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.

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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.

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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!

Corporate Circus Event

A sample of a Bigtopmania Corporate Circus Event.

  • Planning; a company fun day, a brand awareness event, a staff party or a motivational team-building event?
  • Booking: circus acts, hands-on activities, theme decor or circus tents?
  • Supplying; Bigtopmania have all the in-house skills and equipment to provide an amazing circus experience for your employees, clients or for brand promotional activity.

Here we describe a recent event and have posted some fabulous images  from  Red Chilli Photography, taken in Sept 2015,  at Bovey Castle in Devon for one of their client companies , illustrating a sample of what we can do for you.

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Working with Catherine, the venue event manager, our event brief was to provide a few hours of light hearted ice breaking entertainment.  We tailored our input to the given budget and the venue provided extra catering and a few small activities on top.  The guests were on an overnight stay with dinner dance, networking and more.

On this occasion, apart from the beautiful castle, hotel and golf course location, we focused our part of the day on a tent we call “Dorothy”, one of our circus tents suitable for aerial acts.

(Note: we have an extensive range of circus tents for hire and on other occasions, with a big top as the main venue, smaller marquees can be linked to create a tent village with an exciting atmosphere to keep your guests engaged.)

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Event Brief format;

  • meet and greet guests.
  • have a mini circus parade to the activity location,
  • provide a show
  • then hands on activity,
  • fuelled by circus theme snacks and drinks.

No pressure to join in or try things but with a big range of activities on hand to try from plate spinning to knife throwing;  they did!

 

Meet and Greet Acts;

  • Kris on CYR WHEEL,
  • Els on STILT-WALKING,
  • Polly on HULA HOOPING,
  • (Ring mastering was done by client team leaders!) 

Circus Show Team;

  • Elanor on juggling and aerial silks to provide some circus wow.
  • Polly; providing a funky hula hoop performance as well as invaluable circus workshop experience after the show.
  • Kris; bring the acrobatics to the big top.
  • Lucas Jet; acrobatics, comedy unicycling
  • PeteZa; Comedy Knife throwing and MC work.
  • Audience; Volunteers for trapeze act and knife throwers assistant!

 

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All of this was masterminded and ring-mastered by Peteza with a crowd thrilling knife throwing act and plenty of perfect audience participation to give the employees plenty of good memories to take back to the office.
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Hands On Activities / Circus-skills; 

guests could indulge in after the show:

  • tightrope and slack-line
  • unicycling and wobbly wheels
  • juggling
  • plate spinning
  • trapeze and aerial hoop
  • giant bubbles
  • target knife throwing
  • hula hooping
  • garden games

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Corporate Event Circus Video

Below is a short video of the day.

Which was of course rounded off with a fire eating/ juggling / swirling show in the evening!

Book a corporate circus event.

We can tailor our corporate circus event to whatever your needs are. This is just a sample.

If you like the look of what you see, pick up the phone, tweet us, write us a letter or an email, tell us about your

We want to hear from you to bring the circus to you and your company!

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