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.

In the run up to Christmas there is a bounty of festive events happening in Harrow (North West London) and the surrounding area. These events are lots of fun for the whole family. They are sure to make you feel extra Christmassy!

Best activities for the family this Christmas in Harrow and surrounding area

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets selling festive treats and gifts.

Christmas in Harrow (30th Nov-3rd Dec) – Christmas traders @ St Ann’s shopping centre.
Duck Pond Ruislip Christmas Markets3rd Dec Foodies Christmas market and 16th/17th Dec Christmas Artisan market.

Christmas Festivals/Events
Keep your eye on dates for Christmas Festivals in the area for a fun day out.

Pinner Panto (30th Nov) – a pantomime theme evening on Pinner High Street. Expect entertainment, late night shopping and lights (including fireworks).
Coca Cola Truck Watford Tesco/Asda (6th/7th Dec) – see the Coca Cola Christmas Truck.
Santa Dash Northwood (9th Dec) – watch or join in with this Santa dash race in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice.
Santa Dash Pinner (10th Dec) – Santa dash race in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice. 
Headstone Manor Frost Fair (9th/10th Dec) – celebrating the grand opening of the new museum. Event will include stalls, entertainment and food.
Rotary Club Santa Sleigh Pinner (13th-21st Dec) – yearly event where Santa’s sleigh travels the streets of Pinner collecting for charity.
Rudolph Rave Watford (7th Dec) – Christmas themed family Rave.

Visit Santa
There are lots of interesting options for seeing the big man this Christmas

intu WatfordSanta’s grotto with reindeer.
Squires Stanmore Christmas Circusa Christmas themed circus and meet and greet with Santa.
Willows Farm St. AlbansChristmas spectacular on the farm.
Odds Farm Christmas FestivalSanta and Elves full festival at the farm.
Santa Train at Ruislip Lidotake a trip on this magical train ride to see Santa.
Santa Narrowboat Canal Tripride on a Narrowboat to visit Santa.

Children’s Parties
Fun childrens Christmas themed events/parties

Christmas Sk8 Party (16th/17th Dec) – roller skating disco at Harrow Leisure Centre.
Jimmy Jamtots Christmas Party @ The Windmill Studios (15th Dec) – Christmas themed party for pre school children.

Pantomimes/Theatre
Lots of theatre fun during the festive period 

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood @ Claremont High School
The Wizard of Oz @ Harrow Arts Centre
Peter Pan @ Wembley Arena
Aladdin @ Beck Theatre, Hayes
The Nutcracker @ Watford Colosseum
Aladdin @ Watford Palace Theatre