Circus skills workshop in Fernhurst

Children have a go at some of the fun circus games.''Picture by Louise Adams C131216-3 Mid Circus
Children have a go at some of the fun circus games.''Picture by Louise Adams C131216-3 Mid Circus

IT WAS juggle, spin, hoop and cycle for youngsters in Fernhurst who were acting the clown, joking around and playing the fool.

They didn’t get themselves into any trouble with their antics though, as it was all under the watchful eyes of co-ordinators at a circus skills workshop.

The event was run by Circus Seen, a Worthing-based company that teaches four- to 84-year-olds all the tricks of their trade.

People of all ages were invited to try out circus skills and techniques with the experts there to help and encourage them.

In the youth club car park generations of families, children, and teenagers came along to try plate-spinning, hula-hooping, stilt-walking, tossing diablos, juggling (with a variety of items), cycling on mini cycles and even walking on a tightrope – albeit one very near the ground!

In the afternoon, everyone participated in their own mini circus.

The concentration needed for each of the skills was apparent in the would-be performers’ faces as they were helped, but a bit more practice might be needed for a performance in front of larger watchful and unforgiving crowds.

Housing Association The Hyde Group sponsored the day, with stalls giving out information on a variety of subjects useful to their residents, including support with welfare reform changes, debt advice and budgets for community projects.

A hot dog stall, ice cream van, sweets, raffle and a name-the-doll competition made up the rest of the day, all in the wonderful sunshine.