Roll Up! Half Term Family Fun Whatever the Weather!
The Netherlands National Circus is in Town for half term week 13th – 19th Feb 2017. Two shows per day except on Sunday 19th there is only one show that day. Wakefield MUMbler and friends went along to check it out…
Firstly, I haven’t been to the circus in years (decades) and neither had my mumbler friend, not knowing what to expect and slightly concerned that the mini mumblers might be a bit frightened we looked online and watched some of their past promotional videos which got us a bit giddy.
Watch their 2015 one below to get the idea without spoiling the show!
For any little ones put off by clowns, there really is no need to be frightened they had minimal makeup on and didn’t look scary at all.
In fact, I would say for the pre-schoolers they were the highlight, Angelo the clown was very funny and entertaining- particularly for 3/4year olds and as with any good comedy performance there was something in their routines for the adults to enjoy too.
Now for the good stuff! Of course, they had the old favourites such as sawing a lady in half, which the kids loved. However, there
However, there was some serious draw-dropping stunts and acrobatics that generated real oohs, ahhs and gasps of shock even from the adults who are perhaps a little harder to impress!
Watch out for the Duo Extreme and their tank of water – wow such a highlight!
This is the first activity I’ve been to for my child that I genuinely enjoyed myself as much as mini mumbler. The awesome skill of each act was mesmerising, as were the physiques of the performers!
I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen muscles that I didn’t know existed until today – and I studied anatomy!
The strength and control of the performers were outstanding and their performances daring and beautiful.
When the interval came I couldn’t believe that we had been there almost an hour, the kids had been fully engaged.
“I liked the dancing” my mini mumbler 3yrs and obsessed with dancing at the moment!
“I liked the clowns crying and squirting water” mini mumbler almost 4
All in all, great all round family fun for all ages, Miss it Miss Out!
I would recommend it to anyone who can get to a show whilst it’s still here in Wakefield – or even follow them to Sheffield next week!
Tickets: buy online for discounted tickets or I have seen a number of vouchers for half price tickets in shops and cafes around Wakefield.
Performaces at 2:30pm and 7pm daily. Sunday 19th afternoon showing only.
Parking – we got there early but there were plenty of marshalls to help you park in the right place -watch the potholes in the car park, which brings me nicely to…
Footwear – It’s muddy even inside the big top as it’s in the car park so I suggest that kids have wellies on and don’t wear your favourite shoes. Mini Mumbler covered mine and my jeans in mud when I carried her to the loo…
Toilets – To be expected really, it is a travelling show and they aren’t a great standard. Take some baby wipes and go before the show and then only if you really have to after that. I held it in but mini mumbler couldn’t so she used them, if you have a baby I would suggest changing them in your car if you desperately need to but otherwise wait.
Coats- we went in the afternoon and the big top is heated so we didn’t have our coats on, it might be more chilly for the evening show.
Food- you can buy the usual snacks and drinks, expect to pay usual event prices. I saw wine- but it was the afternoon and I was driving so I had a can of pop!
Leaving the venue was busy but easy – well managed by the marshalls.
Wakefield MUMbler was not paid for this review, although we did receive complimentary tickets and refreshments.
Our opinions are our own and are a true reflection of our personal experience.
We’d like to thank Ringmaster Daniel for making our visit extra special.