This year’s Astley Fest is taking place virtually on Saturday 1 August, with an exciting line-up of online workshops and inspiring performances for families to get stuck into, thanks to The Philip Astley Project. Astley Fest was due to return this year following a successful event at Lyme Valley Park in 2018, which marked the 250th anniversary...
- BY Blair
A New York Times best selling author has dedicated his latest book to the Father of the Modern Day Circus – Philip Astley. Astley, who was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1742, has been celebrated worldwide as well as in his birth town via the help of the Philip Astley Project CIC. Various events took place […]
- BY Baba
In 2018 Newcastle-under-Lyme was witness to some fascinating and innovative events which focused on the 250 year celebrations of the modern day circus. Those events were all part of the Philip Astley Project, which was managed by Staffordshire University on behalf a steering group of local heritage, arts, education and statutory organisations and was set...
- BY Baba
Astley’s Astounding Adventures – increase the added emphasis on Astounding by one million per cent and you might just be able to imagine what this sensational show achieves via this review. Unbelievable circus performers combined with passionate and convincing acting bring a piece of history to life in more ways than one in the New […]