Sharky & George are the go to children’s party organisers for those in the know. They have a simple aim – to find the fun in everything. Their jaw-dropping children’s parties are all about getting everyone involved in active, imaginative, energetic games, races, competitions, adventures and missions – always involving a certain amount of mischief!
Charlie (Sharky) and George did their very first party in their last year (2001) at school for their House Master’s daughter’s 6th birthday. They continued doing parties for nieces, nephews, cousins and their friends for a few years and it was “getting a bit tricky to sneak out of our office jobs every five minutes to talk to mothers about balloons, water bombs and party bags whilst pretending to be all serious in our suits and ties!” They officially gave up their serious jobs to run S&G full time in September 2007.
Over the last 10 years they have created thousands of children’s parties throughout London and the South East, in Bristol and as far afield as Italy and Switzerland.
They do a wide range of themed parties, from the weird to the wonderful and everything in between. They are also happy to discuss bespoke requirements. I love the look of their Survival Parties – perfect for boisterous & active little ones!
George’s tips on how to entertain children as Autumn draws near:
- Get outside and enjoy all the colours and leaves.
- Build a den out of leaves and have a leaf battle.
- Nothing beats a proper conker championships, make a score board and get competitive.
- Use Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration for an awesome piece of colourful leaf art.
- Leaf rubbing, put interesting leaves under a sheet of paper and use wax crayons to colour over the top to make awesome leaf patterns.
- As it get’s dark earlier, it’s the perfect opportunity to play night games before bedtime, enemy spotlight (see how to play below) and glow stick 40:40 are brilliant.
- Cooking, although messy, pizza, scone and cupcake making is so easy and so much fun, it’s worth the tidy up.
- Building mini houses and villages. So much stuff falls off trees at this time of year, it’s perfect for creating mini worlds in the garden, these can be for real toy people or for fairies/goblins if you’d rather.
Their book ‘Don’t You Dare’ includes ‘Enemy Spotlight’ and has lots of games that don’t require expensive props or hours of preparation. Good to have in the back pocket over the holidays!
Shop : Cranch’s Sweetshop, Salcombe
Website : www.vat19.com ‘Curiously awesome gifts’
Restaurant : The Shed, Notting Hill Gate
Hotel : Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Holiday destination : North Cornwall coast
“Play, play and keep playing! Take play seriously, it’s the most important thing in the world for all ages, play is definitely the best way for children to learn and almost more importantly it’s key for adults to play more”
Where can you go and see Sharky & George in action?
Sharky & George is joint hosting the VitalityWest Fun Run with Savills on 15th November. They will be warming up the crowd before zipping around the one-mile fun run course flying rocket balloons and blowing bubbles to spur on the runners. They’ll also put on loads of fun and games while the grown-ups finish the 10k slog. Sign up for the event here and enter the code WESTRUN20 to get an exclusive 20% discount.
Sharky & George have also joined forces with Belmond who have created a Festive Express train journey through the country side in December, with 3 course lunch and children’s entertainment from Sharky & George. We are going on it and cannot wait – it is set to be spectacular! I will keep you posted.
They have are also offering a new Mannying service called P.I.C (Partner In Crime), taking children aged 4 plus out for the day, including activities like skateboarding lessons, chocolate making, stadium tours & learning dance routines. I can’t wait to try this in the holidays. Bring on P.I.C!