Zippos Circus Entrance with the kids

A Day Out at Zippos Circus

13th August 2020

Now lockdown is easing many families have started to go out and explore activities. Yesterday I finally braved it and took my son and nephew to the circus!

I’ve felt nervous to do it, because we’re a vulnerable household, so I’ve held off until finding an activity that looks safe enough. I was offered tickets to Zippos Circus and immediately worried about being in a tent with lots of people.

However, they’ve made adjustments to comply with all health and safety measures, including social distancing seating, sitting in your bubbles, enhanced ventilation, staff wearing PPE and sanitising stations.

Zippos Circus are back after lockdown with their Big Top tour ‘Rebound’ which features artists from around the world. They have started here in Sussex at Hove Park, and due to huge demand they’ve extended their stay until 23 Aug.

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The Acts

The show is presented by Zippos’ first female Ringmistress Tracy Jones. She introduced some brilliant acts including acrobats, aerialists, comics and daredevil motorcyclists. 

I love the diversity of the show; There were acts from around the world, with people of various ages, sizes and abilities.

This included Brazilian showman Paulo Dos Santos, a comic, acrobat and martial artist who stands at just over a metre tall.

There was an Argentinian group which included Germaine who did stunning footwork with fire. She’s one of the only curvy women I’ve seen as part of a circus act. She rocked it for us bigger girls and it was a change from the many small acrobat artists I’ve seen over the years.

Germaine from Zippos Circus
Germaine was amazing!

I liked an act using an aeroplane with a Mary Poppins theme. There were some rather funny moments involving them hanging from the plane by their clothes and hilarious stunts.

Zippos Circus Sketch
Mary Poppins Skit

The boys loved the big pots of popcorn, candy floss and light up toys that were available, and the slush puppies were welcome during this heatwave!

We were fortunate to have front row seats so had a great view of the impressive acts, like the Globe of Death. They were a team of motorcyclists performing high velocity stunts in a metal ball.

Globe of Death
Globe of Death

The TImbuktu Tumblers played limbo under a fire pole, and we saw the Wheel of Death and knife throwing, so the kids were impressed!

Timbuktu Tumblers
Timbuktu Tumblers

Our Experience

Overall the boys enjoyed it and the two hours went so quickly which conveyed the fun we had.

During the interval I felt safe in being able to get the boys to the toilet- there was a one-way system to get around the tent and a large space to queue at a distance near the toilets.

Knife Throwing

All staff wore masks or visors and we were seated with space to ensure there was at least 2 metres between us and other families. Parts of the tent had seating less spaced out, but there were still empty seats blocked off to ensure gaps.

The boys were so happy to get out and do something other than outdoor walks, it was lovely to see. I’m hoping we’ll be able to continue finding other safe day trips for the remainder of the holidays. If you have any ideas please comment below 🙂

Tickets were gifted to us for the purpose of this review. No payment was received and all opinions are honest and my own.

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