Today is #StaffordshireDay in our county and although it’s a bank holiday weekend, it doesn’t mean you have to spend it with a trip to IKEA or B&Q. If you live within Staffordshire or neighbouring counties, get yourself down to Rudyard Lake for Wild Rumpus’s A Day At The Lake.
With three one day events spanning until Bank Holiday Monday remaining, this is a unique and magical spectacular that you won’t want to miss. Go along and celebrate as Rudyard Lake gets transformed back to how it was a 100s years ago, one of the most popular tourist attractions of its time for thousands of visitors and known as “The Blackpool of the Potteries”.
You don’t even need to be up at the crack of dawn either as each day’s worth of events beginning at 11am and ending at 9pm, plenty of time to enjoy a lazy morning or even pack a picnic to enjoy by this stunning Lake with entertainment into the early evening.
Speaking of food, as you’d expect at any event hosted by Wild Rumpus, there were stalls aplenty selling everything you could desire from your classic pork baps, hot dogs through to Mexican burritos, stone baked pizzas as well as more simply “Tea and Toast”. As a family of varying tastes, we went for hotdogs curtesy of Piggie Smalls Hot Dog Co. for the little ones and Mexican offerings of chilli, cheese and Chips for Mrs F and a ‘Man vs Food’ style burrito for me. All so tasty that unfortunately the ducks went hungry….
Various events are going on throughout the day with a mixture of spontaneous productions in and around the site seeing crowds gathering around, through to more planned events thanks to the main stage which floats out on the lake. With everything from music performances from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Gabby Young, a dry land synchronised swimming routine not to be missed from Yorkshire Life Aquatics . There was also one of our faves from Just So Festival there, Jack On The Green, facinating children and adults alike with his ‘join in’ stories. Throw into that some Mesmerising Mermaids, Victorian Bathing Jugglers, Hat Stand Bands and more and you’ve got plenty of things going on to keep you and the kids happy.
The main event for me though is a recreation of the late great Carlos Trower, a man who twice scaled the lake in 1864 and 1878 across a single tightrope amazing visitors from far afield. It was only right that’s Carlos’s great grandson was also at the Lake yesterday to see the modern day recreation by the equally talented Great Bullzini.
Despite an earlier downpour, the Great Bullzini was able to walk across a slightly wet 6mm rope spanning the width of the lake which also including stopping at various points to perform additional wondrous feats such as handstands, press ups and even hanging upside down on the rope whilst completing his walk across.
For those who enjoy just exploring around, there’s also a fantastic little Treacle Market selling some unique gifts, individual hand made items and also an idilic garden / flower stall. One of our favourites was a stall selling artwork made out of wooden twigs.
The venue doesn’t have any ATMs though so don’t forget to bring some money if you intend on purchasing anything and don’t forget to stop by rides such as the heater skelter, rocking swings and a donkey ride as well for that truely authentic feel.
As mentioned above, the weather was unpredictable at times however there were still plenty of things going on and this didn’t stop the crowds from enjoying the events on display as well as rowing boats and boat trips around the lakes, there really is something for everyone old and young to enjoy this bank holiday weekend.
Dig out your wellies, bring your picnics, throw in a waterproof just in case (British weather) and get down to Rudyard Lake this weekend and travel back in time with this fantastic event.
A Day At The Lake continues on 1 and 2 May 11am – 9pm at Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire with tickets available at www.dayatthelake.org.uk or to purchase on the gate £14 adults, £7 children, under 3s free).
The Lost Carnival (www.thelostcarnival.org.uk), an large scale outdoor immersive theatre experience is the next adventure from Wild Rumpus from 28 – 30 May at Queen’s Park, Crewe, Cheshire.
Until Next Time
NB. We were provided with complimentary tickets to A Day At The Lake as part of our Wild Rumpus Ambassadors programme in exchange for an honest review. All opinions remain my own.