Circus Wonderland is returning for its seventh annual visit to Barnstaple with high flying acrobats, jugglers and clowns promising fun for all the family.

The theme of the show at Seven Brethren car park from Wednesday (August 22) until August 29 will be a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the modern circus in London in 1768. It was founded by Phillip Astley, the trick rider who is regarded as the father of the circus.

On a piece of waste ground near Westminster Bridge, Astley roped off a circle to perform his equestrian skills, and also added clowns, acrobats and strongmen in between the horse displays.

Circus Wonderland is marking the occasion with an action packed show full of thrills and spills and side splitting comedy.

Whirlwind roller skaters, bouncing bungee jumpers and astonishing aerialists will join award winning clowns Kakehole and Popol, who will be causing chaos with their unique brand of music, magic and mayhem.

Show times are weekdays at 3pm and 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 6pm, and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm. On August 29 there is just one show at 2pm.

Paul Carpenter, who appears as clown Popol, believes that the 250th anniversary will be a big boost for the UK circus industry.

He said: “Circus is our most exciting form of live entertainment.

“You are on the edge of your seat as you never quite know what is going to happen. We should be very proud that the worldwide phenomenon of the circus started in England, one of our greatest inventions!”

For further information visit www.circuswonderland.com or contact the box office on 07531 612240.