Sneaky Experience provide adventurous pop-up cinema screenings to audiences of all ages in unique and inspiring locations. The Fairies, Mermaids and Pirates event at Kirkstall Abbey was an action packed day out, with so much to see, do and explore.
The experience itself was truly amazing and at £9 a ticket it was an absolute bargain. The event was set in such a fantastic space and it was a really special day out. In the main grassed area of the Abbey there was an outdoor cinema screen showing two films within the allocated session times. We came prepared with a picnic blanket, chairs and an array of food and sat comfortably watching 'Peter Pan'. I've done outdoor screenings before, but, this has been by far the best one I've been to.
Dotted around the Abbey ruins there were various activities going on and we chose the second half of the session to explore these and opted to miss out on 'The Little Mermaid' screening. We started with the inflatable pirate ship, which was a roaring success. It was an incredible bouncy castle with a big slide inside and lots of treasure chests to bounce on. Next we visited Peter Pan and Captain Hook and learnt how to spar with swords. They had lots of audience participation and some lucky guests got to have a one on one sparring session with Captain Hook himself.
We then ventured to see Ariel and sat and listened to her tell wonderful stories about her time under the sea. She sang songs about her adventures and they were really mesmerising. We also met Tinkerbell and she gave my daughter some fairy dust and told her to think of nice, happy thoughts. Next up was hula hooping with Moana. All the Disney stars were super friendly and the queues for meet and greets were all very quick. We met more princesses in three hours here than we did at Disneyland Paris in three days!
There was so much more to see and do within the allocated time. Some of these activities were aimed at older children so we didn't take part. These included; crafting activities to make Hook's hook, synchronised swimming, seahorse racing and bow and arrow shooting. There was also a range of food stalls and a bar. The crepes were delicious!
The event was so well organised and so much fun, I would definitely recommend attending their future events. We will certainly be returning. One of their upcoming events is 'The School of Wizardry at Kirkstall Abbey'. For more information click here.
Useful information: Address: Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH
Opening hours: Scheduled events throughout the year
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