Christmas at the Valley is receiving a record number of visitors this year with ticket sales up by more than 25 per cent compared to last year.

Due to the popularity of the event, Sandwell Council has released more tickets and are now offering families the chance to just see the circus. Tickets cost £5 each for children and adults, under twos under 2s are free. There's also a family ticket for £20 for up to five people.

The circus only tickets can be bought for performances on weekdays at 4.30pm until Tuesday 19 December.

Families are advised to book online then head to the big top with their e-ticket. Cabinet member, Councillor Paul Moore is pleased with the success of the event so far. He said: "It's great the event is proving popular with visitors coming from as far as Wales to experience Christmas at the Valley. "We've had some great feedback from families who have visited and the circus has gone down really well. "We know not everyone will want to see Santa so offering tickets to circus performances on their own will mean more families will be able to see this fantastic performance.

The circus is just part of what is on offer at Christmas at the Valley.

Families can also visit Santa's grotto, see the reindeer and take part in Christmas crafts. There's festive food and drinks, a small funfair, a Christmas shop and a treasure hunt. Christmas at the Valley runs every day from Saturday 2 December right up until Christmas Eve. Sandwell Park Farm will at open 10am to 6pm on weekends and 10am to 5pm on weekdays with last entry at 4pm during weekends and 3pm during the week. Opening times for Christmas Eve are 10am to 2pm.

Admission for the full Christmas at the Valley event is £11 for children aged between two and 11 who want to see Santa in his grotto.

Admission for children under two is £5, for adults and children aged 12 and over is £7 and £4 for over 60s. For more details about circus tickets go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/christmascircus.