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Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain

The professional body for the circus industry

Local Authorities

Role of the ACP

Circuses traditionally use Local Authority sites such as parks and recreation grounds. The ACP believes that Local Authorities and other similar bodies should act in the best interests of the general public by ensuring that any circus that uses its land is a member of the ACP in the knowledge that it is dealing with an established and reputable circus that is a member of its industry trade body and complies with all regulatory requirements that the ACP is able to advise on.

The Local Authority has a comfort in knowing that the ACP offers a route for discussion and mediation in resolving difficulties. This is the general public guarantee of quality, best value, best practice and commitment.

All members of the ACP must carry Public Liability Insurance.

In recent years there has been a move by some circuses to use privately owned sites that can be used without the necessity of planning permission.

The ACP considers that circuses should be a direct tenant of the local authority which can then exercise adequate control through the site agreement prohibiting fly posting, requiring proper and effective management and where relevant imposition of suitable animal welfare standards.

Relevent links

ACP Code of Practice

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To help all Local Authorities trust the Circuses that they have on their land the ACP have drawn up a 10 point step by step plan to how we can work together and hold a successful event.

Green Policy

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All members of the ACP are keen to work towards having a sustainable event, and as such have considered the impact when the circus comes to town. This is our Green Policy for all member circuses

Advertising Regulations

All member Circuses adhere with the outdoor advertising regulations set out by Central Government and we advise all Local Authorities to follow the link here to familiarise yourself with these regulations

Circus Safety Tool Kit

ACP Circuses follow the guidelines in the Circus Safety Tool Kit



Featured News

In 2008, 2011 and 2018 the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain have been invited to a parliamentary assembly held within The House of Commons.

The ACP held their celebration of 250 years of circus in the houses of parliament recently, geographically less than a mile from where it all began all those years before.

Although not the first parliament.. [More]



Member Services

ACP members offer a comprihensive range of services including: The hiring of theatre styled tents of varying sizes with lighting, foyers and ancillary tents which provide a versatile performance, concert or conference venue.

Tiered theatre styled seating with versatile configurations.

Complete circus shows for hospitality or promotional events in a tent or at the clients own premises. [More]



Links to Members

The ACP was formed in 1932 to promote the highest possible standards and ideals within the circus industry. Its members are leading circus proprietors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its function is to discuss with local Government, Local Authorities and other bodies the issues that affect the circus industry and make the decisions that will ensure its continued development as a vibrant, exciting and popular art form. [More]