The Music Audio Stories BIG marquee, Storytime and festival fun in Hackney!
It's almost a Big Top!
Last Saturday, we took part in the Hidden River Festival 2022 and after a two-year wait, it was absolutely brilliant! Back for its eighth year, the festival starts outside the Redmond Community Centre and continues along the New River Path to the Woodberry Wetlands. We were excited to be returning to this lovely festival with its ethos based on community spirit and family fun. We were even more excited when we discovered we had been given a large marquee, or as I liked to call it, our Big Top! This was in the Family Finches area which had other children's entertainment and fun things for families. We decided to extend our interactive children's space as we had two extra tables.
The Hidden River Festival is attended by hundreds of Woodberry Down residents and visitors from other areas of London, bringing the total attendance to over 2,000 people each year! Volunteers from the community are involved in creating a great day of community fun, local food, music, comedy, stalls and more.
Nestled beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down, the New River creates a stunning backdrop for the festival. Built over 400 years ago, the New River was an engineering feat of its time. Dug by hand, it is still in use today, bringing Londoners fresh drinking water from springs in Hertfordshire. As well as enjoying the festival, visitors can walk along New River thanks to the New River Path which provides a unique green oasis in the area. It's teeming with wildlife and beautiful vistas for the public to enjoy. Children love the modern kids’ playground and there is so much in the area to explore.
Jenika and I did not get to explore! From the moment we set up, it was non-stop with a constant stream of visitors to our "Big Top" all day long.
Storytime at the Hidden River Festival
This year, I hosted my Storytimes inside the Redmond Community Centre's dance studio. It's a huge space with amazing reverb, which is always helpful when one has to sing! The children loved my read-aloud of my picture book, Billy Joins the Circus, singing and dancing along to the music audiobook and my drawing activity.
Billy Joins the Circus Drawing Challenge
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