About The North East Circus Development Trust

Circus Central

Officially the North East Circus Development Trust, Circus Central is a registered charity (1136254) and hub for the circus arts in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Situated near the city centre in Christ Church Buildings on Shieldfield Green, our core aims are to develop the youth, community and professional circus sectors in the North East of England through the provision of regular, project-based activities, and to continue expanding our hub into a significant circus training facility.

As well as offering courses to the public on everything from aerial to tumbling, we house a regular youth troupe - The Five Ring Circus, we carry out extensive research projects into circus history, and are key players in developing several UK and European circus networks.

To find out more about the extensive work we do, watch the BBC’s 2014 documentary that followed Circus Central’s Family La Bonche (a shared performance name covering all aspects at the circus) delve into the rich cultural heritage of the art form in the North East of England.

Community Foundation
Labyrinth UK
Arts Council England
Heritage Lottery Fund
Juice Festival
Let's Circus