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!

Camp Bestival 2015 Bigtopmania Festival Kids Area

A Bigtopmania Festival Kids Area.

Business as usual? Camp Bestival with our huge festival kids area in the Upper Kids Garden is now in its 8th year (we’ve been there from day 1) and strives to get better and better every year. It’s one of our busiest and most full on events of the season but we absolutely love it!

We run the upper kids garden and bring together an army of like minded, fun seeking festival family members to create our lovely little festival kids area. There are various performers involved every year, this year featured Fabulous Fezheads making their Camp Bestival debut as well as stalwarts Big Foot the Clown, Bicyclettes and The Bigtopmania Family Circus Show. On top of this you have the overflowing and too popular for its own good Trapeze workshops and Big Bears Big Balloon Disco.

Trapeze & Aerial lessons at festivals Big Bear's Big Balloon Disco Mr and Mrs Big Bear fun character costumesFestival Circus shows by Bigtopmania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a number of occasions over the weekend the Big Top was overflowing with happy punters enjoying the fantastic selection of children’s entertainment, saturday’s circus show (pictured above) in particular rivalled the crowd that Mr Tumble pulls. With booster acts from aerial hoop double act Becky and Esta as well as a doubles trapeze act from Loudini!

Spilling out of the Big Top you have the toddler space where the toddlers can kick back and chill after a late night knees up in bollywood. Beyond that the interactive inflatable mad zone where mega blob and spike are bundled and beaten by children that don’t quite know whether its a bouncy castle or a monster.

Bigtopmania festival kids areaInteractive Inflatables for fun play in Bigtopmania

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the middle of the area you could walk the tightrope, jump on a mega ball or try your hand at circus skills, or there’s the crazy bike section where you could occasionally grab a go on a ninebot (self balancing electric unicycle). Next door is the craft tent filled to the rafters with crazy creations and mums grabbing 15 minutes quiet time whilst their child wrestles with a bundle of stickers doing Sticker Art (as endorsed by Jo Wiley).

Ninebot One riding for lots of lucky children

This is a ninebot, Lucas has been fortunate enough to be loaned one to demonstrate and share the love. Get yours at speedyfeet.uk

Craft tent overflowing with festival crafts

There is so much going on at Camp Bestival and so many families just in our little bit. We don’t get a great deal of time to see the rest of it but from what we hear there’s just about anything under the sun that you might like to do with children available at Lulworth. It’s a full on family holiday wrapped up as a festival and if anyone has the secret power to book perfect weather every year, its Rob and Josie (touch wood)


Thanks a bundle to all our amazing crew for all their hard work in making it come together so well, we get loads of great feedback and its lovely to bring everyone together for 5 beautiful days each year. Bring on 2016 baby!

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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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.