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Circus Academy: Acrobats and Free-runners

Circus Academy: Acrobats and Free-runners

Location: Aston Hall

13th August 2014 - 13th August 2014

Join us this Summer for some circustastic fun and games across 5 of our 9 sites! We are holding Circus Academies at Thinktank, Aston Hall, Soho House, Blakesley Hall and the Museum Collections Centre and you can work with professional circus performers to try out many different skills, see performances and even star in a show.

Circus Academy is a free to watch or participate in! Join in the fun at some or all of the participating venues this summer!

We are working with local circus company CircusMASH to bring you Circus Academy this Summer and  this page will be updated as the plans develop to give you a Summer to remember.


Date Venue Academy
29 July Thinktank The Science of Circus
13 August Aston Hall Acrobats and Free-runners
21 August Soho House Judicious Jugglers Society
28 August Blakesley Hall Wired Up Gardens
14 Sept Museum Collections Centre Wheel Around the Warehouse

Please come back soon for more updates!

Aston Hall - Acrobats and Free-runners

Aston Hall acrobats

13th August

Come to the incredible Aston Hall and experience free-running, tricking, tumbling, break dancing and acro-balancing. Learn how to do it from the professionals, see some incredible performances and maybe even take part in your own show as part of our audience showcase.

  • 13:00 - Parkour Performance
  • 13:15 - Workshops
  • 14:00 - Parkour and Acro Performance
  • 14:30 - Workshops
  • 15:00 - Audience Showcase

Soho House- Judicious Jugglers Society

Soho Plate Spinning

21st August

As the founding members of the Lunar Society juggled ideas, you will learn how to juggle, spin and balance. From juggling to poi to plate spinning, you will learn some of the classics of the circus world and show off your new found skills to the world!

  • 13:00 - Juggling Performance 
  • 13:15 - Workshops 
  • 14:00 - Juggling Performance 
  • 14:30 - Workshops 
  • 15:00 - Audience Showcase

Blakesley Hall- Wired Up Gardens

Globe walking

28th August

The opening of Wired Up Gardens will begin with a surreal moving statue garden, with Tight Wire, Slack Line, Globe and Rola Bola. See how the professionals do it, then learn the same skills yourself in the workshops and maybe even share your successes with the audience.

  • 13:00 - Moving statue garden 
  • 13:15 - Workshops 
  • 14:00 - Tight wire and Slack line Performances 
  • 14:30 - Workshops 
  • 15:00 - Audience Showcase

Museum Collections Centre - Whirling Wheels Warehouse

MCC wheels circus

14th September

Join us at the Collections Centre for the finale to the Circus Academy and an event full of drama and intrigue. See the professionals take show off their skills on the German Wheel, learn how to unicycle or hula hoop, and see the incredible finale from CircusMASH.

  • 13:00 - German and Cyr Wheel Performances 
  • 13:15 - Workshops 
  • 14:00 - Aerial and Hula Hoop Performance 
  • 14:15 - German and Cyr Wheel Performance 
  • 14:30 - Workshops 
  • 15:00 - CircusMASH Finale 

During the afternoon at the Museum Collections Centre  there will be a prize draw for people who have taken part in at least 3 of the Circus Academy venues.