ALL the fun of the fair came to Poole on Saturday when the first ever Circus Spectacle rolled into town.

The free fun-filled circus-themed event saw all manner of clowning around throughout Poole High Street and along the Quay on Saturday.

It is the first time Poole has hosted a circus-themed event of its kind.

Visitors of all ages were able to try their hand at some of the skills on show from a host of performers who wowed people in the street with their impressive techniques.

Performers included an award-winning juggler, stilt walkers and a pirate-themed acrobatic act who are all known across the globe for their amazing talents.

Budding young circus stars enjoyed learning how to juggle and walk a tightrope or slackline during the host of workshops on offer.

There was even the chance to master the aerial hoop and plate spinning.

Adults were also keen to get in on the action with people trying stilt walking in the town centre under glorious blue skies.

Circus Spectacle was jointly organised by Poole BID and Thirty 12 Events.

The event was held as part of an ongoing bid to to increase the vitality and viability of Poole town centre.

Ailsa Wilson, manager of the Poole BID, said: “We were delighted with the turnout for the Circus Spectacle on Saturday.

“After months of hard work, it was fantastic to see the event come to life on the High Street and The Quay, and the feedback from the public and businesses in Poole has been amazing.

“We are organising several similar free events, and the popular Poole Zombie Fest will be returning in October, so watch this space.

“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday, and we look forward to planning next year’s even bigger and better Circus Spectacle.

Dominic Cording-Cook, manager of the Cornish Bakehouse, said: “Poole BID’s Circus Spectacle was a massive boost for our business. We fully got into the circus spirit in our fancy dress, and our customers loved it.

“Events organised by the BID always give footfall in Poole town centre a great boost.

“We can’t wait to see what they’re planning for the Zombie Fest in October.”