Roll up, roll up as the circus returns to Andover for spectacular entertainment in the big top.

Jay Miller’s Circus has been going since 1987, and has been visiting Andover for 28 years. Though Covid prevented its attendance last year, the show is back on the road and has set up at Finkley Down Farm.

Jon Miller, the circus’ founder, told the Advertiser: “It’s fantastic to be back. At the end of the day, we want to get out and perform. This is what we work for. People want entertainment.”

The circus has had to adapt to the changing conditions of Covid, with a variety of measures to keep guests safe including hand sanitiser and socially distanced seating. The venue is at less than half capacity, with empty rows between seats to keep guests distanced.

Jon said that lockdown also had an impact on performing.

“You can practice without an audience, but only up to a point,” he said. “You feel almost lethargic and wonder why you’re practising. It’s physically quite demanding to be back, but we’re so glad to see everyone again.”

Visitors to the circus will see all their old favourites, including tightrope walking, trapeze, magic acts and death-defying stunts, as well as Peppi the Clown. However, there are plenty of modern twists, including a laser light show and skywalk to dazzle as well.

Jay Millers Circus opened on Tuesday, June 8, and is here until Sunday, June 20, following an extension to its stay by popular demand. For more information, visit: