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Took my 3 kids to see this (age 4, 6 and 8). They absolutely loved it, which is all that matters. Dont bother with the Ringside seats, we had the cheapest seats and had a fantastic view of everthing. I know when it comes back next year my kids will be asking to go again....No complaints at all from me either. I think some people (after reading the other comments) expect too much, anyway..... we had a fab time.
Went to see Big Kid Circus tonight in Winsford. The production was very good considering a smaller cast than some of the Circus's i have been to this season. Very good to see a young Ringmaster and mixed age cast. I am a personal lover of Circus's with performing animals but for a All Human show it was very good. My personal preference were the Duo Stefanelli that spend most of the season with The Great British Circus over on the east coast. Their strength and skill in an aerial act is second to none. The turn out was poor, which was sad as the admission price was reasonable and i hope when word gets around they have a bigger turn out tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, to make it worth their while. It's the first time also that i have seen one person in a wheel of death which was handled very well under the circumstances. If at all possible in the future if Circus Kid could afford it , it would be nice to see a globe of death, this would be a good crowd puller. I saw one of these globes earlier this year in Planet Circus, a new production from the Hoffman Family. Very well done guys and very best of luck when your show goes to Stockport, really hope the show in Winsford is supported in the end as it would be great to see it back one year in the future.
A happy customer
Yes, Big Kid Circus is small scale, but great fun nontheless. It was amazing to see the performers close up and the audience were fully involved. Those circus folk work so hard! It's not Cirque du Soleil, but it's great family entertainment, and we laughed out loud at the comedy routines. It was worth every penny.
I went to watch this show in Alloa-Scotland and had an amazing time, My brother and sister absolutely loved it, it was such a great show, i think the people who wrote bad reviews about BKC were watching it with there eyes closed because from what i saw it was brilliant, the acrobats were amazing, so was every act there, its was great value for money, the food there is nice, the staff are really friendly. This is the best circus i have ever been too.... really if u want to have a good time and enjoy amazing acts go to Big Kid Circus because all those things are there... Its fun for all ages... i went with a family between 5-30 and they all loved it... i would strongly recommend this circus to everyone... Thank you Big Kid Circus For An Amazing Show... Cant wait to see you all again
went today to see big kids circus at Berwick upon tweed with children aged 6 and 8. The performance started at 5 past 3. At 10 to 4 we were informed the big finale was coming up. Then an announcement came over that the show was finished and could everyone leave. Aparently there was no BIG FINALE and here I was waiting at last for some action. This was a piss poor show costing £26 for 50 minutes of mediocre entertainment. When was DANCING a circus act and pretty poor dancing at that. The only saving grace was the girl acrobat on the two ribbons who showed talent and finesse. Don't waste your money. My 8 year old said it was okay but he wouldn't tell his friends to go.......shame on you Big Kids this was dire.
Went to see Big Kid Circus in Amble. Do not go and see this, its a waste of money. Cringe worthy. My family did not enjoy this in the slightest. Although i held little hope i even asked for my money back or even some of it. No joy. I felt embarrased that we had took one of our childs friends and also for the acts themselves. There was no flow to the show, the costumes were poor, the acts were average and atmosphere was terrible. Not usually one to complain but had to write about this. I had read good reviews before booking the tickets. We have been to see other circus's and they have been amazing. We were really looking forward to this and i feel that i have been cheated out of money. Food and facilities awful. To finish, dont go. Only reason i gave this 1 star was because it would not let me submit review.
Went along with the family yesterday 17th March 2010, the opening night in Barry Island.
Our children (aged 5 and 6) and us, loved the show and fell in love with the performers who showed outstanding showmanship.
Fantastic family entertainment with a warm, friendly atmosphere.
The links between the acts were smooth, made possible with the performance of a wonderful clown from Russia and dancers who show diversity in many styles of their craft. The sound engineer was spot on with his timing when working with the clown.
If the performance had started at 6pm instead of 7pm we would have found this more family friendly. But this was the opening night and the tickets were only £6.99 per person with a sit anywhere provision.
The show is about 2 hours long with a 15 minute break in the middle.
This was true value for money and a good family experience we will remember for years to come.
We look forward to seeing this circus again.
Tumbling, Dance, Comedy.
Well Done Big Kids!!!!
sue here again... went to BKC tonight in Stockport and we were NOT disappointed it was excellent. The acts were different from last year and they were all brilliant. it was great to see that "spiderman" has now got a full ariel act together and it was amazing. My 2yr old grandson ended up hoarse and in absolute awe of his hero. What was especially memorable was i paid for a photo of my grandson and spiderman and somehow the picture was deleted of thier camera. They gave us our money back and told us that the "spiderman" couldnt do the pic again as he was doing another act and had changed costume - fair enough - however, at the end of the show as the acts came out to take their bow the guy who had been "spiderman" was stood right by my grandson and heard him asking where was spiderman, I told him he had gone home. As we were leaving the tent we were stopped by a member of staff (Billie) who said that "spiderman" was happy to have his picture done again with my grandson if we could wait for a few moments. This we did and "spiderman" duly appeared - my grandson was once again in awe of him, and promptly ran away lol. We did manage to get a couple of pics of spiderman, my daughter and my grandson on my mobile phone. We were so amazed at the warmth and effort of "spiderman" who had done two shows in 4 hours and must have been really tired. What a lovely guy, and an amazing acrobat. Its incidents like this that make BKC the best of the best, I would really like to thank all who make BKC happen, you are truly lovely warm and amazing people and you made a 2yr old little boy who idolises spiderman very very happy and truly believe he had met his hero. Thank you so much its moments like these that children remember forever and it is people such as yourselves that make these moments happen. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU xxxx
hi everyone... stumbled on this site and couldn't resist leaving a review. I first saw BKC last year in Stockport and took my 7yr old granddaughter along to watch. I paid £6.99 for each ticket (with 1st night voucher) once inside we chose our seats. Through no fault of BKC it had been raining for days and the ground was wet and muddy, it was cold as well. My granddaughter wanted the candy floss, burger, flashing windmill on a stick thing and I thought they were all a bit pricey we then sat down and watched the acts. We loved the lady who dressed as a butterfly swung round by her hair, my granddaughter was enthralled. The guy who did an arial act was also really good, he also did the big wheel act as well (very nerve wracking when he stood on the top of it blindfolded, but we saw him grinning) The same guy dressed as spiderman was absolutely wonderful with the kids, he had his photo took with them (albiet at £3 a pop) and he was so gentle and kind to one little disabled boy in particular. It was lovely to watch. BKC is not the most sophisticated nor even the most spectacular show ive ever seen but the staff were absolutely lovely, gracious and kind, nothing was to much trouble for them, the acts did their very best to entertain (and they succeeded) and all in all they brought a nice warm glow to what was otherwise a rainy miserable October evening. My granddaughter still has the items I bought her and BKC have arrived in Stockport again on Sunday and I have already got tickets for my granddaughter, my 2yr old grandson (who is besotted with spiderman) and my daughter who is curious to see what the fuss is about. For the 4 tickets (with an extra one free) it has cost £27.50 and i suppose we will spend approx £25 once in there. Good value for money all in all for 5 people. The acts were good, the dancers did their bit and it seemed every member of staff joined in and made it a night my granddaughter has not forgotton. For that I thank you BKC - you did a brilliant job. See you on Wednesday.
We took our 3 year old son to see the big kid circus today. We were not sure whether to or not after reading some other reviews on here. But we are really glad that we did! We had a fanatastic time!
Our 3 year old son adored it! We even had to recreate the show when we got home!
There was a real mix of comedy with Hasan the clown - who, by the way, involves the audience! Which i found to my cost when i found myself chained to the knife thrower's board! He was very dry and funny and engaged the audience - young and old.
The acrobatic acts were also outstanding! Spiderman flying through the audience was a firm favourite for our son! The dancers were great too.
At the interval there was a chance to buy hot dogs, burgers, chips etc. Not too overpriced but not the cheapest! Hasan the clown did face painting for the children for £2 or you could have your picture taken for £3.
attended the big kid circus last week in tenby. it started with a catchy little jingle about acrobats, dnacers, jugglers and fire throwers?? these never appaered in the show we saw! we endured 2 boring hours of girls in bad costumes dancing out of sequence and not much else really! it was truely horrendous and we would have left early if we had not been blocked in by cars that there was no room on the car park for. i wish i had saved my £25 and done anything else!!! lol
the flooring was not very safe. just a bit of plastic that was covered in wrt mud as it had rained before they set up the tent and a bit of wet hay spread around. was not at all impressed and not a patch on pther circus's that i have seen.
if i were you id wait for one of the other cirus's to come. this one isnt worth the money
Glad to hear the great Circuses of the past! But nowadays you cannot compare the new Billy Smart with the old one! The newcomers are made to appease the consciences of those who killed the traditional circus. However, still today you can watch impressive shows, and most depends on the investment made to find the best acts in the world. Not easy, as Billiana Kirillov was telling me, back few years ago. The last time I saw BKC, great effort was made to offer a good show. And I loved it. I loved the solo trapeze and amazed to sea the high pole on shoulder, hair- raising act alongside more contemporary acts, such as wheel of death and silks.Lights and live music will come, I'm sure.
My wife and I had the misfortune to spend over £20 visiting the Big Kid Circus when it came to Hereford. The whole show reeks of cheap production values. The lighting was so poor before the show, that finding a seat when entering from outside, was a safety hazard. I don`t know know why the Health and Safety people allow the show to function. I cracked my right shin on a high step that couldn`t be seen in the gloom.
Only two acts shown on this website, actually performed. The clown was about as funny as an ingrowing toenail and hadn`t even bothered to put on anything other that light lip makeup and apart from clown boots, didn`t look the part. An ordinary white `T` shirt and lightly spangled jogging bottoms, can hardly be called a clown outfit.
The lighting during show itself, was also poor. The acts worked in gloom and it is difficult to appreciate what you struggle to see. The spotlight that should have been too bright to look at directly, was actually brown when looking directly at the front lens. If the power output of the single generator is too low, they should get one with a higher output and then it can run decent lighting.
The gents toilet in the trailer outside, stank of stale urine. The stainless steel urinal was actually rusty with holes in it. The inside of the toilet trailer hadn`t been cleaned or painted for a long time. This was another Health and Safety issue.
The `ring` consisted of square panels of loosely laid plywood and was square rather than circular. The ringmaster looked more like a ringboy than a figure of authority and sounded bored.
If anyone is used to Chipperfields, Billy Smarts, or Fossetts tented shows and expects a similar experience, I would suggest they keep their money in their pockets. I would further suggest that they take a torch and empty their bladders at home, if they really must waste money to see a poor show. My wife and I left before the end, because we`d seem and heard enough. We have seen many circuses over the years, and this was easily the worst. The outside of the tent looks impressive though.
Jim Walker (Lancashire)
The Big Kid Circus certainly made me feel like a Big Kid!
After reading the very informative review written about this circus I felt compelled to add my own.
Personally I found this circus very refreshing and much easier to budget for in comparison to the bigger circuses. Especially when you can get more money off by visiting their web site and printing off the online voucher! This voucher is different to the ones you find in the shops and includes the most up to date offers.
The welcome you recieve is warmer and less intimidating (especially when you consider language barriers). All staff have a ready smile that is genuine and enchanting.
Fortunatly, I have seen all the shows that this circus has put on; we have even made trips to South Wales specially to see this particular circus.
It is true that they are not like any other circus around and initially the show was like a cross between pantomime and circus. Which, to be truthfull I actually prefer. However, their new show this year does not have the pantomime structure.
The 2009 show features, due to popular demand, the come back of a clown called Hassan (who originally performed as a duo in this circus). This time round he is solo and just as cheeky as ever. The children really warm to him and he gets the children into the ring to generously to give his limelight to them. The children are all overwhelmed by their inclusion in the show. Not to give anything away but there are squeals of laughter from both young and old alike when Hassan starts on the adults! No one is over pressured and he really looks after the people he invites into the ring.
There is an Escapologist who really gets you guessing especially when his suspension rope is set alight!
A plate spinning crazy chef! Who looks as daft as he acts.
The male/female act showing amazing stregnth and balance whilst also portraying elegance and perfect timing has you staring in awe.
There is a beautifully displayed rope act performed by a young lady who shows great professionalism. I say this only because one time I went to this show there was a high wind, which effected her act greatly particularly the audio, she continued her act perfectly and managed to inject the extra wow facter because of these unforseen circumstances and the added danger that was apparent.
The Wheel of Death is still in the programme due to it's popularity. Although there have been some changes within the act. This act is not to be missed. The same can be said of the Hula Hoop act which again is totally different.
Spiderman was not to appear this year but prooved to be so popular with the kids that he has reappeared with avengence. Again this time with a newer version of the original act.
I have to say that my favorite part of the show was not the most daring or technical bits, but, the slapstick humour of the double act dressed in blue and white. The man acting drunk/stupid and the woman kicking off because she can't get him to do what she wants him to do. Even now it brings a big smile to my face. They had us roaring with laughter.
Of course the dancers cannot be left out as their routines get better each year. Making the transitions between acts more fluent and where appropriate dramatic.
When we all go to the show there are loads of us with ages ranging from 2 years up to 63 years of age and we all have a ball.
All that's left for me to say really is that I deffinatly prefer to support the smaller circus to the bigger ones as they are not so money orientated and really do care about the audiences they perform in front of. I personally hated circuses as a little girl, due to being involved in an accident at one, the one and only time I went. It was the Big Kid Circus that removed my fear and made it possible for me to enjoy this magical experience and I sincerely thank them for that as now I am able to take my own little boy.
Rumour has it that they are working on a new act that is stunning and very dangerous involving a motorbike. I don't know how true this is but I for one will continue to go and hopefully soon I will find out.
Big Kid Circus visited my town a couple of weeks ago and we were lucky enough to get free tickets if we bought a programme so four of us went along to watch the show. There were four of us in my party, two adults and two kids aged 11 and 4.
When the act started I thought I was in the wrong place. Angel who looks like an Ice Queen and little Billy, the youngest performer aged just eight, came out and made a strange speech about wanting to save the world and making all the children happy. I wasn't sure if this was a pantomime or some preachy environmental show at this point but it certainly didn't seem like a circus! Billy had three wishes and revealed that the first that all children would be happy, luckily for little Billy the circus was about to start to make one of his dreams come true.
The clowns then came out and I knew I was in the right place. As far as clowns go they weren't particularly funny but the kids giggled along at the slapstick humour. The clown also did some pretty poor juggling, even I can juggle three oranges and I've not spent my life practicing.
Then on to the main acts. All of the usual suspects were there including a trampoline act, a hula hooper, a trapeze and some dancing. The first act which really caught my eye was called "Hair Raising" which was performed by Bulgarian Nadia Ganeva. She was twirled round wearing a butterfly costume suspended by her hair. Ouch! My eyes were watering watching that.
The second great act was the wheel of death. Two performers spun around in cages joined by a huge pole and then performed various feats such as walking on top of the cages blindfold. We were on the edge of our seats watching that act.
At the interval, little Billy and Angel made an appearance again. Billy had another wish, this time that all the children would be fed. Luckily there was a concessions stand where the children present could buy popcorn, candy floss and dodgy looking burgers at inflated prices. Phew, no child present that day needed to starve, what a relief.
We also took the opportunity to get the kids photo taken with Spiderman for £3, receiving a digital print with red eye at the end of the show.
My overall impression of the circus is fairly positive. It is certainly not the best circus I have ever visited but not the worst either. As an adult I wasn't wowed by any of the acts but it was nice to see a live performance for a change. The kids loved it, especially the four year old.
Going to the circus isn't cheap. An adult ticket costing between £11 and £23 and a kids between £9 and £20 so for a family it is an expensive couple of hours entertainment. We were in the cheap seats at the side and the performers played to the front only so it is definitely worth paying extra to upgrade if you visit. An added bonus if you buy the most expensive grandstand seats is that the audience participation is centred around that area, conversely, you can avoid these seats if you don't want to be hauled into the ring, made to perform and given a lollipop for your trouble.
Would I recommend? I'm not sure. The circus generally only visits each town once every couple of years so it's a nice treat to go along. It's a performance that will wow the kids but not the adults and it makes a nice change to see live acts so it is probably worth it to let your kids experience what the circus has to offer.
Big Kid Circus is a UK based production that tours different towns and cities, for more information about the tour dates go to http://www.bigkidcircus.com/