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 –  Updated for 2020

Dates 7th Sept – Sunday 13th 2020

Shows Weekdays 5pm & 7:30pm, Weekends 2pm & 5:00pm

The show is about one hour without a break. The theme for 2020 is the 1980s.

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.  Information line 07508 584 811
Phone reservations possible for 2020.  Reduced capacity due to Covid 19 restrictions. Temperature checks will be made for everyone entering the bigtop. One way systems in place. 

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.

Not sure about refreshments this for 2020 – when we went there was pop corn to buy but I didn’t see any other refreshments.  

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


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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