Festival Children’s Entertainment

Festival  Children’s Entertainment – Kidzones

It’s not all circus shows, weddings and marquee hires!   We are also one of the best providers of festival children’s entertainment on the UK festival and events circuit and trusted by festival and event organisers to produce the goods!

How can we help your event work?  

What services or entertainment can we provide for you?

Release some pressure and let us organise and run the Children’s Area for you!

Festival and Event KidZones are our speciality!

Throughout the summer season Bigtopmania is a juggling act of  Events, Weddings, Parties & Festivals.  We manage this through a dedicated h of workers & helpers, thorough planning, masses of in-house equipment that is constantly updated and lots and lots of driving!

The festivals children’s areas that we co-ordinate or work at take lots of hard set up work and managing.  It can be a welcome change to settle in a nice field for 4/5 days.  We are there to work and the resultant happy families and smiling, playing  children are a great reward.

Where have Bigtopmania’s Festival children’s Entertainment Kidzones been and where are we and our tents  in 2015?

Our large scale kids areas have been  central core elements of; Guilfest for the last 20 years, Camp Bestival every year since it began (2008) , Croissant Neuf Summer Party for 7 years and Bestival for the last 8 years since 2007.  

We do great Kidzone things at the best 80’s festivals;  Rewind Festival (South and North), Penn Festival and the Lets Rock festivals, (Lets Rock London, Leeds, Exeter, Southampton, Bristol, Cookham). 

We are honoured to be at Shambala and you will find us or our tents, artists or activities at many others including Cornbury, Beautiful Days, Glas-Denbury, The Masked Ball, Watchet Festival,  Nibley Festival and yes we have spent many years at Glastonbury and been involved with many more.

In 2015 we will also be at Splendour, Common People, BAAM, Salisbury Arts Fest, Kozfest, Triplicity and are currently talking with Barnstormer, Port Eliot, Somersault, Download and more around the country.  

Sadly we are asked by so  many and we simply can’t be everywhere.  Dates clash too much!

 

What could your  Bigtopmania Kidzone look like?

We aim to provide all round wholesome, creative festival children’s entertainment and we aim to be the area where everything is as free as possible. We usually build the area around our main circus tent and can occupy a large swathe of territory!

Nibley festival children's area 2014

Nibley festival children’s area 2014

 

Bestival Kids Garden 2014

Bestival Kids Garden 2014

 

Kidzone Artistic Programme

We run a top quality children’s venue hosting  a fabulous range of shows, activities  and the hugely popular trapeze workshops.  The shows are a mix of circus, music and children’s theatre. Bigtopmania Circus and Guests! The lovely theatre groups we work with like The Bicyclettes,  Treehouse Theatre, Gobbledegook Theatre,  Noisy Oyster Puppet Company and The Fezheads  usually manage to create a whole show towards the festival theme! We are often joined by a wonderful range of performers  like Dr Palfi, Magic by Huxley, Booster Cushion Theatre, children’s Tv characters, colourful mascots, Furry Foot the clown,  MIke Hancock, Clown Bert and the amazing Uk African Acrobat Company.

We do parades, we do fire spectaculars!

We have Storytellers like John Row and The Cowfoot Prince and have hosted Jonathan Hegley a number of times.

We often start the day with children’s yoga and round the weekend off with a totally wild children’s talent show which throws up anything from doing a ‘I don’t know’ to balloon sword fighting, karate demos, Twinkle Twinkle singalongs.  We literally have seen it all and the children are the stars and everyone gets a prize!

Big Bears Big Balloon Disco

Highlights for many people are the Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco. (Also available as  Big Bubble Bash and Big Bad Hoe Down ).  A mad dance-along experience with Big Bear and his Balloonatics (often including Bigfoot the Clown)  where the children and the parents have to do the dance routines otherwise the balloons won’t be released!  Culminates in 100s of balloons of sizes up to 3 ft, 4 ft, 5 ft and even enormous 6 ft mega balloon bouncing around the big top.  Keep them bouncing and at the end the children keep them, spreading balloon love all over the festival!

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Children’s trapeze workshop; Nibley festival

Big Bears Big Balloon Disco

Big Bears Big Balloon Disco
at Guilfest 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kidzone Arena Activities

 

Spilling out the tent we have a dedicated Under 5’s Toddler Space with soft toys, puppets, sand pits, water play and mini trikes.  We also provide great feeding, baby chill out and nappy changing facilities when required.

Don’t forget Jan’s Fabulous Blackboard Van, face painters, temporary tattoo artist, henna and glitter teams !

Provided by us;  including the crazy interactive inflatables which really have to be seen to understand.  Children go wild , they love them and it brings out best in them – sometimes total bundle machines!

We have lots of; Crazy bikes!  Unicycle Launch Pads!  Circus Workshop Skills area, tight ropes,  sack lines , Kids Coconut Shy, Mega space hopper fun; Giant Beach balls!  (6 foot diameter!).We do Bubble Shows and put the kids inside them!

We have so many creative decor and ideas!  We have done so much! I wish i could upload thousands of photos to show you how we can make your event totally rule!

We  work with a fantastic roster of Craft workshop teams who help the children to make all manner of things; WeaveWorld pom moms, juggling balls, masks, Festival Sticker Art, Caz N Jo’s creative Crafts, Reasons To be Cheerful.. take home festival souvenirs to full-blown parade preparation and enactment.

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Crazy Inflatables. We have a few!

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Crazy Bikes Arenas; children and adults!

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Kids Coconut Shy; Knock ’em or not; they all win Harribo!

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Unicycle Launch Pads

kids inside bubbles. bubble show, giant bubbles

Kids inside bubbles. bubble show, giant bubbles

Giant beach ball

Giant Beach Ball hits Bestival

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Mega Bounce at Rewind festival

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Top shows happen in our tents; Give the children quality!

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Our Bird Flags

 

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childrens area crafts tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small is beautiful? Space or budget limited? 

Smaller scale festival Children’s Entertainment

We’ve developed a smaller contained children area for the festivals that aren’t necessarily aimed at families but need to provide for the children that do come along.  This can be seen as a stepping stone to becoming a more family festival and we can always expand the children’s entertainment further down the line when families start to see that it’s becoming a festival that provides for children.

In summer 2014 we took a 9 metre little big top to Let’s Rock festivals at 4 sites across the UK with one van and a smaller team.  Smaller Kidzones in size but not entertainment as the area included; Circus workshops, A circus show, talent show, big bubble disco, stilt walkers, crazy bikes and crazy inflatables.  The Let’s Rock festivals have added 2 more dates this year and in 2015 we will be touring Cookham, Bristol, Southampton, Leeds, London and Exeter.  These are all 80’s festivals, add to that schedule Rewind in Henley and Rewind North, and that makes 8 x 80’s festivals in 2015.   Although the writer of this article was only alive for 3 months of the 80’s, I now feel like I well and truly lived in that decade.

Big Bear and bubbles at Let's Rock Bristol Mini kids area of circus activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival children’s entertainment and running the kids area’s that we do really doesn’t feel like work. We are working with our friends and our customers are all lovely festival families that are having a good time.

Come say hello in 2015 if you are visiting any of Bigtopmania Kidzones, Family childrens entertainment areas.

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The Baby Big Top Circus – Hire a circus show

Wellington Country Park Easter weekend

Baby Big Top Circus Show

Easter at Wellington Country Park

The grounds of Wellington Country Park, just south of Reading in Hampshire, are a prime location for caravans, campers, fisherman and especially families and day visitors from all over.

Billed as the “Baby Big Top Circus”,  we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform our “Bigtopmania Family Circus Show” over the Easter weekend for the last 6 years.

The Circus tent stays at the Park over the Easter Holidays and is used for the rest of the entertainment…. as on the board above! (throughout the year there is a full program of activities and entertainment; our tents return and our acts entertain!)

 

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The morning view at Wellington Country Park, Berkshire

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We stay on site and wake up to a cacophony from the ducks, swans, geese and a host of other animals…

 

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Luxury Circus Campsite!

The crowds have grown each year that we have been here and this year was no different; with the afternoons shows crowd being especially large.
Sardines comes to mind!

Considering the freezing cold Easter this year,  it was a delight to see so many bottoms on seats with full houses every show!

You can watch the 2013 Circus video here

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The Circus Cast

Ringmaster & Clown – PeteZa

At the head of it all is PeteZa, the ringmaster who is always clowning around. This year he donned a cowboy hat for a western themed lasso act and a china plate spinning act that was simply erm’ …smashing!


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Trick rope spinning cowboy circus performer for hire in UK and worldwide

china plate spinning act

china plate spinning

cowboy act

African Acrobats – Emmanuel & Enoch

Brothers from Accra, Ghana and great friends of ours for many years; these boys have energy to match their smiles and crazy whistles!

They make you cheer with their wonderful flips, and they make you laugh when they wiggle their hips!

This year Emmanuel flew back from Ghana on the Saturday and was performing with us for the Sunday shows. No rest for the wicked!

ukAfrican Acrobats, Bowl spinning and limbo circus routine

 

Bowl spinning african acrobat for hire

Emmanuel shows us how to do it even with no head?!

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Hula & Aerial Silks – Leonie

Leo’s first outing is a Hula Hoop routine performed to an upbeat country western tune with costume to match.

For the finale Leo performs aerial silks to more atmospheric sounds, the strong and graceful side of Leo comes out in this routine.

Wowing the crowds with flexibility, strength and daring drops; this routine closes the show.

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Hula Hoop routine to hire for performance in UK

hula hooping act

Unicyclist and Juggler – Lucas

Opening the show, a Balkan themed clap-along juggling routine with up to 7 balls manipulated on the cold mornings was no mean feat!
Later; a block by block Tetris themed Cigar box routine was also on the menu as well as a comedy unicycle routine.

The pinnacle of the unicycle act is a jump from a high pyramid to crush a cup placed between sound technician Craig’s legs.

Gentleman juggling routine cigar boxes cabaret performer

Dangerous unicycling stunt finaleFast paced juggler for shows in UKIMAG1418

The Easter Bunny

It wouldn’t be an Easter show without a visit from a certain someone.

The Easter Bunny spread the love with choc’s and sweets for as many kids as possible.

With the Easter weekend being an already busy period for him, we’re very grateful he was able to attend.
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When the show is over.. In our spare time…

On the Saturday night we paid a visit to Carter’s Vintage Steam Fair, back on the old ground of Palmer Park In Reading. All the rides were looking as beautiful as ever at this long-standing traditional fairground.
We even bumped into a few old faces from our Reading years.

At the park we enjoyed lovely walks taking the dog around the lake or into the deer park (found some large antlers!!), mini golf and dinosaur spotting!

carters steam fair Dinosaur spotting wellington country park, berkshire

 

 

Do you have an event that needs some family entertainment, why not hire a circus show from Bigtopmania.

We cater the show to meet your budget & vision. We have a roster of artists that we work with regularly and can put together a very large or a very small show depending on the event.

We love hiring our circus tents to lots of lovely events but we much prefer it when we get to perform our shows in them  as well. Circus is our passion after all!

Circus Appreciation Society!

Thank you’s go to all those who attended and made it such an enjoyable experience and for the lovely staff of Wellington Country Park for looking after us. Finally thanks to Nino Bartolomei who supplied the majority of these photographs.

Hope to see you next year!

ITV’s Food Glorious Food

ITV's food glorious food

food glorious food

ITV’s Food Glorious Food

Throughout September 2012 one of our teams was traveling around the country from Kingsbridge to Harrogate and a few places dotted in between.

We were providing our new 12m white marquee as the center piece for the judging part of Simon Cowell’s new TV show Food Glorious Food.

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Presenter Carol Vorderman in front of our white tent on hire for Optomen TV

Working to a filming schedule and fitting in all the other jobs in September presented some interesting logistics but everything was done on time as always and we await the evidence coming to your screens on February 27th..watch it now!!

Availability

Fame and TV stardom will not prevent this tent from going out and making an honest living. It is available to hire for events in 2013. (poles will not be pink)

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Half window walls to get the best of a nice view

Contact info@bigtopmania.co.uk for more information as well as consulting the price list for full marquee hire prices

New to ‘blogging’

The busy season is fast approaching and winter months have flown by for Bigtopmania. We’ve catching up on office work, preparing for an exciting 2013 and learning some new bits and pieces.

We’ve built a nice following on Twitter continued to add to our Facebook and now we’re learning to blog because its another great way to keep in touch with friends, fans and customers – past, present and future!

Watch this space…