If you are a regular reader you will know I have been exceptionally excited to have been selected as a Geronimo Festival Blogger after discovering Geronimo last year through friends.
What I was really excited about more however was the fact that with the opening of a second venue far closer to us.
This weekend we finally got to go on our much awaited adventure to Geronimo Festival at Harewood House, however I have to be honest and say we were a little anxious after reading a few social media complaints about the opening day the day before, claiming long queue times for car parking and very long times waiting for rides.
However I need to be very clear on this in that we encountered no major issues on the Monday at all … the rain was pants and certainly made things a VERY soggy, however no one can control the weather and certainly if there was blazing sunshine it would have been preferable but we have to review it on what we experienced.
The car parking was super easy and plenty of it and even with the soft mud under foot with the right footwear there was no stopping us and with no really queueing up to get in at just after 10am we were thrilled.
Once in the festival we had a lovely time and managed to pack in some of our top must do activities.
With marquees placed all over the site and a main stage and a centre display area everything else was easy walking distance, although on a slight incline our pram had no issues getting round.
Firstly we watched the fantastic sheepdog display … who knew they rounded up ducks!
Next on the list of the traditional funfair rides where Ollie even got to have a go on a pulley swing with Joshua before heading off to see the wonderful giant tortoises and then heading off on a donkey.
We headed to craft tent a few minutes before the rain descended and Joshua got to try out his craftiness making his own special Geronimo hat, and even decorating his own rubber duck!
After a break in the weather and some sunshine finally appearing we managed to squeeze in a ride on the flying swings before Joshua got to finally meet his ideal … Andy Day!
I have never seen Joshua quite so awe-struck before, I actually thought he would cry when he had his photo taken with him!
Next on the list was the AMAZING display by the white helmets …. who were breathtaking to watch
There were some super lovely activities on offer during the day but my only criticism was not knowing where everything was. The set zones had big signs, however there was limited signage on the tents and marquees themselves and with them having the flaps down due to the weather we were sticking our heads into tents and hoping we found what we were looking for.
It would have been nice to have had a map on arrival (including timings for the programmes for centre stage and the displays) however this is the only thing we really thought could have been nicer.
Overall for us it was a nice day out, there were queues obviously for things as this is always the case for events on this scale and obviously the weather was rubbish but it’s a case of making the most of it when the weather is bad and making sure you wear good boots!
Disclaimer: As part of the ambassador programme we were given complimentary tickets to the event, however all thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse