Earlier this year Manchester Wire previewed a thrilling sounding event, taking place just outside Manchester city centre in the award-winning Burrs Country Park in Bury. This immersive theatre show, filled with circus acts and pyrotechnics and imbued with the romance of the Victorian era, is coming to Greater Manchester and will premiere new work ahead of a showpiece slot at Glastonbury. The story is that a wonderful carnival disappeared for strange and mysterious reasons back in 1915. One hundred years later, the Lost Carnival is making a one-off return for your pleasure. Young and old are part of the show as they join with performers to defeat outside elements looking to disrupt the show. Imagine Cirque du Soleil meets Punchdrunk (It Felt Like A Kiss, The Drowned Man) and you’re getting close to what to expect at this celebration of the strange and fantastical. Highlights include a Bearded Lady, a clairvoyant and a giant, walking mechanical-living circus beast called Marie Celestial. The Lost Carnival is organised by Wild Rumpus, a social enterprise that specialises in outdoor entertainment events. The group also organises the award-winning Just So Festival in Cheshire. Families can follow the story online and use the podcast, archive and clues to try to solve the mysteries of the carnival themselves, before the story culminates at the live event.

We’ve got a Family Ticket for Friday (22 May) up for grabs – for  two adults and accompanying children (as many as you have). To be in with a chance of winning, simply email competitions at ManchesterWire dot co dot uk, with your name, age, Twitter handle, and the answer to the following question. The deadline for entry is Sunday 10 May 2015, at midnight.

Which festival of family fun do the organisers of The Lost Carnival organise in Cheshire?

1. Just So Festival

2. Just Cheese Festival

3. Just Jam Festival

Fri 22 May – Mon 25 May, Burrs Country Park, Bury, 4pm – 9pm (visitors enter on timed tickets), £10 (under 3s go free), www.thelostcarnival.org.uk. Follow @_wildrumpus and #thelostcarnival. You can also book tickets through the Facebook page here: www.facebook.com.


Fri 22 May - Mon 25 May
Ruth Allan
Published on:
Tue 5 May 2015