'Hampstead's favourite circus' comes to the Heath this half term with Camden's mayor turning out to watch the big top show.

Zippo's Circus opens at the Lower Fairground in East Heath Road on October 19, with Cllr Nazma Rahman meeting members of the cast before a performance on Saturday. (October 21)

The night before, scores of Camden children and young people will have a chance to enjoy the show, thanks to Zippo's Community Action Scheme which has donated seats to the Young Camden Foundation, supporting Camden based charities.Ham & High: Clown Whimmie Walker will meet Camden's mayor before a performance in the Big TopClown Whimmie Walker will meet Camden's mayor before a performance in the Big Top (Image: Piet-Hein Out)

Circus Director Beau Denning said: "It's a huge honour to receive the Mayor on an official visit. Zippo's is a regular visitor to Hampstead Heath, bringing a new production each year, and the presence of the civic party endorses our reputation as Camden's favourite circus. We are also delighted that our CAS initiative enables young people to access the show who might otherwise not be able to."

Nomads celebrates the community's nomadic way of life and ends its tour at the Heath on October 29. It features an international cast of circus talent including headliners Temujin Troupe from the Mongolian Steppes with their acrobatics, skipping and aerial skills.

Motorbike daredevils, the Globe of Death from Brazil are back by popular demand, there's fast juggling, knife throwing and whip cracking from the Czech Republic, aerial artistry from UK talent Jackie Louise, and high-energy acrobatics from the Kenyan Timbuktu Tumblers, alongside a vertical pole, a nail-biting trapeze act from Spain, plus clowning from Whimmie Walker.

Tickets for the two hour show start at £9 for opening night then cost £13 for children and £17 for adults. zippos.co.uk