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Roll-up the circus is coming to town

Diary mad – that is me. It is something that drives papa pirate round the bend. In the summer, leading up to the summer break, I go into over drive with booking nights out and family activities. I just love the spring months – I have these romantic visions of us sitting together as a family on picnic rugs at cultural events or the circus. In reality it turns out I am usually grabbing wet wipes and bellowing at kids to not run away or get lost, as well as worrying about the fact that my kids have eaten sausages for the tenth meal in a row!!

Charlie and the pirates

I booked Gifford Circus months ago, it was recommended to me by my cousin who had been the year before and raved about it.

Charlie and the pirates

We had a Sunday morning slot and I was suffering somewhat from the night before – nothing like sitting in canvas with hundreds of people when you are dehydrated. We went to the Chiswick performance (they are touring all summer long), which was in the fab walled gardens at Chiswick House. You really wouldn’t know you are in zone 2, London!

Charlie and the pirates

As soon as you enter the ‘circus village green’ you are transported into the world of Gifford Circus. I love the way everyone who is part of the circus are dressed up in these amazing dressing up box vintage style costumes. All the wagons and caravans dotted around all add to the atmosphere… It’s got a kind of secret cinema but a circus vibe to it (you know when you are totally immersed in it all). The kids did so well out of us on the treats front, as we loved the sweet shop etc… they got to munch their way happily throughout the performance.

Charlie and the pirates

We got there about 20 minutes in advance and the big top was already two thirds full, but we had good seats. The kids were in stitches with the warm-up clown. His jokes were close to the wire but that kept me entertained as well.

Charlie and the pirates

The Painted Wagon is the name of this year’s circus show and I wasn’t expecting the live music and horses jumping through fire. The performances were fantastic – I have to admit it took a bit for the mini pirates to get into it all. I guess there is a lot to take in. But we all came out buzzing and ready for the amazing pizza sold from one of the wagons.

Charlie and the pirates

Prices are from £10 for kids and £15 for adults. It is running in various locations across the South until the end of August. Go check it out and tell me what you think.

Charlie and the pirates gifford circus

Charlie x

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