BBC Summer Social returns to Croxteth Park

Photo: Bob Edwards

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s inaugural event, BBC Summer Social returns for 2019 offering a line-up encompassing even more of the BBC’s programmes.

Welcoming over 30,000 visitors across the two days, BBC Summer Social has announced the first wave of artists for this year’s festival including pop icons Busted, Nina Nesbitt, John Newman, Freya Ridings, and many more topping the bill.

Saturday sees a whole host of special guests and shows from across the BBC, with live broadcasts on TV and radio. Highlights include Jo Whiley who will broadcast a BBC Radio 2 show live from the park on Saturday 3rd August, from 3-6pm. She’ll welcome the biggest CBBC stars to the Radio 2 studio as well as Busted, Nina Nesbitt and John Newman, who will all perform live.

CBeebies Superstar Mr Tumble takes the headline spot on the Sunday. Known for his starring role in CBeebies show Something Special, Mr Tumble will be performing his signature act on the festival’s main stage.  

Other CBeebies additions include Andy and the Odd Socks, Dr Ranj mayhem creators Cook and Line from Swashbuckle, Yolanda, Hey Duggee and many more.

Running alongside the main stages on both days will be a range of outdoor activities. In the BBC Sport field will be an array of sports to try your hand at, from tennis, to parkour and a Match of the Day Kickabout Challenge.

The event will also feature Doctor Who activities, a supersized Bedtime Stories tent, performances and Q&As from some of CBBC’s biggest shows including The Worst Witch and an entire field of inflatable fun – including the world’s biggest bouncy castle.

What’s more, making the most of the beautiful woodland backdrops at Croxteth Park, Summer Social will be recreating a version of the Blue Peter Garden, offering little ones (and big ones) a mini escape from all the organized mayhem.

Alice Webb, Director, BBC Children’s said: “Last year exceeded all expectations and the feedback was truly overwhelming. We’re delighted to be returning for 2019 bigger and better bringing even more BBC favourites direct to the audience.

“We will raise the bar this year and we hope this first announcement cements BBC Summer Social as the UK’s biggest children’s festival.”

The Summer Social will again be taking place within the grounds of Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool over two days (August 3rd and 4th)

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 28th March, priced at £23.50pp plus £1.50 booking fee (free for under 2’s) and includes all activities, rides and performances at the festival. Further information visit bbc.co.uk/summersocial