Imagine Watford 2015 – Arts festival outdoor entertainment

Earlier in the season I was booked to do an evening circus show for the launch night of Imagine Watford at Palace Theatre. It was suggested at the time that if it went well then I would be booked for the summer festival as well to form part of the arts festival outdoor entertainment. Despite the gravity being particularly strong in the room that night, the show must have gone down well as I was booked to perform during the festival as well as bring along Bigtopmania’s famous Crazy Bike roadshow.

First up was the Crazy Bikes day where hundreds of children and adults were engaged throughout the evening in trying all sorts of different wacky bikes, recliners, trikes, unicycles, scooters and unrideable bikes.

  The following week I was back with my Lucas Jet Circus Show! The crowd built itself and even 10 minutes before I was due to start there was already a semi circle of people sat around building an audience which is usually the main thing I get worried about. The people of Watford were obviously used to being entertained and must be a seasoned audience which could have been a good or a bad thing. Luckily both shows went super well. I had so many lovely children coming up afterwards asking for cards or high fives or just wanting to say hello, it was a really lovely couple of shows and I happened to pick some fantastic volunteers for my audience participation bits.


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I have to thank Kate Leach from Watford For You for sharing these great photo with me, people of Watford be sure to check out her instagram to keep updated with whats going down in Watford. Also massive thank you to Jamie Arden and Harriet Mackie for booking me, I had great fun and will hopefully see you next year for more shows and crazy bikes. If you’ve got an outdoor event or cycling festival why not get in touch to discuss the crazy bikes or how a circus show might keep your crowds entertained.

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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!

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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;

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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

 

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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
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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!

crazy bikes camp bestival

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!

Bird Flags site decor

Our Bird Flags

 

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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.