We were recently invited to see Cirque Du Hilarious in Blackpool. I was really looking forward to a day out with my children. They’ve had a tough time since we moved to live with my Grandma because they are expected to be very quiet. I’ve spent a lot of time keeping them out of the house. A trip to Blackpool was exactly what we needed.
We spent the morning on the beach and then had a picnic lunch. The boy rode a donkey and we headed to Central Pier to try out the rides. The girl’s broken collarbone was my main concern, but we managed to ride only rides which wouldn’t put any strain on it. At £20 for 25 ride tickets it was fairly expensive. Each ride was 2 tickets per person, so £20 got you six rides for two children and one leftover ticket, which you could use to go on a ride again, as long as you didn’t stand up!
After the pier, we headed in to the venue which is at Blackpool Central Pier, to watch Cirque Du Hilarious. A top tip is to get there early. We arrived at 3.05 for a 3.30 show and the seats directly at the front were taken. We sat to the right of the stage at the front. Our viewpoint did mean that we missed some of the visual jokes which were aimed to the front of the stage. We also saw how a few of the magic tricks worked which was slightly disappointing.
The burlesque dancing was possibly a little more than I would like my son to see of women when he is five years old. They were great dancers but I just wasn’t sure about the idea that he might objectify women in that way. In fact, the women in the show didn’t do anything other than dance or be made to disappear. I was disappointed with that. It felt as though they weren’t as important as the male characters, but perhaps I am reading too much into it. I was impressed with the way they danced though and the acts they did were done incredibly well.
Cirque Du Hilarious runs until the 31st of August at Blackpool Central Pier. For more information you can check out their website.
Disclosure: We received a family ticket to Cirque du Hilarious for the purpose of review. This had no impact on my opinion, which is honest and fair.