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Black Barby Music Festival

Black Barby 


Circus Workshops info

The circus workshops are tailored to suit the needs and skill levels of children of all ages, plus any adults that take part.  They run morning and afternoon from Wednesday afternoon till Sunday morning. For those who choose to perform at the end of week big finale show, final rehearsals are on the Sunday morning.

This year (2022) we will have two big tops plus a mini circus area, for all ages of participants to use, trying their hand at many and varied circus skills.  We keep numbers low in the big tops so that we have a good tutor to pupil ratio. 

Mini Circus Area – aimed mainly at under 6 year olds, although all others can join in with them as this area is a large open space next to the info tent where you can just sit and chat with others too. It is a relaxed and playful circus skills area focusing on learning through play, with lots of games for even the smallest children.  Please note, you will be required to stay and supervise your child/ren in this area. There are toilets located here too, including an accessible toilet, plus hand washing.

Little Fools - 6-9 year olds (60 workshop places available)  Slightly structured circus skills tuition, but less intensive than Big Fools and with lots of breaks. The children can choose to work towards participation in a big finale show on Sunday morning if they wish. Parents need to be nearby to keep an eye on their children in this big top, and help them when needed - maybe with stilts, unicycle or just general encouragement. This big top is located between the Big Fools big top and the Mini Circus Area next to the info tent.

Big Fools 10-18 year olds, plus adults (60 workshop places available, plus up to 10 places for adults if you wish to join in too). This big top features more intensive circus skills tuition for the older kids, with some more challenging equipment than that available in the Little Fools big top. It has a relaxed yet productive atmosphere, one of enquiry, of trial and error, of perseverance and overcoming challenges - with much laughter and camaraderie. The participants can choose to work towards being part of the big finale show on Sunday afternoon if they wish. 

Parents can leave their child/ren here, though of course they are welcome to stay nearby and watch/offer words of encouragement! 

There are toilets located between the two big tops.

Tuition in the following skills/equipment will be available:
  • outdoor aerial silks rig with Swan and Pip (for ages 6 upwards)

  • trapeze &/or aerial hoop (neither available in Little Fools tent)

  • low tightrope

  • whips (Big Fools only)

  • stilt walking

  • juggling clubs and ball

  • tumbling and basic acrobatics

  • clowning

  • diabolo

  • hat juggling

  • devil sticks/flower sticks

  • poi poi

  • hula hooping

  • staff spinning

  • plate spinning

  • pedal-gos, balance boards/roller-boller, cigar boxes and more! 



Behind the Scenes:

There may also be the opportunity for a few participants to have a go at sound and lighting skills if they prefer to focus on this for the final performances rather than performing on stage.


Circus Badges:

Circus Camp is also a great opportunity for those youngsters who are in the Scouts or Guides (or any other?) to complete their circus badges. Please get in touch beforehand if you are planning to do this.

Record Sheets:

We will also have Circus Camp personal achievement record sheets for any participants who wish to complete one. These give participants the option to gain ink stamps when they have tried a new skill. These records can then be filed in your home ed paperwork if you wish, or just put on the wall as a reminder of all the fun your child had trying new things!

Taster Workshops:

For those adults and children age 10 plus who are not participating in the main Circus Workshops, you are welcome to join in any of our hour-long circus skills taster workshops which will be held between 4.30pm and 5.30pm Thursday to Saturday, in the Big Fools big top.

Silks workshop ages 7-10
Silks workshop ages 7-10

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Hat juggling
Hat juggling

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Trapeze workshop ages 10 plus
Trapeze workshop ages 10 plus

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Silks workshop ages 7-10
Silks workshop ages 7-10

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Workshops Gallery
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SEN Liaison:

If your child requires extra help or understanding in order to get the most out of the workshops please mention this to Vicki when you book, as she is our SEN liaison and will ensure we meet your needs.

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