Weekend of fun on the farm! ; The weekend of August 10-11 sees a great new event for Essex come to Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers. Kid's Fest promises two days of fun and entertainment for children and their families - here's what you can expect...
Kid's Fest is a huge two day festival for children and their families, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11.
A full programme of live acts and shows will take place over the weekend and the fun starts from 10am and goes through to 6.30pm each day.
Fun is key to Kid's Fest and it is part of the event's ethos to create a place where you can learn and have fun with your child while playing the day away.
At Kid's Fest, the innovative line-up and programme will keep pint-sized guests occupied all day long. There's all sorts on offer, from live music, theatre, walk-about performance to sport, literacy, and interactive demos. Try your juggling skills in the circus tent or your roping skills in a Wild West workshop ... and if that wasn't enough, Kids Fest plays host to some of the hottest and most popular names in kid's entertainment.
There really is something for everyone and entrance includes full access to the farm trail and the standard peak day farm activities, plus all the activities on offer at the festival. So pay once and enjoy everything on offer all day long at no extra charge.
What's on over the weekend Main Stage Saturday, August 10 Live Acts from 10.30am-6.30pm The day starts with a bang as our host Jimbo takes to the stage to start the show. He will be followed by a variety of fabulous acts and shows including the one and only CBBC''s Mister Maker (three shows throughout the day) and some of our family from The Partyman Company including JayJay the Partyman, Samtastic and KC The Partyman.
The morning's adventures include a mini show from Fifi and Bumble and also one from Fireman Sam and Norman. Then in case you were having too much fun at the other amazing activities and shows around the farm, Fifi and Fireman Sam will be performing a second mini show each in the afternoon too. The superstar Justin Beiber tribute act will then have you dancing the afternoon away until the grand finale that will have you spellbound with magic and illusions from Sam and Jazz and farewells from Jimbo and KC.
Sunday, August 11 Live Acts from 10.30am-6.30pm All the fun starts at 10.30am with our host Jimbo taking to the stage for some magic and mayhem. Mister Maker will be sharing his craft talents while entertaining everyone with three shows throughout the day. There will be more fun and magic from our friends at Partyman including JayJay the Partyman and Crazy Daisy. Get ready for some serious rocking with The ZingZillas who will have two mini shows on the main stage.
Bob the Builder, Wendy and Spud will be singing and dancing on stage... Can we have fun with them? Yes we can! Actually you can have fun twice as they will be performing two mini shows.
Get your dancing shoes at the ready when the Wiggles Dance Studio take to the stage demonstrating an array of dancing styles.
The afternoon sees a One Direction tribute act performing some of the band's worldwide smash hits. Don''t miss the Jimbo Goodbye Show, Crazy Daisy and Bam Bam for the perfect end to a magical weekend.
Find out more about the acts: Mister Maker will be on stage both days of the festival, showing off his creative skills and having fun with lots of singing and dancing. You can then head down to the Mister Maker Craft Zone where the staff of Twizzle Tops Day Nursery will help you make your very own version of his marvellous make.
Wild Wild West Show Hey cowboy, watch in awe at the skills of the cowboys in the Wild West Show, then polish up your roping techniques.
Big Top Circus A company of the best circus performers from around the world present a fast-moving show for all the family, with trapeze and aerial silks, our troupe of vaulting acrobats, balancing, Western whip-cracking and knife-throwing, juggling, and, of course, the circus clowns. Between the circus performances, everyone is welcome to join one of the circus workshops inside the Big Top. These open, have-a-go sessions give children of all ages the opportunity to try a range of circus skills with their staff and performers.
Inflatable Village The inflatable village is children's inflatable heaven including traditional bouncy castles and slides. Test your strength and speed on the bungee run, try your wrestling skills in a Sumo Suit or battle it out in a gladiator duel. Our giant games area will have the whole family competing at chess, Connect Four and Jenga.
Animal Interactions Get up close with our farmyard friends and pets. With a full day itinerary of animal interactions taking place throughout the day, who will you choose to meet first? Play Time! If you want to slide, bounce or climb then Marsh Farm has a play area for you. Get digging in the large sand pit and explore in the outside play areas. Bounce along in the Activity Field on one of the bouncy pillows and trampolines and slide down the huge Rooster Slide. Climb and have great adventures in the large indoor play area, it also has a separate toddler space.
Vintage Fun Fair Rides Take a step back in time with these beautiful vintage rides. See the spectacular views across the farm and surrounding countryside from the top of the big wheel, slide down the helter skelter and take a ride on a painted horse on the carousel.
Chill Out Zone Our friends at Littlebird will be providing you with some well deserved time out from all the fun. Sit and relax with storytelling from Parragon books or chill out in a VW Camper Tent provided by The Monster Factory, with more activities to be announced.
Farm Rides Take a ride around the farm, which will you choose to do first? Choo Choo on a scenic tour around the farm on our new land train, then chug and bounce along on a tractor and trailer ride.
Mummy's Market and Kids Corner Find out what's on offer in your local areas for children and families at many of our stalls. The Mummy's Market will be full of grown-up shopping items, including smellies, cards, clothes and jewellery. The Kids Corner is aimed at the younger shopper with toys, clothing and more.
Dance Zones Wiggles Dance Club and Center Stage School of Dance, will be demonstrating an array of different dances and getting all ages involved in their workshops, Barn Theatre Our Magic Shows, presented by the Partyman Company Entertainers, will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing your socks off.
Birds of Prey Watch in awe as Baron the Harris Hawk swoops and Lucky the Barn Owl soars over the farm. Some visitors will get the opportunity to get involved with the show..
Daddy''s Disco Swing your pants at some groovy tunes in this disco area. Games and family fun for everyone, prizes for best dad dancing.
Country Fayre Arena Cheer along your favourite sheep as they race to the finish line in the Marsh Farm Grand National. The Goat Show is a fun show where you can meet the little and large of the goats breeds, and the fluffy and the cute ones too.
Pesky Pets Join in our Pesky Pets Show, learn fun and interesting facts about some of the smaller and furry friends on the farm, and get the chance to meet some of the stars at the end of the show.
Laser Kombat Attend a briefing session with one of our trained laser tag team members, then take the role of a Laser Kombat Operator to compete against another team......who will be victorious? Never Neverland Calling all pirates and fairies, join in for songs, dancing and play in the enchanted area. Put on a pair of fairy wings or maybe a pirate hat from the dressing up box and take part in this magical adventures.
Twizzle Tops Toddler and Baby Zone The dedicated staff of Twizzle Tops Day Nursery will be creating a magical area for the little ones with messy play, crafts, nursery rhymes for the under 3s. A dedicated changing tent for the little ones and also an area for nursing mums.
Tickets Everything is included in your entrance price (excluding food, beverage and retail purchases). Book early to avoid disappointed as they are selling fast!
Advance day tickets: Pounds 21; Under twos free with a paying adult.
Marsh Farm Card Holders: Pounds 10.50 per person On the gate: Pounds 25 per person More details online at www.marshfarm.co.uk/ tickets/
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