Win a Family pass To children’s festival LolliBop at Hatfield House

Build it, paint it, climb it…. LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival is back!
And this year it promises to be bigger and better than last year
We have been to LolliBop for the past 2 years now and this year will be our third time, we have always enjoyed ourselves and the children come home with so many happy memories of the day. This year it will be our second time being invited along as official LolliBop ambassadors and we are even more excited than before about it all, LolliBop really is the event of the Summer and definitely one not to be missed.
Taking place at Hatfield House, August 15-17, the all star line-up – aimed at children under the age of 10 – combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities and interactive areas. The programme includes: Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom, Mister Maker, Lazy Town and Sam & Mark on the main stage, plus live shows from Chris & Pui, Postman Pat, Scooby-Doo, Swashbuckle & many more. Creative kids will love the new ‘Join In with Southbank Centre’ area with plenty of dress up, make and take and workshops. We also have a brand new active zone with footballing from Tottenham Hotspur, baby ballet, an old fashioned sports day and martial arts. Other highlights include Bear Grylls Survival Academy, LolliKitchen, LolliBooks and special areas featuring Thomas & Friends, a Disney Silent Disco & Skylanders Trap Team.
Hatfield House is easily accessible by road, or rail, just 20 mins from London Kings Cross and has ample parking on site. The whole programme is for the under 10s and tickets are on sale now priced £20.00pp http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk/

We’ve got one family pass (four tickets) to give away to this brilliant festival. To enter, answer the question below:

Q: Where is the location of LolliBop 2014?

A: Hatfield House

B: Hyde Park

C: Central Park

Comment below with your answer

Please tweet “I would like to win family tickets to the children’s festival LolliBop with @angoewright78”


Terms & Conditions
· The competition closes 31/07/2014 midnight
· 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

The winner will be drawn using random.org

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UPDATE::::: Winner is…… Daniel G Parker… Congratulations!

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Calling all Pirates and Princesses! All aboard the Lolli-Rodger

OOh Arrgh! Me Hearties! I’s have some amazing Lollibop news for yous all, come a little closer and listen up!
On Sunday 6th July, Lollibop will be presenting – Pirate and Princesses on The Lolli-Rodger!
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Families are invited to set sail on an amazing Pirate and Princess adventure down the Thames with fantastic children’s entertainers Sharky & George. Follow the treasure map and learn the ropes to become the fiercest pirate on the seven seas of the most enchanting princes in the kingdom.
There will be two 90 minute sessions (11 – 12.30pm or 1 – 2.30pm) starting from Butlers Wharf all the way to Westminster Bridge.

There’ll be:

  • Treasure clues
  • Pirate hat and eye patch making
  • Princess tiaras and wand decorating
  • Foam sword decorating and battles
  • Treasure Island, Pirate treasure chest
  • Water bomb canon ball catapulting
  • River bank pirate spotting (waving flags with answers to clues)
  • Awesome Pirate Princess Face Painter

Parents can hang out in their own bar with some pirate punch and an old sea shanty to keep ’em company, whilst the whole day rounds off with a rollicking kids disco on the high seas, DJ’ed by our very own Wooden Eye Willy

The Lolli-Rodger is just a little taster of what’s to come in August at Lollibop festival.
Tickets are now on sale with Ticket Master at a price of £10 each: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36004CC9D9744B66
This news is brought to as we are official lollibop ambassadors
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LolliBop’s all star line up revealed

LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival, has announced it’s most exciting line-up to date with CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher headlining on Saturday and Sunday and Mister Maker taking over the main stage on Friday.

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This year LolliBop sounds like it’s going to be a big hit with the children.

LolliBop is an all round family day out, with it’s programme and contents aimed at children up to the age of 10, although I would like to add that my son is 11 years old and is really looking forward to attending this festival this year just as much as he has attended it the last two times that we have been. There are so many exciting things to do this year, that we are thinking of going for two days just so that we will not miss out on anything. Oliver absolutely adores Thomas and Friends and I know that he will be so excited to be able to play in the interactive play area, My other two children like Sam and Mark and always a big favourite of their’s is the Science Museum tent but they are very happy to see that this year their is a creative kids area.

The event, which this year takes place at Hatfield House, August 15-17, also welcomes stars of CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up Sam & Mark to LolliBop for the first time. Other LolliBop ‘newbies’ include Thomas & Friends with a bespoke interactive play experience created especially for LolliBop, Chris & Pui with their Mini Roadshow, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid, Cook and Line from Swashbuckle (Fri & Sat only) and Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Show.

Sam and MarkLolliBop is also delighted to announce it’s first ever Disney experience with the Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic present a Silent Disco!

Creative kids are invited to Join In with Southbank Centre, in a brand new space for Lollibop 2014. Whether you love, drawing, playing, singing, dancing or creating there is something for all under 10s and their families to enjoy. Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames, with art and activities inside and out that encourage everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways. At Lollibop there will be music, dancing, fashion shows, DJs, Pirate school, den making and plenty of takeaway crafts

The ever-popular Skylanders returns to LolliBop to launch the fourth installment of its award winning franchise – Skylanders Trap Team™. Kids can expect the opportunity to play the brand new game before it’s released later in the year.

Other big names for pint sized festival goers; include Mr. BloomAndy Day’s Live ShowPostman Pat® Mini ShowThe Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre and Science Museum.

Making the most of the fantastic gardens and woodlands at Hatfield House, National Geographic Kids have planned a Woodlands Takeover, with engaging activities including games, prizes and exploring natural habitats!

Other activities confirmed, includes Beano Events, cookery workshops in the Lolli Kitchen, LolliBop’s first Inflatable Village, a Good Old Fashioned Sports Day, dancing session with Itsy Bitsy Strictly, Ready Sheddy Disco and Baby Ballet, Footballing Skills, Beat boxing, face painting and balloon modeling classes.

Situated in Hertfordshire, just off the A1 with plenty of parking or a short 22 minute train journey from London Kings Cross, the stunning country house and gardens of Hatfield House offer an incredible array of spaces to host LolliBop’s vast activity and entertainment programme. With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a five minute walk from Hatfield train station, LolliBop 2014 is more accessible than ever before.

Festival Director Gareth Cooper said: “For a family destination, Hatfield House can’t be beaten.  The setting is breathtaking  – with stunning gardens, lush green areas and a woodlands just waiting to be explored – it’s allowed us to open our imaginations and programme an event like never before.

“The 2014 lineup is jam packed with big names for the main stage, alongside an unprecedented number of live theatre performances; sporting activities; creative workshops; nature talks and brand new areas and acts, never before seen at LolliBop.”

With more acts and activities still to be announced, LolliBop truly is the biggest day out for kids this summer!

Tickets are on sale now priced £17.50pp www.lollibopfestival.co.uk facebook.com/lollibopfestival

 

 

 

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LolliBop announces it’s new home for 2014

LOLLIBOP 2014 ANNOUNCES HATFIELD HOUSE

Wow! Look at all of that green, I can just imagine all of the Lollibop colourful buntins, stalls and stages making this amazing place looke even more brighter than it already does. Hatfield House has so much space, I can only imagine that this year is going to be EPIC!

 Hatfield House

LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival, has announced its 2014 festival will take place at Hatfield House, August 15-17. Situated in Herfordshire, just off the A1 or a 22 minute train journey from London Kings Cross, the stunning country house and gardens of Hatfield House offer an incredible array of spaces to house LolliBop’s vast activity and entertainment programme.

Renowned for bringing some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment to its live stages, LolliBop also plays host to science and educational zones, crafts areas and adventure activities. The 2014 lineup promises to be more diverse; exciting and extraordinary than ever before, with a host of brand new names, partnerships and play never before seen at LolliBop.

Hatfield House is famous for its beautiful gardens and attractions, including the incredible sundial garden and fountains, a magical woodlands and the famous knot garden adjoining the Tudor Old Palace where Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her time as a child.

Festival Director Gareth Cooper said: “For a family destination, Hatfield House can’t be beaten. LolliBop has taken place in numerous locations over the years, and we firmly believe our home for 2014 is our best yet. The setting is breathtaking – with stunning gardens, lush green areas and a woodlands just waiting to be explored – it’s allowed us to open our imaginations and programme an event like never before.

“We’ve been working hard to secure some of the best-loved names in children’s entertainment. The 2014 lineup will be jam packed with big names for the main stage, alongside an unprecedented number of live theatre performances; plus sporting activities; creative workshops; nature talks and brand new areas and acts, never before seen at LolliBop.”

Hatfield House is one of the Treasure Houses of England, making it one of the top 10 most magnificent palaces in all of the UK. With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a five minute walk from Hatfield train station, LolliBop 2014 is more accessible than ever before.

I am looking forward to hearing and sharing with you all who will be on the line up this year

LolliBop Early Bird tickets go on sale on March 28, priced £17.50pp.

www.lollibopfestival.co.uk / facebook.com/lollibopfestival

Brought to you as a firm supporter of LolliBop 🙂

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Our day at Lollibop, The big bash for little people

Friday just gone saw the boys and I travelling on the overground to Stratford, The home of the Olympics last year and this year Lollibop, the BIG bash for little people. This would be our second year of attending Lollibop, last year it was held in Regents Park, the boys have been looking forward to this day all year and couldn’t wait to see Dick and Dom again and Skylanders. We live not far away so we was very lucky that the event was pretty much on our doorstep, it took us half hour to travel on the train but it was a good 10 minutes walk away from Westfield Shopping Centre. We arrived in good time so we popped into the shopping centre to grab ourselves a spot of breakfast, M&S is right next to the exit of the train station and may i add to lovely selection of pastries. On leaving the train station we followed the signs to the EVENTS for the Queen Elizabeth Park, it was quite a walk but the volunteers who were dressed in pink, who were also games makers last year, were very friendly and pointed with big foam hands the way to Lollibop, stopping the traffic and helping us cross the roads and also talking to the children. The walk took you past the old site of the Olympics

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Upon arrival at the Lollibop Event there was a queue which we stood in for 15 minutes, i did hear other guests moaning about the queue but to be honest it was moving slowly and alot of people was arriving at the same time so there was obviously going to be some sort of queue, Lolli came out to the crowd to say hello which was nice for the children and got them all excited about what they were going to see once through the gates and inside.

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Once inside we made our way to the back of the festival which is where the main Lolli stage was and suddenly realised that it was a very long way especially when you have three children to keep an on and they run off in different directions to the many tents, areas and zones that were there, we found a spot under a huge tent and sat down on a bench to look at the programme, this is something i wish i had done before arriving and have no idea why i didn’t!

The boys wanted to go and see the Skylanders Swap Force Team which was in the Lolli Arena, we thought that going there first would be ideal as it would get busy later on in the day

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The boys enjoyed playing the new games and got all excited when they saw the swap tops and bottoms skylander figures, as they were playing the game Eruptot came out to greet everyone and pose for some photos

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It wasn’t long before we heard the music tune to the Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew coming from the Lolli Main Stage so we headed over to see them.

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The crowds were getting busy so we tried to edge a little closer to see a bit better but Oliver couldn’t see so Jak picked him up and put him on his shoulders, this really is the only way for the kiddies to watch the shows unless they are down the front.

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Next up we went over to see Tickety Toc in the Lollipalladium in the Big Top, Oliver absolutely loves Tommy and Talulah but was really upset to see them in person, bless him! I think it was the fact that they were huge, he wouldn’t go anywhere near the Characters. It didn’t stop us from bopping away with them while they were singing and dancing on stage

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As we walked around the venue we saw lots of the characters walking around stopping for photo opportunities with the littlies, we met Peppa Pig, Postman Pat, Eruptot (Skylanders), Top Trumps, Tickety Toc’s Tommy and Talulah, Mr Men and Little Miss, Lalaloopsy and a favourite of all of ours was Titan The Robot

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Jak’s favourite part of the day was going to the Tween Town’s tent where he attended the Beat Boxing Workshops, he got picked to go up on the stage with the Beat Boxers from the Urban Arts Experience, in this area you could also book a place to have a go on the Graffiti wall, which were doing workshops all day long and the Media bus wehere there was open Mic workshops. Jak loved it here and he spent quite a while making the most of the beat boxing workshop, that much so that he went 3 times! He was awarded a certificate at the end of the day and they got him up on stage to present it to him

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Whilst in the National Geographic Tent Jak was also called up to show everyone what he learnt in the Urban Arts Tent and he did some Beat Boxing for them

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My boys love having an audience lol.

Whilst in the tent we also got to meet the Gorillas

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Joseph loved the Wow Tent, he played with the toys and was given his very own little figure to take him with him, we guessed how many Figures that were in the bowl for a chance to win some Wow Toys. Oliver and Joseph really enjoyed playing with the toys, so much so that we went back a couple of times during the day, toys without batteries are brilliant!

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We had a very busy day which was jam packed full of activities to do, the boys really did have a brilliant day!

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Dick and Dom’s show was very funny with some adult humour added in, so not only the children were the children giggling away but also the adults were sniggering away too! they got the crowd joining in with the games and had people up on stage, Jak obviously had to shout out the obligatory BOGIES out really loud but not loud enough as they didn’t hear him lol

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We met Andy Day, the CBeebies presenter and he happily posed for a picture with the boys, he was very polite and had a little chat with them

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Or top tips for future Lollibop goers would be

  • Avoid the crowds at lunch time, the queues to the food tents were horrendous around 1pm. Take a light lunch with you as there are plenty of quiet areas in The Meadows where you can sit down and enjoy your food, if you are going to buy food there I would advice trying to eat before 11 and after 2.
  • Plan ahead! Print off the free programmes before hand and mark down what you want to see. I found myself running from one place to another as i was on my own with three children all wanting to see something different at the same times. Lollibop do sell Lanyard programmes on the day for £3
  • Hang around near the stages as they do Meet and Greet with Characters prior to the shows
  • If you want to take part in an activity that needs a booking do it early as the places fill up really quickly
  • Make the most of the Discovery Zone, the Science Museum tent and National Geographic Tents are really good for the children of all ages.
  • Make sure that you put the Lost Child Wristbands on the children as it does get very busy
  • Where comfortable shoes, the site is big and you will be doing lots of walking

There are plenty of places to eat but i found that this area was very busy because of the Main Stage, it would have been nice to have the Main stage in the middle somewhere or maybe near the Big Top as then it would have been easier to watch the shows that were coinciding with each other, i had the eldest wanting to see one thing and the youngest wanting to watch another.

There were so many more things that we missed out on as it was very busy, the best time of the day was early on or at about 4ish when the crowds began to disperse, this is when we went to see the Transformers and the Disco shed.

The boys had a pillow fight against each other, Joseph won!

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I found that there were so many things to do and not enough time, it would have been easier if i had another adult to help out as sometimes i felt quite overwhelmed with the crowds and just needed a break from the walking, lucky enough i had the buggy and Oliver had a little nap and i had the eldest helping me out too.

I was slightly disappointed with the venue this year as last year in Regents Park it was lovely and Green, maybe it was because seeing queen Elizabeth Park last year to this year, it is so different, quite like a building site still but it isn’t fully open until next summer 2014. The boys on the other hand had a blast and can not wait til next year!

I was given tickets to Lollibop as an Ambassador, views are all honest and my own!

 

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Justin Fletcher Goes Live at Lollibop

JUSTIN GOES FOR GOLD AT OLYMPIC PARK

As a LolliBop Ambassador I promised to bring you the latest news of new line ups for LolliBop, the UK’s biggest day out for kids. Well i am pleased to announce that the one and only CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher will be performing at this year’s event. How exciting!

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Taking place in its brand new home, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the BAFTA –award winning star of CBeebies will be performing live for LolliBoppers on Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18 ONLY.

Justin Live! promises an all singing, all dancing extravaganza guaranteed to bring the house down.

LolliBop’s event manager, Jenny Kane said: “Justin Fletcher is top of the charts when it comes to kids entertainment and our new venue deserves to host the number one superstar of CBeebies. We’re delighted Justin is able to be a part of LolliBop 2013.”

The all-mouse reggae band, Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew, are also confirmed for Friday August 16, as part of a busy summer touring the nation. Last seen at LolliBop 2011, the cool, mystery-solving mouse will be back on stage performing his latest hits for fans throughout the day.

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Another new addition to the LolliBop 2013 line up is everyone’s favourite postman, Postman Pat and of course, Britain’s most famous black and white cat, Jess! They will be at the festival over the three days meeting pint sized festival goers.

LolliBop promises all the fun of a festival without the hassle of camping. With an incredible line up, all aimed at children under the age of 10, LolliBop combines the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well of hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive areas.

The 2013 programme also includes Dick and Dom, Skylanders, Science Museum Live, Cloudbabies, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Peppa Pig, Poppy Cat, the Wot Wots, Transformers, The Go! Go! Go! Show, the Mr Men and Little Miss Village Green Event and Shaun the Sheep’s Championsheeps. LolliBop’s live theatre tent – The Lollipalladiam – showcases performances from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. There is also a brand new Discovery Zone, Meadows area, Enchanted Woods, Lolli Promenade and much more.

Tickets are on sale now, from £20pp.

 

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Fun Kids Radio Joins Lollibop

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Children’s radio station Fun Kids which is aired out to children under 10 and their families are getting into the summer spirit by becoming a Media Partner of the UK’s biggest children’s festival Lollibop

Lollibop which takes place this year on August 16,17 and 18th in it’s new home, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London will expect to attract 45000 visitors over the three days.

The partnership means that Fun Kids radio will be taking the radio station the the festival and broadcasting from their all over the weekend.

Young Festival goers will also get the chance at being a superstar DJ, introducing songs and being heard by thousands of Fun Kids listeners from across the UK. How amazing is that! Listeners can tune in on DAB Digital Radio in London, on Wifi radios, radioplayer, through itunes or at www.funkidslive.com

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In the Fun Kids Radiozone, Lolliboppers will also be able to meet the DJ’s, hear readings from authors, take part in scientific experiments and dance along at the Fun Kids disco.

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Matt Deegan, Station Manager at Fun Kids says: “We’re taking the entire radio station the Lollibop and creating our beggest ever outdoor presence. We’re incredibly excited about meeting all of our listeners and telling new people about Fun Kids too”.

With an incredible line up all aimed at children under the age of 10, Lollibop combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive areas. The 2013 programme includes Dick and Dom, Skylanders, Science Museum Live, Cloudbabies, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Peppa Pig, The Wot Wots, Transformers, The Go! Go! Go! Show, the Mr Men and Little Miss Village Green Event and Shaun The Sheep’s Championsheeps.

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Lollbop’s Live theatre tent, The Lollipalladium, showcases from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. This year it features Spooked, from the critically acclaimed Broken Rose Performing Arts. Spooked promises a hilarious and spectacular blend of dance, theatre and spoken word featuring skeletons Molly, Jinny and Charlie. There’s also a brand new Discovery Zone, Meadows Area, Enchanted Woods, Lolli Promenade and much more.

Fun Kids is a radio station for Tweens, pre-schoolers and their families and broadcasts on DAB Digital Radio across London and the South East and online/through mobiles at funkidslive.com.

For more tickets and more information: http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

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