News, Activities and Stories from the Philip Astley Project have received not only local but also national and international coverage in all forms of media from the UK to Japan, Monaco to Australia, Canada to Brazil and more.

Here you can find some of the key news items and moments from the history of the project.

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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.

To learn more about:

Philip Astley Project: www.philipastley.org.uk

Appetite: www.appetite.org.uk

Van Buren Organisation: www.vanburen.org.uk

Junction 15 Productions: www.junction15.com

For further updates to future Philip Astley Project CIC shows, events, talks / lectures, exhibitions and news check our social media: www.facebook.com/PhilipAstleyProjects

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.

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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 ...

Astley Town Film

Premier the amazing Astley Town film celebrates Staffordshire town Newcastle-under-Lyme, birthplace of Philip Astley who was the Original Ringmaster, Military Hero and creator of modern circus. To watch the Astley Town film click Here. A Philip Astley Projects CIC Film. Featuring: Andrew ...

AstleyFest2021

AstleyFest2021 Live FREE Entertainment on Saturday 7 August 2021 in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre. Roll up for a day of 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 ...

AstleyFest2021

AstleyFest2021 Live & Online FREE Entertainment on Saturday 7 August 2021 in Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre. 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Philip Astley Project Wins Tourism Award

The Philip Astley Project Wins Tourism Award. The Philip Astley Project has just won the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Award for Best Newcomer. The inscribed lead crystal cut glass award was collected by Philip Astley Project working committee members Trudi Barnard and Delyth ...

World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme!

World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme as part of the worldwide celebration of World Circus Day 2018! 25 professional circus schools were invited from all over the world to take part in the World Juggling Tour 2018, during the New ...

‘No Fit State Circus’ is Coming to Town!

No Fit State Circus is in town! Described by The Times as: "A huge, restless party vibe" No Fit State Circus comes to the big top in the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Presenting a 21- date circus extravaganza 'LEXICON' from 28th March- 21st April, ...

First Permanent Philip Astley Monument

The UK's first permanent monument to Philip Astley and his legacy of the circus is now in place but bad weather is slowing off the completion of the ground work and delaying the official unveil. The sculptures were designed by ...

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