Wild Rumpus and Dunham Massey joined forces to present an unforgettable family summer of circus to mark the incredible story of Dunham’s Lost Years and the controversial Victorian marriage of George Harry, 7th Earl of Stamford & Warrington to daring bareback horse rider and circus performer Catharine Cox.
From 20 July to 10 August 2016, families were invited to run away with the circus and show off their bravery and prowess at a series of glorious installations – tightrope walking across the sky, being shot from a rocket and taking part in a knife-throwing show!
The talented folk from Circus House performed aerial mastery on a trapeze as well as tightrope walking, stilt walking, and juggling galore. Visitors could try all manner of circus amazement on their family workshops and perform their own circus show hula hooping and tumbling on the lawns. There were also cartwheeling competitions, circus creative writing and illustration workshops and the chance to make a hobby horse or circus poster to take home.
Families could also step into other worlds through incredible storytelling, music, science and magic with storytellers to end all storytellers Ian Douglas, Gary “Gacko” Bridgens and Dieter Wadeson.
The circus adventures continued from 11 August to 4 September 2016 with a trail around the garden. Visitors could try juggling, stilt walking, tightrope walking, hula hooping and feather balancing.