Highlights of our amazing celebratory year

January

* First Day of Circus launched at Natural History Museum, London with Handstand for Hope – a handstand under the giant whale Hope. Secretary of State for Culture watches circus on his first day in office.
* Each of the six Cities of Circus project the Circus250 logo on to a significant building to mark opening of the year.
The Economist picks Circus250 as one of the ten top worldwide trends for 2018 – and makes a film about it!

February

* Circus250 online listings launched in partnership with CircusTalk.

March

* Circus250 launches Women in Circus short film to mark International Women’s Day.
* Dame Laura Knight’s iconic circus painting The Grand Parade comes out of storage at Newport Museum for the first time in decades and tours to Royal Academy of the West of England, Bristol.

April

* An entire edition of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour is handed over to celebrate and discuss women in circus. Listen here.

May

* Circus250 features at Young Stage Festival Basel, Switzerland. Young artists can apply for 2019 Festival here.

June

* Circus250 Caravan begins UK-wide tour at The Homecoming festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme.
* Circus250: Art of the Show exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Ireland.

July

* Circus250 Souvenir Book published celebrating the past, present and future of circus.
* Degas’s Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando arrives at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, on loan from the National Gallery for Show of Shows exhibition.
* Circus250 Caravan appears at Chapelfield Circus alongside parade of life-sized elephant puppets as part of Norwich City of Circus celebrations
The Irish Times magazine features a double page spread on the Circus250 Caravan .

August

Southbank Centre, London, hosts Circus250 Takeover weekend with three days of events, workshops and performances just yards from the site of the original 1768 circus.

September

* Circus250 is the cover story of Museums Journal
Public Record Office Northern Ireland, Belfast, holds its first one-day conference on the history of circus in Ireland.
October
* Meet My Circus Family launched at Museum of London – circus families share their stories and experiences with hundreds of visitors.
Bristol Museum marks Museums at Night with a Circus extravaganza and the Circus250 Caravan attracting thousands of visitors.

November

* StrongWomen Science show premieres at Swansea Science Festival in two sold-out shows, followed by Irish premiere at Kerry County Museum – also sold out.

December

Belfast – Tumble Circus’ Winter Circus in Writer’s Square.
Bristol – Clowns: The Eggs-hibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Blackpool – Blackpool Tower Circus’s pantomime Aladdin is Circus250 themed
Great Yarmouth – Christmas Spectacular Circus and Water Show at the Hippodrome
London – Circus Life: Art and Artistes exhibition at the Peltz Gallery with Dea Birkett, Circus250 Ringmaster, speaking on Why we should all run away to the circus
Newcastle-under-Lyme – Philip Astley Project celebrates their special year with an Extreme Cake Makeover from Channel 4.

Of course there was much much more, and you can still share your memories or plans for 2019 on our Facebook page.