Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Guild Hall, 1st floor, 128 Oliver Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 6HG

Contact: 0151 644 6364 or 07811 812711



Magical Circus is a unique company providing Circus Skills Workshops, Circus Shows, FX Make-up Workshops & Themed Team Building Events. Our mission is to make circus skills accessible to all, offering a vast array of skills at our unique venue or at your location. Circus skills have been used to improve meta-cognition in school children with excellent proven results. Our circus skills workshops teach children perseverance, resilience, positive attitude to failure and the advantages of focus and diffused learning modes when learning anything. Circus skills improve confidence and of course provide physical exercise too. Our Circus Skills Workshops can be linked to the curriculum or provided as one off learning experiences for all ages and abilities.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

We offer a range of services at our unique venue from Circus Workshops, Circus Shows, FX Make-up Workshops to Themed Team Building Events. We are able to cover all key stages and specialist area's upon request. All students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. We are also available to visit you if you are further a field, are catering for larger numbers or require disabled facilities.

Why you are a great place for educational visits?

After over 16 years of providing our services across the North West of England, we finally have our own magical venue with our special Circus 'Big Top' Hall, from where we offer the most fun, exciting, inspiring, memorable Circus Workshop days, Circus Shows, FX Make-up Workshop days and Team Building Events for truly, amazing school trips, as learning experiences or rewards and treats.

Our Magical Circus venue is safe and secure and also offers an Imaginative Play Room for young children, a Library for quiet time and reading, Lounge and Café for staff to relax, a Party Tea Room for the children's lunch break and clean and spacious toilets.

We are former Circus artists (Angelo is fourth generation circus family with relatives working internationally) and we have worked in various circus around the world, so we are experienced, fully qualified instructors and entertainers, with a BA Performance Arts Degree (Melanie) and V.T.C.T. Theatrical and Media Make-up Diplomas (Melanie and Angelo). We have full Public Liability Insurance, are DBS checked and are just waiting to pass on our knowledge and experiences. Come and learn something new, we have lots to offer.

What does a typical educational visit include?

a) Meet & Greet
b) Performance / Demonstration / Show (varies depending on the booking)
c) Workshop
d) Circus history / FX Make-up background
e) Imaginative playtime
f) Circus art and writing
g) Free time preparation
h) Pupil / student demonstration
i) Certificates / prize announcement or giving

What group sizes do you cater for?

10 – 120 but minimum booking fees apply for groups smaller than specified, depending on the service.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

For our Primary School Circus Workshops we provide certificates, circus props prizes for 'Art and Writing competitions' to be done back at school and a 'Playground Circus Props Bucket' to keep.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We provide a Risk Assessment for Schools and Group Bookings which is e-mailed with the on-line booking e-mail. Teachers and Leaders are welcome to do their own Risk Assessment prior to their visit but must be booked with us.

What is the cost of the visit?

Pupil, student costs range from £6.50 - £25.00 depending on the service and minimum booking fees apply for small groups. Adults are free.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

For Circus or FX Make-up Workshops, school uniform or active clothing (sweatshirt, t-shirt, jogging pants and shorts), sensible school shoes or trainers / pumps and no jewellery. Aprons are provided for FX Make-up Workshops. For Circus Shows, school uniform or best outfit or fancy dress are all welcome!

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

No, the group will need to bring their own first aider.

Please list facilities available.

Circus Hall with a large range of circus skills for our workshops: scarf, ball, ring, club juggling, plate spinning, diabolo, various stilts from bucket, stepping stone, hand-held, hands-free strap on and powerizers, devil and flower sticks, poi, ribbons, hulahoops, skipping ropes, feather and stick balancing, rola bola, pedal goes, fun wheels, unicycling, balancing bar, stepping blocks, tight-rope and tight wire.

What are your disabled facilities?

We do not have disabled facilities at the present time. We are however available for visits to your location with all our services.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year and available for bookings during term-time and school holidays for group bookings. Bookings are subject to availability, as we run a range of activities and events throughout the year for the local community.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

Yes, we have a large array of testimonials from Schools you can access them all via our website. Below is just one of them:

Dear Melanie and Angelo,
Wow! What a super day we had with yourselves. You provided a top class act which was thoroughly enjoyed by children, staff and parents. Excellent value.
Love from Mrs Kirkham in Year 2.
Brindle Gregson Lane Primary School

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Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Circus Film Making Performing Arts Workshops Sports Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Drama English Geography History Mathematics Media PE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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