Cirque du Hilarious, Blackpool – review

Earlier this month, on a very hot and sunny Monday afternoon, we took ourselves off to Blackpool to experience Cirque du Hilarious.
Dave was meeting us in Blackpool in time for the show however in my wisdom I thought it would make sense to set off a bit early and enjoy a little wander along the front with the kids, soak up some sunshine, perhaps investigate the amusements, sit on the sand . . .

Cut to the dawning realisation that I’m on my own in the not especially familiar setting of Blackpool on a busy summer’s day with three very young children . .  .”Don’t let go of the pram . . . stay where my eyes can see you . . . wait till Daddy gets here” . . . It turned out to be a very stressful 90 minutes!!  In the end I sat at the top of the steps with Amy and let Ben and Chlo play on the beach at the bottom of the steps – they were SO good and I felt very guilty that they weren’t getting chance to make the most of being at the seaside.

A sunny afternoon on the beach in Blackpool before Cirque du Hilarious

Of course I hadn’t told Ben and Chloe where we were going or what we were doing so they thought that just being in Blackpool was the “adventure”.  I was giggling away to myself when Ben pointed out the Cirque du Hilarious poster and said “That man looks very funny doesn’t he Mummy?”  (I had an ace picture of him with the poster but appear to have lost it in the process of transferring it from my camera along with all the other pictures I took – gutted.  I think Dave might have one or two pictures on his phone so I’ll add them in later if I can find them!) 

When Dave arrived we made our way up to Central Pier and took our seats in, what felt like, the upstairs room of a pub.  I loved the relaxed feel and the fact that we weren’t all squished for leg room or anything like that.

None of us really knew quite what to expect from the show but we were soon in fits of giggles – Ben particularly.  Chloe didn’t really appreciate the humour, she didn’t get that they were pretending to hurt themselves or each other and she didn’t like the loud noises, the magic also went over her head.  In essence at barely three she was probably a bit young.  Ben, however, was completely absorbed in the show. The slapstick was absolutely his level and he thought it was hilarious; he loved the magic, the music and the general mayhem.  The show is extremely lively and fast paced, the performers are enthusiastic and committed to what they’re doing.  You will have heard lots of the jokes before, in places it’s predictable but that all adds to the charm!

A word of warning . . . be prepared for a few very loud bangs (Amy was not amused) and to potentially get soaked (again Amy was not amused!)

If you’re in Blackpool this summer I suggest you pop along and pay the guys a visit yourself!  Ben is still talking about it now!

*We were invited to Cirque du Hilarious free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are our own*

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  1. August 2, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I have read a few reviews of this show and it's not something I would have even thought about if I'd seen it advertised but now I really wanna go! x

    • August 2, 2014 / 9:31 pm

      I know exactly what you mean! It's not something I would have gone to either but it was ACE!

  2. Pippa Ainsworth
    August 7, 2014 / 10:50 am

    I really don't think I would enjoy this, that said I do have a four year old boy who would love it I think, and kids' enjoyment is definitely infectious isn't it? Glad Ben had a lovely time. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH.

    • August 7, 2014 / 2:05 pm

      Honestly Pip – you would. You really would. It was incredibly clever and funny. Bud would like it too, but I think Little Miss would bea bit small 🙂

    • August 7, 2014 / 8:58 pm

      Totally agree with Jenny – it is very funny, I really didn't think I'd like it either but we got really caught up in the silliness of it all! x

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