Circus themed Easter Activities held at Brampton Museum to celebrate Philip Astley

Brampton Museum is hosting a variety of circus themed activities to celebrate Philip Astley and his work in the circus throughout its 250 years.

Philip Astley- Newcastle-under-Lyme’s greatest showman and entrepreneur, is described as the ‘father of modern circus’.

It is worth celebrating that a man with such talent and creativity throughout his career still has a legacy recognised to this day, including the 42 feet ring diameter used in circus all over the world.

Starting March 30th, children and families will be able to celebrate by creating their own eye-catching Astley circus themed posters to hang in Brampton Museum’s Hall Gallery, using old circus posters for inspiration.

The creation of these posters is marking the opening of the Philip Astley Exhibition running from May 5th to July 15th, The winner with the best poster will be chosen to win a special prize!

There are many other circus craft related activities throughout the Easter holidays to keep children entertained, such as paper crafts, and a museum prize trail.

Parents and children are able to come into the museum for this event until April 14th, there’s plenty of time to get creative this Easter!

Brampton Museum opening times:

Monday- Saturday: 10am- 5:30pm

Sunday: 2pm- 5:30pm

Entry to the museum exhibition costs £2

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