I have fond memories of the circus from my childhood – seeing the big top go up on a field next to our local leisure centre and the thrill of sitting inside it. I don’t remember much about what happened inside as I was very young, but I’ve always wanted to take the boys along to one. Of course seeing the Greatest Showman re-ignited that desire, and so when I was given the opportunity to go along to Paulos Circus whilst it visits York I jumped at it!!
Easy to find
I am not native to York, and we did travel from about an hour away to get to the circus, but it was really easy to find located on the ring road round the city. The boys were so excited on the morning and we had a chorus of “It’s circus day!!” all the way there. This excitement built when they saw all the arrows and signs pointing to the circus. Parking was free and plenty of it, and we even brought a picnic to make a day of it as there was a grassy field next to the big top.
Great value for money
Before we get onto the content of the show, I just want to mention that this is a great value show. All tickets (adults and kids) were just £7. Refreshments were served in the half an hour before the show and were reasonable too – £3 for popcorn, £2.50 for hot dogs and £1 for drinks. They were also selling flashing light windmills for the kids to hold up which were £4 each. I didn’t mind buying these for the kids seeing as the tickets hadn’t cost that much, and they enjoyed holding them up in the dark parts of the show.
We were greeted well by the ticket office staff, and the resident clown was milling around the crowd before the show started. This made my kids very happy as they high fived and interacted with him. He also came to say bye on the way out. This is the kind of thing that adds to the experience and was greatly enjoyed.
varied and fun show
Finally, the show was really great. There was a good mix of acrobatics, comedy moments, danger and interesting acts. The kids enjoyed every single one of the acts, although my eldest said that the high wire walker was his favourite (when he balanced on a chair on the highwire we were really biting our nails in suspence!). Us adults particularly enjoyed the laserman act which was fascinating to watch and the ring of death act which started the show. The acts used lighting and music to add to the performances and there wasn’t a dull moment. The clown provided light relief between acts which was definitely needed with a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 2 years old in tow.
you won’t be disappointed
If you are looking for a fun afternoon out with the kids then Paulos Circus is for you – it is good value for money, great acts to watch for young and old and just good fun! Take a few extra pennies for a flashing light windmill and embrace the comedy. My only tip is to dress lightly and take plenty of drinks, as it was very warm in there during the 1 hour and 10 minute show. We all emerged a little red faced!
NOTE: I was given free tickets for Paulos Circus in exchange for completing this review. All opinions are my own.