Circus to bring Spring time thrills to Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 13:12 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:12 01 February 2018

Lucien, Ernest and Sascha Santus. Picture: Santus Circus

Lucien, Ernest and Sascha Santus. Picture: Santus Circus


The south-east’s favourite continental visitors are coming to Gravesend next month.

Bringing performing skills learned and polished over six generations of Big Top artistry, they represent a colourful cultural heritage which delights both old and young alike, and as this year marks 250 years of circus performance, this tour promises to be bigger than ever.

The Santus family will bring circus savoir-faire and polished style from their native France, greeting old friends and making new ones as their 2018 circus tour begins.

Brothers Ernest and Roger Santus are members of some of France’s most illustrious circus families, taking on almost every sort of skill and presentation, from hand-balancing and trapeze to unicycling, juggling and acrobatics, they’ve performed across Europe and in Asia, and they have won top prizes at the prestigious Monte Carlo Circus Festival.

Ringmaster Ernest Santus said: “We’re delighted to bring our new 2018 show to Gravesend at the very start of this year’s tour.

“We’re always given a warm welcome by local audiences and have a very special show this year as part of the anniversary celebrations of 250 years since the first circus took place in London in 1768.

“We’re looking forward to seeing old friends in Gravesend and making new ones.”

This is traditional circus with a French flavour.

The 2018 production includes top international artistes from Ethiopia, Mongolia, Hungary, Morocco, Brazil, Switzerland, and of course Britain and France. Performances run around two hours, and feature the revolving Space Wheel, trapeze, Russian barre acrobatics, the ‘Chinese pole’, bounce-ball juggling, hula-hooping, contortionism, and gentle friendly clowning, as well as the nerve-tingling thrills of the Globe of Death – three break-neck motorcyclists looping the loop inside a tiny steel sphere while the Globe splits apart!

Santus Circus performs under a colourful and comfy heated Big Top, and will be held at the Cyclopark, The Tollgate, Watlington St. DA11 7NP for performances from Saturday February 17 to Sunday February 25.

Prices start from £9 and family tickets for two adults and two children costs just £40.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, all seats are priced at just £7, first-come-first-served.

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