Squires Garden Centre in Washington is hosting a Christmas Circus, and they kindly invited Worthing Mums to a special preview. My daughter got to see her first ever circus, and she went to Father Christmas’s grotto afterwards. The Christmas Circus runs until Christmas Eve, then there’s a Traditional Circus from 27th December until New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for something festive to do with the kids, I’d definitely recommend it.
Not having been to the circus since I was a child, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t disappointed. The show was run by Ringmaster Ross and Pip the clown, who were a pretty good comedy double-act. The acts included several variations on the trapeze, hula hooping, juggling, balancing, bounce-juggling on drums and the diablo. Boris, the amazing dancing polar bear, was my daughter’s favourite. If you’re worried about animal rights, don’t panic, Boris is a person in a giant bear suit! At the end of the show, children were invited into the circus ring for a Christmas sing-along. My daughter wasn’t quite brave enough to go up, but she still had a good time.
After the show, children were able to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. This was in a festively decorated tent. They didn’t spend long with Santa, but that’s fine because we were really there for the circus. Everyone got the same present, which turned out to be a diablo. My daughter has discovered that using a diablo isn’t as easy as it looks!
The grotto was probably the one area where there was room for improvement, though to be fair, we went to the preview and they may have ironed out any issues by the time it officially opened on Saturday 25th November. There was no flooring in the grotto tent. Unfortunately, it was in a rather smelly area of the car park.
The Christmas Circus runs from 25th November to 24th December. If you’ve been previously, you’ll be pleased to know that there are brand new acts this year. There are shows at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm and tickets are £12 per person.
If you’re looking for something to do with the children after Christmas, the Traditional Circus show runs from 27th to 31st December, and it has completely different acts including gym ball acrobatics, mind-blowing illusions and the incredible Mr Slinky! Show times are at 11.30 am and 3 pm and tickets are £10 per person.
Each show lasts approximately one hour and is brought to you by John Lawson Circus. Book online at www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk. Squire’s Garden Centre, London Road, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 3BP.
We were invited to attend the preview for free, opinions are of course our own and honest.