Circus In The Park

A four day circus extravaganza heads to Nuns Moor Park Thursday 1st June, on the 130th anniversary of the park’s founding in 1887.

There’ll be all the thrilling fun of the circus, but none of the animals or scary clowns one might have had in 1887.

Circus In The Park will feature the premiere performance of Arthur’s Odyssey, a piece of circus theatre which weaves a classic Greek story with a little-known tale of the fortunes of local department store head, Arthur Fenwick, who ran away with a circus for six years, before returning to Newcastle to run the family business.

Regional youth troupe, Five Ring Circus, will be debuting Alice: Warped Reflections, on the Saturday – a show loosely based on characters and themes in the classic English stories Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.

Circus skills workshops will be running throughout the four days, where members of the public will get a chance to learn some of the less dangerous arts of circus performance. Thursday and Friday sessions are open to community groups and organisations. Saturday and Sunday sessions are for families.

The circus spectacular culminates on Sunday 4 June, with a huge, family-friendly Party In The Park featuring live music, food, craft stalls, facepainting, kitemaking, a forest school, food growing sessions, free plant giveaways and more.

Headlining on the music stage will be up-and-coming local musician and actor Kema Kay, who played China in the award-winning film I, Daniel Blake. He will be supported by local acts that have come through the Arthur’s Hill CHAT Trust music training scheme, including Kay Greyson, Rex Regis, Provident Band and Zombie Killers. The SHE Choir, a 20-strong group of local female singers will also be performing their unique interpretations of many well-known songs.

Booking is essential for entry to the two main events – Arthur’s Odyssey and Alice: Warped Reflections, on the Friday and Saturday. Places on the circus skills workshops (except on the Sunday) also need booking in advance. All bookings must be made by email to

For further general information about Circus In The Park, visit the Facebook page.

Follow the links below for details about specific events.

Community group circus skills workshopsThursday Friday

Family circus skills workshopsSaturday

Arthur’s Odyssey performancesFriday Matinee Friday Evening

Alice: Warped Reflections performancesSaturday Matinee Saturday Evening

Party In The ParkSunday 4 June

Circus performances will take place in the black and white Magpie big-top tent, a mobile 270 seat arena which will remain a feature of the park for the four day festival.