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About the CFA

The Circus Friends Association of Great Britain was formed in 1934.

The objectives of the CFA are to stimulate, foster and promote enthusiasm for Circus and related performances as a popular entertainment and part of British culture.

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Benefits of membership of the Circus Friends Association

Membership of the Circus Friends Association of Great Britain includes:-

  • Circus magazine King Pole – four times a year – published in March, June, September and December.
  • Circus books and programmes for sale.
  • Visits to circuses where you can meet circus artistes and other circus fans.

King Pole March 2020

King Pole March 2020


Our friends at the National Fairground and Circus Archive produce an excellent newsletter.

If you would like to subscribe and learn more about the great service they provide, please use the button below.


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CFA News



Postal deliveries within the UK remain operational - Items from the CFA Shop will be sent via Royal Mail until further notice.

NB: Trips to the Post Office are made on a limited basis


There are currently over 30 countries "On Suspension" - Items from the CFA Shop if ordered will be packed but not sent until further notice.



Due to the current situation and in line with Government guidence the CFA AGM in Sheffield has been postponed.

  Zippos Circus Rally

Due to the current situation and in line with Government guidance the rally to Zippo`s Circus at Blackheath over Easter has been postponed.


Shop News


New In:

Circus Photo Magazine No.61 February 2020

Circus Models Magazine No.29 February 2020

Hengler`s Grand Cirque Volume Two by Stuart McMillan

Circus Kean by Frans Nauwelaerts

The Magical History of The Blackpool Tower

Charlie Cairoli - 39 Years Under The Tower by Nigel Male & Steven B Richley

Joan Rosaire Lady Of The Circus By Ken Porter & Joan Rosaire

The First Showman - The Extraordinary Mr Astley - By Karl Shaw



Coming soon:

Expected in 2020 - Circus Backstage Series No.3 - Cirque Arlette Gruss

100 Posters of Gerry Cottle`s Circus Volume 3  





Out Now
King Pole No.225 March 2020

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