Circus Science by the Sea

Circus Science by the Sea is Europe’s first circus science festival held on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November as part of Science Week 2022.

This is a festival for everyone. Whether you’re a fun-seeking family, environmentalist, artiste or physicist, the weekend is packed full of free performances, discussions and workshops for you. From late night Circus Science Cabaret to family-friendly clown shows, lively discussions and outdoor circus workshops, Circus by the Sea aims to stimulate ideas and collaboration around how circus and science can best work together for the common good.

Held in the historic town of Westport and on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland, the entire weekend is free to attend.

Circus Science by the Sea is produced by Circus250 with support from Science Foundation Ireland. Because we believe when science meets circus, anything’s possible.

Programme of Events

Strong Women Science Show
An award-winning circus science show for families, presented by Circus 250 in association with Science Week 2022!
Time: 11.00am
Location: Town Hall Theatre, Westport
Admission: FREE


Nature’s Secret Circus
Environmental circus workshops in the landscape
Time: 11.00am
Location: Outdoors – Opposite Mastersons Bar and Restaurant, Dugort, Achill
Admission: FREE


Juanita’s Talk
A clown show for families. Plastic pollution has never been so funny.
Time: 2.00pm
Location: Town Hall Theatre, Westport
Admission: FREE


Bee-Ology
A juggling, storytelling and puppet show for families all about bees.
Time: 4.00pm
Location: Town Hall Theatre, Westport
Admission: FREE


Pint of Science
Pub quiz with a difference. Sharing science over an interactive pint.
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Ted’s Bar, Cashel, Achill Island
No booking necessary


Circus Science Cabaret
A late night circus show with a science twist
Time: 9.30pm
Location: Ted’s Bar, Restaurant & Venue, Cashell F28 AX57, Achill Ireland
Admission: FREE


Sea Swim at Silver Strand
Join Achill swim group Vitamin Sea for a swim on the beautiful blue flag beach Golden Strand. This is a wonderful way to experience the ocean and Achill. All welcome.
Time: 10.00am
Location: Dugort, Achill
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What’s Watt? An acrobatic circus show about energy
An acrobatic show that helps us understand where energy comes from – and how we can save it (and the planet)
Time: 11.00am
Location: Ted’s Bar, Restaurant & Venue, Cashell F28 AX57, Achill Ireland
Admission: FREE


Fruity ‘n Dishy – Juggling and plate spinning act and workshops for all
Fruity loves to juggle fruit. Dishy prefers to spin plates. Together they show you how it’s done – then you have a go yourself. Family fun.
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Ted’s Bar, Restaurant & Venue, Cashell F28 AX57, Achill Ireland
Admission: FREE


Where Seaweed Dances
A sparkling journey to the edge of and below the ocean told in circus, theatre and live music
Time: 3.00pm
Location: Ted’s Bar, Restaurant & Venue, Cashell F28 AX57, Achill Ireland
Admission: FREE


With thanks to Oyla magazine.