• Two-day event to open for the first time at Knebworth House on 30th June and 1st July
• Over 130 hand-picked kids’ entertainment attractions on site
• Early bird tickets on sale, for £25, at 9am on Friday September 29, 2017
The UK’s largest festival for children aged 0-14 has just announced that it will be adding a second venue come summer 2018.
Geronimo will be launching at Knebworth House on 30th June and 1st July 2018, with early bird tickets on sale at 9am on Friday 29 September. A festival like no other, Geronimo caters solely for children and aims to create magical memories for both seasoned and new festival-goers alike, whatever their age.
Unrivalled in the UK for its sheer scale and size, Geronimo is often referred to as ‘Glastonbury for kids’. The festival site is ten times the size of a children’s field at a regular family festival and it offers the largest collection of children’s experiences one location.
The line-up is a curated mash-up of the best, as well as the most unique acts, activities and attractions to be found in the UK. The likes of Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom and Andy Day have all headlined Geronimo in the past.
In fact, everything you could ever want from a family day is covered. Adventurers can hit the ‘Adrenalin Zone’, taking to the high rope course, tackling the zip wire, building a den or facing one of four climbing walls. Animal lovers can become junior zoo keepers, as well as ride donkeys, pet snakes and hang out with a private collection of Aldabra giant tortoises. Those with a flair for the theatrical can get involved with music, theatre and craft workshops, as well as watch magician and illusionist performances in a 1,500-seater theatre. While those with a love of all things fantastical can step inside the two circuses, which will be pitched at the event. Music lovers can get enjoy silent discos, baby raves and cardboard harp classes.
And if that’s not enough, then there’s a full-scale showground arena with activities such as jousting tournaments, motorcycle stunts and fire shows, timetabled each day.
Launched in 2015 in Cheshire, Geronimo is the brainchild of Simon Goldman, a father-of-seven from Manchester. He came up with the concept when he couldn’t find a day out that catered for all of his children (who range from toddlers to teenagers) in one place.
Simon comments: “As a large family we were always on the lookout for days out that would keep all of our kids entertained. With varying ages, it was difficult to find something that catered for all. Then, when I started looking to take my kids to a festival, I found that a lot of the events were designed with adult entertainment at the forefront, and a kids’ zone as an addition.
“So, we came up with the idea of Geronimo and set out to create the ultimate festival experience. One where the kids are king, and the environment is designed first and foremost, from their perspective. We wanted to establish an experience where whether you’re two or you’re fourteen, you get to enjoy the perfect day out with your parents and siblings. A weekend of full-on fun and family madness.
“Over the last four years, I proud to say we have done that. Geronimo is now a world-class event and a great way to really connect as a family while also making magical memories. No other UK family festival or day out can offer as much diverse entertainment, at such great a value, as we do. Over the course of a day at Geronimo you can fit in over £140 of entertainment and all for just £25, if you grab an early bird ticket.
“As parents we hate hidden extras, so at Geronimo what you see if what you get. The only area of the festival that carries a nominal fee is the traditional Victorian funfair, and this year the festival is offering a pass for free unlimited rides if you purchase an Early Bird ticket.
The newly added Knebworth event is set to replicate Cheshire festival’s winning formula. Taking all the best elements of a fun family day out and combining them with an array of TV stars and the best in UK children’s entertainment.
The picturesque site will be split into 10 zones – 3ft And Under, Adrenaline, Circus, Pasture, Funky Junk, Library, Curio”City”, Arena, Geronostage and Theatre – and will offer something for everyone, no matter what their age. Entry to Knebworth, gardens and adventure playground* will also be included in the price of each festival ticket (this usually costs £9.50).
Commenting on the addition of Knebworth, Simon adds; “We’re over the moon to be rolling Geronimo out to another UK location due to popular demand. We have been looking for a second site for quite some time and Knebworth fits the bill perfectly. It’s such an iconic venue with a really amazing heritage and fantastic backdrop. We couldn’t have asked for a better home for the latest addition to our Geronimo family.”
Geronimo also bills itself as the UK’s best multigenerational family festival and a great way to get the entire clan together for a day out. The festival offers a free ticket for senior citizens with each paying adult, under twos and carers are also free.