Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Suzy
Every year we try to make it to Scarborough’s annual circus the Planet Circus OMG. This year we saw the show at the start of the season and we took my husband as we’d not stopped going on about it to him last year. It was fun seeing his face in shock and awe. Needless to say, he loved it as much as we do and this year’s show did not disappoint.
If you are in the area and you enjoy watching stunts and acrobatics then please try and fit in time for the OMG Planet Circus, I bet you can’t watch it without saying OMG!
Planet Circus OMG Review Scarborough
If you’ve ever driven to Scarborough in the summer from the south you should have spotted the large circus tent by a roundabout on the A165 Bridlington to Scarborough road. The Planet Circus OMG visits Scarborough for every summer season that I’ve known of. The show changes its acts slightly each year but each year they feature a high-energy theme of acrobatics and stunts. Plus their motorbike stunts are always a major part of the show’s finale.
The circus is not in Scarborough itself and is instead a 10-minute drive from the town centre. It is very close to the Flower of May holiday park and just a short drive from 3 of Haven’s sites: Primrose Valley, Blue Dolphin and Reighton Sands plus Park Resorts Cayton Bay holiday park.
There are two shows every day and showtimes can vary day to day. We went mid-week when they had a 4 p.m. performance plus a 7 p.m. performance. The shows start earlier at the weekend. They also have a number of special offers such as kids go free and buy one get one free but these can’t be booked online.
The circus ring itself is very small but most of the acts perform high in the air. We arrived 25 minutes early and we had plenty of time to purchase some food and drinks. There was a small portable toilet block plus places to purchase burgers, popcorn, slush and candy floss.
We purchased candy floss and slush which were £3 each. We can highly recommend the orange slush, it was one of the best we’ve ever had. I have also just realised that my son was wearing the exact same t-shirt tonight that he wore last year – uncanny!
The show itself lasted for 45 minutes, then there was a 15-minute interval and the show then went on for a further 50 minutes. They do take cash and cards although they were encouraging cash as their card machine struggles with reception.
There are three seating options. There are the more expensive ringside tickets which are the seats right in front of the action. The online prices cost around £20 for an adult, £18 for a child. Then you have the Grandstand seats that cost £15 for an adult and £13 for a child. These are on the next level up from the ringside and are central to the ring. The final pricing tier is the side view or rear view. These cost £11 for an adult and £10 for a child.
You can expect lots of different acrobatic acts. The audience, including us, were gasping, cheering, whistling, clapping and laughing. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. There was also a pretty scary whip act, an incredibly strong man who could defy gravity a fab quick change act and more.
The real highlight of the show was the death-defying Globe of Death. Think of one not particularly large metal ball, insert 6 men on motorbikes and watch them do the impossible as they ride their bikes round and round and even upside down.
This was truly awesome and the finale of the show was them driving up a ramp and flying over the Globe of Death then landing on a giant inflatable. I have never seen anything like it and we were in total awe of them. Wow and OMG!
Another act that truly made us sit on the edge of our seats was what can only really be described as a man-sized spinning hamster wheel. We saw the act a few years back elsewhere and it is simply amazing.
The 2022 season runs until Sunday the 4th of September. They will then move to Goole, Mansfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and more.
Planet Circus OMG FAQ & Further Information
Address: Filey Road, Opposite The Plough Inn, Scarborough, YO11 3NX, North Yorkshire
Category – Circus – Indoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
Ringside – £20 for an adult, £18 for a child. Grandstand seats – £15 for an adult and £13 for a child. Side view or rear view – £11 for an adult and £10 for a child.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Circus in a big top with a number of acrobatic and stunt acts including motorbikes in the Globe of Death. There are toilets and places to purchase food and drink, with limited options.
When are they open?
The summer season runs from around the 3rd week in July until the end of the first week in September before moving to other locations.
Is there food available?
There is somewhere to purchase limited hot food, candy floss, popcorn and drinks including slush.
Is there parking?
There is free on-site parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are not permitted.
Are they accessible?
Accessible seating can be made available. Please ring them on 07563-727-206 for further information.