Circus Flavours performer on aerial hoop with blue big top in the background

Circus Flavours

Ever wanted to join the circus?

Upswing’s Artists takeover in this hugely popular and high energy event, bringing the beauty of circus to all. Find us at festivals or events for a unique hands-on adventure that lets you try out the same circus skills you can see our artists perform.

Circus Flavours is for anyone who’s dreamt of joining the circus. It’s a powerful opportunity to learn from the best and break down barriers between performers and spectators. A daytime outdoor event, giving anyone aged 7+ the chance to try out their skills in a self-contained, immersive and fun session.

A child sits inside an aerial hoop with a workshop leader either side helping him.

“Visitors enjoyed the performances and couldn’t wait to have a go themselves!” 

Kellie Blake, Events and Community Engagement Manager, London Borough of Lewisham 

“It was exciting and daredevil. I feel brave happy.” 

Young workshop participant


Circus Flavours is heading back to The Potteries Centre in Stoke-On-Trent for another series of free workshops for kids and families in partnership with New Vic Theatre. We even have one special masterclass for local adults who work in circus. Check out the upcoming dates below:

Thurs 15 Feb
A day of family workshops and circus skills taster sessions where young people will have the chance to try different circus techniques like juggling, hula hoop and acro balance.  
Tickets are free but pre-booking is required.

Family Workshop for Children Aged 3-6: 11.45pm – 12.45pm – Book Tickets
Family Workshop for Children Aged 3 – 6: 1pm – 2pm – Book Tickets
Family Workshop for Children Aged 7-11: 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Book Tickets
Handstand Masterclass for Circus Professionals: 3.45pm – 6pm – Book Tickets

Fri 16 Feb
On Friday Midlands-based circus company Circus Mash is taking over to bring you aerial balance and coordination workshops, as well as performances throughout the day.
These drop-in workshops are free to attend and will take place in The Potteries Atrium.

Drop-in workshop start times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3.15pm
Drop-in performance start times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.45pm

Sat 17 Feb
Upswing’s artists are bringing their signature Circus Flavours workshops and performances to The Potteries Centre on Saturday. Visitors can expect to learn a mixture of aerial and ground-based circus skills.
These sessions are drop-in and free to attend.

Drop-in workshop start times: 12.15pm, 1.30pm & 3pm
Drop-in performance start times: 12pm, 1pm & 2.30pm


Circus Flavours is available for booking. Programmers can download the information pack for Circus Flavours below. For enquiries and booking please email


Watch the next generation of contemporary circus talent perform their breath taking acts: Meet our Associate Artists and learn more about their stories by watching our award-winning film Circus Flavours on Screen

A diverse group of performers stand together smiling whilst being filmed

First two images on this page by Lidia Crisafulli 


Brockwell Bounce, Adventures on the Underline, Circus Takeover at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Lighthouse Poole, Kids Summer Splash at Royal Docks, Windrush Day at Bernie grant Arts Centre, All Points East Festival, Happy Streets Festival, British Summer Time Festival, National Play Day, Summer Jazz Weekender, Tall Ships Festival, Greenwich Peninsula, Meltdown Festival, Holmfirth Arts Festival, Lewisham People’s Day, Henley Festival, Disco Loco, Carnival Streets Luton, Imagine Watford, Six Towns Carnival Reloaded, The Potteries Centre, K&C Festival, Smithfield Stoke, Appetite’s The Big Feast


Circus Comes Home – Our annual summer programme of circus events in Stoke-On-Trent is in partnership with the New Vic Theatre

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