Juggling act at Sheffield’s Winter Gardens

Greentop' Circus entertainers provide a free performance is Sheffield's Winter Gardens. They were also giving out free fruit to the public to promote healthy eating.
Greentop' Circus entertainers provide a free performance is Sheffield's Winter Gardens. They were also giving out free fruit to the public to promote healthy eating.
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People young and old were clowning around when a circus paid a visit to Sheffield city centre.

Members of the city’s Greentop Circus had people rolling up to watch and even have a go when they put on a show in the Winter Garden.

The event included comedy acts, jugglers and stilt walkers in and around the venue, while acts included aerial silks, parkour, acrobatics, comedy and more.

There was also a free circus skills workshop for children aged five and over to have a go.

And the youngsters lapped it up when Trudi Patient, a circus co-ordinator, introduced them to fruit juggling, balloon sculptures and plate spinning.

Megan Flynn, circus venue director, said: “We were going with a healthy theme. First the children get to juggle wit the fruit, then they get to eat it.

“It’s a fun way to introduce them to their five a day.”

There were no shortage of Greentop staff on hand to answer questions and help visitors find out more about the circus, based on Holywell Road, Grimesthorpe,

The event was the latest in Sheffield Council’s Summer Saturdays programme to encourage trade and boost businesses in the city centre.

Previous attractions have included a buskers’ day, Sheffield Pride, open-air cinema and markets, while the fun continues this coming Saturday with an aquarium-themed day on Fargate and The Moor, ahead of a day of magic on Saturday, August 31.

The Sheffield Street Magic Festival is free and will also include a stage in Barker’s Pool with regular performances.