4-5 April 2015
Reviewed by Kelly Dewey
We took our 6 year old boy and 4 year old girl to see CBeebies Live, Mr Tumbles Circus at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. The Arena was easy to get to and well signposted, even though on the day the direct tube line was closed so there was a replacement bus service. This was well signposted and representatives from London Underground were at the bus stops giving instructions on which bus to catch which we found very helpful. The approach to the arena was well accessible with both steps and ramps for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There were staff outside assisting us with which queue to get into depending if were picking up tickets or if we already had tickets. They were all very friendly and also entertained the children whilst waiting. All staff in the ticket process were quick and efficient. We were well directed to our seats by obvious signage and staff along the way to help. We were also given a band for children with parents name and telephone number on which I thought was excellent for children’s events. There were plenty of opportunity to buy refreshments and programmes which meant at each stall or station the queues were minimal. The toilets were plentiful and clean and there were many exits out of the arena after the show so there wasn’t a big rush which was nice and good with lots of small children around.
Whilst we were sat waiting for the show to start characters played by Justin came on the big screen very now and then entertaining the children and telling us how long till the show began which was fabulous for impatient children and last minute toilet trips etc…
When the show began there was a good warm up and the stars on the stage soon got children and adults involved and dancing around. There were lots of visuals such as lights and characters entering the stage by the side doors which meant they walked through the front section of the audience which everyone there enjoyed. There were also competitions for the left and right hand side of the audience which again got everyone involved and a great atmosphere in the arena.
The storyline of the show was good and easy to follow for the children with lots of activities and laughs all the way through. Justin is fabulous entertainment and had the children singing, dancing and belly laughing all the way through.
Both ages of my children really enjoyed it and there was a mixture of ages there from toddlers to 8 or 9 that all seemed to enjoy it and get into the spirit of the show. The finale was brilliant with songs streamers and fireworks on stage, it even made me slightly emotional seeing the children having so much fun from all the effort Justin puts in… I am 7 months pregnant though so luckily can blame it on the hormones!!
Mr Tumble’s Circus is currently touring thr UK. For more information, venues and tour dates visit www.cbeebieslive.com.