Clown jewels “Are you a clown, a fool, a buffoon or just stupid?” If so, put on your red nose, get in your clown car and head off to the Annual Clown Festival in Weston-super-mare, which starts today.

Highlights include a balloon modelling workshop run by Blue “Clown Bluey” Brattle, a clown from New Zealand, and Reg Bolton’s keynote address “Are we born with funny bones?” Be sure not to miss the Clown Parade at the Grand Pier Pavilion on Saturday. The event is run by Clowns International, the oldest established clowns’ organisation in the world.