"Who needs Glastonbury when you have Geronimo?"

"Who needs Glastonbury when you have Geronimo?"

Salford dad Simon Goldman gave up his high-flying job and ploughed his savings into creating a ‘Glastonbury for kids’ – so he could entertain his brood of seven children.

Simon, who had spent 20 years importing and selling toys, tried every attraction close to his family home to keep his clan busy at weekends.

The 45-year-old, along with wife Rezica, 42, also attended dozens of festivals around the country to find something that would be suitable for every one of his children, aged between 2 and 17.

Despite loving what he found, nothing quite fitted the bill. So businessman Simon jacked in his six-figure salary job and spent hundreds of thousands of pounds creating Geronimo – a festival featuring some of kids’ TV‘s biggest stars.

Geronimo takes place for the second time this summer at two sites over Bank Holidays – at Harewood House, Leeds, on May 1st and 2nd, and at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, on May 29th and 30th.

Simon has attracted some huge headliners - including kids’ TV’s biggest star Mr Tumble, gardening guru Mr Bloom and stars of Cbeebies show ‘Swashbuckle’ – to entertain the crowds of up to 60,000 people.

Other entertainers include motorcycle display teams, jousting, acrobatics, storytellers, trapeze artists, Bollywood dancing, princesses and a sheepdog display.

Meanwhile children will be able to take part in hundreds of exciting activities including graffiti art, roller skating, puppetry, circus skills, den building, gold panning and free falling, trapeze school.

Mum Louise Ellison, 37, is making a round trip of 200 miles from Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, to attend the festival with husband Gavin, 36, and son Ren, 3.

She said: “We have always wanted to take our son to a festival, but always felt there was nothing really out there for him which ticked all the boxes.

“But when we found out about Geronimo that changed. We just had to buy tickets, even though it’s quite far away.

“It looks absolutely amazing and we are all so excited – who needs Glastonbury when you have Geronimo?.”