The dates for your diary are Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April (2015).
And the whole of the Easter school holidays!
Wellington Country Park is a fabulous outdoor play centre just outside Reading, Berkshire, Uk on the way to Basingstoke. It is a huge family attraction centre, regularly getting outstanding reviews and is full of children’s play activities, mixed with country park, lakes, deer park, walks, camping and more. Not forgetting the ride on train and dinosaurs!
Each year there’s something new, though not sure what till we get there!
We have a long history of working at the park, performing in various guises, taking our mobile play activities, inflatables and crazy bikes, supplying entertainers and installing our tents as outdoor venues for shows and activities.
Over the Easter holidays we supply an exciting programme through the weekends and midweek.
hands on go mad on the crazy bikes days (8-9 April),
have a go at circus skills workshops (15-16 April ), including having a go on trapeze.
But there is also a weekend (11-12 April) of magic shows by Magician David Crofts, who is also an ace Windsor based balloon twister.
Top that off with a weekend (18-19 April) of clown shows by Reading’s finest Bigfoot the Clown.
And there’s s an Easter egg hunt of course and a massive tent packed full of hands on Easter Craft activities.
So much to do!
Lets talk Baby Big Top Circus!
Roll up Roll up, Ladies and Gentlemen… But particularly the children.. Boys and girls .. welcome to the show!
Since 2009 we have presented the Baby Big Top Circus Show over the Easter long weekend.
There will be 3 shows each day at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm. It’s always busy and lots of fun. Get your coffees and seats early! The show is targeted at young children and families has appropriate comedy and skills. It can get noisy in the tent!
We present a family orientated show … Very family ! As well as guest acts, the core team is the Bigtopmania family Husband & Wife, Son & Daughter, partners and friends!
You may even get to see a couple of pets(!) .. well Big Bear and the Easter Bunny!
You may even get some pop corn or chocolates!
You are likely to see’ clowning, acrobatics, juggling, china plate spinning, aerial trapeze and silks, limbo, Knife throwing, cowboy roping, ball spinning, balloons, unicycling, bowl spinning, hula hooping and more. NB; as ever, show content is subject to change!
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!)
The morning view at Wellington Country Park, Berkshire
We stay on site and wake up to a cacophony from the ducks, swans, geese and a host of other animals…
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
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!
china plate spinning
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!
Emmanuel shows us how to do it even with no head?!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.