Paulos Circus  – A Fun Family Show

Circus Show Time in Devon

Have you been to the circus recently? I have to admit I’ve not been since I was a child. I actually have very little memory of it apart from it being a happy one. So when I heard the circus was coming to set up camp nearby I thought it was time to give it a go again and take my children.

The children were a bit hesitant, it’s the clowns they were worried. I’m not really sure what they have seen that has put them off.  I’m pretty sure it’s not Professor Tumble from children’s TV fame,  and as far as I know they’ve not watch any scary films.

So making a dash from school on Friday night, we headed to Darts Farm near Exmouth with friends to see Paulos Circus amongst great excitement and eating of snacks.

A Family Circus

The Paulos family have been running a circus for over a 100 years.  These days the circus,  which still has many of the traditional acts is as popular as it ever was. Watching the Greatest Showman has certainly given the circus a boost and encouraged us to go.

Paulos Circus poster

Enjoy the Fun

This circus is ideally suited for younger children (primary age), I could see many children wide eyed and enthralled.  You can expect to see a trapeze artist,  juggling,  knife throwing, tight rope walking and a really cool laser show (which my 12 and 13 year olds loved).

To entertain in between the main acts was the slap stick funny guy – no clowns to be seen!

Photos weren’t easy to take but here are a few.

Paulos Circus spinners
Paulos Circus trapeze act
Paulos Circus laser show

Great laser show set to music

Paulos Circus ring leader

We Loved the Show

The performers are all so skilled at their acts they made it look easy – of course it’s not. Balancing, swinging, throwing or juggling with 6 balls takes a lot of hard work to master.   Added to that the lighting and music was also really good quality and well choreographed.

If the kids need a run around before or after the show Darts Farm has a new outdoor play area and is the perfect spot for a picnic. Pop into the lovely farm shop for tasty teatime goodies!

Things to Know

The show is 70 minutes long without a break.

Tickets are £7 per person.  You can buy tickets in advance in person from the Box Office which is open on site everyday from 11am daily,  or buy before the performance.  Cash only.  There are no phone reservations so to be sure of a seat either arrive early or get your ticket in advance. You may find some discount vouchers at shops displaying the posters.

Arrive in good time, although you should get a pretty good view from wherever you sit some seats are at a bit of an angle. Our show was not fully booked but I am pretty sure the performances will get more popular as word spreads.

Parking is in a field right next to the circus at Darts Farm. Toilets by the entrance.

There is pop corn to buy but I didn’t see any other refreshments – take water the tent was hot. Also on sale were light up spinning toys.

Performance Times: Weekdays 5pm & 7.45pm   Saturdays/Sundays 2pm & 5:00pm   Sunday the 8th July 2pm Only

Contact Paulos  – via their website here which also links to their Facebook and  Twitter.  Darts Farm is 10 minutes from Exeter just outside Topsham, EX3 0QH

Paulos Circus entrance

This is a touring circus and after Topsham you can see it in Newquay from 12th July to 8th of September @ The Circus Field, Opposite Morrisons.

I was provided  with complimentary Paulos Circus tickets in exchange for writing a review.  All opinions are honest and my own as are the photos.

Looking for more ideas ?  Take a look at other Days Out I have written about here.

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