Sweet Circus is a non-profit community circus based in Eastbourne. We believe passionately in the ability of circus to improve physical, mental and social health, and that circus is for everybody! We run a range of weekly classes in and around Eastbourne which are friendly, welcoming and full of fun.
Classes can be booked via our booking site: GymCatch
Most of our classes are open to all on a sliding scale payment system so you can choose how much to pay!
CLASSES FOR ADULTS
(Scroll down for children and youth)
Sweet Circus are experts in providing welcoming friendly classes that will build your confidence alongside your strength and fitness. Our primary aim is that you feel safe, included and have a great time. We just relish in celebrating your effort and sharing your enjoyment!
Aerial Hoop is the most popular form of aerial fitness and even those who move on to other disciplines tend to start here. We offer Beginner Basics & Beginner + for the absolute beginner and those with a little experience. The aim is to build your confidence and strength working on mounts moves and poses. Improver's classes are for those who have been doing hoop for a while and need some focussed training to help them achieve their aspirations.
We are unbelievably lucky to be hosting Maria Stutt for a short while before she goes off travelling. Maria single headedly created Cloud Aerial Arts in Manchester. She is a fantastically creative hoop artist with a billion top tips for hoopers of all levels. Her teaching style is both accessible, and celebratory. Our team of instructors will be joining as many of her classes as they can - she's that good!
Maria is offering Mixed ability and, Intermediate hoop sessions, check the timetable for times and locations, then visit out booking site to get booked on!
Aerial Sling is in many ways a kinder piece of equipment, it is soft and supportive compared to other aerial disciplines and can be graceful and flowy. It is great for building core strength and aerial confidence. This beginner class is suitable for those who have never done any aerial and those with experience on other apparatus. Taught by our Guest Instructor, expert teacher and performer Maria Stutt you'll be in the air and wrapping yourself up in no time :)
This All Levels Welcome session utilises a range of aerial equipment, to improve strength and stamina, so you can fly safely! Suitable for all, from the aerial curious to the frequent flyer, this class will focus on a range of strengthening, stabilising and conditioning exercises, to help you develop your aerial specific muscles.
Expect not only improvements in strength, stamina, active flexibility and mobility, but to giggle throughout and leave the class happier than you arrived - usually run by either our body geek, Sophie, or the original Circus Fit Maestro, Miz, this class will be full of fun and giggles as well as help you reach your aerial goals, AND feel better in body and mind!
Youth (12+) & Adult Classes:
We know that Aerial Classes are for some the small slice of me time in the week, but we also know that for some of us we'd like to train with our children. So we are trialling two Youth and Adult classes. You do not have to attend with your child, the class is just open to anyone age 12 or over!
Silks: Whether you're starting silks, or looking to finesse your fabric movements, this is the class for you! This will be a skill and technique based class, looking to teach you all the foundational skills for fabrics, for both the brand new beginner and for those looking to work out a new way to wrap, a different way to roll, or yet another way to climb the curtains! Led by our body geek and technique guru, Sophie, come along and get strong on the vertical!
Trapeze: Static Trapeze is a great piece of aerial equipment combining a hard bar, like hoop, and movable ropes more similar to silks. You will gain great core strength learning to creatively manoeuvre yourself around the trapeze with our friendly team. Giggles guaranteed. Suitable for beginner plus to intermediate.
50+ Social Circus:
Circus is proven to promote and maintain brain health and can guard against brain function deterioration or diseases as we age. You can expect to feel a little confused or disco-ordinated at times, and that’s when we all have a giggle and encourage each other to try again.
We’ll be using juggling, hula hoop, diabolo, feather balancing and all sorts of circus inspired activities to keep you moving, improving your agility, balance and coordination and ensuring you stay socially active also. All activities are provided with levels and you will work at your own pace, we will adapt activities for those who need to sit, or indeed are super fit and strong.
The best bit is – you will learn a party trick or two to impress even the grandchildren 😊
This class is run on a donation only basis!
Air Control Aerial Pilates:
This supportive self-care class will work your body in all the really important ways as well as have you making shapes cocooned in your own hammock. It's Pilates, but it is in the air with your bodyweight supported, leaving you feeling relaxed and Scrummy! Suitable for all abilities.
Aerial Sound Baths:
In collaboration with the Yoga Life Studio Sweet Circus offer you the ultimate in zen, our aerial sound bath a blissful soundbath suspended in your own aerial hammock .... Ahhhh! Sessions cost £15.
Strings & Balls:
This is an open practice session Running from October 1/2 term to Easter. Although rehearsal space is available at other times of the year - get in touch to find out more! If you have some circus skills and need space to practise through the darker months, you want to meet up with other circussy people and generally hang out then this is where you'll find just that. This is designed for adults although 16+ are allowed to attend with parental permission. You are permitted to bring younger children with you but they are your responsibility throughout. No need to book in advance, £2.50 minimum recommended donation on entry. To join the Strings and balls community like the dedicated facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StringsAndBallsEbo
Most classes are offered on a sliding scale payment scheme - you choose how much to pay:
Minimum payment = £10 Recommended payment £12
Or buy a 6 class bundle £54
Supported 6 class bundle £42 (see below for eligibility)
If you have a disability, learning disability, long term health or mental health condition, or live in a low income household you are eligible for a supported bundle. Full details of how to book your funded space are on the booking site and in our gymcatch guide here.
All adult classes are from age 16 upwards and can be booked via Gymcatch. For help booking see our guide here.
Online booking is available via Gymcatch - https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4095/events
If you have any questions at all feel free to drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don't see what your looking for here, get in touch and tell us about it, we're always keen to hear new ideas!
CLASSES FOR KIDS & YOUTH
Our expert team of instructors will use circus to develop an interest and enjoyment in physical activity. Focused on physical and emotional literacy we will encourage the development of agility, balance, coordination, confidence , resilience and social skills.
Our specialist team of instructors are certified and experienced in working with children of all ages including those with SEND and neurological, learning or physical differences.
Most of our children's classes are available on a sliding scale payment system (unless stated in the description):
Individual / Trial Session
Minimum payment = £9 Recommended payment = £12
Term Booking (6 weeks)
Minimum payment = £48 Recommended payment = £58
Supported 6 class bundle= £42
If your child has a disability, learning disability, long term health or mental health condition, or lives in a low income household you are eligible for a supported bundle. Full details of how to book your supported space are on the booking site and in our gymcatch guidehere.
Circus Kids (age 5 - 9)– A little bit of juggling and spinning plates but mostly the ever popular aerial hoop, trapeze or fabric. This after school session is suitable for children aged 5 - 9 and will be held in our pop up studio in the KiddiCity café.
Please note role play village is not included in this class.
Minis andJuniors Circus (age 4 - 11) - This class isvery much focused on fun, confidence and emotion regulation. So whether your little one has no sense of danger or is just too shy to come out of their shell this is the perfect experience for them. A different ground skill each week followed by time up in the air :)
Circus Juniors and Circus Seniors:
Similar to our Mini's and Junior's session but located in East Hoathly.
Home -Ed Circus (age 6+) - All the fun of the circus! For the home ed community. This session includes a different ground skill each week such as juggling, hula hoop, spinning plates, diablo or poi as well as time spent in the air on the aerial hoop, sling, silks or trapeze. The focus is on enjoyment, agility, balance and coordination along with developing confidence and resilience.
Willingdon Trees Circus Club:
This donation only class is provided by the Trees Community Association and funded by Active Sussex. Hula Hoop, Diabolo, Juggling, Poi and occasionally a little bit of Aerial :)
SEND Youth Circus:
Funded by Hailsham Active and the National Lottery Community Fund these sessions are offered for free to Young People age 12 - 16 and their parents / carers. We will explore a range of circus props in a welcoming environment. There is one session per month, in a 5 session course. Check Gymcatch for dates.
YOUTH GROUP CLASSES (age 10.5 to early 20's):
We have a strong and supportive youth group for whom circus is as much about friendship and socialising as it is about being active.
These fitness, strength and skills based sessions are focussed on self esteem, confidence, resilience, peer support, positive self-image, and making healthy choices.
There is a deliberate overlap of ages from kids to youth and youth to adult to aid transition and meet children and young people according to their stage rather than age.
Aerial sessions are all about getting off the ground in an aerial hoop, trapeze or silks, while circus sessions include all this plus ground skills such as juggling, diabolo and plate spinning.
Youth Circus & Support is an extended session which includes social time, ground skills such as juggling and plate spinning and all the Aerial fun. A youth councillor is part of the delivery team offering 10 minute check ins through out the session providing guidance, signposting and counselling within the class. This session is supported by UK Youth and the Pears Foundation and termly bookings are available at a discounted rate.
CIRCUS FUTURES This is an invitation only session for our children and young people who have the potential to perform or compete in the future or go on to pursue a career related to circus. Not everyone wants to develop their skills in this way so this trial course is some time set aside for those who are willing to commit to working hard, looking after themselves both in and outside of the session, and bring the right 'can do' attitude to class.
Students need to be attending other regular training with us such as another class, regular private lessons or work experience. If you have not yet been invited yet, but feel like this is for you, please do have a chat with us and we can guide you as to what you need to do in order to attend this class. In the future we aim to attract funding to this project as well as open it out to adult students.
We ask for a minimum £15 per term contribution to hall hire. If however this disadvantages you, please talk to us and we will accommodate you if we can. Obviously, if you are fortunate enough to be able to afford more, please do donate to provide spaces for other students.
St. Elisabeth's Church, Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, BN20 8QX
KiddiCity Cafe, Langney Shopping Centre, Kingfisher Drive, BN23 7RT
The Yoga Life Studio, South Street Eastbourne, BN21 4UP
East Hoathly Village Hall, Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly, BN8 6EQ
Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Holly Place, Eastbourne, BN22 0UT
Many of our classes are over subscribed, you can join the wating list via Gymcatch. Where there is demand we will endeavour to open more classes.
If you would like to give Sweet Circus a try book a class - we can pretty much guarantee you will have a good time :)