Family fun at Wheee! International Children’s Festival
In Notts we love a family day out, especially when the sun is shining, so this past weekend’s glorious weather gave me a great excuse to get out and about with my soon to be two year old son, Dylan.
Having heard all about it, and in fact told hundreds of would-be-visitors about it over the years, I decided that it was high time I took a visit to the Lakeside’s annual Wheee! Festival to check it out for myself. So it was that Dylan and I set off in great anticipation of what the day had in store for us and boy were we not disappointed.
As soon as we arrived at University Park, having been pointed to a handy parking space by one of the many volunteers on hand, we were both struck by the sheer amount of things going on, not least the giant Luminarium that dominated one side of the park. Having grabbed a couple of tickets from the Box Office, Dylan and I excitedly made our way to queue up for our turn inside the giant sculpture, Pentalum.
Inspired by the beauty of natural geometry and by Islamic architecture, the luminosity of light and colour inside Pentalum was created by natural light shining through the coloured plastic walls of the Luminarium. Whilst inside both Dylan and I had a whale of a time, the small domes which spurred off in all directions were the perfect place for an impromptu game of hide-and-seek instigated not by Dylan but by his over-excited father.
After twenty minutes inside the dome, we decided to take our leave and let some of the other people, who were patiently queuing outside, experience Pentalum for themselves. So after a quick bite to eat, we shared a seriously tasty sandwich picked up from the Pavilion Café, it was time to see what else was on offer.
Numerous make and do activities dotted all over the park were being enjoyed by children and adults alike. There were also performances galore with our particular highlight being The Machine, which showcased interactive street theatre at it’s finest. The performance ended with members of the audience powering the machine by peddling bikes which resulted in a shower of sunflower seeds pouring out which every child in attendance then got to take home and plant. Maybe Dylan has greener fingers than I do!
Following an afternoon of great fun, Dylan and I made our way home and enthusiastically recounted the events of the day to Mrs R as soon as we got in. Having been first time visitors to the festival this year, I can safely say that we will be going again in twelve months time, safe in the knowledge that we will be in for a fun-packed family day out and hopefully with the sun shining brightly again too.