Bliss in a field! – Festival Review

As the Nicky Noodles On Tour kicks off, I thought I’d get my writing cap on and tell everyone about my beautiful adventure at Blissfields the first festival of the season and boy did I love being back in a field.

There’s no greater joy in rocking up on a field after a 6hour drive (in the blistering sun and traffic), to then be greeted with hugs, smiles and warm welcomes as I join the Angel Gardens team for another year of festival fun.

Over the past 8 years I’ve worked with Angel Gardens on and off squeezing in festivals wherever I can in the summer but in recent years I’ve had to step back and build up my own business  (wonder what that could be?)  but as I greeted the team (old and new) felt like only yesterday since I last joined my festival family in a field full of love and hugs, music and laughter.

The scariest part was looking at all the angel gardens crew children and seeing how much they have grown and how they have become their own little people, beautiful independent unique little people.

My magic moment of the weekend was on the very last day when I let the crew kids get their own back by attacking me with face painting, a precious moment I’ll never forget!

Many people think festivals aren’t a place for children but I couldn’t disagree more (as long as you pick the right ones) It’s a wonderful atmosphere where kids can play safely learn about diversity and the kindness of others, It’s an atmosphere words can not do justice. I still remember my first festival at 16 and just being shocked by how friendly and kind everyone around you is and that feeling of belonging.

While setting up I got badly sunburnt which set me up to hide from the sun at every given moment in my true vampire form. I’m not very up to date on music and I only knew one band over the weekend Electro Swing Circus (check them out they’re amazing!) I sang and danced so much the I lost my voice on day 1 oops!. Generally, at festivals, I choose to spend most of my time with the Angel Gardens crew singing songs around the campfire, pitching in with the activities and being part of the family, that to me, is what’s important.

Overall Blissfields was quieter to some of the other festivals I have been to in the past, being run on Thurs/Friday/Sat means there less young children about as it’s still in the school term but I still got to make lots of children and adults happy with colourful festival face paint magic. Here are some of my favourite face painting pics from the weekend…

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My top 3 tips to survive any festival

  1. Stock up on instant NOODLES! – an absolute necessity, in my opinion.

  2. Pack a spare Loo roll or pack of tissues – just in case the portaloos are empty
  3. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!!!  Sunburn hurts a lot and the shade is your best friend

Big shout-outs to…

Please click on their names and check out their pages!

Next, I will be at Truck Festival in Oxford then to Ynot in Derbyshire so if you are there too please do come say hi!

Don’t forget your Love, Hugs, Likes and Shares, See you soon! 

Xx- Nicky Noodles -xX

Adventure Awaits!

Summer adventuresAdventure time, come on grab your friends, the summer is here and Nicky Noodles is going on tour, YEY!

So many exciting things have been happening in the Noodles world these past few months and even more exciting things are soon to come. So here’s a quick catch up and stuff to look forward to…

Summer adventure! – This year I’m proud to announce I’m going to be working with the wonderful Angel Gardens team, face painting lots of kids and adults at festivals all over the UK. Starting off with Blissfields, then to Truck Festival and finally Y-not festival. It’s so exciting and I can’t wait to be living like a snail for the next month.

Past adventure! – As one door closes another one opens. It’s finally official after a hard year working and stressing I’ve finally passed my course with Distinctions* and now I am officially a makeup artist.

Makeup? I thought you where a face painter?!

So not only can I do awesome face paint designs for kids of all ages, I can also do wicked special fx makeup like never before and it’s so much fun!

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Does that mean no more Nicky Noodles?

NO! Of course not face paint is still my passion and I couldn’t bear the thought of stopping, what it means is I now have the knowledge and power to expand and keep creating in loads more different ways, which leads me to…

Never Normal Events

A new Business adventure! – This year I am launching a new company specifically aimed for the evening and special events inc; fire, circus performance, make up art. Leaving Nicky Noodles Entertainment all the fun party kids stuff. So watch this space more news will be coming soon!

What adventures are you looking forward to this summer?

Lots of Love, xX- Nicky Noodles -Xx

April Easter Catch Up!

Wow, what a month, this easter has been spectacularly busy and I have some exciting news to share with you all.

I’m so happy I wanted to tell everyone and shout about it, I wouldn’t usually mix personal and business stories on my page but it’s all Nicky Noodles at the end of the day my business is my everything, making you happy makes me happy so let’s celebrate together the happy news.

During the month I’ve sung my heart out hosting 2 karaoke nights at the Wellington in Shadwell. What a laugh we had together with the locals it really is one of my favourite activities I offer, not many people know I offer Karaoke entertainment if you’re interested please do get in touch to book.

I went on a pirate adventure with the youngsters at All Stars Nursery in Farsley, A storytelling interactive workshop, we learnt about the pirate ship, fought the invisible Captain Skellybones, painted out faces and had sword fights with real balloon swords! All to save the magical mermaids bubble. Let us know if you would like to see more storytelling adventure parties in the near future, we are always looking for ways to improve and keep our parties the best in town.

Of course, our Easter could not be complete without the Farsley WMC big Easter party. We had DJ Stu playing lots of fun games and hosting the one and only FWMC Easter Bonnet contest while I was busy away painting the cutest bunny faces, Awwwww!

More photos here

To finish up the month Me and my partner celebrated our engagement party for friends and family, we sang together, laughed together and partied together. It was a truly wonderful night and so grateful to know such wonderful people. SUPRISE… we shocked them all with the announcement to come and join us all for the actual wedding the same time next year!

Words can not describe how I excited I am to be planning the biggest party of my life, I have never done this before and never plan on doing it again so I am looking for any help, suggestions, whatever; if you can offer advice or a service let me know in the comments.

Easter bunny? chocolate rabbit?… no an actual rabbit!?! and she’s gorgeous!

I’ve never seen myself as a bunny girl or even liked rabbits (I was scared of them as a kid)…

But it was love at first sight <3

The shop was going to send her back to the breeder because the manager thought she’d never sell with one ear missing, so we decided to give her a forever home with us and she is a total soft cuddly nutter just like the rest of us.

So proudly introducing the newest member of the noodles family…

Miss Lopsi Noodles

Happy Easter everyone!

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xX – Nicky Noodles – Xx