This was a last minute find by my wife from her sick bed and perfect for our Fireman Sam crazy 2½ year old, who was also feeling a little under the weather this Bank Holiday Weekend.
This new found obsession with “Highr Haaam” is not what I had planned for my firstborn whilst there are hundreds of unseen steam locomotives around the UK, but we have to let them make their own choices in life! 🙂
I guess like with cats and dogs, we are pre-disposed to have a preference and no matter how much effort the police and ambulance services make, there is nothing more impressive than a fire engine.
Little M spends hours enjoying his Fireman Sam fire trucks, helicopter and lifeboat in the bath. Pontypandy Fire Brigade’s female firefighter and the main driver of Venus – Penny Morris – is usually also in attendance every time we leave the house. For all of these reasons, this was a great event.
We arrived just before 10am and had no issues accessing Clumber Park from the A1, with well-signposted access and traffic management. Parking was £6.80 (free for national trust members) with free admission to the event. A little walk to the entrance, but with such a popular event, that’s to be expected.
Once we arrived it was clear, that like me, Little M was surprised and impressed by the number of fire engines. I have never seen anything like it, row after row of fire engines. We had a good chat with one of the officers, who was brilliant and perfectly enthusiastic before we set off to inspect each appliance.
Amongst an array of fire engines, ambulances, police cars, vintage vehicles, lifeboats and motorbikes there was a main showground area which had several key events throughout the day including a water rescue demonstration, world record attempt, road traffic collision extraction and fire dog demonstration.
This is where the ambi-copter or helicopter to the uninitiated landed giving older children an opportunity to climb through and inspect it carefully.
The police were having great fun challenging children to run at the speed gun as fast as they could as part of the speed awareness section while the ambulance service focused on saving lives through CPR.
All the areas dealt with prevention, safety and what to do in an emergency at all levels – particularly appropriate for those learning to ride bikes in the cycling proficiency area.
We didn’t get to see everything or the afternoon events, but throughout the park there were many mini displays by the emergency services including some sort of smoke-filled tent that further confirmed how much there was to see at the well organised event.
The only negatives were simply due to the number of people, but that has to be expected for a Bank Holiday event of this size. It wasn’t easy to see the car extraction without lifting a child onto your shoulders and when we first arrived the fire engines were surrounded. However, we still got to do everything we wanted, including sitting inside a fire engine!
For a family day out it had something for everyone and if you can fill your car it is a bargain of a day out. Picnics seemed to be encouraged. All of this was made extra special with the pleasant weather and gorgeous surrounds of the Nation Trust, Clumber Park.
If you love Fire Engines, Police Cars, Ambulances, Dogs, Boats or Helicopters you should be fine!
The 999 Emergency Services August Bank Holiday Event at Clumber Park was a crammed full of vehicles, demonstrations and learning. A great family day out.
It was an hours drive, but well worth the effort. I can see us making many return visits over the coming years. West Yorkshire should take note!