Zippos Circus


Fantastic for Families

Zippos is proud to be the only traditional touring circus to carry the Family Arts Standards quality mark, Fantastic for Families. 

Our family friendly offer includes:

Accessible toilet and baby changing facilities available to both mums and dads.

Dedicated, secure buggy parking (buggies are  not allowed inside the Big Top).

  • Good access for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
  • Free drinking water.

A show which is ideal for all generations to enjoy together in a
heated/air-conditioned Big Top.

The Laughtercare Programme

Laughter is the best medicine, and Zippo's Circus has brought Laughter Therapy to hospitals since 1995, helping patients and staff alike, making a stay in hospital more bearable. With the help of Paul Newman, in January 2005 the Laughtercare Clowns visited children in Moscow still hospitalised after the Beslan tragedy.

Tel: 07050 202894

The Community Admission Scheme

The Community Admission Scheme which started in 2001 offers free seats to families who would not otherwise be able to afford to enjoy the magic of live circus.  Working in conjunction with councillors, council officers, food banks, housing associations and local charities Zippos has distributed thousands of tickets since the scheme began.  We welcome enquiries from Local Authorities who would like to help us deliver this wonderful project.

Tel: 07973 673318

Zippo's Book of the Circus
BT Reading Challenge Regional Award Winner

A colourful, illustrated paperback for children, illustrated with photographs and providing a unique insight into the circus way of life. With Zippo the Clown as your guide, the book looks at circus performance; where the circus families live; how the circus is packed up and moved; how the circus tells you about its visit; a weekly diary of life with the circus; how circus horses are cared for; two clowns and their make-up; information on circus books, music and circus schools.

To tie in with the National Literacy Strategy, the book and associated packs contain a variety of text types, shown in use and in context, such as poster, leaflet, letter, simple chart, simple instructions and recipes, review, poem, use of e-mail and website. Officers of the National Union of Teachers of Travellers and circus parents have given very favourable responses, expecially as the book presents positive cultural images.

The book is an A5 size paperback, with colour and black & white photos, and illustrations, contents page, glossary and index. For order information and Schools Packs, contact:
Aardvark Publishing 01763 289543

Zippos Circus would like to recognise those who have helped us provide free performances for thousands of people during the past thirty-one years.
These include the Lions Club, the Variety Club of Great Britain, the London Taxi Drivers Association, Capital Radio and many, many individuals, volunteers and helpers.

Differently-abled and underprivileged persons often have little or no opportunity to see live entertainment, and we are profoundly grateful to all those who have given time and effort to help us achieve this.