A three ring Circus is a circus having three rings for simultaneous performances. Historically, the arena was associated with the horse and chariot races and athletic contests known in ancient Rome as the Circensian games. The modern circus, which originated in performances of equestrian feats in a horse ring strewn with sawdust, dates from the closing years of the 18th cent. The circus is traditionally a nomadic tent show, with trained animals, acrobats, and clowns. The main tent, known as the big top, is often surrounded by various concessions and sideshows with “freaks” and wild animals
The elephant act at the Great British Circus will be the first in the UK for over 10 years. Many circuses stopped using elephants after pressure from animal rights campaigners. The three elephants appeared at a circus in Newark, Nottinghamshire despite criticism from the RSPCA. The Great British Circus website states “it always insists animals receive the best possible care and attention”.