This summer, the circus comes to town…Newark Juggling Festival

Newark is playing host to the year’s biggest party – a party where talented and awe-inspiring artists wowing attendees with their tremendous skills. It’s the one and only European Juggling Convention!

The European Juggling Convention has been to many places across Europe, including Poland, Finland, Greece and Spain but this year, this world renowned event will be coming to Newark Showground – and we promise it’s going to be the best year yet! This is a festival of talent and skill, celebrating jugglers, aerialists, flow artists, whip crackers, knife throwers and more – but this is also a festival of fun and relaxation and we cannot wait to take part.

The European Juggling Convention is the embodiment of a family friendly festival – with a warm vibe and the opportunity to meet old friends, make new ones, practice your skills and watch some truly awe-inspiring performances, it is a festival for everyone. Exchange ideas and techniques, learn new skills and tricks, but most importantly, just have fun and get creative.

There is so much happening at the European Juggling Convention for you to get involved in, whether you are a complete novice or a skilled performer. From an Extreme Unicycling Championship where you can practice your skills on a unicycle, to a Western Arts Village where you can try your hand at awesome skills at their throwing range, whip workshops, lasso lessons and gun spinning. There will also be balloon competitions and classes with their Balloon Jam Room as well as the brilliant Lost in Translation performers who will wow audiences with their incredible aerial and acrobatic Masterclasses every morning – take part or watch, but one thing is sure it’s going to be amazing.

EJC is the name and juggling is their game – practice your juggling skills in their fantastic juggling hall. Or if it’s a fire show you’re after, want to take part in a who can juggle the longest competition or just fancy messing around with some fun and games – the European Juggling Convention has it all!

To find out what you could get up to whilst at this brilliant festival, have a look at their what’s on page.

The Big Day Out

The EJC are also bringing the show to Newark! An extraordinary day of activities is planned on the 4th August to welcome the European Juggling Convention to the beautiful, historic town of Newark. The day will welcome participants and attendees from across Europe and introduce them to the beautiful, historic town of Newark. Food and craft stalls will be open from 10am with live music from 11am with the circus officially coming to town at 3pm when the EJC welcome parade sets off from the Riverside at 3pm as they shower Newark with fun and wonder as they make their way past the Castle and towards the Market Place.

Once in the Market Place, Lost in Translation will take to the stage with their unbelievably brilliant  – Hotel Paradiso. You can expect spectacle, comedy, drama, and delight at this Norwich-based circus company wow the audience with their dazzling skills. The Hotel Paradiso is run-down and facing bankruptcy; will it be rescued by its delightful if slightly dotty staff, or will it fall ino the hands of the ruthless Banker? The cast will display a colourful mix of daring circus skills, physical comedy and theatre as they perform a range of breathtaking sequences that will have you off your seat!

In the evening the whole of Newark will witness a fantastical, fire show extravaganza with the Fire Gala Show at Newark Castle! Lights in Motion, from the Netherlands, will be opening with their spectacular fire ceremony. They will be joined by other performers from the UK, Czech Republic, America, Costa Rica, Germany and Estonia as they perform breath-taking artistic and technical routines. Then if it wasn’t already exciting enough – Glow Fx, a UK troupe, will be closing the gala show with a high energy spectacular display that you do not want to miss.


We are beyond excited to welcome the European Juggling Convention to Newark – to show off our lovely town but to also brush up on our juggling skills! There is truly something for everyone whether you’re a skilled juggler or a total beginner – whether you have come for the whole day or just for the Big Day Out. We can’t wait to welcome you – will we see you there?


Previous Blog Posts 2019

School’s Out for Summer, Jul 15, 2019

Summer in the Buttermarket, Jul 8, 2019


A Weekend of Celebration, Jun 24, 2019

Newark Book Festival: A Literary Haven, Jun 12, 2019

Who’s Ready for some Outdoor Theatre? Jun 9, 2019

A Weekend of the Very Best of Music – Newark Festival, Jun 3, 2019


Joyful June – A Weekend of Festivals, May 28, 2019

Summer Festivals 2019, May 20, 2019

Fun for Everyone in Newark & Sherwood this May Half Term, May 13, 2019

Shopping in Southwell this Spring, May 7, 2019


Early Bank Holiday Fun, Apr 29, 2019

The Adventures of Robin Woof, Apr 8, 2019

Easter Fun in Newark & Sherwood, Apr 1, 2019


Time to Escape? Mar 18, 2019

The History and Culture of Newark & Sherwood, Mar 4, 2019


Half Term Fun in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 11, 2019


Combat Blue Monday in Newark & Sherwood, Jan 21, 2019

Shop Independently in the Picturesque Town of Southwell, Jan 14, 2019