Over 1,000 roll up, roll up for Family Circus Day at Ayscoughfee
A sunny day, an international circus group, and a variety of activities and tasters to take part in attracted well over 1,000 people to the South Holland Centre's Family Circus Day on Thursday August 2nd in the grounds of Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding.
The event was part of the national celebrations of the 250th anniversary of circuses in the United Kingdom, and offered the opportunity to have a go at learning a range of skills normally reserved for big top performers. Visitors could try out everything from juggling through to stilt walking and plate spinning with Lincolnshire company Earthbound Misfits, as well as having a go at aerial acrobatics on the Transported Arts rig, a bounce on the bouncy castle, or making some creative circus crafts in the Museum.
One of the highlights of the day came from the performances by internationally reputed Finnish stunt group Race Horse Company, who agreed to spend one of their very few days in England this year at the event.
Their show Motosikai, was performed twice on the day by three highly skilled circus artists. They emerged from their travelling transit van to astound the crowd with sky high acrobatics, juggling antics and lots of crazy stunts that it definitely wasn't encouraged to try at home.
Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities said: "We're delighted that so many people came along to Ayscoughfee to enjoy this great and unique day. A lot of new skills were learned and it was a really unique opportunity to try something most people would never have thought of having a go at.
"A huge thank you to everyone who came along and those who organised the event, and a special thanks to the incredibly talented Motosikai, who wowed the crowd with their performances. We'd love to see you all again for our next exciting event at Ayscoughfee, the 1940s weekend on August 11 and 12."