Days Out

Blackpool Tower Circus Review


Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam

Blackpool Tower Circus are back with a brand new show for 2023 and my family and I were lucky enough to be invited along to experience it this weekend.

We love Blackpool and visit often during the colder months when it is quieter so we were really excited to be able to go back on a bright, sunny March day. It takes us around an hour to drive in and we needed to be there around 45 minutes early, to settle in our seats and get refreshments for the show that awaited us. We set off in plenty of time as parking can be quite tricky at the weekend but we managed to park up after around 15 minutes of looking and headed to the Tower.

The Tower Circus is really easy to locate and is on the main promenade with the entrance clearly visible to see. There was a bit of a queue when we got there with families eager to see what awaited them at this brand new show. We have never been to the Blackpool Tower Circus before so we were extremely excited. I took my 9 year old neurodiverse son who absolutely loves the circus and will sit completely engaged watching these amazing acts.

We entered the building to be captivated at how beautiful it was inside. The Blackpool Tower Circus first opened to the public on 14 May 1894 and the present interior was commissioned by Frank Matcham and was completed in 1900. It is Blackpool’s longest running show and is the oldest permanent Circus Arena in the world. The circus sits in the base of the tower and seats an audience of 1,300 people. The seats filled up really quickly leading up to the performance starting and it looked like a pretty much fully packed audience with families and friends of all ages attending.

Clowns Mooky and Mr Boo are joined by international acts such as acrobats and stunt performers to truly blow you away. My son was completely mesmerised by the whole show and loved every minute of it. He particularly enjoyed the motorbike stunt performance which was something that captivated the whole audience. In fact the whole show was just amazing! My favourite bit was the last act, in which the stage is filled with water to create a pool. There are acrobats performing in the centre of the stage and the dancers are riding dragons around them in the water. It sounds really surreal as I type it but it was very beautiful to watch. The brothers that were showing us their act were highly talented and we all enjoyed this so much.

I asked my son to rate the show out of 5 and he gave it an enthusiastic 5 saying it was brilliant. As a family, we had an amazing day out to Blackpool Tower Circus. The show was just the right length for young children and the acts were engaging and interesting to hold the crowds attention at all times. We will be returning next year to see what amazing acts are on offer.

The main show runs 11th February to 5th November 2023 and starts at 2.30pm.
Standard tickets start from £17.50. The show last 2 hours and includes at 15 minute interval.
You can find out more information and purchase tickets from here.

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