A very Christmassy Circus

It’s become a bit of a tradition now. Every year we take F to the Christmas Circus at Squires Garden Centre in Washington. So when we were invited for the special preview this year, we could not wait!

F gets really excited when we arrive and he spots the huge circus tent. 20151120-DSC_0134There are the usual refreshments, drinks, hot dogs but also popcorn, a pretty sweet cart and candy floss. Everything was decorated to really get you into that Christmas spirit.

This year there will be two different shows. The Christmas Toy Story with Santa Grotto runs between 21st November and 24th December. A Traditional Circus  runs between 27th December and 31st December. We had been invited to see the Christmas Toy Story and we had ring side seats with front view. There are also ringside seats with side view and front view seats further back. It’s well spaced out so you can see pretty well from any seat. If your little one is quite young, I would suggest ringside seats, however, because the seating further back is benches without backrests.

The story is about Twiglet the clown who is way too excited to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. But Father Christmas won’t come if you’re not asleep! Twiglet keeps getting up again to show the audience some of the presents he has wrapped for his friends. The story is enchanted by some of the presents coming to life and showing off their acrobatic tricks.




There is lots of laughter and interaction with the children in the audience. Twiglet does eventually get his wish and Father Christmas comes to meet all the children. After the show each child receives a small gift and gets to meet Father Christmas personally.


I asked F afterwards about what he liked most and the answer was: “Candy floss and Father Christmas!” 🙂 He absolutely loved it and we will definitely be going back next year!

Tickets are available from £10. There are shows almost every day with 3 shows on Saturdays. Find all further information and to book your tickets online go to www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/circus/

Note: We were given free entry in exchange of this review. Opinions and observations are my own.

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