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John Lawson’s Circus!

20 April 2019 - 24 April 2019


 John Lawsons Circus . The Award winning John Lawsons circus is back on the road for 2019 with acts from all over the world.

John Lawson’s circus was founded in 1974 by ringmaster ‘captain’ John Lawson and was originally titled John Lawson’s Circus De Reszke. After five years of appearing at outdoor events all over the country to great acclaim, Captain John bought a small second-hand ‘flower show’ marquee and with one Bedford lorry began touring the country with the possibly the smallest Circus in the land.

From the first venue in Kent, September 1980 the show was again well received and has since grown both in size and reputation to its current position.

Sadly, Captain John passed away in November 1985 and the show is now run by his widow Vonni De Reszke, Daughter Daniela and Son Niven. They have endeavoured to continue the original aim of the show – to bring traditional live entertainment to smaller communities up and down the country most of which do not normally receive a great deal.

The circus has to change and adapt to keep the increasingly sophisticated audiences happy.
John Lawson’s Circus  have tried to improve our facilities for you our audience with new toilet facilities, luxury bucket seating, improved Big Top heating and lighting. They now have what we believe to be the most entertaining troupe of artistes to augment the family ‘house’ acts!

At John Lawson’s Circus, our season is underway with all the thrills and spills you would expect from the UK’s favourite family Circus. We will be visiting over 50 venues throughout our season, so that’s over 50 times we have to ” build up and pull down ” the Big Top so as you can imagine we work like a well-oiled machine ( well most of the time!!!), All the artistes and staff help with the Big Top and moving our little village around the country plus performing in the ring and making candy floss, popcorn,hot dogs ect, when you work on a small circus you have to be multi talented and we all pitch in with the day-to-day logistics, so when you watch our show just remember the beautiful girl high in the roof of the Big Top will also be the girl who was up at 6 am driving a lorry to our next venue (with no makeup on!!!) or the Clown who makes you laugh will also be swinging a sledgehammer to drive the 5ft stakes into the ground to secure the Big Top, But no matter how hard the work is, or how long the days are, we wouldn’t change a thing.

So leave the hard work to us and sit back and enjoy the wonderful entertainment that is John Lawson’s Circus. “

Show Dates & Times

Saturday 20th April – 3pm & 6pm
Sunday 21st April – 11.30am & 2.30pm
Monday 22nd April – 3pm & 6pm
Tuesday 23rd April – 6pm Only
Wednesday 24th April – 4.30pm Only

Pickup a flyer from Lordswood Leisure Centre’s reception and your entry will be only £8 per person!

Or present your Lordswood Leisure Centre Membership card at the ticket desk and you’ll automatically qualify for discounted tickets – just £7 per person, strictly for LLC members only!

Find the circus on the main field at Lordswood Leisure Centre


20 April 2019
24 April 2019
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