Lollibop 2013 was our very first Lollibop festival and the littlies had a fun time despite a few Lollibop hiccups!
If you’re heading over this weekend these tips might help your day go a little more smoothly than ours!
1. Plan ahead.
Oh how I wish we had planned ahead!
Think about what you want to do/see and get there early to avoid missing out.
The littlies were desperate to design River Island little T-shirts but were turned away at 11am as ‘fully booked for the day!’ We didn’t get to see half the things we wanted to because of either queuing or being in the wrong part of the festival at the wrong time!
2. Face painting!
Go early. By lunchtime the queue was 45 minutes long. The littlies were disappointed in missing out (seriously little Oz wouldnt have been happy waiting that long) but hey – it wasn’t the end of the world missing out on face painting – right?
3. Go have some fun at Little Tikes!
Only a 5 minute queue and you can chill in a deck chair while your little tikes drive cars, ride bikes and climb the little tikes castle!
4. Pack a picnic!
The queues for food were long and the food was a little expensive. A hot dog (B’s not-so-healthy choice) was £4.50!
There is however, lots of choice and lots of lovely snack stalls selling melon and fruit. So if you would rather not carry a picnic around, just avoid 12-2 for lunch!
5. Take a picnic blanket
There are lots of seating areas and picnic benches but obviously these fill up quickly. It was nice to pop a blanket at the edge of the crowds and watch the entertainment from afar.
6. Prepare to queue.
On Friday there were queues for everything – all the activities had at least a 15/20 minute wait which for under fives (mine are 2&3) is quite a wait.
However, the activities are great once you get a chance to try but we missed out on so much through queuing.
7. Take a buggy for little legs.
The walk from Stratford station took 30 minutes with two little ones (they’re slow walkers) and we’d not taken two buggies due to three train journeys to get to Stratford. I really wish we had now as they were tired before the fun had even begun!
It might be worth getting a taxi from the station but then that’s an added cost.
8. Choose your littlies favourite characters to meet and greet and get there early to meet them!
We waited quite a while for Postman Pat but the look on their faces when he cuddled them and waved was worth it! (Although Oz thought it was very weird that Pat didn’t say anything!)
9. Check the schedule!
My two were excited to see Justin fletcher, Hello Kitty and Peppa pig. We didn’t see any of them because Justin was a Saturday guest, Hello Kitty had cancelled and the crowd surrounding Peppa was so big we couldn’t get through! My fault really but a big disappointment to Oz and B.
Despite the long queues and missing out on a few favourite characters the littlies had a great day and I guess that’s what’s really important.
Here’s some of our best bits of Lollibop 2013!
Disclaimer: We were given tickets by the lovelies Little Tikes as their guests at Lollibop.