In The Night Garden Live, Richmond: A Review | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

In The Night Garden Live, Richmond: A Review

When I heard that ITNG Live was coming to Richmond, I have to admit I was a little bit excited. On madam's behalf of course.

We went to see it this afternoon and it was B R I L L I A N T. Daisy loved every second of the show and it was adorable watching her eyes light up every time a new character came on stage and listening to her squeal with delight and clap her hands to all the songs.

There were two shows to choose from, each with a different story. We booked the Pinky Ponk show where Makka Pakka washes everyone's faces until his sponge gets stuck in Upsy Daisy's megaphone! (The alternative is the Ninky Nonk show - where Iggle Piggle loses his blanket and everyone helps him find it!) The shows last just under an hour (perfect for toddlers; Daisy just started fidgeting in the last five minutes) and are held in a purpose built 'showdome' which provides lots of baby changing facilities and a big buggy park.

The location of the showdome is spot on. Old Deer Park in Richmond is easily accessible by train, bus and car - and for people travelling from further afield wanting to make a day of it, there are plenty of other things to do and see in the local area. Richmond Pool (Pools on the Park) is right next door (and has a fabulous outdoor swimming pool which would have been bloody amazing to dive into today!), Kew Gardens is a ten minute walk up the road plus there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Richmond Town Centre to pop into for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Daisy and I arrived a little before the gates officially opened this afternoon which was a bit of a faux pas - we had to queue for twenty minutes in THE HOTTEST 'SHOWDOME' IN THE WORLD. Obviously, being 30degrees today, it was bound to be warm but the website did claim that the showdome was air conditioned and it was disappointing to discover that this didn't apply to the foyer.

The brilliant seating - perfect for fidgety kids. The four rows on the left (on the other
side of the barrier) were the premium area - not worth the additional £8+ in my humble opinion

After a sweaty start, we were ushered into the theatre on time and all was forgiven. The set up was fabulous. Rather than having old fashioned, uncomfortable chairs, the seating plan was more like an amphitheatre, with purpose built semi-circular steps to sit on and lots of space. Although it was definitely cooler in there, I'm not convinced there was working air conditioning; we were all handed paper fans on the way in.

There were plenty of refreshments on sale inside the theatre (drinks, crisps, chocolate and  ice creams) along with souvenier programmes (£5) and neon electric Iggle Piggle or Upsy Daisy fan/lights (£6).

The show was spectacular. There were both life size costumes and smaller puppets for each of the characters and all of them were ace! The puppets were just G E N I U S. I loved the tomliboos. They were actually attached to the puppeteers so all movements were really OTTand funny - there was lots of dancing and little kicks which made me chuckle, plus I *swear* one of the tomliboos was doing some dodgy bump and grinding which had me in stitches - not sure if the puppeteer was having a laugh but I liked it anyway. The actors and puppeteers all worked really hard and did a great job. The lighting was great, there were lots of bubbles (much to Daisy's delight) and everyone joined in with the songs.

After the show you left via a big souvenier tent, where you could buy all sorts of paraphernalia. It was all pretty reasonably priced too which was good. We bought a set of books (£5), an Upsy Daisy purse (£3) and a helium balloon (£4). You could also have your photo taken with Iggle Piggle or Upsy Daisy (£15).

I would thoroughly recommend going if you get a chance (the shows run until 13 August) - however if the weather remains the same I would also thoroughly recommend wearing as little clothing as you can get away with and taking plenty of cold drinks with you. Also if you want your little one to have his or her photograph taken with one of the characters then make sure you speak to a steward on your way in. I wasn't aware that you needed to do this and although I could have added Daisy's name to the waiting list it would have meant hanging around for an extra 45 minutes - and the exit dome was as hot as the foyer.

Tickets can be booked from the Night Garden Live website here - and prices range from £14.50 to £27.50, depending on the time and date of the show and whether or not you choose the premium option.

Daisy and I are both a little bit in love with Makka Pakka. And on that note I'm going to leave you with a photo of him that I've pinched from the official site..... xoxox



  1. I'm thinking of going to this in Manchester with my 2 year old and 1 year old boys...however i don't fancy paying 100 pounds for us three and Dad to go at the there a space that the kids can go and stand at the front so they're not just sat on our knees the whole way through? x

    1. There wasn't when we went I'm afraid. There was literally two feet in-between the front row and the stage. We're hoping to go again with the littlest this year so if anything has changed I'll let you know! x


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