The Secret Life of a Circus Caravan

Outdoor immersive show for all ages

Step inside the magical world of a real life circus caravan and hear what it’s like to runaway to the circus – and end up running away yourself!

Following the storytelling, the audience can ask the circus host questions – how the table converts into a bed, how we get water, where our kids go to school, what it’s like living on the road in such a small place.

An audience of six are invited inside as special guests, sitting on the sofa in a working circus artiste’s 11foot 1980s caravan. In a 12-minute immersive storytelling session, they hear one woman’s story of running away to the circus – then run away themselves.

There’s historic and contemporary images of travelling circus life and performance in the Caravan for audiences to browse, as well as a library and short films (Tales from a Caravan, ‘Women in Circus’). The films are also available by QR codes on the outside of the Caravan.

This special space can also be programmed to include informal chats with any other circus performers or experts who had events and shows in the area. For example, an aerialist asked how they designed their costume, or an artist on why they find circus so inspirational.

The Caravan is free for guests to enter, immersive and informal. Activities outside the Circus250 Caravan include juggling, hoola hoop and dressing up.

Circus250 Caravan is a self-sufficient production needing no technical support

What people say…

Fab story about the circus, really interesting and funny. Definitely a must see.

Great inspiring story – thanks! We all need this from time to time!

I really liked the story of the caravan – it was so amazing to listen to! I’ve been inspired to join a circus too! It was really good!

A lovely story – informative, interesting and exciting. We’d like to run away to the circus too!

The lady who was telling the story was absolutely brilliant! One part, when she wanted to run away, really got to me.

I think it’s fantastic! People go inside and come out smiling.

Thank you for bringing smiles to the world. Thank you.

Top image: Dea Birkett in the Circus250 Caravan at The Homecoming festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, birthplace of Philip Astley. Photo credit Malcolm Hart