Tel: 01326 377008


Are you over 19 and unemployed? Would you like to gain some skills for free?

We have secured funding for the Chyan Plen Project, which is aimed at people 19 and over who are not currently in education or employment. We have focus postcodes in the Falmouth, Penryn, Redruth, Camborne and Truro areas.

We are offering short courses (non-accredited, but with a certificate of completion) and Level 1 BTEC Awards in the areas of Land-Based Studies, Performing Arts and Construction with the aim of linking people to local opportunities including volunteering, work placements and jobs.

Our sessions have been designed to maintain social distancing and adhere to COVID 19 guidance. Examples of the varied sessions are as follows;

Horticulture –  Flower/herbs/vegetable container gardening, plant propagation, seasonal planting. Workshops using produce including chutney, jam, fruit vinegars, herb oil workshops and vegetable cake baking. Coppicing history and practical skills.

Performing Arts – Circus skills circuits, working in the performing arts, performance skills, Hula Hooping, dance & yoga to get people active and having fun.

Construction – Willow/wood planters, bird/bat houses, bug hotels, pathway construction, willow/cob structures and stone hedging plus more.

As a learner on our programme, we will meet with you to check your eligible for the programme and will go through an individual action plan to establish your goals, identify any barriers and then enrol  you on to one of our courses. We will support you throughout your training with us and look at options linking with other training provides (e.g. for qualifications including CSCS and ROLO), volunteering placements and employers.

We will be hosting pop up taster sessions in August in visible locations in the community to raise awareness of the project. Come along and try a range of activities including circus skills, build a bug hotel, and planting something to take home.

For more info please call  01326 377008 or email /


Circo Kernow was established in 2002 as the educational arm of Swamp Circus Trust. We offer FREE accredited circus training, support and work experience to those aged 14+ who are out of work and education.

Our Circus School, Circo Kernow, was established in 2002 as an educational project designed to support and provide alternative accredited qualifications for young people aged 12 years and older. We believe that circus offers a creative path to improving physical and mental health as well as boosting self-confidence and self esteem. As a training provider we work with specialist partners to ensure our students have the life skills, experience and confidence to progress into either further education or employment. Our results demonstrate strong progression into both further education and employment, particularly in the performing arts, film, tourism and leisure industries.

The circus school runs weekly on a Tuesday and students are expected to be in attendance between 10am-3pm.
Warm-up starts at 10am and is a very important start to training, training sessions run throughout the day with a 30 minute break for lunch; the final session finishes at 3pm.

Thanks to generous Comic Relief funding all training costs are subsidised, running at only £10 a day and is free to those over 16 years who are not in education employment or training (NEET) *providing eligible criteria is met. All moderation fees will be covered by the circus school.

All students will be expected to work towards an accredited qualification whilst they are training. We currently offer an Entry Level 3, Level 1 andLevel 2 NCFE (National Certificate in Further Education) in Performance Skills which are specifically designed to engage our students and encourage progression if they choose to continue training. The Entry Level course has a minimum attendance requirement of 30 Guided Learning Hours to complete and the Level 1 and 2 requiring 120 GLH. Our teaching terms run for approximately 12 weeks and included a dedicated amount of work experience and participation in a public performance as an integral part of their coursework.

The courses are mainly focused on learning new skills and working towards production and performance in front of an audience. There will be a small requirement of written work; however a significant proportion of the course can be evidenced by filming training sessions and group discussions. Students will be fully supported by a dedicated Education Officer but will be expected to be responsible for their own work folders.

Tuition sessions include:

Acrobatics: handstands, & partner balance
Aerial: trapeze, hoop, silks & rope
Balance: tight-wire, unicycle, stilts & rola-bola
Dance: movement & timing to music
Physical Theatre: clowning, comedy & mime
Production:  set and costume design & planning
Prop Manipulation: juggling, staff, diabolo & hat
Tumbling: cartwheels, rolls, & linked movements

Contact our office on 01326 377008 or, we will arrange for you to come for a taster session at our training space behind Falmouth Sports Club, Western Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4QJ. Wear comfortable sports style clothing and bring a drink of water with you to re-hydrate.



Circus school training takes place in Falmouth every Tuesday from 10am until 3pm.

To Enroll: Call 01326 377008 or

or complete the form below:

Circo Kernow Contact Form