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Plans for country's first drive-in circus in Newquay

Plans for country's first drive-in circus in Newquay

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:07am 26th June 2020. (Updated at 12:19pm 26th June 2020)

Images: Flash Bang Media

Plans have been revealed for the country's first drive-in circus to be held in Newquay.

Paulos Circus, which performs in the town each summer, is hoping to create a lockdown-friendly show.

The company said that Cornwall Council has not been able to give it the go ahead yet, because the government is not yet allowing live performances in theatres to take place.

Bosses say they are not inside a building, have no singers, no live band and all the artists and staff will be living on site together in their own "bubble".

But they posted on Facebook on Thursday evening to say they may have found a 'work around' and hope to launch the drive-in circus from the 15th of July.

Paulos Circus - drive-in circus plans
What the drive-in circus could look like. Credit: Flash Bang Media

In a Social media post on Wednesday, the organisers explained how it would all work:

"Circus, our world, our life, our business has been all but forgotten about in every way. No grants, no loans, no help for ANY CIRCUS in this country has been given.

"We do not see any issues at all opening a drive in circus even with all the restrictions and let me state my case below clear.

"The public attending would be attending in their own vehicle "bubble" so no interaction with anyone else would happen unless needing the toilets.

"There would be almost no interaction with our staff and there would be no interaction with our artists at all with the public.

"Our staff and artists temperature would be taken and recorded down, 3 times a day.

"All bookings would be in advance at the office or via phone and contact less payment will be accepted.

"All attending the performance, contact information including email and phone number would be kept, incase any notification is needed about covid.

Paulos Circus - drive-in circus plans
What the drive-in circus could look like. Credit: Flash Bang Media

"Toilets would be on site, with a notice to use only if you really have to and social distancing measures in place. They would also be cleaned and disinfected before and after every performance.

"There would be a minimum of 10 meters between the front of the stage (where out artists will be) and the first row of cars and each car will be in it's own 5 meter square bay with 3 meters in front before the next car and 1 meter to the side of the bay before the next car.

"The driving lanes we will create will all be one way system.

"If we see any issue at all arise about food and drink sales, we will not be selling any.

"These are just a few, but major, steps and precautions we will be taking for your safety and ours and all within the guidelines and laws."

Paulos Circus

Pirate FM has asked Cornwall Council for a statement on whether it is able to give permission, and we are waiting to hear back.

Paulos Circus - drive-in circus plans
What the drive-in circus could look like. Credit: Flash Bang Media

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