The Retreat for Retiring Clowns and Circus Acts
The Retreat, in Folkestone, is a meeting ground and practice/perform space for active retirees from the circus world. Unlike a traditional circus, the Retreat is a permanent structure, secured to the site by three steel structural rings. It has with it’s canvas cover, tent-like attributes. In addition there is rigging for re-organisation and a caravan site for the acts to live in. Some of these caravans are static allowing longer stays but temporary lots are available for visiting retirees. Seasonal performances are given to the locals and snowbirds who visit Folkestone in the winter, the more general public in the summer months, performing for schools creating income that supports the running of the retirement community.