Join us at Brampton Park, Newcastle, on Sat 14 July from 12.30pm to 5.30pm for Circus Party In The Park and enjoy a host of fun-filled family performances and workshops!

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“Astley & me! Discover the man, the myth and the legend of Philip Astley!”

Astley & me! Andrew Van Buren walking tour

Tuesday 10 July–Thursday 12 July 2018

Join international performer and Philip Astley expert Andrew Van Buren on a guided walk taking in Newcastle-under-Lyme’s key, old and new, Philip Astley landmarks.

Discover the amazing story of how Philip Astley went from humble beginnings in Newcastle-under-Lyme, to drawing out the first circus ring in 1768 and filling it with astonishing acts, creating the worldwide phenomenon that captured the hearts of millions across the world.

Hear all about Andrew Van Buren’s journey to getting recognition for our town’s born and bred circus hero, alongside tales of his own life growing up in the world of showbusiness!

Tickets are priced £5.00 and can be booked by calling New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 or online.


Joining details

Meeting point for 5.30pm: Ryecroft*, former Sainsbury’s site.

End point at 6.30pm: Ryecroft*, former Sainsbury’s site.


*The car park is a paid for car park and not included in the price



Tuesday 10 July–Thursday 12 July 2018

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