If you haven’t already made plans for this bank holiday weekend get yourself over to Rudyard Lake, Leek for a day with Wild Rumpus where spectacular feats are taking place through until Monday. In fact, even if you have made plans, you might want to reconsider them!
A family festival, A Day at the Lake, looks to relive the romantic history of this beautiful setting by recreating the atmosphere of a Victorian era – a Golden age.
Each day’s activities commence at 11am and with each hour comes a new attraction including the Birmingham Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mesmerising Mermaids, Yorkshire Life Aquatic (not your ordinary synchronised swimmers) and perhaps most amazingly of all, the Great Bullzini who takes on the amazing challenge of tightrope walking across the lake. This daring event is a recreation of that of Carlos Trower who famously twice scaled the lake in 1864 and 1878 drawing huge crowds as the Great Bullzini has today. Performing his magic wanders of incredible balance and physical strength, the Great Bullzini seems to glide across the lake stopping only for some amazing gymnastics upon the tightrope. The splendour of his performance can be enjoyed at 2pm and 7pm on each day of the festival.
The soggy weather of the May Bank holiday did not deter the crowds who gathered around the foot of the lake to witness the range of performances upon the floating stage.
Refreshments are aplenty with cuisine for any tastebuds. We tucked into a freshly made wood fired pizza and a scrummy vanilla ice cream not to mention the hot filter coffees and maybe there was a muffin or two. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find something to hit the spot.
The quaint Treacle Market is supporting A Day at the Lake, with stalls offering retro art and handmade crafts. We picked up some old-style wooden pegs for our dolly’s washing line. It’s one not to be missed with the sort of stalls you have to wait for Mrs View From a Daddy to slowly meander around edging from one to another. So, be sure to bring your cash along to avoid disappointment.
If you want to take in the views of the lake afloat, you can take a row yourself or sail aboard a steamer (additional charges apply). With a helter skelter and swings, the magic of a fun fair is recreated for the little ones too.
As well as a range of foods and refreshments, toilets are in sufficient supply and what’s more, parking is free. To find out more about A Day at the Lake and other events offered by Wild Rumpus check out the website www.dayatthelake.org.uk.
Don’t be deterred by the forecast, grab your wellies and waterproofs and get over to Rudyard Lake for fun and something quite spectacular this weekend.
We were invited along as ambassadors of Wild Rumpus. You can find out more about Wild Rumpus at www.wildrumpus.org.uk.
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