What a wonderful, Jubilee weekend we have just had, despite the changeable weather, crowds and mayhem, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to have been invited by Sainsbury’s to attend their Jubilee Family Festival at Hyde Park, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Boasting a host of attractions including exclusive West End performances from Billy Elliot the Musical, the Lion King and the National Theatres’ War Horse, to name but a few, the event , hosted by Myleene Klass and Jon Culshaw was packed to the hilt with families all eager to watch the performances and of course, sample the goodies which were on offer.
With an estimated 100,000 in attendance over the whole weekend, it is fair to say that the festival was very busy, in fact there has been comment online that it was too busy for some, with long queues for the more popular attractions. However, that said, we personally queued for no longer than 10 minutes at any one stall, and, this is a first, we didn’t have to queue for the toilets AT ALL!
So what did we enjoy about our time at the festival, firstly we loved the show put on by Strictly Come Dancing stars, Kara Tointon, Robbie Savage and Chelsee Healey which was introduced by the lovely Craig Revel Horwood. All of the dancers were flawless in their performances and, of course, there was the obligatory chest baring from Robbie, not my thing at all!
Our young boys also loved the display by Tigers Children’s Motor Cycle club, a group of youngsters aged between 5 and 16 years who perform motorcycle tricks and stunts.
Next stop for us was the Woodland Trust’s tent to find out more about Sainsbury’s work with the Trust. As lead corporate sponsor for the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project, their aim is to plant 6 million native trees in the UK to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
As well as finding out more about this and the 825,000 trees which have been planted from the sale of Sainsbury’s own label free range Woodland egg, chicken and turkeys, visitors to the stand also got the chance to take away their own Rowan Tree seeds to plant.
Decked out with young tree saplings and park benches, very appropriate for Hyde Park, children were invited to take part in a nature trail quiz, searching for clues hidden on tags in the tent, which when completed earned them a free pack of seeds and a chance to win one of 60 annual nature detective CLUB membership.
Goodies at this tent also included lots of Woodland Trust Nature Detective Activity sheets which I, the kids, have had great fun with, especially the ‘lady bird airplane’.
With the sun shining, who could resist a bowl of strawberries and cream, not us, that’s for sure.
Next stop, was the display by the National Theatres’ War Horse cast, who performed for the crowd, then offered the audience a rare chance to see close up the wonderful mechanics of the horse and to ask questions.
From this we then enjoyed a few of the freebies from the brands attending, hand cooked crisps from Walkers Crisps, a taste-testing quiz courtesy of Tropicana and Jammie Dodgers for the kids. Why they like those monkeys, it’s beyond me; I think they look a little creepy. Oh and a penalty shoot out competition from Lucozade, unfortunately my little chaps didn’t quite have the power to claim the prize of Premiership tickets.
Finishing the day by collecting our goody bag, we were fit to drop.
We all had had a great time at the festival. The event had a traditional ‘village green’ feel to it, with the added bonus of world-class entertainment. We’d had fun enjoying the performances, music and ‘freebies’, plus I’d managed to bag myself a very enjoyable massage from the Mandara Spa Sensory Bus, what could be better!