CHILDREN had the "experience of lifetime" taking part in interactive circus activities.

Pupils at Cherry Orchard Primary School in Worcester were visited by touring group Happy's Circus and had a go at juggling, hula-hooping, plate spinning and dressing up as clowns.

The two-day spectacle on Thursday and Friday (April 30 and May 1) also featured "enchanting" performances by the professional circus in a big top tent and a range of linked educational tasks.

Mike Painter, head teacher of the school, said: "We have been delighted with the project.

"It was an opportunity for children to experience something first-hand, to interact with the performers - who were very professional and skilled - and to get close to the excitement and action.

"For many it was a once in a lifetime experience and it's certainly been something they will never forget."

He added that the project had a strong educational element and linked into the school's curriculum.

"We are trying to promote learning through real-life events", he said.

"The curriculum is feeding into the fun circus activities, with children writing and creating artwork about the special visit.

"This helps us to have a broad and balanced curriculum.

"Our children can look at different cultures and develop different skills - it ticks a lot of boxes."

Happy's Circus is a specialist in bringing the “enchanting world of circus” to schools.

Its professional performers include clowns, acrobats, aerialists and magicians.