THE FIRST circus took place in 1768 when Philip Astley drew out a ring on an abandoned patch of land in London’s Waterloo and presented a show featuring bareback riders, jugglers, acrobats, clowns, and strong men.
To mark the 250th anniversary of the circus, the Galway City Museum and circus skills performer, Stephen McGinley, present Zany Circus/An Sorcas Craiceáilte, two bilingual children’s workshops teaching traditional circus skills. The workshops take place this Saturday from 11am to 12 noon and from 1pm to 2pm in the museum. Participants must be aged between seven and 12 years. There will be a free circus performance at 2.30pm, which is open to all. Places are limited and must be booked via [email protected] or by 091 - 532460.