Testimonials

Tom Kellett is an outstanding performer who specialises in Circus Skills. Tom's greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people and through his Circus Workshops, provides creative activities which are challenging, educational, recreational and fun.
Tom has the knowledge as a fully qualified and nationally recognised youth worker to ensure that young people work and play together in a safe environment ensuring that all abilities and disabilities are catered for.
Tom is dedicated, committed and enthusiastic in his approach to working with young people. As a result of his teaching, young people grow in confidence, build up their own self esteem, make new friends, learn new skills and the young people go on to teach circus skills to their peers.
I have used Tom for Diversity Festivals, Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral, County Sports Events and International Residentials, to name but a few.
Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.
Andy Pendlebury: Area Youth Officer for Dover, Ashford and Shepway (Kent Integrated Youth Service).


Tom has inspired hundreds of young people in his career as a Youth Practitioner. He has boundless energy, creativity and enthusiasm to offer in his work. He is a highly skilled circus performer and great to work with in a team situation. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Emily Rose Greenwood: Director, Freelance Performer, Aerial Teacher and Choreographer (Emily Rose Circus).


The young people and staff at the Youth Centre have asked me to thank you for the Circus Skills Workshops you have been providing. The young people have had a great time and learned many new skills. The staff have also been equally impressed with your professionalism and amazing ability to engage the members. We are looking forward to the next Workshop.
Justin Wanstall: Senior Youth Work Practitioner for Thanet (Kent Integrated Youth Service).


Tom Kellett of TK Arts attended our Community Event at Sandgate Recreation Ground in August to provide a range of circus skills workshops for children. Set up was a particularly busy time for me ensuring that all activity providers were in the right place and Tom, with minimal instructions from me, set himself up and prepared himself for his young proteges. Throughout the day I watched as Tom guided each youngster gently through the basics of plate spinning or juggling etc and judging by the photographs I saw afterward they had a great time. Tom is professional in his approach in terms of doing exactly what he said he would do and of course providing the necessary paperwork. Tom was engaging with the children (and parents) in helping them to learn circus skills. We will definitely be asking Tom to join us for future Community Events.
Jan Holben: Vice Chairman (Sandgate Parish Council).


Tom has a tangible passion for his art. He has the ability to 'connect' with young people (and old) and to generate the enthusiasm to participate. I have watched him persuade a senior Council member (in a formal gathering) to put aside his inhibitions and to really enjoy learning basic juggling skills! Impressive!

Alex Knight: SME Business Advisor.


TK Arts have done a number of sessions with our young people this year and I have always been impressed with the professional approach to the different needs and aspirations of the group that they work with.
Ben Rose: Senior Youth Work Practitioner for Swale (Kent Integrated Youth Service).


I've known Tom since secondary school and he's a fine chap. Reliable and dedicated. When we've worked together he's done his job really well and still remained fun and engaging to work with. His dedication to youth work is great.

Jules Howarth: Freelance Street & Stage Performer, Circus Tutor, Creative Producer and Video Maker.


As a youth project that works with young people aged 11-19, it can be hard to find activities that will engage this age group but because of his years as a youth worker, Tom at TK Arts has no problem getting young people involved in circus skills. During the 4 workshops he delivered for my project over the summer, the young people all enjoyed trying the wide range of circus equipment and Tom was very good at helping the young people get better and better! Great fun and at an excellent and affordable price - would thoroughly recommend.
Natalie Penfold: Maidstone Youth Project (Kent Integrated Youth Service).


Tom has worked extensively with Swale Borough Council in relation to the Sittingbourne Skate Park Project and he works tirelessly to gain a good outcome for the young people in the area. In relation to Swale Borough Council, Tom organised funding for The Sittingbourne Skatepark Group to visit skateparks in both Kent and Essex to carry out research on concrete skateparks. As part of the research, Tom compiled a video for future funding bids including footage of the young people at each venue we visited plus interviews. This video is being used for funding bids. Tom also organised and implemented all Health and Safety issues relating to the visits. Tom is part of the Swale Borough Council Steering Group which is working towards a large concrete skatepark facility for Sittingbourne.
Helen Blanche: Greenspaces Officer (Swale Borough Council).


Thanks for a great party. Tom kept the children engaged and excited throughout and they all came away thrilled to have learnt a new trick!
Andrew Leale: Parent of child's 9th Birthday Party at Tonbridge School Centre.


We wanted an activity for our Christmas family gathering, with something of interest to all ages. Tom was great. He demonstrated then let everyone who wanted to, have a go. It was good fun and was enjoyed by everyone. I heard about Tom from his aunt who is a friend of mine.
Pam Wilkinson: Family Party in Cardiff.


We booked Tom to run a Circus Workshop for our daughter Meg’s 11th birthday party. As well as his undoubted performance skills, he was also a brilliant teacher, managing to engage all the children, even the quieter ones, with his unique mixture of circus and drama skills. We  would wholeheartedly recommend Tom’s Circus Workshops to anybody!
Tim Westacott: Parent of child's 11th Birthday Party in Cardiff.


Tom's circus skills show for my son's 6th birthday party was fantastic! The children were kept entertained throughout. They really enjoyed having a go at all the activities including juggling, the diabolo and clowning. Tom engaged really well with the kids and gave everyone the opportunity to get involved!
Zoe Clarke: Parent of child's 6th Birthday Party in London.


We watched Tom perform at my friend's son's birthday party. He kept the children thoroughly entertained and enthralled with his amazing circus skills. Tom was great fun and children loved him!
Vanessa Mead: Friend of Zoe Clarke at child's 6th Birthday Party in London.


Through Young Kent we were able to book Tom for an evening of "Circus Skills Workshop" for our Youth Club members. The children are aged 9-14, and everyone took part in trying almost all of the activities Tom brought to us. There was much laughter and fun had by all, including some of the leaders who just had to have a go! We found Tom to be very good with the children, was patient and also able to hold their attention in the work groups. He provided a great variety of activities for the children to try and we would recommend his services to other youth organisations for a fun evening.
Simon Withey: Chairman of Chapel Youth Club in Kent.


Tom provided a stimulating, challenging and fun evening for our group of 25 youngsters aged 10-16yrs. He engaged the kids well and the skills he taught them provided an opportunity to feel a great sense of achievement when they mastered them. It also gave the opportunity to work with a partner or as a team. All in all, this was an excellent evening. I am already being asked to buy some plate spinning packs and some juggling balls for us all to enjoy.

Isobel Mehrabian: Joint Chair at Frittenden Youth Club.


Thank you so much for all the fun that was had at Megan's 10th birthday party. Even the shyest kids enjoyed it and since then, various spinning plates, juggling and diabolo-ing has been going on. A word from Megan: Thank you for my great party! I had the best party ever thanks to you. It was really fun learning how to do the secret tricks. We all loved the slapstick and acting out all sorts of clowning. Thanks!
Janey Hagger: Parent of child's 10th Birthday Party in London.


We were looking for a positive reward for our pupils, all with statements of SEN-BESD, for the end of the summer term and TK Arts fitted the bill perfectly. Tom worked with us to design a programme that allowed pupils and staff to have a most enjoyable morning juggling scarves and balls, spinning plates, throwing diabolos and flipping flowersticks. As one pupil said to me at the end of the session, "I learnt how to spin plates" with a great big smile on his face. Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support. I value your business and look forward to working with you again in the future.
Robert Page: Head of Primary (St Anthony's School, Margate).


I heard about Tom's workshops by word of mouth from another school who were aware of him via his youth work. Tom replied to my email enquiry almost immediately and provided a thorough explanation of the wide variety of sessions he can provide. I was impressed with the range of experience that he had, the variety of what he could provide, and his recognition of the needs and learning styles our pupils would be likely to have. Tom arrived in plenty of time to set up, was very organised, and the children (and the staff!) all loved their day. Tom was very accommodating to our children's special needs and was able to adapt his delivery accordingly. We had a fantastic day and I'd certainly recommend Tom to all schools and youth organisations with pupils/youngsters of all abilities.

Donna Wickens: PE Co-Ordinator and Personalisation Leader (Foxwood School, Hythe).


Tom knows how to get them engaged/involved. Most were enthralled. The members listened well to the instructions and concentrated on learning new skills. They were unhappy when it was time to pack up! I would recommend Tom to others and would certainly have him back.
Paula: Joint Leader at Halling Youth Club.


I would highly recommend Tom Kellett of TK Arts. We opted for the 2hr Circus Workshop for our daughter's 6th Birthday Party. From initial contact until after the day, the service was professional, quick, efficient and great value. The workshop itself was fantastic fun and Tom had all the kids engaged. Thank-you Tom.
Dave Gurney: Parent of child's 6th Birthday Party in Kent.


We were looking for someone to provide some great entertainment at our Community Fundays and Tom fitted the bill. Tom was fantastic across all the events he covered for us in the summer of 2014. The children and parents loved the workshops and Tom was great at getting everyone involved. We were so happy with Tom that we have rebooked him for this upcoming summer. I feel that if anyone is looking at providing entertainment for their event then you should contact Tom straight away, you won't be disappointed. Thank you for your time and kind support. I value your business and look forward to working with you again in the future.
Mark Murison: Community Development Manager (West Kent Extra Housing Association).


We have previously booked Tom to run Taster Circus and Drama Workshops as part of our Summer Sizzler programme. The 2015 activity day was fully sold out and we will look to book again for next year. Tom is able to interact, communicate and engage well with children of all ages and keep them entertained whilst learning a new skill.
Mary Wilson: Leisure Officer (Dartford Borough Council).


I booked TK Arts after hearing great reviews from other sites within our company and thought the Circus Skills Workshop would fit in brilliantly with our activity programme. Tom was extremely professional and it was easy to arrange and book the workshop with him. We had a total of 25 children attend the workshop on the day and Tom was extremely skilled in capturing and maintaining their focus throughout the initial instructions and gave safety guidelines in a clear and easy way the children immediately took on board and followed. Tom took the time to work with each of the children and help them understand how to use each of the pieces of equipment he provided. The schedule of the workshop worked really well, so the children all had time to practice the pieces of equipment they enjoyed best and some really started to get the hang of it too, even in the relatively brief, 2hr session. I would highly recommend Tom Kellett/TK Arts to any groups such as scouts, brownies, schools, etc, as a really enjoyable session that teaches children the basics of a variety of circus/performing arts equipment. I would love to have TK Arts run another workshop with us, that's for sure!
Hannah Maitland: Community Development Supervisor (Tenterden Leisure Centre).


Great Circus Skills Workshop! Really clearly explained and demonstrated. Learnt loads and had lots of fun.
Jane Fraser: Parent of child at Circus Workshop in Allington, Maidstone.


The children were engaged throughout the workshop and learnt a variety of skills. The children were provided with good building blocks to scaffold their learning of new skills. The workshops fitted well with the theme of the learning this term.
Jacqueline Tysoe: Upper School Team Leader (The Downs CEP School).


Tom came to Astor College for a day as part of our activities week in the Summer of 2015. We wanted students to get a chance to learn new skills and work as part of a group as well as individuals. Tom had planned out the day so students had different activities to do over the day and were engaged throughout. He demonstrated all skills with humour and fun. Students got to try all the skills and worked in groups at the end to showcase their favourite skills and what they had learnt. During his demonstrations he brought students up to participate, which was fun for all the students involved and was a great way to break the ice. He was reasonably priced and provided all the equipment for the day. Thank you for such a great day!
Anna Fenwick: Deputy Director of Year 9 (Astor College).


A thoroughly enjoyable one hour session for each of three classes. Well-organised, efficient and superb variety of completely entertaining activities!
Sarah McLeod: Teacher (The Oaks Infant School).


Knowing the quality and professionalism of Tom Kellett from working with him previously in KCC, I knew that there would be a high standard of interaction with the children, young people and families at the event. Not only would the participants enjoy the activities but they would also learn and gain specific skills and knowledge involved with circus skills. During the event, Tom was punctual and was dedicated to the services he had been booked for, and there were several participants who in the feedback have acknowledged how good the activities were. I would have no hesitiation in booking Tom/TK Arts for another event, particularly if the organiser/host wanted activities that the whole family or a wide and diverse age range could participate in. Tom can bring many elements into a session or event either through teaching skills or just having fun.
Cheryl Trice: Diocesan Children and Young People's Adviser (Rochester, Kent).


Tom not only arrived early but dedicated his lunchtime to sharing his skills with the whole school. Children were engaged, calm and full of smiles - as well as juggling skills!
Chloe Burnett: Acting Deputy Head (Rolvenden Primary School).


Please see below, the young people's comments from the circus skills workshop as requested. As you can see they absolutely loved it and it was an awesome session. We would like to thank you for such a brilliant workshop.
  • It was fun and different.
  • It was a nice surprise.
  • I wan't expecting that tonight.
  • It was awesome. My favourite one was the spinning plates.
  • It was ok but I have all that equipment at home so it's easy for me.
  • It was fun.
  • It was good.
  • I loved it! Such fun!
  • I enjoyed balancing the feather because it was something I could do.
  • Super fun! I loved doing tricks with the scarves.
  • I enjoyed learning new things.
  • I liked the fact that I've learnt how to do a trick and I can do it three times in a row.
  • I love this because the feather was great and there was so much to do.
Gemma Matten: Assistant Youth Development Officer/Youth Offending Team Officer (Medway West Team at Strood Youth Centre).


Thank you, Tom, for providing great entertainment for the kids at our garden party. They don't each other that well and cover a broad range of ages, but all thoroughly enjoyed their time with you, learned some new skills and enjoyed performing together for their 'show' - Perfect! Thank you.
Alison Barton: Secretary (Tunbridge Wells Residents Association).


Recommended by a friend and we have nothing but full praise for Tom and his total dedication to the job at hand. He interacts extremely well with the audience large or small. He never seems to tire during the day and has a wealth of patience particularly with the younger audience/participants. Great value for money and plenty of fun had by many young and not so young. Fantastic!
John Barber: Secretary (Folkestone Festivals).


Tom came highly recommended as he had previously provided a badge session for one of the groups within Tunbridge Wells, and I am pleased to say that he lived up to the recommendation. Lots of equipment in good condition, a friendly and engaging manner, and the patience of a saint. Tom held the attention of the youngsters (and adults) and all had a great time. We will be using Tom's services again in the future.
Brian Hobden: District Commissioner (Tunbridge Wells Scouts).


Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm. The workshop was very hands-on and there were lots of varied activities for the children to take part in. We all really enjoyed ourselves.
Lauren Bove: Year 2 Lead (The Oaks Infant School).


A thrilling party enjoyed by all! The children were engaged throughout, with lots of excitement and energy. We met Tom at a Summer Fair at Luddenham School. I was impressed with the way he engaged with the children and his educational approach to demonstrating and guiding their experiments with circus skills. Heather decided there and then that she would like Tom for her birthday party. Heather said, "I liked it very much when you did a race with the feathers. I felt like it as meant to be a circus party!" I fully recommend Tom for children's parties and educational events and clubs at schools.
Michael Bunce: Parent of child's 7th Birthday Party in Faversham.


Tom was very friendly and approachable. He was a real asset to our event, the children and adults loved it and it really fitted in with our theme to promote healthy living by learning skills and playing. Thank you so much, please come again!
Charlotte Baskerville: Early Help Worker (Kent County Council).