2018 marks 250 years since the birth of an art form. In 1768, on a busy road a stone’s throw from Westminster Bridge, Philip Astley came up with the idea of riding his horses in a circle while they performed tricks, rather than the old fashioned straight lines everyone else used. He invented a ring just for that purpose. Add in some jugglers and acrobats between the horses and voila – he had created modern circus, and would be remembered as its father through centuries to come.


To celebrate this anniversary cities all over the UK will be doing their bit to showcase the circus art form and we are joining them in the best way we know how…IN SAND!  Prepare your eyes for a feast of all things circus from acrobats to clowns and everything in between. The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival will be a part of the force with over 30 sand sculptures whipped up from of 5000 tons of Weston’s super-sand.


Alongside the sculptures will be photo opportunities, cinema experiences, workshops, play areas and seaside café – but this year we’re planning something extra, taking you on a journey through the history of the circus, the controversy it has caused and what we can do to support animal rights awareness.


The competition between carvers gets greater every year as they try to win you over for a £1000 prize.  The standard is high this year so use your power wisely in the competition area.


This year we are very proud to be teaming up with Circus250 – they are doing a wonderful job in enabling pioneering work, building new audiences and embedding circus at the heart of our culture – in the ground-breaking spirit of Phillip Astley and his circle.


Circus250 are not the only company that deserve a round of applause.  As usual, every year we owe a huge amount of gratitude to our sponsors and supporters.  Without the generosity of local hotels, restaurants and small businesses this would not be possible.  This is local support on a massive scale, thank you!


So without further ado we present to you our magnificent, sand infested circus and if we do inspire you to run away and join the circus this year please remember to come back next year and check out another brand new theme…watch this space!


Kind and Sandy Regards


Nicola, Alec and Team Orange