Bring your Teddy to the Barton under Needwood Family Festival Passport Office
Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September 2023
The Teddy Rides will be open from 12noon until 4pm in the grounds of St James’ Church, Barton under Needwood
The adventure begins with you and your Teddy (or any soft toy cousin) creating your own Passport with a personalised photograph. The next step is a Tedical to make sure that Teddy is fit to fly and can cope with the demanding G-forces of the rides, followed by an X-ray security check.
The Teddy Passports will give access to all the rides - show your passport at the boarding gate of each ride when Teddy will be awarded a commemorative sticker and stamp.
Highly trained volunteers provide emergency cover for teddies who may feel a little nervous.
To make the most of the experience we suggest you bring along squidgy, soft teddies or their friends who are no more than 35cm tall.
Our newest ride Target Ted, was a big hit on its debut in 2021 but was grounded by a technical hitch last year. Happily it’s been fixed and is set to off take off again along with Top Gun Ted – so daring teddies will be able to take to the skies!
Also available for thrill-seeking teddies will be Oblivion, Teddy Sky Wire and Boat a Bear.
Rides in the Churchyard
Top Gun Ted
For Teddies with excellent flying skills! Your job is to pilot the special plane onto the flight deck of our Teddy Aircraft Carrier 4-BEAR-ANCE to earn your Teddy Top Gun Wings.
Top Gun Ted Video
For ambitious Teddies who are fired upwards suspended from the Teddy Shuttle to the top of the Church Tower. A dramatic cymbal clash signals the climax of the ride as Teddy goes boldly where no Teddy has gong before!
Teddy Skywire Video
For thrill-seeking Teddies, Oblivion is not to be missed as Teddy ascends gently to the top of the highest point in the village of Barton under Needwood (the top of the church tower) before hurtling into the smoke filled Teddy Oblivion Chamber.
Teddy Oblivion Video
Boat a Bear
For competitive Teddies: race your friend's teddy in the unique Barton Boat Race. Your skill depends on how quickly the water is released to propel your bear down the shute. May the best bear win!
Boat a Bear Video
There will only be room for five rides in the churchyard so Teddy Hi-Wire will be taking a break. But here's a reminder...
A quiet ride for beautifully balanced bears is Teddy Hi-wire. Teddy sits in a chair which is balanced on a wire. Teddies helpers wind the magic machine to make Teddy travel along the High Wire.
Teddy Hi-Wire Video
At the moment there are no plans to run rides at the village pond this year. However, below are the rides that have run at the pond in previous years, just for your information.
Water Ted Ski
Teddy can demonstrate his forwards and backwards waterskiing skills as he zooms across the Village Pond safely protected from the waves by a specially designed capsule. Only teddies measuring 35cm tall - or less - and who are not too tubby - will fit in the capsule. However our stunt teddies will be standing by in case your favourite toy won't fit in.
Water Ted Ski Video
For maritime Teddies, regular Barton Belle excursions on the Village Pond with you at the radio controls. Lifejackets provided. A full Teddy lifeboat services are provided by the Barton rescue canoe.