Settle back for a smorgasboard of family entertainment this Summer as a fantastic programme of free, outdoor experiences comes to North Somerset, thanks to arts organisation Theatre Orchard.

Coastal towns Clevedon and Portishead will host a series of fun-filled shows and workshops guaranteed to get people of all ages smiling together in the great outdoors.

 Bring a picnic and sit back and wonder at a sparkling circus double bill presented by Circus Around & About, or rev up the energy with some high-seas shanties within  ‘Hero & Leander’ from Jack Dean & Company.   Get your pulse rate going with a salsa infused breakdancing workshop with Nestor Garcia Gonzalez of Amalgabreak, whose moves have wowed audiences from the West End to London Olympics, Charleston along with the Flaming Feathers, or funk it up freestyle as part of a dance walk by the sea.

Circus Around & About is a pilot rural touring project aimed at bringing high quality, small-scale, family friendly circus to village communities in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset from July to September 2021. Funded by Arts Council England, the project is being delivered by a partnership between Somerset-based Take Art and London-based Crying Out Loud.

Fiona Matthews, creative director at Theatre Orchard, said: “After a period of time without live performance, we are extra excited to be back out in Portishead and Clevedon, revelling in the fine company of amazing artists and audiences alike.   Whether you want to sit back on a sunny evening and soak up circus and song, or get grooving yourself, there is full-on fun to be had!”

 All the events are being set up and run in accordance with current government guidelines on social distancing and will be marshalled on the day.

Tickets need to be booked in advance at theatreorchard.org.uk. All events are free unless entry charges apply – see individual show listings.

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