Enriching communities with performance



"A blessing to Rochdale and it’s communities, the last few years have been the most difficult and Skylight's work is valued & needed more than ever within the Borough. "


– Mohammed ‘Shiri’ Sheraz,  Army of Kindness

"The youth groups loved taking parting and learning new skills"


– Rochdale Connections (RCT)

Inspiring the next generation

"She walked out filled with all the confidence she lost over lockdown. Skylight are amazing and I'm so grateful for everything they do."

Projects & 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.  

Sparrow Hill Heritage Project

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Gallery of Yes

In Partnership with Extraordinary Bodies

Written In Stone

In Partnership with Extraordinary Bodies

Circus Globe

Henry Smith Charity

Henry Smith Charity

Henry Smith Charity

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Three intriguing fossils and the landscapes they came from

meeting sue - mammoth - yp - hlf - skylight circus arts

Postcode Lottery

Time to Shine excerpts

Skylight Circus Manchester NW Performance

RBH Circus Wow

Report Excerpts

Skylight Circus NW Inclusive Sessions

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