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Geronimo is back! Children’s festival to return with a new home at Harewood House

Geronimo children's festival at Harewood

Following a hugely successful first festival in 2015, Geronimo is proud to announce it is returning with a new second home at Harewood House, just outside Leeds.

Taking place over the weekends of 1 – 2 May (Harewood House), Geronimo is back, bigger and better with a huge programme of events lined up for both venues.

Set against the wonderful woodland backdrops of two of England’s premier visitor attractions, Geronimo will yet again be delivering an exciting array of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures, including lots of new attractions – all resulting in a fantastic family day out.

Festival Director, Simon Goldman said: “After the huge success of Geronimo at Tatton Park in 2015, we decided to look for another venue to give even more families the chance to enjoy the Geronimo experience. As a father of seven, I know how hard it is to find quality days out that cater for the whole family. With Geronimo, we’ve created a festival that’s going to keep the kids entertained all day long, and create memories that will last a lot longer.

“Expect a line up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, a brand new theatre and literary zone with award winning productions and a second stage featuring live music. And there are hundreds of other crazy and unusual activities like giant Tortoise encounters, stone carving and a crime scene for kids to solve. This really is the chance to tick off some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters!

Geronimo children's festival at Harewood, Yorkshire

The programme, includes:

The return of Mr Bloom to the Geronostage Zone! Geronimites can ‘pop along’ and say ‘Ello!’ with Mr Bloom, where there’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike. Alex Winters from Cbeebies will be hosting the main stage each day alongside popular children’s TV presenter, Katy Ashworth, who will be performing live on stage each day, along with daily meet and greets. Join Cook and Line from Swashbuckle in a rip-roaring pirate adventure! Full of fun songs and silly slapstick comedy, this energetic and interactive performance will be loved by children of all ages.

The Adrenaline Zone will challenge even the bravest adventurers with tree climbing, den making and a thrilling zip line that will reach speeds of up to 60KPH! For those who like things a little less fast paced, there are fencing and archery taster lessons and Parkour sessions where Geronimites can learn how to jump and roll like a Pro.

New for 2016 is the Arena Zone, an extravaganza of live displays featuring motorbike display teams, sheepdog shows with a difference (we haven’t got any sheep so we had to use geese instead!) and owls in the falconry show – on horseback (what else would you expect at Geronimo?). For history fans, watch the Knights of the Royal Order as they carry out a live joust, or check out a local band of cowboys showing off their horse handling skills.

If you thought the Library Zone sounded dull then think again! Join some dance classes to learn Bollywood or Zumba moves or enjoy a gigantic drumming session – beware, it’s going to be noisy! For fans of Frozen, there will be a Frozen singalong and the talented Mr Yipadees show will be bringing instruments to life.

Catch award winning theatre productions in The Theatre Zone, with Pocket Story Theatre – winner of the primary times children’s choice awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fabularium is the most eccentric of travelling shows and Les Enfants Terrible present the Imaginary Menagerie— travel with Dr Longitude as he regales you with his strange stories and takes about his travels.

Gasp in awe at the breathtaking aerial trapeze show, try your hand at plate spinning, or hop onto stilts in the Circus Zone. This zone also includes a full circus show and Circus fudge will also be performing his show from Glastonbury festival – don’t miss it!

Family days out at Harewood, Yorkshire

Enjoy a hands-on wildlife experience in The Pasture Zone where kids of all ages can climb aboard for a ride on one of the donkeys or Shetland ponies. Crocodile Joe will be hosting his amazing reptile show and new for this year, there will be the largest collection of giant Tortoises coming to Geronimo.

In the 3ft and Under Zone, little ones can join a fun class with Tumble Tots, take a ride on a balance bike or take a dance lesson with baby ballet. For the tiny tots, simply chill out in the baby yoga tent.

Fans of live music are in for a treat at the Bandstand Zone with popular acts on throughout the day. The lineup will be announced shortly.

Face painting at Harewood, Leeds

Creative kids can join in the many craft workshops in the Funky Junk Zone. From amazing woodwork workshops, hair braiding, face painting and fairy making workshops, to stone carving and totem pole making, there is something for everyone to get stuck in to.

Or why not enjoy some old fashioned fun in the Fairground Zone? With an old fashioned Helter Skelter, traditional carousel and steam powered swing chairs for kids and grown ups who are still kids at heart!

And where better to have some fun than in the beautiful woodlands of Harewood House? Transformed into the Woodland Zone, Geronimites can make a mud pie or fairy potion, learn to create a whistle from a carrot or build a den. Older kids can monkey around in the trees in a mobile high ropes course or strap on a helmet and ride the mountain bike course.

Tickets are on sale now at geronimofest.com, priced from £18.50pp. A ticket for Geronimo Harewood also includes access to Below Stairs of the House.

2015 Thank You

As winter closes in, another busy season at Harewood has drawn to a close. We would like to thank you for playing your part in our busy 2015 year.

We kicked off 2015 in style with our busiest ever ‘Spring at Harewood’. We welcomed thousands of people across the school Easter holidays to enjoy the great outdoors bursting into life.

Explore the great outdoors at Harewood, Leeds

April 2015: Visitors explore the great outdoors at ‘Spring at Harewood’

Our 2015 exhibition programme saw Harewood’s own stories take centre stage. ‘The Art of Conservation’ allowed you to see how we care for Harewood’s extensive Chippendale furniture collection. The exhibition included beautiful drawings made by the Chippendale workshop, video’s of the State Bed being restored and some of the furniture itself.

Harewood Exhibition

April 2015: A look behind the scenes at some of the techniques used by expert conservators

In the Watercolour Rooms, we explored Harewood’s Rum Story. This popular tale told, in detail, about the worlds oldest and most expensive rum was discovered in the cellars in 2011.

Harewood Rum

April 2015: The oldest & most expensive rum in the world

We ended our 2015 season with a Summer of Sculpture examining the human form. The stunning Gaudier-Brzeska exhibition in the Terrace Gallery, ran in conjunction with Kettle’s Yard, looked for the first time, at Brzeska’s fascination with dance and form. In the Watercolour Rooms, emerging artist Thomas J Price exhibited his works. These pieces share a preoccupations with the body and the face in particular using the minute detail of facial expressions as the centre focus.

The CLA Game Fair marked the biggest event on Harewood’s calendar celebrating field sports in Britain, including clay pigeon shooting, fishing, falconry, horse & hound and more. We welcomed 150,000 visitors to Harewood for the CLA Game Fair despite some bad weather. Almost all of our 4500 acres were used for everything from camping to off-road driving experiences.

CLA Game Fair at Harewood House in Yorkshire

CLA Game Fair at Harewood House in Yorkshire

With winter preparations already underway, the closed season will see the whole team involved with our extensive Bird Garden redevelopment project. Watch this space for exciting, new additions to the Harewood visitor experience when we re-open our gates in 2016!


Harewood House near Leeds has flamingos

Some of these birds have been at Harewood since 1969

Following on from the success of ‘The Art of Conservation’, and to mark the tercentenary of Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s birth, 2016 will see our new exhibition ‘The Art of Landscape‘ kick off the season. With 1000 acres of Brownian designed parkland, we will be exploring the brilliance behind the immense landscapes he created here at Harewood.

Capability Brown at Harewood, Yorkshire

Lancelot “Capability” Brown

Once again, thank you for your continued support. With lots of exciting things already lined up, 2016 promises to be another great year at Harewood and we look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Access social media from the CLA Game Fair via 12 free-to-use WIFI Hotspots

CLA Game Fair at Harewood, Leeds

Visitors to this year’s CLA Game Fair, to be held at Harewood House in Yorkshire from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August, will be able to easily use social media sites and email thanks to the installation of 12 free-to-use WIFI Hotspots situated around the show site.

Designed to enable showgoers to use communications technology more effectively while at the CLA Game Fair, the WIFI Hotspots will each provide coverage of an area of around 50 metres in diameter and can support around 30-50 concurrent users at any one time, equating to up to 7,200 users per hour across the whole of the showground.

All visitors have to do to access a WIFI Hotspot is complete a short online registration and they can then make use of the free service. Details of users accessing the WIFI Hotspots, which will be sponsored by leading CLA Game Fair exhibitors, will be sent to each sponsor and the CLA Game Fair team.

The service is supported by industry standard WIFI network technology underpinned by satellite Internet connectivity, with connectivity and systems provided by SWAP Event Technology Solutions.

The WIFI Hotspots and improved communications coverage are thanks to a £130,000 investment in technology provided by the CLA and show sponsors.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair, commented: “For many people sharing their experiences on social media is an important part of their lives. I am certain our 12 free WIFI Hotspots will be extremely popular and will go a long way to enhancing visitors’ overall experience of the CLA Game Fair.”

For more details, visit www.gamefair.co.uk.

Free entry with Macmillan

Cycling at Harewood House in Yorkshire

The Brownlee Tri has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as their charity partner for the 2015 event, and together we hope to raise a lot of money for this fantastic cause. Macmillan have guaranteed places available for this year’s Brownlee Tri. There is no registration fee to pay, just simply raise £300 in sponsorship.

One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest fight most of us will ever face. Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. By joining Team Macmillan in the Brownlee Tri you’re helping to support people and their families living with cancer.

Macmillan’s free places are limited, so if this is of interest please enter ASAP.

Free entry with Team Macmillan – Enter here

Harewood House in Leeds hosts sporting events

Looking for a Case Study?
The fantastic Ann and her son George, are part of Team Macmillan at this year’s Brownlee Tri:

1. Have you done a triathlon before?
No, we haven’t. George has applied to do the London Triathlon in August as part of Team Macmillan, but up to now neither of us have done a triathlon.

2. Why are you participating in this event?
As a family, we are members of a local running club and regularly take part in local races. This year we’ve got more adventurous (or stupid) and started triathlon training and open water swimming. I’m loving it, especially as I’m doing it with my son who in not very long will be off to uni! He’s obsessed by the Brownlee brothers and all that they have achieved, so entering this event was essential. When we saw we could combine that with fundraising for Macmillan, it was extra special.

3. How have you been affected by cancer?
George’s Grandma (my step mum) died a few years ago and was nursed by Macmillan nurses. The main reason for raising funds for Macmillan is to make sure that everyone who is touched by cancer, whether personally or a family member, can have a Macmillan nurse to turn to. I am raising funds for Macmillan as part of a number of charity activities in school where I work. We are having our own race for life (for Cancer Research), bag packing (for Teenage Cancer Trust) and Mega Cake Bake Week (for Macmillan).

Many thanks,
The Brownlee Tri Team

Add some exclusivity to your CLA Game Fair visit with one of our renowned hospitality packages

CLA Game Fair at Harewood, Leeds

Visitors to the 2015 CLA Game Fair, to be held at Harewood House in Yorkshire from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August, are invited to enjoy fine dining, relaxation and a break from the buzz of the show by booking an exclusive CLA Game Fair hospitality package.

The packages enable visitors to enjoy the use of an exclusive suite in an elegantly furnished marquee overlooking the lawn in the CLA Members’ Enclosure, which will also feature displays of flowers, a string quartet, sparklingly smart rest rooms and a children’s play area.

Located just moments from the famous Gunmakers’ Row and premium shopping retailers, the hospitality suites enable showgoers to relax with friends and family, entertain clients or business associates and enjoy fine dining from CGC Event Caterers which will provide breakfasts, three course lunches and traditional afternoon teas created from local produce.

Game Fair at Harewood, Yorkshire

The Adult Full Day Hospitality Package includes a Full English, Continental or Healthy Start breakfast, a three-course waitress-served lunch, an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, scones and mini cakes, and a sociable Pimm’s reception. An all day cash bar is available and the package also incorporates a complimentary Show Guide, VIP Forward Parking, use of the private garden overlooking the Members’ Enclosure, a private shopping service, a shop and drop facility, and a guest badge allowing entrance to the CLA Members’ Enclosure.

This package costs £195+VAT on the Friday of the show, £180+VAT on the Saturday and £160+VAT on Sunday. The price for children under 12 is £90+VAT on all three days. Visitors booking two hospitality packages for the same day, before Friday 15 May, will receive a £20 discount. Visitors will also receive a £5 discount on any bottle of champagne that is purchased in advance.

Separate breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea packages will also be available closer to the time, subject to availability, and corporate hospitality bookings for whole suites can also be made.

Tony Wall, CLA Game Fair Director, commented: “Our range of hospitality packages are second to none and together with supreme catering from CGC means visitors can enjoy excellent local food and drink in an attractive, restful and relaxing setting. Book yours today and add some extra elegance to your day!”

To book a hospitality package visit www.gamefair.co.uk and click Buy Tickets.

To book a hospitality suite please contact bex.welti@cla.org.uk

For more details, visit www.gamefair.co.uk.