On Sunday, we were invited to watch the Justin & Friends tour at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and without taking the excitement away: It was amazing. Amy’s face lit up as soon as she saw the flyers in the foyer (someone is easily pleased) and by the time Justin and his friends stepped onto the stage, she was squealing with delight. She absolutely loves Justin Fletcher be it as Justin in Justin’s House, Mr Tumble or his many alter-egos, so I knew she would have the time of her life.
The CBeeBies show saw Justin and his friends prepare a spectacular rock and roly-poly show for a very special visitor, who was revealed to the audience in the grand finale.
The stars of the show were Nina (Kathrina Bryan) from Nina and The Neurons.
Andy (Andy Day) from Andy’s Wild Adventures, who got caught out miming “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
Robert – The Robot (Steve Kynman) from Justin’s House, who nearly ruined the show with his obsession for tidying up.
Nana Knickerbocker, who came on stage with four daddies from the audience and showed them how to dance Nana Knickerbocker Style.
Katy (Katy Ashworth) from I Can Cook and Andy (Andy Day) from Andy’s Big Adventure, who danced with pirates and ruined their pyramid.
And of course, Little Monster, who kept everyone on their toes when she was racing through the arena.
Mr Tumble (Justin Fletcher) was my personal highlight of the show. He got the whole arena singing and it was a bit of a goose bump moment for me, if I am honest.
But it wasn’t only Mr Tumble, who stormed the stage and won over the hearts of the audience: Nana Knickerbocker, Lost Pirate, Arthur Sleep and Keith Fit all joined in the fun and provided laughs and smiles all around.
The songs were all well-known CBeeBies songs or from Justin’s CDs, so little ones could easily relate to them and sing along. Amy doesn’t speak or sing yet, but she loved dancing around with the other children and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Ben was a little worried that she’d be a little too young for a show lasting 1.5 hours (with a 20 minute interval), but this wasn’t the case at all. She was fascinated seeing her favourite CBeeBies characters live on stage and was clapping and cheering along. I would thoroughly recommend taking your little one along, if they like Justin’s House or Mr Tumble as much as Amy.
Justin & Friends was a fun filled and entertaining show for all the family. It was a bit tricky taking photos from where we sat, because of the darkness, light effects and movement on the stage, but otherwise our seats were perfect. We could see the entire stage and when Justin changed into the costume of Nana Knickerbocker, he walked right past us on his way to the stage. Whenever do kids get that close to their idols?
Our ticket was complimentary, but I think the regular price of around £50 for a family ticket is very reasonable for the memories you get to make with your little ones on a day like this. I know that I will never forget Amy’s little face when she realised that she was seeing Justin & Co right in front of her and not in the telly. It was amazing!
I was not that impressed by the prices for merchandising products such as spinning lights and the show’s booklet though. Ben bought both items for Amy, because he thought they are a must-have and a great reminder of the fun we had at the show, but I have to say that I wouldn’t have paid £15.50 as I think that’s way too much for a little plastic light that spins around and a little booklet featuring the stars of the show. Amy was lucky that her daddy felt generous on the day!
All in all, the show was a great experience for us all. Amy had an absolute blast and Ben and I loved seeing her that happy and excited. We will definitely take her to any follow ups, because we now know that you aren’t ever to young for your favourite characters on stage!
Disclosure: We were provided with a complimentary family ticket, but this does not affect our opinion on the show.