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Gorilla Circus - Flying Trapeze School

London, United Kingdom
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About Gorilla Circus - Flying Trapeze School
Anyone can come and learn to fly in one of our two hour classes, our youngest students are 8, our oldest (so far) 78! Students start with a warm up then move on to practice a simple trick on our low bar. They then attempt the trick on the Flying Trapeze and towards the end of the class get caught by an instructor on a separate swinging bar. We run a mixture of drop in classes and courses, the more classes you take the more advanced tricks you can perform! If you truly are addicted to flying you may be able to join our weekly frequent flyer and intermediate classes. Over the summer the school is located in Regents Park and Kensington Gardens, with our third outdoor trapeze appearing at festivals, events and other parks around London.
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maisie42015 wrote a review Oct 2019
Stirling, United Kingdom11 contributions18 helpful votes
Our session was rained off when we were in London for a long weekend, which we totally understood given the weather however we explained we would need to be rebooked either the next day or the Monday as we were going home after that, we were told not to worry and that the office would either sort it out or give us a refund given the circumstances. We were not contacted until late on the Tuesday evening after 3 emails from ourselves and told we would only be sent a gift voucher which they had prior knowledge was no use to us. So a great thing to do if you maybe stay in London and can rebook at any time but absolutely no use if you are only there for a few days as you won't be given the opportunity to rebook in time and they'll take your money anyway. Don't even have the common courtesy to speak with you personally. Had to go through credit card company to get a refund. It is not clear from their terms and conditions of booking although it does state it on FAQs on the website, however the T&Cs are what you are asked to read before purchase not the FAQs
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Date of experience: July 2019
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tim j wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom26 contributions3 helpful votes
Amazing afternoon with Gorilla Circus on their level 1 trapeze lesson. Cant believe how much could be achieved in a couple of hours, made possible by fantastic team of teachers who instilled complete confidence. My son loved it and will definitely be back for more.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Phil wrote a review Aug 2019
Windsor, United Kingdom76 contributions76 helpful votes
Flying trapeze is great fun, but either Gorilla Circus has really gone downhill since I did it for the first time almost ten years ago in Regent's Park, or we were just very very unlucky with our instructors! It just goes to show that trapeze and teaching/people skills, are very different things. Based on my experience yesterday I would recommend trying trapeze, but not with this company! Detailed review: We did the Beginner Level 1 in Kensington Gardens - our experience began with a very unwelcoming instructor called Arrata - she just thrust a clipboard into my hand and said "are you ... " ... am I what? A very confused beginning that began the steady slide downhill. A little girl - who was only 8 and probably 3.5ft tall, was looked at as if she shouldn't be there at all and checked in in a similarly unfriendly fashion. I could see she began to feel scared then (you welcome a child with a big smile and confidence - these instructors just had no idea how to behave). This continued during the "safety briefing", during which we were told to pay full attention to our instructor at all times, while the two female instructors talked all the way through it between themselves, making it quite difficult to hear and concentrate. In a beginner's class only 2 of us hadn't done it before (the little girl and my friend) and myself 10 years ago, yet the male instructor termed us 3 "refreshers" and told us we must let them know if we didn't know how to do something they ask us to do ... Er, none of us know how to do it, and the 2 total beginners cannot "refresh" something they have never done before? I pointed this out, but was told that's what they call beginners ... ! Needless to say our confidence was being eroded and nerves were therefore increasing; the 8 year old girl confided to me that she was getting scared, which I tried to tell the instructors, who just didn't listen. Practising on the ground was very quick and the accents made it difficult to ensure you had understood - again, the little girl told me she wasn't sure what they had said to her. My friend had a real problem getting her legs up on the static trapeze, but although they gave her a different technique to use, they rushed her through it and refused to let her try again after one attempt. My friend decided she wanted to wait for a while because she wasn't sure she could do it, but rather than let her try again on the static (which she asked to do) or think about and watch others to get comfortable, she was told she would miss her place in line if she didn't try now and she'd be fine, but of course they couldn't force her. Not a good approach, especially since she'd paid £30 for the session, so if she missed her place in line, surely that was her decision? If she only plucked up the courage once, surely that was ok? But no - so she decided that was it, she wasn't going to do it at all if she couldn't wait a bit, and they did not offer any refund or assistance. At this point, if it were not for the little girl who clearly needed some support from someone (and all the other participants were doing more advanced tricks since they had done it before, I would have left there and then. Instead I climbed up, was told to listen to one instructor's voice, but then two spoke during my first fly, so that coupled with accents meant I missed the first instruction to put my legs up. When I came off I was told I hadn't listened - I explained that it was not clear, but they just told me they didn't each talk and I was wrong to say they did. This was the way they dealt with each time I tried to tell them they were making me uncomfortable, or they weren't being clear or they were not dealing well with my nervous friend or the little girl - they were uninterested in feedback of any kind. When the little girl did her first fly she was crying, by the time she was hanging there she was bawling her eyes out. They lowered her but just kept yelling at her that she would be fine! As soon as she was down I took her by the hand and asked her if she needed a hug from her mum - she vigorously nodded - so I took her to the entrance, opened it quickly and she ran to her mother where she got the hug she desperately needed. Far from having done anything to help her, the instructors seemed genuinely annoyed that I had dared to touch their fence! When she came back we were able to get her more comfortable and finally she did some more and started to enjoy it - her parents thanked me profusely and repeatedly through the fence. Suffice to say, throughout there was little encouragement or smiling - instead they just tersely told you what you did wrong each time. Yes, of course that is vital so people can improve, but if you only get negative feedback each time (and in a very negative way) your confidence is slowly eroded. I think I actually got worse as the session went on! They obviously have trapeze skills, but teaching skills and people skills (especially with children) are entirely lacking. The accents made instructions unclear, so I missed a few calls, and then was told I just wasn't listening. The male instructor had slightly better people skills and instilled some confidence, but overall the shouting and negativity (at one point he said that my friend not attempting it was “BORING” - yes, loudly so all could hear!) made this a really stressful class. I would have left if it were not for the little girl. I also pointed out several times that my friend was autistic - not at all obvious because very high functioning, but needs clear instructions - they just looked at me blankly. In conclusion, I did it before and loved it - but I won’t be doing it again with Gorilla Circus. I did feedback several times throughout the session but the instructors merely argued with me and told me why the way they did everything was right - all in all, I wished we had not paid £60 to be stressed out.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Tiffany C wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom150 contributions28 helpful votes
Highly recommend for anyone looking for an extremely fun and exhilarating couple of hours with a great bunch of instructors. I was slightly apprehensive before attending, having no upper (or any) body strength whatsoever, but it's incredible what you can achieve in such a short space of time with the right equipment, support and guidance. Before you know it, you're up in the air swinging from the bar by your knees, performing double (one and a half in my case) back flips off the bar, and getting caught by another instructor! Once I got over the first jump and 'the fear', I was desperate to get back on and try again! Suffice to say that we are looking at booking the next (Level 2) class as soon as possible! Thanks Holly, Martin and Ben!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Luise wrote a review Aug 2019
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Don't miss out on getting your endorphin rush at Gorilla Circus! Staff is skilled, fun and great at teaching adults as well as children. They'll lead you to success while keeping you 100% safe and helping you laugh at your own clumsy mistakes. Really anybody can have a good time there and the good mood will last you a long time! Thanks for helping me reach new heights Gorilla Circus!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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