"Barnum" refers to a district in Roeselare. Few know the origin of the name. More than a
century ago the famous Barnum & Bailey circus spectacle put up its tents in Roeselare, near
the treinstation, in what was then a swamp area.
This website will soon tell the story of the voyage by train, of this circus through Belgium
in 1901, on the impact of the presence of this circus - the greatest show on earth - in the
town of Roeselare, the district and its region.
We hope by using historical materials and reports to bring you a fascinating story.
Do you have relevant materials or stories you would like to share or know someone who could, do not hesitate to contact us: email address