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  • Writer's pictureKatie Hardwick

BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

I have just spent a week in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace, for the very first BBC Countryfile Live event. The long running television programme has 9 million viewers, and the live event drew crowds of tens of thousands to the Oxfordshire venue.

BBC Countryfile Live 2016 poster

Cirque Bijou worked with the BBC to produce a 30 minute main arena show to take audiences through Britain's seasons and how they affect the countryside. Hosted by a farmer character, with beat boxer Grace Savage, the cast included aerialists, extreme mountain bikers dressed as a ram and ewe, Oxfordshire Young Farmers, actors, stilt walkers from The Dream Performance, BBC Countryfile presenters and a herd of sheep! The set included farm machinery, hay bales, beautiful backdrops of leaves and a cloud which produced rain over aerial acrobat Augusts' winter season straps act.

I was one of the four stilt walkers, performing choreography with the beautiful silk butterfly wings during the summer season, and with umbrellas during the winter season.

BBC Countryfile Live Arena Show Cirque Bijou

The event was a huge success, with collaboration from The National Trust.

A huge thank you to the wonderful family of Cirque Bijou, the guys at and Red Radish for the delicious catering.

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