Arts Around Town - Family Circus Day

Arts Around Town - Family Circus Day

A fun and fabulous day of family friendly activities throughout the Arts Centre and around town!

A fun and fabulous day of family friendly activities throughout the Arts Centre and around town!

Discover a world of circus and silliness in unusual places! Join in with fun activities including aerial performance sessions, circus themed arts and crafts, poetry, music, film, digital arts and more.

Most events are free! For Wildcats Theatre School and Science of Circus Show's please book a £1 ticket online or via the Box Office to ensure your place.

Spaces are limited to 30 on each of the Fabulous Family Walks - So please book a free ticket to ensure your place!


Arts Around Town – Family Day in Stamford Friday 21 February 11am to 4pm

The programme includes:

Circus Comes to Town – Karen Neale

Come and create a circus themed collage with paper, pencils and crayons on the walls of the Arts Centre Gallery! Karen Neale is an artist with a passion for sketching the world around us, she captures the place and time with a beautiful combination of sketches, watercolour and words.

11am - 4pm        Arts Centre Gallery


Tremendous Tunes

Drop in to the Ballroom to have a go at music making, singing and more with the team from Lincolnshire One Venues Connecting Communities project. Fun for all the family.

11am - 4pm        Arts Centre Ballroom

Dance and Movement

With Beth from Mini Mondays!

Join us for a free taster session to launch our ‘Mini Mondays’ fun arts workshops for the under 5s. Perfect for toddlers and their parents/carers, our fun creative arts workshops are led by storytellers, musicians and artists. Organised by Rhubarb Theatre and led each week by a different local artist.

11am – 12noon and 1pm – 2pm                 Arts Centre Blue Room

Face Painting – with Jo Hollingworth

Top class face painting from the wonderful Mrs Holly.

11am - 4pm                        Stamford Library

Wildcats Theatre School – Taster Workshops

Have a go at musical theatre and dance sessions with Wildcats! Pre booking is essential £1 to secure your place, Suitable for age 6+, please arrive 5 minutes before the session start time.

11am – 11.45am and 12.30pm – 1.15pm                 Arts Centre Theatre

Bureau of Silly Ideas – Sid, Nancy and Annabel

Sid and Nancy are wheelie bins and Annabel is a flower pot...but looks can be very deceiving. Be nice to them, if you’re not, mayhem may ensue – remember street furniture has feelings too!

11am – 12noon, 1-2pm and 3-4pm                           High Street

Circus Skills Drop-in Workshops

With Earthbound Misfits

Have a go at some brilliant circus skills as a family. It could be plate spinning, hula hoop or stilt walking. Look out for the Misfits on the High Street too!

11am-12.15pm, 12.45-2.15pm, 3-4pm                     St George’s Church Place, Cheyne Lane

Marvellous Making in the Marquee!

Drop in to the marquee on High Street (opposite the Library) and try your hand at making a circus themed creation with artists Nadya and Lou.

11am – 4pm       Opposite Library

Fabulous Family Walks

With Ruth and Rachel from Stamford Sights and Secrets Tours

Fun and frolics will ensure on these historical and hysterical circus themed tours of beautiful Stamford. Join their travelling circus from the Arts Centre and discover hidden corners and activities throughout the town ending at Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill in time to see the Curious Cabaret. 45 mins. Spaces are limited to 30 on each of the two walks. Please book a free ticket at the box office.

11am and 2pm                  Meet outside the front doors of the Arts Centre

Pop Up Circus Poetry

With Darren Rawnsley of Ink Contemporary Theatre

Have fun with words in this exciting writing and poetry drop in workshop with local poet, teacher and performer Darren Rawnsley.

11.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm             Stamford Library

Curious Cabaret – Family Circus Show

Gossamer Thread Circus

Roll up, roll up! Gossamer Thread Circus present their family friendly Curious Cabaret featuring the world’s bendiest man, the amazing Circus in a Suitcase and more! Each show is 45 minutes long.

12noon and 3pm              Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill

Family Musical Flash Mob

Take part in this superb family participation opportunity. Part of LOV Connecting Communities programme – which will be focusing on working with children and families. For more information, please contact Sarah Hughes at:

12.30pm and 2.30pm      High Street (opposite library)

Science of Circus Show

With Dr Ken

Explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. Dr Ken takes you on a voyage investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts. Find out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the force like a Jedi and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science but not as you may know it!

Please pre-book a ticket for £1 to ensure a place for this fabulous show.

2.30pm and 4pm                              Arts Centre Theatre


The Arts Centre Cafe will be open all day for a selection of drinks, light snacks and lunches.

The Well at Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill is open from 10am to 3pm providing hot and cold meals, drinks and cakes.

Most events are free!                                                                  

For Wildcats Theatre School and Science of Circus Show’s please book a £1 ticket online or via the Box Office to ensure your place.

Parents or carers must stay with their children at all times.



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  • Fri 21 February 11:00 AM

11am - 4pm

Most activites are FREE!

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