Tip Of The Day: How To Go In The Night Garden For Real

27/04/2010 22:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

I've always thought that the Night Garden, home to Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy and the rest, looks like it would be a cool place to visit.

Now you and your children will get the chance to do just that, as In The Night Garden has been transformed into a live show set to tour the UK this summer.

Whilst there are a lot of live show versions of children's favourite shows, this one looks like being extra special. It's been created in an inflatable, purpose-built touring theatre made up of two impressive, state-of-the-art domes (see picture below) designed to faithfully recreates the magical world of the hugely popular CBeebies show.

These all-weather domes will take up temporary residence in four locations around the UK. The show domes will have all the facilities of a regular theatre (in the smaller dome) – including box office, toilets and catering points – but these will be uniquely family-friendly with buggy parks, baby-changing areas and microwaves to heat up baby food. The auditorium (in the larger dome) will have just 500 seats, providing excellent sight-lines and proximity to the stage for all audience members. Families will have the choice of two shows, each with a different story, during the run, with up to five performances a day.

Here's where you can catch the show:

  • Sefton Park, LIVERPOOL - 17 July to 1 August
  • Meridian Gardens at The O2, LONDON - 14 August to 30 August
  • Glasgow Green, GLASGOW - 11 September to 26 September
  • Cannon Hill Park, BIRMINGHAM - 9 October to 24 October

This is the first time that children and parents will be able to meet beloved characters like Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka in a live event. The characters will be brought to life with full-size costumes, enchanting music, magical puppets and spectacular panoramic projections, creating an immersive theatrical experience to make audiences feel they are actually entering the magical world of In the Night Garden.

Although it's still a few months off, I'm giving you the heads up on this now because it's sure to be immensely popular. The £5 tickets have already sold out for London, so book as soon as you can.

The box office is now open, and you can book tickets by visiting the website here or by calling 0844 581 1251.

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