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;

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Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-Francesco Torriani

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Bigtopmania safety passports

What a team! Some of the 2018 Marquee install team.
Primary School Circus Show

Primary School Circus Show

Book your primary school circus show here!

Are you looking to book a primary school circus show to wow your pupils and staff?

Do you have a circus project that you want to start with an inspirational event? Or simply celebrating a school milestone or headteacher retirement.

Do you want a big top on your field or just bring the magic of the big top to your school hall? Anything’s possible and we love circus in schools. The combination of excitable school children mixed with the magic of circus is a recipe for an extremely enjoyable and rewarding way to spend our days.

This is for the school that really wants to stand out. Sending a message to the community that this is a school that goes the extra mile to provide unforgettable experiences for their pupils. If you like the sound of this, read a couple of recent examples below.

The children at St Margaret’s Community Academy in Lowestoft were welcomed to school by Lucas riding around on his unicycle as the parents dropped the kids off. The excitement was building and there was a wonderful buzz about the playground. We had arrived the day before to set the big top up, a cute little time-lapse of this can be seen below and was shared 57 times by people on the schools facebook page.


The day kicked things off with a circus show for half the school, 270 excited children packed into our cute little red and white big top. Warming us up with much hilarity and winding up from ringmaster/clown PeteZa. The circus show featured a 4 person cast of Pete,  myself (Lucas), Moses and Joanne. For a small cast show there was a lot of variety on display, we had acrobatics, clowning, unicycling, aerial hoop, handstand, club passing, hat juggling, cigar boxes etc etc. It was so much fun to perform to these wonderful children and they came out with some delightful comments post show. One boy bounced up and down and hugged me saying ‘When I grow up I want to be you’. Another couple of lads said ‘You’re my favourite’. But I won’t go on about that or brandish it across the internet.


The Year 6’s were treated to a ramped up schedule of circus workshops which on top of all the traditional circus skills also included; Trapeze lessons, tightrope walking and unicycling lessons. The hidden message in all of the workshop sessions is always to teach the kids the value of perseverance when attempting to accomplish a new skill. One chap in Year 6 did not get off the unicycle for the whole session and he really did so well. He managed to ride about 3 metres in only 45 minutes which is really impressive stuff.

Back in February, a larger team of Bigtopmania’s finest performers were in action at Northampton University. We had the same big top up on campus there and it was a similar set up in terms of equipment. As well as running sessions for the students to experience the circus skills and try new things we were also there to provide fun for the children of Preston Hedges Primary School.

We treated the children to a fantastic circus show and the lucky year 5’s got to experience unicycling and trapeze.

 

Do you have a school in mind that might like to book a bespoke circus experience for their local school community? Please do get in touch with me directly on lucas@bigtopmania.co.uk and I’ll be happy to assist and advise on how we can facilitate the most wonderful big top event for your school.

  

 

 

University Event Marquee Hire – Circus Big Tops & colourful tents

If you are thinking of university marquee hire, or for any other academic or student event propose,  white clear-span frame marquees are lovely of course and they can create incredible, large indoor spaces for fantastic events.

But why not add a unique touch and step out from the crowd!  Grab some colour! Boost your event theme and visibility!

Are you planning next years College Summer Ball,  Student awards ceremony, Open day, PTA Function, School fete,  Theatre production or  Freshers fairs?

You may well need one of our tents!  Or even some entertainment!

Bigtopmania have been lucky enough to work all around the country for various colleges, schools and universities.

In recent years this has included 3 trips to Scotland for St Andrews’s Big Top Balls with mammoth circus tent installs;  various Oxford and Cambridge University summer balls, Bristol University, Birmingham University,  Colleges including Bedfordshire, Chichester,  Schools including Harrow.

It seems our alternative is proving to be a popular option for university and college event marquee hire…we are currently in talks with University of Northampton for a Feb 2018 event.

Summer 2017 schools, colleges and University marquee hire fun & frolics…a few recent events!

Most recently we supplied 2 brand new colourful circus tents/big tops to Bristol University for their fresher’s event on The Downs. The brightly coloured 12m round with new 8 foot walls for larger feeling space and a brand new 6x12m traditional marquee.  The 2 tie in nicely to each other but helped to give the event a colourful focal point in the middle of their site.

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Earlier in the season the boys had a good journey up to Cambridge for a short days work where only the roof of a fairly small open-sided tent was required as a bit of sun/rain shelter and also to add to their circus and funfair theme at the Newnham College Garden Party.

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At Chichester College we supplied the large red and yellow tent for their student induction week and Principal’s address.

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At Newport School in Barnstaple we supplied a large 400 seater theatre tent for various activities, children theatre show and the school’s anniversary. A small dressing room tent was installed behind therein one.

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For Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth  College student awards ceremony 2016 we supplied a large 500 seater red and white tent which they all used for the student ball after..

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At Dumpton School in Dorset, we supplied a lovely tent with patriotic theme and circus  trapeze  rig for their PTA summer ball.

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At Harrow school we supplied for about the 7th time, a marquee for the Grove boarding houses leaver’s meal.

For Leighton Park School in Reading in Feb 17, we supplied a selection of linked tents for their GCSE drama production of WoyZeck. Fabulous photo album here.

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Casting the mind further back to last year, the team were working hard in Oxford in the beautiful grounds but pouring rain!  We even had a very close call with a lightening strike.  For a rather large  Oxford university marquee hire  install at Wadham College Wonderland ball of 4 Big Tops and various small tents.. What a beautiful event.

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Whilst  here you will see a 5 pole Red and White Big Top supplied to Bristol University Wills Hall Founders Ball for the welcome drinks reception at their 2016 summer ball.  Let’s hope there was lots of drinks and lots of people to be welcomed!

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Planning a University Event in 2018?

Please do get in touch as soon as possible, a lot of dates are already taken up for 2018 with weddings and festivals being every present in our schedule, but we will do our best to fit you in and add some circus sparkle to your event!

 

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.

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dj dance tent at Masked Ball 2015

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Dance tent at Masked ball 2016

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Masked Ball main stage 2015

 

 

 

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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.

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Punch and Judy in Bude Baam festival marquee

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colourful 6 x 6m pagoda tent as crafts tent

 

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Bude Festival Main stage 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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VIP tent at Boardmaster’s Festival.

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9 x 21m canvas marquee at Watergate Bay 2014

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9 x 21m VIP tent installed on cliff top 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Port Eliot Festival late night venue 2016 official photo

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Port Eliot festival late night marquee

 

A Bigtopmania festival children’s area

A festival within a festival!

Anyone that follows our movements on Facebook or has seen us at all manner of events around the country will know that a large portion of our summer season is spent supply festival children’s area’s to some lovely events across the UK festival circuit.

A festival children’s area the whole family can enjoy!

We want to create a fun filled area that keeps the kids amused of course. However we aim to create a beautiful space that has a little bit of something for everyone. The idea being that families can play together and not feel like their away from the rest of the festival. A circus show that wows even the most seasoned festival goer but mesmerises the kids at the same time. Gran can bounce on a mega ball and dad can ride a crazy bike. Read on to find out what your options are when booking a Bigtopmania area.

What the public said…


A colourful festival children’s area landscape created by us. 

We are also  big top hire company with a huge amount of own equipment, meaning the majority of the time we supply our own big tops as venues for the shows, craft activities and workshops. This allows us to plan out the area and means festival organisers aren’t having to communicate with multiple suppliers to create one area. Sit back and let us build it beautiful, or indeed as with Camp Bestival give us your creative input to guide us in order to get every little detail just as you picture it. The point stands though that, if we are working in the area, it makes sense that we create the space as much as possible because we know which activities need what space.

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Let us handle it, we’ve done this before

For you as festival organisers, you have lots on your plate.  All we usually require is our designated area, a power supply and lots of festival goers to entertain. From then on it’s showtime!

What do you get with a Bigtopmania Festival Children’s Area?

Lots!  Heres a sample small package at the Lets Rock events.

Activities and Shows – Generally we program shows in our Big top throughout the day and activities spilling out of the tent and around it to create a wonderfully chaotic and immersive little people party zone.

Bigtopmania kid's area at Forgotten Fields

The vast majority of our activities are brought and managed by us. We never charge for any of our activities and try to keep the kids area as a money free zone. We bring to the table;

Mega Balls – Upto a 10 foot Giant Beach Ball, 5” Earth Balls and lots of different sized giant bouncy balls that children (and adults) can wobble, wiggle, bounce and balance on.

An amazing photo opportunity and fantastic fun.

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Interactive InflatablesThese are hard to describe in words. They are crazy shaped alien creations which kids can bundle on, run around, climb up. They have often been mentioned as children’s favourite thing at Camp Bestival, which is really saying something.

Crazy Bikes – A huge range of wacky bikes awaits your punters. Wobbly bikes, unrideable ones, unicycles and tricycles, time to try cycling in the wackiest of ways.

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Circus workshop but better! – All the usual juggling, hula hoops, plate spinning and diabolos, plus Slacklines, Tightwires, Acrobatic, and Aerial workshops in TRAPEZE and Aerial hoop – a super popular festival favourite!

Toddler Area – babies and toddlers need a space to kick back when they’ve done too much dancing. A cute little space with a vast selection of cuddly toys, sand pits, trains, puppets, and sometimes even nappy changing facilities.

Etc Etc Etc … Lots and lots of bubbles, walkabout performances, african drumming, catapult water balloons, 5 aside football, volley ball, sock wrestling. The only limit is how much space you can give us!

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Shows galore that’ll make you want more

Every festival children’s area includes our resident Bigtopmania Family Show. Which usually includes 3 members of the Bigtopmania family and is usually bolstered by our good friends, fellow professionals as well as a few talented teens to create a fun filled action packed, big tricks in small tent impact thats the perfect first circus experience or equally enjoyable for circus enthusiasts.

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There will almost always be the legendary Kids Talent Show which can throw up some wonderful moments that you really have to be there to enjoy but it is generally wonderful Sunday afternoon watching. You can also expect to enjoy Big Bears Big Balloon Disco!

Huge tunes and bigger balloons. You show us your dance moves and if you’re working hard enough we will unleash hundreds of balloons that bounce around the big top. Hold onto your children, they might burst with excitement.

Other shows depend on the festival but we often program a mix of interactive theatre shows, clowns, musicians, puppet shows and storytellers. All of whom we have been working with for many years.

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Lets get crafty!

The advantage of working at festivals for so long is that you get to know the most wonderful mix of creatives. People that are silly enough to think of an idea and make it into a workshop. Like Festival Sticker Art and Bottle Top creations, just two of our teams that create fantastic take homes for free out of waste materials such as sticker off-cuts and a winters worth of collecting plastic bottle tops.

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Festival season is just one winter away!

We do already have a very full festival schedule  but… there are a couple of gaps on key weekends where we could squeeze in something extra, and we are always keen to here about the new events popping up.

So are you looking for a truly creative festival children’s area like this one at Forgotten Fields?

Look no further!

If you think are aiming your festival towards a family crowd then drop us a line and see what we can do for you. This post is designed as a guide of what we have done but its not extensive and who knows what we’ve got up our sleeve for next season!