In our house we are big Cbeebies fans. Although Aoife is only 15 months old, she is quite a fan of programmes aimed at older children including Mr Bloom’s Nursery. Aoife is very much a people watcher!
At the beginning of the week we went to our local theatre, Curve Leicester to see Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live! Tour. The show was in Leicester for two days but is continuing to travel all around the UK, you can see if they will be near you by checking the website for tour venues and dates here.
When we arrived at the theatre there was a mix up with our tickets! But the ticket office staff were very efficient and prompt and had us new tickets and in our seats before the show began!
Mr Bloom’s show was in the Studio at the Curve, the more intimate of the theatre’s two main performance spaces. The theatre itself is a wonderful building and the staff are also (at least the ones we came into contact with were). The ushers greeting were very friendly, I’m sure they too were super excited to get to see Mr Bloom’s show and the cafe staff were equally polite and welcoming.
As the show was a children’s and afternoon show the bar wasn’t open for refreshments but the cafe was fully stocked with an array of drinks and food.
There was Mr Bloom themed merchandise available to purchase. From my past experiences merchandise for touring shows can be quite pricey but I wasn’t pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced the merchandise was. There was an assortment of goodies to buy including an Activity Programme, Mr Bloom Hats, Mr Bloom Postcards and Soft Toy Vegetables. The merchandise appeared to be very popular, after the interval there was an array of children wearing Mr Bloom style wicker hats and cuddling stuff cabbages and aubergines! We opted to purchase the Activity Programme which was stuffed to the brim and even included a Mr Bloom poster!
The show seemed very big on audience participation, which if I am completely honest I enjoyed thoroughly. The show included many of the popular songs from the TV show and Aoife loved wiggling and clapping hands to the music (she’s a little performer in the making!) and for a 15 month old sat very well throughout the first half of the show, during the second half of the show she got a tad restless but luckily for us there was space for her to stand up and have a wiggle. There was also some pantomime theme action involving the audience. The show has an hour long running time with a 20 minute interval breaking it up, just the right length in my opinion!
Now, onto the show itself! It begins with Mr Bloom and his vegetables returning from a two week holiday to find the allotment in quite a mess. They check through their mail to find a letter from a royal potato informing them of an important royal visit, which they then realise will happen that very same day!!!
The show is marketed at being suitable for children aged 3 and older. But if you have a music mad toddler like me then I see no reason why they wouldn’t enjoy it. We also took my 2 year old nephew and apparently he would not stop talking about the vegetables once he got home!
Aoife and I thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Curve together and I can’t wait until the next time we visit. For those that are interesting upcoming children’s show this season include Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!
Thanks for reading!
*We were very kindly gifted the tickets in exchange for a honest review.