Victorious (24-26 August 2018) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival - continues to be one of the best value, family friendly music festivals in the UK with particularly low ticket prices for children. 5-12 year old tickets cost just £8 a day and under 5 years are able to join in the fun for just £1 with all activities in the Kids Arena absolutely FREE!
The Kids Arena stage will boast headline performances from Andy and the Oddsocks, who will take to the stage on the Saturday and family favourites, Cook and Line, who will headline Sundays family programme.
Families can look forward to a special performance from the Odd Sock Friends…. Rio on guitar, Blu on bass, Moxy hitting the drums and Random Keith on keys. They are all bonkers! They love telling stories and sing about all sorts of things from aliens and dinosaurs to rapping robots and even a groovy hoover.
Cook and Line, from CBeebies' Swashbuckle, will be performing a rip-roaring pirate adventure. Full of lively songs, crowd-pleasing games and laugh-out loud comedy, their energetic and interactive performance is sure to be a big hit on this years Kids Stage.
For those looking to get up close to the action, there will be meet and greet sessions with some of the world’s biggest names in childrens entertainment, including Victorious debut appearances from, Paddington™ and Adventure Time’s, Finn and Jake, who will be at the festival on both Saturday and Sunday.
Everyone’s favourite marmalade eating bear, Paddington will be making personal appearances. Don’t forget to bring your camera as Paddington will be happy to pose for pictures! TV favourites, Jake and Finn are taking time out from battling the Ice King in the land of Ooo to visit us at Victorious Festival. Characters will be appearing at intervals on both days.
In addition to all of the big-name performances and meet and greet sessions, there will be loads of other activities taking place across the huge Kid’s Arena.
The fantastic Southampton Scrap Store gang will be teaching us how to turn all scrap and waste in to fun with arts and crafts. This years ‘Out of This World’ craft project will be building space rockets!
The award winning pre - school football academy, Little Kickers, will be back giving children a positive introduction to sports and playing as a team, with games and football fun.
Children’s Parties Portsmouth will be hosting a party and everyone’s invited! So get ready to throw some shapes with a disco, dance competitions and fun games for all the family.
In the Portsmouth College Action Area (10+) you will find Game Over, Portsmouth’s only gaming console café, will be bringing their retro gaming to Victorious Kids arena. Expect something for all your retro gaming needs from Playstation 1 to Pong on the Binatone TV Master IV.
Here you’ll also discover Action Stations Nerf Area, Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis workshops, plus the brilliant Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Mary Rose Zones!
Held in the picturesque seaside location of Southsea overlooking the Solent, Victorious Festival is the ultimate family friendly experience.
Revellers can expect an eclectic mix of live music and DJ performances, from some of the biggest names in the music industry, as well as a medley of locally sourced food markets and ale stalls, arts and crafts, and much, much more.
With standard tickets priced between £30 and £45 a day and children’s tickets starting from £1 a day, Victorious Festival remains one of the most affordable festivals in the UK! All activities and attractions in the Kids Arena are included in the ticket price.
For tickets and details go to: www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
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School starters in England will receive their very own copy of the book Little Monkey this September as part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign.
Now in its third year, the Time to Read campaign from the UK’s largest children’s reading charity encourages families to make time to read together, share stories every day and find the fun in reading.
This funny and empowering picture book tells the tale of a little monkey in a big troop, in an even bigger jungle. Monkey has enough of missing out, of being too small for big adventures, so she bravely heads off all alone to climb to the top of the tallest tree in the jungle. Written and illustrated by the renowned Marta Altés, Little Monkey (Pan Macmillan) shows us that the world is a big, wild and wonderful place where anything is possible.
BookTrust Chief Executive Diana Gerald said: “Children are more likely to read if they’re having fun with stories and we couldn’t think of a more colourful, enjoyable and entertaining book. At BookTrust we want to ensure all children have access to books and enjoy the adventure and escapism that comes with getting lost in a good book. Little Monkey is beautifully illustrated and brilliant to read aloud.”
A panel of experts chose Little Monkey because of its fun, detailed illustrations and great message that no matter how small you are, or how big the world seems, you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. It’s perfect for reading together and the challenges Monkey faces of being too small and not wanting to miss out are easily relatable for little children.
Marta Altés, author and illustrator of Little Monkey said: “I'm so excited and it's such an honour to work with BookTrust on their Time to Read campaign. It's wonderful that Little Monkey will be used to start little people on their reading journey. I hope that Little Monkey and her adventures in the jungle not only inspire a love of reading but also remind children that even when you're small you can do amazing things!”
Every reception age child in England will start receiving Little Monkey at school from September. The book is delivered inside a special Time to Read pack that each child gets to keep and take home. Inside each pack is a message for families about the importance of shared reading, alongside practical tips and advice to help them bring the story to life at home. booktrust.org.uk/timetoread
Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, Publisher at Macmillan Children's Books said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with BookTrust, supporting this wonderful and important initiative to ensure that a love of reading goes beyond the classroom walls and stays with a child for life. Marta Altes' Little Monkey celebrates the amazing things we can achieve if we put our minds to it, regardless how big or small we are, making it a perfect and encouraging read for children who are just starting their school lives. We hope that Little Monkey's plucky and adventurous spirit will be embraced by the children as they embark on a lifetime of reading for pleasure."