MUTA StructureSafe Training

MUTA StructureSafe Training

Bigtopmania Team 2019 all with MUTA StructureSafe training
Bigtopmania’s main marquee install team 2019

We train our staff with MUTA StructureSafe Training!

Continual CPD is important for our safety culture and our staff development.

We aim for the safety and best working practices but we are human so accidents can happen despite all precautions. Pray nothing serious ever happens!

MUTA StructureSafe Training.

You want to know that we are competent to do our marquee or circus installation work.

Our core team have done the MUTA StructureSafe Training full day course and everyone has done  StructureSafe online course.

These courses instruct on the essentials of health and safety and are specific to the marquee work we do;  planning,  loading, installing, monitoring, collecting, unloading.

Our certificates are below.

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We have also variously done Electrical training courses ( electrical event planning, Electrical Pat Testing, BS7909 Temporary Electrical Systems courses), Safety Passport Training, Child Protection courses, First aid courses, Driving and trailer tests.

We will be doing more and we do our best to keep abreast of developments regarding health and safety and good working practice.

NATIONAL LAWS AND OPERATIONAL SAFETY GUIDANCE.

When it comes to marquee and temporary structure work, of course there are the national laws and regulations  like the health and safety at work act HSWA , LOLLER  and PUWER regulations.

Operationally, method statement and risk assessment wise  we defer to the industry specific operational guidance provided by :

We collate and curate  lots of our own documents and a library of information both in the office, on location and online at our Bigtopmania Health and Safety Page . 

Marquee work, being temporary structures now comes under Building regulations, CDM 2015.

During the event planning phase we will send you many documents and advice.

We will need to know the install area is safe to work in for all parties.

When we have finished your installation we will provide you with a thorough structural checklist and sign off using the Safety Culture I Auidtor App.

Here are our MUTA StructureSafe Training Certificates;

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Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-AnneWintercrane

Muta_StructureSafe_Certificate-Francesco Torriani

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StructureSafe_Certificate-HarrisonJohnson

and

Bigtopmania safety passports

What a team! Some of the 2018 Marquee install team.

University Event Marquee Hire – Circus Big Tops & colourful tents

If you are thinking of university marquee hire, or for any other academic or student event propose,  white clear-span frame marquees are lovely of course and they can create incredible, large indoor spaces for fantastic events.

But why not add a unique touch and step out from the crowd!  Grab some colour! Boost your event theme and visibility!

Are you planning next years College Summer Ball,  Student awards ceremony, Open day, PTA Function, School fete,  Theatre production or  Freshers fairs?

You may well need one of our tents!  Or even some entertainment!

Bigtopmania have been lucky enough to work all around the country for various colleges, schools and universities.

In recent years this has included 3 trips to Scotland for St Andrews’s Big Top Balls with mammoth circus tent installs;  various Oxford and Cambridge University summer balls, Bristol University, Birmingham University,  Colleges including Bedfordshire, Chichester,  Schools including Harrow.

It seems our alternative is proving to be a popular option for university and college event marquee hire…we are currently in talks with University of Northampton for a Feb 2018 event.

Summer 2017 schools, colleges and University marquee hire fun & frolics…a few recent events!

Most recently we supplied 2 brand new colourful circus tents/big tops to Bristol University for their fresher’s event on The Downs. The brightly coloured 12m round with new 8 foot walls for larger feeling space and a brand new 6x12m traditional marquee.  The 2 tie in nicely to each other but helped to give the event a colourful focal point in the middle of their site.

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Earlier in the season the boys had a good journey up to Cambridge for a short days work where only the roof of a fairly small open-sided tent was required as a bit of sun/rain shelter and also to add to their circus and funfair theme at the Newnham College Garden Party.

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At Chichester College we supplied the large red and yellow tent for their student induction week and Principal’s address.

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At Newport School in Barnstaple we supplied a large 400 seater theatre tent for various activities, children theatre show and the school’s anniversary. A small dressing room tent was installed behind therein one.

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For Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth  College student awards ceremony 2016 we supplied a large 500 seater red and white tent which they all used for the student ball after..

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At Dumpton School in Dorset, we supplied a lovely tent with patriotic theme and circus  trapeze  rig for their PTA summer ball.

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At Harrow school we supplied for about the 7th time, a marquee for the Grove boarding houses leaver’s meal.

For Leighton Park School in Reading in Feb 17, we supplied a selection of linked tents for their GCSE drama production of WoyZeck. Fabulous photo album here.

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Casting the mind further back to last year, the team were working hard in Oxford in the beautiful grounds but pouring rain!  We even had a very close call with a lightening strike.  For a rather large  Oxford university marquee hire  install at Wadham College Wonderland ball of 4 Big Tops and various small tents.. What a beautiful event.

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Whilst  here you will see a 5 pole Red and White Big Top supplied to Bristol University Wills Hall Founders Ball for the welcome drinks reception at their 2016 summer ball.  Let’s hope there was lots of drinks and lots of people to be welcomed!

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Planning a University Event in 2018?

Please do get in touch as soon as possible, a lot of dates are already taken up for 2018 with weddings and festivals being every present in our schedule, but we will do our best to fit you in and add some circus sparkle to your event!

 

Marquee Hire Cornwall

Marquee Hire Cornwall.

Kernow Marquee Hire!
Cornish Marquees!

Are you looking for interesting marquees for your event in Cornwall or Devon?

We live there and offer a huge range of interesting tents and event equipment for rent especially for marquee hire Cornwall!

Bigtopmania is based on the Devon side of the  River Tamar border (border!?) pretty much in the centre of Devon and Cornwall near Launceston.
We live in Devon but have a Cornwall postcode but are only 45 mins from Exeter and Truro, so are centrally placed to supply marquees and event equipment to events and weddings in both Cornwall and Devon, as well as far away.
Literally in fields further away!

Marquee Hire Cornwall.

Are we a Cornish marquee hire company or a Devon marquee hire company.  Does it matter? We rent marquee and event equipment throughout the area.

We are certainly a south-west marquee hire company with our marquee hire Cornwall install team based mainly from Plymouth to Bristol.

We go almost anywhere and take our marquee hire services to rustic country weddings, garden parties, birthday parties, coastal celebrations, boutique arts festivals, music festivals, town and country events, outdoor events, theatrical events,  agricultural shows and a host of other event styles, let alone tv and film production supplies. 

For Cornwall wedding marquees, we are totally on tend with rustic theme weddings, festival weddings, circus weddings, alternative weddings, unusual weddings, boutique weddings, bijou weddings, DIY weddings, theme weddings, rock and roll weddings colourful weddings, red and white weddings; any more?

We mostly have colourful marquees and try not being old school with the flouncy white marquee linings, up lighters and chandeliers type of package though there is undoubtably a place for them still.

Looking for circus tents? Vintage marquees? Sailcloth marquees? Candy striped marquees? Canvas marquees? Pagoda marquees? Free standing marquees ? Mini marquees? Baby big tops?

Let’s concentrate on memorable events and exciting, creative weddings!

We have a lot to offer the event sector in Cornwall and enjoy working on our doorstep!  Bring on those cliff top coastal weddings!

Our event equipment includes:  marquees, flooring, furniture, dance floor, lighting, electrics, decor, theme props, circus equipment, entertainers and hands on play activities.
If we don’t have it there are some excellent local event suppliers we can recommend to complement our services.

We are more than happy to work with other wedding and event suppliers and between us we can create all you need or if you prefer to add your own styling flourishes you can decorate to your heart’s content, stamping you unique style on the marquee.

In practice, it’s the joint efforts that create magnificent memorable events:

Marquee Hire for a Festival in Cornwall

may only want the marquee with no extras as a venue and then add all the other sound, lighting, creative elements themselves. (  nb. We prefer being more involved ).

Private Party Marquee Hire Cornwall

may need party tent hire and then select various other marquee accessories  or do a lot of DIY.  It can be simple and budget or spectacular.. Or spectacular at any budget!

A Wedding Marquee in Cornwall

needs a lot of thought, creativity and time to plan.  There are so many things to consider to make the day work well and we are very happy to help.  Our booking forms contain many useful items that we can supply.

Marquee venues and hire locations in Cornwall

are everywhere. Private land, festival venues, camp sites, wedding venues, estates and  manor houses, council lands, cliff tops and many coastal views.

Below are some images of marquee rentals in Cornwall over the last few years.

Marquee venues at The Masked Ball, Porthleven.

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dj dance tent at Masked Ball 2015

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Dance tent at Masked ball 2016

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Masked Ball main stage 2015

 

 

 

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Masked ball main stage install 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s marquee play area at Camelford Show 2016.

Marquee hire at Camelford show

children’s mini circus tent at Camelford show.

Community event big top hire Baamfest in Bude, North Cornwall 2016.

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Punch and Judy in Bude Baam festival marquee

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colourful 6 x 6m pagoda tent as crafts tent

 

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children’s Punch andJjudy show in marquee

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Bude Festival Main stage 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Dressing rooms at Boardmaster’s Festival 2016, Newquay.

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VIP tent at Boardmaster’s Festival.

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9 x 21m canvas marquee at Watergate Bay 2014

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9 x 21m VIP tent installed on cliff top 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late night marquee venue at Port Eliot Festival, (official festival photos).

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Port Eliot Festival late night venue 2016 official photo

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Port Eliot festival late night marquee

 

Circus Film Shoot: “Dark Clowns”

Circus Film Shoot.

Big Top Marquees for Film and TV Production.

Especially for a circus film shoot.

Look here for the “Dark Clowns” student short film.

Earlier in the year during Feb 2015, we were contacted by Kas Braganza,  Film and Television Producer, BA Acting for Film & TV, Arts Educational Schools  Chiswick,  London.

They had  various student films to  complete for the 3rd Year 3-year BA Acting Graduates final degree show reels.   See all the  Arts Ed student films 2015 here.

There was one particular student film that needed a circus location; the short film “Dark Clowns”.

The student films are very short simple pieces.  The students act in the films and crew them, although they have a professional cameraman, director and first assistant in order to ensure they run as smoothly and professionally as possible.  The Arts Ed School is a charity funded educational facility and the films are intended only for those purposes and to assist the students with obtaining their degrees and gaining future employment from agents.   A final piece for their portfolio.  It involved shooting some scenes on location.

The scenes needed were for a short film set in a circus and required shooting the following :
Inside a  dressing room at night.
Inside a canteen at night.
Behind a curtain at night.
Outside a marquee at night.

I sent Kas various images of previous film and TV work  with our tents and some ideas of how we could help and during March we installed a tent on location in London outskirts.  ( A country house location that previously had been the Studio and location for much of The Professionals TV series.  We provided various extras and circus props to enhance the scene.

I must say, I quite like the result and the film!

In pictures; here are some stills and location pics. With thanks to Arts Ed.

 

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And so;  ta da! ..another link to the actual film.. its fun.. watch it on Vimeo here.

 

Good luck to all involved in their future careers.

Dark Clowns

Dark Clowns from Alex Millan on Vimeo.

Dark Clowns

Ching: Alex Millan
Chong: Philip Tomlin

Director: Wayne Yip
Writer: Gail Sixsmith
DOP: Ossie Jalkanen
1st AD: Bella Merritt
Editor: Robbie Hamilton
Sound Editor: Adam Newns
Producer: Kas Braganza
Exec Producer: Caroline Jeffries

Marquee and some of the circus Props:  Bigtopmania on location Circus Film Shoot Tv and Film Production supplier.

If you want the knowledge about tv and film production suppliers especially with regard to supplying alternative marquees and circus tents or circus props and circus performers get in touch with us at  Bigtopmania for your next circus film shoot.

North Devon wedding marquees

This is just a quick post because we just received some lovely pictures from Bristol Bride Elizabeth King.

North Devon wedding marquees

We set this wedding up at at a beautiful cottage complex in High Bickington, North Devon.

Our red and white ‘Strawberries & Cream‘ has always been massively popular for quirky couples that want to step away from the traditional white.

This is a slightly unusual wedding as well, in that they hired our plain plastic chairs which are not ordinarily appropriate for weddings but with a little DIY decor they turned out great and really complete the theme (the theme was actually no theme, according to the groom!)

Be sure to check out Ana Parker photography for some more lovely wedding shots all the way from Portugal!

Red and White Circus Wedding

Ana Parker Algarve and destination wedding photographer Devon Countryside Wedding

champagne tent for circus wedding

Ana Parker Algarve and destination wedding photographer Devon Countryside Wedding

Quirky alternative marquee for circus wedding

Ana Parker Algarve and destination wedding photographer Devon Countryside Wedding

Quirky alternative marquee for circus wedding

Ana Parker Algarve and destination wedding photographer Devon Countryside Wedding

Big Top Circus wedding in Devon

Ana Parker Algarve and destination wedding photographer Devon Countryside Wedding