The Netherlands National Circus is currently at Woodhouse Moor until 11th March and is a great fast-paced family show packed full of comedy, juggling, aerial performances, balancing, acrobatics, stunts and more with something to entertain all ages.
I won’t lie I was slightly apprehensive about taking the youngest mini mumbler as he has been known to be scared of clowns but it is fair to say he sat mesmerised throughout the whole show and laughed his head off at the clowns! The eldest is currently practising her acrobatic routine off the sofa as she wants to be in a circus!
From the moment the kids saw the ‘big tent’ they got very giddy and as this was their first experience of the circus it was lovely to hear their conversation as they weren’t sure what to expect. We went to the 2pm show on Saturday which started promptly and from the moment the cast came out they really engaged the audience (young & old!). The show is fast-paced with lots of different routines (all human, no animals), I was shocked when they announced the interval as the first half passed so quickly. The total show is approx 2 hours including a 15 minute interval.
There was some amazing draw-dropping stunts and acrobatics that generated real oohs, ahhs and gasps of shock even from the adults! I kept getting asked “how do they do that mummy”! I asked eldest mini mumbler what was her favourite performance and she really couldn’t say as they were all so skilful in different ways.
The pictures below do the acts more justice than words however, The Duo Extreme was the act that had all our eyes on stalks. The strength of the acrobats had us mesmerised as they performed on the straps and then dived into water and fire.
The clowns put on a great show (not scary at all) in-between the performers and had everyone in fits of laughter with their funny antics! They even came down into the audience which didn’t phase mini mumbler.
The Netherlands National Circus is at Woodhouse Moor until 11th March and has the following shows:
Sun 4th, 12noon & 3pm
Mon 5th – Fri 9th, 7pm
Sat 10th, 2pm & 4:45pm & 7:30pm
Sun 11th, 12noon* & 3pm
* Mums go free at the 12 noon showing on Mother’s Day, 11th March
Tickets can be booked online here.
Mumbler’s Top Tips:
- There is parking around the Big Top but on our visit the ground was very frozen, I would imagine when it defrosts it will become very muddy. There is space to park on the road outside.
- I would wear wellies or boots as the ground is likely to become wet and muddy over the next week.
- The Big Top is heated but you are still outside and with current temperatures, I would advise to wrap up warm.
- Be prepared for your children’s pester power as before the show and during intervals light up wands, etc are being sold. You can also purchase raffle tickets to win a giant soft toy!
- You can purchase refreshments in the interval, with a candy floss stall, hot drinks, cold drinks and snacks but expect to pay normal event prices. (We took our own snacks with us.)
- Prams have to be left outside in the refreshment area (there is a designated pram park) so if you have very young children I would advice taking slings/carriers.
- Toilets – To be expected really, it is a travelling show hence they are mobile toilets. My recommendation is, if you can, to go before the show but if not take some baby wipes.
Whilst North Leeds Mumbler did receive complimentary tickets for the show our opinions are our own and are a true reflection of our personal experience.