This weekend saw a big family event held at Hyde Park that some of us Mojomums went to. We also had some tickets to give away and we were able to share our fab day out with some of you too!
So my husband, daughter and I packed up the buggy and set off to meet friends at the British Summer Time event, we knew you couldn’t take food into the event so we had a picnic in the park first and then went in. The Gruffalo started at 1.30 on the main stage. So we found our spot, set out the blankets put up the umbrella’s to try and get a little shade and set up our camp for the day. Throughout the Gruffalo my nearly 3 year old sat transfixed as they told the story of the little mouse. She was doing the hand actions and shouting along with the crowd and really enjoyed it.
Next came Horrible histories, which we all enjoyed more than we were expecting, although I think the older children in the audience probably enjoyed it the most an 8 year old boy beside me was laughing away throughout. Got to dance came next where the dancers despite the heat put on a great show, each act was hosted by Kymberly Wyatt from the show who also took to the stage to perform with one of the acts. Then it was time for the music to start.
Paul Young, The Saturdays, The Beach Boys and finally JLS. Each act was great and the whole crowd were dancing and singing along. This part was more for the adults than the kids but everyone enjoyed it, especially the beach boys who seemed to get the crowd going the most with everyone singing along to classics like Surfin USA, California Girls and Kokomo (from Cocktail!)
There was plenty of entertainment for the kids throughout the day with rides and stalls but also further shows in the smaller theatre. Plus I had packed colouring and sticker books to keep the troops entertained.
The weather was glorious, the acts were all great. The venue is fantastic, in a beautiful park with lots of bars, restaurants, rides etc all there, it was really well laid out and planned. The toilet facilities were large and clean, the only thing with the venue was there was very little shade.
So how would I sum up our day. It was fantastic, I didn’t think we would last the whole day but it was so good and the kids loved playing in the sunshine and dancing to the acts so we had a much better day than we even thought we would!
My only issue – we weren’t allowed to take in food for a family event and the food and drinks were pretty expensive especially on such a hot day! A pint of beer was more than £5. Water was £1.50, a bottle of soft drink was £2.50, plus all the rides and stalls were at least £2 per person. We had such a fantastic day but my words of wisdom to anyone going over the next few days to all the other things happening at Hyde Park, is make sure you take enough cash with you.
For more information on what is happening go to: http://www.bst-hydepark.com/