Youth Circus Access Scheme

Circomedia’s Youth Circus Access Scheme offers bursaries for both our regular Youth Circus classes and our Holiday Youth Circus Camps. These bursaries provide free or subsidised places for children from low-income households who may not otherwise be able to attend. Priority is given to low-income families in areas of Bristol that are identified by the council as having high levels of deprivation, however anyone is welcome to apply and we take more into account than household income alone.

About Youth Circus Bursaries

Circomedia is committed to making circus more accessible to a wider range of people. As part of this, we aim to help families overcome financial barriers which prevent them from accessing our Youth Circus classes and camps.

We offer full- and part-funded places for our regular after-school Youth Circus classes, and our Holiday Youth Circus Camps during school holidays.

Bursaries are available for ages 4-18. To find out more about who’s eligible, how to apply, and how we make bursary decisions, please read our information below.

Circomedia Youth Circus Summer School 2018

We recently received funding from the Quartet Community Foundation. Please join us in sharing our thanks to Quartet.

This funding is to support students in our regular after school Youth Circus classes as well as our Youth Circus camps.

There are no pre-requisites to apply. However we are particularly interested in hearing from students from Hartcliffe, St Pauls, Brislington West, Hengrove and Whitchurch areas.

Who can apply, and how are decisions made?

You can apply for a bursary if you are unable to fund, or fully fund, the cost of a Youth Circus space yourself.

You don’t need to live in a particular area as long as you can arrange travel to and from classes or camps yourself.

There are no set financial thresholds for who can apply (e.g. you don’t need to have a household income of under £x per year or be in receipt of certain benefits). This is because we recognise that lots of factors make up a family’s individual financial circumstances.

Whilst we do take household income into account, we also look at other factors affecting your financial situation. This could include other dependents in your household, significant expenses outside of the cost of living, and other childcare or extracurricular expenses.

We use a points-based system to ensure bursaries are allocated as fairly as possible. Decisions are primarily made based on financial barriers to accessing our programme, but we also consider location (based on Bristol’s areas of deprivation indices) and general opportunity for accessing other similar services.

We won’t consider a student’s suitability in terms of their skill level, previous experience, or enthusiasm for circus. This is because our classes and camps are suitable for all levels and we actively encourage beginners to join. Therefore, it wouldn’t be fair if we assessed bursary applicants based on these factors.

Youth Circus Regular Sessions

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Upcoming Bursary Deadlines

Bursary applications are currently open! You can apply here.

Find out more about our classes and camps (including dates, times & locations) below.

Get In Touch

If you have queries about our Youth Circus Access Scheme, please contact the team at or call 0117 947 7288 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm).

Youth Circus Holiday Camp Juggling