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Wynyard Hall Gardens

Incredible Edibles Event, 11th September 2016

Hazel and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the opening of the new gardens at Wynyard Hall. The headline act was CBBC’s “Mr Bloom” but there were lots of other entertainers too including a fabulous strolling jazz band, stilt walkers, living plant characters, a balloon modeller, face painting and children’s crafts. I performed my Pirate Show and later a Magic Show before Mr Bloom came on later in the afternoon.


Hazel set up her face painting table next to the main stage and was working constantly from start to finish. In fact we were the first of the entertainers to arrive and the last to leave!

It was a brilliant event with lots of people turning up to see Mr Bloom. I had two fabulous audiences for my show and I saw lots of happy children with faces painted holding balloons and various things they had made at the craft tables.

The weather was perfect. A nice sunny day which was the icing on the cake.

A super event!

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Beighton Gala with Mr Punch

Beighton Gala 2015

What a popular event this is. I was booked to perform my Punch and Judy Show and as ever when attending an event for the first time you never know what to expect. This turned out to be one of the busiest community events I have ever been to. It was buzzing with people. One of the traders told me that he comes every year and it is the best gala in the area.

There were two arenas, a fairground, bouncy castles, entertainers, side shows and numerous stalls selling all manner of things.

Punch and Judy Show

Punch and Judy Show

I’m not sure how many people come to his event but there must of been thousands. I performed four shows and had good size audiences every one.

Although I now live in Richmond, North Yorkshire I did once serve in a Territorial Army unit based in Sheffield and I have many happy memories from my time in South Yorkshire. It is always nice to return.

I am pleased to say that Mr Punch was given a warm and friendly welcome at the Beighton Gala. Lots of happy children and lots of folk enjoying themselves. What could be better.

That’s the way to do it!

Wolsingham Gala 2015

Wolsingham, County Durham

A lovely sunny afternoon for a fantastic community, family fun day. Lots of people having a great time. What could be better than this!


View of the showfield from my Punch and Judy booth.

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Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival 2013

Christmas Cheer in Brighouse!

What a brilliant day. The crowds turned out in droves to attend the fantastic Victorian Christmas Festival organised by the Brighouse Business Initiative team. The huge selection of stalls set up on the main street selling a wide range of Christmas fare were attracting a lot of attention from shoppers. There was live music on the main stage throughout the day as well as special performances from local choirs, dancers and professional entertainers. The street was full of traders and characters in Victorian costume and there were street entertainers with magic, circus skills, stilt walking and fire eating too. For the children there as The Jolly Good Productions Christmas Puppet Show in the Salvation Army Hall.

At 4 pm the Christmas Parade set off and finally Santa switched on the Christmas lights at 4.45 pm. The entire proceedings were watched over by Queen Victoria herself.

What a fantastic day!

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Stockton Show, August 2013

Stockton Show 2013

Fantastic weather for Stockton Show this year and another brilliant weekend of fun for all the family organized by Stockton Council . The show took place at Preston Park and was attended by thousands of people. As usual there was lots to do with attractions, side shows, stalls of all kinds, a fun fair and brilliant arena entertainment. The Events Team once again excelled and gave the public a superb show.  Here a few snap shots I took in between performing my Punch and Judy or Magic Shows.

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Cyrenians at Blagdon Estate

Cyrenians Family Fun Day, June 2013

The Cyrenians are an organization which supports people in need by helping them make sustainable, positive change in their lives. There aim is to  help to integrate socially excluded people back into society.

The Cyrenians regularly hold events to raise funds including their annual family fun day. This year the event took place at the wonderful Blagdon Estate just north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

It was a lovely sunny day and those attending were able to enjoy a range of fun activities, entertainment and refreshments as well as browsing various side stalls selling plants, toys and handicrafts.

There was Punch and Judy on the lawn in front of the main house and many people brought picnics to enjoy whilst watching the shows.


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Hawes Gala 2012 Was No wash Out!

Rain Fails To Dampen Spirits

Hawes Gala Committee

Hawes Gala Committee

Hawes Gala went ahead in spite of rain and high winds. The gala field could not be used but the organizers decided to proceed rather than let down the locals and visitors who had turned out  to enjoy the warm welcome and fun atmosphere which characterizes the show in the lovely town of  Hawes in upper Wensleydale.

At 8am the main marquee was in danger of blowing away and so it was decided to move the event indoors. Local  pubs and Hotels opened their  doors and stalls and entertainment was set up wherever space could be found. It was tight but it worked.

This years theme was Pirates and local shops and businesses had entered into the spirit of things by decorating their premises with pirate flags, parrots and other pirate paraphernalia.

The parade went ahead in the rain and many local children as well as some adults had entered the fancy dress competition.

Following the parade everyone went inside for the judging of the fancy dress, a band display and entertainment including  Punch and Judy, Balloon Modelling, Juggling and a Pirate Food Tasting Competition.

Well done the Gala Committee for being so determined to make sure everyone had a great time under such difficult conditions!

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