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Skylight Circus

Inspiring people with circus


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Skylight Circus Classes

Skylight Circus Arts run regular training classes throughout the year.  From youth circus to adult aerial skills, we have something for everyone.

“I’ve really noticed an increase in my stamina and coordination.  Aerial silks are addictive and so much fun!” beginner

Skylight Circus classes are

  • For all ages and abilities
  • Sensitive and supportively staffed
  • Non competitive and inclusive

A wide range of skills

Our fully accessible building at St Chads in Rochdale is a circus treasure box!  If you’d like to swing on a trapeze or take part in a show, we have something for you.  Sessions are fun and social.  

  • Juggling  
  • Diablo
  • Flower sticks
  • Pedal-go
  • Unicycle 
  • Trapeze
  • Aerial hoop
  • Aerial silks
  • Cocoon
  • Acro
  • LED performance 
  • Tightwire 

To book circus classes please contact 01706 650676 or email


Youth Circus

Skylight Circus Manchester NW Aerial Theatre Performance

“I love silks, I feel like I’m flying!”


COMING SOON Mini Aerial Class

“I love silks, I feel like I’m flying!”


COMING SOON Teen Aerial Class

“I can’t believe how much my confidence has grown.  The trainers are amazing!”


COMING SOON Adult Aerial Classes

“Aerial class is great for keeping fit and creative”


Adults Circus Night

“I’m really enjoying adults circus night!  It’s a great way to have fun and keep fit at the same time!”


Silver Circus (over 60s)

“My grandchildren are really proud that Nanna is performing again!”


Additional Needs and Disabilities

“The children ‘light up’ when they come to Skylight, they enjoy the circus sessions so much.  I’ve also made lots of new friends with other parents!”


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

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The Rochdale Scorpion Walk

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We are hiring!

Skylight Circus Arts are seeking an inspirational leader with extensive experience of working in the cultural sector. Chief Executive Officer £30,400  .8  4 dpw. (£38000 pro rata)  12 months, then subject to funding.  Application by email, referring to all items in...