February half term is always a funny one. Even as a family who love to be outside I struggle a little with keeping the kids entertained. There are only so many days which can be spent wading around in the mud, pretending that it isn’t grey and drizzling. So when Gandeys offered us a family ticket to their circus at Aintree racecourse we just about snapped their hand off.
We had been to Gandeys Circus in Liverpool a couple of years ago so we knew roughly what to expect. This year’s theme was The Greatest Showman and the circus was full of exciting acts such as The Cuban Flyers and Duo Torres. It had all the great features of classic family entertainment; there were funny moments, heart in your mouth moments and real ‘wow’ moments as well.
There’s not much I can say without giving away too much of what you will see, but it is worth saying that Gandeys Circus has been entertaining families all over the world for a number of years and it is clear that they know what they are doing. You get the full Big Top experience, complete with Ringmaster and for children there is plenty to delight.
I have to say that our family particularly enjoyed the interludes which featured Andrea Delbosq, Europe’s leading female clown, as James was chosen twice to take part and he loved it. Well, the kids and I loved it, I’m not sure how happy he actually felt! You can see him in action in our weekly round-up vlog here.
I like that the circus tried to carry the theme through into all of their acts and that there was a good variety of things to watch. Not every act went exactly to plan but I felt that just made it more of an honest experience and you could really see how much effort each act and each person put in. There were a few familiar faces from a couple of years ago but some new acts as well which we appreciated.
I had a couple of people ask me about the use of animals when I mentioned that we had been to the circus and I can say that Gandeys don’t use any animals in their acts so if that is something you are concerned about then you needn’t be here.
Gandeys perform all over the country; they will be in Liverpool until Sunday 25 February and then they will be in Knutsford between Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 March before moving on.
Overall I thought it was a very entertaining couple of hours and I think the prices are fair for what you get. There was a good level of audience participation and both Meg and Eli were as impressed with the show and the acts. Meg even walked away saying she would love to become an acrobat although given she is afraid of heights, I’m not too sure how much she has really thought it through!