23rd feb 2020
Wixham Village Hall
Mr Custard entertained Samuel and his friends at Wixham Village Hall on the 23rd February 2020 – Samuel said “Mr Custard, I don’t want you to go home, I want to stay with you forever”. I said “I’d love to stay but Mrs Custard would miss me and she’s making my lunch”
15th feb 2020
It was nice to entertain locally today in the Talisman in Danesholme Corby, especially with the poor weather. The children were very excited and loved me joining them.
Our busiest Christmas for over 10 years
Mr Custard, Mr Potato and Mr Crumble entertained the children at the QD Stores owned Garden Centres in Countersthorpe, Peterborough, Podington and Worcester. Make sure you book early next year and join in the fun
8th july 2019
Pass The Parcel - Update
It is with a little sadness that Mr Custard is phasing out the Pass The Parcel game in his shows. He is supporting the BBC Plastic campaign and feels it is hypocritical to campaign against McDonalds for giving out toys when he does exactly the same. However if customers really do need the game he can provide temporary tattoos and punch ball balloons instead.
If you wish to support the campaign to save our planet please read all about it.
7th july 2019
Ise Lodge Pavillion Kettering 7th July 2019
An easier day today.
Mr Custard was back in Kettering to entertain Milla for her 5th birthday Party, this time at the Ise Lodge Pavillion in Grantown Close. As the venue includes a FREE bouncy castle my customer negotiated for a shorter show which featured a few musical games like Musical Statues, Simon Says and the ever popular Musical Bumps. The silly magic show lasted for 45 minutes and features the magic colouring book, the talking drawing board and silly clown antics. Everyone including Mr Custard had a fabulous time.
6th july 2019
Our busy day on the 6th July 2019
We had a busy day today.
Mr Crumble went to Montsaye Sports Centre in Kettering to entertain Louie at his 5th birthday Party, while Mr Potato did Juggling, Balloon Modelling and Magic at My Friends Nursery in Bromsgrove for the Nursery Fun Day
Mr Custard had 2 clown parties, the 1st was the Busy Bees Nursery in Market Harborough for their annual Graduation Party.
Then he had to go to the Saints Rugby Club in Northampton to do magic, balloons, the pea brain game, limbo and musical statues . This was Chris’s 40th Birthday Party. Chris enjoyed himself while the children were kept busy with Mr Custard
All the parties went well, it was lovely that Mr Custard was able to visit Busy Bees Nursery again and he is so pleased they keep re-booking.
The Saints Rugby Club is an impressive venue with many function rooms, Mr Custard was fascinated by the wall of Rugby hero’s depicting the best of the best Rugby stars going back to 1903 in Northampton. It would have been nice if Mr Custard had remembered his clown hat! What a silly Clown!
Why did Bob Riley (Mr Custard) become a Kids’s entertainer?
Bob Riley started out as a Radio presenter on a voluntary hospital radio station Radio Nene Valley. After admiring the fabulous Disc jockey’s – Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett, Alan Freeman (fluff) and Steve Wright, he really wanted to be a radio D.J. Alas this was not to be, so he became an ambulance technician for 12 years. All the time though the urge to entertain and his love of music was an itch that just needed to be scratched.
In 1991, he left the ambulance service and launched the Blue Nose Disco, travelling down to Kent and London to perform in large hotels for an agency called “Bashers.” During the 90’s he built up a local customer base including Rushden & Diamond Football Club, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, Daventry Resort Hotel and Staverton Park Golf Complex. During this time, Bob knew that he now wanted to entertain children and went on training courses for balloon modelling, face painting and magic.
In 1995, Bob launched “Mr Custard “in Northamptonshire with the Mr Custard’s Disco and Magic Show. The equipment at this time was so heavy so he drove to gigs in a large ex-parcel force van. Today is very different as compact discs and vinyl records have been replaced with Spotify, and memory sticks.
In 1999, Bob fell in love and met his wife Julie Grant who was a very popular and much loved teacher at Beanfield Infants School in Corby. They both moved to Cottingham and created a great team as Mr and Mrs Custard. Julie (Mrs Custard), found she loved entertaining and soon had a following all of her own. Bob (Mr Custard) said, “When Mrs Custard joined the team she wowed her audience and then marketed me for the next show creating happy customers for several repeat parties. It was win, win, and win for everyone.”
In 2015, Julie (then Riley) was elected as a Councillor for Corby Borough Council and was immediately elected as Deputy Mayor of Corby, perfect grounding for her future role as Mayor of Corby 2016 -2017. Sadly, Mrs Custard had to hang up her clown boots and wig and hand over bookings to Mr Custard. She said “I had a wonderful time making children laugh ,but one of the highlights of my time as Mrs Custard was appearing on the BBC4 Television Channel in a documentary with Mr Custard” The 30 minute programme featured us and 4 other entertainers. It was a great opportunity to show off our skills and open our crazy world to the wider audience.