The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens are stepping back to Victorian times with circus, pony rides, and historical tours.

Saturday 25 August (from 3pm-7pm) is devoted to Victorian Vauxhall. Hosted by LoveVaux and the Business Improvement District Vauxhall One, the event is aimed at attracting locals and a London-wide audience to the area.

The Invisible Circus is performing on a small stage with Hand 2 Hand, Lollipop aerial hoop, knife juggling, hula hoop, bottle walk and nail up nose. Spanning a breathtaking spectrum of themes, characters, performers, emotions, spectacles, stagecraft, storytelling threads and dreamscapes, the Invisible Circus has produced shows everywhere from Regency theatres and circus big tops to old fire stations and industrial facilities.

There’s also a tightwire performance from the contemporary circus and outdoor theatre company Dizzy O’Dare. Dizzy O’Dare performer Alana Jones is the leading female tightwire walker in the country; she teaches tightwire at the National Centre for Circus Arts and performs regularly as a solo artist, performing a mix of dance, technical ability, and abstract movement on her freestanding tightwire. Since 2008, Dizzy O’Dare has created a range of work for all ages from full-length outdoor circus shows to small intimate roam-about acts. At this event, she will run a walkabout performance based on Phileas Fogg’s balloon ride.

Vauxhall City Farm, a little piece of the countryside in central London, is providing pony rides.

Throughout the day, there’s a walking history tour with historian David Coke and talk with Ross Davies in the history tent.

Victorian Vauxhall is on Saturday 25 August from 3 pm to 7pm at 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL.

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