Children were invited to roll up, roll up and explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus, at Halton Borough Council community centres, in an event put on in partnership with Sci Tech Daresbury.

About 200 came to three performances in Upton and Castlefields Community Centres.

Doctor Ken took them on on a voyage of discovery investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts at the venues.

They found out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the force like a Jedi and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science but not as you may know it! 

They were invited to balance on a tightrope, learn to juggle on the moon and explore the forces of other circus props. 

Halton Borough Council Community Centre Supervisor, Alison Watson, said: “We have had some fantastic feedback from the families who attended the events, who thoroughly enjoyed the performance by Dr Ken.

“The community centres have enjoyed working with Daresbury Science Labs and hope to put on more events in the future.”

The events took place on Tuesday 2 April, 2pm to 3pm at Upton Community Centre, Widnes and Wednesday 3 April, 2pm to 3pm. Castlefields Community Centre in Runcorn. Demand was so high an extra performance had to be scheduled at Castlefields.

The event was a partnership between Halton Borough Council and  Daresbury Laboratory.