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!
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?
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!
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 theBig 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!
Children’s trapeze workshop; Nibley festival
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.
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.
Crazy Inflatables. We have a few!
Crazy Bikes Arenas; children and adults!
Kids Coconut Shy; Knock ’em or not; they all win Harribo!
Unicycle Launch Pads
Kids inside bubbles. bubble show, giant bubbles
Giant Beach Ball hits Bestival
Mega Bounce at Rewind festival
Top shows happen in our tents; Give the children quality!
Our Bird Flags
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.
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.