Open Training

Temporary closure

The National Centre for Circus Arts is currently closed due to the current situation with COVID-19. We will remain closed until at least 7th February, with no training during this time.

If you have any questions, please e-mail


Circus artists can apply to become an Open Training Member in order to access our facilities for independent training. Membership is primarily intended for professional artists. More information about the application process can be found here.

Once a member, follow the instructions below to apply for reserved places at upcoming training sessions. Walk-up places are not currently available due to the pandemic.

How to apply for a place

1) Follow the links below to complete the Booking Request Form for each session that you wish to attend.

2) Offers will usually be made on the Friday of the preceding week.

3) If offered a place, you will be sent an e-mail with instructions to pay for your session(s) and to complete a health questionnaire. Failure to do so by the specified deadline will result in you forfeiting your place.

4) On the day of your session, you will be told which studio/training zone you have been assigned.


No upcoming sessions currently scheduled.

We are currently closed due to the situation with COVID-19. We will remain closed until at least 7th February.

COVID-19 Protocols

Please refer to the Reopening Strategy & User Guidance for full details of the measures we are taking to operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key points for Open Training Members:

Do not attend if you have primary symptoms of COVID-19.
You will need to complete a health questionnaire before coming.

Wear a face covering at all times when not training*
Keep your face covering on even while you are setting-up or packing away.
*Unless exempt for health reasons.

When moving about the building, keep at least 2 metres apart as much as possible.
Observe the floor markings and one-way systems.

Keep at least 3 metres apart from other users while training.
You will be assigned a training zone, the centre-point of which will be marked on the floor. Keep to this centre-point as much as possible. Partner training is permissible under certain circumstances (see criteria document below).

Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
Always sanitise on entry, before handling lifting systems (allow gel to dry) and after handling your face covering.

Do not touch any NCCA equipment without permission.
Except for mats and lifting systems, most equipment is off-limits. You will be informed of specific protocols if permitted to use other NCCA equipment.

Store personal equipment safely
You may store equipment in the Members’ Store. Sanitise your hands before entering, and avoid touching other people’s equipment wherever possible. Please cover/bag your equipment – don’t leave it exposed.

Clean your mat(s) and lifting systems at the end of your session.
Use the products provided and following the instructions on the signage. Clean the floor if handled a lot (such as for handstands) and any communal equipment used.

Inform NCCA if you test positive for COVID-19.
Please let us know if you test positive having been in the building during the 48 hours preceding your positive test result or onset of symptoms (whichever was first).

You will receive a briefing about these protocols at your first session back.


Most school equipment (including all aerial kit) is currently unavailable for members. Exceptions include:

- Crash mats and floor mats.
- Tightwire (2m high) in GC1.
- Chinese poles.
- Lunges can be booked but members will need their own lunging belts.
- No swinging trapeze or cloud swing is available, but we will consider requests to hard-rig a privately owned bar.

All studios will be in use for Open Training, except for the Acro Studio, the Physio/Conditioning Room and the Library. You will only be able to train in the space/zone you are assigned.


Spring Term 2020-21 – £4.50 (3-hour session); £3 (short session).
Summer Term 2020-21 – TBC

Payment will be taken when you accept your offer of a place at a sesson.

In addition, a one-off registration fee of £50 applies for new members.

Emergency funding from Arts Council England has enabled us to temporarily reduce training rates for 2020-21. We hope this will go some way to helping artists maintain their craft during these challenging times.

Please note that by August 2021, we will probably need to have increased prices to a similar level to 2019-20 (minimum price point of £8.50 per session).