We are delighted to present…Circomedia Youth Circus in Frome! Working in collaboration with Avanti Park School, we’ll be delivering a small number of regular after-school and weekend classes during the Summer Term.

Previously, Avanti Park School has been lucky to host classes by Circus Stars Frome, led by Flora Alwen. Flora is now passing the baton to us and we are really excited to be taking on this new opportunity.

From June-July 2021 we’ll be running small classes on Fridays and Saturday mornings. We hope to offer a wider programme in September, but for this first term some of our younger classes are for Avanti Park students only. Friday classes for ages 10+ and Saturday classes are open to anybody, regardless of whether you’re an Avanti Park student!

Fri 11 June – Fri 16 July 2021

Mixed circus skills for Age 4 – 13

3.15pm – 4.15pm Year R – 2 (Avanti Park students only)

4.15pm – 5.15pm Year 3 – 5 (Avanti Park students only)

5.15pm – 6.45pm Year 6 – 8 (open to all)

Sat 12 June – Sat 17 July 2021

Specialist aerial classes for Age 10 – 18

10am – 11.15am Beginners’ Hoop/ Beginners’ Silks
(open to all)

11.30am – 1pm Improvers’ Hoop/Improvers’ Silks
(open to all – see level info below)

Location

Avanti Park School, Park Road, Frome, BA11 1EU

Pricing

£8/hr
(Paid termly in advance)

Booking

Book your place below before the first class of term. We have limited spaces available, so if the class you want is full you can also join a waiting list.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are currently unable to offer trial sessions. We may not be able to amend or refund bookings after the start of term.

For queries, email youthcircus@circomedia.com or call 0117 924 7615 (Mon – Wed 9am – 1pm).

About Our Classes

Our Friday after school classes are open to all levels – no previous experience necessary, but if they’ve done circus before that’s great too!

Students will work on two or three different skills per class – a mixture of aerial, acrobatics & tumbling, juggling and object manipulation, balancing, and more.

Our Saturday aerial classes are aimed at students who want to focus on specific individual disciplines such as aerial hoop or silks.

Beginners’ classes are suitable for students with little or no experience. Improvers classes are suitable for students who are confident working on their equipment unaided, have a basic repertoire of tricks that they can perform, and have worked on or are beginning to work on sequences of moves.

Summer Youth Circus Camp age 4 – 5 is an exciting five-day camp for our youngest circus enthusiasts! Children will learn new circus skills, try lots of circus-themed, crafty activities, and have fun with games and workshops.

Dates

Week 1
Mon 26 – Fri 30 July 2021

Week 2
Mon 2 – Fri 6 August 2021

Times

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

After Camp Club (optional) runs from 3.30pm – 5.00pm daily

Prices

£200 (£180 concession)

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

PLEASE NOTE: We also have a city centre site – make sure you come to the right site!

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus. Our camps are run by the same tutors who run our regular classes, plus specialist visiting tutors, and all tutors are DBS checked.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

Dedicated studio & tutors for the whole week: Our youngest group works in the same environment for the full five days, meaning they can get comfortable with the setup on day one. With dedicated toilet facilities just outside the classroom and easy access to outdoor spaces, it’s safe and secure for even our tiniest students.

New things for everyone: Whether they’ve already got a good knowledge of circus or haven’t tried it before, students will always make new discoveries at camp! It might be a specialist session that we don’t do in regular classes, a new trick, or newfound confidence to push themselves a bit further.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily!
After Camp Club is a supervised recreation session (not circus skills) and costs just £5 per day. Just add as many days to your basket as you need to when you book for Summer Camp.

Booking Terms: You can change your booking up to a month before the start of YCC. After this date, we can’t guarantee any changes but we will try our best to resolve any issues. We’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months and if we have to cancel for any reason, you’ll be offered a full refund.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Trampette
Aerial silks
Aerial Hammock
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Unicycle
Obstacle courses
Colouring & Crafting
Balloon Modelling
Mask & Puppet Making
Face Painting

….& more!

Bursaries

Every year, we aim to offer a number of fully funded Holiday Camp spaces to students who may otherwise find the cost prohibitive. If you would like to apply for a bursary for Holiday Camps and/or regular classes please complete this short online form. We will be in touch with applicants in June 2021.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot 100% guarantee a paid space if your application is unsuccessful – however, we will do our best to fit you in. If you would prefer to book and secure a space, we will offer a refund if you are granted a bursary.

Covid-19 Restrictions

We’ve now run two very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camps with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If you’d like to check out our most recent measures, you can watch our Easter Camp intro video and reading our Easter Camp info pack – but remember, these details may change slightly for Summer Camp and we’ll update you nearer the time depending on current guidance.

Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.
– If you want to book for After Camp Club, add this to your booking on the next page. You can also add this later on via our After Camp Club page.

Get In Touch

Our office hours are still limited right now, so it’s best to email youthcircus@circomedia.com – we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Looking to book for Ages 6-10 or Ages 11-18 instead?

All Groups Now SOLD OUT – Join Our Waiting List

All groups are currently sold out – EVEN if you see an option for priority booking below (this is ONLY for customers who’ve been offered a waiting list space already, and doesn’t mean we have spaces ready straight away for you).

To join our waiting list, fill in our short online waiting list form here. Please be aware that our list is already long and we may not be able to offer you a space this time round.

Summer Youth Circus Camp age 6-10 is an exciting five-day camp for new and returning circus enthusiasts! Students will work on a range of new circus skills with expert support from our Youth Circus team.

Dates

Week 1
Mon 26 – Fri 30 July 2021

Week 2
Mon 2 – Fri 6 August 2021

Times

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

After Camp Club (optional) runs from 3.30pm – 5.00pm daily

Prices

£180 (£160 concession)

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

PLEASE NOTE: We also have a city centre site – make sure you come to the right site!

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus. Our camps are run by the same tutors who run our regular classes, plus specialist visiting tutors, and all tutors are DBS checked.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

New things for everyone: Whether they’ve already got a good knowledge of circus or haven’t tried it before, students will always make new discoveries at camp! It might be a specialist session that we don’t do in regular classes, a new trick, or newfound confidence to push themselves a bit further.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily!
After Camp Club is a supervised recreation session (not circus skills) and costs just £5 per day. Just add as many days to your basket as you need to when you book for Summer Camp.

Booking Terms: You can change your booking up to a month before the start of YCC. After this date, we can’t guarantee any changes but we will try our best to resolve any issues. We’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months and if we have to cancel for any reason, you’ll be offered a full refund.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Tumbletrack
Aerial silks
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Flying trapeze (petit volant)*
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Chinese pole*
Unicycle
Obstacle courses

….& more!

*subject to specialist tutor and Covid-19 restrictions

Bursaries

Every year, we aim to offer a number of fully funded Holiday Camp spaces to students who may otherwise find the cost prohibitive. If you would like to apply for a bursary for Holiday Camps and/or regular classes please complete this short online form. We will be in touch with applicants in June 2021.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot 100% guarantee a paid space if your application is unsuccessful – however, we will do our best to fit you in. If you would prefer to book and secure a space, we will offer a refund if you are granted a bursary.

Covid-19 Restrictions

We’ve now run two very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camps with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If you’d like to check out our most recent measures, you can watch our Easter Camp intro video and reading our Easter Camp info pack – but remember, these details may change slightly for Summer Camp and we’ll update you nearer the time depending on current guidance.

Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.
– If you want to book for After Camp Club, add this to your booking on the next page. You can also add this later on via our After Camp Club page.

Get In Touch

Our office hours are still limited right now, so it’s best to email youthcircus@circomedia.com – we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Looking to book for Ages 4-5 or Ages 11-18 instead?

All Groups Now SOLD OUT – Join Our Waiting List

All groups are currently sold out – EVEN if you see an option for priority booking below (this is ONLY for customers who’ve been offered a waiting list space already, and doesn’t mean we have spaces ready straight away for you).

To join our waiting list, fill in our short online waiting list form here. Please be aware that our list is already long and we may not be able to offer you a space this time round.

Summer Youth Circus Camp age 11-18 is an exciting five-day camp for new and returning circus enthusiasts! Students will work on a range of new circus skills with expert support from our Youth Circus team.

Dates

Week 1
Mon 26 – Fri 30 July 2021

Week 2
Mon 2 – Fri 6 August 2021

Times

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

After Camp Club (optional) runs from 3.30pm – 5.00pm daily

Prices

£180 (£160 concession)

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

PLEASE NOTE: We also have a city centre site – make sure you come to the right site!

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus. Our camps are run by the same tutors who run our regular classes, plus specialist visiting tutors, and all tutors are DBS checked.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

New things for everyone: Whether they’ve already got a good knowledge of circus or haven’t tried it before, students will always make new discoveries at camp! It might be a specialist session that we don’t do in regular classes, a new trick, or newfound confidence to push themselves a bit further.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily!
After Camp Club is a supervised recreation session (not circus skills) and costs just £5 per day. Just add as many days to your basket as you need to when you book for Summer Camp.

Booking Terms: You can change your booking up to a month before the start of YCC. After this date, we can’t guarantee any changes but we will try our best to resolve any issues. We’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months and if we have to cancel for any reason, you’ll be offered a full refund.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Tumbletrack
Aerial silks
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Flying trapeze (petit volant)*
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Chinese pole*
Unicycle
Obstacle courses

….& more!

*subject to specialist tutor and Covid-19 restrictions

Bursaries

Every year, we aim to offer a number of fully funded Holiday Camp spaces to students who may otherwise find the cost prohibitive. If you would like to apply for a bursary for Holiday Camps and/or regular classes please complete this short online form. We will be in touch with applicants in June 2021.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot 100% guarantee a paid space if your application is unsuccessful – however, we will do our best to fit you in. If you would prefer to book and secure a space, we will offer a refund if you are granted a bursary.

Covid-19 Restrictions

We’ve now run two very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camps with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If you’d like to check out our most recent measures, you can watch our Easter Camp intro video and reading our Easter Camp info pack – but remember, these details may change slightly for Summer Camp and we’ll update you nearer the time depending on current guidance.

Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.
– If you want to book for After Camp Club, add this to your booking on the next page. You can also add this later on via our After Camp Club page.

Get In Touch

Our office hours are still limited right now, so it’s best to email youthcircus@circomedia.com – we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Looking to book for Ages 4-5 or Ages 6 – 10 instead?

All Groups Now SOLD OUT – Join Our Waiting List

All groups are currently sold out – EVEN if you see an option for priority booking below (this is ONLY for customers who’ve been offered a waiting list space already, and doesn’t mean we have spaces ready straight away for you).

To join our waiting list, fill in our short online waiting list form here. Please be aware that our list is already long and we may not be able to offer you a space this time round.

UPDATE (6 April 2021): Due to low uptake, sadly we are unable to run After Camp Club this time round. If you have already booked, our team has been in touch regarding cancellations and refunds.

Running from 3.30pm – 5pm daily, it’s a supervised relax-and-play session for all age groups allowing parents and carers to collect children later if necessary.

Dates & Times

Mon 12 – Fri 16 April 2021

15:30 – 17:00 daily

Cost

£5 per day per child

Book for as many days as you need

Ages

Suitable for ages 4-18

Please note: After Camp Club does not offer additional circus activities and students won’t have the opportunity to practice more circus skills during this time. It is intended as wraparound care for parents/carers who need to pick up later than 3.30pm – tutors will supervise but won’t be leading games or exercises.

Children can choose to read a book or bring their own colouring or other activities. We also hope to offer a limited programme of activities like films and low-impact games.

After-Camp Club will follow the same Covid-Secure restrictions as the rest of our Camp. Multiple groups may be supervised in different areas of one of our larger studios, or outside in good weather, but won’t be interacting or crossing over at all.

Parents/carers can collect at any time between 3.30pm – 5pm.

To book, please add each day that you’d like to book for to your basket.
We’ll take bookings up until Friday 9th April – after this, you may be able to add your child to a session if space allows but we can’t guarantee it. We recommend booking early as spaces are limited!

If you have any queries, email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

If you haven’t yet booked for Easter Camp, do this first here!

UPDATE (6 April 2021): Due to low uptake, sadly we are unable to run After Camp Club this time round. If you have already booked, our team has been in touch regarding cancellations and refunds.

Easter Youth Circus Camp age 11-18 is an exciting five-day camp for new and returning circus enthusiasts! Students will work on a range of new circus skills with expert support from our Youth Circus team.

Dates & Times

Mon 12 – Fri 16 April 2021

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

Optional After Camp Club until 5pm

Prices

Earlybird: £160/£140 concession SOLD OUT

Full Price: £180/£160 concession

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

Age Group

11 – 18 years

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

New things for everyone: Whether they’ve already got a good knowledge of circus or haven’t tried it before, students will always make new discoveries at camp! It might be a specialist session that we don’t do in regular classes, a new trick, or newfound confidence to push themselves a bit further.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily! Once you’ve completed your Easter Camp booking, book for After Camp Club here for just £5 per day.

Flexible booking: You can change your booking up to a week before YCC, and we’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Tumbletrack
Aerial silks
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Flying trapeze (petit volant)*
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Chinese pole
Unicycle
Obstacle courses

….& more!
*subject to Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 Restrictions

In 2020 we ran a very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camp with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If we are still working within Covid-19 restrictions for Easter Camp, our policies & procedures will be sent out in advance and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions. Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Why not check out last year’s Covid-Secure camp introduction for an idea of how we ran things? Remember, this is just for info, and isn’t necessarily a reflection of how we’ll run things this year!

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.

Don’t forget to also book for After Camp Club if you’d like to pick your child up later than 3.30pm!

Is your age group sold out? Join our waiting list!

We’ve had unprecedented demand since announcing that our camp is going ahead, so despite releasing more spaces we are currently fully booked for some age groups!

If your child’s age group is sold out, join our waiting list by emailing youthcircus@circomedia.com with their name, date of birth (important!) and a contact telephone number. We will aim to fit as many people in as possible, so it’s definitely worth joining the list!

Easter Youth Circus Camp age 8-10 is an exciting five-day camp for new and returning circus enthusiasts! Children will learn a range of new circus skills, play games, and make new friends.

Dates & Times

Mon 12 – Fri 16 April 2021

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

Optional After Camp Club until 5pm

Prices

Earlybird: £180/£160 concession SOLD OUT

Full Price: £200/£180 concession

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

Age Group

8 – 10 years

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

New things for everyone: Whether they’ve already got a good knowledge of circus or haven’t tried it before, students will always make new discoveries at camp! It might be a specialist session that we don’t do in regular classes, a new trick, or newfound confidence to push themselves a bit further.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily! Once you’ve completed your Easter Camp booking, book for After Camp Club here for just £5 per day.

Flexible booking: You can change your booking up to a week before YCC, and we’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Tumbletrack
Aerial silks
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Flying trapeze (petit volant)*
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Chinese pole
Unicycle
Obstacle courses

….& more!
*subject to Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 Restrictions

In 2020 we ran a very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camp with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If we are still working within Covid-19 restrictions for Easter Camp, our policies & procedures will be sent out in advance and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions. Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Why not check out last year’s Covid-Secure camp introduction for an idea of how we ran things? Remember, this is just for info, and isn’t necessarily a reflection of how we’ll run things this year!

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.

Don’t forget to also book for After Camp Club if you’d like to pick your child up later than 3.30pm!

For any queries, email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com.

Is your age group sold out? Join our waiting list!

We’ve had unprecedented demand since announcing that our camp is going ahead, so despite releasing more spaces we are currently fully booked for some age groups!

If your child’s age group is sold out, join our waiting list by emailing youthcircus@circomedia.com with their name, date of birth (important!) and a contact telephone number. We will aim to fit as many people in as possible, so it’s definitely worth joining the list!

Easter Youth Circus Camp age 6-7 is an exciting five-day camp for young circus enthusiasts! Children will learn a range of new circus skills, play games, and make new friends.

Dates & Times

Mon 12 – Fri 16 April 2021

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

Optional After Camp Club until 5pm

Prices

Earlybird: £180/£160 concession SOLD OUT

Full Price: £200/£180 concession

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

Age Group

6 – 7 years

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

New things for everyone: Whether they’ve already got a good knowledge of circus or haven’t tried it before, students will always make new discoveries at camp! It might be a specialist session that we don’t do in regular classes, a new trick, or newfound confidence to push themselves a bit further.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily! Once you’ve completed your Easter Camp booking, book for After Camp Club here for just £5 per day.

Flexible booking: You can change your booking up to a week before YCC, and we’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Tumbletrack
Aerial silks
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Flying trapeze (petit volant)*
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Chinese pole
Unicycle
Obstacle courses

….& more!
*subject to Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 Restrictions

In 2020 we ran a very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camp with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If we are still working within Covid-19 restrictions for Easter Camp, our policies & procedures will be sent out in advance and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions. Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Why not check out last year’s Covid-Secure camp introduction for an idea of how we ran things? Remember, this is just for info, and isn’t necessarily a reflection of how we’ll run things this year!

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.

Don’t forget to also book for After Camp Club if you’d like to pick your child up later than 3.30pm!

For any queries, email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com.

Is your age group sold out? Join our waiting list!

We’ve had unprecedented demand since announcing that our camp is going ahead, so despite releasing more spaces we are currently fully booked for some age groups!

If your child’s age group is sold out, join our waiting list by emailing youthcircus@circomedia.com with their name, date of birth (important!) and a contact telephone number. We will aim to fit as many people in as possible, so it’s definitely worth joining the list!

Easter Youth Circus Camp age 4-5 is an exciting five-day camp for our youngest circus enthusiasts! Children will learn new circus skills, try lots of circus-themed, crafty activities, and have fun with games and workshops.

Dates & Times

Mon 12 – Fri 16 April 2021

8.30am – 3.30pm daily

Optional After Camp Club until 5pm

Prices

Earlybird: £180/£160 concession*

Full Price: £200/£180 concession

After Camp Club: £5 per day (optional)

Location

Kingswood Estate
Britannia Road
Bristol
BS15 8DB

Age Group

4 – 5 years

*Limited Earlybird places available – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

What You Need To Know

Open to all levels: No previous experience necessary!

Expert tutors: All our tutors are professional circus performers & teachers who specialise in working and engaging with children, while helping them grow through circus.

Perfect surroundings: Our Kingswood site has fully equipped studios, several large outdoor spaces, and professional circus equipment.

Dedicated studio & tutors for the whole week: Our youngest group works in the same environment for the full five days, meaning they can get comfortable with the setup on day one. With dedicated toilet facilities just outside the classroom and easy access to outdoor spaces, it’s safe and secure for even our tiniest students.

Optional After Camp Club: If you need to pick up later than 3.30pm, book for our After Camp Club running until 5pm daily! Once you’ve completed your Easter Camp booking, book for After Camp Club here for just £5 per day.

Flexible booking: You can change your booking up to a week before YCC, and we’ll always adapt to any further Covid-19 restrictions over the next few months.

Camp Activities

Here are some examples of what your circus stars will get up to:

Acrobatics
Trampette
Aerial silks
Trapeze
Aerial hoop
Juggling skills
Diabolo
Tightropes
Walking globes
Stilt walking
Face painting
Mask & puppet making
Theatre games
Obstacle courses

….& more!

Covid-19 Restrictions

In 2020 we ran a very successul Covid-secure Youth Circus Camp with adapted activities, social distancing, and additional cleaning and safety measures. If we are still working within Covid-19 restrictions for Easter Camp, our policies & procedures will be sent out in advance and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions. Most Youth Circus Camp activities are possible with adaptations such as additional crash mats and distance spotting equipment, and we’ll make you aware of any changes to our programme as early as possible.

Why not check out last year’s Covid-Secure camp introduction for an idea of how we ran things? Remember, this is just for info, and isn’t necessarily a reflection of how we’ll run things this year!

Booking

Select the first date of Camp below, and you’ll be booked in for the full week. Please note that part-week bookings are not currently possible.

Please note when booking:
– Please put the names and dates of birth of ALL children on the next page, even though there’s only one box!
– Concession places are currently available for bookers in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support, or Housing Benefit.
– Our payment system has a limit of £500 – if you are booking for 3+ children, you may need to make two separate bookings to avoid exceeding this limit.
– Earlybird places end on 28 Feb 2021 – get booking to snap up our last few!

Don’t forget to also book for After Camp Club if you’d like to pick your child up later than 3.30pm!

If you’re not sure or have another query, email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com.

Is your age group sold out? Join our waiting list!

We’ve had unprecedented demand since announcing that our camp is going ahead, so despite releasing more spaces we are currently fully booked for some age groups!

If your child’s age group is sold out, join our waiting list by emailing youthcircus@circomedia.com with their name, date of birth (important!) and a contact telephone number. We will aim to fit as many people in as possible, so it’s definitely worth joining the list!

Difficulty: Easy

Safety Warning: Make sure you have plenty of room, especially when throwing and catching the diabolo!

Alan shows you how to do diabolo stick grinds, moving the diabolo from the string to one of your sticks and keeping it spinning so it stays in place!

This is a great basic trick for students starting to move beyond just keeping the diabolo spinning on the string. You can practice at your own pace, and when you’re confident you can make the trick more complex!

First, Alan shows you how to move the diabolo from your string to the stick in your off hand. Once you have the diabolo spinning smoothly on the stick, hold your sticks at a right angle to one another, as Alan demonstrates. Raise your main hand up above your other hand so the diabolo rolls onto one stick and angle this stick slightly downwards so that the diabolo stays on it.

Alan then shows you some variations to make your diabolo stick grinds more complex, such as hopping the diabolo from one stick to another, or catching the grind from a throw.

Remember, it takes practice, and you’ll have to experiment to see what works for you!

Alan demonstrates with a solid-axle diabolo, but you can also use a triple-bearing axle diabolo.

If you need to brush up on the basics before mastering this trick, check out our Diabolo Basics tutorial.

You can view all our tutorials here.

The safety and comfort of our audiences, performers and staff remains our biggest priority. We’re keeping you safe with these measures.

Please follow these steps when you visit our venue:

  • Contactless Box Office – please have your ticket ready to display on arrival
  • NHS Track & Trace – be ready to scan on arrival. If you cannot use the app, alternative contact tracing will be available.
  • Wear your mask at all times, except when drinking.
  • Follow the Hands, Face, Space guidelines at all times.
  • Order drinks via WhatsApp for delivery to your seat (before & after the performance only).
  • Follow our stewards’ guidance at all times to keep movement around the building safe and secure.

The following steps are in place for your safety and comfort:

  • Online-only Box Office
  • Tickets booked in blocks of 1-6
  • Seating blocks 1m+ apart
  • Stage/performer 2m+ from audience
  • Hand sanitising stations available on entry and throughout the venue
  • Drinks served to your seat with bar orders via WhatsApp (please note the bar closes 10 minutes’ prior to the performance, and reopens again for the Q&A session)
  • Toilets cleaned regularly
  • Windows open & aspirator running for ventilation
  • Full risk assessment and Covid-Secure operations plan implemented for your safety
  • Venue closes promptly at 10pm

Day: Mondays
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Location: St Pauls Church, Portland Sq, Bristol BS2 8SJ
Level: All levels
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

A brand new class for 2020, Flex & Stretch is a ground-based skills class aimed at improving your flexibility and mobility.

You’ll work through a series of exercises with your tutor each week to loosen up your joints and muscles and get you warmed up. Then, the tutor will show you how to stretch particular parts of your body and build resilience with specific exercises.

Unlike generic flexibility classes, Flex & Stretch focuses on specific exercises that can help you with aerial and ground-based circus skills. For example, you might not normally consider your wrists and forearms, but these areas are crucial for many acrobatic and aerial disciplines! Over the course of a block you’ll work on your whole body and learn how to safely push yourself that little bit harder.

You don’t need any previous experience for this class, and you don’t even have to do another circus skills class – it’s a great full body class for anybody.

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

Safeguarding 

The safety and welfare of children – also known as safeguarding – is everyone’s business. You could be a parent, relative, neighbour, friend, or you may work for any organisation which has contact with children and young people such as teacher or doctor.

Safeguarding means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults. It also means protecting children from physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. Most children generally enjoy a happy childhood experience within their own family. 


To report a safeguarding concern about a student at Circomedia please email safeguarding@circomedia.com. The inbox of this account is only viewed by the members of the safeguarding team.

Please use this reporting facility if you have concerns about a child studying with us.  We will investigate and follow up all reports.

Our next online brochure will be out in August.

Until then you can watch our videos for our previous brochures below or checkout our previous brochures here

Interested in our academy courses. Find them here

Difficulty: Easy

Safety Warning: This one’s pretty safe, but keep an eye on flailing arms as you practice this one!

Alan shows you how to take the next step and juggle 3 scarves! If you haven’t watched our Beginners’ Juggling video, you might find it helpful to go back and watch this first. You’ll learn a 2 Scarf pattern here, but Alan will also recap in this video for you.

Once you’re ready for 3 scarves, Alan will teach you how to build up to a cascade pattern in manageable steps. He shows you three patterns, building up the catches in each one, until you can do a full juggle!

Remember, in juggling it’s actually much more important to throw than to catch. So, don’t worry if you drop the scarves whilst you’re learning!

If you don’t have juggling scarves, you can do this trick with any light scarves or handkerchiefs you have. Or, you can use other objects like napkins or even plastic bags!

You can see all our videos and activities here.

We can’t bring you our regular Youth Circus classes at the moment, but we can still keep you entertained and occupied with our brand new Youth Circus: Home Edition platform! Watch all of our new videos here

Over the next few weeks we’re going to be bringing you lots of skills, games, tricks, stretches, exercises – all things that you can do without having to leave the house. And if you don’t have any equipment, don’t worry – we’re even going to be teaching you how to make some.

Grown ups: it’s really important that you help us here! You are now officially Youth Circus Assistants, because if we can’t be there, then you need to be there to help us keep it safe.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and there will be something for everyone. We’ll make sure that our videos cover lots of different skills and levels, so that everyone from our tiniest acrobat to our most advanced aerialist will have something to do.

Download your Mobile version of the poster here

Download your A4 printable version of the poster here

We’ll be releasing new videos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – they’ll be on here, on our Facebook and other social media pages, and on our Youtube channel. In between, we’ll release arts and crafts activities, tricks of the day and more – scroll down to see what’s new!

Information Regarding Conronavirus

Circomedia Covid update 10/02/2022

 

· Circomedia asks that all those attending performances continue to wear masks while in the auditorium or walking around the building (unless under 12 or medically exempt).

· We continue, also, to operate at a lower capacity than previously to allow more space between audience members. While social distancing is no longer required under the guidance, we ask everyone to respect the choices of those who continue to prefer to keep their distance

· Our student protocols remain in place, to seek to prevent transmission of the virus amongst those studying and amongst staff

· We ask all our staff to test regularly and wear masks when moving around either site, or when working front of house and in the bar

· Additional cleaning of all public spaces is taking place

· Please remember to keep washing or sanitizing your hands

· Please do not attend any performance, class or other activity if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been told to self-isolate


Update June 2021

In line with Step 3 of the Government roadmap, Circomedia is open for performances again, adding to the programme of fomal courses and youth circus set out below. As a covid-safe venue, we are committed to keeping everyone safe who visits us.

Please find all the information you need on what we’re doing to keep you safe and what to expect on your visit with us.

Our safety measures

· Advanced booking online

· Group bookings of 6 or less, with 1 or 2 households

· Reduced capacity with a socially distanced seating plan

· One way system with clear signage

· Queue management to keep everyone 2m distanced

· Hand sanistiser stations

· Face coverings will be worn at all times, unless exempt or eating/drinking

· Contactless payments encouraged

· Enhanced cleaning regime

· Ventilation of space

· Staff will wear masks and participate in regular testing.

What you can do to keep others safe

Please do not come to the venue if you or others in your household are unwell and have symptoms of coronavirus (continuous cough, fever, loss of smell or taste) or if you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms. Stay at home and get a test. Book online for up to 6 people from one or two households

Use NHS Track and Trace or give your details on arrival, as per government guidance

Follow our one way system and keep a safe distance from others. Our friendly stewards will help find your way and stay safe

Use the hand sanitiser provided

Wear a mask at all times in our venue, unless you are exempt

Children must be supervised at all times by their adults to keep them a safe distance from others.

Reduced Audience

We are working within the Step 3 rules to provide you with socially distanced seating and will have fewer audience members.

Online bookings can be made for single seats or for groups of 2 or 4 people, from one or two households.

Face Coverings

Unless you are exempt, we ask our audiences and staff to keep masks on at all times when inside the building, including during the performance.

When the audience is seated, masks can be removed to enjoy food and drink.

Social Distancing

Our queuing system will be socially distanced at 2m.

A one way system is in place and our friendly stewards will be on hand to help you find you way and remain socially distanced from others.

NHS Track and Trace

As per government guidance each person must provide name and contact details on entering the venue. There will be a QR code to scan on your mobile using the NHS Track and Trace app.

If you are unable to use the NHS Track and Trace app, you will be required to give your name, email and contact number. We will only keep these details for 21 days, as per government guidance, to help trace any positive case of coronavirus at our venue.

Hygiene

Enhanced and regular cleaning of toilets and common areas like foyers and walkways will be carried out throughout your visit.

Please use the hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue.

Arriving at the event

Please leave plenty of time to arrive, visit the bar, and find your seats. Our doors will be open from 7pm, the show starts at 7.30pm sharp. While we’ve done our best to minimise waiting times, you may still need to queue to ensure that everyone can enter the building safely, so please arrive early if you can.

The bar will not be open during or after the performance so please make sure you’ve purchased all drinks in advance.

During the event

Please remain seated during the event where possible and keep interactions within your group.

Please refrain from loud cheering during the show and use clapping to show your enthusiasm.

If you need to move around follow the one way system or speak to our staff who will be happy to help.

Leaving the event

We ask you to remain in your seat at the end of the event and our friendly stewards will guide you out of the venue in the safest way possible. This is to ensure your safety when leaving the event and avoid overcrowding throughout the venue.

In the event of an emergency, our stewards will direct you to the nearest safe exit via the main and side building doors. Your exit may be different to the way you came in, so please remain calm, follow instructions, and wear your mask.

Update: 30 April 2021

We are delighted to have all BTEC, FDA, BA, MA and Vocational students back training at both our sites. Our FDA students recently presented live-streamed Final Major Projects to an enthusiastic and wide-reaching online audience, and we look forward to more successful streamed performances this term.

We ran a successful Easter Youth Circus Camp for 90 students during the school holidays, and have now commenced our Summer Term with our full cohort of 320+ students returning to regular after-school classes. Our Summer Camp is now also onsale.

We are also pleased to welcome back our outdoor bar, which reopened on 16 April 2021 and will be open on select weekends – check upcoming dates here.

Our Events team are now taking enquiries for space hire – get in touch with them here.

We won’t be restarting our Adult Classes on 17 May due to timetabling restrictions, but hope to return in the summer with a comprehensive programme – find out more on our Adult Classes pages.

Update: 1 March 2021

Following the latest Government announcement (22 Feb 2021), we are delighted to be making our own plans for gradually reopening our spaces in line with the roadmap out of lockdown. All activities will take place following updated Covid-Secure protocols, and making use of regular testing of students and staff where possible:

8 March 2021: All BTEC, FDA, BA, MA, and Vocational students will return to face-to-face teaching at our Portland Square and Kingswood sites. Find out more about our Academy courses here.

12 April 2021: Easter Youth Circus Camp 2021 will take place at Circomedia Kingswood (Mon 12 – Fri 16 April 2021). The camp will run in a similar to our Covid-Secure Summer Camp 2020 and booking is now open.

19 April 2021: Regular after-school Youth Circus clubs will return at both sites. Find out more about regular classes here.

We are currently looking at scheduling indoor events subject to restrictions lifting from May 2021 onwards. If you would like to get in touch about hiring our space, take a look here.

We will update this page with more information on adult recreational classes, performances, and other activities, when we have this information.

 

Update: 5 January 2021

Following the announcement of a third national lockdown, all public classes are sadly cancelled for at least the first half of Spring term. We hope to restart our Youth Circus classes at the end of February – all current bookers will be notified by email when we know more.

Our Academy team continues to work exceptionally hard to deliver a robust teaching programme online for all BTEC, FDA, BA, Vocational & MA students. Students will return to in-person teaching as soon as it is safe to do so, and are once again proving their resilience and commitment in adapting to these further restrictions.

Update: 18 December 2020

We look forward to reopening our doors in January 2021! Our Academy students will return to blended online and in-person training, and our regular Youth Circus classes will restart from 4th January onwards.

Our Academy students finished this calendar year on a positive note with some fantastic streamed performances, more of which we hope to broadcast in the new year.

We have made the decision not to run Adult Classes straight away in January 2021 as our Kingswood site remains in Tier 3, and we wish to be extra vigilant following the festive rule relaxation period. We hope to restart this programme in some form very shortly, and will update our website accordingly.

Update: 26 November 2020

During Tier 3 restrictions, Circomedia’s Academy will continue to operate as normal. Our public class programme (Adult & Youth classes) and public events will be on hold until further notice.

Update: 1 November 2020

During the national lockdown from 5 November – 2 December 2020, Circomedia’s Academy will continue – this includes all BTEC, FDA, BA, MA and Vocational classes.

All public classes, shows, and events have been paused or postponed.

Adult Circus classes and Youth Circus classes will resume in January 2021, restrictions allowing – all bookers will be contacted in advance.

Update: 18 September 2020

Adult and Youth Circus Classes

We are really excited to announce the phased return of our Adult Classes and Youth Circus public programme from 21 September 2020. We have worked extensively over the summer to reimagine how our venue can offer circus classes in a safe and Covid secure way. This has meant changes to both the classes we offer and how they are run, and it’s important for us to be clear and transparent about how we will now be running the space and what changes you can expect to see.

Both our Youth and Adult Class student numbers have been reduced, and the classes that we offer have also been scaled back to ensure we can run them safely. Our Youth Circus is following guidance from OOSS (Out Of School Settings) and NYA (National Youth Agency), and our Adult Classes will be abiding by the ‘Rule of 6’, with a tutor being included in the 6.

Each week the following classes will be running:

Portland Square
9 Youth Circus Classes
6 Adult Classes

Kingswood
3 Youth Circus Classes
6 Adult Classes

Unfortunately due to the current situation and our need for a phased return, we are currently unable to offer the following:

Drop-In Training Sessions
Adult Taster Sessions
Youth Circus Taster Sessions
Beginners’ Aerial Classes
Family Workshops
Parent & Toddler Classes
No Weekend Classes until at least November

How Will Equipment Be Shared?
The only equipment that will be shared between different areas of our schools are the wipeable safety mats and roll mats, and the wipeable trapezes and aerial hoops.

The Youth Circus, Adult Classes, Higher Education courses, and BTEC will all have their own independent supply of equipment for their students.

Monitoring and Tracking
As practiced with our Summer Youth Circus Camp we will be carefully monitoring, rotating, and quarantining our equipment when needed. Students will be working in bubble groups within classes that will remain the same week after week so we can continue to accurately trace who has been in contact with whom.

Additionally parents, carers, and friends will no longer be allowed to enter the premises while Youth and Adult students are attending a class unless given authorisation beforehand.

Additional Cleaning
Finally, as can be expected we will be frequently cleaning touch points, toilets, and communal areas in our studios before, during, and after any classes. This is in addition to the general cleaning of the equipment and mats. To aid with this, class duration has also been reduced across all public classes to allow for cleaning to take place between one group leaving, and another entering.

We hope that this information has helped to answer any questions or concerns you may have had about our public classes starting back. If you would like to read a more detailed breakdown of our policies and procedures you can find our Youth Circus policies here, and our Adult Class policies here. We’re really excited to be welcoming you back to our studios.

If you have any questions about our public classes programme, please let us know at classes@circomedia.com.

Hires & Events

Large scale hires have come to a halt this year given the circumstances; however, this has not stopped us holding some special supper events throughout Autumn. We will be diversifying the hires offer and have some exciting plans for regular supper events and an outdoor bar for Spring/Summer 2021. The events will be carefully planned so that all necessary safety requirements will be met to make sure people can relax have a good time in a safe setting. Find out more about upcoming events and hire.

Academy

The academic year has officially begun and we want to assure our community that the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, and the quality of the education we provide in these exceptional circumstances remains our utmost priority.

We have been working hard to assess and evaluate our resources, and feel confident in our ability to offer a safe learning environment, in line with government guidance and sector- wide consultation to date. We are committed to proactively review and adapt our regulations and practice throughout the year. This means that we can do our utmost to deliver the best possible courses that conditions allow.

Although the courses may look and feel a little different, as we head into the Autumn term, as always, our main focus is to create a safe and inclusive space where our students can discover their physical, emotional and creative potential and unlock the transformative possibilities of circus.

Update: 26 August 2020

Circomedia is now planning the gradual reopening of its sites and activities from September 2020 onwards. You can read about our plans for the Academy below (statement from 17 June 2020).

Our public Adult & Youth Circus classes programmes are also due to start in September 2020. We are currently finalising details, and there will be changes to our timetable and to our normal class processes – a public update will be released as soon as possible. Regular bookers will be contacted directly via email.

Following the success of our Summer Youth Circus Camp 2020 where we delivered two weeks of Covid-secure, socially distanced circus activities for 120 children, we are confident in our plan to restart safe and engaging public classes in line with current Government guidance.

Update: Statement issued 17 June 2020

At CIRCOMEDIA we believe in creating transformational experiences that change the way people view and experience circus. Covid-19 and physical distancing have challenged us all to teach, learn and present contemporary circus and physical theatre in new ways. Our staff and students, across all of our formal and informal courses, have risen to that challenge and shown energy and imagination in continuing to innovate and create in a virtual environment throughout the summer term.

We are now planning for the start of the next academic year. In September we aim to re-open both our Kingswood and Portland Square sites. Teaching will be a combination of virtual and in-person, with the balance between the two being adjusted according to government and NHS guidance on physical distancing and our own reviews of our practice.

We are, of course, very aware of the physical and social nature of our artform and will make every effort to ensure that there is as much practical, hands-on learning and access to equipment as possible. We will be working hard to ensure that this is as safe as possible, in consultation with staff and students. The timetable will be revised to accommodate smaller groups and fewer changes of studio, as well as sessions delivered with digital technologies. We will all have to acknowledge that the pattern over the next year will be different, and we have to seize the opportunity to explore new approaches of blended learning.

Performance is intrinsic to everything we do. Until it is safe to re-open our Portland Square venue for audiences, we will continue to find ways of presenting work digitally or at small scale.  As physical distancing is lifted, we will work towards reinstating our programme of student and professional performances in full.

The safety and well-being of all students and staff is our priority. We will be taking all relevant measures to maintain hygiene and will work throughout the summer to ensure that both our buildings are well prepared for the return in September. Subject to the government guidance, and our own risk assessments we anticipate that some youth circus and other informal classes will also be able to start at the same time as the diplomas and degrees. Across all areas of our activity, we are working closely with the wider circus and performance sector to explore innovative ways for delivery, research and performance. 

We will be undertaking a major block of more detailed planning from now to mid-July, including consultation with students, and will publish more details shortly after this. We are confident that the contributions of our passionate and skilled staff will ensure that the next academic year will be a rewarding and stimulating one for all associated with CIRCOMEDIA.

 

PREVIOUS UPDATE 4pm 4th May 2020

Like many arts organisations, Circomedia has adapted its normal output and working methods significantly in line with the current UK lockdown and government advice. Circomedia’s priority is first and foremost the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, and as a result our buildings continue to be closed for the foreseeable future. However, we continue to run many elements of our contemporary circus output in a reimagined, digitally-driven manner, and we are delighted to still be connecting with our community in many ways.

The response we have received from the Circomedia community has been phenomenal. From supportive messages to donating leftover class fees and even setting up regular monthly donations, our students, visitors and supporters are all generously helping to secure the future of Circomedia.

Like many small arts charities, Circomedia has lost many streams of income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We are so grateful for the support shown to us already, but we will be heavily reliant on donations more than ever in the coming months. If you can support Circomedia in any small way please consider visiting our donations page. You can also email info@circomedia.com if you would like to discuss other donation options.

You can see a summary of what’s happening with our Academy, Shows programme, Adult & Youth Circus Classes, and Hires below.

Circomedia Academy

  • Our BTEC, FdA, BA and MA courses continue to run online. With the tremendous efforts of our course leaders, tutors and support staff we are currently delivering a near-full timetable of online classes and tutorials.
  • Students have full support with their continued studies in order to complete the academic year, and assessments have been reimagined digitally in a variety of ways.
  • Students are busy working on their (now virtual) end-of-year performance projects – we hope to showcase some of these publicly in the near future.
  • We hope to provide the opportunity to present these performances in person, once lockdown has lifted, to public audiences once again.
  • Our next round of FdA auditions is also being held online, and we continue to accept applications for September 2020 onwards.
  • Students and staff are working very hard to adapt to these very challenging circumstances and we are seeing some very inventive approaches to teaching, learning, creating & performing circus in isolation. Watch this space…

Circomedia Shows Programme

  • All upcoming performance have been cancelled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 season.
  • All refunds have now been processed as requested – please email boxoffice@circomedia.com with any queries.
  • For performances in September 2020 onwards, decisions will be made in the summer following ongoing reviews of the lockdown situation.
  • Stay engaged with our social media feeds for retrospectives on our shows, and the occassional opportunity to watch content online!

Circomedia Youth Circus & Adult Classes

  • We hope to restart our public Youth & Adult classes programme this Autumn. In line with current Government guidance we are confident that we can offer safe and rewarding classes for our students. We’re still finalising details, so at the moment we can’t offer more information but there may be changes to our normal programme.
  • If you’re a regular booker, we’ll get in touch via email with everything you need to know about classes restarting – please check your inboxes regularly.
  • We’ll let our previous bookers know via email when we have more news about upcoming classes. Anyone who opted to keep their tickets for future use will have priority booking.
  • If you’re new to Circomedia, we’ll be publishing full information on how our classes will run, and how to book a space or join a waiting list, within the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates.
  • In the meantime, thanks so much for your patience – we are a small team and our capacity is considerably reduced at the moment, so we’re slower than normal responding to individual queries. We hope to welcome you to Circomedia in the near future!

 

Youth Circus Home Edition

  • As soon as lockdown started, we were delighted to launch Youth Circus Home Edition – a regular series of tutorials and activities for children to do safely at home in the absence of classes. Our tutors created loads of content before they were furloughed, so we are now releasing 9 videos a week – follow our social media feeds for new releases, or check out our Home Edition page here.
  • As most of our tutors are furloughed, we don’t currently have the capacity to produce tailored online resources for our Adult Class participants. However, many of our Youth Circus Home Edition videos are perfect for all ages, so we recommend checking these out to keep strong and fit at home!

Hires & Private Events

  • While our buildings remain closed, we are unable to hire our spaces or host private events.
  • However, you can still make enquiries by emailing events@circomedia.com. Please be aware that replies may take a little longer than usual.

We’re still here for you

We’re still here if you need us! The majority of our core staff team are working remotely and can be contacted via email or Facebook as normal – you can find full info on our Contact page or use the following email addresses:

Supporting Circomedia

As you may know, Circomedia is a registered charity with a small core team and limited resources. Like many small arts charities, the current crisis is impacting heavily on our resources. We are asking all members of our community to consider donating to us via our website, or to donate all or some of their existing bookings back to Circomedia, in order to support us as we work through this unprecedented situation.

We appreciate that not everybody will be in a position to assist us in this way, but anything you feel you can offer is gratefully received. Your donations will go towards ensuring we can support our staff, keep our buildings running and continue to serve our community now and in the future.

You can donate online here.

We have already had a heartwarming response from many of you – we cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support at a time when it is needed most. Please do stay engaged – and contact us if you need to – and we will continue to offer as much as we possibly can to help everybody through this situation.

Best wishes,
The Circomedia Team

Circomedia is proud to announce our new Specialist Sessions!

We can only cram so much into our regular adult programme of classes, and we get a lot of requests to try other skills such as tightwire, unicycle, poi, diabolo and even contortion! To widen our sphere, we’ve introduced regular 2-hour sessions each focusing on a different speciality skill – we’ll be bringing in tutors who specialise in these skills to give you a chance to try something completely new.

Our Specialist Sessions will take place on Sundays approx. once a month – click on upcoming sessions below to book. These sessions are for ages 18+ (16+ with parental permission).

Chinese Pole | Sun 29 March | 15:00 – 17:00 | Portland Square

Booking coming soon for:

Hula Hoop | Sun 5 April | Portland Square

Rotating Hoop | Sun 28 June | Portland Square

Balance (Stilts, tightwire, walking globe) | Sun 26 Jul | Portland Square



After Summer here’s some of the sessions we’re hoping to arrange:

Straps | Portland Square

Spanish Web | Portland Square

Static Cloud & Cloudswing | Portland Square

Swinging Trapeze | Portland Square

Our Youth Circus taster sessions give children the chance to try a range of circus skills and disciplines. Taught by our expert circus practitioners, these sessions give children a sense of what Circomedia Youth Circus is like in a fun hour-long workshop.

These sessions are suitable for all ages (4-17) and take place on select days during the year.

Circomedia Youth Circus is an exciting after-school programme of circus skill classes for 4-17 year olds. Students learn the fundamentals of juggling, trapeze, walking globe, acrobatics and lots more. They are taught at their own pace in groups of similar ages and abilities, while being encouraged to excel in several disciplines.

If you’re interested in the Youth Circus but want to make sure it’s right for you, this Youth Circus taster session is the perfect place to start. Booked as a one-off, you’ll have a chance to meet our lovely tutors and get to know the basics of circus.

Joining our regular classes

Please be aware that all our Youth Circus groups are currently at waiting list capacity. Our next intake is likely to be in January 2020.

It’s a great idea to attend a taster in the meantime so that when you are offered a space, you’re ready to commit to a term. You can be added to a waiting list before or after you attend – please email youthcircus@circomedia.com or call Mia on 0117 924 7615 for more information.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£6.50/£5.50 (JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Dates & Times

Select Sundays during the year – normally towards the start of a term:

Sun 22 Sep 12:00 – 13:00

We also have regular tasters for Ages 4+ and Ages 9+, approx. once a month.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: We’re not currently able to run our taster sessions classes due to Covid-19 timetabling restrictions. We hope to reintroduce these soon, but as of November 2020 we don’t currently have a date for this.

We will keep you updated via this website page, our dedicated
Coronavirus update page, and our social media feeds.**

Our Youth Circus taster sessions give children the chance to try a range of circus skills and disciplines. Taught by our expert circus practitioners, these sessions give children a sense of what Circomedia Youth Circus is like in a fun hour-long workshop.

These sessions are suitable for ages 9 – 18.

Circomedia Youth Circus is an exciting after-school programme of circus skill classes for 4-18 year olds. Students learn the fundamentals of juggling, trapeze, walking globe, acrobatics and lots more. They are taught at their own pace in groups of similar ages and abilities, while being encouraged to excel in several disciplines.

If you’re interested in the Youth Circus but want to make sure it’s right for you, this Youth Circus taster session is the perfect place to start. Booked as a one-off, you’ll have a chance to meet our lovely tutors and get to know the basics of circus.

Joining our regular classes

We’re currently at waiting list capacity for all Youth Circus groups, and due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot give an accurate wait time at the moment. To join our waiting list, fill out our online form.

If you’re offered a space but haven’t been to a taster yet, don’t worry – we’ll be flexible with our booking policy so that you can treat your first class as a taster.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£7/£6 concession (JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Times

Sundays 4pm – 5pm

Dates

We don’t currently have any dates available due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please check back regularly for updates.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: We’re not currently able to run our taster sessions classes due to Covid-19 timetabling restrictions. We hope to reintroduce these soon, but as of November 2020 we don’t currently have a date for this.

We will keep you updated via this website page, our dedicated
Coronavirus update page, and our social media feeds.**

Our Youth Circus taster sessions give children the chance to try a range of circus skills and disciplines. Taught by our expert circus practitioners, these sessions give children a sense of what Circomedia Youth Circus is like in a fun hour-long workshop.

Circomedia Youth Circus is an exciting after-school programme of circus skill classes for 4-17 year olds. Students learn the fundamentals of juggling, trapeze, walking globe, acrobatics and lots more. They are taught at their own pace in groups of similar ages and abilities, while being encouraged to excel in several disciplines.

If you’re interested in the Youth Circus but want to make sure it’s right for you, this Youth Circus taster session is the perfect place to start. Booked as a one-off, you’ll have a chance to meet our lovely tutors and get to know the basics of circus.

Joining our regular classes

We’re currently at waiting list capacity for all Youth Circus groups, and due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot give an accurate wait time at the moment. To join our waiting list, fill out our online form.

If you’re offered a space but haven’t been to a taster yet, don’t worry – we’ll be flexible with our booking policy so that you can treat your first class as a taster.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£7/£6 concession (JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Times

Sundays 3pm – 4pm

Dates

We don’t currently have any dates available due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please check back regularly for updates.

2pm
Friday 20 September 2019
South Wing Studio, Circomedia Kingswood, BS15 8DB

To launch the new book, Contemporary Circus (Routledge) there will be a talk and panel discussion with two of the book’s editors: Professor Patrick Leroux, Concordia University, Montreal and Jon Burtt, Macquarie University, Australia. They will be joined by Firenze Guidi, director at No Fit State and Charlotte Mooney, Co-director of Ockham’s Razor.

Please book your free place below.


Festival season is almost over but don’t worry, we have a full season of shows for you to look forward to. Doing what we do best, we continue to bring CIRCUS, DANCE, THEATRE & FAMILY SHOWS to the heart of Bristol. As ever, we’re giving you early birds to make savings with discounted prices available on a range of shows.

This season we are exciting to be hosting a programme of shows in collaboration with Bristol Circus City, the biennial Circus festival celebrating innovative, contemporary circus from across the globe!

See the full list of shows here >>

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 7.45pm – 9.15pm
Location: Kingswood Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Bristol BS15 8DB
Level: Improver
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

Improvers’ hoop classes help students progress from the basics of aerial hoop to more advanced practice, honing your skills and building confidence through taking on more challenging moves and techniques.

These classes are perfect for students who already have some experience of hoop or have completed some Beginners’ Hoop classes, and will help you take your skills to the next level.

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Please note we cannot currently accept new students for aerial classes. Please only book if you have attended at least one block of Circomedia classes. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

A brand new course for the Circomedia programme, this open level juggling class is fun for everyone whether you’re starting from scratch or looking for new tricks!

With a multitude of equipment available – balls, hoops, clubs, and more – there are so many skills, tricks, and patterns that can be learnt. A natural hand-eye coordination improver, juggling is also a fun, social, and interactive discipline which allows constant progression for both beginners and improvers.

For 2020, juggling is moving from a drop-in session to a block booking session – you’ll need to book for 4-7 weeks at a time. This will allow you better progression and focus within each session and you’ll be amazed at how much progress you make over the course of a few weeks!

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Price

£10.50 per 1.5h session (booked in blocks of 4-7 weeks at a time)

Time

Sundays 13:30 – 15:00

Dates

Sun 12 Jan – 9 Feb 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Sun 1 Mar – 29 Mar 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Sun 5 Apr: One-off taster as part of our Full Taster Day (£10)
Book for just one class of Juggling to try it out and see if you like it. If you’re a regular, you can book on provided you bring along a newbie too!

**During the Easter period we have a Full Taster Day on Sun 5 Apr and a Full Flying Day on Sun 19 Apr. This is your chance to try something new, or bring a friend along and introduce them to your regular class!

This year there are no classes on Easter Sunday.

From May to June classes at Portland Square take a break completely due to Circomedia student productions. We still have classes in Kingswood as normal! Classes start back on the 28th June – see below:**

Sun 28 Jun – 26 Jul 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm


To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session. Remember – bookings for Sun 5 April are one-off tasters designed for newcomers, but if you’re a regular you can book in and bring a new friend along!

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Location: St Pauls Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

Our acrobatics class is ideal for beginners and more advanced students. You will learn the basics of acrobatics and will build up your strength, fitness and tricks repertoire under the supervision of our expert tutors.

Areas of acrobatics include handstands, tumbling and acrobalance. Tutors encourage participants to progress at their own rate and teach safe practice and proper technique.

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Please note we cannot currently accept new students for aerial classes. Please only book if you have attended at least one block of Circomedia classes. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

Our beginners’ silks Tuesday class is ideal for building confidence in the air. You will learn basic holds and locks, as well as practicing climbing the silks and building up strength to progress to more advanced moves. Some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity, and tutors are happy to support complete newcomers to aerial circus.

Location

St Pauls Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Time

Tuesdays, 20:00 – 21:30

Price

£10.50 per 1.5h session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Dates

Tue 7 Jan – 4 Feb 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Tue 25 Feb – 24 Mar (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Tue 31 Mar – 21 Apr (4 weeks £42) – Booking opens Fri 6 Mar, 8pm

From May to June classes at Portland Square take a break due to Circomedia student productions.
We still have classes in Kingswood as normal.

Tue 23 Jun – 21 Jul (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm

To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

If this class isn’t for you, check out our other available Silks classes. You can also try out silks alongside other aerial disciplines in our Mixed Aerial classes!

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm

Static Trapeze is a fantastic way into the world of aerial circus as beginners can familiarise themselves with aerial work using a solid structure rather than flexible equipment such as silks or ropes. This hour-long beginners’ trapeze class allow you to build muscle strength, improve your balance and grow in confidence in the air.

You’ll gain a strong foundation to move on to more advanced trapeze skills, venture into doubles trapeze or flying trapeze, or try different aerial disciplines like rope, silks and hoop.

Location

Studio 2, Circomedia, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

£7 per 1h session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Times

Tuesday 19:00 – 20:00

Dates

Tue 7 Jan – 4 Feb 2020 (5 weeks £35) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Tue 25 Feb – 31 Mar 2020 (6 weeks £42) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Tue 21 Arp – 19 May 2020 (5 weeks £35) – Booking opens Fri 6 Mar, 8pm

Tue 1 Jun – 13 Jul 2020 (7 weeks £49) – Booking opens Fri 6 Mar, 8pm

To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

We also have a Beginners’ & Improvers’ Trapeze class at Portland Square.

The Tuis are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Tuesday group for ages 8-10, offering our slightly older students the chance to explore and develop their circus skills.

When

Tuesdays
5.30pm – 6.15pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

8 – 10 years

Class Cost

£7 Full
£6 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Whether graduating up from our younger classes or swinging from the trapeze for the first time, our age 8 – 10 classes will help students develop their technical and performance skills. Students will get to try different circus disciplines including stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics. They will progress to more advanced skills as they gain in confidence.

Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Tuis to challenge themselves and build their confidence for more advanced practice.

We run classes for ages 8 – 10 on Mondays – Wednesdays and Fridays. Have a look at the other classes here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

The Wagtails are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Wednesday group for ages 8-10, offering our slightly older students the chance to explore and develop their circus skills.

When

Wednesdays
5.30pm – 6.15pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

8 – 10 years

Class Cost

£7 Full
£6 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Whether graduating up from our younger classes or swinging from the trapeze for the first time, our age 8 – 10 classes will help students develop their technical and performance skills. Students will get to try different circus disciplines including stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics. They will progress to more advanced skills as they gain in confidence.

Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Wagtails to challenge themselves and build their confidence for more advanced practice.

We run classes for ages 8 – 10 on Mondays – Wednesdays and Fridays. Have a look at the other classes here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

This session is a mixed ability class, suitable for new flyers and those with previous experience. Because flying is one-on-one, each flyer will be able to try different things so tutors can tailor their experience throughout the session.

Please note sessions are weather-dependent. If a session does not go ahead due to weather we will refund you the full amount of your ticket. Please ensure we have your correct contact details to pass on last-minute updates!

Location

Circomedia Kingswood Outdoor Rig, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

£25/£20 concession (JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Dates

Sat 17 & Sun 18 Aug

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Aug

Times

10:00 – 12:00

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615.

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

This session is for returning and regular U18 flyers. The class is ideal for ages 10-18 who have attended at least two flying sessions previously – they should already be comfortable with taking off, swinging, landing, and have a few tricks under their belt.

In this class improvers will work on progressing with their swings and tricks, polishing their technique and gaining confidence in their flying ability. You will still fly in lines but will try more complex tricks and practice taking off with less assistance. You may also start to work on ‘returns’, the process of returning from the catcher, to the bar, and back to the platform.

Please note sessions are weather-dependent. If a session does not go ahead due to weather we will refund you the full amount of your ticket. Please ensure we have your correct contact details to pass on last-minute updates!

Location

Circomedia Kingswood Outdoor Rig, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

£25/£20 concession (JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Dates

Daily, Tue 13 Aug – Fri 16 Aug

Daily, Tue 20 Aug – Fri 23 Aug

Times

13:00 – 15:00

We also have a Mixed Beginners’ & Improvers’ Session at the weekends, suitable for all abilities.

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615.

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

This session is for first or second time flyers aged 10-18 (at least 4’7″ tall).

The class will go over the fundamentals and basics of flying trapeze, giving young flyers the opportunity to get used to taking off, swinging and landing. Once they feel comfortable with this process we start working on performing a simple trick, with the aim of being able to be caught by a catcher at the end of the class.

Beginner flyers will always wear a harness/safety belt which allows our experienced tutors on the ground to lunge the student safely. After taking off you’ll swing back and forth across the space, and at the caller’s instruction you’ll let go to land in the safety net. It can feel daunting but our tutors will make sure you always feel safe and secure – and the second you leave the platform, you’ll be hooked on the feeling of swinging through the air!

Please note sessions are weather-dependent. If a session does not go ahead due to weather we will refund you the full amount of your ticket. Please ensure we have your correct contact details to pass on last-minute updates!

Location

Circomedia Kingswood Outdoor Rig, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

£25/£20 concession (JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Dates

Daily, Tue 13 Aug – Fri 16 Aug

Daily, Tue 20 Aug – Fri 23 Aug

Times

10:00 – 12:00

We also have a Mixed Beginners’ & Improvers’ Session at the weekends, suitable for all abilities.

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615.

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Our mixed aerial and acrobatics drop-in session offers participants with some experience to further their practice in self-led sessions at our Kingswood venue. A teacher will be present to supervise and facilitate your training, but you can shape the session to your advantage.

You will have the opportunity to practice your silks, rope, hoop or trapeze skills, or acrobatic floor work.

Unlike our other sessions, there’s no need to pre-book (but our tutors may cap numbers if we reach capacity).

Location

South Wing, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£7 per 1.5h session (bring cash to each session)

Time

Thursdays 19:00 – 20:30

Dates

Thu 25 Jul

Thu 1, 8, 15 & 22 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular drop-in classes here.

Our mixed ability silks and rope classes are ideal for all levels, from beginners through to aerialists with some experience in rope, silks or another aerial discipline. Having mastered core techniques and developed strength, these classes will allow you to improve your abilities and take on more advanced and challenging moves.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5h session

Time

Thursdays 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Thu 25 Jul

Thu 1, 8, 15 & 22 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular silks & rope classes here.

Our beginners’ rope and silks classes offer students the opportunity to learn the basics, develop strength and build confidence. You will learn to climb, master basic foot holds and try out some striking visual moves.

Some experience in an aerial or physical discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity, and tutors encourage students to move at their own pace.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£7 per 1h session

Time

Thursdays 18:30 – 19:30

Dates

Thu 25 Jul

Thu 1, 8, 15 & 22 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular silks & rope classes here.

Our acrobatics class is ideal for beginners and more advanced students. You will learn the basics of acrobatics and will build up your strength, fitness and tricks repertoire under the supervision of our expert tutors.

Areas of acrobatics include handstands, tumbling and acrobalance. Tutors encourage participants to progress at their own rate and teach safe practice and proper technique.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Gym, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£14 per 2h session

Time

Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00

Dates

Wed 24 & 31 Jul

Wed 7, 14 & 21 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular acrobatics classes here.

 

Our intermediate silks class is ideal for those who are looking to advance their skills in a more challenging environment. If you have done a few beginner courses and are comfortable with footlocks (in the air) then this class is for you. You will primarily work on sequences in and out of footlocks and hiplocks, as well as advancing your creative practice and confidence in the air.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5h session

Time

Wednesdays 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Wed 24 & 31 Jul

Wed 7, 14 & 21 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular silks classes here.

Beginners’ silks is ideal for building confidence in the air. You will learn basic holds and locks, as well as practicing climbing the silks and building up strength to progress to more advanced moves. Some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity, and tutors are happy to support complete newcomers to aerial circus.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£7 per 1h session

Time

Wednesdays 18:30 – 19:30

Dates

Wed 24 & 31 Jul

Wed 7, 14 & 21 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular silks classes here.

This mixed ability class is perfect for newcomers to hoop, or those with a bit more experience. If you’ve not yet made the transition from beginner to improver, you can find your feet in this class and push yourself a bit harder to reach that improver level!

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5h session

Time

Tuesdays 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Tue 23 & 30 Jul

Tue 6, 13 & 20 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular trapeze classes here.

Improvers’ trapeze is perfect for those with some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline. Having mastered the basics and built up your strength and confidence, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your trapeze skills and progress to the next level.

Teacher Jacky is an international performer and teacher who brings a wealth of experience to Circomedia’s intermediate trapeze classes. She provides a safe and supportive environment where students can test their boundaries and push themselves to improve at their own pace.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Studio 2, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5h session

Time

Tuesdays 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Tue 23 & 30 Jul

Tue 6, 13 & 20 Aug

 

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular trapeze classes here.

Static Trapeze is a fantastic way into the world of aerial circus as beginners can familiarise themselves with aerial work using a solid structure rather than flexible equipment such as silks or ropes. Beginners’ trapeze classes allow you to build muscle strength, improve your balance and grow in confidence in the air.

You’ll gain a strong foundation to move on to more advanced trapeze skills, venture into doubles trapeze or flying trapeze, or try different aerial disciplines like rope, silks and hoop.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Studio 2, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£7.00 per 1-hour session

Time

Tuesdays 18:30 – 19:30

Dates

Tue 23 & 30 Jul

Tue 6, 13 & 20 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular trapeze classes here.

Intermediate hoop classes help students progress from the basics of aerial hoop to more advanced practice, honing your skills and building confidence through taking on more challenging moves and techniques.

These classes are perfect for students who already have some experience of hoop or have completed some Beginners’ Hoop classes, and will help you take your skills to the next level.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5-hour session

Time

Mondays 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Mon 22 & 29 Jul

Mon 5, 12 & 19 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.


From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular hoop classes here.

Our beginners’ hoop classes introduce you to the foundations of aerial hoop, providing a supportive space to learn basic skills and build your strength. This class is ideal for beginners, or those with some experience in another aerial discipline.

You will gain confidence and agility in the air under the guidance of our skilled tutors, who are adept at teaching safe practice and proper technique.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£7.00 per 1-hour session

Time

Mondays 18:30 – 19:30

Dates

Mon 22 & 29 Jul

Mon 5, 12 & 19 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.


From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular hoop classes here.

Mixed aerial classes are perfect for those who wish to learn the very basics before moving into a beginners’/improvers’ class, or for those who want to recap the basics again. You’ll  try different skills including rope, silks, hoop and trapeze (normally a couple per week).

As a result this class is a great way to build strength and confidence with aerial equipment. Our fantastic tutors are experts at supporting participants to progress at their own pace and build strong foundations for progressing with their aerial practice.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Studio 2 (Mon) & Batcave (Tue), Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood BS 15 5DB

Price

£7.00 per 1-hour session

Time

Mondays 18:30 – 19:30 (Studio 2)

Tuesdays 18:30 – 19:30 (Batcave

Dates

Mon 22 & 29 Jul

Tue 23 & 30 Jul

Mon 5, 12 & 19 Aug

Tue 6, 13, & 20 Aug

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.


From September onwards our normal class programme resumes – you can see our regular Mixed Aerial classes here.

Static Trapeze is a fantastic way into the world of aerial circus as beginners can familiarise themselves with aerial work using a solid structure rather than flexible equipment such as silks or ropes. Complete beginners’ trapeze classes allow you to build muscle strength, improve your balance and grow in confidence in the air.

You’ll gain a strong foundation to move on to more advanced trapeze skills, venture into doubles trapeze or flying trapeze, or try different aerial disciplines like rope, silks and hoop.

Summer sessions are bookable week by week, but we advise booking well in advance as they tend to sell out early!

Location

Studio 2, Circomedia, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5-hour session

Times

Monday 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Mon 22 & 29 Jul 2019

Mon 5, 12 & 19 Aug 2019

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Saturday 15 June 2019
8.00pm
St Pauls Church, Portland Square, BS2 8SJ
£10

Well, what a year it’s been. Stressful at times, I think you’ll agree, and bloody hard work, but also amazing and full of incredible moments none of us will ever forget. Plus we didn’t have to close the school because of a scabies outbreak, hurray! That alone is worthy of a party.

To celebrate the end of the year we’d like to lay on a bit of a do for you all, students and staff alike. There’ll be dancing, nibbles and a graduation ceremony to say farewell to those leaving us.

Put on your gladrags and dancing shoes and join us at Portland Square on Saturday 15th June, 8pm. Tickets are £10 for students, guest teachers and plus ones.


We regret to inform you that due to the poor weather conditions in Bristol we are forced to cancel tomorrow’s Open Day (Saturday 2nd February). Conditions around the Kingswood Estate are potentially dangerous and the site managers have taken the decision to keep the entire site closed all weekend.

Our sincerest apologies to everyone who booked on to the day, we will reschedule the event for another time in the future.

If you have any questions please contact Jade Trendall at jadet@circomedia.com or call us on 0117 947 7288.

UPDATE

Jade Trendall will be at the site at 10.30am tomorrow morning to meet with anyone who has already made the trip to Bristol. We’re aware some peope will have travelled in advance and we don’t want your journey to be waste.  Please note this won’t be a full bells and whistles Open Day but Jade can show you around the facilities and answer your questions.

Join our Circomedia Youth Circus summer extravaganza! Five jam-packed days of aerial, juggling, clowning, games and more.  Children will enjoy a full week of circus fun, building up to a showcase spectacular for friends and family at the end of the week.

Suitable for anyone aged 12+, whether or not you’re a current Circomedia Youth Circus student. You don’t need previous circus experience – just be willing to get involved and have fun!

For 2019 we’re delighted to offer two different date choices for Summer School! You can book for week 1 or week 2 – if you’re really keen, you can book for both, but be aware that the programme will be the same for both weeks.

Keep your eyes peeled for programmes and plans, coming soon.

Dates

Mon 29 Jul – Fri 2 Aug 2019

Mon 5 Aug – Fri 9 Aug 2019

Time

08:30 – 16:00

Location

Circomedia Kingswood
Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

Exclusive CHRISTMAS OFFER: Half Price for the first five bookers! (Ends 2 Jan 2019)

£90/£75 concession

Strictly limited SUPER EARLYBIRD PRICES: Book before 28 Feb 2019

£130/£110 concession

Strictly limited EARLYBIRD PRICES: Book before 31 May 2019

£150/£130 concession

FULL PRICE: From 1 Jun 2019 onwards

£175/£150 concession

Concessions are available to anyone in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support or Housing Benefit

We are delighted to be able to offer a select number of bursary places for this year’s summer school for young people who would otherwise struggle to attend. If you would like to be considered for a bursary place, please complete this application form (opens as PDF) and email it to youthcircus@circomedia.com.

For more information please contact Mia or Jono on 0117 924 7615 or email youthcircus@circomedia.com (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Privacy Policy

Circomedia is committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold on you. We use your personal data to provide our services to you. In particular, we will use the information we hold about you to:

  • Provide educational and support services to our students and staff
  • Provide commercial activities to our customers and hirers
  • Advertise and promote the services we offer
  • Publish newsletters and maintain alumni relations
  • Undertake research and fundraising
  • Manage our accounts and legal records
  • Use CCTV to protect our premises

It allows us to develop a better understanding of you and in turn provide you with relevant and timely information about the work that we do – both on stage and off stage. As a charity, it also helps us engage with potential donors and supporters.

When we talk about data and personal data in this policy, we mean personal data which identify you or which could be used to identify you such as your name and contact details. It might also be your academic record or your booking details for shows and classes. It may also include information about how you use our website and mobile applications.

We have described how we collect, store and use your data in this Privacy Policy. There are steps you can take to control what we do with your data and this policy will explain your rights and the actions you can take. Under current legislation we are not obliged to employ a Data Protection Officer however, we have internal policies and procedures to govern the way we respond to your data requests and any changes to your preferences regarding the way we use your personal data.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at info@circomedia.com or you can write to us at Circomedia, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8DB.

Download the full privacy policy

Classes Timetable

There is still time to apply for one of Circomedia’s full time courses. Please email us at admissions@circomedia.com with any questions about applications or auditions.

Foundation Degree

Some places have recently become available on our Foundation Degree in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre. Applications are submitted via UCAS clearing here. Once we have received your application you will be contacted and asked to submit a video audition piece.

Vocational course

The Professional Diploma is a privately-funded, unaccredited equivalent of the Foundation Degree. It is ideal for people who don’t want (or need) a formal qualification and just want to develop practical skills. No essays, just lots of training! It’s cheaper than the FDA however you can’t apply for a Student Loan. Applications are submitted directly through our website.

Masters

To apply for the world’s first MA in Directing Circus you will need to submit an application through UCAS, same as above. Information and guidance is available on our website here.

At an Open Day you will get a chance to experience what it’s like to train at Circomedia. There will be a presentation about the course from the Course Leader and you’ll be able ask all the questions you can think of. You’ll also take part in workshops, led by the staff who’ll teach you on the course, and meet current students. Open Days end with a Q&A and presentations from students so you can find out what Circomedia life is really like.

To book a place please email admissions@circomedia.com

“I like that the course focuses on creativity, it seems like a nurturing environment.”

FDA Open Day attendee November 2019

The diversity in education received at Circomedia is reflected in the various career paths taken by our graduates. Some will go on to become world class performers, whilst others will eschew the spotlight in favour of working as directors, producers or designers. Circomedia graduates have worked alongside circus and theatre companies both big and small, and others have set up their own. Inspired by the education they received, some graduates have become teachers themselves, helping to inspire the next generation of practitioners.

Whatever the direction taken, Circomedia is proud of all its graduates. The names below are just a few of the many people who spent time at Circomedia now enjoying creative and fulfilling careers in the arts.

Ockham’s Razor

Ockham’s Razor was formed in 2004 by Alex Harvey, Charlotte Mooney and Tina Koch, all of whom met whilst studying at Circomedia. Just over a decade later, the company has several critically acclaimed productions to its name and produces some of the most visually stunning and emotionally resonant circus theatre anywhere in the world.

What makes Ockham’s Razor unique is their integration of physical theatre with aerial and acrobatics performed using original apparatus and equipment. Rather than paint the circus performer as a superhuman character who can achieve the impossible, Ockham’s Razor draw on what is real and human, telling stories about vulnerability, trust and reliance. They were the first British company to be funded by the Jeunes Talents Cirque and in 2007 they premiered their first full evening programme at the London International Mime Festival to sell-out audiences. Then years since their debut, Ockham’s Razor has built an international reputation for innovative, arresting and accessible theatre.

Alex Harvey

Before coming to Circomedia, Alex had studied singing and fine art at university. Once he decided to give circus a go he specialised in aerial and physical theatre. When not designing the custom-build apparatus for which Ockham’s Razor is renowned, he is a consultant for equipment design and creative rigging for other companies who want to do something different to the norm. Alex is currently performing in Tipping Point, one of Ockham’s Razor’s most celebrated shows, and helping to devise new work.

Charlotte Mooney

Charlotte initially trained as a dancer. Whilst studying English Literature at Sussex University she discovered a passion for theatre which brought her to Circomedia. Since forming Ockham’s Razor Charlotte has devised, directed and performed in their work. She has also found time to work with companies such as Improbable, Amici Dance Theatre and the English National Opera. Charlotte is a highly respected and experienced workshop facilitator and teacher and we are immensely proud to have her as one of the guest teachers on our MA course.

A few months ago Charlotte was kind enough to sit down with a couple of our BTEC students and talk about her time at Circomedia. You can watch the interview on our YouTube channel here.

Tina Koch

Tina studied Cultural Science and Aesthetic Communication at the Hildesheim University in Germany. She specialised in live art and visual theatre which inspired her to coem to Circomedia and train in acrobalance and aerial. Tina has extensive experience teaching circus and physical theatre all over Europe and is Ockham’s Razor’s Head of Education and International Relations. Her directing work for other companies included big ensemble productions for the National Centre for Circus Arts and Stefano Di Renzo’s one-man shows On My Way and Hold On.

Green Eyed Zero

Both Rachel and Sebastien trained at Circomedia before setting up Green Eyed Zero in 2006, a company specialising in circus, physical theatre and digital media, recognised as “one of the most challenging and innovative young companies around” (Gareth Lloyd Roberts, Wales Millennium Centre). The company toured at the National Theatre, the Lowry and Dartington Arts and have been artists in residence at Circomedia and The Merlin Theatre, Frome.

Green Eyed Zero have developed three shows: In The Shadow of Picture Frames (2008); Folie à Deux (2011) and A Show About Choice (2014). Their projects have been supported by the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts Scheme and Folie à Deux was heavily supported by the Lowry and their Studio Theatre. Rachel and Sebastien both teach at Circomedia, you can read about them and our other members of staff on the teachers page.

Shana Kennedy

When Shana began learning circus on her own, in the mid-1990s in suburban America, there was no opportunity to do tightwire or trapeze. Juggling was the only thing that was accessible to her. When she first tried these other disciplines at Circomedia in 1995 it was like a whole new world opened up; she fell in love with the mental and physical challenges. She’d never considered herself an athlete so to be able to do a pull-up, an impossible task just a few years before, was incredibly empowering and she never forgot it. It was that sense of empowerment, and what that meant to her, that inspired Shana to found the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, which has become one of the largest recreational circus schools in America.

Before founding the school, Shana worked for over ten years as a trapeze and tightwire artist, performing and teaching all around the US. Just last year, following the success of the Philadelphia School, Shana opened Circadium, Amercia’s first three-year, accredited higher education programme for circus. Bim Mason, Circomedia’s Creative Director and co-founder, remains a mentor to Shana as she’s modeled Circadium partly after Circomedia in the way its teachings combine physical theatre with circus. In a bizarre twist of fate, Circadium is also housed inside an old church!

Tom Wainwright

Tom is a writer and performer based in Bristol. His first play, Muscle, developed at Residence, received a national tour from Hull Truck Theatre in association with Bristol Old Vic. Between 2008 and 2010 he developed a multi-media solo show entitled Pedestrian (co-commissioned and produced by Theatre Bristol and Bristol Old Vic) which went on to be a sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, touring nationally throughout 2011 to critical acclaim.

As an actor Tom has worked for Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Theatre Alibi, Bodies In Flight, BBC1 and Radio 4 and has performed with and managed international street show The Big Heads.

Matilda Leyser

Matilda studied English literature at King’s College London. In 1998 she then studied at Circomedia, specialising in physical theatre with aerial silks. For ten years she collaborated as an aerialist and actress with theatre, dance and circus companies on diverse productions including The Bird (Mamaloucos, National Theatre); Destination and Romeo and Juliet (Volcano Theatre); Elemental, Rope, and An Evening with Dracula (Company F/Z); Sister Sister (Boilerhouse); The Miserly Knight (Glyndebourne Opera); Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe); and Egg Dances, Passage and Ascending Fields (Rosemary Lee). She also devised and performed her own work as a solo artist. Her full-length solo show – Line, Point, Plane – was commissioned by the London International Mime Festival and the Royal Opera House, and toured nationally and internationally from 2006 to 2007.

In 2008 Matilda decided to give up aerial work and come down to earth. She retrained firstly at The Drama Centre London and then at Goddard College, Vermont, on the MFA in Creative Writing. She is in the midst of writing her first novel.

2008 was also the year she began working with Improbable and has performed with the company in a number of their shows: Panic; Satyagraha and The Still. She now works as an Associate Director with the company. In 2012 Matilda became and mother and two years later founded ‘Mothers who Make’, a peer support group for mothers and artists of every ilk which has rapidly grown into a national network, running in arts venues across the whole of the UK. In 2016 she directed Me, Mother a show about how circus performers navigate motherhood, commissioned by The Roundhouse.

Catherine Boot

Cat trained in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College and subsequently worked as an actor for nine years before coming to Circomedia (2011) to learn about integrating circus and physical theatre as a director. Alongside teaching at Circomedia across both the BTEC and degree programmes, Cat is the Artistic Director of Can’t Sit Still. Their latest show, Plink and Boo, a show for young audiences about gender stereotyping in children, has just been given a grant by the Arts Council which will enable Cat and the company to further develop it after a series of successful previews last summer and take the show on tour around the UK later this year.

Cat is also a freelance director and workshop facilitator and has worked with the Roundhouse, PanGottic Circus-Theatre, Hubbub Theatre and Travelling Light.

We interviewed Catherine to find out more about life with and beyond Circomedia.

What did studying with Circomedia mean to you – i.e. how did it help you develop as a performer?

Circomedia was instrumental in the development of my career. I had already been working as an actor for nine years when I joined the course, and I came because I wanted to learn how to create my own work, so I wasn’t always at the mercy of casting directors. Being at Circomedia gave me the time to reflect on my practice, and come to the new understanding that whilst I loved the creative process, I didn’t want to stand on stage night after night anymore – I wanted to be in the rehearsal room making work. This isn’t the path that most students follow here, but once I’d reached this realisation, the staff supported me and gave me as much opportunity as possible to explore directing, teaching and producing within circus, physical theatre and outdoor arts, which is what I do for a living now.

When did you set up Can’t Sit Still?

Can’t Sit Still was set up by myself and two friends whilst we were in the 2nd year – we just wanted to make work together beyond Circomedia. We had an idea for a show, and put together an Arts Council funding application. We found out that we’d been awarded the grant on our very last day at Circomedia.

What kind of work do you endeavour to create with the company? What are your aims for your creative work?

A lot of Can’t Sit Still’s work has been for children and family audiences, although I never want to limit the work we make. I feel if something is good then it’s for everyone, really. We primarily work with physical theatre and circus, but we also integrate a lot of puppetry into our shows, as well as original and sometimes live music. Most of all, I always say that I want the shows we make to start a conversation over the breakfast table the next day. I want families to take what they saw on stage or in the street and feel moved enough by it to spend time talking about it together, so that each member of that family can develop their opinions by learning from the other. And then go and do something about the issues it raised.

How did you find the transition from studying at Circomedia to teaching a new generation of performers?

Initially I found it quite easy – I had such recent knowledge of what it felt like to be a student and the challenges of the course, and this was huge advantage during my first year of teaching. Now I’m 4 years on and the course is developing all the time, so I definitely have less first hand knowledge of what the students go through, but I also have a lot more experience as a teacher and professional circus theatre maker, so I hope that I can contribute to the course in different ways.

What would your message to be to someone considering studying with us?

Be open to whatever the course will hold, and take it one day at a time. Throw yourself into everything with all your might. Whether you stay for three months or three years, it could be the best time of your life and will almost certainly be over before you know it.

If you want to study circus with physical theatre and develop as a new kind of circus performer then look no further than Circomedia and our full-time courses delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University and City of Bristol College. Based in the vibrant city of Bristol, famous for its thriving performance industry and links to the global circus and theatre community, Circomedia has been at the forefront of contemporary circus education for over 30 years. One might even say Circomedia helped invent contemporary circus education.

It is one of our core educational beliefs that minds and personalities need developing just as much as physical skills. That is why we nurture our students to take an imaginative and forward-thinking approach to training. We aim to give students not just what they need for the existing artistic environment but to equip them to create their own blend of circus and theatre for the future. We encourage all our students across all courses to devise work that challenges and inspires, in the hope they will discover the fullness of their physical, emotional and creative potential.

Download the Prospectus 2021/2022 now.

The Academy pages on our website contain full information about each course as well as photos and video to show you what studying at Circomedia really looks and feels like. We have produced a Circomedia Prospectus 2021/2022 that distills this into a small sized PDF document for access offline and sharing with others. Perhaps you work at a school or college and want to include a copy in your library. To download a copy of our prospectus please click on the link above.

This is Ashley’s Event.

To apply for a place on the Vocational Course beginning September 2021, please complete the form below.

If you have any questions, or you would like to find out about our Open Days please email admissions@circomedia.com

We will contact you by email no later than one week after your submission to confirm we have received your application. If you do not hear back within that time please contact admissions@circomedia.com.  Successful applicants will then be invited to an audition.

ICAN taster sessions give participants the chance to try out ICAN and see how sessions work. You’ll be able to explore the space, meet the tutors and try out circus games and skills. You can book onto our regular sessions if you enjoy the taster.

If you would like to talk to us before making a booking, please call Robin or Mia on 01179 247 615 Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm.

Once booked, we’ll call you for a brief chat about any specific access requirements you might have.

St Paul’s Church is physically accessible. There is level access, adapted toilet facilities and door-step parking on Portland Square. We are committed to constantly improving access and learning what we can do better, so please provide feedback if you wish following your visit.

The ICAN Project was developed in collaboration with local inclusivity group SENDAWelcome.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Price

£6.50/£5.50 concession

Ages

5 – 16

Dates & Times

Sun 6 Jan 09:45 – 10:45

Sun 3 Mar 09:45 – 10:45

If you enjoy the taster, you can join us for the full block by calling 0117 924 7615. Find out more about our regular ICAN sessions.

Circomedia FDA Graduate Show

Thu 7 & Fri 8 June, 7:30pm
£5
16+

Ensemble comes from the Middle French word ensemblée, which means “together, at the same time.”  Our graduating students come together for two nights to show the results of devising and creating in a group with these mini performances, exploring contemporary trends in circus performance and integrating their physical skills with variety and daring.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: We have made the decision to pause ICAN classes for March and April 2020, in order to protect our students who may have additional health needs to consider.

We will keep you updated via this website page, our dedicated
Coronavirus update page, and our social media feeds.**

ICAN weekly circus workshops are designed for young people aged 8-16 living with special educational needs and disabilities. Our experienced circus practitioners will tailor sessions to individual needs and abilities to promote an inclusive and relaxed environment.

Sessions typically involve warm-up games and exercises followed by the opportunity to try different skills including juggling and balancing, acrobatics and tumbling and aerial skills. Participants can choose what they’d like to focus on and shape the sessions to their liking with the guidance and support of the session leaders.

If you would like to talk to us before making a booking, please call Jono or Mia on 01179 247 615 Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm.

You can join us for a taster session at any time – just call the office or drop us an email at youthcircus@circomedia.com.

Once booked, we’ll give call you for a brief chat about any specific access requirements you might have.

St Paul’s Church is physically accessible. The building has level access, adapted toilet facilities and door-step parking on Portland Square. We are committed to constantly improving access and learning what we can do better, so please do give us feedback if you wish following your visit.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Time

Sundays 09:45 – 10:45

Price

£7/£6 concession

Ages

5 – 16

Dates

Sun 12 Jan – 9 Feb (5 weeks £35/£30 concession)

Sun 1 Mar – 5 Apr (5 weeks £35/£30 concession) The remaining sessions of our Mar-Apr block (22 & 29 Mar) have been cancelled in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak. This is to protect our students who may have additional health conditions.


To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

You can join us for a taster session at any time – just call the office on 0117 924 7615 or drop us an email at youthcircus@circomedia.com.

For more information email Mia or Jono at youthcircus@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm). Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

In light of the current Covid-19 situation, please check in regularly with this page, our dedicated coronavirus update page, and our social media feeds for details of when new dates will be released.

The Toucans are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Tuesday group for ages 11 – 18, giving our oldest students the opportunity to explore their skills further and focus on specific disciplines.

When

Tuesdays
6.30pm – 7.45pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

11 – 18 years

Class Cost

£10.50 Full
£9 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Whether graduating up from our younger classes or swinging from the trapeze for the first time, Toucans will help students develop their technical and performance skills. Students will get to try different circus disciplines including stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics. They will progress to more advanced skills as they gain in confidence, and will have the opportunity to focus more on specific disciplines that interest them.

Our experienced tutors support individuals to progress at their own pace, and encourage students to challenge themselves when they are ready. Alongside regular sessions there is also the opportunity to take part in showcases and other performance events.

Many of our Youth Circus students go on to study our BTEC course.

We have Youth Circus classes for ages 11 – 18 on Mondays – Wednesdays & Fridays – you can see all the groups here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

Our Mynahs group is for ages 11+, and is currently geared towards students who are interested in developing their performance skills alongside technical prowess.

When

Mondays
6.30pm – 7.45pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

11 – 18 years

Class Cost

£10.50 Full
£9 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Mynahs gives students who have mastered the basics the opportunity to focus their training. Guided by our expert circus practitioners, students will be encouraged to broaden their comfort zones and challenge their limits in order to progress to the next level. Students may choose to focus their training on a particular discipline or work at developing an individual creative style for performance.

In the past, our Mynahs have had the opportunity to perform at external events and attend the National Youth Circus Event in London. This group gives students the opportunity to progress to a serious training level and really hone their skills.

Many of our Youth Circus students go on to study our BTEC course.

We have Youth Circus classes for ages 11 – 18 on Mondays – Wednesdays & Fridays – you can see all the groups here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

The Kestrels are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Kingswood Thursday group for ages 9 – 13, offering older and more experienced students the chance to progress to the next level.

Whether you’re graduating up from our younger classes or swinging from the trapeze for the first time, our 9+ classes will help students develop their technical and performance skills. Students will get to try different circus disciplines including stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics. They will progress to more advanced skills as they gain in confidence.

Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Kestrels to challenge themselves and build their confidence for more advanced practice.

We run classes for ages 9+ on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Have a look at the other classes here.

Location

Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Rd, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Time

18:40-20:10

Ages

9 – 13

Price

£10.50/£9 (JSA/Housing Ben./Income Supp.) per 1.5-hour session

Payment can be made via Direct Debit or Full-Year payment to guarantee a space for the full academic year. You can also pay for each half-term at a time.

Term dates

Coming soon! Current parents – check your rebooking communications.

If you would like to join us or are returning after a break, please contact the office before booking as many of our groups are operating waiting lists. We’ll always get you in as soon as possible!

For more information please contact Mia or Jono on 0117 924 7615 / youthcircus@circomedia.com.

Phone booking is available (£1 admin fee) Mon- Fri 9am- 4pm.

Current Parents: seeing SOLD OUT? LOG IN

The Waxwings are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Wednesday group for ages 11 – 18, giving our oldest students the opportunity to explore their skills further and focus on specific disciplines.

When

Wednesdays
6.30pm – 7.45pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

11 – 18 years

Class Cost

£10.50 Full
£9 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Whether graduating up from our younger classes or swinging from the trapeze for the first time, Waxwings will help students develop their technical and performance skills. Students will get to try different circus disciplines including stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics. They will progress to more advanced skills as they gain in confidence, and will have the opportunity to focus more on specific disciplines that interest them.

Our experienced tutors support individuals to progress at their own pace, and encourage students to challenge themselves when they are ready. Alongside regular sessions there is also the opportunity to take part in showcases and other performance events.

Many of our Youth Circus students go on to study our BTEC course.

We have Youth Circus classes for ages 11 – 18 on Mondays – Wednesdays & Fridays – you can see all the groups here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

The Magpies are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Monday group for ages 8-10, offering our slightly older students the chance to explore and develop their circus skills.

When

Mondays
5.30pm – 6.15pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

8 – 10 years

Class Cost

£7 Full
£6 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

Whether graduating up from our younger classes or swinging from the trapeze for the first time, our age 8 – 10 classes will help students develop their technical and performance skills. Students will get to try different circus disciplines including stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics. They will progress to more advanced skills as they gain in confidence.

Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Magpies to challenge themselves and build their confidence for more advanced practice.

We run classes for ages 8 – 10 on Mondays – Wednesdays and Fridays. Have a look at the other classes here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

The Kingfishers are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Kingswood Thursday group for ages 4 – 9, giving younger members a fun introduction to circus.

In their weekly sessions, younger students will learn the basics of circus skills and build their confidence and strength. They’ll have a chance to try out stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics, as well as having plenty of fun doing exciting warm-ups and learning routines for shows.

Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Kingfishers to try new skills and develop their abilities in a fun and engaging way.

We run classes for ages 4 – 9 from Monday – Thursday evenings. Have a look at the other classes here.

Location

Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Rd, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Time

17:40-18:40

Ages

4-9

Price

£7/£6 (JSA/Housing Ben./Income Supp.) per 1-hour session

Payment can be made via Direct Debit or Full-Year payment to guarantee a space for the full academic year. You can also pay for each half-term at a time.

Term dates

Coming soon! Current parents – check your rebooking communications.

If you would like to join us or are returning after a break, please contact the office before booking as many of our groups are operating waiting lists. We’ll always get you in as soon as possible!

For more information please contact Mia or Jono on 0117 924 7615 / youthcircus@circomedia.com.

Phone booking is available (£1 admin fee) Mon- Fri 9am- 4pm.

Current Parents: seeing SOLD OUT? LOG IN

The Wrens are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Wednesday group for ages 4 – 7, giving younger members a fun introduction to circus.

When

Wednesdays
4.30pm – 5.15pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

4.5 – 7 years

Class Cost

£7 Full
£6 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

In their weekly sessions, students will learn the basics of circus skills and build their confidence and strength. They’ll have a chance to try out skills such as stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics, as well as having plenty of fun doing exciting warm-ups and learning routines for shows. Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Wrens to try new skills and develop their abilities in a fun and engaging way.

We run classes for ages 4 – 7 from Monday – Wednesday & Friday evenings. Have a look at the other classes here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

The Tawny Owls are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Tuesday group for ages 4 – 7, giving younger members a fun introduction to circus.

When

Tuesdays
4.30pm – 5.15pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

4.5 – 7 years

Class Cost

£7 Full
£6 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

In their weekly sessions, students will learn the basics of circus skills and build their confidence and strength. They’ll have a chance to try out skills such as stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics, as well as having plenty of fun doing exciting warm-ups and learning routines for shows. Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Tawny Owls to try new skills and develop their abilities in a fun and engaging way.

We run classes for ages 4 – 7 from Monday – Wednesday & Friday evenings. Have a look at the other classes here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

The Macaws are Circomedia Youth Circus’ Monday group for ages 4 – 7, giving younger members a fun introduction to circus.

When

Mondays
4.30pm – 5.15pm
(Term time only)

Where

St Paul’s Church
Portland Square
Bristol BS2 8SJ

Age Group

4.5 – 7 years

Class Cost

£7 Full
£6 Concession

Classes are payable termly, monthly, or as a full year payment.

*(JSA/Income Supp./Housing Ben.)

In their weekly sessions, students will learn the basics of circus skills and build their confidence and strength. They’ll have a chance to try out skills such as stilts, juggling, trapeze, walking globe and acrobatics, as well as having plenty of fun doing exciting warm-ups and learning routines for shows. Sessions are led by experienced circus practitioners who are experts in making sure students are safe and secure. They will encourage the Macaws to try new skills and develop their abilities in a fun and engaging way.

We run classes for ages 4 – 7 from Monday – Wednesday & Friday evenings. Have a look at the other classes here.

Term dates

Youth Circus Term Dates Jan – Jul 2021. Please note all dates are subject to change.

How To Join Us

We have waiting lists right now for all classes, and due to current Covid-19 restrictions we can’t accurately predict wait times. Typically, students wait approx. 1-3 months for a place but these times vary significantly.

Fill out our waiting list form here, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Questions?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not available on the phones right now. You can email us at youthcircus@circomedia.com, or check out our handy FAQ page!

Booking

Current Youth Circus parents/carers can book online below. Remember to LOG IN to your account first – otherwise, you will see an error message when you try to book!

Applications are now open for September 2021. To apply for a place on the MA course  please apply directly through Bath Spa University.

Apply now

The course lasts for 12 months and fees are £7,715. Student loans of up to £10,000 are available.

We can only accept students onto the MA from within the UK or that have British Citizenship. If you are  international student ( including the EU) and you are interested in our course please get in touch first to see if we are able to accept your application.

If you have any questions about applying for the MA, please email admissions@circomedia.com

British Citizens

Please bear in mind that at this stage, we can only accept students from within the UK, or that have British Citizenship. Therefore, if you have dual citizenship with a country in the UK, you can apply for this course.

EU Citizens

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept EU students onto our courses at the moment, because of Brexit. EU students are now considered international students, and we do not currently have the relevant VISA status to accept international applicants.
However, we can accept those who are eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status. So, if you were settled in the UK before midnight on the 31st January 2020, we can accept you. See https://www.gov.uk/settledstatus-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settledstatus for further details. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

Irish Citizens

The government has clarified that Irish citizens are exempt from the UK’s points-based immigration system, and there will be no change to the arrangements for the Common Travel Area. Therefore, if you are an Irish National, you may still apply to Circomedia.

Applications for our BTEC 2021/22 course are now open. Anyone with an interest in joining the country’s only two year BTEC course in circus and theatre this September should apply by the 14th June 2021. It is important to note that this course is fully funded by the government for learners under the age of 19 years. If you are ages 16 – 18 then don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of our fully-funded BTEC course. If you have any queries or want to find out more about the course or funding, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our admissions team at admissions@circomedia.com

We will contact you by email no later than one week after your submission to confirm we have received your application. If you do not hear back within that time please contact us.

Applications will be reviewed by the Course Leader, after which you will receive an email letting you know if you’ve been accepted to attend an audition.

Virtual Auditions

We are now accepting applications for our virtual auditions for entry in September 2021. Once you have submitted your application you should receive a confirmation within a week that it has been received, and we will keep in touch with you about the auditions process. You can read more about our auditions here.


In 2018 we celebrated 250 years of modern circus.  As part of this celebration we were awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to research in to Bristol’s own circus heritage.  Working with members of our youth circus, students from Orchard School and a group of volunteer researchers we uncovered Bristol’s own longstanding history ofcircus.   Supported by our partners; Myers-Insole Local Learning, the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, Bristol Archives and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery an exhibition was created celebrating the themes of risk and risqué, invention and re-invention as well as our past and future.  The exhibition visited Bristol Museum, Circomedia, The Theatre Collection, Creative Youth Network, Bristol Cathedral and Bristol Central Library and is now available online.

Circus 250 Oral Histories

Circus 250 Museum Exhibition Screen 1 

Circus 250 Museum Exhibition Screen 2

Circus 250 Museum Exhibition Screen 3

Circus 250 Museum Exhibition Screen 4

Circus 250 Museum Exhibition Screen 5

Circus 250 Museum Exhibition Screen 6

You can also hear the fantastic oral histories collected and curated by Tot Foster.

If you would like to host the exhibition or to organise a talk from one of our researchers – contact katew@circomedia.com.

More information about the project can be found on http://www.locallearning.org.uk/circus250/

Apply to join the MA

To apply for the MA in Directing Circus you need to go directly through Bath Spa University.

Apply now

The course lasts for 12 months and fees are £6600. Student loans of up to £10,000 are available. At this stage we can only accept students on the MA from within the EU.

If you have any questions about applying for the MA, please email admissions@circomedia.com

Apply now for the BA in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre (1 Year Top-up)

Applications for our BA (Hons) 2021/22 course are now open. To apply for a place on the BA in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre Course beginning September 2021, please apply directly through UCAS and use the course code H3N2. Please note our BA (Hons) is a 1 year top-up for students who have already completed a 2 year foundation degree at Circomedia or other institution.

Our Institution code is B20, campus code H.

In order to apply for the BA, you need to have 240 credits from a UK university in a relevant subject – be that circus, performing arts or theatre. If the first stage of your application is successful, you will then be invited to audition.

If you don’t meet the qualification criteria, don’t panic! You can get in touch with admissions@circomedia.com to discuss your qualifications or Accredited Prior Learning.

Please bear in mind that at this stage, we can only accept BA students from within the EU. If you live outside the EU you can take a look at our Professional Diploma.

Apply now

If you have any questions about the BA and whether you are suitable for the course, please contact admissions@circomedia.com

How to Apply

Applications for our FDA 2021/22 course are now open. To apply for a place on the Foundation Degree in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre Course beginning September 2021, please apply directly through UCAS and use the course code W900.

Our Institution code is B20, campus code H. Your application will then be sent to our partners Bath Spa University who will forward it on to us.

The UCAS deadline does not apply to us as a smaller Conservatoire. Submit your application via UCAS and someone will be in touch. If you need any help please contact admissions@circomedia.com

Our team will then assess your application. If we think you are suitable for the course we will invite you to an audition.

We urge you to get your applications in as soon as possible as places are offered throughout the audition process. The sooner we can invite you to audition, the better. Take a look at our Auditions page to find out more about what a Circomedia audition entails.

Want to see if Circomedia is right for you? Book a place on our next Open Day by emailing admissions@circomedia.com

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Guide to writing the perfect application

Introduction

We want to do everything we can to help you put together a fantastic application to join us at Circomedia. That’s why we’ve designed this handy guide to help you craft the perfect personal statement and prepare for your audition.

Although the UCAS deadline of 15th January 2019 doesn’t apply to us, we urge you to apply as soon as possible. That way we can get you booked into an audition in February or May. As we offer places on a first-come-first-served basis, this increased your chances of getting onto the course.

The Admin

The application process for entry onto our courses is split into two. First you must complete a written application.

  • For the Foundation Degree, this is done through UCAS.
  • For our Vocational Course, you just apply directly on our website

If your written application is successful you’ll be invited for a two-day audition at our Kingswood site. Students who live outside of the UK are strongly encouraged to visit Circomedia for their interview and audition however it is possible to submit a video audition if travel is difficult.

Writing Your Personal Statement

The most important thing to do when writing your personal statement is to tailor it to us. We want to see your interest in circus and performance and Circomedia’s approach to it shine though. UCAS only allows you to upload one personal statement so if you’re applying to other universities (for similar or different courses) then please email us a Circomedia-specific statement to admissions@circomedia.com

We would like to know:

  • Why you are interested in circus and physical theatre.
  • What your experience is – be it formal learning or extra-curricular.
  • Why you want to do our course over any other.
  • What you believe Circomedia can offer you as a performer…and what you can offer us.
  • Where you think our course will take you.
  • You might also want to tell us about shows you’ve seen that have inspired you.

The Audition

Dates for this year’s auditions are posted on our page here. The audition allows us to meet you virtually and get an idea of your fitness level and performance style. It’s also a great opportunity for you to get a feel for Circomedia and what you can expect from our courses.

We hope we will back to physical auditions next year, for those interested in entering the course in September 2022. The audition day can include any or all of the following:

  • Warm up.
  • Games session.
  • Conditioning / fitness test.
  • Acro session.
  • Aerial session.
  • Juggling session.
  • Creative Movement session.
  • Performance session.
  • Q&A.
  • Individual audition piece (3mins max).

Thank you for reading this, we hope it’s been helpful. If you have any questions please contact us on admissions@circomedia.com

Our beginners’ silks Monday class is ideal for building confidence in the air. You will learn basic holds and locks, as well as practicing climbing the silks and building up strength to progress to more advanced moves. Some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity, and tutors are happy to support complete newcomers to aerial circus.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£7.00 per 1-hour session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Time

Mondays 20:00 – 21:00

Dates

Mon 6 Jan – 3 Feb (5 weeks £35) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Mon 24 Feb – 23 Mar (5 weeks £35) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Mon 30 Mar – 20 Apr (4 weeks £28) Booking opens Fri 6 Mar, 8pm

From May to June classes at Portland Square take a break due to Circomedia student productions.
We still have classes in Kingswood as normal.

Mon 22 Jun – 20 Jul (5 weeks £35) Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm

To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

You can also try out silks alongside other aerial disciplines in our Mixed Aerial classes!

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm

Our mixed aerial & acro drop-in sessions are ideal for aerialists and acrobats who have some experience and are confident in their practice.

Unlike our more formal classes, participants lead the drop-in sessions. A teacher will be present, but they are there to facilitate your training as you develop your own skills and push your own practice forward. Your teacher will be on hand to supervise more difficult tricks and also to answer any questions.

Because of this, beginners may wish to look at taking a block or two of our more structured acrobatics classes or introduction to aerial classes before attending a drop-in session. A strong foundation and a good understanding of the basics will allow you to get much more out of drop-in sessions as a result.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Time

Wednesdays 19:30 – 20:30

Price

£5.00 per session (please bring cash)

FREE DROP-IN for every regular block of classes you book – just show your booking confirmation email!

Dates

Wed 8, 15 & 29 Jan 2020

Wed 5 & 26 Feb 2020

Wed 4, 11, 18 & 25 Mar 2020

Wed 1, 8, 15 & 22 Apr 2020

From May to June classes at Portland Square take a break due to Circomedia student productions.
We still have drop-in in Kingswood on a Thursday.

Wed 24 Jun 2020

Wed 1, 8, 15, 22 Jul 2020


For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Our Sunday acrobatics class is ideal for beginners and more advanced students. You will learn the basics of acrobatics and will build up your strength, fitness and tricks repertoire under the supervision of our expert tutors. Areas of acrobatics include handstands, tumbling and acrobalance. Tutors encourage participants to progress at their own rate and teach safe practice and proper technique.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£14.00 per 2-hour session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Time

Sundays 19:30 – 21:30 – Please note earlier time from Sep 2019 onwards

Dates

Sun 12 Jan – 9 Feb 2020 (5 weeks £70)Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm Sun 1 Mar – 29 Mar 2020 (5 weeks £70)Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm Sun 5 Apr: One-off taster as part of our Full Taster Day (£15) Book for just one class of Acrobatics to try it out and see if you like it. If you’re a regular, you can book on provided you bring along a newbie too! **During the Easter period we have a Full Taster Day on Sun 5 Apr and a Full Flying Day on Sun 19 Apr. This is your chance to try something new, or bring a friend along and introduce them to your regular class! This year there are no classes on Easter Sunday. From May to June classes at Portland Square take a break completely due to Circomedia student productions. We still have classes in Kingswood as normal! Classes start back on the 28th June – see below:** Sun 28 Jun – 26 Jul 2020 (5 weeks £70)Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm
To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session. Remember – bookings for Sun 5 April are one-off tasters designed for newcomers, but if you’re a regular you can book in and bring a new friend along! For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm). Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm

Our improvers’ flying trapeze sessions will give improver aerialists and trapeze artists the opportunity to develop their skill and technique on the Grand Volant. If you have some experience in an aerial discipline, this course will allow you to push your skill level on the Flying Trapeze.

These one-off sessions can be complimented with our regular evening flying trapeze sessions.

Time

Saturdays 19:00-22:00

Location

St Pauls Church, Portland square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Price

£35

Date

Sat 24 & 31 Mar

Sat 21 & 28 Apr

For more information email Robin or Mia at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615.

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Not sure this class is for you? Check out all our other available classes for Flying Trapeze here.

Our beginners’ flying trapeze sessions offer complete newcomers the opportunity to try this ultimate aerial skill on a full-sized indoor rig. No previous experience is necessary, and you will be guided and supported by our expert tutors at all times.

Participants will practice key techniques on the static trapeze, before climbing to the ‘platform’ – suspended 5m from the ground over our safety net – flying across to the catcher and back to the platform. You will have the opportunity to hone the basics, working with our highly experienced professional tutors to make sure you are safe and get the most out of your time in the air.

Opportunities to experience this remarkable apparatus are few and far between – Circomedia is one of only two centres in the UK with a full-sized, indoor Grand Volant rig.

These sessions are 18+. For ages 10-18 please see Under 18s Flying Trapeze

Time

Saturdays 14:00-16:30

Saturdays 16.30-19.00

Location

St Pauls Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Price

£30

Dates

Sat 24 & 31 Mar

Sat 21 Apr

For more information email Robin or Mia at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615.

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

We have a few other Flying Trapeze classes available if you’re not sure this is for you. Why not have a browse?

**COVID-19 UPDATE: We’re not currently able to run our taster sessions due to Covid-19 timetabling restrictions. We hope to reintroduce these soon, but as of December 2020 we don’t currently have a date for this.

We will keep you updated via this website page, our dedicated
Coronavirus update page, and our social media feeds.**

Held on our Full Flying Days,  flying trapeze tasters offer a quick hit of flying adrenaline. Always fancied trying it to see if you love it or hate it? Try this class! Learn to harness up, climb the ladder, take off from the platform, swing, and gently land in the net, and familiarise yourself with the process gradually.

Safety lines connect you to your harness to keep you safe. Our experienced tutors on the floor will ‘lunge’ you using these lines to keep you safe during your take off, swing, and landing.

After taking off you’ll swing back and forth across the space, and at the caller’s instruction you’ll let go to land in the safety net. Flying trapeze can be daunting, but our tutors make sure you feel safe and secure – and the second you leave the platform, you’ll be hooked on the feeling of swinging through the air!

Please note that this class is suitable for beginners only. You won’t be able to do complex tricks, but you will get a taste of flying trapeze and get used to how it feels! If you love the flying trapeze tasters, book onto one of our longer beginners’ & improvers’ classes which always include a round of catching.

These sessions are 18+. For ages 10-18 please see Under 18s Flying Trapeze.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, BS2 8SJ

Price

£15.00

Dates & Times

No upcoming dates right now.


For more information email classes@circomedia.com.

Due to high demand for beginner opportunities, from January 2019 onwards our Half-Day Flying sessions will be replaced by two 1.5-hour tasters. You can find out more about these tasters here.

Our flying trapeze half-day sessions are suitable for first-time flyers, beginners and those with previous experience of flying trapeze. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to have a go on our full-sized rig in a three-hour session, led by professional Circomedia staff.

Class sizes are small to allow ample time with the equipment and focused support from our professional tutors.

If our Half-Day sessions are sold out we also have Flying Trapeze evening classes at Portland Square, and occassional one-off sessions for beginners and improvers.

Time

Sundays 14:30 – 17:30 (includes set-up and flying time)

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£35 per session

Dates

Sun 23 Sep

Sun 14 Oct

Sun 4 Nov

Sun 2 Dec

From 2019 these sessions will be replaced by our Flying Trapeze Tasters.

For more information email Robin or Mia at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615.

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Our regular flying trapeze sessions offer you the chance to learn the basics and develop your skills on one of only two full-sized indoor fly rigs in the UK. You will learn to fly across to the catcher and back to the platform, building strength and developing confidence with the support of our expert tutors.

Unlike our other classes, customers can book our regular classes on a week-by-week basis. Class sizes are small ensuring ample time on the equipment, and you can supplement regular sessions with our intermittent one-off sessions.

Time

Tuesdays 19:00 – 22:00

Location

Circomedia: Portland Square, St Paul’s Church, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Price

£35 per session

(Unlike our other regular classes, you can only book Flying Trapeze classes on a week-by-week basis.)

Dates

Tue 5 Mar

Tue 12 Mar

Tue 19 Mar

Tue 26 Mar

Tue 2 Apr

(Booking for the above opens on Fri 25 Jan at 8pm)

Tue 23 Apr

Tue 30 Apr

Tue 25 Jun

Tue 2 Jul

Tue 16 Jul


Our Portland Square classes take a break for a few weeks in May-Jun for our student shows, and in Jul-Aug for our summer break. We still have lots of class options at Kingswood – keep an eye out for our Summer Holiday programme coming soon which will include OUTDOOR FLYING!


Booking for Apr – Jul classes opens on Fri 22 Mar at 8pm. To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

We also have Full Flying Days in the spring, with a range of sessions from taster to advanced level and U18s sessions.

Day: Mondays
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Location: St Pauls Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ
Level: Improver
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

Our intermediate rope and silks classes are ideal for aerialists with some experience in rope, silks or another aerial discipline. Having mastered core techniques and developed strength, these classes will allow you to improve your abilities and take on more advanced and challenging moves.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to equipment restrictions, Circomedia can ONLY provide ropes at the moment for this class. If you’d like to practice on silks you will need to bring your own; you are responsible for ensuring that your equipment is safe and good quality.

If you don’t have your own silks, why not use this opportunity to improve your rope skills?

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Please note we cannot currently accept new students for aerial classes. Please only book if you have attended at least one block of Circomedia classes. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

Our beginners’ rope and silks classes offer students the opportunity to learn the basics, develop strength and build confidence. You will learn to climb, master basic foot holds and try out some striking visual moves. Some experience in an aerial or physical discipline would be an advantage but is not a necessity, and tutors encourage students to move at their own pace.

Location

St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ

Price

£10.50 per 1.5-hour session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Time

Sundays 18:00 – 19:30

Dates

Sun 12 Jan – 9 Feb 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm Sun 1 Mar – 29 Mar 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm Sun 5 Apr: One-off taster as part of our Full Taster Day (£10) Book for just one class of Beginners’ Rope & Silks to try it out and see if you like it. If you’re a regular, you can book on provided you bring along a newbie too! **During the Easter period we have a Full Taster Day on Sun 5 Apr and a Full Flying Day on Sun 19 Apr. This is your chance to try something new, or bring a friend along and introduce them to your regular class! This year there are no classes on Easter Sunday. From May to June classes at Portland Square take a break completely due to Circomedia student productions. We still have classes in Kingswood as normal! Classes start back on the 28th June – see below:** Sun 28 Jun – 26 Jul 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) – Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm
To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session. Remember – bookings for Sun 5 April are one-off tasters designed for newcomers, but if you’re a regular you can book in and bring a new friend along! For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm). Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Day: Mondays
Time: 7.45pm – 9.15pm
Location: Kingswood Batcave, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Bristol BS15 8DB
Level: Improver
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

Improvers’ hoop classes help students progress from the basics of aerial hoop to more advanced practice, honing your skills and building confidence through taking on more challenging moves and techniques.

These classes are perfect for students who already have some experience of hoop or have completed some Beginners’ Hoop classes, and will help you take your skills to the next level.

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Please note we cannot currently accept new students for aerial classes. Please only book if you have attended at least one block of Circomedia classes. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

Our beginners’ hoop classes introduce you to the foundations of aerial hoop, providing a supportive space to learn basic skills and build your strength. This class is ideal for beginners, or those with some experience in another aerial discipline.

You will gain confidence and agility in the air under the guidance of our skilled tutors, who are adept at teaching safe practice and proper technique.

 Location

Batcave, Circomedia Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, BS15 8DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5-hour session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Time

Mondays 18:30 – 20:00

Dates

Mon 6 Jan – 3 Feb (5 weeks £52.50) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Mon 24 Feb – 30 Mar (6 weeks £63) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Mon 20 Apr – 18 May (5 weeks £52.50) Booking opens Fri 6 Mar, 8pm

Mon 1 Jun – 13 Jul (7 weeks £73.50) Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm

To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

You can also practice your hoop skills in our supervised Drop-In Sessions.

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 7.45pm – 9.15pm
Location: Kingswood Studio 2, Kingswood Estate, Britannia Road, Bristol BS15 8DB
Level: Improver
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

Our Sunday Improvers’ trapeze class is ideal for those who have been doing trapeze for a while or have some previous experience, and who want to start working on some more complex moves and routines. You don’t need to be working at a high level but should have done at least one beginners’ course with us, as this class won’t go over the absolute basics.

Every student works at their own strength and ability level – you’ll start to look at some trickier balances, rope moves, hangs and transitions, and perhaps work towards some basic routines to build your stamina and style.

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

Day: Mondays
Time: 7.45pm – 9.15pm
Location: Kingswood Studio 2, Kingswood Estate, Britannia Road, Bristol BS15 8DB
Level: Improver
Cost: £10.50/class (block booking – see dates below)

Intermediate trapeze is perfect for those with some experience in static trapeze or another aerial discipline. Having mastered the basics and built up your strength and confidence, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your trapeze skills and progress to the next level.

Dates

Classes Update: June 2021
Our Adult Classes programme is back from the end of June 2021!

For the summer we’ll be running a short block of classes at our Kingswood site only. We’re still limited in what we can offer right now, but we hope to return to our full programme over the coming months and will have more available from September onwards.

Watch this space, follow our social media pages, and sign up to our newsletter to hear about classes for September onwards.

Our classes have limited availability and book up fast, so make a note of the ‘booking opens’ dates above! Further dates will be released in due course.

Booking

Making Our Classes Covid-Secure 
Before booking for a class, please make sure you have read our Covid-Secure Policies & Procedures document (PDF). It is important that you understand the risks and responsibilities of attending our classes during this time, and closely follow what you need to bring and how the class will be run. Please also familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions in this document. 

Please note we cannot currently accept new students for aerial classes. Please only book if you have attended at least one block of Circomedia classes. 

Select the first date of the block to book for the full block. For queries, please email classes@circomedia.com.

Static Trapeze is a fantastic way into the world of aerial circus as beginners can familiarise themselves with aerial work using a solid structure rather than flexible equipment such as silks or ropes. Complete beginners’ trapeze classes allow you to build muscle strength, improve your balance and grow in confidence in the air.

You’ll gain a strong foundation to move on to more advanced trapeze skills, venture into doubles trapeze or flying trapeze, or try different aerial disciplines like rope, silks and hoop.

Location

Studio 2, Circomedia, Kingswood Foundation, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Price

£10.50 per 1.5-hour session (booked in blocks of approx. 4-7 weeks at a time)

Times

Monday 19:30 – 21:00

Dates

Mon 6 Jan – 3 Feb 2020 (5 weeks £52.50) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Mon 24 Feb – 30 Mar (6 weeks £63) Booking opens Fri 6 Dec, 8pm

Mon 20 Apr – 18 May (5 weeks £52.50) Booking opens Fri 6 Mar, 8pm

Mon 1 Jun – 13 Jul (7 weeks £73.50) Booking opens Fri 8 May, 8pm

To book a block please select the first session- this will automatically add you to the register for every session.

For more information email Mia or Jono at classes@circomedia.com or call 01179 247 615 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

Phone booking is also available (£1 admin fee) Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.

We also have a Beginners’ & Improvers’ Trapeze class at Portland Square.

Our adult classes cover a range of aerial and acrobatic circus disciplines. We  accommodate all levels of expertise, from complete beginners taking their first tentative steps into aerial to those of you who long ago mastered the ropes. Through our classes you’ll discover your passion for circus training and performance.

Experienced circus professionals deliver our classes, creating a safe and supportive environment for participants. You will progress at your own pace and find the class that feels right for you.

We offer a mixture of regular classes, drop-in sessions and one-off tasters and workshops. Our regular classes work out to as little as £6.50 per hour!

Our Portland Square and Kingswood venues are fully equipped for trapeze, aerial hoop, silks, rope and acrobatics. We also boast the only full-sized Grand Volant (flying trapeze) rig in the UK outside of London.

These classes are 18+, but we do have a Youth Circus for ages 4-17.

You can also try our Circus Taster to see if Circomedia is right for you.

FRI 16 Feb – SAT 24 Feb, £17/£12

EVENING – 7.30pm

MATINEES SAT 17, THU 22, SAT 24 – 2.30pm

The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and one of his most controversial.

Generally considered as a broad farce that leaves a bad taste in the mouth, it is in fact one of the darkest and most complex of all the plays written in England in the 1590s, with an extraordinary structure quite unlike almost any other play of the period.

It is about a group of people watching a play. A play that becomes increasingly relevant to their own lives the longer they watch it, becoming more deeply involved scene by scene in ways they could not possibly have imagined.

They are to learn about the strangeness and unpredictability of love, the mystery of living purely in the moment and the magical, transformative nature of theatre itself.

In the extraordinary setting of St Paul’s Church, Circomedia, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School aim to bring you a production that will radically alter your view in this subversive but enlightening masterpiece by the young Shakespeare.

Tickets are available online from www.oldvic.ac.uk or by ringing their boxoffice on 0117 973 3955

What is Aerial Silks?

Aerial Silks uses two lengths of hanging fabric secured to the ceiling. Aerialists use strength and flexibility to manouevre the fabric into and out of various positions. Using counter-balance, strength and stamina, aerialists are able to wrap, suspend, drop, swing, and spiral their bodies in and out of the facric. The three main categories of tricks are climbs, wraps, and drops. It is a visually stunning discipline that combines elegance and grace with core strength.

What we offer

Our Aerial Silks Classes are an excellent way to develop your aerial skills and build confidence in the air.

We offer a range of Silks Classes to cater for all levels from beginners to more experienced aerialists. Our fantastic tutors encourage you to develop your abilities in a safe and supportive space. Some beginners may find it useful to have training in another aerial discipline in order to build strength and confidence, but our tutors are happy to welcome complete beginners to circus arts.

We also offer a class that combines Ropes and Silks.

Venue: Portland Square & Kingswood

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun

Level: Complete beginner – advanced

Skills: Technique building, wraps, drops

Dates/Times

Beginners’ Silks | Portland Square | Monday | 20:00

Beginners’ Silks | Portland Square | Tuesday | 20:00

Beginners’ Silks | Kingswood | Wednesday | 19:00

Intermediate Silks | Kingswood | Wednesday | 20:00

Beginners’ Rope & Silks | Portland Square | Sunday | 18:30

Intermediate Rope & Silks | Portland Square | Monday | 20:00

Mixed aerial is your chance to discover trapeze, rope, silks and hoop. Ideally suited for beginners, these sessions are a great introduction to the world of aerial circus. You will try a different discipline each week, building your strength and learning key aerial skills.

We also offer drop-in sessions for participants who are confident in the basics and are looking to improve. These provide a less formal, self-led environment where participants can push their own practice forward. Tutors are always present to supervise and offer support where necessary.

Intro to Aerial | Portland Square | Mondays

Complete Beginners’ Mixed Aerial | Portland Square | Sundays

Drop-In Sessions | Portland Square & Kingswood | Wednesdays & Thursdays

In this class you will learn the basics of Doubles Trapeze. Newcomers will build strong foundations and a firm knowledge to apply to more advanced moves later on. Those with some experience already will tighten up basic skills, and then look at further challenging and dynamic tricks. Just because it’s doubles, it does NOT mean that you have to already have a doubles partner.

Venue: Portland Square

Days: Sundays

Level: Complete beginners – advanced

Skills: Performance and doubles trapeze

Doubles Trapeze | Portland Square | Sunday | 13:00

Unlike our more formal classes, our drop-in sessions are led by you. A teacher will be present, but they are there to facilitate your training as you develop your own skills and push your own practice forward. Your teacher will be on hand to supervise more difficult tricks and answer any questions.

These classes are suitable for those with some aerial or acrobatic experience who are confident practising independently. We suggest that newcomers to circus disciplines complete a few beginners’ class blocks before coming to drop-in sessions so that they can get the most out of their time on the equipment.

Venue: Kingswood and Portland Square

Days: Wed (Portland Square), Thu (Kingswood)

Level: Mixed ability but experience required

You don’t need to book for drop-in sessions, just turn up on the day with £7 in cash.

Portland Square Drop-Ins (Mixed Aerial & Acrobatics) | Wednesdays | 19:30

Kingswood Drop-Ins (Mixed Aerial) | Thursdays | 20:15

Purchase a fantastic and unique gift – the perfect present for established circus fanatics or new recruits!

What Can I Use A Gift Voucher For?

Circomedia Gift Vouchers can be used for any of our public Adult or Youth Circus classes, our professional circus, dance and theatre shows, or any other Circomedia-hosted event.

Covid-19 Impact
We plan to be back as soon as possible with a varied and engaging programme. Some classes and shows are already onsale – follow the links below for more information.

In the event of a booked event being cancelled or rearranged, any bookings made with gift vouchers can be refunded to credit for use at a later date.

We have also extended our warranty to 18 months for a limited time only, to give you plenty of time to use your voucher!

Adult & Youth Circus Classes

Over 30 regular circus classes for adults and children, as well as tasters and one-off sessions.

Disciplines include static trapeze, aerial hoop, rope, silks, flying trapeze and acrobatics. We also host visiting artists who deliver a variety of workshops.

Professional Performances

Our professional programme showcases some of the best touring companies with a mix of national and international work.

We host over 30 shows a year in our spectacular St Paul’s Church venue!

What amount should I buy?

You can buy a voucher for any amount of money, but here are some guide prices if you have something specific in mind:

Circus Tasters
(1 – 2 hours)

Youth: £7
Adult: £15
Family: £30

Flying Trapeze
(1 – 2.5 hours)

Taster: £15
Youth: £25
Adult: £35

Adult Circus Classes
(4-7 weeks)

£40 – £85 per block

Holiday Youth Camps (Easter & Summer)

£140 – £220 approx. per week

Performances
(Various lengths)

Approx. £10 – £20 per ticket

Any voucher can be redeemed for any class, performance or event. Prices are subject to change and these are for guidance only.

How will my voucher be delivered?

You will be sent a stylish physical voucher to the address you provide. You’ll also receive an email code in case you need your voucher quickly. All the recipient needs to do is enter the code at checkout to pay in full or part! All vouchers state the expiry date and cannot be extended.

Please be mindful of Royal Mail delays due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Vouchers are sent out every Friday.

If you’d like your voucher sent elsewhere, or have any other queries, email boxoffice@circomedia.com.