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A (Very!) Short History of Circus (and why you should book us)!

Are you planning a birthday party, corporate event, or team-building activity that's unlike any other? Look no further than Circus Brighton! Circus skills workshops offer a fun and exciting way to learn hula hooping, juggling, stilt-walking, and more. But have you ever wondered where the circus comes from? Let's take a look at the history of circus and its influence on modern-day circus workshops.

The circus has its roots in ancient Rome, where chariot races and gladiator games were popular entertainment. In the Middle Ages, traveling performers would put on shows for royalty and peasants alike, often including acrobatics, juggling, and animal acts. However, it wasn't until the late 18th and early 19th centuries that the modern circus was born.

In 1768, English entrepreneur Philip Astley (no relation to Rick Astley...) opened the first modern circus in London, featuring equestrian acts, acrobats, and clowns. Over time, the circus evolved to include more daring feats, such as trapeze acts and human cannonballs. The circus became an international sensation, with famous performers like P.T. Barnum and the Ringling Brothers attracting huge crowds in the United States.

Today, the circus continues to captivate audiences around the world. While animal acts are less common, modern-day circuses feature a variety of skilled performers, including aerialists, contortionists, and fire breathers. Circus workshops provide a unique opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to learn these skills in a safe and supportive environment.

So why should you consider Circus Brighton for your next event? Not only do we create a fun and memorable experience, but circus skills can also have numerous benefits for physical and mental health. Learning circus skills can improve coordination, balance, and flexibility, while also boosting confidence and reducing stress! We believe everyone should be able to experience the circus and have workshops and experiences suitable for every ability.

Incorporating circus skills into team-building activities can also improve communication, trust, and collaboration among group members. And for children, circus workshops can help develop important life skills such as perseverance, discipline, and creativity.

If you're ready to take the plunge and try your hand at circus skills, there are many resources available to help you get started. You can check out our online tutorials or book us for your next event.

So what are you waiting for? Embrace the history and magic of the circus by booking Circus Brighton for your next event. You won't be disappointed!


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  • "The Benefits of Circus Training for Your Physical Health." The Circus Diaries, 9 Sept. 2019,

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