Paulos Circus Review

 

Recently we was lucky to run away and join the circus. If you have ever met Jess you will believe it because of the fact that she is crazy enough  to be able to join. She is that dangerous and does stunts I am sure she would be accepted as well.  I do not think I have ever been to the circus which had been touring while I was a child however, I do remember about 7 years ago going to the Blackpool circus.

We were informed to arrive at the circus 45 minutes before the performance was due to begin. This is something which I would recommend doing as they do let people in 30 minutes before and it is first come first serve when it comes to seating. There is popcorn, hotdogs and drinks to be bought at the start we did manage to purchase a bag of popcorn however, Jess seems to really like it so it didn’t last too long this is something I would recommend doing as half an hour wait can be a long time for little ones. The overall show is around 90 minutes so make sure that they have enough drink for the whole show.

It should be noted that this is a circus performance without any clowns in it. This is great for anyone who has a phobia of clowns. The first act which starts the show was a couple of performers who had their face painted in the dead of the night this was amazing They are on the hamster weeks as you can see but instead of been inside them they are actually on top of them it is not till you are at the show that you can appropriate how fast these are actually travelling at.

Of course, there is the standard wheel and knives trick which always manages to take my breathe away because what if one time if does actually go wrong. There a guy who is called Mr N who is very funny because he does stupid things which are a little bit naughty. You could day that he is a clown even though he is not dressed up like one. He is very funny however, if your child is not that old they may not find some of it funny as it features songs from the past 7 years which they may not remember.  I must admit he was really funny and really got the audience laughing as he was so silly.

Of course, there was more within the show however, I do not want to spoil too much should you be going to see the show soon. There is an amazing girl in a trapeze hoop who actually I was actually in awe of I just wish I had her skills. An great light show is also included which did look very impressive I think this is something which Jess loved because her eyes where wide during the whole of the session. Of course, like any good show they had a grand finale which included a tight rope but this is something which I think was my favourite part of the whole show because it managed to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering whether they would be able to do this which they were attempting.

Overall Thoughts

I was worried that taking Jess who is not actually 3 yet that she would get bored and it would be an unpleasant experience for everyone. Due to waiting 30 minutes in the tent before the show and combined with it been close to her nap time. Jess did actually fall asleep for a period however, this was not due to her been bored it was more because she was so tired.  There is a lot of audience interactions which is amazing and keeps everyone engaged.

All tickets to The Paulos Circus are £7 a seat which is really good value. The show lasts 90 minutes which is not too long for the little ones to be honest. I think Jess could would normally be able to stay awake and due to it not having an interval it means that they do not lose distractions and demand more food. For sure I know Jess would have demanded another drink and popcorn.

The Paulos Circus is in York at Roko Health Club till the 13th May and then goes to Pontefract Farmer Copleys from the 24th May till 3rd June this included the school holidays. For more info, visit The Paulos Circus on Facebook or call 07508 584811.

Have you been to the circus recently?

Charlotte xx

We was gifted these tickets in order to review the circus

Days Out- Exploring Dalby Forest

Having fun and a day out does not have to cost a lot of money a few months ago when it was a little bit cooler we decided that we was going to hop into the car and visit Dalby Forest. This is not a place which I have been previously despite the fact that it is only just over an hour away. As many of you may know Jess is such an outside child and would rather be having fun that stuck inside. Even in the winter she loves nothing more than putting on her coat and getting out so when we suggested a walk in the woods she loved the idea.

We decided that we was going to do of the trail walks I think we actually choose on the the 3km routes because we knew that it was not going to be far for Jess to be able to walk. There was stages were she did get bored but I think this due to the fact that she was actually fighting have a nap something which she has loved to do since the turn of the year. We did not actually want to carry her because anyone else who knows how heavy two year old are will know that they are not something which you want to carry for a long time.

We found a way to get her walking was to pick out a stick from the side and ride it like a horse. This is something which we loved to do because Jess was giggling her head of which is always amazing to hear. She even made us each have a stick which was like been a child again.

As you can see the views which you get to walk around are very pretty this is something which I adore because even though I spend a lot of time in York. The air of there is not as clean as it is in the forest even though we did go when it is off peak and very muddy.I would recommend wearing clothes which you do not mind getting muddy after all clothing do wash. If we are lucky it should start be able to dry up and getting walking should be a lot easier.  I think it cost us £4 to park all day however, I think it is March which it does change to £8 which is still cheap.

When the weather comes warmer and drier it would be a great place to be able to take the bikes I know this is something which when Jess does get her next size balance bike I will be doing.  It is very easy to put the bike in the car and have hours of fun.As an adult you can hire bikes so you do not have the inconvenience of having to transport your own bikes.

Of course, this is going to be a very great place for me to do some of the training which I am going to need to complete in order to do my 100km walk in the summer. I know that when I have finished my uni work we will be spending some of the weekends there and it will allow me to get to grips with the equipment which I will be carrying on my walk.

A good way to be able to keep the children entertained is the fact that they do have activity trails last year I know it was the Gruffolo which is something Jess is obsessed with. This year is the Highway rat which I am unsure if this is something which she has read but I am sure it will be something which she would love exploring. I think it costs £3 per family and this is going to be a good couple of hours out in the fresh air as it is 1.5km and with little legs it can take longer.

There is also an amazing play park which your child can burn a lot of the energy of at. This is for sure something which Jess needs to do. I think she spent about an hour in the park which was fun even though it was very cold when we visited. Hopefully when we go next we find it a bit more warmer but we did manage to get a really nice hot drink they do sell food which did not seem to expensive. However, we did treat Jess to a picnic because this is something which she always seems to enjoy. I think maybe in the summer we might do a bbq because you can take them disposables ones as well.

Conclusion

I for sure know this is going to be a place where we are going I be revisiting again this year when the weather does become a little bit better. Who doesn’t want to be able to get out walking which keeps you fit and healthy like I said Jess can take her bike. No doubt because she is obsessed with bubbles and footballs these are things which we will be taking.

I would recommend taking a picnic because I can imaging that it is going to be a bit of a wait for food when it is busy. Plus it does mean you can stop where you want and have some food which is an advantage. For £10 you can have a lot of fun and fresh air there is also a go ape there which could be fun if you fancy that.

Have you been to Dalby Forest?

Charlotte

Date Ideas For Busy Parents

Going on dates is something which all of doing when we are dating, however, once you actually have children it is hard to find a lot of time to go on dates. This is because you either are doing things which are related to them, for example, we now spend a lot of our weekends spending time doing toddler-friendly things such as going to museums or the park which might not be things we did if we didn’t have a child. Doing housework is something which you spend a lot more time doing because toddlers as we have found make more mess which means you have to spend more time cleaning and tidying.

 Today I have decided that I am going to share with you some tips which busy parents could use as date ideas because as we all know Valentine’s Day is upcoming and we all want to woo that special person and show them that the love is still there despite having a child.
The idea is why if your schedules allow instead of having date nights have date days, for example, Friday afternoon is a time when both of us are usually free. We have found that we actually can go to restaurant Wildwood which is a chain. They do food which Jess would eat, however, I know I would feel very uncomfortable their should she kick off which is why we do not eat there with her. There is a branch in the York which is only 20 minutes away from Jess’s nursery which means should she need collecting she could be very quickly. If you have not read the review which I did I recommend going to check it out. Of course, you can go to a restaurant that you enjoy maybe one which you have been to pre-children.
There is no need to leave your own house you could actually get a dine-in meal that m&s became kings a few years ago because you get a bottle of wine a main, side and deserts for between £10-20. This is something which you could do while your child is upstairs sleeping meaning that you do not actually even need a babysitter. As we all know they can be hard to come by. To make it even more romantic you could burn candles and play romantic music like you are actually in a restaurant.
If going to the cinema is something which you liked to do pre-children. Why do you not get some snacks such as sweets and popcorns from the shop and stream a movie because you now do not have to wait as long as you used to in order to see films on DVD. For example, I know that the most recent Thor movie was available within 3 months and this is not that long compared to what it used to be a few years ago. As some of you might know things do not seem to be at the cinema for as long either which is not great when you have to plan trips rather than a spontaneous trip. Also, it can be a lot cheaper than going to the cinema which is always great if you are saving for a house like me.
If you can actually get a babysitter you could book a weekend away it does not have to be somewhere that is a distance away. For example, Newcastle is somewhere which I am visiting at the start of April which is only about an hour and a half away. Make sure that you have someone to look after the children because it is illegal just to leave them at home when they are so young. Exploring a new place and creating some amazing memories is something which would make a special date. Even if you do this once a year this may be worth it, for example, I have a post coming up about something which we have done in order to have a date weekend.
What do you do to still have some romance while being a busy parent?
Charlotte xxx