Learn to do the flying trapeze this summer

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It is always fun to learn a new skill or party trick – but for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to be an acrobatics performer, the Gorilla Circus is giving punters the chance to learn how to partake in a flying trapeze act in one of their two-hour classes held in the capital this summer.

Even those taking London getaways with the children will be able to go along as kids as young as eight can take part. The company say the oldest person ever to have had a go was 78, meaning that everyone in the family can have a go!

Classes comprise a warm-up, followed by learning how to do a simple trick on a low bar. The flying trapeze then awaits once they have mastered it – and at the end of the class they can even attempt a 'catch' with an instructor on a separate swinging bar.

If you live close to London or are planning on spending a substantial amount of time in the capital this summer, you may like to join one of the weekly frequent flyer and intermediate courses.

Ezra Trigg from the company told the BBC: "[We] are taking normal members of the public and getting them to achieve things that they never thought they'd do before. It's about learning new skills, improving your upper body strength and improving your coordination," with the BBC's Mike Bushell calling it "exhilarating" and "an incredible experience".

Gorilla Circus will be running their sessions in Regents Park, with other trapeze sets featuring at festivals and other parks around the capital, so you may well see them popping up elsewhere on exploring the city.