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!

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),

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

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

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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.

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

Giant MegaBall, Huge Beach Ball

Giant MegaBall and Giant inflatable Beach Balls are an oversized,

huge part of the

Bigtopmania stable of Hands-On Play Activities and Entertainments.

We are not talking about National Lottery (never win!) mega balls.. but..

If you are looking for a fun activity for your event;  look no further!

They are serious fun!
Not just simple fun but

HUGE, GIANT, MEGABALLS of Inflatable fun!

Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fun!
So far we have a collection of:

  • Giant 9 ft Beach Balls; That’s an awesome 3m diameter  HUGE giant beach ball!
  • MegaBalls in Red.; 6 ft / 72″ / 1.8m diameter of massive bounce power. Gymnic Megaball 180.
  • MegaBalls in Orange;  5 ft / 60″ / 1.5m diameter of mega bounce power. Gymnic Megaball150.
  • Giant Inflatable Globe; 3 ft /36″ / 1m diameter of Bounce Planet Earth. Togu Globe.
  • MIni Megaballs in Orange 3ft 6Inch/ 48″ / 1.20m diameter to sit on bounce and play.
  • and to add to the inflatable fun; Gymnic Physio Ball.
  • A whole bundle of Space Hoppers, ride-on hoppers (bouncy donkeys, dogs, dinosaurs and horses) and  physio gym balls of various sizes in various colours.
  • Coming Soon! Togu Giant Inflatable Earth-Ball; 6 ft / 2m size HUGE inflatable Planet Earth!
  • Giant Footballs;  6 ft / 2m size bouncing kick power!

BUT WHY?  What’s so good about them?

Why are we raving about the Giant MegaBall?

Put it this way..

A Giant MegaBall can withstand a lot!

The mega balls are made in Europe of thick inflatable material.

The big red is capable of supporting up to 300 kg!!

The big orange is capable of supporting up to 150 Kgs.

They are all tested in the Gymnic factory and made to EU standards.

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You can bounce them, push them, roll them,  climb on them, run at them, float them, get run over by them, levitate them, flip on to them, attack them!   We have seen it all…. kids and adults try everything!

How many times do you see Massive GIANT Beach Balls?

The Giant inflatable beach balls,  3m diameter!  Made in China,  are more lightweight ( and can be popped more easily… but luckily repairable! )  as to be expected and very good for waterborne or aerial games like giant volleyball but still very capable of supporting children on top.

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Believe me!  Children and adults find every way possible to abuse the inflatables and have serious fun while they are doing it!

Educational.

Learning about the planet!

The Inflatable globes are made in Germany and are super strong and very visual.

Learn where you are!

Here in Devon we are pumping up the world and now have the whole world on our doorstep; the whole world in his hands!  On top of the world.. Enough!

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Kidzones.
They are fabulous add-ons to all our other hands on play activities, excellent in our festival kids play areas, great surprises during our theatre circus shows.

The Gymnic mega balls are massive compared to the usual gym balls but it’s great to have all sizes at the same time!

Awesome play!

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Team-Building.
It doesn’t stop there!  The best fun comes from team work.. Hence a great use in non-competitive co-operative games and team building activities.

Many hands make light work!

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Therapy.
As with small gym balls found in gyms all over then world, the mega balls lend themselves to therapeutic use not only in the human world but also in the animal world, especially in the horse world!
Check out this YouTube horse meets mega ball video.

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Risky?
What’s the Risk with MegaBalls?
All events being different we / you have to dynamically assess the situation.

Climbing on them does mean you can fall off them!

(In fact the manufacturer doesn’t recommend climbing on them as you can fall of them…but hey! risk assess and do it carefully)

You don’t want any unsuspecting persons to be literally bowled over!  (They will be when they see them!)
It’s up to the players, parents, children and supervisors to gauge the correct level of excitement and that depends on the aims and objectives as well as the location and abilities.

Avoid sharp objects!

Help each other!

Don’t always use them fully inflated.

I have to say;  The increased fun is reflected in the initial cost of the things!

They really are not cheap toys.. they are EXPENSIVE!   So don’t ever dare to burst them!

Can’t we just have some fun for once?

They make the kids go WOW!
They make the adults go WHAT THE?
They are simply jaw dropping huge GIANT MEGABALLS of bounce!

Take some photos!

Make some space, find a field, have a GIANT MEGABALL party!

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Fabulous Wedding Festival

Fabulous wedding festival;

On 16th of March 2013, Bigtopmania will be taking ‘Strawberries and Cream’ to Muddifords Court country house, Devon where it will act as venue for the catwalk, for the first of its kind Fabulous Wedding Festival.  It’s set to be a brilliant day with lots on display and hopefully our beautiful marquee will inspire some alternative wedding lovers to use our tent as the backdrop to their special day.

  • And indeed it was! Wet but packed with suppliers all brimming with ideas to help younplan your own wedding , be it a festival theme wedding or any other diy, unique or very special wedding .

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