Sunday, 17 April 2011

Boswell Wilke Circus

Yesterday we were invited to a Kids 5th Birthday Party out at the Old Boswell Wilke Circus farm in RandVaal.  Happy Birthday Tayanna!

The Circus no longer runs or provides shows but they use the venue for kids birthday parties and some of the original circus members are still there. 

The coffee shop they have there is like a mini-museaum with old Boswell Wilke Circus costumes, photos and paraphanelia.  I loved walking through the old wooden house with tin roof, looking at the 50 years of history that this circus has enjoyed. 

Remember Tiekie the Clown?  Anyone who grew up in South Africa and went to the circus, knows the midget clown.  There were loads of pictures of him and loads of costumes that he used to wear.

The children get to practise some circus routines;  the trapese, tight rope walking, juggling, swinging, face painting and then finally they get bright, sparkly circus costumes to wear and put on a show for the parents.  Its a great venue for a kids party however, yesterday it was pissing with rain which made it a little disappointing as we had to wade through loads of puddles to get to each part of the venue.

The kids enjoyed it for 4 hours and the sugar rush was enjoyed for the rest of the day after eating loads of sweeties, popcorn, candy floss, pink birthday cake, hotdogs, lollipops...

Inside the Coffee Shop

Some of the old Circus signage

Old Photos on the walls

Old Circus Machine

the children practising inside the "Big Top" circus tent

The Circus Dogs put on a show

The Candy Floss Stand inside the Big Top Tent

Puting on The Show

Tiekie The Clown


Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

makes me smile the different names you have for things. 'Sweeties' is so English, yet 'Candy Floss' so American...

Tickled me, it did.

Melanie said...

sounds like a great day - minus the rain!! said...

This is probably the most amazing birthday party I've ever seen! I want to go to South Africa now, just to go play at the circus!

Soooo jealous. And I'm not even a child anymore.

Steve Bossenberger said...

Looks like a cool place. My kids would love it. When I come to South Africa for the 1st annuan Blogging convention (hint, hint, wink, wink) maybe you can show us around.

Akelamalu said...

It's years since I've been to the circus. I loved the clowns. :)

Boobies said...

LOVE It! Makes me wanna go to the circus....And I probably should take the kids too. ;)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

@Kelley I'm so glad I could tickle you.

@Melanie Absa damn lootly!

@Steve I'm so busy at the moment its been put on the back burner. Battling to get sponsors. Where's my next Guest Blogger post?

@Akelamalu I learned that my eldest is afraid of them.

@Boobies Remember to post pix if you do go.


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