This year, I am so completely off the mark from my normal level of festive cheer. Our advent calendar has been abandoned, we haven’t visited a Father Christmas, in fact we haven’t even written him a letter. Never have I ever been the Humbug of Christmas… until now.
We have the gifts for our kids sorted, but none for anyone else. We haven’t even thought about Christmas dinner and we certainly don’t have the funds to be hosting it this year – So instead of being the one wearing the craziest jumpers, singing the carols the loudest and eating the most mince pies, this year, you will find me hiding out in my living room enjoying a quite day with my little gang.
Cue: Bah Humbug Fest
Bah Humbug Fest is a 10 Day Family Spectacular taking place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough between the 20th and 30th December (Closed Christmas Day) and we were invited along to review the event. There are 2 sessions daily so you have a choice between 12-4pm or 5-9pm. We opted for the evening session.
The idea of Bah Humbug! Fest is to leave all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind and just do something different. No Christmas jumpers or parties or tinsel or gift wrapping for a few hours. Just a chance to escape and enjoy some time together over the festive period without having to dress it up in glitter and holly.
Our group consisted of a mixed range of ages – 3 adults, a 13 year old, a 9 year old, 5, 3, 2, and Bridget being the youngest at 18 months so we tried to make our way around enough of everything so that we/they made the most of the age appropriate stuff
If you’ve ever been to the East of England showground / Peterborough Arena, you’ll know its quite a large space. There are huge events held there throughout out the year so it was ideal for something like this. There is absolutely loads of free parking and we managed to get really close to the gates.
It is ideal to prebook your tickets but you can pay on arrival at the gate. Once we had our wrist bands, we made our way inside.
The first things you’ll come across are the food vans. Not the cheapest food in the world, a tray of chips will set you back £3 but it’s the sort of prices you’d get at any fairground. We did get a little bit of food around midway through our visit but if your kids are anything like mine, you’ll always have snacks and drinks in your bag too. Just in case.
Out here there were some of the bigger outdoor rides. There were a couple of smaller rollercoaster type things for the younger ones, one of those whacky house things where everything moves, a haunted house and a helter skelter.
Inside is where most of the fun was to be had. as you go in, there is a roller skating rink immediately to your right, beyond that there were lots of inflatables that took up most of the
Over in the far right corner there was an under 3’s area too that had a couple of the smaller inflatables and a play pen type thing that had loads of those soft play building blocks and various bits.
Heading over to the other side there were bumper cars, teacups, a ghost train, a small
In the middle, there were some fairground prize games and then outside the back door, there were some more rides such as the super bowl, the waltzers and another few smaller ones too.
So on first impressions there was plenty to do. The kids wanted to go off in all directions and do it all in one go.
In terms of numbers, it was very quiet. We were able to stay on several rides and just keep playing without having to get off and we didn’t have to queue for anything which was perfect for the kids.
We were able to split up so that we could all do our own thing, ie one of us had the 3 babies on the smaller rides while one supervised the bigger two or the middle one. None of us missed out at every age group was catered for.
The prize games were a tad on the expensive side and I think that let them down. Whe you can go on rides over and over, why would you stop to spend money on a game? They certainly didn’t pull us in.
The price of tickets initially sounds expensive but when you consider how much you would spend at a normal fair, it doesn’t work out that bad. Especially when you can ride as much as you like. It’s unlimited and you can stay for the whole 4 hours. Typically when I’e been to the fair before, we’ve either run out of money or it’s got too cold to carry on so at least here, most of it is inside.
The Important Bits
Tickets for Bah Humbug Fest are priced £20 per person for a four-hour session. A family ticket for two adults and two children priced £70, and a spectator-only ticket priced £6. Under-3s go in free.
Once you’re through the doors, full ticketholders will get wristbands for unlimited access to all the rides and inflatables, which they can use as many times as they like during their session. The only things that cost money inside the event are food from vendors, alcoholic and soft drinks from the bar, plus any prize games you might want to play.
Gates open 30 mins before the start of each session to give time for everyone to get inside before the fun starts.
The event is at the East of England Arena, Peterborough, PE2 6XE. For Sat Nav use postcode: PE2 6HE. The venue is easily accessed via car or public transport, there are 22,000 free parking spaces, half-hourly bus services, and a train station 15 minutes away in Peterborough town centre
Check out the video below for more of an idea… you might even spot us right near the end!