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Ripon Jubilee Celebrations

Ripon, North Yorkshire, Jubilee Party

Cart Race

Cart Race

There was fantastic support for  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee  in Ripon on Monday 4th June 2012. Huge numbers of people turned out to join in the fun organized by the Ripon Festival Committee who once again put on a cracking day for the local community.

There was cart racing, tractor pulling, street entertainers, Punch and Judy, Face Painting, rides and refreshments plus FM Radio to keep the atmosphere going. The sun shone and everyone had a great time.

What a brilliant event!


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Jubilee Events | Jolly Good Productions

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Magician With Union Jack Flag

Jubilee Magic

Celebrate With Us!

Jolly Good Productions are proud to be providing children’s entertainment  and Face Painting at the following events:

Friday 1st June 2012

Hemsworth Water Park, Kinsley, West Yorkshire, 11am – 3pm.

For Hemsworth Town Council.

Saturday 2nd June 2012

Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, 1pm – 5pm

For Pooley Bridge Village Comittee.

Smyths Toys, Stockton, Face Painting, 11am – 4pm

Smyths Toys, Wallsend, Face Painting, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 3rd June 2012

Bedale, North Yorkshire

1pm Picnic in the Park – Jubilee Event – family picnic with Punch & Judy, stilt walkers, clowns and balloon modelling in Bedale Hall Park

For Bedale Town Council.

Monday 4th June 2012

Bedale, North Yorkshire, times TBC.

Farmers’ Market and Music & Dance + Circus skills. Dance groups, Footloose, Dance Kiya & Sisters of Sigston. Pimms Bar. Trenton Train  in Bedale Hall Park – Jubilee Event

For Bedale Town Council.

Ripon, North Yorkshire, times 10.30am – 2.30pm ( but the event continues into the evening, see link below )

Ripon celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the market square. A whole day of activities for all the family. Big screen on market square.

For Ripon Festival Comittee.

Tuesday 5th June 2012

Smyths Toys, Wallsend, Face Painting, 11am – 3pm

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Christmas Eve Show, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Free Event For Local Children

There will be a special performance of our Christmas Puppet Show in Richmond Town Hall on December 24th, starting at 11am.  All are welcome. The show called Santa’s Busy Day is ideal for families with younger children.

There will also be a performance by T’Old Hoss ( The Old Horse Of Richmond ).

Donations are invited for the Mayor’s charity.

Please come early as last year’s event was well attended.

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Ripon Seaside Day 2011

The Seaside Comes To Ripon

Punch and the Mayor of Ripon

Punch meets the Mayor of Ripon

The seaside came to Ripon again on Saturday 3rd September. As you can imagine there were all the usual attractions you would expect at a day trip to the coast. The only thing that was missing was the sea and the smell of salt air.

Bigger than ever!

The organizers had responded to feedback from last years event and had arranged to increase the size of the fun fair. There were more rides and inflatables on the field and that certainly helped to increase the atmosphere.

Entertainment for all

In addition to the fun fair there was also a big top and circus shows, Punch and Judy and Face Painting, donkey rides, a huge man made sand pit ( representing the beach ), a brass band and  an ice cream van providing the essential ice cream for the kids.

The Mayor of Ripon

The Mayor of Ripon came to visit the show and toured round all of the stands talking to stall holders and the general public. He even took time out to have a chat with Mr Punch.

Sun and Fun

Sunshine always makes the seaside more fun and the weather was kind once again this year. There was a bit of a breeze but nothing to deter the children and families from having a great time.

Unfortunately all good things have to end and at 4pm the buckets and spades had to be put away until next year. I for one can’t wait!

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The Stockton Summer Show And Why I’ve Gone Right Off Jazz Singers

A great family day out!

What a fantastic event Stockton Council events team put on for local people over the August Bank Holiday weekend. There was something for everyone to enjoy. Hazel and I were there set up in the big craft marquee. I performed  Punch and Judy and Magic Shows and Hazel delighted the kids with her amazing face painting.

Preston Park

The event took returned to its original venue at Preston Park. Last year it had to be held down by the river near the Tees Barrage but the site was very exposed and high winds caused havoc. Preston Park is a much better location for the show. It’s a popular place to visit and there is plenty of space, good parking and pleasant surroundings.

Fantastic Entertainment

The event took place over three days and there were shows and displays going on in the main area constantly. The children loved the Knights of the Crusades and the Cumberland Giants but the crowd also really enjoyed the Fun Dog Show which included Most Handsome Dog, Scruffiest Dog, Waggiest Tail, Most Obedient Dog and Fancy Dress. The football competitions were also well supported.

There was of course a host of side shows, inflatables, rides, tombola stalls and a complete fun fair plus a circus with it’s own big top.

Wet and Windy!

Unfortunately the weather for the Saturday and Sunday was wet and windy which probably put a lot of people off coming. I think we were all hoping for glorious sun shine instead things were damp and blustery with a bit of sun shine now and then. The best day was Bank Holiday Monday when the sun was shining and the gate picked up.

Why I’ve gone right off jazz singers

I had some lovely audiences for all of my shows but on Monday there was also a lady jazz singer performing in the little park behind  the craft marquee where I was set up. I did two Punch and Judy Shows and each time I had just started my show when the jazz singer came on and drowned me out. She was playing over the main public address system and I only had my usual little portable speaker. I felt robbed as I had about sixty or seventy people watching me and she only had about twelve round the bandstand. Still, I suppose she was entertaining the entire show ground and perhaps not everyone is a Punch and Judy fan. Ah well.

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Wensleydale Show 2011

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The best country show in Yorkshire!

One of the events I always look forward to is the Wensleydale Show which takes place just outside of Leyburn, North Yorkshireon the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Country Life

For anyone interested in rural life, farming and the countryside there can be no better show to visit. A walk round the numerous stalls, exhibitions and displays is not only interesting but also highly educational.

Vintage Machinery

I am always fascinated by the wonderful displays of vintage farm machinery, tractors, vehicles, tools and particularly the old steam engines. The latter have all been carefully restored and maintained so that they are in full working order.

Food and Drink

For those who enjoy eating there is endless variety. There are lots of quality fast food vans offering burgers, hot dog, chips, tea and coffee.  There are also many stalls selling home-made food, cakes, pies, preserves for those wishing to purchase a treat to take home with them.

Arena Entertainment

There is an ongoing programme of entertainment in the main arena throughout the day. This year featured all the regulars such as the vintage cars, fox hounds from the Bedale Hunt, dog agility, sheep dog displays etc. The main arena is a great place to sit and relax and watch the various acts and displays.

Children’s Entertainment

As usual there was plenty to keep the little ones entertained. There were bouncy castles, a massive inflatable slide, go karts, trampolines, kiddies rides and of course Punch and Judy.

The weather was kind for most of the day although we did get wet later in the afternoon. The photos below give an idea of the many different things to see and do. A great day out, can’t wait for next year.

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The Romans Are Coming!

Carlisle Racecourse History Day

Tullie House Banner, The Romans Have Arrived!

The Romans have arrived!

The last thing I expected to see when I arrived at Carlisle Racecourse was a Roman Centurian in full armor complete with gladius and shield looking very imposing. Not quite the Roman invasion of Britain but I was just as impressed as I imagine the ancient Brittons were when Julias Ceasar landed his  cohorts on the south coast of England in 55 BC.

The gentleman I had encountered was taking part in a special history day at the Racecourse organised in conjunction with a local museum.

Tullie House

Tullie House is Carlisle’s finest visitor attraction with a wide range of features, exhibitions and artefacts all brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery. There are five fantastic galleries with interactive games and activities which help to bring 2000 years of Border History alive.

Roman Frontier Gallery

The Roman Frontier Gallery opened recently and is receiving national and local interest. It promotes the western end of Hadrian’s Wall and describes Carlisle’s 400 years of Roman occupation. Some of the fantastic objects to see are on loan from the British Museum.

I was fascinated by some of the amazing exhibits which the outreach team brought with them to Carlisle Racecourse. I had a go at lifting a suit of armor as worn by a Roman soldier and was amazed at how heavy it was.

Exciting Exhibitions and Events

There are some brilliant forthcoming attractions taking place at Tullie House including Family Learning Sundays ( what a good idea ). Here are a few that caught my eye :

  • Roman coins
  • Gadgets and Gizmos
  • Halloween Scene
  • Birds, Bugs and Beasts
  • Natural Science in the North West

You can find out more by visiting the Tullie House web site.

I will certainly be visiting them soon, I hope you do too.

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National Play Day, Meridian Park, Cleethorpes

National Play Day Event

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

People enjoying the Play day event.

Thousands of people having fun!

This annual event organised by North Lincolnshire County Council just gets better and better every year. There is so much to do for the children and most of the entertainment is absolutely free. A great deal of planning goes into this event and it shows. The event was attended by 6319 people ( according to the person on the gate counting them in and out ). What is more most of them stayed all day.

Entertainment of all kinds!

There really was something  for everyone. The organisers had been careful to ensure that there were plenty of activities for the very young children as well as exciting stuff for the older ones. There were inflatable slides, bouncy castles, gladiator jousting, trampolines, bungee running, human table football, craft activities, face painting, live shows even a full circus complete with it’s own massive Big Top circus tent. There was also some quite unusual things as you will see when you browse the photos below.

Perfect weather

The organisers even managed to arrange for a lovely sunny day. It couldn’t have been better although shortly after the event closed there was a massive thunder and lightening storm with torrential rain which must have made clearing up afterwards very difficult. I would imagine there were a lot of very wet event staff and a lot of equipment in need of drying out the next day.

Play Day 2012

If you are looking for something to do next August then put this one in your diary. Find information on the Lincolnshire County Council web site. See you there?

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Newbiggin Maritime Centre | Seaside Day

Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Northumberland

Punch and Judy on the beach at Newbiggin, Northumberland

Punch and Judy Show

A brand new maritime centre was opened to the public at the weekend.The new purpose built facility cellebrates the history of Newbiggin as a traditional seaside resort. The quaint little seaside town  is close to Ashington and is also easily reached from Newcastle and surrounding areas. It has long since been a popular place to visit for fresh air and fun. The centre houses interesting displays and exhibits relating to local culture and history.

Lifeboat “The Mary Joicey”

One of the main exhibits is the fully restored lifeboat the RNLB Mary Joicey, a fine example of this type of lifeboat which was designed  to be able to go out to sea in all weathers and perform rescues well away from shore. Today these vessels are obsolete as nearly all modern lifeboats are of the inflatable type because most rescue work is carried out in inshore waters. The inflatables are also much faster and more manouverable. They are also able to get into shallow water and to get close to cliff faces when people get trapped by incoming tides.

The Mary Joicey is a proud reminder of the courage and fortitude of the brave lifeboat crews past and present who put

Restored lifeboat The Mary Joicey

The Mary Joicey

their own lives at risk saving others.

Seafront Cafe

As well as the exhibition area the new centre also has an excellent cafe with a very good menu including delicious snacks

and some very nice seafood specialities too. The cafe has a large glass front offering good views across the bay. It’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy the comings and goings of the fishing boats to watch people out to enjoy the pleasures of the seaside.

Seaside Fun

The opening of the centre was marked by a ” Seaside Day ” with entertainment of all kinds on the beach and along the promenade. There was Face Painting, , costume characters, Punch and Judy, a steel band, sand castle building competitions, stilt walkers, victorian people ( actors ), chuggy boats ( swing boats ), fairground rides, pony rides, ice cream and refreshments too. The sunshine brought the crowds out and by the afternoon the prom was packed and everyone, young and old was having a great time.

Great place for a day out!

If you are looking for a nice place to go for a day out in Northumberland then do add Newbiggin to your itinerary. The

Seagull characters and Stilt Walkers at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre Seaside Day

Seagulls and Girl Pirate Stilt Walkers

Maritime Centre is an interesting place to visit, the beach is perfect for the children and I heartily recommend the local fish and chips.

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