Monday, July 4, 2011 - 14:47

There’s no need to run away with the circus this summer, as the Eden Project will be revealing all the tricks of the trade during the summer holidays.

NoFit State, the team behind Eden’s spectacular summer show Labyrinth, will be putting on workshops for everyone. There will be drop-in sessions for beginners where people can try out hula hooping, juggling and Diablo among other skills. They will take place in the Circus Tent in the Arena at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm every day, with workshops at 5:30pm during late night opening.

Once people have mastered the basics, they can then challenge themselves to more complicated tricks, including unicycling, slack wiring and tightrope walking in the Wild Cornwall area from 3pm to 5pm daily. Some of these workshops may involve a small charge.

Aside from the workshops, the circus performers from NoFit State will be mesmerising visitors with gravity-defying displays and beautiful choreography in different locations around Eden from midday, along with a few surprise appearances for added excitement.

These daring performances will complete a summer of magic from critically acclaimed NoFit State. Labyrinth is a fusion of circus, music, dance and drama. It will take place exclusively at Eden over 20 nights from July 29 to August 29, previewing on July 29 and 30, with limited tickets available for each performance.

These activities are all part of the Festival of Play, where families will also get the chance to work together to create the perfect den using different types of recycled materials in the arena. They can also have a go at Summer Splash, where they have to think of ingenious ways to transport water using buckets, funnels and pipes in The Orchard.

Eden’s popular Wild Days Out are making a return this summer too. The day-long outdoor activity programmes are suitable for families of all ages and feature bushcraft, scavenger hunts, shelter-building, story-telling and wild art among other activities.

Running every Tuesday and Wednesday from July 26 until August 31, Wild Days Out are from 10am to 4.30pm and it’s a good idea to book beforehand by calling 01726 811972. These all-day sessions are £25 per adult and £12.50 for those aged five to 16.

Emma Hogg, Eden’s Programme Producer, said: “This is the first time that we have ever offered circus skills and we think that people will love to join in with family and friends to try something new, exciting and maybe even daring.”

The Festival of Play will take place at Eden from July 23 until September 4. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Eden will be open until 8pm. During these late nights, there will be plenty of other activities, with drumming lessons from the Dhol Foundation, arts and craft workshops, Bhangra dancing and a celebration of everyone’s skills to finish off the night.

For more information on the Festival of Play, go to For more information on Labyrinth, go to