Forgotten Fields – festival kids entertainment!

Festival kids entertainment.

It was back to back festivals in early August, Camp Bestival then without a chance to shake the glitter out of our hair we were setting up at FF.

Forgotten Fields (FF if you’re hip) is brought to you by the organisers of long term favourite on the UK festival scene Kendal Calling, which unfortunately clashes with Camp Bestival so we have never managed to get our festival kids entertainment there.

As well as the usual festival kids entertainment we also provided ‘Mr Big’ for a Real Ale bar and ‘Double Cream’ for a magical cabaret tent.

The peek of a tent at #forgottenfields…

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In terms of the Kids Area, due to the booking being not as far in advanced as usual, a lot of our usual team were otherwise engaged. Which gave us a great opportunity to think creatively and work with friends that we haven’t had a chance to book before. We had the usual suspects of Big Bears Big Balloon Disco (BBBBD maybe?), Amy working tirelessly on trapeze workshops, I was bringing my solo Lucas Jet Circus Show which was a great challenge to balance managing the area with performing as well as finding time to occasionally eat.  On Sunday we had a rather brilliant kids talent show with some incredibly amazing participants.


The UK African Acrobats were also on hand to provide a cultural feast of African music, acro and charisma. There was a Bigtopmania debut for the nicest beatboxer you’ll ever meet, Bass6 who we still need to invoice for costs because he blew the roof of our Big Top!

UK African Acrobats Circus show Bass6 Beatboxer keeps children enthralled But we still didn’t have enough acts to fill a day of kids entertainment in the Big Top, what could we do? Queue Kat and Amy’s Kids Zumba (which needs a catchy name for next year). They spent one evening learning dance routines from youtube and you would never have guessed. The parents were shaking it off to Tay Tay and the Bass head toddlers were booty shaking to DJ Fresh. It was one of those give it a go moments but it couldn’t have gone better. We were so proud. festival childrens entertainment area review Outside of the Bigtop we had all the usual bits, circus workshop ongoing with the ever smiling crazy aunt Polly ; ) Interactive Inflatables being abused and bundled by umpteen under 8’s, a limited number of Crazy Bikes tending to let gravity do its thing and rolling them down the hill. The toddler tent was a much needed chill out space for grateful parents who were happy to kick back in the ball pool or eat some lego with their little ones.

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Bigtopmania kid's area at Forgotten Fields trapeze lessons at Forgotten Fields Circus workshops for festivals by Bigtopmania

In the Craft tent we had our most loyal craft family Reasons 2B Cheerful doing their thang as well as providing percussion jam sessions. We also welcomed to the team Gadabout Arts who made this beautiful butterfly site decor along with lots of Origami creations and also Cult Milk who covered just about every element of crafts you could think of (and some you wouldn’t think of) throughout the weekend.

Cult Milk Festival Crafts Origami Barmy

It was my first time running the area without Pete and Anne and even Leo was away in Italy, although I’ve run a lot of one day smaller festivals in the last couple of years, this was a slightly different animal. Due to it being the first year the festival ran, they did not know how popular they would be with families. Had it not been for the sterling effort from our team we would have no doubt been overrun, but everyone pulled together and the feedback below speaks for itself. I’ve printed these out and I carry them round in my wallet now for whenever I’m feeing down.

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And if the various nice comments from these lovely people don’t convince you, you can take a look at what we do in this video that i’ve previously made.

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),

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. 

Half Term Circus Fun

Half term circus fun with PeteZa and Lucas Jet at Dingles!

The February school’s half term saw the Dingles Heritage Fairground experimenting with opening at this time of year for the first time.   Roaring success!

Dingles is an indoor attraction in Devon, managed by the Fairground Heritage Trust.   It is a collection of national importance restoring, maintaining and presenting fairground memoirs and we are lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep.  If in the area it really is worth a visit.

The attraction has lots of museum type exhibits dedicated to fairground history, circus and steam, living vehicles, transport,  rides, stalls, artworks, amusement machines, and a huge indoor fairground with beautiful rides and stalls you can go on.   Yes it’s a trip down memory lane but also has lots of appeal to youngsters.   Prepare to ride!

Dingle's heritage fairground Devon

During this half term week we were asked to provide extra circus skills and entertainment.

For the Valentine’s weekend, PeteZa came in all fired up to celebrate the occasion… Hence the dress style!  Mr Lover Lover!

Peteza Valentine's Day entertainmentPeteza

As well as some circus skills to have a go with, random mini-shows and pop-up entertainments, he  provided a huge range of crazy balloon sculptures obviously with an excess of heart shapes and pink balloons for valentines.

Once the weekend valentines theme was out-of-the-way, the fun continued every day with more balloon twisting, (kiddie life-size alien puppets being very popular) and entertainment.

Alien balloon model

An alien! completely unlike anything seen on earth. And some balloon models!

children's balloon modeller dingles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midweek we switched over and UK Juggler, Lucas Jet carried on the  circus fun with tricks, uni-cycling, giant bubbles, bike stunt peg rides and his space age NineBot (sadly no photos, but you can see a short video here

Lucas didn’t take many photos but here is a nice tweet from one happy customer

Cycling fun at dinglesCircus workshop at Dingles

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Thank again Dingles.  We look forward to bringing you some circus entertainment in the May 2015 Half term week !

As a closing note here is the video that Lucas Jet put together at Dingles over October 2014 Half term, what will May bring?