There is something a little bit magical about going to the circus.
I always wanted to go as a child. I read stories when I was little about big tops and performers, jugglers, and clowns. It always sounded so enchanting.
Much to my excitement, my little family was invited to watch Circus Funtasia in our home town, just the other night. I’d never even thought that the circus would be suitable for my two year old, but we were assured that she would be more than entertained.
Upon arriving, we saw the red and white tent of Circus Funtasia, sat in it’s own magical little spot in our local rugby club. As we passed under a string of electric light bulbs, we were transported to another world and we couldn’t wait to see what was inside.
As soon as we stepped through the door, delicious wafts of popcorn and candy floss filled our noses and people busily rushed about looking for seats.
As we sat down, we saw the vastness of the big top and were impressed by the pre-show entertainment, that kept all the little ones amused and prevented restlessness.
There were people having their faces painted in the centre, a little refreshment area and somebody selling sparkling, flashy lights that little ones could wave about during the show.
I must say, that I was a little bit apprehensive about taking my daughter to the Circus bang on her bedtime. But I was so surprised to see her bouncing around, alive with excitement.
She had barely sat down before she was dancing in her seat and cheering on cue, when resident nerdy-looking clown Emilion started to entertain the crowd, gradually drawing our attention towards the central ring as we waited for the show to begin.
We were a little bit late arriving and we were sat in what you’d think would be the ‘worst seats at the circus. We were in the very top rear corner, way away from the centre stage. But we were pleasantly surprised that even the ‘worst’ seats still had a pretty great view.
When the show began, the acts bounded onto stage to a big band circus tune, fronted by the ring-mistress Tracey Jones. After they left, the first act, the ‘Diamond Duo,’ took to the stage and climbed into the Wheel of Death.
It was a perfect, captivating opener as we watched the duo spin around in life like hamster wheels. At one point we even watched them climb about outside the wheels (without harnesses), completely blindfolded. Cue my jaw on the floor!
In the first half we were also entertained some more by Emilion and also by Nia Nikolov Jones, the youngest juggler currently touring in a UK circus.
After we saw her work clubs, tennis rackets, and then a giant square, double act Gabriel and Germaine hit the stage and we watched Germaine balance and spin all sorts on her legs (including fire), all whilst laying on the back of a motorbike. We were more than impressed.
During the interval, their was still no chance to get bored. The audience could have their face painted again and could also have their picture taken with giant minions. There was a raffle, where you could win a minion toy and there was lots of delicious food to be eaten.
Throughout the two hours we were there, the buzz from the audience didn’t die down one. There were so many acts, with a different entertainer coming on stage every 10 minutes or so.
Although all equally incredible, some of my favourite acts were Agnes, an elegant dancer who performed on an aerial sling and Zoly another trained aerial artist whose upper body strength was beyond incredible.
Emilion was hilarious, entertaining throughout the show and on several occasions grabbing audience members, to help him with his memorable performances.
Duo Stefan and Nelli were another act whose trapeze and balancing acts, alongside their special effects and costumes, left the entire audience with its mouth open.
The big finale was equally impressive. Out came a giant sphere called ‘The Globe Of Death”, alongside a motorcyclist. My heart was in my mouth as we watched the motorbike circle around inside the globe, first alone and then around a stationary Agnes, one of the performers.
It got better and even more scary as they then introduced not only a second bike, but also a third bike travelling high speeds within this tiny little sphere. I felt sick with worry and thrilled at the same time. It was a truly remarkable finish to a fabulous night.
Circus Funtasia entertained and captivated my wriggly toddler for two whole hours (the longest she has ever sat still!), and also left me and my friends with big smiles of amazement on our faces. We can honestly say it was a magical, enchanting night and was everything I’d ever expected a circus to be and more.
Circus Funtasia is in St Austell from the 14-18th September, so be sure to catch it!
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*We were invited to review Circus Funtasia. All opinions are honest and our own.