Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that circus skills might seem like a scary new world if you’ve never tried it before, but we promise it’s really not if you’ve got experienced instructors showing you the way (like here at CirqueScape!)

Have a read through these frequently asked questions to find out more about what we’ve got on offer, and if you’d still like more information then please feel free to drop us a line via our contact page, or through our Facebook or Instagram pages if you would prefer.

What should I wear to a class?

  • Please don’t wear jewellery or anything with zips or other non-fabric embellishments – it might damage our equipment and won’t be comfortable for you either
  • We recommend close-fitting clothes for all classes – baggy clothes can get in the way
  • Make sure you bring clothing options that allow you to cover your armpits, midriff, and backs of your knees as this can help to prevent friction burns during aerial classes
  • Any kind of lotion applied to hands or feet within a few hours of the class will make it more difficult for you to grip the equipment, so save that for afterwards
  • We’d also advise you bring something that you can put on to keep warm during cool downs or stretch sessions too.

What else should I bring with me to class?

  • Bring a bottle of water with you so you can stay hydrated
  • A small towel might be useful to dab off sweat
  • Make sure you’ve got enough clothes with you to keep warm during cool downs, stretch sessions and on your way home
  • Other than that, just yourself and a can-do attitude is all we need from you!

How high will I be?

The short answer is, you’ll only ever be as high as you want to be – we won’t force you to do anything you’re not comfortable doing.

Bear in mind that the aerial hoops and trapeze bars have to be at a level that you can reach from the floor so you can get onto them. For beginners the bar will probably be around head height, so it’s a bit like sitting on someone else’s shoulders when you’re sat on the equipment.

Our rigging points are also height adjustable, so if you’re small or would prefer to be closer to the ground, we can simply lower the equipment for you. Your instructor will not allow you to go higher than is safe for your skill level, and you will always have a crash mat underneath you.

Am I too old or unfit to try these classes?

No! We cater to all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. Of course, if you have any medical or physical concerns about the suitability of our classes then please consult a doctor before joining us, but as long as you’re medically fit to participate anyone can, and should, join in!

We can build up your strength and confidence by setting you achievable goals that suit your abilities – you’ll be flying before you know it! Everyone has to start somewhere, but if you don’t try it you’ll never know…

Is the equipment strong enough to hold me?

Our rigging has been professionally installed and tested by qualified and experienced engineers.

To summarise their geek speak in layman’s terms, our rigging is strong enough to hold a double decker bus. You’ll be just fine!

Will it hurt?

Like any new activity, circus skills classes might work some muscles that you didn’t know existed. But that’s the whole point of a workout, right?! Your body should adapt pretty quickly to the new challenges you’re setting it, and if you don’t come away with a couple of bruises to show off then did you really even go to an aerial class?!

If you’re worried about how anything feels then have a chat with the instructor – there may be adjustments you can make.

Can I watch a class before deciding whether I want to join in?

Of course! For safety reasons you won’t be in the studio while you’re observing, but we have a handy viewing platform and you can watch a class in progress from there – you’ll be able to hear what’s going on too. Have a look at our timetable to decide when you want to come and have a look!

How will I know what level of class to choose?

Aerial

If it’s your first time with us and you’ve never taken an aerial class before then come along to any of our beginner classes. Even if you’re already an ace gymnast or an excellent rope climber, there are basic techniques unique to aerial acrobatics that you’ll need to learn to be safe. You can then discuss with your teacher when you might be ready to move on to more advanced classes and open practice time.

If you’ve already had tuition in aerial arts elsewhere then drop us an email and we’ll assess your skills.

Juggling/Hula Hoop

Our beginner classes will cover basics and individual tricks. Once you’ve got that under your belt you can move onto more advanced classes where we’ll try putting more complex sequences together and some passing tricks. If you’ve hula hooped or juggled elsewhere and you’ve mastered the basics then you’re welcome to join any level of classes.

Can I book onto a regular weekly course?

At the moment all of our sessions are drop-in, meaning you have complete freedom to try whatever you like, whenever you like (subject to availability). There will be open training sessions available during which you are welcome to come along and practice moves that you’ve been taught in lessons and are comfortable and safe practicing untutored. Do let us know if you’re interested in a more structured six week course, as if there is enough interest in this we will consider setting it up.

Can I book private lessons?

Absolutely! You can have private tuition in any of the individual skills on offer – it’s a great way to progress as we can tailor the sessions to your needs and desires! Send us an email with your requirements and we’ll arrange a mutually convenient time.

Do you do birthday/hen/stag parties or team building days?

Absolutely! Drop us an email with your requirements and we’ll go from there! Please note that anyone under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed to participate in the activities, so make sure any celebratory drinking is done after you’ve had your fun with us.

Can I shower after my class?

There are showers, changing rooms and lockers on site for you to use, so it’s easy to head straight on to work after a session with us! Make sure you bring a towel.

I’m already an experienced aerialist, can I come and do my own training?

Absolutely, we’re looking forward to building a training base for our local community of aerialists! Our ceiling height is 6m, and we have three sets of permanently rigged silks and three fully adjustable points.

You’re welcome to bring your own equipment to train on, but please be sure to read our T&Cs on this point carefully.

Take a look at our schedule to find out when our open training sessions are, or get in touch with us via our contact form or through our Instagram or Facebook pages to request alternative times.  We’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you haven’t trained with us before then get in touch with us prior to booking so we can assess your level of experience before letting you loose in the studio.

What’s your cancellation policy?

We try to be as flexible as possible, but please remember that we do have operational issues to consider. Please read the “Bookings/Cancellations” section of our T&Cs carefully to understand the options available to you if it turns out you can’t make it to the class you’ve booked.

Can kids come to classes?

We have dedicated classes for kids! You’ll be able to see the age guidelines for each class on the schedule, which you’ll find on our bookings page.

If you want to come along to our regular adult classes then you’ll have to be aged 16 or over. If you’re under 18 then a parent will need to accompany you the first time you come.

We won’t be too rigid about the ages on the kids’ classes –  if it’s convenient to get siblings in at the same time and the ages don’t quite work out then by all means try putting them together. But please do try to stick to the guidelines as much as possible. The age groupings are based on developmental stages to make sure the kids get as much out of their classes as possible.

How much does it cost?

Prices for advertised classes will be clearly set out on our bookings schedule, and you should keep an eye out for class pass discounts and special offers too. A rough guide to pricing is provided on each of our classes pages.