For my 4th festival of the summer, Eva and I headed to Hertfordshire for the big bash for kids – Lollibop. Special thanks to Poppy Cat for the tickets! You may remember our trip to Blackpool to meet her. Our playmates for the day were Julia from StyloNylon along with her husband Myles and little boy Gus.
We had never been before and decided just to go with the flow. Preferring to wander around rather than create an itinerary of what we wanted to do for the day. I had a quick look at the website and I thought Eva would pretty much enjoy most of it.
The venue for this year was at Hatfield house. I thought the location was perfect. Only 22 minutes from Kings Cross and it was literally across the road from the station with a 5 minute walk through the grounds. I live in Surrey so my total journey one way was about an hour and 15 minutes.
The first thing that caught our eye was the Wizard school tent. Hagrid was standing outside and Harry Potter was inside teaching little wizards and witches how to fly broomsticks. How much does this guy look like Daniel Radcliff!! I have to do a double take. Although he was a bit mean, he told me I looked like a deck chair in my stripy top! He didn’t pick on Julia, she was wearing one too!
The wizard tent was not really the age bracket for Gus (he is 2) so we wandered on a bit more and came across the story time tent filled with beanbags, benches and an enthusiastic lady reading Spot the Dog. She really was brilliant and all the children were engrossed. Me and Julia were like – “how-on-earth-does-she-do-that”! I can’t keep that level of energy reading a story for more than a minute.
After the story had ended the children were surprised when Spot the Dog himself peeped around the side of the stage. Then he came out and taught the teeny audience a little dance and a cuddle at the end – lots of smiling faces all round.
We didn’t take a picnic and decided to get food there. I love trying different street food anyway eating your own stuff at a festival doesn’t feel the same. Julia insisted the Bowler gourmet balls was the actual balls so I took her word for it. I picked the falafel balls with chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, rice and coleslaw…basically all of my favourite things to eat at the moment and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Would recommend it if you spot it at an event.
We took our food to the South Bank tent were we watched an introduction to classical music. Eva was a little upset during this, there was a handful of kids, not busy and every time she put her hand up to volunteer she was completely ignored. Understandable if there was hoards of children sticking their hands up.
When three children lined up to play the flute, the first 2 had a go and Eva was ignored and they continued with the set. The presenter even walked past her and walked over to a child who wasn’t offering to volunteer. Maybe she was trying to involve less confident children, but Eva being very confident couldn’t understand why the lady was ignoring her…she is only 4 and it shattered her confidence for a little bit. She kept asking me to come with her after that.
After it ended we had a little dance to the fluffy orange DJ man. Some more enthusiastically than others…looking at you Julia!
The most popular point of the day was the bubble Inc stall and the only thing apart from food that we had to pay for. Without paying, children were having fun with all the bubbles around the stall and a lady making really really big ones that the children all fought to pop. We bought Eva and Gus a bubble wand and gun each costing £9 each + battery’s for £2 each. They had bins and screw drivers available. The cheapest bubble guns I saw were £4.