Almost exactly a year ago the geek family headed over to Burrs Country Park in Bury to experience our first Wild Rumpus extravaganza – The Lost Carnival. We had a great time, and were delighted to hear that the carnival was returning this year, and much closer to home, being just down the road from us in Queen’s Park in Crewe.
The Lost Carnival is an immersive circus and theatre experience that aims to give visitors a taste of the carnivals of old. Like last year, the audience will enter in small groups on timed tickets between 4 and 6.30pm, which gives everyone the chance to be introduced to the carnival and its back story in what should feel like a very personal way. This worked really well last year.
One of the things I enjoyed most about The Lost Carnival last year was the story surrounding it. A series of podcasts was released in advance of the event introducing us to the two rival carnival families – the Ingenues and the Birds – and then on the evening the story played out to its conclusion. You didn’t need to have listened to the podcasts in order to enjoy the event, but they definitely helped with some of the backstory. This year the same is happening again, as the story continues. So far there have been three episodes, and we are finding more about the rivalry between these two carnival families. You can find these podcasts in iTunes or on The Lost Carnival website. It sounds like this year’s event will be more about these two families battling for supremacy, and the audience will be encouraged to pick a side – will you be #teambird or #teamingenue? I have to say last year the Ingenues were the heroes of the story, and so I am naturally drawn to them, but maybe we’ll see a different side to the Bird family this year and things won’t be so black and white. I’ll just have to wait and see…
So what will you get at The Lost Carnival this year? Well, the website isn’t giving anything away in terms of the story side of things, other than that the overarching story reaches a grand finale at 9pm each day. I’m expecting the same combination of sideshow curiosities and main stage acts throughout the afternoon/evening that we saw last year, and the organisers say that many of the performances will be repeated throughout the event so you shouldn’t miss out on anything no matter what time you arrive or leave (with the exception of that 9pm finale). If you’ve experienced other Wild Rumpus productions, like A Day At The Lake or the Just So Festival I am sure this event will have a familiar feel, and if you haven’t, prepare yourself for a new and somewhat magical experience. We’re really looking forward to it!
The Lost Carnival will take place on May 28/29/30 at Queen’s Park, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 7SE. Early Bird tickets cost £12 per ticket, and under 3s go free.
Disclosure: I have been given tickets for myself and the family to attend The Lost Carnival in return for blogging about our experience. All words and opinions are my own.