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The Circus Heritage


The Blackpool Tower Circus opened its doors in 1894 and hasn't missed a season since, not even during the two World Wars!

Step into the Circus Arena and you are literally stepping back in time.

  • Dating back to 1894, it is the oldest permanent Circus Arena in the world
  • Sitting at the base of the great Tower, within the giant legs, the 110 x 110 foot Arena seats an audience of 1,300 people
4 Circus performers on a tight rope at the Blackpool Tower Circus


Ever since The Blackpool Tower first opened, The Circus has been delighting audiences with its unique combination of fun, thrills and spectacular feats of skill and bravery by our artistes from the four corners of the globe.

CIRCUS Trivia and Fun Facts

⭐The Circus first opened to the public on 14 May 1894, admission was from 6d (sixpence)

⭐The Blackpool Tower Circus is positioned at the base of the Tower between its four legs

⭐The present interior of the Circus was created by the famous theatre designer, Frank Matcham, and was completed in 1900

⭐Every Blackpool Tower Circus performance has concluded with a spectacular water finale. The Arena's unique design features a hydraulic floor that sinks and fills with 42,000 gallons of water in less than a minute - a depth of 4 feet 6 inches

⭐The Circus has never missed a season since it began in 1894

⭐Long before he became famous as a Hollywood film star, the comedian, W.C.Fields, spent a season before the First World War at the Circus as a juggler

⭐Until 1990 The Circus featured wild animals performing in the ring including lions, tigers, polar bears and elephants. The cages and pens where they were kept were beneath the Arena and still exist today

⭐Sporting events that have been held in the circus ring include boxing, wrestling and snooker

⭐Bolton comedian Peter Kay performed his show which later became “Live from the Top of the Tower” on 10th-11th April 2000. It was performed in The Blackpool Tower Circus arena

⭐For each era of The Blackpool Tower Circus, there has been a resident clown. Today it is Mooky, but previous generations laughed at the antics of August & September, Doodles and the well-remembered Charlie Cairoli

Blackpool Tower Circus Performers

A circus family

Since 1991, The Blackpool Tower Circus has been home to the Endresz family, where they have created a Circus legacy that has become renowned worldwide.

Born in Hungary in 1945, Laci Endresz Snr is a sixth-generation Circus family member who graduated from the Hungarian Circus Academy and spent 25 years perfecting the flying trapeze. His wife Maureen has an equally impressive pedigree, being a member of the famous Roberts Brothers Circus family, specialising in foot juggling and balancing.

They met in 1970, whilst Laci was performing with his brother Attila for Maureen's family Circus. After 6 years in the UK, they travelled abroad performing in Hungary and Spain before eventually returning to England. Their three children, Kate, Laci Jnr and Bubu all followed them into the ring at an early age.

The circus finale with water at the blackpool tower circus

Celebrating more than 30 years!

Laci Jnr, born in Eastbourne, made his first appearance as a Circus Clown at the tender age of 4! Although now synonymous with the character Mooky, Laci Jnr first drew international acclaim as a juggler, appearing with his sister Kate. He has worked in most of the leading Circuses in Europe, appeared on the Paul Daniels TV special three times, performed before the late HRH Princess Margaret in the Royal Command Performance and Prince Rainier in the Monte Carlo Circus Festival.

His younger brother Bubu has now also firmly established himself as a top Circus entertainer at The Blackpool Tower Circus.

2021 has seen a celebration of 30 years of the Endresz Circus family here at The Blackpool Tower Circus, showcasing similar astounding acts that have performed at The Tower Circus over the last 31 years.

Black and White image of an audience at the Ballroom, Blackpool


Dating back to 1894, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is world-famous for its unique sprung dance floor and spectacular architecture and remains to this day a destination for dance fans from across the globe.


Birds eye black and white view of the Blackpoo Tower


Take a trip 380ft into the sky to the top of The Blackpool Tower and experience the thrilling SkyWalk.

Walk out if you dare onto the five-centimetre thick glass viewing platform, where you can look out into the Irish Sea and see the famous Blackpool Promenade below you.