About Us

Thank you to all our wonderful students for making the 2018 summer season so enjoyable! Our flying trapeze schools are now closed for the winter and will open again in April/May 2019.

Anyone can come and learn to fly in one of our two hour classes, our youngest students are 8, our oldest (so far) 78! Students start with a warm up then move on to practice a simple trick on our low bar. They then attempt the trick on the Flying Trapeze and towards the end of the class get caught by an instructor on a separate swinging bar. We run a mixture of drop in classes and courses, the more classes you take the more advanced tricks you can perform! If you truly are addicted to flying you may be able to join our weekly frequent flyer and intermediate classes.

Over the summer the school is located in Regents Park and Kensington Gardens, with our third outdoor trapeze appearing at festivals, events and other parks around London.

For a description of our classes by one of our students you can read Jojo’s blog here

A few things to remember before you book your class:

Our outdoor summer season runs April/May until mid September.

Classes go on sale in monthly batches about a month in advance.
If you want to book a class before it goes on sale, consider making a private booking for up to 10 people via info@gorillacircus.com.

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FAQs

Yes, everyone wears a safety belt when flying and we have a huge safety net to make sure your landing is a soft one.

No, Gorilla Circus has a philosophy of making circus accessible for all. Our instructors will work to your strengths and there is nothing better for improving strength and fitness than Flying Trapeze!

Any comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. Baggy clothes and jeans are not suitable for classes.

Please be aware that this is a weather dependent activity and weather by its nature is unpredictable. We obviously don’t want to mess our students around or make them have a wasted journey, however we also want to run classes whenever possible and we try hard to balance these considerations.

You should assume that your class is going ahead unless you hear otherwise from us. If we have to cancel classes due to bad weather you will be contacted by text or phone at least an hour before the class starts.

Please do not assume your class is cancelled; if you do not attend your class and we have not cancelled it you will not be entitled to a refund.

If your class is rained-off we will send you a code you can use with our booking system to reschedule your class. It is up to you to make sure that you rebook before the end of our outdoor season as these codes cannot be used for indoor classes. We do not provide refunds for rain.

If your class gets stopped in its first hour you will be entitled to a 50% discount on the next class you book.

For our classes we take any students from 8+, our oldest student to date was 78! Students under 16 should be supervised by an adult for the duration of the class. There are no height limitations, however students over 100kg or those with a disability should contact us before booking. The only other requirement is that all students need to be able to wear a safety belt which extends to around 40 inches.

There are 10 spaces available in each class.

You can book a maximum of 6 spaces for children or 8 spaces for adults. Any groups over 8 adults will need to book a private class.

Level 1 Flying Trapeze (All-Levels including absolute beginners) 

For absolute beginners from age 8 and over, or returning students who cannot commit to a course.

Level 2 Flying Trapeze (4-Week Course)

For those who have completed at least one flying trapeze class and made a catch in the traditional 3 swings (or similar) within the last 12 months, with Gorilla Circus or another flying trapeze school. This is a 4-week course only – there will be no Level 2 classes.

Level 3 Flying Trapeze

For those who have completed at least one 4-week course with Gorilla Circus in the last 12 months and are:

Able to perform a 1-handed take-off with no belt hold, swing out of lines and a safe flat back drop to the net out of lines (swing out of lines).
Working on a 3-kick turnaround swing.
Working on a back end trick.
Attended at least one trampoline class in the last 12 months.
Comfortable and competent working platform for yourself and others (there are no platform assistants in this class)
Approved/invited to join this class (contact info@gorillacircus.com if unsure)

Level 4 Flying Trapeze

For those who meet all Level 3 requirements and are:
Able to take-off with no belt hold, swing, turnaround swing, and face off to the net out of safety lines
Able to catch a back-end trick or a half turn in lines, and work with the catcher to land on your back after the catch.
Able to half twist out of your back-end trick or half turn to the net in lines.
Able to perform a salute or clap out of safety lines
Working on a layout.
Able to safely cradle/bounce roll (front tuck) in the net without lines
Work platform without assistance for yourself and others (there are no platform assistants in this class)Been approved/invited to join this class (contact info@gorillacircus.com if unsure)

Level 5 Flying Trapeze

For those who meet all Level 4 requirements and:
 Have flown in a Level 4 class in the last 3 months or been approved by Mat Herman.
Able to work platform without assistance for yourself and others, including dropping return bars and scooping (there are no platform assistants in this class).
Able to return to platform out of lines without assistance.
Able to perform a back-end trick and a half-turn to land on your back in the net without safety lines. Able to catch a layout in lines.
Able to catch an uprise shoot or forward over in lines.
Working on a cutaway half, layout full or similar (rotating and twisting).
Been approved/invited to join this class (contact info@gorillacircus.com if unsure).

You can cancel a booking up to 1 week ahead of your class and receive a full refund, or you can reschedule up to 72 hours in advance (You are responsible for rescheduling before the end of the season, and we will not be able to provide a refund if you do not reschedule in time). Classes can be transferred between individuals, so if you cant make it maybe a friend can!

It’s not possible to make any changes within course bookings, meaning that individual classes within courses cannot be rescheduled, swapped or refunded. You are welcome to arrange your own private swap/sale of individual classes to frequent flyers using our Facebook page.

If you need to cancel your entire course, you can cancel up to 1 week in advance of the first class for a full refund. There is no reschedule option.

Check the online calendar to see if there’s space and book online as normal . You can book online at any time until the class starts.
If you book on the same day please bring a copy of your booking confirmation with you as you may not be on instructor’s printout.

Yes, we cater for company days out, hen parties and any other event you may wish to celebrate with trapeze! Just get in touch for further details.

Yes, of course! Get them to bring a camera to capture your moment of glory.

Level 1 classes

£30

Level 2 classes
£30 for 2-hour classes and £38 for Extended 2.5 hour classes
Level 3/4/5 classes
£26 for 2 hour classes and £36 for Extended 2.5 hour classes
 (There are no platform assistants in Level 3/4/5 classes, hence the reduced prices.)

Yep! Our gift vouchers are £30.60 for a class, and they are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Just go to ‘Bookings’ and then ‘Buy a Voucher’.

“This is the most awesome two hours you can spend in London. This is my fourth class and I’m totally hooked.

The staff are awesome, it’s a great location and there’s nothing better than making the catch at the end of the class. Recommend to all my friends – everyone should try this at least once!”

“”Incredible experience! So much fun and adrenaline pumping. I was so scared of heights and I think this has literally cured it. You have to try it. Plus, amazing & friendly staff!”

“Love this activity and these teachers. They are simply wonderful. Thank you for all your kindness and patience with an old hoofer who can’t quite get it right!”

Locations

May to September

REGENT’S PARK

The school is located in the north-west corner of Regent’s Park, north of Outer Circle road and west of Avenue road. The closest tube station is St Johns Wood (Jubilee Line) or Chalk Farm (Northern Line). If you’re walking, you can cross Prince Albert road at the bottom of Charlbert St and cross over the Charlbert Bridge, and we’re just on the left inside the park.

May to September

KENSINGTON GARDENS

The School is located in the South West corner of Kensington Gardens, on the East Albert Lawn next to The Albert Memorial. The closest tube station is High Street Kensington (Circle and District Lines), you are then a 10-minute walk away, enter the park though the top of Exhibition Road and the school is just on your left hand side.