Registered Charity 1001570

Skylight Circus

Inspiring people with circus


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Projects and Partnerships

As a small charity, Skylight Circus is reliant on project funding.  We recognise that our work can be life changing and we want to make a difference!

“At Skylight’s Circus School, pupils could experience tightwire, aerial swings and harness.  This equipment is extremely popular, the children experience exhilaration, excitement and different sensations from freedom of movement.  One child was very nervous about the swing and found it challenging to even lift his feet off the ground.  Week by week he built up his confidence until he swung through the air”

Martine Bradford Creative Director


Our projects cover a wide range of participants, for example:

  • Sky High – Children and young people with registered disabilities CCG/Short Breaks
  • Circus Globe – Refugee, Asylum Seekers and Roma participants.


We work with a wide range local and national partners, for example:

  • Beyond Psychology
  • The Lowry
  • Cartwheel Arts
  • Rochdale Youth Service
  • Action Together
  • Extraordinary Bodies


Our recent funders include:

  • Henry Smith Charity
  • Children in need
  • Foyle Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation

Please see blow excerpts from our recent reports. 

Following successful funding from Curious Minds, Bubble Up programme, ‘Nature in Danger’ was a project delivered in partnership with Cartwheel Arts and Jamboree Arts.  


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RBH 'Circus Wow' Kirkholt Excerpts

“I want to do it because I’m scared of heights!”


Postcode Lottery 'Time to shine' excerpts

“Thank you to Skylight staff for giving this person a chance to shine”


Henry Smith Charity excerpts

“Coming to Skylight is the highlight of my week, I love it!”


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! Sessions start on 6 October 2021. Please contact Martine Bradford to book your place in advance or phone 01706 650676. "We can't...

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...

Kirkholt Circus Wow!

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...

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...

Free Circus Event

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...

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...

BGT Star with Silver Circus!

A star guest tutor dropped in on zoom this week! Steve Royle shot to fame coming 3rd in Britain's Got Talent 2020.  He's also known as 'that juggler in Phoenix Nights Live at Manchester Arena!'  The talented Comedian, Radio Presenter, Actor, Panto performer and Dad...

Skylight’s New CEO!

We are delighted to welcome David Allen as our new Chief Executive Officer!  David will be managing operations, freeing up the creative team, led by Skylight’s Creative Director Martine Bradford, to focus on bringing more shows and workshops to people throughout...

Covid Class Update

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.   As you are probably all aware, Rochdale is now under Tier 4 restrictions. This means that our building is once again closed to the public and therefore all classes, workshops and other sessions are unable to take place. We...

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...