Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

Close fitting clothes and layers to protect the skin are a good choice.  Do not wear shorts with bare skin or leggings that don't cover your knees if using aerial equipment.  You must not wear jeans (except for Chinese Pole, where jeans are required).  All jewellery and watches must be removed before the start of class, and hair tied back.  For Chinese Pole, recommended footwear is as follows: feiyue martial arts shoes, converse, or plimsoles.  Cyr Wheel requires trainers to be worn.  Some students may find it beneficial to have cloth wrist/ankle wraps depending on the activity they are doing and the body part most in contact with equipment.  Another aid for training is chalk or rosin, which can be purchased at reception.

Where do I put my belongings?

There are box cubbyhole shelves in the Aerial Studio and in the unisex Changing Rooms there are £1 pay-per-use lockers, £1 is returned when key re-inserted.  If your class is in the Fitness Studio, you can bring your belongings into the room and keep them to the side.  Please note that no outdoor footwear is permitted in the Fitness Studio. In both the Aerial Studio and Fitness Studio locations no food is permitted and only bottled water is allowed. AirCraft Circus Academy does not accept responsibility for any unattended, lost, or stolen items in the space. 

Am I too young / too old?

Circus is for any age.  Adults Courses/Drop-Ins and Sunday Taster Sessions are for 16 years and up, Youth Courses run between the ages of 4 – 17 years old, and Private Tuition starts from 4 years (on special arrangement younger students can be catered for as well).

How fit do I have to be?

AirCraft Circus Academy aims to provide something for everyone so even if you cannot participate in all activities there will be one for you, contact us if you're unsure.  Taster Sessions offer insight into what a course would demand, and is structured so that all abilities would enjoy the experience, so no previous ability required.

Is there an upper weight limit for the apparatus?

Equipment is suitable to safely hold several performers at a single time, from petite size to those of a larger stature. If you're looking for more specific detail on a particular piece of apparatus, please contact reception.

I have an injury, may I still participate?

On your membership form, you will complete a medical information and disclaimer form.  Also alert your teacher of any injuries or conditions prior to class, so that they are aware. If you are in doubt, please consult your doctor before you visit us.

My class falls on a Bank Holiday, are you still open?

Yes, AirCraft Circus Academy opens as normal on a bank holiday.  Please ensure you attend your class as it can not be transferred or made-up on another date.

I'm running late, may I enter the class?

Warm-up is an important part of preparing for class, reducing the risk of injury.  As such, please arrive in time for your scheduled class start time.  Should you arrive late, it is up to your instructor to decide if you may participate in the class.

Can I pay for a class with instalments?

All products and services must be paid for in advance and in full.

My family / friends want to watch, is that possible?

For health and safety reasons individuals not participating in class are not permitted into the Aerial or Fitness Studio.  Should you have guests with you, there are a couple of excellent cafes on site if they wish to stay close to AirCraft Circus Academy.

Where do I find information about AirTime (personal practice)?

Please visit for more information

Can I audition to join your performance company?

As a private company we do not hold auditions for individuals to join our performance troupe as we are a small company rather than an agency. Should this change in the future, details will be amended here and information on how to go about it posted.

Do I qualify for a DISCOUNT?

Discounts off of full-price courses are offered on Adult 6 Week Course cycles, with a valid ID for the following: NUS, JSA, OAP, Military ID, Emergency Services (Fire, Police, NHS), or South London Club.  Identification will be verified when you arrive for your first class, if you can not provide it, the balance will be due for the full course fee, along with a £10 admin fee.