CBBC Summer Social

Editor Michelle, husband Lee and their 5 young children;

Eden (7), Bethany (5), Faye (3), Aimée (2) and Felicity (11 months)

experience all that Saturday has to offer at

CBBC Summer Social held at Croxteth Park in Liverpool August 4th 2018

Liverpool is a City rich in culture, music, history, performing arts and talent. A city which is also home to fabulous buildings and many beautiful parks - so Croxteth Hall & Country Park in Liverpool was the perfect place to host the CBBC Summer Social 2018. Taking place across 3 days, we explored the second day of the festival and all it had to offer!

As with any large event, we arrived to the well managed stewarding for car parking, followed by the security bag search once on site. Everything was well organised to make arrival easy and to give peace of mind that security and safety were top priority in this large scale event.

 

We were greeted by the beautiful landscape of Croxteth Park and the historic Croxteth Hall standing proudly in the centre of a colourful festival ahead. Our children were already excited by the stream of bubbles filling the air and the many attractions coming into view.

After getting our bearings, with help from the show plans, we learnt that Cbeebies Andy & the Oddsocks were playing, so headed to the 'Summer Stage' (main stage). He played a great set and had everyone up on their feet - just the start of what was to be a fantastic day out with the children!

Following Andy's stage show, we headed over to the 'Meet and Greet' (a short stroll from the Summer Stage) to meet the much loved curly haired, giant himself along with his band the Oddsocks. As press we did get to jump the queues for Meet-and-greets but they weren't massively long and many attending friends who queued got to meet their TV favourites too!

Back at the Summer Stage, we caught the fabulous show by everyone's favourite clown - Mr Tumble. Thanking the crowds for supporting him in the last 20 years, Justin Fletcher certainly hasn't lost any energy or enthusiasm for his role and had the crowds singing, cheering, and up on their feet doing the Hokey Cokey. 

 

Whilst enjoying his show, our 7 year old did unfortunately suffer a wasp sting. Dashing to find something or someone who could help with the situation, I was relieved to spot the St.John's Ambulance 'First Aid' tents a stone's throw from the Summer Stage, so quickly headed there. The team there were amazing and quickly helped put a smile back on our little girl's face again (so did the Unicorn helium balloon purchased shortly after!)

Back to the 'Meet and Greet' area, we couldn't miss meeting our 2-year-old's favourite - Mr Tumble. Aimée was delighted to meet her 'hero', who even kindly autographed her Something Special water bottle (much to her delight).

 

The festival is very well laid out and has an array of activities, shows and attractions to suit all ages. The specially tailored Cbeebies area offers a stage area, attractions, Cbeebies bedtime area and much more.

If you don't fancy queuing at the 'Meet and Greet' area, you may just be lucky enough to spot a few characters wandering around (as we did with Cbeebies Dr Ranj and characters from Cbeebies Furchester Hotel).

 

Overall, the performers and characters seemed very aware of their audience and would often jump off stage to enter the crowd or interact with some 'high fives' giving most people the opportunity to get close to their favourite TV personalities. TIP: Try to get close to the stage to enjoy these moments!

With tickets for the festival priced around £35pp, we did speak to a couple of families who were disappointed that once into the festival, fairground rides were around £2pp on site. However, our experience of other festivals is exactly the same so one which parents should prepared for (even if this is forewarning children that you intend to avoid them or heading to the free playarea instead). This said, as a family with 5 children we weren't particularly keen on paying for rides ourselves so we were delighted that there was so much on offer throughout the festival itself that meant we didn't have to. Our girls loved the shows, meet and greets, exploring the Clanger's garden, a Cbeebies 'Ugly Duckling' style dance class by the Northern Ballet company, colouring activities and so much more!

 

The same of course applies to food. As you would expect from a festival, there are many stall holders offering food to suit all dietary requirements and desires. If you want to save on cost, we suggest taking some fruit and some sports bottles filled with water for your little ones to keep them going - they will need the energy!

Friends attending the event with mixed aged siblings found the event to be excellent at tailoring to all ages. Their eldest enjoying the music and meet and greet with 'Kidz Bop', whilst their youngest enjoyed Mr Tumble's set.

 

Being a family with 5 children aged 7 years and younger, the Cbeebies stage didn't disappoint. One highlight being Hey Duggee and the 'Stick Song' (highly popular as they mentioned it has been viewed on YouTube alone a whopping 50 MILLION times!!). We now proudly know the dance moves that go along with it! :-)

We took in the festival from 10am through to around 5pm when our children were tiring and the heat had made all our skin a little rosie (definitely don't forget your sunscreen and sunhats in this current heatwave!). Our children (even Felicity our youngest who danced away to every beat we heard) all had an absolutely fantastic day, smiling from beginning to end. For us, it will certainly be a highlight of our Summer holidays this year. We really hope that the CBBC Summer Social returns next year as it really is a festival not to be missed for any family with children who enjoy CBBC or Cbeebies. There's still one more day of this year's festival - so why not head over and get your tickets now at 

https://cbbcsummersocial.seetickets.com/tour/cbbc-summer-social

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