AstleyFest 2018

Inspired by the astonishing acts, activities and acrobats that made Astley’s original circus so famous across the globe, AstleyFest brings the circus home to Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the man who first made it happen over 250 years ago. Astley Fest celebrates the life and times of the father of modern day circus, Philip Astley, who was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1742

AstleyFest is coming to town

AstleyFest is coming to town on 4 August 2018, giving thousands of people the chance to enjoy a free and fabulous fun day out as we bring Astley’s astounding life to life in Lyme Valley Park.

Expect to be dazzled with a range of daring talent ‘entering the ring’ including circus performances, horse shows, military displays, hands-on activities, and much more. There will be a tasty range of food stalls and stacks of fun ways to find out more about the man and myth of Philip Astley.

Children and adults alike will love clowning around, trying their hand at circus skills and seeing awe-inspiring circus acts. AstleyFest is proud to be showing the premiere of New Vic Theatre’s performance of Roll Up, Roll Up, a brand-new show about Philip Astley developed with local writers, performers and choir members.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful day out as AstelyFest promises to offer a knockout punch of quality entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!

Other Events

Women in Circus – Talk by Professor Vanessa Toulmin

On Thursday 31st May, founder of the National Fairground and Circus Archive, Professor Toumlin will visit the Brampton Museum to give a vital talk about the vital role women have had in circus. In the nineteenth century, women could take roles ...

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Exhibition: Philip Astley’s Life and Legacy – The Philip Astley Project

The free 12-week exhibition will educate and excite adults and young people alike. By viewing circus prints, posters and costumes, visitors will learn about Astley's life and how his career influenced later developments in the performing arts up to the ...

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