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 do, and if you’d still like more information then please feel free to contact us.

  • Wear close-fitting sportswear – baggy clothes can get in the way
  • Bring a few layers of clothing, especially if you’re joining any outdoor classes
  • For aerial classes, 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
  • Please don’t wear anything with zips, velcro, or other non-fabric embellishments – it can damage our equipment and won’t be comfortable for you either
  • Remove all jewellery before using the equipment. Any jewellery that can’t be removed must be securely covered with tape
  • Make sure fingernails and toenails are trimmed and smooth, as they can catch on the equipment
  • Any kind of lotion applied to hands or feet within a few hours of your class will make it more difficult for you to grip and balance, so save that for afterwards
  • A bottle of water (there’s a cafe at the centre where you can buy water if you forget to bring some)
  • Hand sanitiser
  • A small towel might be useful to dab off sweat, depending on what class you’re joining
  • Feel free to bring your own yoga mat, you’re welcome to use it to stretch on. If you’re joining in our park classes then you’ll need to bring a yoga mat, or a thick blanket or towel if you don’t have a mat.
  • Yoga blocks if you prefer to use your own
  • Make sure you’ve got enough clothes with you to keep warm during cool downs, stretch sessions and on your way home
  • If you’re joining an aerial class and you like to use rosin or chalk then please bring your own along
  • Other than that, just yourself and a can-do attitude is all we need from you!

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. Never go higher than your instructor has told you to, and if it’s not clear to you then ask. Your instructor will know what height is safest for your skill level, and you will always have a crash mat underneath you.

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…

Our rigging has been professionally installed and tested by qualified and experienced engineers. You’ll be just fine!

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.

***Please note that a lot of our bookings are paused at the moment***

Drop-in classes

Prices range between £10-20 (depending on length and type of class). To check prices for specific classes, head to our drop-in class page.

Courses for adults

We’re also offering four-week (£35) and six-week (£50) courses on some of our adult classes, with more information available on our courses for adults page.

Courses for kids and teens

Prices for our kids and teens courses will vary depending on how many weeks are in the term. Information on our current courses can be found on our termly courses page.

Workshops

We run school holiday workshops for kids and teens, and occasional specialist workshops for kids, teens and adults throughout the year. Prices for our workshops will vary depending on length and type of workshop.

Head to our workshops page to see what we’ve currently got scheduled along with prices.

Parties

Our party packages start from £140 for a 1.5 hour party. For more details head to our parties page.

Private tuition

A solo private lesson is £50 per hour.

A group private lesson (up to three people) is £60 per hour.

For more details head to our private tuition page.

We try to be as flexible as possible, but please remember that we do have operational issues to consider.

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 session you’ve booked.

Please respect the fact that we’re a small business doing our best to make it through a very tough time – if your plans have to change last minute then we won’t always be able to accommodate that.

Covid-related cancellations

If we cannot provide you with your session as booked due to covid-related measures

Then you will be offered the choice of a refund or a transfer of your booking to another date. We will aim to make this process as quick and easy as possible for you.

Please understand that having to reschedule your session is the last thing we want and we will do everything we can to avoid it, but we simply can’t guarantee it won’t happen at the moment.

If you cannot make it to a session you have booked, but we are still able to provide your service as booked

Then first and foremost, please refer to our T&Cs which set out your rights. If you’re booked into a class then we cannot transfer your space if we have less than 48 hours notice of your cancellation.

We are doing our best to be flexible about Covid-related postponements of private bookings, but please note that our T&Cs (and the law) do not require us to do this.

We will reschedule wherever we feel we reasonably can, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. Please give us as much notice as you possibly can that you’d like to reschedule, and please be reasonable in your expectations of us if you request to reschedule.

We know this is a frustrating situation, and we’re doing our best to balance the needs of our guests, our staff, and the business as a whole. You may need to be willing to be slotted into an alternative space at the last minute if you can’t make it to your originally booked slot. You may need to accept an altered version of your booking.

You are welcome to find somebody who is willing and able to take over your booking and we will gladly register them for the session in your place. This will give you more flexibility to re-book the service you want at a time that suits you. You must arrange reimbursement for the session between yourselves, the session will not be refunded by us.

Please note that we simply cannot reschedule a booking more than once – if you can’t make it to your rescheduled session then you will either need to find someone to take your place, or forfeit your booking.

Why we need to do it this way

As detailed on our changes to classes post-covid page, we have had to hugely restrict the amount of services we can offer. We have a finite number of spaces available, and when you make a booking with us we reserve one of those limited spots for you. If someone else then requests that slot, we decline their request in order to honour your booking.

This pandemic has presented many, many challenges for businesses all over the world. Sadly, many have not survived. We really don’t want to fall to the same fate, but that means that we simply cannot commit to shouldering the financial burden of individuals’ isolation restrictions on behalf of every one of our guests (as much as we’d love to be able to). To choose to operate that way would, effectively, be playing roulette with our ability to pay our staff at the end of the month, and we’re just not willing to treat them that way. We hope you wouldn’t expect us to, either.

Your alternative options

If our cancellation policy doesn’t suit you then you’re welcome to request a booking at shorter notice, rather than securing your booking in advance. Short notice bookings will be accepted subject to availability.

We have a handy viewing platform and you can see sessions in progress from there, but as this is not partitioned from the studio we ask that you just have a quick look and then move on.

This is for the safety and comfort of our students and instructors, as we try to limit the number of people in the studio space to limit the risk of transmission of the virus that causes covid-19.

Aerial

At the moment the best way for beginners to join us is by booking a private tuition session. Our group aerial classes are currently only available to book privately and are not suitable for beginners – this is just while we develop new class protocols in line with best practices to avoid virus transmission.

If you have experience in aerial arts but haven’t attended classes with us before then please contact us letting us know your skill level so that we can assess whether our classes are suitable for you to attend. This is so we can make sure everyone in class gets the most out of their sessions with us.

Circus Skills

Our circus skills classes on Sunday evenings aren’t currently running, but when they return they are suitable for any level of ability. If you’re looking for someone to pass juggle with then come on down, our instructors are always excited to find new people to have fun passing with! If you’re already accomplished in one circus skill then feel free to join in the class to learn some new tricks or try a new skill.

Handstands

Our Monday night handstand class is suitable for all levels, so whether you’re a complete beginner to handstands or looking to work on your more advanced handstanding technique (one-arm hand balancing included), feel free to book in! The instructor will set students challenges and exercises appropriate to their ability.

Stretch class

Our Monday night stretch class covers all levels of ability, so whether your goal is to touch your toes or you’re looking to refine your more extreme bending technique, feel free to book in. The focus is on keeping things fun and friendly while improving your flexibility in the ways that you want to improve it.

***Please note that our course bookings are currently on pause***

Although a lot of our classes run on a flexible drop-in basis, we do run courses for kids, teens and adults too.

The kids and teens courses run on a termly basis. For the adult courses we’ve tried to keep a little bit of flexibility (we know how difficult it can be to commit to the same time every week for a set period).

To find out more, take a look at our courses page.

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!

Head to our private tuition page for more information or to make a booking.

***Please note that our large group bookings are currently on pause***

Absolutely! We’ve had some really lovely feedback about how much fun guests have had at our parties.  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.

***Please note that the changing rooms are currently closed to help limit the risk of virus transmission***

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.

***Please note that we are still adopting new protocols to help prevent virus transmission, it may take us a little longer than usual to respond to requests***

Absolutely, we’ve got a great 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.

Get in touch with us via our contact form to request training time. We’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you haven’t trained with us before then we’ll need to assess your level of experience before letting you loose in the studio.

***Please note that our group classes for children are not currently running, see the changes to classes post-covid page for more details. You’re welcome to book a private tuition session instead***

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 guidance is designed to make sure the kids get as much out of their classes as possible.