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Our Family Life 2021 (34/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (34/52)

Monday

Family Life 2021 – What a lovely weekend we’ve had. Today we decided to get out and about with the dog. We have the regular places that we like to go to, but we thought we’d try somewhere new. I’d heard about Mamhead Sensory Trail on Facebook as a great place to take kids as well as dogs so off we went. My niece came as well which It was a lovely walk that was pram and toddler friendly, but you can stray off the path if you have older children who want to explore and climb a little bit more. We had heard that there was a secret rope swing, but it must be well hidden as we didn’t find it. We drove past the spot a couple of weeks ago and there was a coffee van there, but unfortunately, it wasn’t there today so we had to make do with water.

A family with a dog walking through Mathews sensory trail

Tuesday

I had big plans for places we could go this week, but Chris has done something to his shoulder and finding driving difficult. He’s booked in for a sports massage, and we’ll just do bits more or less on our doorstep which is hardly a hardship. We took the kids to the park today. Freddie is quite adventurous with his climbing, but he’s still at the stage where he still needs a little bit of help – not that he wants it. It was nice to see him running around on all the equipment, not trying to avoid all the other children like he has been doing.

A tree trunk that looks like an elephants head

Wednesday

We went back for our Summer Holiday Toddler Sense class this morning. Belle came with us and met her friend there before going off to her house for the rest of the day. Freddie had a lovely time and was much more confident than last week. They did some chalk drawing, dancing and maypole dancing which I think Freddie quite enjoyed. The only thing was that he kept making a beeline for my bag to get his snacks out so I had to keep chasing him away like a pesky seagull.

As Belle was with her friend I popped into my mum’s for a cuppa before heading home. My mum has a budgie and Freddies is quite fascinated by him and all the bits he has in his cage. He’s not flying at the moment which there doesn’t seem to be any reason for. It happened around the time that my Dad went into the Hospice which is slightly odd.

A toddler boy sitting on a basket swing

Thursday

A chill day at home. Freddie was happy playing and Isabelle was playing an online game with her friend in her bedroom so I even managed to sneak in a bit of work which was good. Freddie likes to have the hamster’s cage on the floor so that he can show her his toys and watch TV with her.

A toddler boy climbing on foam shapes at toddler sensory class

Friday

We did a spot of shopping today. As Belle keeps reminding us it’s her birthday in a couple of weeks and we’re having a little family party so we must get organised for everything. We popped into a couple of charity shops which is one of Belle’s favourite things to do and fast becoming Freddies as well. We didn’t manage to get any goodies on this occasion as I’m trying to get them to realise that we don’t have to buy things just for the sake of it.

Our new dining chairs came today which I absolutely love. They’re the ones that I wanted originally but Chris dismissed them and still isn’t keen. I love them though!

Grey dining chairs with telescope legs

Saturday

Our Grandson came over for the day which is always a treat. We played on the trampoline, built bricks, raced cars, played hide and seek, and watched a movie. It’s always busy when Luka comes over, and the boys are like little Duracell Bunnies. I literally flop down at the end of the day!

Sunday

Was a pyjama day for us. Do you find that since Covid, that you appreciate the slower pace of life. Gone are the days that I run myself ragged just for the sake of being out and about. Sometimes, it’s just nice to be at home, in the garden, or playing.

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Our Family Life 2021 (33/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (33/52)

Monday 

We thought we’d do a few bits and bobs at home to kick off the week and I had a bit of work to catch up on.

Freddie is obsessed with belles hamster, Cookie, and likes to talk to her every day. He’s been watching a YouTube show which is basically hamsters going around elaborate cardboard mazes and loves it. He likes to get the cage down to watch it with Cookies ‘friends’ which is kind of cute.

Tuesday 

Belle and I escaped on our own to do some birthday shopping for Daddy’s birthday this weekend. it was kind of successful but we ended up with more stuff for Belle than we did for the birthday boy. We also met my son and his fiancée for lunch at Slim Chicken which we haven’t had before. It was lovely but both Belle and Ryan were quite irked that they don’t have ketchup. Loads of nice dipping sauces minus the very obvious and I’m guessing most asked for ketchup. Odd!

Wednesday 

This morning we went to Toddler Sense this morning. Belles’s friend’s mum runs it so she met her friend whilst we were there. Freddie was really shy to start with and a bit uncertain about going up to the front to collect the shakers and ribbons etc but he got there once he’s warmed up and really enjoyed himself.

Afterward, we went for coffee and ice cream with belles friend and her mum followed by a trip to the park.

We also popped into a charity shop after much begging from Belle and ended up with a dolly and a buggy which Freddie proudly pushed all the way home.

Thursday 

We had a day at home and I had my hair done. I had balayage a few months ago with darker roots and lighter on the ends which I love. I had the colour redone today and I love it. I’ve had quite a bit chopped off and additional layers as it’s so thick and a bit unruly at the moment. It feels so much lighter and swishier now!

Friday 

Our morning started with a gorgeous breakfast at the Pink Moon. They were doing a summer holiday special with unlimited pancakes and milkshakes for the kids.

Chris had a full moon breakfast which was a full English with posh beans and avocado on the side. I had a breakfast muffin filled with pulled pork, bacon, and cheese with hollandaise sauce. It was gorgeous.

We then went to the sports shop to get both kids new trainers. Thankfully it was a successful trip with very little grumbling from Belle. There was a sticky point when Freddie wanted one Spider-Man trainer and one Cars trainer with flashing lights on the side.

Saturday

As it’s Chris’ birthday tomorrow and my mother-in-law next week we had a family picnic at my in-law’s house. We all had to take some food with us so Chris made a pressed picnic loaf with loads of meats, cheeses, and pickles which he impressed himself with so much.

It was a lovely afternoon. The weather didn’t look too hopeful in the morning but the sun came out and the kids were able to play with a sprinkler pad which they loved.

Sunday

It was Daddy’s birthday today so the day started with presents which Freddie helped unwrap, telling him what everything was as he unwrapped them. Chris like most men is really hard to buy for, but this year he was clear on what he wanted (at the last minute). He wants to get a tattoo. His first tattoo. Whilst moneys slightly boring to give as a present I would much rather give him something that he wanted rather than the usual go-to presents of aftershave, t-shirts and alcohol.

Then Belle decided she wanted to make a Birthday Breakfast. She did very little by way of helping with the full English that ended up on the table, but took 100% of the credit. Typical….

We had a pretty chilled morning followed by us going out for a child-free meal in the afternoon which was such a treat. We rarely spend any time on our own without the kids so it really was very nice. this is when having an older child comes in quite nicely. Ryan and his fiancée came over to look after the kids armed with kids magazines which was a smooth move on their part.

We picked a local Portuguese restaurant that was recommended to us, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. We had a selection of starters including a type of stew with beef and chorizo. It was the kind of dish you could eat a huge bowl of with a stack of bread for dipping. We also had prawns, a goats cheese and spinach samosa, cod fritters and these little shrimp filled pastry’s which were amazing.

For the main course we had a sharing platter of sizzling pork and sausage with fries, salad and some side dishes which looked like Cous cous but were in fact cornbread crumbs with a mix of chickpeas, tomatoes and kale. We washed it all down with a jug of sangria. The desserts sounded amazing but we didn’t have any room left to eat anything else.

All was well when we got home, and we had that nice feeling you get when you actually get to sit down, talk and appreciate a meal without small people invading your space.

It’ll be sad when Chris has to go back to work, but it’s been a great week. 

My Family Life 2021 (32/52)

My Family Life 2021

Monday

After a busy weekend, we had a lovely chilled out day. Well, I say that but there was much cleaning and washing involved. Freddie was happy pottering around playing with his toys and Belle was happy hiding away in her room which she likes to do these days.

This months Birch Box arrived which I love every single month. It’s so nice getting some treats.

Tuesday

A work day for me. Just today and Thursday and then I’ve got two weeks off from my employed job.

The kids went out with Nanny for a few hours today, and then Belle went for a sleepover at her best friends house. She took a bag big enough to stay away for a week!

Wednesday

My Mum was looking after my brothers kids so we went to see them today. It was just Freddie and I but the cousins had a lovely time together. We walked over and it would have been quicker if I’d taken a snail with me.

Thursday

I was in the office today. It was nice not to be at home for a change. It was the last day before my annual leave. I had thought that my time with the team was coming to an end but I’m staying for now which I’m pleased about.

Friday

We were going to go out. It started to pour down so that ruined our plans. In the end my sister took Belle to ibounce trampoline park and Freddie and I stayed at home playing cars. Freddie would have loved it too but under 5’a are only allowed to go to the family sessions which were fully booked. My sister and I had a catch up when they came back which was nice. Freddie loves it when ‘Aunty Smelly’ (Kelly) comes over because she’s super noisy and messes around with him.

Saturday

The weather is still a bit iffy so we decided to make cupcakes and watch a film.

It’s really hard baking with a 10 year old and a 3 year old. Neither of them wants to share with the other so we have to share the jobs out or it all becomes a nightmare. Each of them has six cakes. We use different coloured cases so there’s no confusion. Once cooked they have the end of a worktop each to decorate as they want. Freddie finished his in about five seconds whilst Isabelle takes ages decorating hers. Both of them made cakes that look like boobies which they thought was hilarious.

Freddie’s Cakes

Sunday

The start of ten days off as a family. We went to the quay for coffee, cake and ice cream. There’s a coffee shop that we always go to so the kids now call it our coffee shop.

The queue was so long and the ice cream was quite drippy by the time we got it so the dog got quite a treat as he finished Freddie’s.

There’s a little boat that you can go from one side of the river to the other instead of going over the bridge. They use a wire from one side to the other and pull the. Oat backwards and forwards. We went on this for the first time with Freddie and he really enjoyed it. We even watched as he dropped the wire in to the water to allow a boat to go past.

We then went in the park and Chris and I took it in turns to stay outside with the dog. We finished off the day with a steak dinner. All in all it was a nice first day off together.

My Family Life 2021 (31/52)

My Family Life 2021 (31/52)

Monday

It’s officially the start of the school holidays but we’re still isolating. We’ve still got the teacher presents that we weren’t able to give out. We had chocolate bouquets made so it’s touch and go whether they’ll make it to the start of the new school year.

We set up a fake beach as we were taking part in a campaign for the new kids show Kangaroo Beach. So we drew and coloured fish, Freddie got beach ready in his trunks and we made the sea with a blue sleeping bag. Freddie loves the beach, but it means we have to tag team going in the water with him as he spends pretty much all the time in the sea. I always look around at the Mums and Dads sat down chilling or reading whilst their kids sit by them building sandcastles, and wonder how we get some of that!

Tuesday 

A work day for me and my laptop has been playing up. Everything on the screen is really enlarged making it really hard to read. I’ve tried everything, googled it and phoned the IT department. It was a slow day!

Wednesday

It’s our last day of isolation so I decided to tackle the under stairs cupboard. It’s amazing how much stuff (crap) we can fit in there. I found a random box that had all sorts of things in it from piles of really old payslips to my old Nokia phone I gave it to Freddie who wanted to know if it was a remote control.

Belle thought it was hilarious as I explained that it was just for phoning and texting with the odd game on it. This was mine and Chris had the pale blue version – we were at the top end of mobile phones at the time!

Thursday

FREEDOM! Where’s the first place we visited? B&M followed by McDonald’s for lunch. I wanted some garden chairs as we’re having family over at the weekend and not enough seating. It was an unsuccessful trip aside from loads of sweets, a few toiletries and some cushions.

However, it was nice to be out and about. I did notice that mask wearing is about 50/50 in the shops. We’re still going to wear them in shops and enclosed places as there’s still so many people testing positive for Covid, so better safe than sorry.

It should have been a work day for me but we were all given a ‘Thank you day’ as part of the NHS which I thought was a nice touch. I’m not front line or even patient facing, but it was a lovely gesture in an awful situation.

Friday

Cake making today for my Grandsons birthday party on Sunday. It’s hard to believe that my eldest has been a dad for three years. His actual birthday was spent in isolation so hopefully this weekend we can have a really great time to make up for it.

Saturday

We went to Dartmoor Zoo. The weather forecast wasn’t great and the clouds got greyer and greyer the closer we got. Just as we arrived it started to rain, but thankfully it only lasted a few minutes and was done by the time we got through the entrance bit. The rest of the day was sunny and hot.

We saw all the animals apart from the Jaguar who was obviously hiding somewhere in its enclosure.

We were treated to a show from the female tiger who was playing with a ball in the water. It’s amazing how close we were to her and she was beautiful.

We heard the lion roar and making the noise of a cat with a fur all on a much larger scale.

There was a dinosaur theme so the kids had maps and had to find various dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs. They also got to dig for fossils which Freddie and Luka loved.

We saw some animals that we haven’t seen before. They had giant rat like creatures, Dik Diks *snigger snigger* and these birds which were black with the most vibrant colours in their fronts.

My Mum came as well – she was born in Exeter and had never been to Dartmoor Zoo before. It’s quite hilly and I think she found the walking a bit much, but she said it was worth it.

Sunday

We had all the family over for a Luka’s Birthday party. Ryan and his fiancée did all the decorating with a dinosaur themed balloon arch, balloons and a piñata. All the cousins came over and they had so much fun. The poor piñata didn’t stand a chance l, even from the younger ones.

Luka was teaching the great-grans the Baby Shark dance moves which they were getting all wrong.

By the end of the day we were all knackered but it was totally worth it to get everybody together.

All in all it was a great weekend.

 

 

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Pounce the Super Jumping Joey from Kangaroo Beach

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Neville the Hairy Nosed Wombat from Kangaroo Beach
As well as Sandy, Big Trev, Bondi and Lin, and Wei.

What we thought of Kangaroo Beach

Well first and foremost, it stopped Freddie in his tracks. When he finds a show that he likes, he goes into a telly-trance. We always say that a bomb could go off and he wouldn’t notice until the electricity went out!
We loved it! Freddie asked when he was going to the beach next, and can he learn to surf. I think we might teach him to swim before we let him loose with a bodyboard.
I thought it was a great show, not too long, and great characters. One of the phrases on the show was the highlight for me “On it like a seagull on a Chip”! I’m going to try and get that into a conversation this week.
As it was our last day in isolation (contact) we created our own little beach scene and Freddie pretended he was swimming whilst he watched. It didn’t last long before he slipped back into his telly-trance. I even caught Belle (10) glued to the TV.
We loved it and have already watched several episodes.
Toddler boy sitting quietly watching television
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My Family Life 2021 (30/52)

My Family Life 2021

Monday

Well today was eventful. We got up as usual to start our day. Freddie and I were due to meet a friend at a toddler group, Belle was going to school. It was Belle’s sports day in the afternoon followed by a meet and greet session for Freddie from 4 – 5pm so it was going to be a full-on day.

As we were getting ready I always have a little scroll through my emails which was lucky as we had an urgent email to say that a child in Belles year had tested positive for Covid and they were closing the bubble and all children had to isolate until 24th July which would mean after the last day of term.

Cue huge meltdown from Belle who was really looking forward to sports day and, let’s face it a doss week for the rest of the week.

Whilst we were calming that situation, we then get a call from our son who had tested positive on a lateral flow test and was being moved to a single room to isolate. He’s in the army but was with us all weekend from Friday to Sunday.

We then got another email from school to say that as per new guidelines, they weren’t closing the bubble and all kids should be in school for 11.30.

We had a very smiley Belle until we realised that we would have to isolate as contacts with Ryan pending his PCR test.

Oh dear, yet another meltdown from Belle.

No toddler group, no Sports day and no meet and greet for pre-school. All our plans taken out within half an hour. We were meant to be going to my Mums for tea as well, as she was going to be looking after Belle whilst Freddie and I went to pre-school so she was disappointed as well.

The guidance on contact is pretty crap at the moment. It contradicts itself – one bit says you have to isolate and another bit says you don’t have to unless contacted by track and trace.

I rang work who said yes, we need to isolate pending Ryan’s PCR results so fingers crossed they come back negative.

We’ve got a bit of a wait as a postal test has been requested for Ryan as he doesn’t drive.

Tuesday 20th

I worked from home. It’s absolutely boiling hot. We shouldn’t complain about the weather as it’s been pretty touch and go crap recently but it’s just one extreme to another!

Ryan had his PCR test and should get the results tomorrow.

Wednesday 21st

We waited all day for the results and it wasn’t until I was already in bed that he messaged me to say that he had tested positive. Damn, that’s us in isolation for the foreseeable.

Belle was very upset as she was hoping to go back to school for the last couple of days. She’s been set some work online, but I’m not even going to bother trying to get her to do it.

On the upside, the weather is still lovely so lots of garden play, and Daddy is home which is an extra bonus as he works long hours.

Chris also got a 6 month pass to Disney+ so we’ve got loads of films we can watch in between soakings.

Thursday

I should have been in the office today but as we’re isolating I’m working from home. It’s been a disaster of a day. The system that I use for work decided to play up. It enlarged itself on my screen which you’d think would be easy enough to fix, but no, it stayed huge and really hard to work from. I’m pretty IT savvy but I couldn’t work it out and neither could the IT department!

We also nipped to the Corona drive through to get tested, just in case. It makes no difference to isolation, we still have to do it but at least we’d know. I’m double jabbed but Chris has only had one of his, and you can still get it clever if you’ve been vaccinated. Better to be safe and all that!

Friday

The kids and I got our results which were all negative. Chris’ came back inconclusive so he has to go back and get it done again.

Our grandson has also tested positive so all his birthday plans for the weekend have had to be scrapped. We weren’t seeing him this weekend but it’s a shame that he can’t have his party.

Ryan’s utterly bored as he’s stuck in a single room to isolate. At least we’ve got the garden to break up the day.

Saturday 24th

I’ve got my first driving lesson confirmed for Monday 6th September. I can’t wait to get on the road. I only want to drive so it’s easier to take the kids places after school and at the weekend. Also being able to pop over for a cuppa with my mum will be quite nice as well.

We’ve got a big car so I’m on the lookout for a small car with four doors. I like the look of the Citroen’s or a small Peugeot but who knows.

Sunday

It’s Luka’s 3rd birthday today. I’ve been a Nanny for three whole years. It still makes me chuckle when I say that, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

We FaceTimed him so we could wish him happy birthday. He showed us his presents and was happy enough at home with his Mum.

We also watched the film Luca which was definitely worth a watch.

Belle made some little clay charms which we thought were pretty impressive. We had to bake them in the oven before she can glaze them.

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My Family Life 2021

Monday

My Family Life – Belle was at school as usual and Freddie and I went to toddler group. The last one until September. Actually, the last one is because in September he will be starting pre-school so we won’t be able to go to this group anymore.

Homemade scones made by the toddler

All the children made scones which were really lovely, and towards the end when they’d cooled down we ate them with jam and clotted cream. I mentioned that I pretty much lived on cheese scones when I was pregnant which then led to us all discussing what we could or couldn’t eat during pregnancy. One lady had a thing for garlic bread and another for vinegar and most boring of all was broccoli. I suppose it would have been good to crave veg instead of a diet of cheese in any form, crackers, and crisps.

Freddie went Missing!

At the end of the session, I was grabbing our stuff and noticed that the gate had been left open and Freddie was nowhere to be seen. I went down to the gate and looked around but couldn’t find him, looked all around the garden and then back inside again. Nothing. The big front gate to ‘outside’ was closed, but he could have sneaked out alongside the other parents.

I was starting to worry as I wandered around calling his name, and then as I started to feel a panic that maybe he had got outside and was wandering around the busy road, the lady that runs the group had found him in an unused room. He’d managed to let himself in there and then shut the door. When I went in to get him he was standing in the corner with his hands over his face. I thought he had done this as he was scared or had heard me calling and couldn’t get out. But no, he shouted “I hided from you” whilst laughing his head off.

Honestly, kids have no idea how much they scare you when they do stuff like that. Having said that, the alternative would have been a lot scarier.

Tuesday

Was a workday for me so not a lot happens other than work!

Wednesday

It looks like I’ve found a driving instructor with availability. It’s definitely a good time to be a driving instructor at the moment, they’re like gold dust. I thought I should mention that it’s been a while since I was a teenager but that didn’t put him off. Can’t wait to get started!

Thursday

A workday and it was so unbearably hot in the office. I work for the NHS and we’ll continue to wear masks for a while yet regardless of the new rules. Having a sweaty mask face is not a good look.

Friday

Was boiling hot. Ryan came over with Luka in the afternoon as he was able to leave base earlier today so I got to pick up Belle from school solo. I would usually take the dog, but I don’t think our hairy labradoodle would have coped with the heat. It’s been a long time since I picked her up on my own and it was nice to be able to have a chat without Freddie butting in every half a second.

Toddler boy playing with a toy water sink in a tuff tray

With it being so hot, the water fight began as soon as we got home. The most competition being between Isabelle and Ryan. Isabelle came off worse as usual, but she gave a good fight.

Saturday

Was a repeat of yesterday with a huge water fight.

In and out of the garden getting soaked is likely what we’re going to be doing for the rest of the summer and a great way to cool down.

Sunday

Belle, Freddie, and I popped out in the morning to find a blue t-shirt for sports day on Monday. I’m so glad that we got it done and out of the way in the morning as the day just got hotter and hotter.

My Mother-in-Law came over to see More water play when Luka came over with Ryan before Ryan went back to base for the week.

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Family Fun at Paulos Circus Topsham

Family Fun at Paulos Circus Topsham

This weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Paulos Circus at Darts Farm in Topsham. it’s a fantastic setting with plenty of parking and the appeal of coffee, cake, and ice cream afterwards.

Aerial Acrobat performing in the air at Paulos Circus

We visited when they were there back in 2017 so we knew we were in for a treat – Paulos Circus 2017.

Paulos Circus has been entertaining the nation since 1816. Isabelle’s Tour is a mixture of traditional circus acts presented with a 21st-century twist. 

The excitement builds once the Big Top is insight. The walk there today was a soggy one, but it definitely didn’t put a dampener on the experience.

Poroto the Clown doing ladder tricks in Paulos Circus

I went with my sister and her daughter. As well as my two. I wasn’t sure if Freddie was going to sit still but he was mesmerised throughout the show as there are so many different acts to see as well as all the lighting and effects.

An Aerial gymnast performing in the Paulos Circus

We wore masks until we were seated. As we were seated ringside, there were plastic partitions between each family group and a one-way system in and out of the tent. There were also hand sanitisers at the entrance and in the toilets.

What to Expect

The show was Go….Go…..Go throughout with act after act providing non-stop entertainment. 

The acts included: 

Juggling
Balancing 
Aerial Gymnastics 
Aerial Cube Gymnastics 
Ladder walking (not sure if that’s the technical term, but you’ll know what I mean)
Trapeze Artist 
A Fairy on a tightrope
A Robot and a Spaceship

And not forgetting Poroto the clown who we saw in between each act – he was absolutely hilarious. 

There were refreshments available on a cash-only basis so don’t forget to take some cash on the day.

The show lasted around 75 minutes and it went by really quickly. 

It is loud in the big top and there are a lot of flashing lights. I did notice a couple of children wearing ear defenders, but my three-year-old and ten-year-old were absolutely fine without. 

Paulos Circus gymnastics act

How much are the tickets? 

Isabelle’s Tour is at Dart’s Farm until the 25th July with plenty of shows available and then on to Newquay for the rest of the Summer. 

The tickets are £8 per person which is a very reasonable price. Under 2’s are FREE.

These can be prebooked or bought on the gate, but personally, I’m not sure I would risk the disappointment of being turned away. You can book your Paulos Circus Tickets Here.

For all updates, it’s best to follow their Facebook Page

A Spaceship landing with an alien emerging as part of the Paulos Circus performance

Our Thoughts 

Right from the beginning, I thought it was well thought out with a one-way system and hand sanitisers available on arrival. The Big Top wasn’t packed full of people, there was plenty of room and in terms of COVID and social distancing, I felt that we didn’t have any issues at all. 

The show was fantastic. There was something going on all of the time which just keeps the excitement going throughout. I wasn’t sure if Freddie was going to sit still as he has no experience of sitting in this kind of setting as he was only 18 months old when the pandemic hit. However, he was mesmerised by the lights and the acts. He joined in with the clapping and laughed throughout. My daughter and niece enjoyed it so much and again joined in wholeheartedly. 

I love the circus and the atmosphere was brilliant. Everybody was clapping along and laughing the whole time. The performers give 100% to their acts and it shines throughout the acts.

To see more of the acts have a look at our Day’s Out Highlights over on our Instagram account.

*We were gifted tickets to attend the Paulos Circus to enable us to provide an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.