Santus Circus

Santus Circus

The school year is coming to an end and what better way to start the summer holidays than a trip to the circus!

We were kindly gifted a family ticket to visit the Santus Circus, which is currently in Ashford at the Great Chart Recreation Ground.  The boys were absolutely delighted and I was really pleased to be able to spend some really lovely family time together.

We arrived about half an hour early to collect our tickets.  We were delighted to find that there was plenty of parking close to the circus.  The queue for the box office was quite long but it moved quickly so we  weren’t kept waiting and the cashiers were both extremely friendly.  (In fact, I think the gentlemen who served us was also the Ringmaster!)

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Once inside the tent, we were greeted by some extremely friendly circus performers who welcomed us to the show.  I would recommend arriving early so you can get a front on view of the arena.  We were sat round to the sides and had a great view still but for the absolute optimum view the middle seats would be perfect!  You are only allowed to take water in with you so we bought some drinks at the refreshments stand.  We thought these were fairly reasonable at £1 each.  Richard had come straight from work and so treated himself to a burger which was £3.50 which again we felt was quite reasonable and not going to break the bank!

In the first half, we were treated to some amazing acts including some dancing with hula hoops (that doesn’t really do justice to her act.  At one point she was hula hooping with about ten hoops at once!), spectacular ariel displays and a  high wire display.  Rowan was entranced by the performers in the air.  We were particularly impressed by the man spinning round at high speed holding on by just his teeth.
Daring teeth-hang by Aagii from Mongolia at Santus Circus 2019

One of Rory’s favourite parts was the high wire performance.  He especially liked it when they cycled a tiny bike across the wire.  There was also some leap frogging on the wire which again was very impressive.

Hermanos Rodriguez high wire Santus Circus 2019

During the interval there was the opportunity to have your photo taken with a transformer.  There was also refreshments, helium balloons and light wands for sale.

There was even more fun to be had in the second half which kicked off with a comedy trampoline routine from Lucien the Clown.  The boys  liked it when he got his head stuck at one point!  There was also an amazing contortionist who was able to get herself into a very small box amongst many other performers.

Lucien, Ernest, and Sacha Santus

These all built up to an absolutely breath taking finale – The Flying Trapeze.  A team of four men performed amazing stunts using the trapeze.  They flew through the air whilst the audience gasped and whooped!  There were times when up to three people were on the trapeze with two flying across the arena at one point.  It really was a spectacular end to the show.

Hermanos Rodriguez flying trapeze Santus Circus 2019

We came away chatting about the circus all the way up until bedtime and I’m sure the boys have gone to bed dreaming of acrobats, contortionists, clowns and flying trapeze!  We would definitely recommend the Santus Circus.

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The Santus Circus will be at Great Chart Recreation Ground until Monday 15th July and then will be at the Tenterden Recreation Ground from Thursday 18th July to Sunday 21 July​.​​

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Jayne SMABL says:

    What a lovely way to spend some family time together! It’s been ages since we went to the circus. I think one is coming to town soon so we will have to pop by! 🙂 x #MMBC

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  2. I’ve not been to a circus for years. Your visit sounds like it was amazing and the children loved it. I need to keep a lookout for one near us. #MMBC

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  3. Kim Carberry says:

    What a fab trip out. We haven’t been to the circus for a few years. It is fantastic fun x #MMBC

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  4. crummymummy1 says:

    We’ve never taken ours to a circus yet – this has reminded me they’re probably old enough now! #MMBC

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  5. I love a circus and this looks good. Sometimes they can be a bit too slapstick but I love an element of danger.

    Sounds like you had a great day out x

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  6. My Anxious Life says:

    I’ve never been to a circus in big top like this before, but it sounds like a really great family outing. I certainly like the sound of this one with all the acrobatics, I’m not so keen on clowns…!

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  7. Carol says:

    Great photos of your family fun at the circus. I haven’t been in decades. #MMBC

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  8. Josie says:

    Can’t believe I still haven’t got around to taking my 6 and 9 year olds to the circus! This looks like a great one, will look out for it!

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  9. Wow this looks amazing and what a great way to start the Summer off!

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  10. sophieandautism says:

    Lovely family time at the circus.
    I love the circus, the smell of the popcorn and music blasting reminds me of my childhood x

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  11. It sounds like you have an awesome time. I remember going to the circus as a child – so many fun memories!

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  12. betty - NZ says:

    Love your photos, it looks like oodles of fun! It’s been ages since I’ve been to a circus, it seems they are a dying type of entertainment these days.

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  13. This looks like a great evening out for the family. There has been a circus near us recently, but we just didn’t get time to go.
    #MMBC

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  14. This looks like such a cool experience. #MMBC

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  15. Alice V says:

    I think the last time I was at a circus, I was a little kid! We have a lot of those Circus Solei shows out here and I see them advertised all the time but have yet to take my kids to one. Maybe soon we’ll go to one that is for children as some of them are clearly for adults only.

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  16. Had to read this post as I have a real phobia of Circus’s, but spotted this one at the weekend, they are now in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, so I was curious. It looks fantastic from your review, but not sure I can get past my fear of clowns, I am such a wimp 😉 #MMBC

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