Join our

Circus Community

We hold free weekly circus sessions, community events & projects. Scroll down for more news of our sessions, or if you’d like to contribute, you can find out about volunteering.

Come along for free – no booking required.

Keep posted on sessions & timings on our social media.

We also run paid weekly youth circus classes for ages 5-7 and 8-11yrs.

Free Community Sessions

We offer the benefits of social circus to our community by running regular events – these are free for everyone.

These drop-in sessions are open to anyone looking to learn new skills, meet people and have fun!

Come along for free – no booking required.

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MONDAY Circus Community Jam (14+)

Heart of Newhaven, 4-6 Main St, Edinburgh, EH6 4PY

Last one: Monday 6th May

Bring your own props. Tuition not provided. Drop-in.

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THURSDAY Circus Community Jam (14+)

Heart of Newhaven, 4-6 Main St, Edinburgh, EH6 4PY

Thursday evenings 6 – 8pm, from 9th May onwards

Bring your own props. Tuition not provided. Drop-in.

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friday Circus Community Jam (14+)

Room to Move, 41 W Bowling Green St, Edinburgh EH6 5NX

Friday evenings 8 – 10pm

Bring your own props. Tuition not provided. Drop-in.

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Open Teenagers Circus Workshops (teens 11-17)

Fridays 3.00 – 5.00pm, 10th May – 14th June 2024

From 3:00pm-4:00pm teens can drop in, try new skills, practice or just hang out.
From 4:00pm – 5:00pm there’ll be games and exercises to help you get creative with your new skills.

Registration Required

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Open Community Circus Sessions (families)

The Wee Play Hub, 1st Floor, Ocean Terminal, former French Connection unit). All ages welcome

Spring Dates: 5th May / 12th May / 19th May / 26th May

Sundays 3pm – 5pm

Could you join our community as a VOLUNTEER?

We rely on the help of our brilliant volunteers to make our sessions a welcoming and nurturing place for everyone to learn new skills and have fun. As a Think Circus volunteer you will learn circus skills, meet new people and support a local charity. 

GOT SOME QUESTIONS?

What is Cloud Nine?

Cloud Nine is the name of our pop-up Circus Club. Most recently Cloud Nine was resident in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, where we brought the magic, creativity and playfulness of circus to people in Leith for 20 months, including:

  • Free monthly shows and weekly workshops for families, teenagers and adults
  • A place for everyone in our community to discover and participate in social circus, to improve health, wellbeing and to make new connections
  • A place for circus artists to practice, collaborate, and create new work
What is Social Circus?

Social circus is an established model used all over the world. In practice it means friendly, community-based classes teaching easy, accessible skills like juggling, hula hoop, balancing and spinning. Social circus has been proven to have positive effects on physical literacy, overcoming fear of failure and resilience. See the Research.

We provide a space for community circus to thrive.

We also provide training space for established circus artists in our community to help them level up and create new work. If you’re interested contact us at hi@thinkcircus.co.uk.

How can I donate to help keep this space running?

We appreciate every penny that has helped us provide free, weekly circus sessions for the past year. You can donate here.

What will happen next?

We have a plan to continue Cloud Nine as a Pop-Up Circus, appearing wherever people need more playfulness and fun – that’s probably everywhere! In all seriousness, this project has helped us to prove what is possible with a large dedicated space, supporting the future of circus in Edinburgh. Watch this space.

How can I get involved with more circus in Edinburgh?

We have lots of circus friends all over Edinburgh. If you love our community sessions, circus classes and want to find out more about circus, explore circus venues in our area.

Check out our circus map of Edinburgh.

CLOUD NINE – Edinburgh’s Pop Up Circus

We offered free circus sessions to over 2400 people over the last year. NOW WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME FOR COMMUNITY CIRCUS.

In early 2022, we were invited to join The Wee Hub in a community takeover of the old Debenhams unit at Ocean Terminal – creating a temporary home for circus in Leith.

We turned this old abandoned unit in a shopping centre into a thriving home for community circus. Thank you to Ocean Terminal for their kind donation of a venue and to our friends at THELMA who co-ordinate this shared space and made this all possible.

How we used the space:

Alongside our weekly community sessions, we hosted:

  • Cabaret showcases featuring members of our youth circus, professional performers and new/emerging artists
  • Community projects and artistic collaborations
  • Free to use rehearsal space for dance, theatre and circus artists
  • Regular classes and events

Looking to

collaborate?

Do you have a project you want to pitch us?

We love getting involved with other community interest companies and making exciting ideas happen. Get in touch!

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