COVID 19 Update

5 January 2021

Due to the lockdown measures that will come in to force on Wednesday 6 January our building is now closed to all users and staff. The status will be reviewed on 29 January and we will continue to operate within the changing government guidelines.

Higher Education, CAT and London Youth Circus training will be delivered online. We expect this to continue until the next government review date on February 15th

All of our staff will be working from home or furloughed and response times to enquiries will be affected. Please accept our apologies for any delay in getting back to you, we will be in touch as soon as possible.

We would like to thank everyone for their understanding during a continually changing environment and we hope to open the building again as soon as possible.


Re-opening 7 September 2020

The National Centre is to reopen for users from the Monday 7 September 2020.

Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID, we’re unable to run a normal programme of activities and therefore the National Centre has made the difficult decision to prioritise the following funded programmes from September:

  • Higher Education 
  • Professional Training  
  • London Youth Circus  
If you train on any of these programmes please read carefully the Re-opening Guidelines document at the top of this page.

This means that during Term 1 ( September – December) we will not be able to offer any of the following courses:

  • Adult courses:  Introduction to Aerial/Acrobatics, Level 1, 2 or 3 courses or short courses.
  • Youth:  Family Circus, Primary Circus, Junior Circus, Youth Circus and Sensory Circus. 

We hope the situation will have evolved enough that we will be able to reintroduce some of these courses from January 2021. We will continually monitor the situation and if we’re able to reinstate courses earlier than this, we will.   

The following circus schools in London are running a timetable of classes that you may be able to access.  

Aircraft Circus

My Aerial Home

Forgotten Circus School

Flying Fantastic


London Dance Academy

In order to maintain a safe space for staff and users and help mitigate against a Covid-19 risk, we are preparing the building on our Covid-19 secure policy, including:

  • Ensuring social distancing is maintained 
  • Enhanced cleaning programme of spaces and equipment  
  • Users groups in ‘bubbles’  
  • Adjustment of operating hours
  • Restrictions on the number of people on site at any one time.

Full details are in the Reopening Guidelines..

We realise this is frustrating for those of you who train on our other programmes.  The Arts and culture sectors are in a perilous position at the moment and putting these strict safety measures in place will help against a full closure that could be further devastating for our organisation.

On behalf of all the staff at National Circus, thank you so much for your kind words, donations and ongoing support. We hope to welcome all of our users back in the building again in the not-too-distant future.