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Save the Date for AstleyFest 2021

Save the date for AstleyFest 2021 which will be happening on Saturday 7 August 2021 in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre and online.

With the uncertainty of this year the Philip Astley Project team decided to move the event from Lyme Valley Park into the town centre and also building on last years online extravaganza’s success, so this year both will be combined allowing you to experience the live events in town and then watch related films at home.

Roll up for a day of online events to be found on the Philip Astley Project social media sites and family friendly live entertainment in the town centre between 11.00 am and 15.00 pm.

With Astounding Acrobatics, Mystical Magic, Dynamic Dance, Pondering Poetry, Competitions, and more.

Updates can be found at: The Philip Astley Project Facebook Page & on Twitter also on the Philip Astley Project website: www.philipastley.org.uk

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Save the Date for AstleyFest 2021

Save the date for AstleyFest 2021 which will be happening on Saturday 7 August 2021 in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre and online. With the uncertainty of this year the Philip Astley Project team decided to move the event from Lyme Valley Park ...

Philip Astley Poetry Competition

As a lead up to this years AstleyFest 2021 Live and online event we are launching the Philip Astley Children's Poetry Competition. The Children’s Poetry Competition is for ages 7 – 11 who are invited to write a poem about Newcastle-under-Lyme ...

Freedom of Borough for our Jim Worgan.

Massive Congratulations to one of our Philip Astley Project team and all round great guy Mr Jim Worgan on being awarded the honour of Freedom of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough as a recognition to his work as a local community stalwart. Jim worked ...

Award Winning Animated Film

Celebrations as our award winning Philip Astley Project animated film wins Staffordshire Day Film Festival 2021 Animation Category. The popular animated film 'Philip Astley Father of Modern Circus' created by Stoke on Trent based Inspired Film and Video company for the ...

Freedom of the Borough for Fred and Greta Van Buren

Inspirational Van Buren's Under Spotlight for Lifetime Achievement - Freedom of the Borough for Fred and Connie Greta. A husband and wife duo who entertained audiences all over the world for more than four decades with their magnificent magic and illusion ...

AstleyFest 2018 Celebration Film Released

Click here to see the celebration AstleyFest 2018 Film which has just been released, giving highlights of the amazing outdoor event. AstleyFest 2018 was held on 4th August 2018 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, it was a new festival celebrating the father of the ...

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 Newcastle-under-Lyme 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 town trail uses window vinyls placed at specific ...

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- Our festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the life and legacy of Philip Astley – Father of ...

Homecoming by Night

  Homecoming by Night, held on Saturday 30th June 2018, was a fantastic summer event that brought circus acts to the people of Newcastle-under-Lyme, in celebration of Philip Astley, the father of the modern circus. Homecoming is a popular annual event ...

World Circus Day – 21st April

Newcastle-under-Lyme celebrates World Circus Day in style! In 2018, World Circus Day celebrations in Newcastle-under-Lyme are coordinated by Andrew Van Buren. Highlights include Philip Astley Project talks hosted by the New Vic Theatre, and the unveiling of a new public art project by Realise ...

Andrew Van Buren commemorates Philip Astley and the 250th Anniversary of the circus in Westminster

The legacy of Philip Astley and the 250th anniversary of the circus are commemorated by Andrew Van Buren at the Palace of Westminster. On March 6th, Showman and Performer Andrew Van Buren gave his speech in the House of Commons after ...

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