Circus Skills Workshops & Big Top Days in Burton

Circus Sensible are the UK's leading providers of Circus Skills days & Big Top days for Schools & Events in Burton, Staffs. With or without our Beautiful 'baby' Big Tops our Circus Days are an Engaging, Educational and Fun experience for the whole school, teachers included. For school fundraisers click here! We cover Burton but also the whole of the UK.

Big Top Days in Burton

Days with our Beautiful ‘baby’ Big Tops in Burton include Comedy Circus Shows for the whole school in the Big Top plus Circus Skills workshops all day, in the Circus tent and in the school hall.
Big Top Days can be during the school weekday or as part of a School Fair or PTA Fundraising event. From £1395+VAT.
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For weekdays, we start with a 60 minute Show in the 'baby' Big Top for the whole school, followed by circus skills workshops in the Big Top AND in the School hall for up to 35 students at a time. To end the day we can all get together in the Circus Tent again so that the children can show off their new skills.

For weekend school fairs and PTA fundraising events, we perform up to 3 Comedy Circus Shows in the Big Top whilst an ongoing drop in Circus Workshop is running outside.
Fundraisers click here!

All we need for a Big Top day is a piece of well drained grass with no underground pipes or cables and with direct access for our van. We arrive about 2 hours before the start of the day to set up.
We have three sizes of tent. Our largest will hold up to 300 children for Shows.

Ideal for school time activity days, transition days, weekend school fairs and
PTA fundraising events in and around Burton.

PS: We don't have any Clowns with painted faces, so the children or teachers with clown phobias will be happy!
One of our Big Tops on the field for a School Fete
One of our beautifdul blue and yellow Big Tops at a School circus day.
Comedy Circus shows for schools with Circus Sensibles Big Top days. Three of our performers posing cheekily for the camera
Circus Sensible performer teaching circus skills in a school
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Circus Workshops in Burton

Learning to Hula Hoop at a School Fair
Circus skills workshop in the school hall
Children enjoying a Circus Skills workshops in the school hall
Circus Skills Workshops in Burton start with a 30 minute Show/Demonstration for everyone, followed by workshops for up to 35 at a time. Circus Workshops are suitable for Nursery upwards. £295+travel+VAT
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Circus Skills Days

A Day of Circus Skills Workshops in Burton starts with a 30 minute Show/Demonstration for everyone, followed by workshops for up to 35 at a time. Circus Workshops in Schools are suitable for Nursery upwards.
Circus Skills Workshop in the School Hall at a Circus Day
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Circus Skills workshops are also suitable for activity days and arts weeks, plus School Fairs, after school clubs and fundraising events, as well as festivals, Fun days, Corporate events etc. From £295+travel+VAT. We work in Burton and nationwide.
Learning to Hula Hoop at a School Fair
Circus skills workshop in the school hall
Children enjoying a Circus Skills workshops in the school hall
What does a Circus Skills workshop in Burton include? Our workshops are tailored to the event and age group and can include:

A Demonstration of the skills to get the day started with a bang! That's followed by the hands on sessions including:

- Juggling with balls, scarves and clubs
- Chinese diabolo (spinny thing on a string!)
- Devilstick or flower stick.
- Poi and Chinese ribbon
- Beginners stilts and bucket stilts
- Lolo balls
- Hula hoop
- Plate spinning
- Feather balancing
- Cigar boxes, fun wheels, unicycle and tightrope.

To end the day we can all get together in the school hall again so that some of the children can show off their new skills.

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    “ Looking forward to booking up another one with you. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant “
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    “ They did more than just teach they entertained, inspired and went ‘above and beyond’ “
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    “ One of our younger children came up to me at lunchtime and shouted at me “this is the BEST DAY EVER!!! “
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    “ Easy to book and totally reliable, I can't praise them enough! “
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    “ We all learnt something new and the children loved the fact that they could do something better than us! The workshops inspired our writing for the week and we have had some amazing circus-themed stories “
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    “ I have never seen so many smiles on the children's faces for the whole day. Every child from our Nursery children to Year 6 (and the adults), have had a brilliant day. We wish we could have had longer!!! “
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Science of Circus

Learning to Hula Hoop at a School Fair
Circus skills workshop in the school hall
Children enjoying a Circus Skills workshops in the school hall
Circus Sensible have a huge team of highly experienced Circus Performers who understand how important it is to engage with the children and adults we work with. We have been Circus workshop providers for over 25 years, working in Burton, all over the UK and Internationally, with schools, community groups, charities, corporate events and at festivals. During that time we have been lucky enough to develop close working relationships with some of the very best in the industry. As a result we have a highly experienced team, who bring a wealth of cultural, performance and social experience to every aspect of engaging with young people. Hopefully we don't just teach, we inspire!

We can teach not just Circus skills, but we also run Percussion workshops, Dance workshops, Arts and Caricature workshops and lots more Schools workshops in a variety of skills. Our Reviews speak for themselves. If you need Circus Skills workshops, come to the UK's leading providers.
What does a Circus Skills workshop include? Our workshops are tailored to the event and age group and can include:

A Demonstration of the skills to get the day started with a bang! That's followed by the hands on sessions including:

- Juggling with balls, scarves and clubs
- Chinese diabolo (spinny thing on a string!)
- Devilstick or flower stick.
- Poi and Chinese ribbon
- Beginners stilts and bucket stilts
- Lolo balls
- Hula hoop
- Plate spinning
- Feather balancing
- Cigar boxes, fun wheels, unicycle and tightrope.

To end the day we can all get together in the school hall again so that some of the children can show off their new skills.

Learn how to spin a plate by clicking here!
  • Circus skills reinforce positive learning
  • Circus skills encourage creative thinking
  • Circus skills promote cross curricular education
  • Circus skills instill enthusiasm in the learning process
  • Circus skills boost Self Confidence
  • Circus skills aid Social & Personal Development
  • Circus skills enhance kinaesthetic skills
  • Circus skills provide a fun gateway into physical education
  • Learning Circus skills develops language skills
  • Circus skills increase Self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Circus skills make everyone smile, Teachers included!
A Circus workshop in a school with our Circus tent

Previous clients include Apple, Amazon, JD Sports, Sophie Conran, Gayles Honey, Oxford University, CBBC, Hampton Court Palace, Festival Republic, Wales Institute for Sport, McDonalds, Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Manchester City FC, Manchester Airport, Durham University, Aberdeen University, UCLAN, Mister Bloom, BBC Good Food Festival, Barclays Bank, Lancaster University, London Met University plus HUNDREDS of Primary and Secondary Schools, Festivals, Girl Guide and Scout events, PTA & Charity Fundraisers and Parties all over the UK.

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Recent venues for Circus Skills workshops in and around Burton.

Thistley Hough High School, Stoke, Staffordshire - Hire of our ‘baby’ Big Top
Wolstanton High School, Stoke - Circus Skills Workshops
Abbey Hulton Primary School, Stoke on Trent - Circus Workshops
Excalibur Primary School, Alsager - Circus Workshops
Haywood Academy, Burslem, Staffs - Big Top Days
Burnley Brow School, Oldham, Greater Manchester - Circus Workshops
Five Ways Primary School, Heath Hayes - Circus Workshops
St Marys RC Primary School, Salford - Big Top Day
Brampton Park, Newcastle under Lyme - Big Top Day
Etihad Stadium, Manchester - Circus Entertainment
St Clare’s RC Primary, Blackley, Manchester - Big Top Day
St Luke's CE primary school, Newcastle under Lyme - Circus Workshops
Anson Cabin Project, Manchester - Drum and Dance workshops
Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Greater Manchester - Circus Workshops
St Richard's RC Primary, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Linnet Clough Scout Activity Centre, Disley - Big Top Days
Sedgeley Park Police Training Centre, Chorlton, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Flixton Girl’s School, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Navigation Primary, Altrincham, Greater Manchester - Circus Workshops
Mersey Valley Sports Club, Sale - Circus Workshops
Old Hall Drive School, Gorton, Manchester - Big Top Day
Manchester Parade - Stiltwalkers
Manchester Health Academy - Big Top Day
Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton under Lyne - Circus Entertainment
AON Training Complex, Manchester - Big Top Day
St Richard's RC Primary School, Manchester - Circus Workshops
McVities Fun Day, Longsight, Manchester - Big Top Day
Manchester Rugby Club, Manchester - Big Top Day
Middlewood Scout Camp - Circus Workshops
Wilbraham Primary, Fallowfield, Manchester - Big Top Day

  • “ They did more than just teach they entertained, inspired and went ‘above and beyond “

  • “ It was interesting to watch the 'cool' Year 6's drop their guards and throw themselves into the activities with such gusto! “

  • “ One of our younger children came up to me at lunchtime and shouted at me “this is the BEST DAY EVER!!! “

    • “ The performances and workshops fully supported our creative curriculum making learning fun and exciting “

    • “ Easy to book and totally reliable, I can't praise them enough! “

Recent Venues

Thistley Hough High School, Stoke, Staffordshire - Hire of our ‘baby’ Big Top
Swindon Academy - A Day with our Big Top including shows and workshops
Sale West Youth & Community Centre, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Boarshaw Primary School, Middleton, Manchester - Circus Workshops
The Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport - Big Top Days
Burnley Brow School, Oldham, Greater Manchester - Circus Workshops
St Teresa’s RC School, Irlam, Manchester - Circus Workshops
St Marys RC Primary School, Salford - Big Top Day
St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Irlam - Big Top Day
Etihad Stadium, Manchester - Circus Entertainment
St Clare’s RC Primary, Blackley, Manchester - Big Top Day
Green End School, Burnage - Circus Workshops
Anson Cabin Project, Manchester - Drum and Dance workshops
Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Greater Manchester - Circus Workshops
St Richard's RC Primary, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Linnet Clough Scout Activity Centre, Disley - Big Top Days
Sedgeley Park Police Training Centre, Chorlton, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Flixton Girl’s School, Manchester - Circus Workshops
Navigation Primary, Altrincham, Greater Manchester - Circus Workshops
Mersey Valley Sports Club, Sale - Circus Workshops
Old Hall Drive School, Gorton, Manchester - Big Top Day
Manchester Parade - Stiltwalkers
Manchester Health Academy - Big Top Day
Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton under Lyne - Circus Entertainment
AON Training Complex, Manchester - Big Top Day
St Richard's RC Primary School, Manchester - Circus Workshops
McVities Fun Day, Longsight, Manchester - Big Top Day
Manchester Rugby Club, Manchester - Big Top Day
Middlewood Scout Camp - Circus Workshops
Wilbraham Primary, Fallowfield, Manchester - Big Top Day
  • Circus skills reinforce positive learning
  • Circus skills encourage creative thinking
  • Circus skills promote cross curricular education
  • Circus skills instill enthusiasm in the learning process
  • Circus skills boost Self Confidence
  • Circus skills aid Social & Personal Development
  • Circus skills enhance kinaesthetic skills
  • Circus skills provide a fun gateway into physical education
  • Learning Circus skills develops language skills
  • Circus skills increase Self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Circus skills make everyone smile, Teachers included!
A Circus workshop in a school with our Circus tent
Recent Scientific research has shown the value of Circus Skills and other physical skills in an educational environment. It has been recognised that the core skills which are utilised and developed when we learn and practice a challenging and creative activity such as Circus skills, can then be carried over into the more academic areas of education.

"Complex tasks such as juggling produce significant changes to the structure of the brain, according to scientists at Oxford University.
In the journal, Nature Neuroscience, the scientists say they saw a 5% increase in white matter - the cabling network of the brain."
BBC News

Activities such as Circus skills have been used with great success as an educational tool, as an aid to learning as well as therapeutically with children at risk and with children with special needs. Autistic children have been observed to respond particularly well to Circus skills in schools.

Circus skills are an opportunity for children and adults to discover and develop skills such as Concentration, Information retention, Concept visualisation, hand eye co-ordination and self awareness. These skills can then be used in many other settings including social situations and in conventional educational settings whilst learning the core subjects.

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." Charlie Chaplin

Circus Sensible have worked in Schools in Burton and all over the UK, as well as community groups, charities and festivals for over 25 years, during which time we have been lucky enough to develop close working relationships with some of the very best tutors and performers in the industry. As a result we have a highly experienced team, who bring a wealth of cultural, performance and social experience to every aspect of engaging with young people, and teaching them core skills in a safe and encouraging, and above all, fun environment. We can teach not just Circus skills, but we also run Percussion workshops, Dance workshops, Arts and Caricature workshops and lots more Schools workshops in a variety of skills.
All our workshops and Activity Days are available in Burton and all over the UK.
Plate Spinning in a Circus Skills workshop at a School in Guildford

Circus Sensible running a day of Circus workshops in a school in Bangkok

Circus Sensible in Thailand

Above are just a few examples of venues and events in Burton and the rest of the UK from the last year. We have run Circus skills workshops in well over two thousand Schools over the years, in Burton and the UK, Ireland and abroad, and days with our Big Tops at almost as many. Our Circus tents are also available for hire, and we can provide many other types of workshops for schools including Drum workshops, Dance workshops and Art workshops.
If you need more information about our Circus workshops for schools in Burton or any other aspect of our schools workshops, please
contact us.
Juggler in one of our Circus workshops for schools
Circus Skills workshops in Schools are suitable for Nursery, Primary, Secondary Schools and Colleges and can be integrated into many areas of the School curriculum. All our staff are very experienced, have a wide range of Circus and performance skills and have CRB certificates. We have full Public Liability Insurance and can supply Risk Assessments on request. Circus Sensible also run many other workshops in Burton schools, such as Percussion workshops, African Dance workshops, Caricature workshops and Magic workshops. For details of all our Schools workshops in Burton and the UK please explore our website or send us a message.

Circus skills workshops in schools offer a huge range of benefits to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Often a Circus workshop in school is the only chance a child will have to have a go at these skills.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of having a go at Circus skills is that almost anyone can achieve so much in such a short time, giving the participant a great sense of achievement and immediate positive feedback from those around them. This leads to a more positive self image and an increase in self confidence in many children. Many of our circus skills workshops also include time for the participants to demonstrate the circus skills they have been learning.
Circus skills also help develop and improve concentration skills. This is particularly evident in those children with shorter attention spans. When we run Circus skills workshops in schools the teachers are often amazed that one or more children who usually have a problem concentrating are doing better than anyone else in the class!
Learning Circus skills also offers great benefits in terms of physical co-ordination and physical fitness. Circus workshops fit very well into the school curriculum under PE and co-ordination development. In fact there are many areas where Circus workshops offer great opportunities for curriculum enrichment.
These are just some of the benefits to be gained from Circus skills workshops. We encourage all these and more whilst always remembering..... CIRCUS SKILLS ARE FUN!

Circus Sensible have been teaching and performing circus skills workshops in schools and at all sorts of venues in Burton, the UK and Ireland for over 25 years. We have a huge amount of experience in working with many different groups of all ages and abilities.

The Circus Sensible van at another Day of Circus workshops in Schools
Link to some videoa of Circus skills workshops in schools
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All our Circus workshops for schools are covered by CRB certificates

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“Thanks for giving the children and teachers a great morning. Jon was fantastic he was able to hold the attention of even the youngest children the whole time, and teachers were able to relax and enjoy the show and workshop. There were activities that all ages of children could try.” - Fiona, Kadampa Primary School, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

As a part of our reward structure, we invited your circus in. The organisation was excellent and over 600 students were completely gripped by your antics! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to other high schools. Brilliant! - Sian Hughes, Haywood Academy, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (A day with our 'baby' Big Top)


Circus Sensible provide Circus skills workshops and Circus days in schools with our beautiful Circus Tents. Our Big Top days include shows in the tent for the whole school and circus workshops for the children, class by class in a wide range of Circus skills. Suitable for Nursery upwards. Up to 450 children can have a go at the circus skills over the course of a day. Shows last about an hour and are equally entertaining for the teachers, which is important! Circus skills workshops cost £275+travel+VAT, days with our Big Tops start at £1275+VAT. We can also come for longer, anything up to week long residencies ending with a performance by the children.
Call us for more information about Circus skills workshops, Circus tent hire, or any other aspect of Circus in schools.

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