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

 

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

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

The Showman’s Show.

The Showman’s Show.

The Showman’s Show is a long-established trade show for the outdoor events world organised by the Lance family & team.

I have been going to the Showman’s Show at Newbury Showground for many years as there is always something interesting to see or networking to do.

In 2013, I happened to be sitting next to Johnny Lance, one of the organisers, in the cafe and mentioned to him that we would love to be involved in a possible re-launch of the entertainment zone as a focal point for arena acts, wandering artists and event attractions.

You see, in previous years there has been a huge amount and diverse range of entertainment at the show but it had dwindled quite a bit in recent years and lost its focus to some degree as the show had become more and more overtaken by infrastructure; stages, marquees, toilets, water suppliers, generators, manufacturers and event suppliers etc.   That’s brilliant show content for many attendees seeking production content but may have left a gap for other event and festival organisers looking for creative event enhancements.

We don’t operate as an agency, so we didn’t want to simply try to replicate what had gone on in the past.  Hence a collaboration became the order of the day.  A mutually beneficial arrangement evolved whereby we would supply the focal point colourful big top and the organisers would populate it with a variety of acts and attractions suitable for outdoor events.  We would exhibit too to share our wares!

Hence the birth of the;

The Showman’s Show “ACTS & ATTRACTIONS TENT”.

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Wow!  Did it work?  We think so!  What a show!  It was fabulous to team up with so many great entertainers and attractions.  You may have sent the report in Standout magazine.

This was the plan of exhibitors in 2014 ; A fabulously eclectic bunch!   Big Top Puppets, Jez Avery, Titan The Ropbot, The Sheep Show, Hawkwalk, The Welsh  Horse Yeomanry, Circus Whiz, Eight Ray Music, Ferret World, Rockwoood Dog Display Team, Josephs Amazing Camels, Simply The Best Events,  Gary Lee Entertainments, Vertical Trix, Joseph Pearce Stunt Team and of Course… Bigtopmania!  .. not to mention the ever-present stilt walking  Professor Crump and roving  Steve Apelt with his Magical Musical Bike.

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Inside the Acts and Attractions Tent.
Photo from StandOut Magazine

There was a great range of entertainers and acts inside and outside, with human, mechanical and plenty of animal power providing static and roving displays… Titan the Robot and the various animals stole the show!

So good we are doing it again in 2015.

Date for your Diary;

Acts & Attractions Tent 2015,

The Showman’s Show, Newbury Showground.

21 & 22 October 2015.

We will be putting in an even bigger tent but space will be limited so if you want to exhibit it would be a good idea to get in soon.

 Acts, artists, attractions; BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW!

Here are some more images from the Showman’s Show  Acts and Attractions tent area 2014.

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If you want to come and talk to us, see the show, browse the event… book the date;  its free!

#showmansshow #bigtopmania #actsandattractions #showmans2015

We hope to see you there at the Bigtopmania Showman’s Show Acts & Attractions Tent 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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Giant 1m Inflatable Globe Giant 2m Earthball
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!

oirange Megaball team building at school Giant Togu EarthBall team buildingorange giant mega ball team building

 

 

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.

horse mega ball megaball

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!

Post by Bigtopmania.

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.

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Crazy Inflatables. We have a few!

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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

mega bounce ball

Mega Bounce at Rewind festival

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

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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.