About Us

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!

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

COVID-19 UPDATE

With a heavy heart, we are announcing that we will be unable to open our Flying Trapeze schools this summer.

As lockdown eases, the Royal Parks are experiencing an unprecedented number of visitors and are therefore unfortunately unable to accommodate events such as ours.

If you have purchased and booked a class for the 2020 season and would like a refund rather than a voucher please send us an e-mail to info@gorillacircus.com.

Any gift vouchers for the 2020 season will be valid until the end of 2021 season. To extend your vouchers please send us an e-mail to info@gorillacircus.com. Refunds do not apply for gift vouchers.

This will be the first time since 2009 that we haven’t been flying so a massive thank you to all of our amazing students who have supported us over the last 11 years- rest assured this isn’t a goodbye but just a see you next year!

FAQs

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze school is a seasonal company, open yearly from April – September.

Each year our school dates differ so please check our website and social media outlets for announcements of our dates.

Our school is currently closed due to COVID-19.

We are gearing up and getting ready for our 2021 season which will run from April – September, over the next couple of months we will announce dates on our social media and website before our school starts.

Keep updated by joining our newsletter for updates on when our classes will be put on sale.

They are always put on sale in 4 week blocks, one month ahead.

It is always possible to purchase gift vouchers, these vouchers are vailed for the 2020 and 2021 outdoor fly season.

Children age 8+ are welcome at Gorilla Circus. All children must have already had their 8th birthday before they attend a class.

Students under 16 need to 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.

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.

There are 10 spaces available in each class.

You can book a maximum of 6 spaces per class. Any groups over 6 will need to book a private class.

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.

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 

For those who have completed at least 3 flying trapeze classes. Students should be working on their one-handed take off and caught at least 2 other position tricks in the past 12 months to join this level.

Level 3 Flying Trapeze

For those who have flown 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).

-Comfortable and competent working platform for yourself and others (there are no platform assistants in this class)

-Approved/invited to join this class (contact holly@gorillacircus.com if unsure)

Level 4 Flying Trapeze

For those who have flown with Gorilla Circus in the last 12 months and are:

-Confident working the board

-Can turn around and return to the platform out of lines

-Have a back end trick out of lines 

-Are working on a set-break type trick

-Approved/invited to join this class (contact holly@gorillacircus.com if unsure)

 

Level 1 classes are 2 hours long. For a description of our classes by one of our students you can read Jojo’s blog here

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 can’t be rescheduled, swapped or refunded. You are welcome to arrange your own private swap/sale of individual classes to frequent flyers using the Facebook page ‘Gorilla Circus student Notice Board.’

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.

If it is your first class you need to arrive 10 mins early so that you can sign your consent form. Classes start at the time advertised and late comers who are 5 mins late might be allowed to join at the discretion of the instructors but any later you will unfortunately have to be turned away (so please be on time cause it makes us really sad when we have to do this!)

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

Yes, we cater for company days out, hen parties and any other event you may wish to celebrate with trapeze! Please see below in our downloads for our Private Class Information Pack and get in touch for further details email us at info@gorillacircus.com

Locations

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.

KENSINGTON GARDENS

The School is located in the South West corner of Kensington Gardens, on the West 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.