GERONIMO FESTIVAL, 2018 – Arley Hall, Cheshire

Being our first family festival (Mr J. has never been to a festival in his life and the couple of festivals I went to in my youth certainly weren’t family orientated!) we weren’t sure what to expect from Geronimo. However, we weren’t disappointed!! There was soooo much to do (and only a few things weren’t included in the ticket price) so we’re considering camping next year instead of just getting day tickets, so we can try to fit everything in as we missed out on such a lot!!


We parked on the very well organised car-park and walked for all of 2 minutes to the entrance before queuing for only about ten minutes to get our tickets and bags checked. I was really impressed by all of this as there was no added stress of queuing for hours or walking for miles from the car and everything seemed really organised and thought out – a great start!

We bought a programme (a definite must-have!) for £5 (with a free bottle of sunscreen) and then headed straight to the main stage so that the kids could see Cook & Line from “Swashbuckle” perform. We were lucky to be able to move forward when they’d finished, as people got up to leave, so we found a great position near the stage to put down our picnic blanket and sit and wait for half an hour for Justin Fletcher to arrive. Daddy went off to buy some food and drink for us all and the kids and I watched a “Frozen” tribute show. Little Miss was enraptured by Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, Bean wasn’t quite so keen (!) and my ears were slightly battered by a few pitching and intonation issues (but that’s just me with my Drama teacher hat on!!). However, it filled the gap nicely whilst we waited for the king of children’s television! Justin and friends arrived to rapturous applause from children and parents alike and performed a lovely set of songs, encouraging the children (and adults!) to get up and join in – great fun!

After Justin we wandered over to the Hasbro area. Bean and Daddy entertained themselves at the Nerf and Transformers experiences whilst Little Miss and I went to the My Little Pony area where we met Princess Twilight Sparkle, Little Miss had her face painted and was given a free My Little Pony toy. Bean had gone back into the Transformers experience to have another go so Little Miss and I played Twister before going to have a donkey ride, which she absolutely loved!! The donkeys, looked happy and well-cared for which kept me happy as I’m usually not keen on things like this!

We met back up with Daddy and Bean and made our way to the Adrenaline Zone where there were lots of activities on offer such as rock climbing, skateboarding and archery. We all had a go at Slacklining (or tightrope walking as the kids called it!), Little Miss hooked a duck (for an extra charge) and won a pink unicorn, Bean threw himself down some incredibly high inflatable slides and enjoyed himself on some fairground attractions (also extra charge) and Little Miss and I went on a Military Style Education inflatable obstacle course…which she loved! We then all went for a much needed lie down on some rather funky hammocks!

Inside the Theatre Tent we watched a production of the “Famous Five.” This was a lovely show and it did manage to keep Bean focused. However, I do think it was slightly too long for most of the children there and was probably pitched for a slightly older age group. Even my focus started wandering after a while and I wasn’t too fussed that we had to leave before the end to get to the Circus Area in time to watch Gandy’s Circus show.

Gandy’s Circus show was fabulous and we were all entertained by various acts from all over the world. There were amazing trapeze artists, jugglers, a hula-hooper and more and all four of us loved it! It was quite a short show but the ring-master did encourage us to come back later to see some different acts perform, which unfortunately we didn’t manage to do.

We wandered back to the main food area via various stalls (our favourite being the bubble tent) and settled down in front of the Castle Stage to listen to some music whilst we ate. Little Miss and I had a selfie with Ben from CBeebies (which I was far more excited about than she was 😝) and then we all wandered back to the car to make our way to Anglesey!

What a fabulous day!!!


1. Take suncream! Lots of open spaces and not much shade so make sure you’ve got protection!

2. Take a picnic blanket. A definite must! We used ours to watch the shows and to eat on.

3. If you have small children invest in a child carrier backpack to take with you. I bought our Littlelife Adventurer for only £40 from a Facebook selling site about a year ago and it really was invaluable at Geronimo! Otherwise, you can hire trolleys at the festival which many people were using to pull their children around in!

4. If you’re only going for the day, pack a picnic!! We spent LOADS of money on food as everything was so expensive! For example: 3 duck wraps, a duck salad and 2 bottles of water cost nearly £45!!!!!!! An ice cream, a lolly a bottle of coke and a bottle of water cost £15!!!!! You get the gist!!

5. Buy a programme. There were a few people moaning that they had to pay £5 for a programme but it didn’t really bother me too much and was definitely needed as it told us everything on offer and listed the timings for all the shows.

You can catch Geronimo Festival at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire on 30th June and 1st July. GO!!! We highly recommend it!!!


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