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

SuperVet Christmas Party

Super Party for the SuperVet;

A circus themed christmas party to remember.

If you read last weeks episode (blog post) you’ll know that Team Bigtopmania spent a Saturday afternoon busy in Surrey providing circus entertainment to a company christmas fun day.  But the show doesn’t end there.  Oh no!  You’ve merely made it to the interval.  It’s SuperVet Christmas Party time; So get your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the rest of this roller coaster ride of circus & event supplier rambling!

Can we supply a marquee for 300+ guests at tables?

Let’s set the scene before we get into the actual event. Our client Fitzpatrick Referrals, made contact with us at just the right time, way back in May 2014.

Honoured to be asked and from what I now know these Supervets and their amazing team do outstanding work.

Cirque Noel

Quick Tip!

Plan early!  That’s a 6 month Christmas event planning lead in.. just right!

Good timing too.  They were able to visit a nearby event we were doing for Farnham Lions “Indian Spectacular” for 400 guests.

Next Tip! Its really good to be able to see the tent and we like to let clients know if this is possible.

Here’s a picture of the set up on that occasion in May 2015

Farnham Lions Indian Spectacular

Farnham Lions Indian Spectacular

and there are even more tents behind.  We look forward to working join their next big event in 2017 for 600 table seated guests!! That was a big event and it gave the present clients a good sample.  So why not go bigger!

Tent for 300 guests + Large Foyer Bar Tent + Service tent + Stage + Dance floor + loos and lots of entertainment too!   In Mid December!

The challenge was on and we produced a few plans and worked with the organiser Stuart (who also runs a therapy centre in Guildford. ) Stuart is a friend of Noel Fitzpatrick and event planned as a favour.  I think he likes parties too!

One of the draft plans!

sketch marquee plan

Next Tip; Don’t do it all yourself!

A production collaboration was in order as it was a huge job.

Cirque Noel ( Supervet Christmas Party) suppliers included;

The Event Build; Production phase.

marquee install

From this…

marquee for 300 guests

to this…

It was a very windy site during site visits so we were well prepared with huge amounts of extra ropes, ratchets , and mega stakes.  There was no way we were going to have any wind issues!

In the  build week leading up to the big day we spent a couple of chilly days fighting the winter weather rigging the rather enormous 6 pole Red & White ‘Squirty Cream‘.  This marquee served as the main function space giving 383 square metres of party space.

As soon as this tent was ready we informed Carron marquees that their work could begin!  

We had delivered some kit and made some ground preparations in advance so we ended up a day ahead of schedule!

300 seater tent

before the foyer and catering tent added

The space was lit with a combination of our fairy light systems, festoon lighting and globe lanterns to light the tent.  Later Puxley Sound installed the stage lighting, projectors and battery operated up-lighters.

solid floor in marquee before carpet

Before the carpets.

Tents were linked with a 4×4 chinese hat pagoda to a 9x15m candy-striped marquee that acted as the grand entrance tent.

foyer tent

Foyer tent install

Equipped with a well stocked bar and champagne to welcome guests.

Bar tent

well stocked bar

MArquee Grand entrance

Entrance during event

The set up looked colourful and exciting when we left it, but by the time we returned with all the finishing touches; tables & chairs, decor, dance floor, a carpet and uplighters.

The venue looked quite stunning.

Supervet Christmas Party in winter season marquees

fairy lights balloons christmas partySupervet Christmas Party

 

It’ll all be alright on the night.

When so much attention to detail has gone into the planning of a colourful vibrant event, it’s nice when the guests do it justice with an equally fantastic fancy dress effort.

Next Tip; Dress up! 

Team Supervet did not disappoint.  As well as gorgeous formal wear, there were plenty of leopard skin body suits, groups of strong ‘men’, a pantomime horse with both ends, all manner of clowns and ringmasters.  It adds so much fun to the atmosphere from the start, it takes the fear out of atmos-fear!

Next tip; Book some great entertainment.

So after an already long day of performing circus shows down the road.  The Bigtopmania team jumped straight into action.  We provided mingling circus entertainment to give onlookers something to watch whilst they sipped champagne.  Breaking the ice!

Emmanuel was keeping things simple with just a little bit of African bowl spinning and charismatic funny faces which always amuse me even after all these years.

Aerial Els was up high on stilts as a beautiful christmas fairy.

Lucas Jet and Moses did some walkabout  juggling to the sounds of the wandering band.

After the guests found their tables,

The London Essentials then kicked things off with an en-mass rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody . . every-one joined in of course.

Then BANG!  Generator fail.  Smoke and Steam.. just like a car engine failure!

Next tip; at a big event, have at least a back up generator, some onsite electricians and ring for a replacement! 

Back stage, people were madly running around trying to sort things out.  For a while it was going to be a choice between power for catering or power for marquee.. but in the end Carron marquees brought a new generator.  Only setting the schedule back by only 40mins or so.  USE A LOCAL GENERATOR CO!

Next tip; Use an opportunity!

This unplanned power fail created a highlight for us and  whilst we were having a break before the main show, word got back to the dressing room that the generator had failed (nothing to do with any of our kit thankfully). So the tent was in relative darkness apart from some battery powered LED uplighters round the edge and a small amount of lighting.  Elanor had thankfully brought her glow clubs and they went straight in to action.

Next Tip; Battery up lighters. None of the guests noticed the power failure! 

glow juggling

glow club juggling

Making use of the lower lighting and making it look like it was all part of the plan; Glow juggling and acoustic wondering band to the rescue!

The London Essentials band

The London Essentials band

The guests remained in high spirits and danced and sang and watched our juggling apparently with some of them not realising this wasn’t planned.  Below shows a badly-filmed clip of the nice moment the lights came back on.

When the event power comes back on!

Next Tip; Use the opportunity for a rousing speech by the CEO! supervet noel Catering back on one generator, sound lights and marquee on another;

microphone handed to Supervet Noel to do his CEO speech; striking, stirring  and thanking his huge team.

Dressed as gothic ring master and full of encouragement and wicked sense of fun!

Or was it just an excuse to be able to get close and introduce Růženka Kunstýřová  the WORLD POLE SPORTS CHAMPION DANCER 2015 ?

world champion sports pole dancer

From Prague; world champion sports pole dancer

 

A great and sexy start to the shows in store.. but not quite as sexy when colleague vets got to have a go!

After the pole dancing it was meal time and during this the London Essentials continued to serenade table by table.  A VERY recommended band.

random juggling around the tables

juggling around the tables

I’m afraid i didn’t want to intrude on tables and meal with a camera so no pictures of that and apologies for the I phone unedited images. Lets move on to the

Post-Meal, Pre-Dancing Circus Show Time.

It wouldn’t be a Supervet Christmas Party without some circus!

We had previously installed a 5m high portable, mobile trapeze rig over the dance floor and the action packed show to follow was in front of the stage. We aimed for an action packed show full of skills and comedy of about 25mins long.

The SuperVet Christmas Party Entertainers were;

Lucas Jet who did his jumping over guests on a unicycle routine.  He really shouldn’t have picked on our bookers; Noel and Stuart! lucas jet unicycle act The Uk African Acrobat Company provided tumbling, human pyramids, contortion and bowl spinning.

african acrobat human pyramidafrican acrobat contortionistafrican acrobat aeroplane

Aerial Els swung high on silks.

Aerial Silks

Moses Opiyo presented his sexy hand balancing act.

african acrobat hand balancer moses opiyomoses opiyo acrobat

Straight after the show we dismantled the trapeze rig in just a few minutes and were ready for the first set by The Stage Band.

The STAGE BAND

They got the dance floor full and it basically carried on that way into the night. After their second set, James ( who works with Chris Tarrant no less) took over as DJ to a very full dance floor.

Christmas circus party

The Supervet Christmas Party went on well into the night.

We cleared up over the next few days.

Field back to normal!

And we were told…

“In case I miss you during your pack down I just want to thank you and your brilliant team for their performances at what has been universally accepted by Fitzpatrick’s as the best party ever!!

The Big Top looked fantastic and your guys were all amazing.

I’m sure we will be in contact about future events and look forward to working with you again.”

I think between us we made this supervet christmas party into a very memorable affair!

Baby Big Top Circus

Coming soon at Wellington Country Park is the Bigtopmania Baby Big Top Circus Show.

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!

circus show wellington park small circus show wellington park

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.

Some of the events are listed here;

Baby Big top circus shows (3-6 April),

baby bigtop circus wellington country park 2015

hands on go mad on the crazy bikes days (8-9 April),

crazy bikes at wellington country park

have a go at circus skills workshops (15-16 April ), including having a go on trapeze.

circus skills at wellington country park 2015

childrens trapeze lesson

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.

david crofts magician

 

Top that off with a weekend (18-19 April) of clown shows by Reading’s finest  Bigfoot the Clown.  Clown Big Foot

 

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!

Enough;

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!

 

 Video!

Here are some images of previous circus shows at the park;

Clown PeteZa easter bunny wellington country park circus at wellington bigtopmania circus china plate spinning clown act hand stand  costume  baby big top circus at wellington park aerial silks act circus music comedy act circus violinist table cloth pull trick standing on shoulders big bass drum umbrella balance  unicycle act juggler cigar box act hula hoop act knife throwing act blindfold easter bunny trapeze act

The following are from the same show at a different location, Photos by M. Cadden-Pike.acrobats acrobats juggling act juggling act tumblers unicyclists unicyclists wave bye bye

 

#wellingtoncountrypark #circusshow #easter #thingstodowiththekids #schoolhoildayactivities #babybigtopcircus #circus

Come and see the baby big top circus show at wellington country park in Aril 2015. 

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!

children's trapeze workshop

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.

crazy interactive inflatable

Crazy Inflatables. We have a few!

crazy bikes camp bestival

Crazy Bikes Arenas; children and adults!

kids coconut she

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

unicycle have a go

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

mega bounce ball

Mega Bounce at Rewind festival

circus show bigtopmaia kidzone

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

Bird Flags site decor

Our Bird Flags

 

crafts tent children's area

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.