Family Life Worcestershire
22nd January 2021

Review: In The Night Garden Live

Being the mummy of a soon to be two year old the words “daisy daisy” are often heard in our house. Even my four year old still snuggles up for a bit of Iggle Piggle on an evening. So we were really excited to hear the In The Night Garden Live was return to Birmingham for one last time.

Arriving in Canon Hill Park on a perfectly sunny day, there were lots of exciting boys and girls heading towards Showdome clutching their Upsy Daisies and IgglePiggles. It was really easy to get in with no queue and a big pushchair park where a kind attendant parked our pushchair whilst we headed to find a seat. I was really happy to see lots of child friendly facilities from the baby change and the ability to buy drinks and snacks (after this silly mummy let her girls drink all their juice on the way in).

Despite the heat the Showdome was not stuffy at all. The auditorium was smaller than expected which made for a really cosy feel and was not too overwhelming for the little ones. There was no allocated seating which was stepped up from the stage, this suited my two little fidget bums perfectly when we headed towards the back to sit down. The view was generally good all other but my youngest did need to sit on my knee to see fully.

In The Night Garden Live is in a similar format to the TV show with pictures being beamed onto the Showdome’s wall from the introduction to the woodland background. You really felt like you were being immersed into the show.

Out of the two shows on offer we went to see Pinky Ponk which was all about Makka Pakka finding lots of faces to wash. The puppeteers fit in really well to the show and I am sure my girls had no idea they were operating the puppets on stage. I loved how the puppets changed in size when they were with different characters.

We got to see all of the characters from the show. Whilst both my girls were looking most forward to seeing Upsy Daisy, the biggest cheers was for IgglePiggle – at one point with my four year old whooping I thought I was at a pop concert (a sign of things to come maybe). Upsy Daisy did get many kids up and dancing and all the kids loved the bubbles floating throughout the Showdome when Makka Pakka washed all the other characters faces.

The show was quite heart-warming and at 40 minutes long my youngest was only starting to get restless towards the end. Once the show ended we exited through the inevitable retail area which was unexpectedly quite expensive so we gave that a miss (although the goody bag did look quite good). Those who had booked a meet and great with IgglePiggle or Upsy Daisy had a large waiting area with seating and activities to complete whilst they waited.

On the whole it was a successful and enjoyable morning which we followed with a lovely picnic in the park.

The Birmingham dates have now ended but In The Night Garden Live will be in Manchester until 19th August and you can get tickets here

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Family Life Worcestershire received complimentary tickets in exchange for this review. No payment was received.

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