Short Breaks for children and young people with disabilities and individual needs

We are delighted to announce the return of our Short Breaks, Sky High sessions at Skylight Circus Arts! 

Please contact Martine Bradford to book your place in advance or phone 01706 650676.

“We can’t wait for the new Sky High sessions, it will be great to have some circus fun!”

Martine Bradford – Creative Director

silver circus juggling in mr kite
silver circus juggling in mr kite


If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email our Creative Director Martine on 01706 650676 /

Star guest with Silver Circus

Silver Circus were delighted to welcome star of circus and comedy Martin Mor!  Martin comes from Northern Ireland and after a successful career as a circus performer, he turned his attention on the unsuspecting comedy circuit.  With over 30 years experience as a professional performer, Martin has established himself as one of the UK’s most popular and in-demand comedians.  What a treat!

“A brilliant session.  Fantastic having Martin there.  Enjoyed it so much.  Thanks as ever to Skylight for spoiling us!” Greta Silver Circus Participant

Over 60? Take Part for FREE!

Sessions every Monday morning 11 am – 12.30 at Skylight Circus (opposite St Chads in Rochdale)

  • Learn a range of circus skills from juggling to aerial
  • Non competitive, inclusive and social
  • We welcome complete beginners – take things at your own pace
  • Great for health and wellbeing
  • Performance opportunities!

To book a FREE place contact or call 01706 650676


Special Guest in Skylight!

Silver Circus enjoyed working with special guest tutor Martin Mor

Spot the juggling ball!

Martin Mor juggles with Silver Circus

"A lot of fun and laughs"

A big thank you to Martin for a brilliant session! 

Kirkholt Circus Wow!

silver circus juggling in mr kite

We’re bringing circus skills to Kirkholt during the summer holidays.  Skylight are offering FREE workshops designed for young people to try their hands – and feet! – at a wide range of circus skills.  From plate spinning to juggling,  unicylce to pedal-go.

Amaze yourself and your friends as you learn lots of different circus skills in a fantastic, fun and safe environment.  All young people will have the chance to shine in the last session’s circus show.

Each ticket is for the whole week and for Kirkholt residents only.  Places are limited and booking is essential, please email

If the event is fully booked please email to be added to the reserve list.

In partnership with Kirkholt Million.


The Rochdale Scorpion Walk

We are delighted to say that we are fully booked for our Scorpion and circus walk on the 12th June!  Our walks were planned to happen last year but everything has been on hold due to covid restrictions.  

In early 2020 the young people from our Spotlight Troupe worked hard on a show called Mammoth which was funded by The Arts Council.  We also gained Heritage Lottery Funding to research fossils and the landscapes they came from in the Borough of Rochdale.  We visited the wonderful exhibition at Touchstones and visited key sites with our young people, Silver Circus, volunteers and Trustees.  

If you would like to try the walks, PDF maps are available below.  We have 3 walks which are beautifully created and illustrated by Smuzz and Eira!  There’s also much more information on our research below.  We hope you try the walks and enjoy our fantastic countryside in the Borough!



Free Circus Event

Free circus session at Skylight Circus

Join Skylight Circus Arts for a free circus workshop and guided walk to the site of the famous ‘Rochdale Scorpion’ fossil find.

Have a go at juggling and plate-spinning at our HQ near the centre of Rochdale before heading out through Broadfield Park to see where local woman, Mary Lange, made her discovery in 1903. There are lots of points of interest along the way.

After heading back to Touchstones Museum and Gallery in Rochdale Town Centre you can grab yourself a brew and cake at a special price. Then settle in for a short film produced by Skylight featuring a much more recent fossil find… Mammoth.


These events are part of the National Lottery Open Week #ThanksToYou and are made possible with the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.  CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS.



If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email 01706 650676 /

The Joy of Circus!

We recently ran Side by Side circus sessions for young people and their families.  Sessions helped young people who might be experiencing stress and anxiety or who have individual needs.  We frequently talk about how circus can improve confidence, self esteem and social skills.  We know that fun circus sessions can keep us fit but sometimes it’s great to see it in a little video….. 

“This is why we love what we do!” Martine Bradford Creative Director



If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email our Creative Director Martine on 01706 650676 /