Sunday, 16 August 2015

Zippo's Circus // OMG!

This weekend we were delighted to be guests of Zippo's Circus* who are in Sheffield for the next few days. Zippo's are proud to be London's favourite circus and have also been voted "Britain's Best Circus". It's really not hard to see why too. I must admit that I have such a soft spot for their shows! Their 2014 production was so memorable and one of the best that I have seen so I was super excited to see what they had in store for this year.

The brand new show for 2015 is entitled "OMG!" and is promised to be a real feast of spectacularly talented circus artistes led by the world's greatest ringmaster, Norman Barrett MBE. 
We had ringside tickets for the 7:30pm show on Friday so after arriving early and purchasing obligatory circus snacks and a programme, we found ourselves seats and waited for the show to begin.  

The two hour show was absolutely crammed full with non stop action, we honestly enjoyed every single second! There was brilliantly atmospheric lighting and music, comedy, heart-stopping moments, impeccably well cared for animals that provoked countless squeals of delight from the audience and a seemingly endless stream of breathtaking acts.

We loved it! 

My favourite parts though? Here we go.... 

This Italian-born aerial superstar wowed the audience with an impressive aerial chain presentation high in the air without the use of any safety device. He also performed a superb diabolo act on the ground. & yes, he set fire to it too! 

Lucius Team
This is the act you'll have seen if you've seen any advertising from Zippos this year! This act saw intrepid motorcyclists speeding around a steel cage at over 60 miles per hour. What made this one extra special was the lady who climbed inside and stood in the middle of four bikes shooting round her at such speed. At one part the globe even splits into two, exposing all bikers to the utmost severe danger. I couldn't look! 

Norman Barrett, MBE
The charismatic veteran British ringmaster returns to lead the show and to present his famous and ever-popular budgie act. I am such a fan of these darling little birds who delighted the audience with tricks performed on miniature apparatus (slide sliding birds, yay!). It's clear that they are cherished and so well cared for. We were lucky enough to attend the open house event the following morning to see how the birds are trained and hear more about where they live. They are so beautiful! 

The Rastelli Clowns
My goodness, these guys are ridiculously funny. Perfect family entertainment. I just can't get enough of them! Unsurprisingly, the Rastellis have won top awards all over the world. The roots of the Rastelli family trace back to the 17th century and Zippo's circus have tempted the current generation to make their first British appearenced for over thirty years. 
In the musical routine they've perfected, Oreste is joined by his brother Vittorio and sister-in-law Hajni. They really are superb, I love a good clown act! 

As mentioned above, we also had the pleasure of attending a behind-the-scenes visit to Zippo's Circus the following morning. Here we had the chance to look around the circus and Norman Barrett presented visitors with a bit of background and history to this wonderful travelling circus. It was also a chance to meet the beautiful horses and other animals who star in the show and to view their stables and play area. It was a pleasure to see how the little dog was trained by his owner Raoul Nadler, mine could learn a thing or two from them for sure! 
I really admire how open and honest Zippo's are about their use of domesticated animals within their shows. They are a real highlight to me and it's obvious to anyone how well looked after they are. 

We had a really amazing few days with Zippo's Circus and we'd recommend it to anyone. It's a fantastic and unforgettable evening out for all the family! 

Here's a little video of the show....

Zippo's is currently touring the UK and is in Sheffield until Tuesday so grab a ticket now before they leave! Tickets are available from the circus box office which is open on site daily from 10am to 8pm or you can book in advance by phoning 0871 210 2100. For full venue details, show times and online booking please hop over to

*We were given tickets for the show in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Sounds like a fun day out, I haven't been to the circus since I was about 6 or 7! xo

  2. It has been many years since ive been to a circus, there is something about them that I find quite creepy x

  3. I haven't been to a circus for YEARS but this is making me really want to go :') I always loved the circus as a kid and this post has reminded me why!

  4. This is so cool, I love seeing all of the different acts like the tightrope walkers and the aerial acrobatic displays, love how some people can achieve these! I haven't been to the circus for so long, I remember being quite frightened of the clowns there when I was younger, so that might be why! - Tasha

  5. This looks fab! I hadn't heard about it being in Sheffield, very much you x x x

  6. Looks like you had a great time, I will get tickets next time they're near me.

  7. I looks like it was great fun, we went to one this year and saw the motobikes in the cage too, the kids loved it.

  8. We've only ever seen a circus once - I'd love to see one again, but they hardly ever come to Shetland! This one looks fantastic!

  9. Hello. In the cage of circus motorcyclists speeding around a steel cage at over 60 miles per hour. What made this one extra special was the lady who climbed inside and stood in the middle of four bikes shooting round her at such speed is craziest ever. Actually its need to be highly professionals for doing this kind of job. I admire their hilarious performance. Thanks for the post.