Saturday, the #RememberWhen Main Stage plays host to Cheshire's finest tribute acts including Want You Back (Take That Tribute), Dan East is Ed Sheeran, Be-Beyonce, MJ Mimms (Michael Jackson) and Elvis. Also joining the line up are some of Cheshire's finest local artists Leon Meya and The Sound, as well as Britain's Got Talent finalists' MD Productions.

Sunday's musical programme is sure to get the crowds rocking as the #FestivalAnthems Main Stage, delivers rock anthems. The line-up includes Antarctic Monkeys, Oashish, The Absolute Stone Roses and Yellow (Coldplay tribute). Local artists Nolan and Leon Meya complete Sunday's main stage line-up.

Elsewhere across the festival site, attendees can head to the Street Food Village to enjoy an array of gourmet street food and international cuisine. Beer lovers can sample the delights of the Mini Beer Fest with over 30 varieties of beers, cask ales and ciders from across the UK.

In addition to the Mini Beer Fest, festival goers can enjoy a relaxing G&T in the tranquility of The Gin Garden, grab a cocktail at the Cocktail Bar, enjoy a glass of fizz in the Champagne and Prosecco Bar or savour the taste of Summer at the Pimm's Bus.

Photo credit - Jazamin Sinclair

If you are in the mood for a dance, then a silent disco will also be on site, where you can dance to your hearts content with music as loud as you please, with passers by continuing to enjoy the festival. Comic Con and Sci-Fi fans are also being catered for, with Star Wars characters parading around the site, which is well worth a selfie or two!

The Kids Tent will keep the younger festival goers entertained throughout the weekend with a whole host of workshops, games and live entertainment. Stars of the TV show The Voice Kids UK will entertain throughout the day. Frozen meets Beauty and the Beast offers children the chance to meet and greet some of their favourite characters, as well as enjoy stage performances. There will also be a huge range of giant inflatable castles in Bouncy World, a Family Fun Fair and Little Explorers Activities.

Festival Director Philip Osbourne said, "After launching our first festival in 2016, we've taken huge steps to bring on board a cracking team of organisers this year to reinvent the festival. We're all about big days out with family and friends and we think this new format, location and programme will offer just that! It has been an absolute pleasure to put together the programme for Cheshire Fest, we hope the people of Cheshire enjoy what is sure to be a great weekend."

Tickets start at just £10 plus booking fees, which includes a free drink for every ticket buyer! Book now for the perfect end to summer. Tickets are available now at www.cheshirefest.co.uk and selected venues across Cheshire.

Listing Information

Dates - Saturday 23rd September & Sunday 24th September
Times - 11am to 11pm
Address - Manchester Rugby Club, Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7NB

Website - www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Facebook - facebook.com/cheshirefest/ 
Twitter - @festcheshire

How to Book

Book online at www.cheshirefest.co.uk
Tickets: £11.25 (Including Booking Fee) for a day pass & £17.85 (Including Booking Fee) for a weekend pass.
(All paid tickets include a free drink).
Under 16's go free

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Liverpool Pride Festival Announce the Return of 'We Are Family' Programme

Free fun filled family friendly community focused Sunday event returns with headline act Marcus Collins plus tons of fun family activities!

We are family returns to Liverpool Pride for a second year this July following the rapturous response received from last year's event. The free family event drew a huge crowd in its first year and is set to come back bigger and better for 2017.

The fun filled day will be held at St George's Quarter on Sunday 30th July between 11am and 5pm and Liverpool Pride are inviting families of all ages from across the Liverpool City Region to join the celebration with an afternoon filled with fun activities, workshops and a jam-packed programme of live entertainment.

Families attending can enjoy a whole host of fun activities including inflatables, fairground rides, international dance and arts and crafts stalls. There will also be international food stalls and bars across the festival site serving up a range of tasty treats.

Headlining the Barclays main stage is Liverpool local Marcus Collins who shot to fame in 2011 when he appeared on popular ITV talent search The XFactor. Most recently Marcus appeared in smash hit musical Kinky Boots on London's West End.

Promising to put on a great show for his hometown audience Marcus said, "I cannot wait to headline the Sunday Stage this year and look forward to meeting new and old friends for what is going to be an incredible family weekend." 

Joining Marcus on Sunday's line up are boyband 5 to 5 who will perform a medley of songs from upcoming musical The Band. Don't miss your chance to see an exclusive preview of songs from the smash hit musical before it goes on tour, which includes Liverpool Empire Theatre next January.

Returning to Liverpool Pride for 2017 is Jennifer John & Merseyside Choirs. Jennifer has been working closely with choirs from across the Liverpool City Region to create a choral performance based around this year's Liverpool Pride theme of International Love. Audiences are invited to sing along to classics that celebrate the theme of the weekend.

Headline sponsor Barclays will also be holding free informative sessions for children and parents. Code Playground offers a fun way to learn the basics of coding. The 2-hour session is designed for children aged 7-17 to learn the basics and develop digital skills for the future, book a place by visiting bit.ly/LiverpoolPrideCP. Whilst DigiSafe in Cyber Space offers guidance on everything needed to master the digital world. Providing tips and guidance on how to stay safe on-line including fun and interactive activities, hints on social media privacy settings, advice on pop-ups, and tips on recognising fraudulent emails, visit bit.ly/LiverpoolPrideTT to book a place.

We Are Family was launched by Liverpool Pride Festival in 2016 in acknowledgement of family and friends from the wider community who support the LGBT+ movement. The event allows the LGBT+ community to open the doors of the Pride Festival to all communities, friends and family, allowing them to join in the Pride celebrations through a range of activities and performances spreading a message of acceptance and equality.

Michael Carey, from Liverpool Pride Festival, said: "We are very excited to bring back We Are Family for its second year. Last year's event was a huge success, it was great to see residents from all over the Liverpool City Region come together for a celebration of all things LGBT+. In the 50th year since the legislation of homosexuality it seems even more poignant to stand side by side with the wider community in celebration of the City's diversity."

Liverpool Pride Festival 2017 offers a week-long programme of activity which culminates with a two-day event on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July. The festival is returning for its second year to Liverpool's iconic St George's Quarter and features the well-established Liverpool Pride March on the Saturday.

Liverpool Pride Festival is now a key highlight in the city's Summer events programme, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to attend, take part and support the annual LGBT Festival.

Keep up to date with Liverpool Pride's new announcements at:

Facebook LiverpoolPride
Twitter @LiverpoolPride

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Geronimo Festival 2017



The UK's largest children's festival, Geronimo, kicks off on 27th to 29th May 2017 at Arley Hall, Cheshire and for the first time ever, families can enjoy a full weekend of fun and camping on-site in the stunning grounds.

In it's third successive year, Geronimo festival is action-packed with more performances, activities and acts than ever before. With extravaganzas including the breathtaking Rajasthan's Elite Street Superstars and the death-defying Geronimo Festival Circus; kids can not only enjoy the show, but have a go at trying out their circus skills too, learning the trapeze and other tricks of the trade at The Circus House.

The ultimate children's festival also features headline live stage acts including the legendary Justin Fletcher, Andy Day, Mr Bloom, and pirates Cook and Line from Swashbuckle.

Guinness World Record holder Jez Avery will be performing his world class PRO BMX and Mountain Bike stunts at the show ground arena, along with hair raising Fire Stunt Displays and knuckle biting Shetland Pony Grand Nationals. Geronimo festival goers can enjoy the fun all to a sound track of street entertainment bursting with colour and sound; from Mr Wilson's Second Liners, a New Orleans funeral street parade meets 90's club classics rave, to Rockin Rhino's rocked up nursery rhyme remixes.

Brand new to Geronimo is the Digital Zone, where older children can meet their favourite YouTubers and Gamers as well as try their hand at all the latest technology. The Gamers Bus is a double decker packed with the latest gaming tech to keep gamers of all ages entertained; from latest gen consoles to high end gaming PC's linked together in multiplayer mayhem.

Exhaust active kids with the Marine's Inflatable assault course, Parkour workshops, plus the UK's first fully mobile, interactive 30 metre-long trailer cave. Little monkeys can enjoy the four climbing towers and a digital traverse wall.

Tiny tots can enjoy the fun too with Tiny Talk signing classes and sensory activities, along with little learners, the award-winning messy play and mark making class. Get groovy at Dance Baby Sling, fun dance classes using gentle movements choreographed to simulate every area of the baby's brain.

A huge range of street food stalls, artisan burger and wood-fired pizza vans will ensure even the fussiest of eaters will all be well fed and watered, recharged and ready to carry on enjoying the delights of Geronimo Festival.

The fun doesn't stop when the acts do, as for the first year ever families can now camp in the specially designed child friendly campsite. The campsite features both options to either bring your own tent, caravan or motorhome, or take advantage of the many glamping options. Families can choose from a wide range of fully equipped, spacious and unique boutique tents, including Arabian Bedouin Tents, Cosy Cubes or bright, airy and affordable Tangerine Tents. With the option of booking all the kit needed to camp and the promise of being pitched with friends regardless of group size or when you arrive, all the grown-ups need to worry about is making sure they get to see as much of the Geronimo Festival as they can.

For further information and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com

Ticket Prices

Day tickets start from £25pp
A two-day pass is priced at £39pp
A three-day pass is priced at £55pp
A weekend camping pass with ticket to the festival is £60pp
A weekend caravan/campervan pass with ticket to the festival is £90pp
Car parking is priced at £10 per vehicle
Carers go free.
Children under the age of 2 years go free of charge.
Adults must be accompanied by children.
As a thank you to loyal festival goers, repeat guests will also be treated to a free wrist band ride for Geronimo's Fun Fair.

Location and Date

Campers can access the site from 8am on Friday May 26th. Please note, no events programme is scheduled to take place the evening of May 26th. Some catering outlets will be operating, see website and social media for more information.

Geronimo Festival is open from 9am-6pm from Saturday May 27th to Monday May 29th. The programme varies each day, please see website for full daily line ups.

Geronimo Festival takes place within the grounds of Arley Hall and Gardens in Northwich, Cheshire. For satellite navigation, use postcode CW9 6NA.

Please note, a festival ticket does not include access to Arley Hall.

Friday, 28 April 2017

New Brighton Seaside Festival - Competition

As a family we love festivals that are suitable for both parents and children, and find that they are a great way of finding new activities to experience whilst enjoying a friendly atmosphere with great music too. We were therefore really pleased to find out about a new festival only half an hour away from us that is being held over the the May Spring Bank Holiday (27th to 29th May) called The New Brighton Seaside Festival.


It will take place in a huge space in front of Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton Beach, Marine Lake, and the Promenade and will be the first large scale seaside festival of its kind in the area. It is the brainchild of Liverpool event management company Orb Events; the team behind some of the City region's largest festivals including the award-winning Liverpool Loves, Liverpool Pride and Farm Feast!

The New Brighton Seaside Festival is a dynamic family feel festival that celebrates the hidden charm, culture and heritage of New Brighton. In it's inaugural year, The New Brighton Seaside Festival is delighted to be embracing a modern vision for the area and bringing in an eclectic programme to locals and visitors alike. Expect everything from storytelling to Oyster shucking competitions; with lots of live music and even a pirate puppy parade.

There will be a diverse range of events including live entertainment, street food, chef demos, family activities, and a host of seaside themed attractions. A full children's activity programme will also be taking place each day that includes a Vintage Funfair, Punch and Judy style puppet shows - and there will also be lots of exciting workshops by the Junior Chef's Academy.

For ticket information or to find out more about the activities on offer, then you can visit their website here: www.seaside-festival.co.uk

Tickets can be purchased from: TicketQuarter with single day tickets costing £5 for an adult or £3 for a child, and weekend tickets costing £12 for an adult and £6 for a child.

Updates can also be found on the New Brighton Seaside Festival social media channels which are:

Twitter - @NBSeasideFest
Facebook - NBSeasideFestival

To celebrate The New Brighton Seaside Festival, we have a fantastic competition for our readers, offering you the chance to win a one day family ticket. If you would like to enter then please do so using the Gleam form below:

Win a Family Ticket to The New Brighton Seaside Festival

Terms and Conditions: Due to the time restrictive nature of the prize, winners must reply with 48 hours of being informed of being the winner so that the tickets can be sent out in time. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours then a new winner from the remaining eligible entries shall be picked. The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over. The prize is for 1 (one) family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) to 1 (one) day of the New Brighton Seaside Festival. Travel expenses/accommodation costs are NOT included. The winner's details shall be shared with the promoter for the purpose of prize fulfilment.