Few things are as magical for children as going to the circus.
And Netherlands National Circus, which is at Holmfirth until Wednesday (May 13) certainly lived up to its hype.
My kids had never been to a circus before, and both were thrilled to be having their first Big Top experience. The oldest was eager to see the acrobats, while her brother couldn’t wait to find the clowns.
We had a slight waver in enthusiasm when we walked past the candy floss stall empty handed, but giddiness soon resumed when they saw the flashing lights and ring-side seats.
The show is fast-paced and dynamic, from the moment the performers enter – clapping to music, beautiful costumes, beautiful smiles – right through to the end.
An energetic diabolo spinner opened the show, tossing several at a time high into the sky. My daughter couldn’t take her eyes off the glittering acrobat performing aerial stunts suspended in a hoop – there are no safety harnesses or crash mats, so you really are on the edge of your seats.
Another acrobat gyrated about a dozen hoops around herself – while in the air – but the real “wow” moment for me was Duo Extreme. This pair performed amazing aerial stunts then dropped into a flaming tank of water, ran around the rim then took to the skies, dripping wet and slippery as fish.
There was plenty of parking in the car park, and you can park on the road outside too.
Be prepared for your kids’ pester power when you walk past the light-up toys, popcorn and candyfloss. You can also buy raffle tickets to win a giant soft toy!
There are other snacks and drinks available too, but they cost event prices. We took our own and plenty of water.
We visited on Sunday when it was boiling hot. The Big Top was warm to say the least, so dress for the weather
Prams have to be left outside in the refreshment area (there is a designated pram park) so if you have very young children I would advice taking slings/carriers. I wore the baby and it worked out fine.
Toilets – To be expected really, it is a travelling show hence they are mobile toilets. My recommendation is, if you can, to go before the show but if not take some baby wipes.
Baby changing – There aren’t any baby changing facilities so bring something you can put on the floor in case of an emergency changing situation (it happened to us, we put the mat on the grass in front of our seats and quickly changed her).
The show does include lasers.
Whilst Calderdale Mumbler did receive complimentary tickets for the show, our opinions are our own and are a true reflection of our personal experience.