Circus Science by the Sea Festival 2023

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to the sea! Details have been announced of this year’s Circus Science by the Sea festival in Achill and other parts of County Mayo. The activities take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November and are part of the national Science Week event.

Hosted by Achill-based Circus250, all events are free of charge but do require registration at EventBrite. See below for details and (free) booking links.

For latest updates please see Circus250: Circus Science by the Sea.


Pint of Science Pub Quiz, Valley House (F28 D8F7), 8 – 9pm. Reserve your spot.
Test your scientific knowledge in this informal, fun quiz in the traditional bar at the historic Valley House, Achill Island. Prizes to be won!

Achill Cackle Witches Welcome, Valley House (F28 D8F7), 9.15pm

Circus Science Cabaret, Valley House (F28 D8F7), 9.30pm. Reserve your spot.
A late night cabaret with a science twist. Contortionists, jugglers, acrobats and more.


Build a Circus Aerial Rig, Halla Acla, Achill Sound (F28 FX74), 1.30 – 3pm. Reserve your place.
An expert circus rigger guides you through the engineering of building an aerial rig, with hands-on experience.

Clown-led Beach Clean Up, Cloghan Pier, Currane. 2pm. Reserve your spot.
Climate Crisis Clown Juanita leads a beach clean-up. Followed by opening of exhibition ‘Ealaín ó bruscar: Art from rubbish’ at Currane Community Hall, a display of scupltures and art created by local community artists from objects found in the sea.

Juanita’s Big Problem, Currane Community Centre (F28 W8K5), 3.30 – 4.30pm. Reserve your spot.
Hilarious circus clown show about plastic pollution.

Networking Drinks, Valley House (F28 D8F7), 8pm


The Dangers of the Deep – How to Swim Safely in the Sea, Valley House (F28 D8F7), 11am. Reserve your spot.
Swim Ireland’s RNLI officer Alan McCormack gives a talk on Open Water Swim Safety. Note, if you would like to go sea swimming, the local Vitamin Sea group has its regular session at Silver Strand Beach, Dugort, at 10am.

Circus Sea Sunday, Valley House (F28 D8F7), 12 noon – 4pm.
An afternoon of free circus activities with something for everyone! Activities include:

  • Science on Stilts (from 12 noon onwards)
  • The Amazing Flea Circus in a Suitcase (from 12 noon onwards)
  • Meet a real life Mermaid (from 12 noon onwards)
  • The Rock Showman (1pm – 4pm)
  • Circus Workshops with Fishy n’ Dishy (2pm – 4pm)
  • The Secrets of an Oyster’s Shell (2pm – 4pm)

All activities are free but please Book Your Spot in advance.

Achill Island Distillery Tour and Tasting, Achill Island Distillery, Bunnacurry (F28 AY75). 12 noon – 1pm. Book your spot.
Discover how Achill Island Whiskey, Keem Bay Gin and Akill Vodka is produced

Achill Island Sea Salt Factory – Discover how salt gets from sea to jar. Achill Island Sea Salt Visitor Centre, Bunnacurry (F28 HT29), 2pm – 3pm. Book your spot.
Special opening for a self-guided tour to discover how this award winning condiment is made.