Circus Activities

for Communities & Groups

Our programs




Social Circus uses the teaching and learning of Circus Arts as a therapeutic tool for helping young people to develop personally.

Although the use of Circus in this way has been around for many years, the term was first coined in 2004 by Reg Bolton.

Social Circus can help participants overcome obstacles, build confidence and achieve skills and tricks that they might have previously thought were beyond them.

This can be an incredibly empowering experience and we at Circus Factory aim to bring this experience to everyone we meet.

Principals & Benefits

  • Fun: when a young person enjoys the process of education, they are more likely to engage with it. Circus allows freedom of choice and self-direction, all delivered in a way that the young person will enjoy.
  • Self-expression; the understanding of one’s own identity, confidence and self-esteem can all be curated through self-expression. “The phrase teachers of circus arts hear most throughout their career is: “Look at me!”
  • Taking risk; life presents obstacles and adventures. The simple act of throwing a ball from one hand to the other or another person involves calculation, observation, and the risk that the ball will drop.
  • Hard work;Circus activities require perseverance, dedication, and acceptance of failure, and pushing the boundaries of comfort zones.
  • Imagination; Social circus facilitates spaces that are person centred and safe for young people to express themselves creatively.
  • Trust; working together, and touch. Being provided with the opportunity to work together to complete a task, rely on others and understanding consent of physical touch as an act of reassurance in a safe space.
  • Movement; Circus builds bodily awareness, balance, and coordination. This promotes self-confidence, self-awareness, and hand-eye coordination.

Who it is for

Our Outreach and Social Circus programmes are suitable for diverse communities and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

What We Offer

We can deliver a variety of engaging circus skills including juggling, hulahoop, plate spinning, flower sticks, plus more dynamic activities such as tumbling and cartwheels. 

Our outreach team can travel to a group's location and bespoke class content can be designed for a group's needs and abilities. 

We ensure a fun and inclusive environment for all and classes can range from once off introduction visits to longer term courses and programmes. 

Who we have worked with in the past

  • Traveller Visibility Group - Cork
  • Family Resource Centre - Clonakilty
  • Direct Provision Centre - Mallow, Drishane, Clonakilty and Macroom
  • Youth Work Ireland
  • Health Action Zone - Blackpool
  • Before5 Early years education

How to contact us

To chat further about your group and what we can provide for them please contact our social and outreach coordinator

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Circus For



Circus Factory aims to use the teaching and learning of circus skills as an innovative educational tool that challenges young people in a creative and non-competitive environment.

Using the key principles of Social Circus, our primary focus is that students have fun in our workshops and can therefore more easily gain further benefits of taking part in circus such as: learning to take risks, perseverance, physical activity, imagination, self-expression and trust in others.

Who it is for

Circus for School is suitable for all ages with variations on activities offered to suit the age and ability. We have developed bespoke programmes for Transition Year students and can deliver longer programmes that fit into the Transition Year learning modules.

What We Offer

We offer fun activities such as Juggling and Hula Hoop plus additional activities depending on the size and nature of the class area.

These can be as simple or as skilled as the participant is willing to try. Our classes improve hand to eye coordination, promote physical activity in a fun non competitive environment and can help to improve concentration and focus.

We encourage group activity, participation and promote progressive learning and the confidence to try out new things. We can offer single introduction classes to longer term weekly programmes.

Who we have worked with in the past

  • Bunscoil na Toirbhirte NS, Mitchelstown - Creative Schools 2021
  • Boherbue NS, Boherbue - Creative Schools 2021

How to contact us

For more information and to discuss options for your school please contact

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For Teams


We use Circus skills as a way to develop group participation and communication skills in a fun and non-competitive way.

Who it is for

We work with groups and teams of all ages and abilities and from different work environments.

What We Offer

With a variety of engaging circus skills such as juggling, hulahoop, circus games and human pyramids, we can meet your team's circus desires.

We ensure a fun and inclusive environment for all and our tutors can travel to your location with bespoke content designed for your group's needs and abilities.

Sessions can range from once off introduction visits to longer term courses and programmes. 

Who we have worked with in the past

  • HSE Community Workers to relieve the stress following Lockdown in 2021

How to contact us

For more information and to discuss options for your team please contact


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