Photos from Laurieston Hall
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Aerial view of Laurieston Hall
Kitchen garden, stables and gardener cottages to the right. The sauna is next to the lake end of the front garden.
(Photo: Laurieston Hall)

View of the sauna at Laurieston Hall
Sauna view, note the steps for a midnight dip!
(Photo: Martin H. 2002)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


More Laurieston Hall photos can be found here: Diggers and Dreamers.


Permaculture Magazine article about Laurieston Hall and its history: Many Hands by Patrick Whitefield (PDF file).



A week of fun featuring a large-scale fire show, cabaret, glow-in-the-dark party, non-stop juggling, walks in the woods, saunas, boats on the loch, old friends and new.

Workshops include ball, club and ring juggling, club swinging, pole spinning, poi, fire sculpture, human pyramids, diabolo, stagecraft, yoga and more.

Families are welcome. There will be activities for children and adults involving drama and theatre, clowning, story telling, circle dance, bonfires, woodland sculpture and magical adventures.

Expert tuition is offered and the flexible schedule allows participants to contribute their own workshop expertise. Anything is possible. We've had massage, chi gung, drumming, singing, DJ mixing, fire walking, table football and balloon modelling.

So come to improve your performance and technique or to take it easy in fabulous surroundings and just watch the show.

Jake Hirsch Holland, 19, UK Unicycle champion, TV talent show winner, master of diabolos and drums, juggler extraordinaire. Jake runs his own events at Lower Shaw Farm.

Jim Semlyen, somewhat older, it's his 16th annual week at Laurieston, with two decades of experience as a comedy juggler, workshop leader, director and producer of circus theatre with with Oxford's FireNoise and York's Cosmos Jugglers.

Lawrie Shaw, Wise man or Fool? you decide! organises events on themes of personal growth, community building, creativity and empowerment. See Lawrie's photo galleries of previous events.

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Laurieston Video

This 3 minute video from 2002 is available in MPEG (mpg) and Real Media (rm) formats. The high quality mpg plays in full screen mode but is a large file. The rm is lower quaility but faster to download. MPEG: High Quality 30 MB. RealMedia: Low Quality 3.5 MB. Thanks to Rachel Semlyen for the filming and Lise Hudig for the editing.

Laurieston Hall session video

Visit the web page about the Juggling and Circus Skills event at
Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Poi Spinning Book PoiSpinning.com - The huge jam-packed book on Poi Spinning: 144 pages of clearly illustrated instruction from beginner to expert! Also the home site for the popular Apex Poi Courses in London, taught by the author. View pages from the book, find out about the courses, view other peoples comments and discuss the book and courses with the author.

Other links of interest: Home of Poi | Internet Juggling DB

Bluebells at Laurieston Hall in May
The bluebells are out in May. Their scent is stunning.
(Photo: Martin H. 2002)

The Loch at Laurieston Hall
The loch is a 15 minute stroll through ancient forest behind the house.
(Photo: Barry D. 2000)

Sauna at Laurieston Hall
Swedish style sauna at the end of the front garden.
(Photo: Martin H. 2002)

Laurieston Hall
Close up of the front of the house.
(Photo: Martin H. 2002)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)

Fire drawings
Fire Drawings are a feature of the fire show. Learn the secrets of paper piping cord.
(Photo: Anna Cosmos 1998)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)

Session in the indoor workspace
(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


Pyramid session in the indoor workshop space known as "Flight Deck".
(Photo: Martin H. 2002)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)


(Photo: Lawrie S. 2007)

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