Monday, 6 August 2018

CBBC Summer Social 2018

We were so excited to hear that the CBBC Summer Social event was coming to Liverpool this year and we were literally counting down the days. The lineup for the 3 day event was amazing including lots of CBBC and CBeebies favourites such as Sam and Mark, Mr Tumble, Dr Ranj and lots more.

We were lucky enough to visit on Friday and Sunday so we were able to cram in as much as we could over the two days. The event was split up in to sections which included 3 stages. The Summer stage, The Social Stage and The CBeebies stage.

The Summer Stage featured lots of acts including Andy and the Odd Socks, Kidz Bop, The Next Step, Bars and Melody and Mr Tumble.

Little J was so excited to see Mr Tumble but didn't actually believe it would be the real one. He kept saying it would be someone dressed up as Mr Tumble. I loved seeing his face when he realised it was the real deal.

The Social Stage had Dance Lessons live were they were teaching the kids a dance routine. Naomi Wilkinson's Wild Animal show was really good and little J especially liked feeding the huge giraffe and then cleaning up it's poo!!!

The CBeebies stage had lots of CBeebies favourites including Dr Ranj, Hey Duggee and Go Jetters.

As well as the stages there were lots of other events happening throughout the grounds of Croxteth Park. Little J signed up for a football coaching and skills lesson with Everton In The Community. It was great, the coaches taught the kids lots of skills and control of the ball and it lasted almost 30 mins and was included in the price of the ticket.

We didn't manage to visit a few of the events including the Clangers garden and the CBeebies bedtime stories which I'm a little gutted about but there just wasn't enough time in the day to fit everything in.

We did manage to do a Horribles Histories tour of Croxteth Hall. It was self guided and lasted around 45 minutes. It was nice to see the home of Lord and Lady Sefton and see and read about how they used to live.

There were lots of fairground rides at the event however these were payable at £2 per ride.

A personal highlight for me was visiting the farm. The farm was included in the cost of your ticket and was well worth a visit. On arrival at the farm we were asked if we wanted to purchase animal feed for £2. We paid to feed the animals and were given a kids style cardboard lunchbox full of chopped up carrots and apples. Little J loved feeding the goats and the horses. He was so brave and even gave the big horse a stroke on the nose.

On the farm there were two special visitors Rory and Ferne from CBeebies Vets Tales. We sat and watched them talk about the animals. I really like the two of them because they seem to really know their stuff about animals and are great with the kids. We got to stroke a rabbit and little J got his photo taken with Ferne.

We are actually gutted the event is over, it was an amazing weekend. Here's hoping that they do it all again next year. 

Michelle
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