My partner had never been to the circus before, so I had to add it to the list of things we needed to do together. I waited until there was a circus stopping nearby where we live, and we made the spontaneous decision to attend it.
Something to keep in mind is that audience expectation is a factor. It did feel a little odd to be two adults surrounded by families and children. While the Circus Royale was an enjoyable night out with excellent performances, I honestly don't recommend a circus event for children under the age of five.
The Circus Royale event involves sitting and watching people perform, and if you have a toddler who wants to run around or is afraid of the dark, this is not going to be an enjoyable event for you or your child. In my opinion, the ideal age would probably be 5 to 13 years of age, however, this will of course depend on the type of child you have.
Night-time image of the circus tent with the lit-up CIRCUS ROYALE sign
There were a few acrobatic performances. It was quite entertaining to watch my partner's expression of anticipation and trepidation, particularly when a talented lady twirled and dipped while using two long red pieces of cloth to lower and elevate her body (also known as aerial cloth performance).
Then there's the 2nd crowd favourite, Harrison's Happy Tail Wagging Hounds, which is a football game played by an adorable group of dogs, involving knocking balloons through goal posts. It was a big highlight and easily the second most enjoyable performance.
The most memorable act of the night was the grand finale, The Globe of Death. This was especially interesting for my partner due to his interest in motorcycles. The Globe of Death is a large metal ball, inside which motorbike riders ride in loops. It's brilliant to watch.