Jewellery Quarter Festival.

Over the course of this weekend the Jewellry Quarter Festival  is happening.  As well as plenty of fun family activities it is also an opportunity to visit lots of the jewellery houses to see behind the scenes.

We took 6 year old twins Theo and Alexis and hoped the rain would stay away.

The twins had a few visits to the helter skelter, it proved to be a firm favourite and Alexis wanted me to join her for her very last go, so being a good grandmother I braved the very steep stairs and we whizzed down whooping. It was a lot more fun than I remember it being from my childhood.

Another very popular activity that Theo loved was the Scalextric Grand Prix. With several cars on the track, drivers had handsets in a colour to match their car. Unfortunately  for as much as Theo loved it, he really didn’t get to grips with being gentle on the handset and didn’t finish one lap.

Whilst Theo was racing Alexis had her face painted. Her favourite animal is the penguin, I honestly didn’t expect the face painting artist to be able to do anything remotely penguiny, but Alexis was thrilled with her playful, swimming  penguins.

All the activities were free and the only thing we had to pay for was lunch. The children and I had 12 hour cooked lamb kebabs and they were beautiful. At £7.00 each they were very much   worth every penny,  now £7.00 might seem steep for a kebab but this was a million miles from the unidentifiable meat that so often appears in a kebab. With a selection of hot food options including, Greek, Caribbean, waffles and barbecue (from Low &  Slow) Mr. Red had jerk soft shell crab. Unfortunately no photo exists as I was eating my delicious slow cooked lamb by the time Mr. Red joined the children and I and nothing could distract me from my food.

I found the stilt walkers comical in their oversized sequinned high heels, but funnier still was when Alexis told me  “they’re not really big shoes nanny, the lady is standing on sticks”

We finished saturdays visit to Jewellery Quarter Festival by attending circus training, where the children practiced juggling. They were all suitably armed with soft juggling balls and started by practising throwing one ball. Again lots of (free) fun.

Sadly we had to leave before the twins had progressed much with their juggling as we had only paid for 2 hours parking, which seemed plenty when we paid.  With some lovely music from a Steel band to give us the soundtrack for our fun family day out, and the rain stayed away it was a day well spent.



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