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.

Zippos Circus - supporting Children with Cancer

Every autumn Zippos Circus hosts a special circus performance for the charity Children with Cancer, a United Kingdom-based charity dedicated to raising money for research and providing care for children with cancer and their families. Zippos Circus has been involved with the Charity, and its predecessor the Paul O'Gorman Trust, for more than 25 years. In 2019 our performance will again be for those children suffering with cancer, and we expect around 300 young people at this very special show. Through the amazing generosity of those who sponsor the event, this wonderful event is expected to raise an in excess of £250,000.

Tap above to watch a  video of the event on Facebook

Children with Cancer said:
We wanted to say a HUGE thank you from everyone at Children with Cancer UK to you and to everyone at Zippos Circus for making Saturday so memorable for us! We had a truly fantastic time and have received some lovely messages from the parents. Here are a few of them:

'Thank you for a great day out. It bought a smile to our little boys face after a really sick few days. We had such a lovely day!'

'Thank you ever so much for a wonderful day that we thoroughly enjoyed as a family. It was great to see joy on my little girl's face.'

The photos from the day are online and you can view them here

For more information about Children with Cancer and
their work, please tap here

Zippos Circus and Rotary International

Zippos Circus invites Rotary Clubs in each town to come to the circus to raise funds for their chosen charities and causes. In this way, Clubs around England and Scotland have raised thousands of pounds with the help of Zippos Circus and through the generosity of our audiences. Rotary members believe in a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues, and their 35,000+ clubs work together to promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education and grow local economies. The ACP initiated the idea to encourage all Member circuses to work with local Rotary Clubs, to offer the opportunity to take collections following circus performances, and Rotary head office has supplied logos for websites and publicity material to help promote these collections.

Rotary Club of Elgin
'Many thanks on behalf of Rotary Elgin for providing us with the opportunity to do some fundraising at the end of Zippos shows whilst you were in Elgin. The total sum we raised was £553.66 which was absolutely amazing.'

Rotary Club of Twickenham
'I am writing on behalf of the Rotary Club of Twickenham upon Thames to thank you for your invitation to make a collection for the Club at Zippos Circus events.
I can truly say we had a bit of fun as well as collecting from your visitors to the Circus.'

Rotary Club of Barkingside collected with the Rotary Club of Roding
'Thank you so much for allowing us to collect at Zippos Circus. Your staff were absolutely wonderful especially the ringmaster.  We divided the takings equally between the two clubs.  We all wore tabards and people asked us about Rotary - which is always a good thing.'

Visit Rotary International for more information about their work


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

Please note, the Community Admission Scheme is not available at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

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.

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.