Come & Find The Spirit of Christmas at Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells. 20th to 30th December 2018

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Come & find The Spirit of Christmas at Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells

This Christmas bring your family to Groombridge Place to celebrate the timeless magic of Circus. Happy’s Circus will be visiting us between 20th to 23rd December and 27th to 30th December 2018. The festive Big Top circus shows will be free with your admission to Groombridge Place and there will be four thrilling Christmas themed family performances each day. 

Groombridge Place invites you to experience the intimate world of renowned clown Pip Randelle. Audiences will be delighted with his unique comedy and audience participation, interspersed with amazing international Artists. Join him as he introduces Acrobats, Aerialists and other Speciality Acts, sharing a truly memorable seasonal experience. Recommended Christmas Family Fun, enchanting everyone aged 3 to 103!

The all-weather heated Big Top has state of the art sound and lighting technology and seats up to 600 people. 

Each colourful performance lasts one hour and tickets are available to book over eight days only. Show Days are 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December and 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th December.

There will be four shows each day: 11.30, 13.00, 15.00 and 16.30.


Tickets will also be available on the day Arrive early, spend the day @ Groombridge Place, enjoy our Christmas stalls offering a wide range of festive goodies including beer, Gluhwein, popcorn, hot dogs and candyfloss with carol singers adding to the festive cheer. 

Families can also pre-book to see Father Christmas in his delightful grotto. Each child will receive a gift. Visits to see Father Christmas are £11.95 per child. Adults free with a paying child. Admission to Groombridge Place applies.

Visits can be booked for weekends in December and every day between Thursday 20 and Sunday 23 December 2018.

The Groombridge Café will be offering a range of sandwiches, soups and jacket potatoes to order together with delicious Christmas Cake, Mince Pies and speciality teas and coffees.

Last entry is 4pm and car parking is free.

Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG. 

For more information visit or visit the Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @EnchantedForest or call 01892 861444.

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Directions to Groombridge Place:

Groombridge Place is located in the village of Groombridge, 4 miles south west of Tunbridge Wells on the B2110, which is just off the A264 Tunbridge Wells/ East Grinstead road – on the Kent and East Sussex county border.

By Road: From the M25: Exit at Junction 5 and head south on the A21. After 10 miles, exit at A26 signed Tunbridge Wells: then take A264 to East Grinstead and follow the signs to Groombridge village and Groombridge Place.

By Rail: London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells, then bus or taxi to Groombridge. Or take the Spa Valley Railway steam train from Tunbridge Wells West Station with a 10-minute walk the other end. The Spa Valley Railway does not run every day so check their website for details

Tuesday, 9th January 1768 marked the date of the creation of the first Circus as we know it today, in the world, here in the UK

On 9th January 1768, an equestrian, entrepreneur and showman called Philip Astley (the father of modern day Circus) drew out a ring on the south bank opposite the Houses of Parliament in London. He presented thrilling horse acts supported by tumblers, acrobats, jugglers and clowns. He created the very first Circus. Every Circus, anywhere in the world, began at that moment in time.

Throughout 2018, Circus250 will celebrate 250 years of Circus in a nationwide programme of astounding events in Circuses, museums, archives, film festivals, libraries and science centres. Circus is wonderful, it is for everyone to be part of and enjoy.

Happy’s Circus is proud to celebrate 250 years of circus

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