As it was half term this week, we took our 8-year old grandson Nathan out for the day.
We conspired with his parents to keep our trip to the circus a total surprise. We thought we should give him maximum excitement for the day. We all imagined the glorious look on his young face as he finds out we are going to the circus. Yehey a treat!
I did not take into consideration that I may have passed down my gene of coulrophobia to my grandson, afterall my son, his dad, has got it too. LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂
Halloween Zippos Circus
There we were, about to cross the busy Prince Charles Drive into the circus when Nathan, suddenly threw a wobble. “I am not going to the circus, I hate circus, I hate clowns!!!” “I want to go golfing! You said we are going to play golf.”
Whose idea was it to keep the circus trip a surprise?!!! I was like calculating how much we spent buying ring side tickets at £27.50 each for Peter and I and £21.50 for Nathan. Aw oh! Aw oh! (Tip No 1, circus in not everyone’s cup of tea, don’t keep it a surprise LOL)
I said to Nathan, I am scared of clowns as well so he has to come to the circus to protect me. For good measure I told him I’ll buy him anything.
Peter, bless him, said there are no clowns in this circus because it will be a Halloween special.
Despite trepidation, Nathan was persuaded to go in. We arrived an hour early thinking there will be a long queue. We were actually one of the first to arrive. Thank goodness, we got our tickets online. (Tip No 2: Book online for hustle free time; save queueing)
We got into the circus tent entrance where there is a catering van like in fairs selling hotdogs, popcorn, candy floss, tea and slushy. (Tip No 3: Bring your own snacks and drinks, food prices at the tent is horrendously expensive at £5 for a bucket of popcorn or candy floss. Hotdogs are £4.50 each.)
Finally the circus.
We got to our ring-side seat. The warm up was fun, even our nervous Nathan started to liven up. Giving me instruction to applause, then Booo and then say WOW.
The ringmaster of Zippos circus is Norman Barrett, MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) He invited us to sing a birthday song for the circus. Apparently he will lead a show next year to celebrate the 250 years anniversary of the invention of modern circus.
The acts were incredible and some are death-defying that Nathan confessed that he found them disturbing.
He was really concerned with a lovely Russian lady did the trapeze, hanging on her foot on a swing suspended high up is both amazing and disconcerting. So much so that Nathan said started to cover his eyes and saying “she is going to die” Peter and I gave Nathan a hug telling him that the lady practiced the act so many times she’s an expert on it. As I was saying this she put a noose on her neck and then started twirling round and round. That scared me. Nathan and I both said almost at the same time “Disturbing!” 🙂
The circus was a two-hour show from entertainers around the world. There were a troupe from Havana, Cuba, a juggling American, horsemen from Kazakhstan, Knife throwers, Lucius Troupe in their phenomenally dangerous motorbike stunt inside the Globe of Steel. Smoke blowing with a difference was also quite spectacular.
Though it was fantastic human feat, Juma, African contortionist, was just too excruciating to watch in the entirety of his act. OMG! You have to see what he does to understand what I am saying. Ouchhhh
For Nathan and I, the highlight of the show were the budgies. They were just too cute to be true. Their showmanship was beyond amazing. Peter said for him, the best part was Lucius Troupe in the Globe of Death also known as the Wall of Death.
With the entertainment provided, I would say they are worth the money we paid to see their act. But having said that, Nathan said he doesn’t want to see another circus for a long time. LOL
By the way, not a single clown was on the show! 🙂