Covid Safe Circus Workshops for Schools
What a totally crazy year it has been. Many schools and colleges throughout the UK have had to adapt to the many changes which is hard work. We thank the schools for continuing to run during such a difficult time.Schools have now settled into new working practices; year group bubbles have been created and children are thankfully now back to school. We feel we are able to offer workshops in schools again and would love to work with pupils and teachers. Circus Skills can bring much needed creativity into the curriculum in a safe and supportive environment.Out of School trips are not allowed – so we believe an onsite workshop could be a good solution.Each school is individual, and we can fit in and implement a safe working policy. We have a robust COVID safe policy which we can provide upon request. The circus has provided a creative outlet through previous pandemics, wars and crisis over 2 centauries. We believe circus creativity is a boost for children and really improves learning prospects. Our activities can be delivered safely through maintaining social distanced. Each child can have their own equipment during our workshops, which will be for sole use by them. We will clean and sanitise thoroughly after each use.Circus skills including plate spinning, juggling balls, rings, scarves, devil sticks and diabolo are activities that children can learn without having to share any equipment. We also do a really fun demonstration of each skill from the front of the space/venues. All our circus instructors and circus performers are highly skilled and professional, and always ensure that the sessions they deliver are enjoyable, informative and stimulating. We strongly feel that circus themed creative activities will be fun and benefit children of all ages. Circus skills helps build self-esteem, coordination, focus and confidence and would provide a valuable break from classroom learning. If you are interested in booking some curriculum enrichment activities for your school children which provide creative activities, then do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
Themed Circus Entertainment for all Events
We have a diverse selection of amazing circus acts and circus performances to suit all themed events. Circus acts to choose from include Fire Performers, Circus Workshops, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoop, Aerialists, Acrobats, Balloon Modellers, Bubbleologists, Street Performers, Jugglers. We can offer bespoke themed packages. If you need inspiration or ideas we can assist in creating an entertainment package for your unique event. We can offer entertainment to suit any theme below or we can tailor themed costumes upon request: Animals - Around the World - Autumn - Carnival - Christmas - Circus - Colours - Easter - Fairy-tale - Fire - Flowers - Food - Halloween -Historical - Love -Masquerade - Nautical - Sci Fi and Space - Sport - Spring - Summertime - Winter Enchanted and Fairy-tale - Stilt WalkersCircus and Cabaret - Hula Hoop Acts, Acrobats, Jugglers, Circus WorkshopsHalloween and Bonfire Night - Stilt Walkers and Fire showsChristmas and Winter – Stilt Walkers, Jugglers,Valentines and Love Stilt Walkers and Fire ShowsNations and Sport - Hula HoopFire and Ice – Fire Performers, Contact Jugglers,Masquerade and Carnival - Stilt Walkers, Acrobats, JugglersSeaside and Maritime – Bubbleologists, Street PerformersSpace and Futuristic – Stilt Walkers, AerialistsMoulin Rouge and Burlesque – Acrobats, Stilt Walkers, Cabaret ActsVictorian – Stilt WalkersFood and Culture – The Cake Ladies, ChefsChinese New Year – Asian Stilt WalkersNature and Environment – Flower Power Stilt WalkersWeddings – Champagne skirts, Stilt Walkers, Fire Shows, Fire HeartSummertime – Street Performers, Circus WorkshopsMusic – Disco Hula Hoop Acts, Stilt WalkersColours – Red, White, Pink, Purple, Blue
Getting Married? Tying the knot? Would like some unique Wedding Entertainment? We offer bespoke wedding entertainment packages from stilt-walkers to table entertainment, aerialists to stunning finale fire shows, we have something for everyone to enjoy and all your wedding needs catered for. Your reception celebrations could start with some meet and greet entertainment, guaranteed to wow your guests as they arrive and tickle their taste buds, then children’s entertainment to keep the little ones busy, then perhaps some table entertainment or stage acts in between courses to keep your guests amused, followed by after dinner entertainment to get them in the party mood and perhaps the Flaming Heart Fire show as a finale to add that extra sparkle to your special day. Our wedding shows are deliciously divine and are specifically tailored to each unique wedding and strive to make your special day a memory to be treasured and hope to be the cherry on top of your wedding cake. If your wedding has a theme – vintage, 1920’s, circus or colour theme, we can tailor our wedding entertainment packages to suit. Book our fantastic wedding entertainment for your special day! Choose from: Wedding and Love themed Fire Shows, Fire Performers, Fire Heart, Fire Eaters, Stilt Walkers, Children’s Entertainment, Circus Workshops, Bubble Acts, Hula Hoop, Aerial Acts, Jugglers. Testimonial: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your fire show at our wedding on Friday. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to speak to you in person, but thank you very much, it was fantastic”.
Circus Antics Christmas Reflection
Our circus performers have had to adapt to the Covid crisis, it’s been our quietest year to date but we still kept busy with online virtual festivals, online workshops and socially distanced stilt walkabout. We have also taken this time to get creative with our Circus Wellbeing project and making new costumes and characters for 2021. We are hoping things improve next year and we can get out and about more. Circus skills workshops and circus shows help improve the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and we are aiming to pilot our new project to primary schools and outdoor community events. Some of our highlights this year have been: Ty-Hafran virtual charity fundraiser – Online circus workshops, Hula Hoop and Fire showEco Pop Up Camping entertainment – Our Circus Girls Stilt walkersHalloween event – Witch on StiltsChristmas Entertainment – Christmas Themed Stilt walking at various shopping CentresOnline Balloon Workshops for schools and communities We wish all our followers a warm festive season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Circus Wellbeing Project - Newsflash:
Our Arts Council Funding application for the circus wellbeing research and development project we are developing is finally submitted! Wish us luck. Hopefully, we find out by Christmas and start creative process in January 2021. All our fingers and toes are crossed! About the project: I have started to develop a ‘Circus Wellbeing’ project to create a brand new solo family circus show, which uses circus, street theatre and storytelling to both entertain and educate audiences. The show will be supported by therapeutic circus and theatre workshops that promote positive mental-health and wellbeing and provides a creative platform for participants. I will be looking for 10 children to participate in the online pilot circus wellbeing workshops so if you have children you think would like to take part please let me know! The project will take place between January and March 2021 with a view to rolling the circus wellbeing project out to schools and outdoor events in summer 2021. I am asking for support and donations from organisations, friends and family in order to support and deliver this circus wellbeing project. These are difficult times so please, if you can, make a donation to this valuable circus project through the go fund me link below, it doesn’t matter how small and I realise some of you might be struggling financially so don't worry if you can't atm, words of encouragement are just as good!. Please click on the button below to donate some pennies to help make it happen if you can. Thank you Alice x
We Make Circus Shows
We have some exciting news and plans for the winter months ahead and wanted to share them with you! We are putting in an Arts Council England project funding bid for some research and development work to create a new outdoor family circus show to be performed at events in summer 2021! The show will include storytelling, physical theatre and circus tricks. The themes in the show will touch on empowerment and mental health and the circus show will be perfect for schools, outdoor fetes and festivals, so watch this space and keep your fingers crossed for us! Also, all our circus performers are adapting and changing their circus acts to outdoors to suit the ever-changing situation due to the current Pandemic. We can provide Covid compliant Fire Performers, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoopers, Aerialists, Acrobats, Balloon Modellers, Bubbleologists, Street Performers, Jugglers and walkabout acts to suit most small private outdoor events, shopping centres and celebrations for the Christmas and new year season ahead of us. We can also offer virtual circus acts for any online festivals so do get in touch if you are planning something. We really need your continued support as all our work has been lost this year and one way to do this is to help us get more followers on social media by simply heading to our Facebook page below. Go to the more tab, select community and then click on invite friends to like our page. Invite a few, maybe even the whole list. We thank you for your support during this difficult time To book our performers email us here or call 07970981092.
Halloween and Christmas Entertainment
The Seasons are changing and so are our themes for providing circus entertainment acts!! We have many different circus acts to suit all Autumn/ Winter events and celebrations, so book us now for your special event. All acts will be performed following strict government guidelines. We have lots of Halloween and Bonfire Night themed circus entertainment to suit this time of year when the nights draw in. Choose from a Twisted Halloween Acrobatic act, Spooky Halloween Stilt Walkers or Fantastic Fire performers and Fire acts that ignite and enhance events over all Halloween and bonfire night celebrations! We have Witch Stilt Walkers, Zombie Stilt Walkers, Day of the Dead Stilt Walkers plus many more spooky Halloween circus acts. Our Christmas themed Stilt Walkers are our most popular acts over winter! Christmas is a time for celebration and winter festivities. It is a time of year people love and booking Christmas circus entertainment is sure to bring a little magic and enchant guests and audiences alike. Ranging from an eye-catching Christmas snow queen and king stilt walkers, mesmerising fire show or dazzling led/ glow performers. We also have our new Cheeky Stilt Walking Christmas Elves, Beautiful Stilt Walking Fairies and Stilt Walking Angel/ Cherub on offer this year! We are also open for bookings for Wedding Celebrations our themed circus entertainment acts. Our circus acts are specifically tailored to each unique wedding and we strive to make your special day a memory to be treasured and hope to be the cherry on top of your wedding cake. Choose from elegant meet and greet stilt walkers to table entertainment, aerialists to stunning finale fire shows, we have something for everyone to enjoy and all your wedding entertainment needs catered for. Your reception celebrations could start with some meet and greet entertainment, guaranteed to wow your guests as they arrive and tickle their taste buds, then perhaps some table entertainment or stage acts in between courses to keep them amused, followed by after dinner entertainment to get them in the party mood and perhaps the Flaming Heart Fire show as a finale to add that extra sparkle to your special wedding day. If you have a specific theme or idea for your event why not run it past us, happy to discuss options over the phone so feel free to get in touch with us ! Contact us here.
Good News. Outdoor Performances are allowed!
We are open for taking bookings again. We cannot wait to perform and get out there entertaining everyone again with our amazing circus acts. We will be following government guidelines so we can all be safe and enjoy the rest of the summer. We have a whole range of acts suitable for the outdoor events including:Private outdoor celebrations/ parties/ eventsOpen air public events, Town Centres, Acts include: Bubbleologists, Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, Children's Entertainment, Hula Hoop acts, Balloon ModellersWe have lots of fabulous colourful costumes and fantastic stilt walkers to elevate your event. We have been stilt walking for over 25 years. Stilt Walkers are great at social distancing being so tall and elegant they can parade and add that extra special splash of glamour and colour! If you want to hire eye catching and beautiful stilt walkers, we have a big collection of colourful, quirky and iconic characters to choose from. Our stilt walkers are highly interactive and our most popular themes are: wizard of oz stilt walkers, sci fi stilt walkers, the cake lady stilt walkers, steampunk stilt walkers, halloween stilt walkers, christmas stilt walkers, snow queen and king stilt walkers, elf stilt walkers, alice in wonderland stilt walkers, chinese stilt walkers, circus stilt walkers, carnival stilt walkers. What we have been up to:Over spring/ summer so far, we have been creating lots of new costumes and online circus acts and circus workshop videos. We also helped raise over £1500 for PPE for the children’s hospice -Ty Hafan and showcased 4 acts for their virtual summer festival. Check out all our videos on our you tube channel below:
Social Enterprising Circus Skills
Many circus organisations across the globe provide a valuable social platform for communities to learn, grow and share experiences. Circus skills workshops are used to help disadvantaged youths, educate and improve communities and encourages creativity and individual development. Social enterprising circus provides long-term stability, which brings social and economic developments and inspires young people, as well as providing an educational and psychological support network for communities. The term social circus uses circus arts as a tool for social justice or social good. Circus skills are used to support marginalised, vulnerable people or those at social or personal risk. Circus skills workshops enable learners to develop many personal qualities and physical skills including coordination, concentration, confidence, self-esteem, spatial awareness, self-discipline, as well as important life skills including teamwork, perseverance, positive risk taking. Through this process of learning, at risk youths/ people’s vision and capabilities can be transformed. Circus acts can often have messages and have symbolic meanings and enable people to express their emotions/ feelings about the society or world they live in. Tightrope walking could mean escaping from conflict or drama or finding equilibrium in an unstable world. Acrobatic tricks may reflect an impossible goal being achieved or group acro/ juggling work meaning building trust in others. Here at Circus Antics we personally work with many community organisations and vulnerable groups across the UK, we also have experience of providing circus workshops for people of all ages and abilities. Our team of circus instructors are highly skilled and creative, and love to provide fun, engaging circus skills workshops for everyone. If you have an event or community group and are interested in booking one of our circus workshop packages please do get in touch.
The History of Fire Performers
Ever wonder where fire shows all started? Different tribes from all over the world have practiced fire rituals or fire dances as far back as the 13th century CE, where the Aztecs tribe from Mexico dedicated their practices to the god of fire (called Xiuhtecuhti). The Balinese still perform their Angel Fire Dance and Fire Dance (called Sanghyang) in ancient rituals where thought to ward off witches at the time of an epidemic. As part of the spring festivals in the desert in India the tribes Siddha Jats also perform fire dances. The dances are accompanied by music and drums and dance styles vary from men dancing on hot fire coals, women balancing flaming pots on their heads. In New Zealand, the Maori started using a ball and string soaked in fuel, and perform rituals spinning them while alight. This was where the ‘Poi’ originated. Fire shows and fire rituals are still practiced today for tourists in many countries around the world and fire performance has been developed at there are many different new skills and tricks that are practiced purely for entertainment purposes. The manipulation of fire objects is now very popular in the modern world and there are many different objects tricks and skills which create mesmerising visual effects. The term fire performer is a well-known term for someone skilled in the art of fire acts. So, what are the all these modern fire toys/ skills?Poi or Fire Snake/ Rope - A pair short chains with handles and ball of wick on the end or long plaited length of wick on the chain. Staff – A metal pole roughly 1-2 metres long and balls of wick on each end. Can be used as a paid or even three to juggle with. Dragon Staff – A metal pole around 2 m long with each end having of 3-4 wicks positioned in a wheel. They are usually rolled on the body also known as contact spinning. Fire hoop – A hoop with fire approx. 10 wick spokes around the outside. Fire Fan – A metal fan shaped object usually with 5 or more fire spokes at the ends. Fire umbrella – an umbrella fire prop with wick on the ends. Fire Devil Stick – A small still roughly 50cms in length with wicks on both ends. Fire Club or Fire Baton – These are like juggling clubs but with wick on the ends, and also used for fire club spinning or fire juggling. Fire sword –Usually specially made for fire or can use an actual sword modified with long wick along the blade. Palm torches – Small fire torches held in the palm of the hand. Fire whip – Lengths of braided wick, the whip can be cracked to create large trails of fire. All performances using fire is dangerous and carries risks and it is always recommended that precautions be taken. All our fire performers have specialist Fire Insurance, Public Liability Insurance. Risk-assessments are also provided for every event. Please contact us for further technical requirements. Our fire performers are specialists and have performed fire for over 25 years and are happy to offer specific fire performances to suit all types of events. Our fire performers have a unique theatrical flare for creating mesmerising and high-impact fire shows. Choose from smaller shows using 1 or 2 performers or large group finale fire shows using pyrotechnics perfect for bonfire night celebrations and corporate events. Our fire performers can also be booked for more meet and greet or ambient background fire performances, which can be a perfect atmospheric backdrop to enhance any event. We offer bespoke wedding finale fire shows which are performed to love themed music, which includes a combination of fire acts and a flaming fire heart sculpture. The fire heart is used to create a picture to frame the happy couple to remember their special day. Get in touch with us if you would like a quote or further information. Here are a few links to our online fire videos: The Dangerettes All girl Fire Troop Fire Shows Reviews:“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your fire show at our wedding on Friday. Thank you very much, it was fantastic”“The performers were all amazing - fire juggling, fire eating, acrobats and stilt walkers and everyone at the party agreed that they made the night even more special. Thank you all for making Livvy's party a really memorable evening”.
Online Circus Workshop Activities
Good news we have launched a Circus Antics You Tube channel from our home in Bristol!. Here you will find online circus prop making lessons and useful circus workshop and juggling tips and other circus workshop activities to do at home with children of all ages. We are also being creative and making new circus costumes for our Stilt Walkabout characters and developing some fantastic ideas for new circus shows, circus workshops and circus entertainment, so watch this space! Click on our YouTube link here To keep up do date on all things circus and watch our progress, you can also head over to our Circus Antics Facebook, Instagram pages. Please leave a comment, like and share the pages with friends and family or anyone who loves all things circus! This helps support our Circus business, which will be back in full operation in the future. Facebook Link: HereInstagram Link: Here If you would like to book any circus performers for Autumn or Christmas 2020 or 2021 we have some spectacular acts to choose from including; Fire Performers, Circus Workshops, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoop Acts, Aerialists, Acrobats, Balloon Modellers, Bubbleologists Street Performers and Jugglers. The pictures were taken from a few of previous performance’s: 1920’s Peaky Blinders charity event in Shepton Mallet, where we performed Stilt Walking flapper girl, Circus Workshops and Juggling actsA School Ball circus themed event in London with the Cirque da Purr performing Vintage Candy Girls stilt walking.Chinese New Year celebration Bristol event with our Asian Themed Stilt Walkers Just to update you on how the global pandemic has affected us; the UK government has banned all events and non-essential travel due to the Covid-19/ Corona Virus threat, which means all our bookings until June/July 2020 have been postponed until later in the year. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. "Wishing everyone a Happy Easter from our ‘not so’ Little Bo Peep Stilt Walker! We are usually busy this time of year performing our Easter themed acts and circus workshops over the Easter holidays, alas not the case this year.. Hopefully in a few months we can get back to having fun and performing again. We hope everyone is staying well and safe at home, see you all later in the year!"
Spring and Summer 2020 Fun..
We are taking bookings for Spring and Summer 2020 events. We have a variety fabulous acts to choose from including: Fire Performers, Circus Workshops, Stilt Walkers, Hula Hoop, Jugglers, Aerialists, Acrobats, Balloon Modellers, Bubbleologists and Street Performers. Circus Antics are adept at choosing the right entertainment to suit all types of events. Whether it’s a wedding, a private or children’s party, school event, a community fete, outdoor festivals or a corporate event, then look no further. We have amazing circus acts guaranteed to wow your guests and create a fun and exciting atmosphere. We offer entertainment to suit all themes and special occasions. Our circus workshops are a popular option for summer events, and children’s parties, where people of all ages can have fun with circus skills. Circus workshops are great for learning and ideal for school activity days. Our stilt walkers are eye-catching, interactive and great for all types of events and come in many themes (we have butterfly’s, cake ladies, carnival, nautical). Stilt Walkers are great for and photos with guests! Our fire performers are perfect entertainment for special occasions including weddings, private parties. We have fire shows and fire heart or name sculptures to add an extra special wow to your event.
Wow, What A Year!
Wow what a year 2019 has been ! Our circus performers have been performing for many events including Summer fetes, Halloween and Bonfire Nights Lights Switch on and Christmas Parades and Festivals ! We have had many circus performers and acts out and about bringing festive cheer to all corners of the country, including; Snow Queen Stilt Walker and Elf Stilt Walkers, Christmas Pudding and Fairy Walkabout, Ice Maiden and Jack Frost Stilt Walkers, Circus Workshops, Balloon Modellers, Wedding Fire Shows plus many more. All ready for the New Year?! We still have some dates available if you would like to book any of our acts please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. We offer bespoke themed entertainment packages, so if you have a theme for your event, we are happy to discuss your ideas and entertainment options. Many thanks to all our clients for booking us and performers for being fabulous. Have a great Festive Season everyone!
Circus through the seasons..
Christmas themed Stilt Walkers and summer Circus Workshops are our most popular acts! Christmas is a time for celebration and winter festivities. It is a time of year people love and booking Christmas circus entertainment is sure to bring a little magic and enchant guests and audiences alike. Ranging from an eye-catching snow queen and king stilt walkers, mesmerising fire show or dazzling led/ glow performers. Summer is a time for fun, outdoors and festivals! Its our busiest time of year and our most popular colourful summer themed stilt walking acts are out and about bringing a smile wherever they go. They are intractive, pose for photographs and love to meet and greet people of all ages. Circus workshops are hugely popular at this time of year too. Circus Workshops very versatile and engaging everyone gets to have a go at many different circus skills tricks! Autumn is harvest time and we have lots of autumn themed circus entertainment to suit this time of year, including nature inspired forest creatures, spooky Halloween stilt walkers, and fantastic fire acts that ignite and enhance events over bonfire night celebrations! Spring is an exciting season of fresh new growth and some people often say spring is in the air!. It is a time of year we all like to start getting outdoors amongst nature more. Our Little Bo Peep stilt walkabout, Flower Fairies and Nautical themed acts work well at all indoor or outdoor community events. Other themes that clients like to choose from are Animals, Around the World, Autumn, British, Christmas Carnival, Circus, Fairytale, Fire & Light, Food, Halloween, Historical, Love, Masquerade, Nature, Nautical, Summer, Sci Fi, Sport, Spring, Winter. Circus is a very popular theme by itself and with The Greatest showman movie which came out in 2017 we have seen a rise in people booking circus entertainment from aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and stilt walkers and fire performers as well as requests for Greatest showman themed kids birthday parties in which our Circus Workshop parties work perfectly for!. Our Wedding entertainment acts are deliciously divine and are specifically tailored to each unique wedding and strive to make your special day a memory to be treasured and hope to be the cherry on top of your wedding cake. Choose from stilt walkers to table entertainment, aerialists to stunning finale fire shows, we have something for everyone to enjoy and all your wedding entertainment needs catered for. Your reception celebrations could start with some meet and greet entertainment, guaranteed to wow your guests as they arrive and tickle their taste buds, then perhaps some table entertainment or stage acts in between courses to keep them amused, followed by after dinner entertainment to get them in the party mood and perhaps the Flaming Heart Fire show as a finale to add that extra sparkle to your special day.
There are so many great contemporary circus companies all across the world. As a professional performer, inspirations for developing new circus acts can come from anywhere or anything (books, arts, theatre, dance, nature, politics, social issues, Christmas and summer seasons and many different themes). As a circus artiste I have been lucky enough to see some Cirque du Soleil shows. They are a Canadian circus entertainment company from Montreal and produce the largest circus shows in world. These are so awe-inspiring and use high class circus performers woven into an intriguing and elaborate storyline and set with exquisite costumes and make up. Although I enjoy being transported into another world. I get other inspirations from seeing smaller circus companies such as Circus Oz, Giffords Circus, No Fit State Circus and Circus Ronaldo, as theirs shows are more intimate, relatable and tangible. They usually have a good storyline or narrative woven into circus, acrobatics and aerial acts. Often the shows highlight themes including seasonal, social or cultural ideals/issues. Contemporary Circus has evolved. Companies like De La Guada from Argentina were ground breaking, they blurred the boundaries of circus, theatre and dance and created a show which came to the Roundhouse in Camden 1999. Their show was amazing, it was a unique fusion of circus tricks, acrobatic physical theatre and twisted comedy. They transported spectators into a new reality. This show created by the group of performers was electrifying and otherworldly but it also felt tangible and you were encouraged to be a part of the whole experience. Some audience members were wisked skywards by the aerial dancers on trapezes and other simply drenched in water or pulled into a dance and song. We were left amazed by the extraordinary experience which can be described as abrasive, sensual and trippy, this show certainly broke all perceptions of traditional conventional circus and theatre. This show really inspired me during my time training at The Circus Space. In the late 1980’s and early 90’s I was aware of a group called Archaos from France. They hit the UK by storm and challenged the tradition of circus as we knew it with shows that were noisy, smelly and confrontational. Their shows were created by individuals that were often seen as anarchists and people you would want to avoid in society, let alone pay money to see one of their shows. They certainly changed the traditional circus ideals and their shows were raw edgy and exciting and included explosions, juggling chainsaws and aerial musicians.
The Brief History of Circus
2018 saw the celebration of 250 years of Circus! Circus people all over the world joined in to mark this special year and reflect on how it has evolved throughout history. What is Circus? Circus is know as a group of performers who produce diverse entertainment shows. These shows include clowns, trapeze or aerial acts, acrobats, trained animals (though widely banned now), stilt walkers, fire breathers, jugglers, tightrope walkers, unicyclists, magicians, as well as magicians and other object manipulation and stunt-orientated artists. A man called Philip Astley, a skilled equestrian from 1768 is thought of as the father of modern circus as he began to perform exhibitions of trick horse riding. This was in an open field which was called Ha’Penny Hatch south of the Thames in London. He then developed the exhibitions and hired tightrope walkers, jugglers, acrobats and clowns to fill in in between his equestrian acts and this then became known as the format that is now called “Circus”. For the next 50 years or so large scale battle re-enactments became the dominant entertainment at this time. By the 19th century, the more traditional format of circus’s, where by the ringmaster introduces a variety of acts set to music was developed and still used to this day. The different types of venues that circus takes place in has changed. Early ones were in open air structures, in 18th and 19th century custom made building were constructed with various seating options and a centre ring for a stage. Then in late 19th century Big top were introduced and subsequently touring circus’s emerged.Since the 1970’s circus has had a revival. The term contemporary circus was born, a number of groups began experimenting with different circus formats and as the use of animals became unpopular the opted to produce shows that focused on human artistry. They favoured a more theatrical approach with character driven circus performances using music to convey a complex themes or stories. To this day this format is what drives modern day contemporary circus companies and is continuously being developed with new skills, styles and influences from other performance artforms. A whole variety of venues, festivals and events book individual circus acts for entertainment and large companies produce larger site specific work. Last year saw the celebration of 250 years of circus. Since Philip Astley created a whole new art form in 1768 with the 42 foot ring full of a dazzling display of jugglers, acrobats, strong men, clowns and bareback riders, it has become a worldwide phenomenon and many people are captivated by it. We have cutting edge performance art from the UK’s leading circus companies and beautiful illustrations and collages from Sir Peter Blake. Every child would tell you what circus and they all dream of running away with one! It transports us to a world of wonder full of colourful and surprising twists and turns with a variety of amazing acts and we are let spellbound. 2018 marks the anniversary of 250 years since circus started. All across the UK it was celebrated and museums, theatres, orchestras, schools, library’s filmmakers, designers and circuses. Circus is for everyone, everywhere.