History of the Circus
The historic Hippodrome is Britain’s only surviving total circus building, built in 1903 by the legendary circus showman George Gilbert. The Hippodrome has been dubbed one of the seven wonders of the English seaside, and we are lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep here in Norfolk!
Famous Circus folk have always flocked to perform, Lillie Langtry sang, Little Tich clowned, Max Miller joked, Houdini escaped, and it’s likely that even Charlie Chaplin performed here as a child actor before finding fame in America.
Think The Greatest Showman but a more quaint, traditional and friendly atmosphere.
David and Lesley Pearson’s Personal Experience
“Great Yarmouth Hippodrome sounds like a throwback to a bygone age, but it is far from it. We had heard good reports about the show, and so last summer we took my family of grown up children, (and teenage granddaughter), to see for ourselves and booked ring side seats not quite knowing what to expect.
In particular, we were intrigued to see how the advertised water feature worked in a circus ring, in an old building in the middle of a town. On entering the arena we were surprised to see it was a real live circus ring, and we took our ring side seats to await the performance. We were not disappointed as we were treated to a unique experience unlike any other theatre show.
The show was an amazing combination of comedy, slapstick, acrobats, jugglers, and last but not least, trapeze artists. All very professional and of international quality, but at the halfway stage still no sign of any water.
After the break however things began to change. As if by magic the circus ring became a pool filled with bubbling water. The troupe of dancers became synchronised swimmers joined by other acts.
Overall an excellent family entertainment well worth the cost of a ticket. After the show we had the opportunity to visit the museum, which housed artefacts from past shows – a fascinating insight into the history of the Hippodrome. We would highly recommend a visit.”
Up and coming shows:
PIRATES LIVE 2019 6th - 28TH April
Come and join Jack Jay and Johnny Mac in a brand new swashbuckling Pirate water show featuring an amazing cast of world class Actors, Acrobats and Aerialists. All set on a huge Galleon in the Hippodrome Water Spectacular.
SUMMER SPECTACULAR 2019 10th July – 15th Sept
The historic Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth continues its record breaking summer season with its all action Summer Circus and Water Spectacular. Britain’s last surviving total circus building stages its brand new blockbuster extravaganza with amazing International Circus Artists, Dancers, Swimmers, Acrobats and mind blowing acts comedians Jack Jay and Johnny Mac and much, much more.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR 2019 19th Oct – 3rd Nov
The Hippodromes Brand New Halloween Spooktacular Show opens Sat 19th Oct to Sun 3rd November for the October Half Term. This fun spooky show will see Jack Jay and comedy partner Johnny Mac return with dancers, aerialists, acrobats, special effects and much more, this will be a fantastic fun way for the family to celebrate the spooky week of Halloween you many come in fancy dress.
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2019 7th Dec – 5th Jan
Bigger and Better than ever Jack & Peter Jays all new Christmas Spectacular at the Hippodrome returns from
7th December 2018 to 5th January 2019 for another successful season at the Great Yarmouth historic venue. This new Norfolk tradition combines the best in International Circus Artistes, the unique water spectacle with Wheel of Death, Aerialists, Synchronised Swimmers, Giant Fountains and the magic of Christmas with hilarious comedy from Jack Jay and BEN LANGLEY and sensational acrobats and a large children’s dance group from Dance Estelle, with over 50 performers one of Europe's largest Christmas Show.