During the February half term we were invited to Hatton Adventure World to see if we enjoyed their circus themed activities. To be honest the children were thrilled about the visit until I mentioned clowns. They all have an irrational fear of the red nosed freaks (which I share). I thought it might be a good way to help
us them get over this fear. We have been there a few times before and have always had a good time. I was confident that we could make a success of this visit and enjoy the circus fun on offer.
Brrr, it’s cold outside
Wow, what can I say except that we visited on the coldest day of the holidays. Hindsight would have informed us that the beast from the east was imminent and we would definitely have worn extra layers!
Our first port of call was to feed the animals.
The goats were a huge success
Handling the guinea pigs was popular with everyone. Bobbins and Mr M would love a pet guinea pig but I have put my foot down and refused. They are adorable little critters but I don’t want the extra responsibility at the moment.
After seeing the animals we spent some time in the park. Some of the outdoor facilities were unavailable. I’m not sure if this was due to the time of the year or the weather. It was so cold though, that we didn’t spend too long outside so didn’t mind so much.
After lunch we made our way to a huge circus tent that had been erected. The Cirque Normandie were performing. I was excited until I saw some clowns at the entrance when I actually started to panic a little. Pulling myself together, I made like I was fine and tried not to let it show to the children.
The show itself exceeded my expectations. The clowns were actually pretty funny and I could see from their faces that the children were enjoying it too. Acts included a fabulous juggler and a comical ‘lion’.
The aerial artist was Peanut’s favourite. She performed without a net which was very brave.
The acrobats also did a super limbo challenge, complicated by fire!
It was hard to get good photos inside the tent but there were plenty of photo opportunities afterwards. However, despite enjoying the show the children could not be persuaded to have their pictures taken with the clowns!
We had a fantastic time enjoying the circus fun available at Hatton during half term despite the cold temperatures. I cannot say, hand on heart, that the children are totally over their clown phobias but their feelings are now much more positive. I may even see them in a new light myself!
During Easter they will have different activities available and hopefully much more clement weather!
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