Events planned for circus anniversary

A year-long series of circus performances, exhibitions and activities set to take place across the UK next year will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the modern circus.

Circus250 is co-ordinating the celebrations, the programme of which was launched by internationally renowned circus company Lost in Translation on London’s SouthBank in July (pictured).

The events will be taking place in six key locations identified by the national Circus250 network. They are: London; Bristol; Blackpool; Belfast; Norwich/Great Yarmouth; and Newcastle under Lyme.

The events mark a quarter of a century since Newcastle-under-Lyme born Philip Astley began his career as an entertainment impresario and entrepreneur by opening his own riding school at Halfpenny Hatch in London, where he put on displays of trick riding.

He went on to develop his shows to include a variety of acrobatic and comedic entertainments alongside his original animal displays.