Before we even went inside, the shape of the circus tent had Noah completely excited, like he was in a dream or something. We walked in to the tent to a refreshment area where there was seating and oldy worldy popcorn and candy floss machines which were perfectly fitting to the atmosphere of the circus. There was also a larger scale kiosk which offered beverages, sweeties and fast food. The prices weren't too extreme... about average for the style of event with popcorn at £3, candy floss on a stick £2 and a small tub of sweeties at £2.50.
We were then ushered to our seats by a steward. I would say that considering the circus is an entertainment event, the steward was incredibly grumpy and a smile wouldn't have hurt, even if he just smiled at the children. However, the atmosphere in the tent was buzzing so we forgot about the grumpy steward very quickly (everyone has off days after all!).
The show started with a subtle presentation of the history of the show which was actually quite nice. I felt like we were a part of something special and there felt like a strong sense of pride surrounding what we were about to watch.
The show was broken down in to two halves with a small interval halfway through. I have to say, we were completely entertained from beginning to end. The acts were flawless... apart from one fall in the grand trapeze act by The Flying Aces, however the young lady still managed to look amazing when falling and landed like it was on purpose. Quite obviously a true professional. It was intense but there was a beautiful realness about it, it made me enjoy it more. The Flying Aces were definitely one of my favourite acts.
I also enjoyed the performance by Caroline (A solo trapeze act), she was incredibly enchanting, calming and beautiful. She is incredibly talented and I would loved to have seen more from her throughout the show.
Another act that we all quite enjoyed was Germaine the Foot Juggler. This was that clever it was ridiculous. How anyone can juggle with their feet is beyond me yet she didn't even look like she broke a sweat. She made it look so very easy... even when she was juggling fire. She was incredibly captivating... Definitely worth watching.
The X-Treme Brothers were superb!! They had such control over their bodies it was insane. How can you even balance that way? Literally, on one hand, on someone's head... while they are standing up!!! They are just amazing.
Unfortunately, I didn't get as many photo's as I would have liked. Quite irritatingly, of the performances I like most of all. During the performance of Alina, another incredibly talented and unique performer... I had just reached for my camera when a steward very abruptly approached me and quite harshly told me to stop using my camera. I was very embarrassed and because he was quite rudely leaning over the couple next to me, I just nodded my head, said "Ok!" and put my camera away quickly in hope that he would go away. My camera did not come out for the rest of the first half and for the whole second half of the show. BLOGGER NIGHTMARE!!!!! I was a little upset as there was absolutely no visible disclosure's to say no photography or video's were permitted and there was no verbal communication at the beginning of the show either. It did taint the show for me slightly but thankfully the children were completely unaware because they were enjoying it so much.
In all, I would absolutely recommend a trip to Billy Smarts Circus. Even though some of the staff and their people skills are a little questionable, the actual show was full to the brim with talent. We were completely entertained throughout- even when the acts changed, it was all very smooth, no gaps so no time to get bored. It was a great experience and the children honestly loved it. There is a lot of variety between the acts so there is something to suit everyone. The commitment to being a good old fashioned circus with a fresh twist is on point and I would definitely recommend it for some good, wholesome family fun.
I was very kindly sent a family ticket to watch and review Billy Smarts Circus. As usual, all opinions are completely my own.
Lots of Love
x Maria x