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.
What should I wear to a class?
- 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
- 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
- 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. 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.
How much does it cost?
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.
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.
Our party packages start from £140 for a 1.5 hour party. For more details head to our parties page.
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.
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 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?
If a class is geared towards beginners or more advanced students only then this will be made clear on the booking schedule, so make sure you’ve read the info on a class before booking in. The same applies to workshops. Most of our aerial classes are all levels, so whether you’re a beginner or a pro (or anything in between!) the instructor will set each student challenges and exercises appropriate to their ability.
If you’re a complete beginner and you’re nervous about trying aerials for the first time, then we would recommend you come along to at least one of the 1.5 hour aerial skills classes before trying the aerial conditioning class. The skills classes are better suited to getting you comfortable with the equipment at your own pace, but it’s not compulsory that you attend a skills class before coming along to conditioning.
Our circus skills classes on Sunday evenings 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.
Our scheduled 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.
Our scheduled 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.
Can I book onto a regular weekly course?
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.
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! 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.
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’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.
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 guidance is designed to make sure the kids get as much out of their classes as possible.