Circus Shows and Marquee Hire from our Bristol Base.

Circus Shows and Marquee Hire from our Bristol Base.

Bristol Base for Circus and Marquee hire

We have a Bristol Yard for circus and marquee hire these days.

The HQ, store and main office is still in Devon on the Cornish border near Launceston though! ( I live in Devon and have a Cornish post code.)

Given our key install team and our circus performers are in Bristol, it makes total sense to have a workshop there to work from.

Our store unit is based on the outskirts of Bristol conveniently located near the M5 and M4 junction and it has proved to be invaluable for work all over the country let alone in the South West and around Bristol itself.

Our circus team members are mainly living in Bristol ( It’s a circus hub city!) and this makes it ideal for our shows, rehearsals and new artists to join us. Similarly the marquee and event install team are living there too. The same people often do both the tent work and the show work too.

Of course, it still means many miles are covered while we present our entertainment offerings and circus shows at events, parties and festivals, and marquee hire for weddings, parties and events all over the country.

So if you are wanting marquee hire in the Bristol area, South Wales, the Midlands, London and the home counties, the South east, the north..get it?Anywhere !

We are that bit nearer.

Circus theme party with Circus Acts, Bigtop hire, from our Bristol Base

MUTA StructureSafe Training

MUTA StructureSafe Training

Bigtopmania Team 2019 all with MUTA StructureSafe training
Bigtopmania’s main marquee install team 2019

We train our staff with MUTA StructureSafe Training!

Continual CPD is important for our safety culture and our staff development.

We aim for the safety and best working practices but we are human so accidents can happen despite all precautions. Pray nothing serious ever happens!

MUTA StructureSafe Training.

You want to know that we are competent to do our marquee or circus installation work.

Our core team have done the MUTA StructureSafe Training full day course and everyone has done  StructureSafe online course.

These courses instruct on the essentials of health and safety and are specific to the marquee work we do;  planning,  loading, installing, monitoring, collecting, unloading.

Our certificates are below.

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We have also variously done Electrical training courses ( electrical event planning, Electrical Pat Testing, BS7909 Temporary Electrical Systems courses), Safety Passport Training, Child Protection courses, First aid courses, Driving and trailer tests.

We will be doing more and we do our best to keep abreast of developments regarding health and safety and good working practice.

NATIONAL LAWS AND OPERATIONAL SAFETY GUIDANCE.

When it comes to marquee and temporary structure work, of course there are the national laws and regulations  like the health and safety at work act HSWA , LOLLER  and PUWER regulations.

Operationally, method statement and risk assessment wise  we defer to the industry specific operational guidance provided by :

We collate and curate  lots of our own documents and a library of information both in the office, on location and online at our Bigtopmania Health and Safety Page . 

Marquee work, being temporary structures now comes under Building regulations, CDM 2015.

During the event planning phase we will send you many documents and advice.

We will need to know the install area is safe to work in for all parties.

When we have finished your installation we will provide you with a thorough structural checklist and sign off using the Safety Culture I Auidtor App.

Here are our MUTA StructureSafe Training Certificates;

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-PeteWintercrane

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-LucasWintercrane

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-AnneWintercrane

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-Francesco Torriani

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-JonyTafaseBekele

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-ChrisSeckerMuta

StructureSafe_Certificate-HarrisonJohnson

and

Bigtopmania safety passports

What a team! Some of the 2018 Marquee install team.

Marquee Hire Cornwall

Marquee Hire Cornwall.

Kernow Marquee Hire!
Cornish Marquees!

Are you looking for interesting marquees for your event in Cornwall or Devon?

We live there and offer a huge range of interesting tents and event equipment for rent especially for marquee hire Cornwall!

Bigtopmania is based on the Devon side of the  River Tamar border (border!?) pretty much in the centre of Devon and Cornwall near Launceston.
We live in Devon but have a Cornwall postcode but are only 45 mins from Exeter and Truro, so are centrally placed to supply marquees and event equipment to events and weddings in both Cornwall and Devon, as well as far away.
Literally in fields further away!

Marquee Hire Cornwall.

Are we a Cornish marquee hire company or a Devon marquee hire company.  Does it matter? We rent marquee and event equipment throughout the area.

We are certainly a south-west marquee hire company with our marquee hire Cornwall install team based mainly from Plymouth to Bristol.

We go almost anywhere and take our marquee hire services to rustic country weddings, garden parties, birthday parties, coastal celebrations, boutique arts festivals, music festivals, town and country events, outdoor events, theatrical events,  agricultural shows and a host of other event styles, let alone tv and film production supplies. 

For Cornwall wedding marquees, we are totally on tend with rustic theme weddings, festival weddings, circus weddings, alternative weddings, unusual weddings, boutique weddings, bijou weddings, DIY weddings, theme weddings, rock and roll weddings colourful weddings, red and white weddings; any more?

We mostly have colourful marquees and try not being old school with the flouncy white marquee linings, up lighters and chandeliers type of package though there is undoubtably a place for them still.

Looking for circus tents? Vintage marquees? Sailcloth marquees? Candy striped marquees? Canvas marquees? Pagoda marquees? Free standing marquees ? Mini marquees? Baby big tops?

Let’s concentrate on memorable events and exciting, creative weddings!

We have a lot to offer the event sector in Cornwall and enjoy working on our doorstep!  Bring on those cliff top coastal weddings!

Our event equipment includes:  marquees, flooring, furniture, dance floor, lighting, electrics, decor, theme props, circus equipment, entertainers and hands on play activities.
If we don’t have it there are some excellent local event suppliers we can recommend to complement our services.

We are more than happy to work with other wedding and event suppliers and between us we can create all you need or if you prefer to add your own styling flourishes you can decorate to your heart’s content, stamping you unique style on the marquee.

In practice, it’s the joint efforts that create magnificent memorable events:

Marquee Hire for a Festival in Cornwall

may only want the marquee with no extras as a venue and then add all the other sound, lighting, creative elements themselves. (  nb. We prefer being more involved ).

Private Party Marquee Hire Cornwall

may need party tent hire and then select various other marquee accessories  or do a lot of DIY.  It can be simple and budget or spectacular.. Or spectacular at any budget!

A Wedding Marquee in Cornwall

needs a lot of thought, creativity and time to plan.  There are so many things to consider to make the day work well and we are very happy to help.  Our booking forms contain many useful items that we can supply.

Marquee venues and hire locations in Cornwall

are everywhere. Private land, festival venues, camp sites, wedding venues, estates and  manor houses, council lands, cliff tops and many coastal views.

Below are some images of marquee rentals in Cornwall over the last few years.

Marquee venues at The Masked Ball, Porthleven.

festival Marquee venue cornwall

dj dance tent at Masked Ball 2015

the round room masked ball 2015

Dance tent at Masked ball 2016

masked ball festival venue 2016

masked ball festival venue 2016

festival marquees cornwall

masked ball venue 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

festival marquees cornwall

Masked Ball main stage 2015

 

 

 

masked ball cornwall festival venue marquee hire

Masked ball main stage install 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s marquee play area at Camelford Show 2016.

Marquee hire at Camelford show

children’s mini circus tent at Camelford show.

Community event big top hire Baamfest in Bude, North Cornwall 2016.

childrens shows in marquee cornwall

Punch and Judy in Bude Baam festival marquee

festival childrens tent bude conrwall

colourful 6 x 6m pagoda tent as crafts tent

 

childrens shows in marquee cornwall

children’s Punch andJjudy show in marquee

festival big top Bude

Bude Festival Main stage 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Dressing rooms at Boardmaster’s Festival 2016, Newquay.

dressing room tents boardmasters festival

baby big tops for green rooms

VIP tent at Boardmaster’s Festival.

clifftop marquee hire, Newquay Cornwall

9 x 21m canvas marquee at Watergate Bay 2014

VIP tent at Boardmasters festival cornwall

9 x 21m VIP tent installed on cliff top 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late night marquee venue at Port Eliot Festival, (official festival photos).

port Elliot festival marquee

Port Eliot Festival late night venue 2016 official photo

port Elliot festival marquee

Port Eliot festival late night marquee

 

Circus Film Shoot: “Dark Clowns”

Circus Film Shoot.

Big Top Marquees for Film and TV Production.

Especially for a circus film shoot.

Look here for the “Dark Clowns” student short film.

Earlier in the year during Feb 2015, we were contacted by Kas Braganza,  Film and Television Producer, BA Acting for Film & TV, Arts Educational Schools  Chiswick,  London.

They had  various student films to  complete for the 3rd Year 3-year BA Acting Graduates final degree show reels.   See all the  Arts Ed student films 2015 here.

There was one particular student film that needed a circus location; the short film “Dark Clowns”.

The student films are very short simple pieces.  The students act in the films and crew them, although they have a professional cameraman, director and first assistant in order to ensure they run as smoothly and professionally as possible.  The Arts Ed School is a charity funded educational facility and the films are intended only for those purposes and to assist the students with obtaining their degrees and gaining future employment from agents.   A final piece for their portfolio.  It involved shooting some scenes on location.

The scenes needed were for a short film set in a circus and required shooting the following :
Inside a  dressing room at night.
Inside a canteen at night.
Behind a curtain at night.
Outside a marquee at night.

I sent Kas various images of previous film and TV work  with our tents and some ideas of how we could help and during March we installed a tent on location in London outskirts.  ( A country house location that previously had been the Studio and location for much of The Professionals TV series.  We provided various extras and circus props to enhance the scene.

I must say, I quite like the result and the film!

In pictures; here are some stills and location pics. With thanks to Arts Ed.

 

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And so;  ta da! ..another link to the actual film.. its fun.. watch it on Vimeo here.

 

Good luck to all involved in their future careers.

Dark Clowns

Dark Clowns from Alex Millan on Vimeo.

Dark Clowns

Ching: Alex Millan
Chong: Philip Tomlin

Director: Wayne Yip
Writer: Gail Sixsmith
DOP: Ossie Jalkanen
1st AD: Bella Merritt
Editor: Robbie Hamilton
Sound Editor: Adam Newns
Producer: Kas Braganza
Exec Producer: Caroline Jeffries

Marquee and some of the circus Props:  Bigtopmania on location Circus Film Shoot Tv and Film Production supplier.

If you want the knowledge about tv and film production suppliers especially with regard to supplying alternative marquees and circus tents or circus props and circus performers get in touch with us at  Bigtopmania for your next circus film shoot.

Acrobats for Photo-Shoot

Acrobats for Photo-Shoot.

Question; Acrobats for Photo-Shoot?

Do we supply artists for events?

Earlier this year in March 2015 we were contacted by James  F,  marketeer for Cemex  UK , a huge UK concrete supplier among other things.

It was an interesting request;

he had a Twitter photographic competition photo entry to do and it involved marketing via Hi Viz vests!

The photo would go on the

@CEMEX_UK

twitter feed with competition related  hashtags

 

It was a pretty informal affair; a bit of brand awareness and capture the photo in a unique way.

No pressure and it didn’t really matter how well the competition entry went, being more of a peer to peer twitter event.

So the concept was to supply some artists , namely acrobats who could present a human tower of vests!  Ideally in a 3-2-1 type  3- high human tower!

Of course we can do this!

We supply artists for all sorts of events!

Straight away I thought of our team of acrobats from the UK African Acrobat Company, based mainly in London. 

This  was handy as the company had some locations in London they could bring one of their concrete trucks to!

So it was arranged for the team to meet up at the 02 while Cemex were also exhibiting on an internal stand at the Ecobuild2015 trade show and co-incidentally had some building work going on in the background too.

With the permission from the O2, a photography set was quickly set up in the car park.

As you will see in the photos, various Cemex trucks turned up, nicely washed!

The team of acrobats got thoroughly into the swing of things wearing the various  Hi-Viz jackets and trying different human pyramid poses.

They could even get roles as acrobatic models!

To add to the fun and possibly to warm up a a  bit, (it was March) the acrobats then went into the exhibition hall and proceeded to wow the guests in front of the Cemex stand!

So how did it all go?

To Quote James after the event ;

“I think the guys were very understanding and just wanted to put a good show They were fantastic! Thank you for helping out and being patient In the organising.”

And how did the photo go in the twitter competition?

“it got into the top 3…. so it was worth it 🙂 We won our award though for innovation so we were pleased people are still talking about the show the lads put on at Ecobuild! ”

Result!  

Would you like any acrobats for your event, photo-shoot or productions?

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