Geronimo family festival coming to Heaton Park this summer

A two-day special edition of the family festival Geronimo is coming to Heaton Park this summer. The event is scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 26 and 27 – a week after the government is proposing to remove all restrictions on social contact. Promising to be a ‘fun packed family festival’, it’ll feature stage shows, arena demonstrations, live music on the main stage, craft marquees, donkey rides, camel racing, monster truck shows, a funfair and ‘the world’s biggest bouncy castle’.

A 20,000-litre mermaid tank featuring displays throughout the day is expected to be a highlight of the event, along with the monster truck arena, two full circuses, jousting knights, a Wild West re-enactment arena and a high wire walker performing without a safety net.

A 20,000-litre mermaid tank will be among the highlights of the event

Happening ahead of the main Geronimo festival at Arley Hall in Cheshire this August, there’ll be three showground arenas, with timetabled events throughout both days.

The festival, which will also include zip lines and a silent disco, promises something for all members of the family to enjoy, with children’s entertainment aimed at two to 12 year olds. Bands like The Rockin Rhinos and Johnny and the Raindrops will be live all weekend and Big Fish Little Fish will be there for the post-rave generation.

Bez from the Happy Mondays will be there

There’ll also be DJ sets from Craig Charles, Bez from the Happy Mondays, Clint Boon and ‘other big Manchester names still to be announced’. Organisers say the most popular zone of the festival will be the main stage where families can see children’s TV presenters Sam and Mark, watch the live rock band Rockakoke and join in with a giant Frozen sing-along.

Artisan food trucks will be on hand to suit all dietary requirements and there’ll be a craft beer garden for those wanting to stop for a pint. Tickets, costing GBP15 each or GBP55 for a family of four, include entry as well activities and attractions, with the exception of funfair rides. Carers and under threes go free.

Adults will be asked to show either proof they’ve had the Covid vaccine, or proof of a negative Covid test before entry.

The event will include zip lines

If you forget your proof of test, there’ll be teams on hand to deliver immediate lateral flow tests to check that you’re clear. Anyone testing positive will be turned away and given a refund. Organiser Simon Goldman said: “We know just how important it is for families to be able to budget and to have as much fun as possible for your ticket price.

So, to make budgeting even easier, apart from the funfair attractions and inflatables everything is included in your entrance cost. “We have tried to price the day ticket so it is affordable to all families, we anticipate demand will be very high so please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The two-day event takes place in June

“After the year we have all had we certainly think the kids deserve a treat and some real family fun.” Tickets are already on sale and can be booked online.

Heaton Park is served by two tram stops – Heaton Park and Bowker Vale – and organisers are hoping to get as many people as possible to travel by Metrolink.