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Circus 250

Roll up, roll up! Blackpool named as City of Circus 2018

2018 marks a very special anniversary: 250 years of circus in the UK. And where better to celebrate than in the home of the world-famous Blackpool Tower Circus?

Blackpool is one of six towns and cities across the country specially chosen to help celebrate the milestone.

Although it can’t claim to have been around for 250 years, the circus, set in an opulent Matcham-designed interior at the base of The Blackpool Tower, first appeared in 1894 and has never missed a season since.

The Blackpool Tower Circus has evolved into an animal-free circus over the decades and now showcases some of the finest circus talent in the world.

The 2018 season will see another spectacular show starring the inimitable Mooky The Clown.        
Watch out too for special events in Blackpool associated with the Circus 250 celebrations during the summer months.

The Winter Gardens Film Festival showcases the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens. Circus250 is being celebrated here on Friday, 16th March at 14:00 with a special screening of "I’m No Angel" (1933).

Tira (Mae West) is a circus dancer and lion tamer with a taste for the finer things in life. She can hardly afford a champagne lifestyle on a sideshow performer’s salary, but with a string of rich admirers she rarely goes without gifts of fancy clothes and jewellery. Get your tickets here!

The Clowns

The Ringmasters

The Acrobats

Numerous comic characters have taken to the ring since 1894, entertaining children and adults alike. Today Mooky the Clown and his sidekick , Mr Boo, are the stars of the show and deliver belly-laughs aplenty with their hilarious slapstick antics.
Over the past 120 years, a number of men and women have been lucky enough to hold the prestigious title ‘Tower Circus Ringmaster’. Two of the most notable being legends George Lockhart and Norman Barrett.
Well-respected artistes are known to travel from all over the world to perform their breath-taking stunts in the Blackpool Tower Circus. It has been said that performing here is considered to be the pinnacle of a Circus artiste’s career.