Circus Central

Welcome to Circus Central, Newcastle's finest Circus Arts hub! We bring people of all ages and abilities together to have fun, develop skills, perform, and gain qualifications. At Circus Central, you become part of a thriving community. We offer something for everyone from the curious beginner to the die-hard professional! We also offer provision for schools, community organisations and events.

We operate from two sites, one in Shieldfield and one in Elswick. With our programme we:

  • Deliver a vibrant education programme. This includes drop in classes, after school clubs, BTEC qualifications, and our Five Ring Youth Circus.
  • Support fulfilling careers in the arts. We offer training, rehearsal space, and professional development.
  • Host events by local, national and international artists so you can come and enjoy world class circus arts performances in the heart of the city.

Everyone can join in. We can offer personalised support as well as bursaries and subsidised places on our programmes. Contact us to find out how you can get involved.

We use circus arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. Come find out how Circus can change your life!

Our Work

Click on one of our projects below to find out more about what we do:

18 for 18
A charity event to raise awareness of the mental health benefits of circus.
Best Summer Ever
A summer filled with circus fun for local kids from disadvantaged areas across the city.
Circus Stories
Combining storytelling and circus skills to promote school readiness in primary schools.
Opening Doors
A partnership of Circus and Dance to support BAME survivors of domestic violence and encourage access to arts.

Our Affiliates