Galway Community Circus holds a variety of circus camps throughout the year. Our camps are held during mid-term breaks and summer holidays and can involve cross artform collaboration, group and individual projects, skill specification and always a whole lot of circus fun!
As camps content changes each time, we would ask for you to keep an eye on all our social media channels and check back here from time to time. (Camp content will be on our website one month prior to the commencement of the camp) You can also sign up to our newsletter to receive information on Galway Community Circus and what we offer throughout the year. Galway Community Circus also run cross curricular camps with a tech groups such as Techspace, Google, SAP and Coder Dojo.
2021 Circus Outside Summer Camps
We have a variety of summer camps throughout July 2021 for families, ages 8-12, 13-17 and adults 18+. We have 2-day and 5-day camps, and they are grouped by type below. Some camp types have multiple age group offerings. Timetables are below sorted by week.
Circus Games: 5-day camp
Monday-Friday, 5-9 July
A fun and joyful circus camp that aims to foster soft skills and social engagement between participants through non-competitive circus games and activities. These aim to promote trust, cooperation, leadership, followership, sense of responsibility in a group context, and feelings of pride and belonging to a group.
Circus Jam Youth Circus Camp: 5-day camp
13-17yrs: Monday-Friday, 5-9 July, 1-3pm
8-12yrs: Monday-Friday, 12-16 July, 9-11am
13-17yrs: Monday-Friday, 12-16 July, 1-3pm
An engaging circus camp where participants can enhance favourite circus skills including juggling, acrobatics, manipulation and tightwire walking while having the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Tutors will help to enhance creativity, knowledge of the artistic world, health and fitness, motor skills, emotional intelligence, mental agility, concentration, self-discipline and motivation.
Balance Camp: 2-day or 5-day camp
13-17yrs: Monday-Friday, 19-23 July, 1-3pm
In these camps, participants will focus on funambulism, the art of tightwire walking while using a balancing pole, with the chance to try out other activities such as balance games, rola bola, body balancing with juggling clubs and acrobalance. These skills all help to develop body awareness, balance and coordination.
When practicing funambulism, participants will still hold a balancing pole, but will learn a simpler version by walking on slacklines instead of metal wires as this makes the skill easier to learn. Participants will start by learning to walk on a slackline that is 50cm high, with the possibility of working up to 1.5m high depending on confidence levels. This circus camp is a great way for beginners to master the basics of funambulism before moving onto the metal wire and greater heights.
Family Circus: 2-day camp
Saturday-Sunday, 17-18 July
Cost: €22 per person
Minimum 2-person registration required (1 adult, 1 child)
This camp features two days of fun-filled circus where families will work together, face challenges and conquer fears through fun and games. Families will learn new skills including manipulation, juggling, spinning a plate or tossing a flower stick. This camp also provides an opportunity to explore larger circus equipment and the more physical side of circus, including walking on a tightwire, balancing on a globe or improving cartwheels and headstands.
Aerial Hoop: 5-day camp
Monday-Friday, 19-23 July
Inside in the Circus Hall
In this camp for adults, participants will come back into the Circus Hall and challenge themselves both physically and mentally on the aerial hoop and experience a great full body workout that builds strength and flexibility. Learning elements of contemporary circus and dance, participants will discover how to develop and create movements at different levels and will experiment with a variety of movements above, on and under the hoop. This camp will also feature body awareness and conditioning activities that will assist in the creation of aerial hoop routines. This camp is suitable for all fitness levels and body types and classes will be adjusted to fit the needs of each skill level.