"Thank you so much for your fantastic circus workshops, we loved what you did for our Love summer kids and adults and hope that we can put you in the diary for next year." - Jane and Billy, Love Summer Festival
"Thank you so much for attending and helping our fun day to be the success it was. I have had quite a few comments on how good you were and how much people enjoyed it" - Kelly Lamb, FlyBe
"It was great to meet you and your family. All the Cubs and adults loved spending time with you all. Thank you" - Toby Holder, Glendon Distric Cub Scouts
"Just to say a huge thanks for yet another weekend of incredibly hard work on your part to provide masses of enjoyment to our visitors and help make a successful event. As always, it was fabulous to have you with us" - Elizabeth Stevens, Education Officer, Cardiff Castle
"Thank you all so much for your appearance at the Ann Hallett Children's Carnival on Saturday. You really added to what was the best Children's Carnival ever." - Jeannie Thansich, Treasurer, Anne Hallet Childrens Carnival
Flotsam the Fool's Circus Workshops are run by Doug and Amber (with help from our daughter, Tessa). We've been running circus workshops since 2007 and in that time we have taught thousands of children (and adults) to juggle. The circus has bought so much fun into our lives that we just can't help sharing it with other people.
Doug has been juggling for over 20 years since his Granny bought him some juggling balls for his 12th Birthday. Later, he trained at The Circus Space (now the International Centre for Circus Arts) receiving a BTEC National in Circus Arts. Since then he has worked all over the country, and abroad, at venues including Wembley Stadium, Warwick Castle and a tour of Medieval Festivals in France.
Doug is skilled at a broad range of circus arts but his favourite is juggling balls because of the complex patterns they make in the air.
Amber grew up in a creative household. Her parents are children's entertainers teaching history through games and stories. She started teaching circus workshops in 2007 and especially enjoys finding out about the rich cultural history of circus and the skills that she teaches.
Amber enjoys spinning poi and is currently working to improve her repetoire of diabolo tricks.
Tess was born in 2005 and has been surrounded by the circus all her life. She loves to get involved in all the skills and is working really hard to learn how to do everything!
Tessa's favourite workshop memory was winning a hula hooping competition against American guests at Cardiff Castle when she kept her hoop up longer than anyone else!