My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Our adventures In The Night Garden!

The day we returned to the magical world of the Pinky Ponk!

On Friday, 1st June, 2012, mummy and daddy took me to a world I'd visited before. To a special garden created only for those with big imaginations. This was the day we returned to The Night Garden!

Clockwise from Top Left:
Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, The Tombliboos and Makka Pakka

For those that may not be very familiar with this special place, here is a little background information about exactly what you have been missing out on!!

In The Night Garden is a BBC children's television series, aimed at children aged from one to four years old. It is produced by Ragdoll Productions, and produced by Andrew Davenport and Anne Wood, both of whom co-created TeletubbiesThe programme features a large cast of colourful characters with unusual names who live in an area of sparsely wooded grassland scattered with large daisies and brightly-coloured balls of flowers. The characters mostly speak short, repetitive phrases. In the Night Garden is intended to help children relax and achieve calming relationships with parents.

The special, purpose built In The Night Garden Dome that travels with the cast and crew throughout the tour!
Once again, the magical stage is travelling around to some famous UK venues, encased within this amazing purpose built inflatable dome. And on this day, we saw the dome had been placed inside The O2 complex. A dome within a dome - how clever! I had never been to London's O2 before, and I was fascinated! It was huge, and bustling with atmosphere. And to top it off, as we approached the familiar white dome, I spotted something I recognised right outside the entrance. Well, more 'some things' than 'something'!

Right there outside the inflatable dome were the 5 Haahoos. These fun, friendly, cushiony characters were so tall, I couldn't see all the way to the top! Believe me when I say ... those Haahoos were THIS big ...

We were very lucky to have had the chance to see these 'larger then life' characters that are usually seen bouncing around the Night Garden in a tranquil fashion as they were only present at the O2 in London, and are not being transported to any of the other venues. So I was really excited that we were there on this day to see them!

Me and mummy in front of the Haahoos!
As we approached the door to the Night Garden's Dome, we were immediately welcomed by a friendly face waiting to check our tickets and hand us our complimentary programme, a bonus included with every ticket! The programme is actually an Activity Book too, so information for mummy and daddy and some colouring time for me!

We had the pushchair with us (which is quite unusual these days!) but mummy said the day could involve quite a lot of walking, so we took it just in case. Also, mummy said it was ok to take it with us as there is plenty of dedicated space especially for prams and buggies to be kept. We therefore left the pushchair there before we were pointed in the direction of the auditorium and our seats. We had tickets for Standard seating, and managed to sit on the front row of our designated section. However, wherever we had managed to sit, I know that I would have been able to see the stage clearly, as he design of the auditorium is perfect for little people!

Waiting patiently for the show to start
So as we sat and waited for The Pinky Ponk show to begin (The Pinky Ponk show is shown alternately with The Ninky Nonk show each day throughout the tour), the dome was filled with he familiar sounds from the Night Garden as images could be seen moving around the ceiling. Every couple of minutes, the Pinky Ponk could be seen floating over our heads amongst these images. Whilst some live concerts rely on the use of strobe lighting and smoke machines to excite their crowds, today, all we needed was colourful projections of the Titifers overhead and hundreds of bubbles floating around the auditorium to evoke an excited atmosphere!

The show presents us with the story of Makka Pakka visiting his friends around the Night Garden with his Og-Pog and special sponge & soap, washing everyone's faces. Something Makka Pakka loves to do! 

Makka Pakka with his Og-Pog, sponge and soap
Everything goes smoothly, until he manages to lose his sponge which ends up bouncing uncontrollably around the Garden. The atmosphere amongst the audience remained lively and excitable all the way through the performance, and enthusiastic cheers resounded throughout every time a character appeared on the stage! There were plenty of opportunities to join in with the singing and dancing, and I took advantage of every single opportunity! I was fixated!

Once again, the cast and crew needed to be applauded on the fluidity of the script and the flawless, innovative way in which the plot is developed. With Iggle PiggleUpsy Daisy and Makka Pakka were all played by actors inside suits, there were points when Makka Pakka would appear as a clever puppet when he stands next to his larger friends to keep the idea of proportions as 'real' as possible. The Pontipines and Tombliboos were also puppets that were expertly operated by the appropriately dressed, talented crew members who worked perfectly together, keeping the magic of the characters alive!

The Tombliboos and their genius Puppeteers!
I loved everything about the show, and the large electric fans all around the edge of the auditorium remained switched on full the whole time, helping to keep the dome at a comfortable temperature. I was, however, having so much fun during the show, I don't think anything else mattered too much at the time!

Best friends - Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle
Dancing on the famous Gazebo!
Once the show was over, we made our way out of the auditorium and returned to the entrance area of the Dome where we had the opportunity to purchase In The Night Garden merchandise including soft character toys, T shirts and balloons, all at reasonable prices! The process of clearing the auditorium was hassle and crowd free. With exits and both sides of the seating area, everyone was able to leave the area calmly and without queuing! The entrance area was also the place in which we waited for our turn to meet Upsy Daisy. Tickets to meet either Upsy Daisy or Iggle Piggle are available at the time of booking your tickets, or, subject to availability, can be purchased on the day of your visit for £15. For this price, young fans get the chance to meet and talk to their favourite character, and have a souvenir photograph taken by a member of the fantastic team. A number of photos are taken, giving you the opportunity to view all and choose your preferred print at the sales desk afterwards.

Me and Upsy Daisy - she's my FAVOURITE!
Upsy Daisy was as cheerful and friendly as she was when I met her back in September 2011. The ladies that managed the number of children waiting to meet their favourite characters were brilliant. They were friendly and told me that Upsy Daisy was really excited about meeting me! That was a lovely thing to hear. Members of the team were on hand at all times, meaning that someone was nearby to help with whatever we needed. 

Dancing amongst the flowerbeds!
In The Night Garden Live 2012 runs until 23rd September at the following venues:

Old Deer Park, Richmond, London         16th June - 30th June 2012
Brent Cross, London                           7th July - 22nd July, 2012
The Trafford Centre, Manchester           18th August - 2nd September, 2012
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham              9th September - 23rd September, 2012

... So there is still time to book your seats at a venue suitable for you!

Visit www.nightgardenlive.com to check availability and to book tickets!

This was a simply amazing day out, and one that clearly creates a feeling of magic in audience members of all ages ... even mummies and daddies!! 

Although we received complimentary tickets to In The Night Garden Live for the purpose of the Review, all thoughts and opinions about our day out are entirely our own!


  1. This is a lovely review! I'm taking my daughter to see the Pinky Ponk show in August and she is very excited too. We've been playing the In the Night Garden app together and she loves helping Makka Pakka wash faces!