So we finally managed to get to a “Sneaky Experience” event! Given that the second day of the event is tomorrow, I thought that I would try and do a quick recap, without giving too much away!! (Update: this was in 2017, but the “Sneaky Experience” experience is the same!
So, the event is in Kirkstall Abbey itself. Therefore, be prepared for uneven ground and narrow walkways (not suitable for double buggies!!!) and so if it is wet, take a picnic blanket to sit on as there is a bit of sitting down watching performances. While you’re at it, take some food as well!!
So, having never been to a Sneaky Experience event before, I didn’t know what to expect. Essentially there are 10-14 pop-up entertainers throughout the Abbey performing for the whole of the 3 hour session. While it seems a bit chaotic, it tends to be a good idea just to go with the flow. It is all very fast paced anyway, so you don’t have that long for downtime.
The entertainment ranged from puppet shows, Elsa singalong, Anna fashion show and a big version of Twister.
However, the best entertainment was the 2 person performances of both “Hook and Pan” and “Toad and the Mole”. Whilst they lasted 20 minutes or so each, the audience fully bought into the show. So much so that the children were so excited that they nearly invaded the stage! The children were so loud that I couldn’t speak to the person next to me (who I thought that I knew but wanted to ask!!)
The entertainers were all dressed up and in character. If they weren’t doing a performance, then they were more than happy for pictures to be taken with the little ones. This was almost as exciting than the shows for the little ones.
We lasted 2 ½ hours and I enjoyed a sleeping 4 year old on the way home. There was always something to do because the event was so fast paced. It probably wouldn’t be suitable for those under 3 and above 8 or so. Whilst there were a high proportion of girls, there is nothing gender specific about it. Likewise, while plenty dressed up in princess outfits, there is no obligation or incentive to do so. It might make the event a little more special, that’s all.
There were a few stalls to buy ice cream/drinks, but you are probably best taking your own. The queues were big, and you’d rather be enjoying the entertainment.
Sneaky Experience do all sorts of events and I’ll be sure to check out some of the others in the future as this was of an excellent quality.
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