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13-16 DECEMBER 2018 h 18:30






Friday: Adult Students Cabaret
Saturday: Youth Circus Cabaret
Sunday: NADCA troupe

The Baron in the Trees is a playful, romantic fable, set in the 18th century. In this surreal tale the 12 year old son of the Baron, climbs a tree in protest at being forced to eat snails, vowing that his feet will never touch the ground again. He spends the rest of his life in the trees and as he grows up he has adventures with bandits and pirates, falls in love, and watches the revolutionary ideas of The Age of Enlightenment unfold beneath him.

A show to thrill young and old alike, The Baron in the Trees features astonishing and astounding performances that mix high flying aerial stunts and amazing acrobatics with hilarious knockabout slapstick and juggling.

Black History Month    CIRCUS CABARET

The OAK Circus Centre celebrates the Norfolk Black History Month with Pablo Fanque and 250 years of circus.

Pablo Fanque (originally William Darby) was born in Norwich in the Ninteenth Century and became a famous circus proprietor and a performer, and toured his circus widely in northern England. He was the first non-white recorded British circus owner in Britain. 

People are invited to come at the OAK Circus around 5 pm to have a chat, a drink and relax in our beautiful church. Our Black History Month cabaret will start around 6 pm. Tickets are £10.

Circus 250 School Cabaret

To celebrate 250 of circus, we’re bringing you a weekend of Circus! Look out for our events between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 July.

Free Workshops

Come along to Chapelfield Gardens for FREE outdoor Circus workshops for all ages. On Sunday 15 July between 11am and 2.30pm you can try lots of different circus skills.

Community Cabaret

Roll up and see the greatest show on Sunday 15 July at 3pm, as students from The Oak Circus Centre perform alongside international and professional artists.

There’ll be performances from our Youth Circus groups; the Acorns and Saplings as well as our adult students – proving that you’re never too old to run away with the circus!Free outdoor workshops: Sunday 15 July 11am – 2.30pm

Oak Circus Community Cabaret: Sunday 15 July 3pm

Tickets for the cabaret are just £5/£3

Book your tickets now!

I spy… CIRCUS! | FREE Norwich Circus Trail!


This weekend we launch our I spy…Circus trail around Norwich: a twist on your traditional Easter Egg hunt and the best part is it’s totally FREE!

The trail runs from Sunday 1 – Saturday 28 April, the perfect way to entertain those little ones over the Easter break!

Follow the trail around Norwich’s Historic Churches to find all the hidden letters.
Once you have all 10 letters, rearrange them to spell the name of Norwich’s famous Circus Proprietor.

Maps can be downloaded HERE or collected from The Oak Circus Centre and Tourist Information Centre at the Forum.

Hand in your completed map at The Oak Circus Centre to be entered into our prize draw to win a course of circus classes or one-off taster sessions.

Prize draw winners will be picked at random at our FREE community cabaret on Saturday 28 April during our Open Weekend. Good Luck! #circuseverywhere | #ispycircus


Celebrating Circus250

2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern circus and Norwich has been selected as one of the Six Cities of Circus. These Six Cities of Circus – Bristol, Blackpool, Norwich & Great Yarmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, London, and Belfast & Derry will host an array of spectacular events, festivals and performances.

To mark the beginning of celebrations the Circus250 logo, designed by Sir Peter Blake, was projected onto Norwich Castle and  landmarks across the Six Cities of Circus including the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. Our students will be taking part in The Lord Mayor’s Celebrations with displays of acrobatics and our Lost in Translation team will later be unveiling their new show Famished this year.

Our Lost in Translation tutor and performer Natasha Rushbrooke headed to London to perform at a glittering Circus250 launch party at the Natural History Museum. She performed a breath-taking hand balancing act Handstands for Hope beneath the skeleton of a blue whale, named Hope, five metres in the air as part of the joint birthday celebrations with the Creative Industries Federation. We couldn’t be more proud of her and excited for the year to come!

Image: Christian Purefoy

Getting The Oak off the ground: Crowdfunder!

This month has seen the launch of our new Crowdfunder campaign to help The Oak become Norfolk’s hub for circus. We are raising vital funds to pay for new equipment, rigging and insulation to keep our beautiful Grade 1 listed space warm. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will make a positive impact on our space and local community. Simply donate what you can or make a pledge and be rewarded. Our amazing pledge rewards include classes and courses at The Oak, one-to-one tutorials, performances, wedding packages and even tickets to see a performance from our fantastic team of tutors; Lost in Translation Circus.

Donate here!


October Half Term classes now on sale

If you’re looking for something energetic and challenging to keep your kids busy in the half-term holiday then our Youth Circus is exactly what you need. Sessions run daily, 10am to 2pm, from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October – for ages from 6 to 16. More details here

We’ve also got a selection of one-off Taster classes for adults (age 12+ with parental consent) including a new class in Dance Trapeze and regular favourites such as Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoop – all for just £12.50 per class.

Autumn classes – book now

So the summer is nearly over, but don’t get too downhearted because and our autumn classes begin again on 4 September, and that’s sure to put a spring in your step! We’ve got lots of classes in aerial disciplines, including silks, hoop, rope and trapeze – as well as a general introductory class for absolute beginners. There’s also an introductory acrobatics class, partner acrobatics, juggling and handstands – but not at the same time – and lots more.

On Saturdays youth circus is back with sessions for kids and young people aged 6 to 18, as well as a gentle class for younger children and parents together. So take a look at our classes page where you’re sure to find something that’s just right for you.


Edinburgh Festival must see show

Lost in Translation Circus are producing a show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and our very own Massi Rossetti is also one of the two performers in it.
Attached by Tiger Circus is a fast-paced energetic, thoroughly entertaining and funny circus show for all the family. Two brilliantly skilful performers, one lithe, small and mischievous, the other giant, clumsy and warm-hearted, are hopelessly connected to each other. When one falls, the other one flies and both make use of extensive quantities of velcro. As with any relationship there is an air of competitiveness as well as collaboration as they strive to out perform each other and win approval.

Performers Manu Tiger from Sweden (Tiger Circus) and Italian Massimilliano Rossetti (Lost in Translation Circus) are both experienced masters of multiple circus skills. Expect expert juggling, spectacular teeterboard and high-flying thrills alongside brilliant laugh-out-loud comic timing and gentle audience participation, leading to a stunning finale.

Attached has toured extensively around Europe and the USA to deafening audience and critical acclaim. This is its first appearance at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is at the Underbelly from 3 to 27 August – full details here.

See the trailer below.