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!

Recent funders include:

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

Please find below excerpts from our latest projects. We are currently working on this web page.


RBH 'Circus Wow' Kirkholt Excerpts

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


Postcode Lottery 'Time to shine' excerpts

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


Home Schooling Rochdale

A catch up with Charma Force, Circus Trainer at Skylight Circus Arts   Why did Skylight Circus start a Home Education Group? Demand!  Over a short period, we were inundated with enquiries about circus classes for home educated children in Rochdale Borough.  ...

7 Weeks of Home Education Circus Classes

Running Monday afternoons 1 - 2:30pm, join us for 7 exciting weeks of our Home Education circus class. To book a place please go to For those aged 7 - 16 in home education. Circus is proven to...

Shipwrecks with Citrus Arts and Walk the Plank

Earlier this month our Spotlight Youth Circus Troupe (a group of 14 - 19 years circus performers) were invited to take part in a three day project with the Circus Company Citrus Arts.  “Citrus Arts are a performing arts company based in South Wales. We create shows...

Dementia – Reduce risk and improve health at Skylight Circus Rochdale

Silver Circus Classes for over 55’s, a fun way to keep fit, make friends and reduce the risk of dementia.

Life as an Apprentice at a Circus School

Life as an Apprentice at a circus school can sometimes opens up opportunities for yourself to improve skills, before I was an apprentice I was part of the youth circus since I was 8 years old. For instance, you will have training time to get yourself stronger on the...

A Year in the Life of Silver Circus!

Well, 2018 been a massive year for our Silver Circus project! Our Monday morning drop in class now stands at 20 members and goes from strength to strength, whilst our staff have worked with residents and day care attendees at three different dementia care settings....

How John Lennon’s circus poster inspired our show ‘Mr Kite’

Mr Kite Presenting Mr Kite, a phantasmagorical circus extravaganza! Ever wondered who the Beatles are singing about in the song Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite? Earlier this year, Skylight Circus Arts was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the...

Our new staff member

This is the second week of us having our brand new apprentice working alongside our team, Olivia Maxim who has been with us for around 8 years growing up through our youth circus. We are super excited to have Olivia with us and work closely with our youth...

Off The Streets – Summer School

With Special Thanks to W O Streets and Link 4 Life for making this project possible Off The Streets Report August 2018 By Charma Force Off the Streets’ gave 34 disadvantaged young people in Rochdale the opportunity to take part in a      creative circus arts project...

Circus 250

So this year is the 250th year anniversary of circus, and we couldn't let that go by without some celebration, so at the end of the year Skylight will be putting on a performance inspired by a famous circus show poster from Rochdale, that John Lennon took the name for...