Geronimo Festival Review

Isla Bikes gave Benjamin massive confidence and now he can ride his bike on his own.

– Benjamin’s Dad

That’s quite a testament, wouldn’t you agree? Benjamin’s achievement was just one highlight of the O’Brien’s family day out at Geronimo this year. They were the ‘family on the ground’ in attendance at the festival, reporting back for That Lancashire Lass.

Getting ready for the Geronimo Bear Hunt
Getting ready for the Geronimo Bear Hunt

I’ve talked a fair bit about Geronimo, the newest family festival in the North West.  In the beautiful setting of Cheshire’s Tatton Park, Geronimo made its debut from 23rd – 25th May this year.

From tree top adventures to hilarious circus shows, there was so much to keep children entertained and it was set to be an amazing day for all attendees aged 12 and under.

Once at the busy event the O’Brien children, Benjamin and George, were excited to see everything that was on offer. Dad Danny said ‘Benjamin & George loved getting to hold, touch & interact with snakes, tarantulas and lizards’ with Ranger Rob. The boys loved the donkey rides too, and Monkey Do, a small non-profit social enterprise founded to promote tree climbing, was a highlight of five year old Benjamin’s day.

Benjamin the Brave!
Benjamin the Brave!

For two year old George, the Tumble Tots indoor assault course was a definite favourite. Both boys particularly enjoyed seeing Cbeebies’ Katie too before setting off as a family on the Bear Trail, which everyone enjoyed.

Other notable activities were the swing hammocks and the wide range of bouncy castles and slides for all the children to enjoy.

The practical side of things was well catered too, with plenty of loos and ample seating for those taking a picnic.

Holding on tight for the donkey ride
Holding on tight for the donkey ride

In its first year, Geronimo naturally experienced a couple of teething issues. Not many though, and nothing that couldn’t be improved by next year. The only constructive feedback the O’Brien family had was that some of the queues were too long. With more than an hour to wait for the zip line it wasn’t something Benjamin had a chance to experience, and the helter skelter’s 45 minute wait was a diffiicult one for the family with two excited boys in tow. It’s a common issue at family festival we’re attended in the past and a difficult one to solve entirely, but perhaps with the most popular activities, such as the zip line, the introduction of bookable slots would help to alleviate queues.

George loved the bouncy castle
George loved the bouncy castle

Overall, Geronimo did brilliantly in its first year and next time I’ll be doing my best to attend with my own family. Huge thanks to Danny, Sarah, Benjamin and George for representing That Lancashire Lass at the event.

Benjamin Bike
Benjamin learned a new skill at Geronimo

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*The O’Brien family were given access to Geronimo for the purpose of this review. All opinions are independent.

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