An Afternoon At Zippo’s Circus

An Afternoon At Zippo’s Circus

Can you believe that I’ve got to the ripe old age that I am and have never been to a circus? Hard to believe, I know. But that all changed this weekend when the lovely people at Zippo’s Circus invited us to one of their shows!

An Afternoon At Zippo's Circus

Image credit: Zippo’s Circus

The Big Top was a sight to behold and the moment I saw it I felt like a big kid! A real-life circus. I’d finally made it at thirty-six years of age!

I was really chuffed to discover that we had been allocated front row, ringside seats at the show at Hearsall Common in Coventry. The seats were fantastic. Any closer and we would have been a part of the show.

As I had never been to a circus before, I didn’t really know what to expect. I don’t like lots of animals on show and I don’t like clowns – no thank you very much. But I knew the show didn’t include either of these, so I knew I’d be pretty happy with the show’s content.

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As I mentioned. I’m not a fan of clowns, so I was pleased that I wasn’t going to be scared by one prancing around in front of me for the duration of the show. Instead, we had the ever lovely ‘Clown Emilion Delbosq’ who kept us entertained in between acts. He was great fun! Even if he did pick on me for being on my phone for the duration – maybe after he’s read this review he will realise why! ?

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From acrobats to jugglers, the first few minutes were a whirlwind. The performers made it all look so easy! I struggled to know where to look first and it tested my photography skills because they all moved so fast! The pace was quick but perfectly timed!

An Afternoon At Zippo's Circus

Let me introduce to you the worlds greatest ringmaster, Norman Barrett MBE. Norman is very well known and has been in the circus business for many years. Prior to touring with Zippo’s, he spent twenty-five years at the Blackpool Tower Circus. To say he knows his stuff is an understatement.

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I love this photograph of our Little Man. It completely captures his fascination of the events occurring in front of him. The show lasted for two hours with a fifteen-minute interval. To be honest, he did get a little fidgety towards then end but I find it hard to believe that most four-year-olds wouldn’t. For the majority of the show, he was captivated, as you can see.

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The Khadikov Cossack riders were incredible. The horses came so close to us because we were sat ringside. The tricks that the riders do are literally breathtaking and the horses are beautiful – and I’m not even a horse fan!

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Ringmaster Norman Barrett is renowned for his act with his beloved budgies! They were fantastic. Perfectly trained and very funny – Little Man found them hilarious!

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One of may favourite acts was without doubt Juma, the Contortionist. Whilst he made me wince at times with how he got his body into some of the positions, I loved his performance. He was such a happy, smiley character! I could have watched him for hours!

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The Globe Of Death was the outstanding final act of which no less than five motorcyclists known as the Lucius Team, cycled at high speed around a separating metal cage! When you’re sat at almost touching distance to this, it really is a heart-stopping sight to behold!

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There is so much I haven’t captured here. In addition to all of the above, there was knife throwing, hula-hooping and much more! I could have snapped away all afternoon, which I did, as lovely Emilion pointed out. But at the same time, I wanted to capture the whole atmosphere of the show and enjoy it with my family. Take a look at the official Zippo’s trailer below!

If anyone is considering going to a circus, I would without a doubt, highly recommend Zippo’s. I know a lot of people are concerned about animal welfare when it comes to circus acts and I can understand why there may be some concern, But it is clear that Zippo’s animals are well loved and looked after.

At each destination Zippo’s hold an Animal Open House where visitors can go and see the animals in their own surroundings. Visitors are able to see animals in their quarters, and their trainers will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, Visitors are asked to register in advance. The session lasts approx 40 minutes.


It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon at Zippo’s circus and I would recommend it to any family looking for an afternoon or evening’s entertainment. A huge thank you to everyone at Zippo’s Circus for inviting us and giving us an afternoon to remember.


Zippo’s are frequently touring the country and you can see all of the upcoming dates at their website: zippos.co.uk


Have you ever been to Zippo’s Circus? What was your favourite act? Perhaps you’ve been to a different circus? Let me know in the comments.


I was gifted the tickets for this performance in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  1. 16th October 2017 / 9:30 pm

    We visited Zippos Circus in Guildford a couple of weeks back and sat in the same seats as you! Great view points of the show. We liked the motorcycles and the Jigit Horses the best x Popiing over from #familyfun

  2. 16th October 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Looks like a really fun family day out, I hope they come to jersey! Thanks for sharing.
    Wonderful photos too by the way

  3. Nige
    17th October 2017 / 6:29 am

    Oh I love the circus this looks fab, looks like you had a great time awesome photos thanks for hosting #triumphanttales

  4. 17th October 2017 / 8:21 am

    I’ve always been a bit wary of the circus – but I am reassured by the Animal Open House. The entertainment looked loads of fun! xx #TriumphantTales

  5. 17th October 2017 / 11:12 am

    I was a late circus person too. I was early 30’s with my own kid (plus a coupe of nieces) before I ever got to go.

  6. 17th October 2017 / 2:41 pm

    My girls have just turned three so think they’d find such a long show too much. However when they are 4/5 I think this would be a fab family outing. #triumphanttales

  7. 17th October 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Aww this looks so fun! Were there no clowns, or did you just not photograph them? :p It’s looks amazing, and your little guys face just says it all xx

    • Jaki
      23rd October 2017 / 9:15 am

      No clowns thank goodness!!! 😄

  8. 17th October 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Ah wow that looks just magical! You got some beautiful photos too 🙂 #triumphanttales

  9. 18th October 2017 / 3:16 pm

    When I was a child (many many moons ago, the circus was full of animals, lions and elephants etc and I loved it, not knowing what i do now about the terrible conditions they were kept in, so i only took my children to the circus once and left early because i did not like the way the horses were treated and was hoping that this post didn’t show that they were still using animals at all, but sad to see there were still horses performing #triumphanttales

  10. aliduke79hotmailcom
    19th October 2017 / 11:11 am

    Wow! It looks like you had an amazing night. I know my family would enjoy going to the circus.

  11. randommusings29
    19th October 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I tend to avoid circuses because to me it isn’t right to force animals to perform for our entertainment and I love that this circus doesn’t do that! Looks like a fab day and the acrobats look amazing
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  12. ohmummymia
    19th October 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I don’t remember when I was in a circus last time. Actually I think I was a kid:P I need to take my son there. There is always so much fun right?

  13. talkingmums1
    19th October 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Zippos circus looks really fab. It’s been ages since we saw a live circus and I think the kids would love it. Will check out their site x

  14. 20th October 2017 / 7:46 am

    I went to the circus A LOT as a child and used to love it. I also think I have seen Zippos circus a few years back. I remember the book cage things – ARGH. Very scary. It is a good show though and I look forward to taking mine when they’re a bit older. I Am glad you enjoyed lovey and thanks for sharing at #familfun

  15. mummymiller
    20th October 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Zippo’s often tours in our local town, hopefully I can take Oliver in a few years as it looks fab! #triumphanttales

  16. 20th October 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I have never been to a circus! We went to a skills show during the summer but I’d love to take the children to a proper full one #triumphanttales

  17. 20th October 2017 / 9:33 pm

    That would make for an interesting post. The time I became a circus performer hey? I’d join you. It’s great to read that they look after their animals and the show is a great success. #TriumphantTales

  18. 20th October 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I recently took Reuben to the circus and he loved it – when Zippos comes to our town I’ll have to take him to it #TriumphantTales

  19. mebeingmummy
    22nd October 2017 / 11:17 am

    This looks like an amazing time! I haven’t been to a circus is years but still remember how fab it was when I did go. The pictures look fab! Thank you for joining in with the #HoneyBeeLinky my lovely xxx

  20. 22nd October 2017 / 1:25 pm

    If little man’s look is any gauge, you had a blast! What fun! Glad to hear about the animal too! The circus was just banned here in the US. Soon it will be dancing, music and all fun… ho hum. #triumphanttales xoxo

  21. 22nd October 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Oh wow, it sounds like you had a great time. I used to love going to the circus when I was a kid. I’ve been thinking of taking Molly to one but have been a bit hesitant. After reading this I think I should just go for it. Your photos are brilliant too. #TriumphantTales

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