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Weston Weekend Of Wonders close to fundraising target – can you help organisers reach the total?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 May 2018

Last year's Weekend Of Wonders. Picture: Paul Blakemore

Last year's Weekend Of Wonders. Picture: Paul Blakemore


A crowdfunding campaign to bring an outdoor show to Weston-super-Mare is getting close to its target – but needs a final push to ensure it can go ahead.

Dizzy O Dare. Picture: Paul Blakemore Dizzy O Dare. Picture: Paul Blakemore

Theatre Orchard, a creative arts charity, organised the Weekend Of Wonders in the Italian Gardens last year.

It has set up a fundraising campaign so the event can go ahead again and feature world-class circus acts, acrobatics and music.

So it can be held free of charge, organisers set up the appeal to raise £41,130 – and it had received 80 per cent of its target as the Mercury went to press.

Fiona Matthews, creative director at Theatre Orchard, said: “Thanks to all those who have donated to the crowdfunder so far, the final £42,000 target is firmly in sight.

Last year's Weekend Of Wonders. Picture: Paul Blakemore Last year's Weekend Of Wonders. Picture: Paul Blakemore

“We now need one extra push to enable us to bring a breath-taking array of free international outdoor performance to Weston in September.

“Every amount helps, so please give what you can towards this seaside celebration of circus and so much more.”

MORE: Theatre Orchard launches Weekend Of Wonders crowdfunding campaign.

Ahead of the weekend, Theatre Orchard would work with its partners, including Alliance Homes and the Carlton Centre, to provide circus entertainment to schoolchildren.

It would host a day out for 2,000 schoolchildren from the South Ward Federation of Schools so they can take part in their own shows.

Visitors to the Italian Gardens event would then enjoy interactive games, and be treated to jaw-dropping displays.

Money raised will help to attract a variety of talented acts to perform, including dance company Southpaw, acrobatic company Acrojou and outdoor theatre company Ramshacklicious.

The fundraising campaign is hosted on North Somerset’s Space Hive website.

North Somerset Council launched the site to support projects and ideas which support the local economy.

It has £20,000 to give away to various groups and projects.

One such scheme organised by the Friends of Grove Park raised money for a bug palace and nature reserve – a campaign which was ultimately successful.

There are two weeks left to donate to the Weekend of Wonders project.

To support it, visit

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