Virtual festival for the Bank Holiday weekend

80% of parents have run out of ways to keep their kids entertained in lockdown – Surprised?

The boffins at Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide have uncovered that 80% of parents are struggling to find new ways to keep their kids entertained during lockdown, perfect timing then that this weekend we’ve the Play at Home Fest from child psychologist Dr. Gummer and her team to look forward to. This virtual festival will offers up a weekend of family fun with games, family activities, a variety of performances and more to keep kids (and grown-ups) entertained.

So, this weekend (23rd-24th May) the Play at Home Fest, across three virtual stages will be welcoming an impressive line-up of entertainers at this not-for-profit virtual festival.

Stand-up comedian and author, Shappi Khorsandi, will headline the main stage to entertain families during the virtual festival. Mum of two, Shappi, is a well-known name, having appeared on primetime shows including Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

There’s also social media star Sergei Urban aka TheDadLab, early years specialist and founder of playHOORAY! Claire Russell, The Giggle Doctors from Theodora Children’s Charity, Merlin Crossingham from Aardman and Miffy. There’s also Sisi from Sisi’s World and her dad TV presenter Nigel Clarke (CBeebies) who will host an exclusive dance tutorial to get  kids moving and grooving!

Scooby-Doo fans are in for a treat as the jam-packed festival schedule now features a ‘Scooby-Doo Mystery Theatre Craft-Along!’ Festival goers will learn how to build their very own ‘Mystery Theatre’ at home.

Closing the festival will be popular kids’ live band, Andy and The Odd Socks, who will be hosting a very special VIP Album Launch party. Their hotly anticipated new album “Who’s in the Odd Socks?” is set for release on the 22nd May and will be performed along with their greatest hits, putting a cap on a weekend that promises to delight all attendees.

Carefully cultivated to inspire children’s imagination and creativity, the weekend promises to be filled with adventure and joy as families from around the world come together in a bid to raise funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus appeal.

Dr. Amanda Gummer, founder of Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide, the team behind the Play at Home Fest, comments “We are excited to be able to reveal such a renowned lineup across some of the UK’s leading entertainers and family brands, for what promises to be an upbeat celebration during a time of uncertainty for all.  Fun most certainly isn’t cancelled this Bank Holiday weekend, so we encourage families to dust off their camping chairs, pitch their tents in the garden and enjoy two action-packed days to nurture kids’ imaginations, creativity and connectivity, during these times.”

The festival is free to attend and will be broadcast via and across the Good Play Guide’s social media channels. Festival goers are invited to sign up for their free virtual tickets, digital goody bags and wristbands at

Contributions to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and Theodora Children’s Charity are welcome on the ticket page, to support the festival’s fundraising efforts.


About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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