Last year we had our first experience of a Wild Rumpus production, when they invited us to experience The Lost Carnival in Bury last year. We had a great time and are very much looking forward to joining them again later this year when The Lost Carnival comes to Crewe. Recently they have invited us to another local event, which sounds equally as fun – A Day At The Lake. This event is being held at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, and is an attempt to recreate the lake as it was in Victorian times, when it was an excursion place for thousands of day trippers who were taken out of their day to day lives by watching spectacular feats and outdoor arts of the age.
I think this event sounds like it’s going to be a great family day out. Over the course of the day there will be a series of “big performances” on the lake including tightrope walking, dry land synchronised swimming and performances from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Ensemble. A full timetable of these events is available on the A Day At The Lake website. Throughout the day there will also be walkabout performances, storytelling and marching bands. There will be traditional rides for the kids like the helter skelter and swing boats, boat trips on the lake, and donkey and steam train rides along the shore. From what I’ve read, and seen of other Wild Rumpus spectaculars there will be plenty to see and do throughout the day I am sure.
A Day At The Lake will be the first event of this scale at Rudyard Lake for over 100 years and marks the first Staffordshire Day on 1 May 2016 – a day of celebration of the heritage of Staffordshire to mark 1000 years since the county was first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. There’ll be loads of events happening across the county celebrating all that Staffordshire has to offer. But don’t worry if you already have plans to attend other events for Staffordshire Day – A Day At The Lake is happening on Saturday 30th April and Monday 2nd May as well! The timetable is the same for all 3 days, so you won’t miss out on anything.
Tickets for A Day At The Lake cost £14 for adults and £7 for children. Children under 3 go free but still require a ticket. Tickets include entry to the event, and parking along with all of the performances and activities at a Day at the Lake, except for fairground rides, donkey rides and boats.
Disclosure: I have been given tickets to take my family to A Day At The Lake in return for writing about it. All words and opinions are my own.