Sweet Circus is a non-profit community circus based in Eastbourne. We believe passionately in the ability of circus to improve physical, mental and social health and that circus is for everybody! Whilst our regular timetable is suspended during the summer holidays some classes will continue and we have a vast programme of funded and subsidised activities and sessions for you to enjoy over the coming weeks:
DWBL Free Play – We’ll be at Seaside Recreation Ground 3 afternoons a week providing circus fun for the whole family. Funded by Devonshire West Big Local, there’s no need to book, just come along and join in 😊
Youth Circus (age 11+) - Our Circus Jam on Tuesdays and Social (Ground skills play and equipment repair) on Thursdays are both free although you still need to book. Please note: we do not take parental responsibility for students in the park, but parents are welcome to stay and supervise. Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
50+ Social Circus has finally returned and has a new home in Langney Community Centre. These fun & friendly classes will get you moving gently and using your brain to improve agility, balance, coordination, and brain health. Plus, we have a good giggle and make new friends.
The sessions will remain free through the Summer Holidays. Although you can just turn up, it is helpful to us if you can book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
KiddiCircus is a great way to play with and enjoy the company of your younger children. A wonderful role play village to explore plus circus activities in the café (including aerial!). Sessions cost £5 (1 adult and one child up to age 8). Book direct with KiddiCity (takes you to a new website).
Circus Kids – A little bit of juggling, spinning plates and hula hoops perhaps? And of course the ever popular aerial hoop or fabric. Similar to our termly classes (but smaller!) These sessions are for children aged 8 – 12 and will be held in the KiddiCity café.
£12 for the course or £4 for individual sessions. Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
Youth Aerial(age 13+) – Due to the size of the venue we are having to temporarily adjust our age brackets slightly, younger participants are welcome to join the Circus Kids sessions instead. These sessions will offer some Aerial training on a variety of equipment including aerial hoop and fabric similar to our termly classes (but smaller!) and will be held in the KiddiCity café.
£12 for the course or £4 for individual sessions. Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
Classes are open to all on a sliding scale payment policy:
Minimum payment = £9.50 Recommended payment £11
Or Buy a 6 class bundle in the bundles section £50
Funding eligible minimum = £4 / 6 class bundle £24 (see below for eligibility)
Adult classes are eligible for funding throughout the Summer Holidays. If you have a disability, learning disability, long term health or mental health condition, come from a low income household or live in an aera of deprivation you are eligible for funding. If in doubt, give us a shout!
Aerial Hoop Play:
A beginners hoop class suitable for beginners and returners alike. This class goes over the fundamentals of mounting, transitioning and building up the moves in your repertoire. At the same time, we’ll be working on strength, stamina and flow. Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
These four sessions will introduce you to Aerial Circus building, strength, stamina, flexibility and above all else having fun and making friends. In these welcoming and friendly classes we will try a range of different Aerial equipment such as hoop and silks suitable for the uninitiated and beginner. Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
These four sessions will introduce you to the joys of Aerial Fabric - Silks and sling. We'll be building, strength, stamina, flexibility and above all else having fun (so much fun it doesn't even feel like exercise!!). These welcoming and friendly classes are suitable for complete beginners and levels will be offered to ensure you can enjoy participating regardless of what you think your ability level is! Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
Air control Aerial Pilates:
This supportive self-care class will work your body in all the really important ways as well as have you making shapes cocooned in your own hammock. It's Pilates, but it is in the air with your bodyweight supported and leaves you feeling relaxed and Scrummy! Suitable for beginners, returners, and those who just want to give back to their body a bit! Book via Gymcatch (takes you to a new website).
Online booking is available via Gymcatch - https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4095/events
If you have any questions at all feel free to drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don't see what your looking for here, get in touch and tell us about it, we're always keen to hear new ideas!
Term Time Classes:
We will publish our September timetable shortly, but for now here's some info about what we do.
Kids and Youth:
Classes are designed to develop agility, balance, coordination, confidence, concentration, resilience and social skills. Our specialist team of instructors are certified and experienced in working with children of all ages including those with SEND and neurological, learning or physical differences.
Aerial Dance are movement and creativity based Aerial Classes designed with dancers in mind. The lovely Electra Star Dance in Horam take bookings directly for these classes and can be contacted on email@example.com.
Our Home-ed Classes are relaxed and enjoyable, providing all the benefits listed above but amongst others from the home-ed community. There is also the option to work with us to complete Arts Award qualifications.
Youth Group Classes are fitness, strength and skills based but are focussed on self esteem, confidence, resilience and positive body awareness. Our youth group is supported by KFC Community Grants.
Minis andJuniors Classes very much focus on fun, confidence and emotion regulation. So whether your little one has no sense of danger or is just too shy to come out of their shell this is the perfect experience for them.
Most of our classes cost £42 for a 6 week term. Individual / trial sessions are £8.
Many of our classes are over subscribed, you can join the wating list via Gymcatch. Where there is demand we will endeavour to open more classes.
Classes for Adults:
Our exciting program of adult classes is designed and led by our team of professional Aerial Fitness and circus instructors. We are a very welcoming (if a little crazy) bunch, and whether you have a circus buddy you can bring along or will be flying solo we will ensure you feel comfortable and included. Whether you are new to this kind of activity or returning to exercise these classes will gently condition your body to be able to do all the upside downs, pretty shapes, strength moves and skills you desire whilst ensuring you have a good giggle along the way!
*** If you have a disability, long term health / mental health condition, come from a low income house hold or live in an aera of deprivation you are eligible for funding. This reduces classes to just £4 currently***
To book find us on Gymcatch (redirects you to a separate website).
Aerial Hoop Fun
A beginners hoop class suitable for beginners and returners alike. This class goes over the fundamentals of mounting, transitioning and building up the moves in your repertoire. At the same time, we’ll be working on strength, stamina and flow.
50+ Social Circus
Circus is proven to promote and maintain brain health and can guard against brain function deterioration or diseases as we age. You can expect to feel a little confused or disco-ordinated at times, and that’s when we all have a giggle and encourage each other to try again.
We’ll be using juggling, hula hoop, diabolo, feather balancing and all sorts of circus inspired activities to keep you moving, improving your agility, balance and coordination and ensuring you stay socially active also. All activities are provided with levels and you will work at your own pace, we will adapt activities for those who need to sit, or indeed are super fit and strong.
The best bit is – you will learn a party trick or two to impress even the grandchildren 😊
Every few weeks we switch out the equipment so over a period of a couple of months you can expect to gain confidence in aerial hoop, trapeze and sling / silks.
Air control Aerial Pilates This supportive self-care class will work your body in all the really important ways as well as have you making shapes cocooned in your own hammock. It's Pilates, but it is in the air with your bodyweight supported and leaves you feeling relaxed and Scrummy! Suitable for beginners, returners, and those who just want to give back to their body a bit!
Strings & Balls (autumn - spring only, though open air sessions are planned for summer!)
This is an open practice session. If you have some circus skills and need space to practise through the darker months, you want to meet up with other circussy people and generally hang out then this is where you'll find that. This is designed for adults although 16+ are allowed to attend with parental permission. You are permitted to bring younger children with you but they are your responsibility throughout. No need to book in advance, £2 minimum recommended donation on entry. To join the Strings and balls community like the dedicated facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StringsAndBallsEbo
Aerial Open Practice (autumn - spring only, though open air sessions are planned for summer!) A new element of Strings and Balls, this is for aerial instructors and experienced students who want some time to train, and meet others. An additional £3 is required to participate (£5 in all). Please get in touch before you attend as we may need to get your instructor to sign off on you attending.