In 1976, when Bale was two years old, his family left Wales and returned to England. They settled for four years in Bournemouth, where Bale attended Bournemouth School and participated actively in rugby union. Bale has described his childhood, with respect to his mother being in the circus, as interesting. He recalled his first kiss was with an acrobat named Barta. As a child, he trained in ballet and guitar. His sister Louise's work in theatre also influenced his decision to become an actor.