Squires Garden Centre Christmas Circus reviewToday I took my girls with their cousin to the Squires Garden Centre to see the Christmas Circus. This is my own personal Squires Garden Centre Christmas Circus review.

The show is running across Christmas and then post-Christmas is followed by a traditional circus up until New Year.

Squires is a national chain of garden centres, running for about 80 years. They sell plants, garden equipment and also gifts.

Squires Garden Centre Christmas Circus Review

What is it?

I’d never heard of a Christmas circus either. As my daughters are under three they have never been to a circus before so I thought that this sounded like an interesting event to go to.

As the circus is aimed at young children the acts are kept quiet tame. In Stanmore where we attended they had balancing, juggling, aerial and comedy acts.

All of our children aged 6, 2 and 10 months seemed to enjoy the show. Laughing, gasping and clapping along which is all you could hope for really.

In reality there is little to do with Christmas within the acts, just a few nods to the season such as Christmas music and some snow themed equipment. However it doesn’t really matter there is  Christmas atmosphere as you sit in the cold wrapped up in layers!

The show last about an hour which is enough for the young children and the adults. For myself I found the acts cheesy at times, but they were pitched at the right level for young children to enjoy most.

What’s included?

Meeting Santa at Squires

Tickets include entrance for the circus and the hours performance, followed by a very brief meet and greet with Santa and a small gift.

Extras you can buy when there are snacks such as popcorn and candy floss, and toys such as glow sticks.

Where is it on?

Squires has a number of Garden Centres across the U.K. and the following branches are holding the Christmas Circus:

Badshot Lea – Hosted by Ringmaster Attila Endresz with Billy the clown. Featuring new jaw-dropping acts: Aerial umbrella & rope, Bounce juggling, Cube manipulation, Gym ball acrobatics, Mind-blowing illusions and The Incredible Mr Slinky.

Shepperton – Hosted by Ringmaster Laci Schlinlof with clowns Bumble & Picolo. Featuring new jaw-dropping acts: Ariel cube, Knife throwing, Trapeze, Bubble fantasy, Slack-wire balancing and Juggling.

Stanmore – Hosted by Ringmaster Chris Balthrop with Andrea the clown. Featuring new jaw-dropping acts: Aerial skills, Aerial cube, Uni-cycling, Juggling, Rola rola balancing and Rolling globes.

Washington – Hosted by Ringmaster Ross with Pip the clown. Featuring new jaw-dropping acts: Ariel straps, Rola rola balancing, Juggling, Bounce juggling on drums and Ariel ropes.

Is it worth it?

If you are looking for a fun experience for the children this is great one to choose. It’s a cheesy, funny and enjoyable family friendly experience. At £12 a ticket it won’t break the bank too much.

However if you were looking for a more immersive Christmas experience, there are other events on around the UK which would offer this better. If you are based in North West London look at my other post on what to do in Harrow and surrounding area this Christmas. Hopefully that will give you some inspiration during the festive period.

For my first day away from my smallest child (she’s now 9 months old), I had an absolute cracker. My mum and I went to see the stunning Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London.

My mum and I have always been Harry Potter fans since the first books came out. So when tickets were released over a year ago, we decided to try to get some. We were lucky after waiting all day online, we managed to secure some. Knowing I was pregnant at the time we opted for a pre-Christmas showing the following year, when I would be ok to leave the baby all day.

In case you haven’t heard of it, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a two-part play written by Jack Thorne, taken from a story written by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffan. If you haven’t read the play yet or don’t want to ruin the premise of the story, don’t worry I won’t be including any story line spoilers here. Neither will I reveal and specific special effects you might see, #keepthesecrets!

Instead I will just cover my general view of what you can expect.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Each part of the play is a full 2hrs 40mins (over 5hrs of Harry Potter). Part one can either be watched as a matinée (like we did) or an evening show. Part two then follows on the same day as the evening show or on a second night again as an evening show.

If I’m honest I didn’t know how we would manage to sit through a play that long. However I can assure you this play is unlike no other, from the moment it starts you are transported straight into the magical wizardry world of Harry Potter and time whizzes by.

We were left amazed, surprised, taken back and even sometimes scared by the breathtaking scenery and special effects on the stage. Some elements were pure magic and I still can’t figure out exactly how they were performed.

The actors during our performance were exceptional. Each one truly encapsulated the essence of the characters that we all know so well. So emotionally connected to them do you become, it felt almost sad to leave them behind in the theatre.

So whilst I wait for my next Harry Potter fix, you can get your own by booking tickets on the West End. The play is on sale now until October 2018, but already look pretty well sold (the more expensive tickets are easier to get). If London is too far, the play will also be showing on Broadway New York from April 2018 and in Melbourne Australia from early 2019.