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.
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.)
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.
Audience; Volunteers for trapeze act and knife throwers assistant!
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.
Hands On Activities / Circus-skills;
guests could indulge in after the show:
tightrope and slack-line
unicycling and wobbly wheels
trapeze and aerial hoop
target knife throwing
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!
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“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!
Zidaan’s 5th birthday circus party;
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.
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!
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!
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.
Lucas Jet brought some ball juggling funk to the show as well as cigar boxes and unicycling finale.
Princess Leonie was on hand for the glamour with her circus hula hoop routine and a trapeze act. Beautiful!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Thank you for coming to my party!
Circus Party Goody Bags were in the form of Harrods Circus sweet tins. Lovely!
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!
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.
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!)
The morning view at Wellington Country Park, Berkshire
We stay on site and wake up to a cacophony from the ducks, swans, geese and a host of other animals…
Luxury Circus Campsite!
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.
Sardines comes to mind!
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
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!
china plate spinning
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!
Emmanuel shows us how to do it even with no head?!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.