LolliBop Festival

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In 2014, kids' festival LolliBop has left London for Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, but it offers the same great mix of live acts, disco, competitions and arts, crafts, science and dance workshops. Acts confirmed so far include CBeebies' Justin Fletcher, Mister Maker and CBBC's Sam and Mark. The Southbank Centre is hosting a tent this year with activities for different ages, including hip hop dance with Zoo Nation, music from the City of London Sinfonia and retro fun at Home Live Art's Alternative Village Fete. See the website for details and a downloadable programme. Age 0-10.


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Third time at Lollibop with Grandchildren of mixed ages. Very disappointing this time, much more commercial, stall selling items everywhere. less shows than other years , the layout of the festival ( while somewhat dictated by the shape of the park) caused bottle necks. Some tents were empty for most of the day. Shows very difficult to see as nobody sat dwn and adults stood directly in front of stage blocking the view for everyone especially the small children behind. Although it stated that the show was sold out half price tickets were still being bought the day before from some sites ( Little Bird being one, they had a very large advertisment in the park) . Last two years had been so much fun. Probably wont bother again.

I went to Lollibop 2013- Queens Elizabeth on 17Aug 2013 with my husband and 8 yr old boy. Honestly, I felt like it was a rip- off. Bought the ticket in advance and paid (discounted) £17/person. But for me, it's not even worth the discounted price. They should instead label the event suitable for 1-6 year old. There is nothing for the older kids, except the Titan the Robot which only came out for few minutes. Mostly were just stalls who were making money. Shows were boring. Better watch it in TV. I don't really get why the ticket is so highly priced. The location is also a far walk from Stratford tube. My family loves to attend kids events and shows but Lollibop was the worst ever considering the high priced entry free. If it was for free or a £1 then maybe it was ok. It was like one of those free events in the park where people raise funds for something. The BBC casts being there is the only difference, but still it didn't make the event great. If coudn't squeeze in yourself to the front, you won't see them. Too crowded for a small show area. Better take kids to watch theater show and go to park. There was no sports or event competitions among kids to encourage them to be active and get out of boredom. Play areas were only suitable for under5. It was misleading.

Venue is in the middle of nowhere; queues for anything vaguely interesting were long; some of the entertainment (notably the Peter Pan "show") felt like little more than an advertisement; I can think of many reasons why I wouldn't rush back to Lollibop.

More of a lolyflop I'm afraid. Expecting small children to walk so far from the tube was the first problem. Lack of maps inside, lack of clear timetables at each area, lack of seating, not particularly good family food.... The main attraction for my 3 year olds was Justin .... In order to see any of his act I had to leave my 1 year old with my mum and fight for a space nearish to the main stage then let my twins take it in turns on my shoulders to see anything other than the back of a load of adults. When we left we were handed a big map on the way out????? Then had to walk all the way back again in the rain. I will not be booking this one again : (

I'm no killjoy but this event was rubbish in every respect. 20 minute walk from Stratford tube, queen Elizabeth Olympic park without the Olympics is a depressing, uninspiring place, the event was well over priced. £23.50 per child! Come on, a school fate has more to offer.