WATCH: Kids roll up for circus skills fun

By Mat Growcott | Bishop's Castle | South Shropshire entertainment | Published:

Roll up, roll up – a circus skills workshop kicked off a town's five-day arts festival.

Performers and children taking part in the circus skills workshop which was held as part of Bishop’s Castle festival

Families were invited to try their hand at tightrope walking, unicycle riding and juggling during a circus skills event at the Three Tuns Top Room in Bishop's Castle.

But it wasn't all clowning around.

WATCH footage from the festival:

Circus workshop in Bishops Castle

The event, led by Panic Family Circus, was one of the first attractions taking place as part of the town's arts festival, which runs until Sunday.

Other events yesterday included storytelling at the Methodist Hall, a talk on Asian Textile Art, a concert by folk guitarist Jim Ghedi and a celebration of Mary Webb.

There was also a speech about Lady Margaret Clive, wife of Clive of India.

The story, told by Bob Fowke, covered the tale of pagodas and diamonds from the perspective of the then 18-year-old Margaret.


Festival chairman Sue Willmer said they were trying to offer up as much diversity as possible.

"There is a very diverse programme and most things are free because we try to make it as inclusive as possible," she said.

“There is a lot on for children as it’s half term, like the circus skills workshops. You name it, we’ve got it.

"The Bank House and the Chai Shop are putting on another banquet and this year the theme is French."

There are dozens events planned throughout the remaining days, taking in local interest, family friendly fun, music and poetry.

For a full line-up of what to expect, as well as locations and times, visit

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

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