Circus: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

28 Apr 2018 – 8 Jul 2018

Event times

10am - 5pm 7 days a week. Closing 4pm on Bank holidays.

Cost of entry


Travel Information

  • National Express coaches have a service to Sleaford from London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.
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  • We are a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station which is serviced by East Midlands Trains. Sleaford is 1.5 hours from London and 1 hour from Nottingham and Leicester.

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Roll Up! Roll Up! This Spring we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Circus in Britain with a spectacular new show: Circus: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture. Join us for a balancing act of live performance and aerial acrobatics, film, photography, circus ephemera and design.


The exhibition presents elements of circus design through posters, pop culture and costume. Different viewpoints on the subject are uncovered through thematic exploration including Politics; Women in Circus, Equality and Inclusivity. The impact of circus on pop culture is highlighted through film, literature and music. Static exhibits are complemented by an ongoing programme of live aerial acts with star attraction pieces by performers in residence, Claire Crook aka Madam Mango and Rio Willett.

Free drop-in taster sessions will enable you to have a go at your own performance using aerial hoops led by the artsNK Dance Team!

Acts include:

Performers in Residence:

Claire Crook (Madam Mango)

Rio Willett


Tina Bicât

Becky Truman

Rhiannon Matthews

Visual arts:

Peter Lavery

Luke Stephenson                

Posters from the Richley Archive                                   

Liliana Robins