Roll up, roll up! The big top is coming to town

John Lawson's circus coming to Biggleswade
John Lawson's circus coming to Biggleswade

Fans of the big top in Biggleswade will not have long to wait until the circus comes to town.

John Lawson’s Circus will be making its annual visit to the G&M Growers site, between October 8 and 11.

The circus features all the attractions you would expect including a ringmaster, clowns, a trapeze artist and a tightrope walker.

John Lawson’s Circus was founded in 1974 by ‘Captain’ John Lawson.

After five years of appearing at outdoor events, he bought a second-hand marquee and Bedford lorry and began to tour to country.

The circus grew after its first performance in Hadlow, near Tonbridge, in Kent. Mr Lawson died in November 1985 and the circus is now run by his widow, Vonni De Reszke, daughter Daniela and son Niven.

Attila Endresz is ringmaster for the seventh year running and has appeared in Japan, USA, Kuwait, France, Italy and Bahrain with his family’s unicycle and juggling acts.

His family is one of the oldest circus families in Hungary.

Clowns Bippo and Nimmo will be a big hit with the children while both adults and children will be awed by sword and dagger balancer Clare-Marie Weight, aerial hoop performer Jencia and trapeze artist, Chelsea. There will also be juggling, bubbles and the diablo.

John Lawson’s Circus sports a big top measuring 24 metres in diameter, which seats up to 500 people.

Shows are at 4.30pm and 7.30pm on the Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 5pm on the Saturday, and 11am and 2pm, on the Sunday. To book, call 07860 498833 or visit