Philip Astley Steering Group

Join the project steering group

The Philip Astley Project steering group are starting to consider ways to continue to celebrate Philip Astley beyond 2018. If you are good at identifying sources of funding or writing grant application forms, get in touch!

The Philip Astley Project is a collaboration between arts, heritage, statutory and education organisations working in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme. If you would like to get involved in the project, watch this space for specific opportunities and follow us on social media.


Volunteer at an event

Could you help promote Philip Astley or volunteer at an event? Get in touch, and we’ll put you in contact with the organisations leading activities during 2018.

Children's Poetry Competition

Children of Newcastle-under-Lyme! Roll up to let your creativity free and celebrate 250 years of circus!

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council invites children from Newcastle-under-Lyme schools to take part in the Philip Astley Poetry Competition. The winning poem will be engraved on a stone or plaque located at an appropriate area local to your school.

Taking part

Please request an information pack from:

Beverley Sutton, Community Project Co-ordinator, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Civic Offices, Merrial St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2AG. Any questions? Contact Beverley on 01782 742500.

Charles Dickens and Jane Austen wrote about Philip Astley.

Why don’t you?

Invitation to Tender

Town Trail

Could you create a Philip Astley Town Trail for Newcastle-under-Lyme?

Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (the BID), is looking for an artist or graphic designer to work with young people on the development of a Town Trail to support The Philip Astley Project and tenders are invited from artists or designers interested in supplying this service.