Stroll Up to the Magnificent Insect Circus Museum

A microscopic menagerie peep-show is amongst a number of nature-themed acts coming to Blackburn in June for the Blackburn BID’s Countryside Comes to Town festival.

The Insect Circus, a swarming nest of mechanical models, posters, painting and costumes are limbering up for the Countryside Comes to Town event on Saturday, 25th June.

Housed in a vintage, mahogany lined, Bedford TK beetlebox lorry, the museum displays an array of costumes, props, puppets, toys and items from the extraordinary collection of the Insect Circus Society.

Visitors can enjoy a push-button mechanical peep-show depicting scenes from the famous Piper Family Insect Circus. The peep-show features favourites such as dancing snails, trained butterflies and balancing bugs between 10am-5pm on Church Street outside Blackburn Market.

The Insect Museum, which has received rave reviews by circus buffs, has gathered a national cult following over the years.

Sarah Munro of the Insect Museum, said: “Spanning more than three centuries, and covering many continents, this is undeniably the finest museum of its kind in the world. From the Liberty Beetles and the Cheeky Ladybirds to the Painted Lady and the intrepid Wasp Tamer it’s a rare treat for all ages.”

Manager of the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID), Harriet Roberts, said: “This year’s event is back and it’s packed with fun, family entertainment and food. We’ve got lots of activities planned for the children including creepy crawly attractions and innovative street theatre. It’s going to be great day for all.”

Other insect-themed attractions at the Blackburn BID’s nature-themed event include the return of the creepy crawly roadshow with live creature handling and a natural history trail for children at Blackburn Museum.

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