Welcome to the Carnival

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July 7 – 9pm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire

Two special evenings of performance, live music and intrigue will celebrate the arrival of The Lost Carnival theatrical experience in the stunning gardens at Dunham Massey this summer.

For two nights only adventure around the gardens at dusk to witness mesmerising acrobatics (and try trapeze, tightrope and floor-based amazing feats yourself).  Meet charming toybox doll characters who spring to life when you turn their key – will they tell you a secret, give you a piece of their wooden heart, or will you get them wound up?!  Witness the curious Legs 11 puppet show, an absurdist’s tale of land and home told through song and a game of chance, and a special fire performance as night falls.

The Jake Leg Jug Band will play live, authentic 1920s ragtime sounds and festival food and drink from 6pm includes prosecco, gin and juice bars, BBQ food and Snugbury’s ice cream.

Dunham Massey is joining forces with award-winning producers Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and So It Is (Bury Met, Head For The Hills – Ramsbottom Festival) to present an unforgettable experience this summer to mark the incredible story of Dunham’s Lost Years and the controversial Victorian marriage of George Harry, 7th Earl of Stamford & Warrington, to the daring equestrienne performer Catharine Cox.

The Lost Carnival is a theatrical experience focusing on the tale of two rival Victorian carnival families which appears in a different locality and guise each year. For 2017 families will be able to step into another world and get a glimpse into backstage life as performers from The Lost Carnival rehearse at Dunham Massey under the invitation of Catharine Cox.

The Welcome to the Carnival evening events will also be the first opportunity to meet the characters who will be performing as part of  the Behind The Scenes of The Carnival  trail of beautiful installations filled with circus and theatrical challenges at Dunham Massey across the summer. Listen to them tell their stories and help them practice songs, step inside the carnival dressing room to style yourself with carnival hair and make-up, try on and prepare costumes. Discover more about the history of the carnival and write letters to the star-crossed lovers and heads of the rival carnivals Sergei Bird and Popou Ingenue to persuade them to meet at Dunham Massey.

Jessica Webb is Visitor Experience Manager at Dunham Massey: “We’re delighted to be working with Wild Rumpus to present two special evenings of unforgettable performance launching what promises to be an action packed summer of fantastic circus activities. We’ll also be telling the story inside the House of the glamorous Catharine Cox, Countess of Stamford & Warrington, who was believed to be a circus equestrienne  before her marriage to the 7th Earl, and changed Dunham’s history forever”.

Rowan Hoban, Director, Wild Rumpus says “We are thrilled to be working with the National Trust on these special events and trail at Dunham. We can’t wait to see all the rehearsing and creating in the beautiful gardens as together we help save The Lost Carnival this summer.”



Welcome to the Carnival is two evenings of spectacular performance and live music, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th July 7 – 9pm, £14

Behind The Scenes of The Lost Carnival is a summer of theatrical installations and circus challenges in the Dunham Massey Gardens 31 July – 30 August from 10.30am – 4.30pm daily. Parking and entrance to the garden is free to National Trust members. For non-members a charge applies – visit website for prices : http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

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