University Event Marquee Hire – Circus Big Tops & colourful tents

If you are thinking of university marquee hire, or for any other academic or student event propose,  white clear-span frame marquees are lovely of course and they can create incredible, large indoor spaces for fantastic events.

But why not add a unique touch and step out from the crowd!  Grab some colour! Boost your event theme and visibility!

Are you planning next years College Summer Ball,  Student awards ceremony, Open day, PTA Function, School fete,  Theatre production or  Freshers fairs?

You may well need one of our tents!  Or even some entertainment!

Bigtopmania have been lucky enough to work all around the country for various colleges, schools and universities.

In recent years this has included 3 trips to Scotland for St Andrews’s Big Top Balls with mammoth circus tent installs;  various Oxford and Cambridge University summer balls, Bristol University, Birmingham University,  Colleges including Bedfordshire, Chichester,  Schools including Harrow.

It seems our alternative is proving to be a popular option for university and college event marquee hire…we are currently in talks with University of Northampton for a Feb 2018 event.

Summer 2017 schools, colleges and University marquee hire fun & frolics…a few recent events!

Most recently we supplied 2 brand new colourful circus tents/big tops to Bristol University for their fresher’s event on The Downs. The brightly coloured 12m round with new 8 foot walls for larger feeling space and a brand new 6x12m traditional marquee.  The 2 tie in nicely to each other but helped to give the event a colourful focal point in the middle of their site.

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Earlier in the season the boys had a good journey up to Cambridge for a short days work where only the roof of a fairly small open-sided tent was required as a bit of sun/rain shelter and also to add to their circus and funfair theme at the Newnham College Garden Party.

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At Chichester College we supplied the large red and yellow tent for their student induction week and Principal’s address.

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At Newport School in Barnstaple we supplied a large 400 seater theatre tent for various activities, children theatre show and the school’s anniversary. A small dressing room tent was installed behind therein one.

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For Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth  College student awards ceremony 2016 we supplied a large 500 seater red and white tent which they all used for the student ball after..

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At Dumpton School in Dorset, we supplied a lovely tent with patriotic theme and circus  trapeze  rig for their PTA summer ball.

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At Harrow school we supplied for about the 7th time, a marquee for the Grove boarding houses leaver’s meal.

For Leighton Park School in Reading in Feb 17, we supplied a selection of linked tents for their GCSE drama production of WoyZeck. Fabulous photo album here.

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Casting the mind further back to last year, the team were working hard in Oxford in the beautiful grounds but pouring rain!  We even had a very close call with a lightening strike.  For a rather large  Oxford university marquee hire  install at Wadham College Wonderland ball of 4 Big Tops and various small tents.. What a beautiful event.

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Whilst  here you will see a 5 pole Red and White Big Top supplied to Bristol University Wills Hall Founders Ball for the welcome drinks reception at their 2016 summer ball.  Let’s hope there was lots of drinks and lots of people to be welcomed!

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Planning a University Event in 2018?

Please do get in touch as soon as possible, a lot of dates are already taken up for 2018 with weddings and festivals being every present in our schedule, but we will do our best to fit you in and add some circus sparkle to your event!

 

Circus Theme Birthday Party in London

 

Circus Theme Birthday Party Spectacular!

You’re going to want a party like this one!

 

“Pete! Can’t thank you enough for the totally outstanding, fabulous day you gave the kids and to the adults… Absolutely amazing! Many many thanks to you and your super performers!!!! You made Zidaan’s party such a super-duper hit!!!

Thank you!  Bhavna”


In the middle of January 2015,  the circus came to Dulwich in South East London.

Well to be fair;  a small circus in a small tent but a really BIG party for a really BIG Birthday!

“Cirque Zidaan!”

Zidaan’s 5th birthday circus party;

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Bigtopmania were booked to put on an extra special show for 5th birthday boy Zidaan.

We installed a single-pole 11 m “Baby Big Top” circus tent with all the trappings.

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This size tent gives enough WOW factor to have the feeling of a circus and gives the right amount of atmosphere for a children’s party and, being a Winter Circus Party; small is  easier to heat.  It was snug and toastie!

The Baby Big Top

was decorated with fairy lights, velvet curtains, circus signage, bunting, tiered seating and more.  We even made a special Circus Zidaan sign which was painted up beautifully and lit throughout the party.  It really was Zidaan’s very own circus!

He, his friends and family should remember it for a long time!

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Other lovely party add-ons in the tent included fresh popcorn trolley, a face painter, circus nibbles, a rather stunning birthday cake and lots of red noses and clown wigs!

All the performers did some meet and greet whilst the guests arrived.

This was the time to add some giant bubbles and some Big Bear Hugs!

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Then it was;

Circus Party Show Time

Roll up, Roll up. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls; It’s Circus Show Time!

Our show featured a good roster of artists with PeteZa & BigFoot The Clown providing plenty of the ringmaster & clowning buffoonery between them.

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Lucas Jet  brought some ball juggling funk to the show as well as cigar boxes and unicycling finale.

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Princess Leonie was on hand for the glamour with her circus hula hoop routine and a trapeze act. Beautiful!

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It’s a real family circus show.. PeteZa is father of Lucas and Leonie!

We were joined by Magician Roberto who delivered some great illusions and a fantastic birthday moment allowing Zidaan to be

The birthday boy who flew on a flying carpet!

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We had China Plate Spinning, Trick Cycling and even a Custard Pie but an unexpected highlight was a little 4-year-old stealing the show leading a hilarious Gangham style dance.

You can’t plan for those moments but they are what makes each and every show unique and special.

The Human Cannon Ball provided a loud and messy Finale! 

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Right after the show we went straight in to a mini disco getting the children on to their feet and into dancing mood.

Big Bear joined in the antics and lead the children through various dance routines allowing them to work up an appetite before the Circus Party tea.

We provided an hour and half’s entertainment to a packed tent.  We could have carried on but for the schedule and splendid circus tea time up next.

We had thrills, spills and a barrel of laughs!

But before party tea; the all-important;

Circus Birthday cake and happy birthday song time!

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The Circus Party Tea

After the show, it’s back to the real work and we had a lot to clear up!  Kids and Popcorn!

Everyone  headed into the hall that had been transformed by a Toadstool Party’s decor team into yet another circus party!

The fun carries on!

Fabrics hung on the walls and ceilings, balloons, party favours and even a photo board with props awaited the children.  (And lots of adults!).

It looked amazing and totally unlike the room it used to be.  (A plain white sports club bar!)  Close up magic was provided by our magician and dress-up photos were taken.

Party nibbles and drinks were themed to circus too.

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Thank you for coming to my party!

Circus Party Goody Bags were in the form of Harrods Circus sweet tins.  Lovely!

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A huge thank you from us to;

Master Zidaan and his family, especially his mother; a party planning Mum With A Vision!

Email, phone calls and a site visit.. we got there.. even via India!

For the trust you put in us to provide a great party.. thank you .. till next time!

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Thanks also to the lovely memories created by Amanda Curd, today’s circus party photographer, who took such great photos and has allowed us to share some of them.

You can see even more on her blog report.

Do you want your own circus party now?

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Circus Party Ingredients.

Circus Entertainment by Bigtopmania.

Circus Party Photography by Amanda Curd.

Circus Party Tea Venue Decor, popcorn cart, face painter and Catering by Toadstool Parties

Circus Party London Marquee Venue by Trevor Bailey Sports Ground, Dulwich College

so.. do you fancy a circus theme birthday party for your child too??

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Wellington Country Park Easter weekend

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Easter at Wellington Country Park

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!)

 

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The morning view at Wellington Country Park, Berkshire

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We stay on site and wake up to a cacophony from the ducks, swans, geese and a host of other animals…

 

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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.
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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

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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!


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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!

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Emmanuel shows us how to do it even with no head?!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.

Hope to see you next year!