AstleyFest 2021 Film

The AstleyFest2021 film produced by Emmy Award winning Junction 15 Productions for Philip Astley Project CIC.

Featuring Van Buren Victorian Wonders Show,  Acrochaps, Daniel Jones Dance, Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wardle Woodend and more.

Click here to watch the AstleyFest 2021 film. 

AstleyFest 2021 was held on Saturday 7th August 2021 in Newcastle under Lyme Town Centre and was managed by the amazing Appetite and Van Buren Organisation on behalf of the Philip Astley Project CIC.

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AstleyFest is an annual event celebrating the military hero, original Ringmaster and creator of the modern circus Newcastle under Lyme born Philip Astley, whose legacy lives on through not just circus but also its influence in cinema, theatre, television, art and literature.

2021 marks 253 years from when Philip Astley with his wife Patty in 1768 started the process of creating the modern circus, set in a 42 ft diameter ring with horses and human performers, including acrobats, jugglers, rope walkers, strong men and magicians, AstleyFest sets out to celebrate aspects of Philip Astley’s life and legacy in a contemporary way.

Other News

Showpeople of North Staffordshire Exhibition is open!

Free Films and brand new Talks / Lectures The series of Free Talks, Lectures and Films is well underway in the Philip Astley Project CIC 'Showpeople of North Staffordshire' Exhibition, Staffordshire Film Archive are providing weekly films on alternating Thursdays at 11.00 ...

Showpeople of North Staffordshire Exhibition is now open!

Show People of North Staffordshire The Showpeople of North Staffordshire Exhibition is open! Appetite has supported the Philip Astley Project to deliver 'Show People of North Staffordshire' and are excited to host the exhibition within their Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire Newcastle Common High Street space. ‘Show People of ...

Andrew Van Buren Talk / Lecture about Philip Astley and the journey to develop cultural recognition

Andrew Van Buren illustrated Talk / Lecture. Brampton Museum, Thursday 29 June 2023 at 2.00pm A fascinating illustrated talk by Showman Andrew Van Buren, for this months Newcastle Under Lyme 850 anniversary 'Fascinating Folk' focus. Philip Astley's life and the rollercoaster journey to ...

Save the Date for Astley Homecoming Cabaret 2023

Save the date for Astley's Homecoming Cabaret 2023 which will be happening on Saturday 17 June 2023 in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre.  Get your feather boa’s at the ready, we’re so excited to be bringing Astley’s Homecoming Cabaret to Newcastle-under-Lyme this June ...