Already looking for ideas for what you and the kids can get up to this summer before the boredom kicks in? How about the BBC Summer Social which will this year be taking place 3-4 August, 2019 and is the BBC’s biggest children’s festival which has confirmed it’s undoubtedly offering families incredible value for money.
Taking place over two days (Saturday/Sunday) it will be held at Croxteth Park in Liverpool the BBC Summer Social promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family with an enviable line-up of fabulous musical stars, the very best BBC, CBBC and CBeebies talent and the most popular family shows the BBC has to offer. Boasting an area of 30 acres with a main stage, big top tent, BBC Sport activity area, Clangers Walled Garden, Deadly Dinosaur Park (low ropes activity), fun fair rides, inflatables field (featuring the world’s biggest bouncy castle and inflatable assault course), workshops, petting farm and entrance to Croxteth Hall all included in the ticket price, the fun filled two-day festival offers an ultimate value for money, family friendly experience – never mind the kids this sounds like fun for me!!
A day ticket at BBC Summer Social costs just £23.50pp*, which breaks down to be 39p* per activity on Saturday, and 50p per activity on Sunday and just £2.94* per hour of fun.
There will be over 100 activities, artists and stars performing at this year’s festival, with acts on Saturday 3rd August ranging from Rak-Su, John Newman, New Hope Club, Max & Harvey, Nina Nesbitt, Freya Ridings, Four of Diamonds, Donel, Almost Never, The Next Step, Mersey Girls, Amelia Gething, Lewys Ball, HollyH and Rosie McClelland, to name a few.
Saturday headliners include noughties superstars Busted and four-time BRIT Award nominee Pixie Lott – famous for number-one hits including ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)’ and ‘All About Tonight’.
Needing no introduction is Latin Dancing Star, AJ Pritchard. Best known for his role as a professional dancer on the BBC One dance series Strictly Come Dancing, the British dancer will be taking centre stage on Saturday to host non-stop fun for all the family.
Reality-style drama The Next Step, starring Shelby Bain as Amy, Liam Mackie as Finn, Alexandra Chaves as Piper and Noah Zulfikar as Kingston, is also a welcome addition for Saturday. With original choreography from the series and energetic dances, expect amazing duets and captivating solos from the talented cast, as well as full-throttle, explosive routines guaranteed to immerse the crowd.
Other fantastic additions for Saturday include local dancer troupe Merseygirls who won the hearts of the nation when they took Britain’s Got Talent by storm in 2017; Freestyle Dance. Champion Junior Frood; dancer and inaugural winner of the BBC’s latest talent series The Greatest Dancer, Ellie Ferguson; and singer, dancer and actor Harrison Vaughan – winner of CBBC’s hit show “Taking the Next Step”.
Joining CBeebies Superstar Mr Tumble on Sunday 4th August, a whole host of CBBC and CBeebies presenters will take to the main stage to host non-stop fun for all the family across both days. Performances include Andy & The Odd Socks, Dr Ranj,YolanDa’s Band Jam, Cook and Line from Swashbuckle, Hey Duggee and more to be announced, plus presenters such as Sam Nixon, Yasmin Evans, Jonny Nelson, Hacker T Dog, Lauren Layfield, Karim Zeroual, Rhys Stephenson, Lyndsey Russell, Naomi Wilkinson, Rebecca Keatley, Ferne and Rory, Cat Sandion, Katy Ashworth, Ben Cajee, Maddie Moate and Dodge.
Also on the bill for Sunday is a whole host of fantastic dancing, specially recorded music and colourful storytelling from Northern Ballet in conjunction with CBeebies Ballet: Puss in Boots. Strictly’s favourite Janette Manrara will be teaming up with Dr Ranj for a must-see performance and CBeebies superstar Bing will be appearing on site as well. Don’t forget your camera!
All around Croxteth Country Park, visitors can discover immersive activity zones, interactive and inspiring workshops, a spectacular range of outdoor and indoor activities and live appearances from the most popular children’s authors. Enjoy the likes of Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, BBC Sport Zone, Bedtime Stories, a Doctor Who experience, The Clangers Chillout Garden, and much more…
All in all it promises to be a jam packed full of fun weekend and something we would love to go to! Coming from South Wales it would take a few hours but only the same as a day out anywhere else and it certainly looks worth it!
Day tickets still available at £23.50pp plus booking fee (under 2’s go FREE) and all activities and attractions are included in the ticket price. The festival opens each day at 9am and will close at 7pm with entertainment on stages between 10am-6pm.
For more information, please visit bbc.co.uk/summersocial
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*Does not include booking fee. £23.50 divided by 60 activities and acts on Saturday and 40 activities and acts on Sunday and £23.50 divided by 8 hours of entertainment across both days.