Do you remember your first circus?

On Wednesday 3rd January, Radio 3’s Free Thinking Programme hosted a discussion about the invention of the circus ring.

Andrew Van Buren (Van Buren Organisation, Philip Astley Project), Tom Rack (No Fit State Circus), Naomi Frisby and Professor Vanessa Toulmin (Sheffield University) discussed our fascination with running away with the circus and the sheer wonder of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Naomi Frisby.

ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Hosted by Matthew Sweet, this engaging and informative conversation will give you all the background you need to prepare for 2018 – the 250th anniversary of modern circus!


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Philip Astley celebration event

The Philip Astley Projecy set out with a grant from the Heritage Lottery to raise the profile of Philip Astley locally, nationally and internationally and to reaffirm Newcastle-under-Lyme’s role in circus history. In the past 18-months more than 30,000 people have ...

AstleyFest 2018

On 4th August 2018 Newcastle-under-Lyme saw the first ever AstleyFest – a new festival celebrating the father of the modern circus in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The festival started with a bang at 11:30am in Newcastle town centre where people proudly paraded their ...

Philip Astley Town Trail

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID have teamed up with Creative Art North Staffordshire to create a Philip Astley Town Trail Map that tells you about the life of Philip Astley, Father of the Modern Circus. The trail uses window vinyls placed at specific locations ...

Communities come together in Celebrating AstleyFest

In February 2018, The Philip Astley Project held an open call for artists, schools and community groups to take part in AstleyFest 2018, a new outd- oor festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the life and legacy of Philip Astley – Father of ...