A sub-category of alternative weddings that deserves a special mention because we just love them.
Browse for case studies of other like minded couples who have created their own festival theme wedding in the past. Get inspired then be prepared to put in some graft for all the finishing touches.
Bigtopmania pride ourselves on providing an authentic festival wedding experience. Countless couples have recreated their favourite festival memories whilst surrounded by friends and families, dancing the night away with the colourful backdrop of one of our big tops. Many moons ago one loving couple must have turned to each other at a festival and said wouldn’t this be a great place to get married. Well we’re very grateful that they did, as festival theme weddings popularity grows so does our appetite for providing extraordinary wedding days for imaginative couples.
We have provided our candy-striped marquees to two separate lucky couples that actually held their weddings on Worthy Farm, we can’t provide this site but we can give you all the necessary event infrastructure to set your festival theme wedding on the right path. With a little help from your friends and imaginative table decor, there is no limit to watch you can achieve on your big day.
We love the freedom that comes with a festival wedding. There are endless possibilities and variations on the theme, you can go stripped back and rent a farmers field with a street food vendor, an outdoor handfasting ceremony and a small tent for late night dancing. A circle of tents with your friends and a full weekend camping will be the dream wedding scenario for many people.
Or you can go all out, ramping things up a little we’ve seen couples re-create their favourite festival venue. Spend months building pallet furniture and getting your mother-in-law to make 100’s of metres of bunting. There are so many reasons for a festival wedding.
At Bigtopmania we aim to provide quality affordable circus entertainment, circus shows, plus acts and artists for all occasions. We pay attention to details and treat every audience the same whether we are performing to 20 people or 200 people. The same energy and love goes into all our performances as this is where we come alive and the reason we got into this business.
Performing and teaching at country parks, RHS gardens, festivals, schools, corporate events and community engagement. There are so many ways that circus can spread happiness and excitement.
Circus shows can be performed in our circus tents but we are equally comfortable at indoor or outdoor locations. We tailor the show to fit your theme and budget, working with you to create high impact circus entertainment that will amaze your guests and provide a focal point for your event.
Shows can last from 10 minutes to 1.5 hours and could be a one man show or a full cast of circus performers. It all depends on what you’re trying to create and that is why each event is considered carefully as no two events are the same. Not many companies offer a self contained circus show tailor made to your budget that delivers big laughs and all the thrills and spills of the big top but that’s exactly what we aim to put out.
Maybe you’re looking to book a circus themed company away day for your employees? Perhaps it’s a summer bbq that needs some ongoing entertainment, a music festival, a sports event? So many different events enjoy our circus experience.
So why stop at just watching the circus, time to get involved. Bigtopmania has all the resources to provide a full day of circus theme entertainment to engage adults as well as children.
Company away days
Do you have training to deliver or a conference and you need some entertainment in between times. We’ve often been tasked with putting on a circus show and then engaging a range of different age professionals, so we have to bring something extra exciting, challenging and up tempo.
Think beyond just traditional circus skills like learning to juggle, this is the baseline. We aim to give you something slightly extraordinary; think knife throwing, trapeze workshops, trick rope lessons, unicycle lessons and tight wire sessions. The video below is a good example of a circus day that we provided to a large company for a conference weekend. You can read all about what we supplied in this article.
We recently booked Bigtopmania for our client’s corporate family fun day.
Lucas was a delight to deal with leading up to the event and made his recommendations based on our Brief. During the event both Lucas and Jony gave a couple of the most memorable performances capturing and interacting with the audience. Lots of fun and very very entertaining.
Accompanied by Amy running circus workshops and the trapeze rig and Lucy the wonderful balloon artist.
We hope to work with them again … and would highly recommend.
Lou Brind, Fision Ltd
On an individual performer basis we have sent circus performers for performances in Nigeria and Hong Kong as well as the Middle East. As a company there are a couple of highlights of recent years that stick in the mind. Performing and providing most of the event infrastructure at Channel 4’s Supervet’s incredible circus theme Christmas party.
Delivering numerous tents and several circus performances at Richard Branson’s house in Oxfordshire for an extra special employee reward day.
Most of all we enjoy performing our shows to packed tents on sunny weekends at Wellington Country Park where we have been booked for the last 25 years as well as some super special moments at the likes of Camp Bestival and Shambala.
In homes, halls, gardens, parks and more, Bigtopmania as Circus party planners have organised and entertained at hundreds of different circus parties across the UK. We arrange parties for all ages literally from babies to grandparents. No one is too young to have a big top circus party as seen at this amazing London based party for Zidaan.
We love being part of big family celebrations. Numerous times over the years we have helped to arrange a family birthday celebrating dad’s 60th, daughters 21st and younger brothers 18th. What a great excuse to hold a mini festival with all the generations intermingling together.
Circus is a timeless theme, some people choose to do fancy dress, some stay formal. The contrast between formal against the backdrop of circus tents is a great photo opportunity. If you’re inclined to fancy dress we can assure you it does set the party off. You as the host can lead the way as ring mistress or ring master. There is no greater ice breaker than your guests turning up dressed as chimps and strongmen or bearded ladies, it really does start the party right.
We like to think our customers love us because of the attention to details we put into every party and our friendly team of workers.
It’s not just private parties though as we help plan and supply to large scale corporate circus theme events like this one. The mainstream success and obsession with The Greatest Showman has played its part in making circus parties very on trend. There’s a whole generation of children that are super fans but it’s popular across the board and we are more than happy to help customers deliver on their theme.
For large scale corporate events we pull out all the stops and pool our resources with other event companies who can do the next level up in terms of sound and lighting or furniture.
That being said for 99% of clients we are a one stop circus party shop. We are one of very few companies that can supply beautiful big tops in a range of colours and sizes appropriate to both private garden parties and large public events and festivals whilst providing all the necessary event infrastructure to make your party a success and hassle free in terms of organising.
As no party is the same, at the simpler end we can do one man circus or clown shows and hands on circus skills packages. For larger scale parties if you want full circus experience we provide top quality authentic circus entertainment from our own team of talented performers, think glamorous hula hoop artists and charismatic jugglers, jaw dropping acrobatic performances from our Ghanian guys or fiercely strong trapeze artists and you won’t believe your eyes levels of contortionists.
Private circus themed birthday parties are often in London, Surrey, Essex, Sussex and the Home Counties’ but we consider every enquiry carefully and operate from our base in the South West UK.
We work in all sorts of situations and at all kinds of events and have a large range of resources and lots of great artists from which we can produce tailor-made, bespoke packages.
Children’s circus parties might have a focus towards making the birthday child the star of the show, along with others. We aim to put on a show that’s geared towards the whole family so it’s a circus experience for you to enjoy together. Plenty of clowning around with enough circus magic to wow the parents as well. At almost every children’s party we host the feedback is the same from guest parents ‘this is the best children’s party we’ve ever been to.’
Don’t let the kids have all the fun. We do circus parties for adults too!
This category includes 18th’s, 21st’s, and all the proper adult parties as well. Circus is a fantastic theme to get everyone dressed up and looking glamorous. No better way to set the theme off but with real circus performers in a circus big top.
Circus performers can perform in any venue whether you have a big top or not, their skill and dexterity will astound your guests and help break the ice in the early stages of a party.
For a full-page of Circus shows ideas and photos of some of what we’ve done, go to the full circus show page.
As well as the circus side of things we also operate as a marquee rental company in the more conventional sense. Providing marquees and big tops as a pop up venue solution to a number of different sectors, private and public events.
These guys are awesome. We’ve had them three times at our place now and they have pulled out all the stops every time. Whether it’s the wickedly rad stripey big top or the classique wedding style of the creamy canvas they’ve always looked amazing. Also the team are machines, Super efficient and literally throw them up in all weather and they couldn’t be nicer to deal with. Without wanting to be the most effusive person on the internet lets just say i’d highly recommend Pete and Big Top.
Katherine Regan, Welcombe, Google review
We regularly install big tops for Oxford University Balls as well as previous events at St Andrews University and smaller installations at Cambridge and Durham University.
Military Balls organisers love to use our tents to host the ultimate Greatest Showman theme celebration. Event organisers enjoy working with us as we can provide so much infrastructure from one place. Whether that’s the marquees, the lighting, flooring, heating and dancefloors. Cutting down on the number of suppliers saves costs, saves time and simplifies your task as a planner.
‘’I organised a Greatest Showman Themed Army Summer Ball and hired a Bigtop from Pete at Bigtopmania, the marquee was wonderful. It looked amazing and all of the guests were really impressed. Also, Pete was superb, very friendly, professional and couldn’t do enough for us. The team that turned up to put the marquee up were super efficient and very friendly young men.
I very highly recommend them.’’
Michelle Carr, Google review
Our canvas marquees are a popular choice for weddings and events with a more traditional theme. As an example we have been providing champagne reception tents to Nevil Holt Opera house in Northamptonshire for the last 7 years. The canvas marquees are more in keeping with the ‘country chic’ and vintage theme.
We provide big tops as dry hire venues to a number of different festivals. We’re a popular choice for medium sized festivals as our big tops can be installed quickly and we don’t use forklifts or HGV’s. Our biggest big top can accommodate 1000 people and works in a modular system so you can add middle sections. They go from 1 pole right upto 6 poles. A lovely way to work with an event is to grow with you. The first year, you book with us might only be a 3 pole but the year after you might decide you need a bigger capacity and book the 4 pole version.
We quite often provide a number of colourful structures to a festival. This gives some consistency to the landscape of the event and gives you the bones of a bright and exciting festival from the day we have installed.
‘’We have worked with Bigtopmania for 7 years now and they are a delight to work with. Excellent value for money, quality tents, delivered and installed with ease and a smile. Long may our collaboration continue! Pete and his team are highly recommended.’’
Emma Twamley, Director.
Bigtopmania have been contributing in one way or another to hundreds of weddings for many years. Back in 1994, Pete and Anne, our company directors, got married with jugglers passing clubs across the doorway as they came out of the registry office. Fast forward to 2016, their son Lucas married Amy on a Yurt farm using our big tops, they had a swing dance lesson and circus performers during the reception.
Of course by this time the quirky wedding trend was well and truly alive, young couples across the country are exploring new options and as mentioned above, alternative weddings are not so alternative anymore, not in our world anyway.
We only take on so many weddings, so they all get individual attention and are not simply a rolled out package . We tailor everything to your needs, preferences and locational factors. We expect you to have a big input too and have loved all the different styles and approaches we see.
‘’Bigtopmania were a joy to work with. We hired a 12m round candy cane big top for a circus themed wedding, it was a real centerpiece! Thanks Pete and the gang for helping create a truly magical event.’’
In fairness we don’t just cater to alternative weddings anymore. Our beautiful canvas tent caters more to the country chic and nods to traditional marquees but with a contemporary twist.
For a splash of colour or a stylish take on traditional canvas have a browse though some of our real wedding posts and tents on offer.
It’s fair to say we have earned ourselves a reputation as the go to choice for festival children’s areas. The festivals we work with have consistently won ‘best family festival awards’ at the Festival Awards and we like to think we play a significant part in that.
Our aim is to create a festival within a festival specifically catering to families. The area is always bustling with live entertainment whether that’s puppet shows, clown shows, or theatre companies & circus.
There’s tonnes of hands-on activities that are all provided in house by Bigtopmania. We bring mega balls, interactive crazy monster inflatables, slack lines and trapeze workshops. We bring bubbles and put on bubble shows, we bring big balloons and coined the term big balloon disco. At certain festivals it’s cemented in peoples weekend schedule year on year, even when their kids have outgrown it!
The Bigtopmania circus show is often a highlight in peoples line up. It might be the first festival as a family, and the first exposure to circus so our friendly atmosphere and close up experience is a wonderful memory for lots of families that often return year on year to see the show.
I couldn’t recommend Big Top Mania highly enough. The entertainment they put on for the whole family is just amazing and great value for money. They put a lot of effort into their acts making them special and unique for each event. Pete and the team really know how to put on a good show, they have a great energy and people always go away smiling. We look forward to working with them again.
They also supply brilliant marquees.
Every festival is different and packages vary across different events, but the DNA of a Bigtopmania children’s area will be with us at every festival we are at. You will see the same familiar faces and we take joy from spending a couple of hours with a family once a year, every year for several years. Creating strange friendships where you’ve known a family for 5 years or so but don’t know their name whilst instantly recognising their face.
‘’Hullabaloo wouldn’t be the same without Bigtopmania, they have joined us for the past 3 years , bringing circus and cycle craziness . They are very professional and flexible in all outdoor conditions, great with the audience .We love the circus marquees, having the red/yellow marquees makes our event stand out , they are always clean and look brand new, great value for money. We recommend Pete and his team for all events, big and small, book them ,you won’t find a better company’’
We love spending our whole weekend at an event and immersing ourselves in the fabric of the event. Our summer is and has always been mapped out by a few key weekends across July and August. These events are on our calendar year after year and we give first priority to our loyal bookers. It’s nice knowing our weekend diaries are full, and it’s nice for the organisers to know they don’t have to find new suppliers each year.
There are plenty of marquee companies providing traditional white marquees for smaller events and plenty of big big top companies providing for large festival venues. So for anyone that’s planning private parties, weddings, or anything with a capacity from 30 people to 1000 people we are one of the main suppliers. Particularly with the range of ancillary equipment and variety of structures we can provide.
Bigtopmania provides big top hire with small to medium size marquees from 5 Sqm to 400 Sqm with multiple style variations. We have a range of colours to suit different tastes and themes. Our most popular wedding marquee is the Red and White Big Top which we refer to as ‘Strawberries & Cream’ range. Customers love that it nods to circus and quirky style but is an easy colour scheme to work with and looks incredible in photos.
For those seeking a more traditional style with a modern twist. We have the lovely petal tent which we refer to as ‘Scoopy’. Let’s face it a circus tent isn’t for every occasion, so Scoopy is available to hire for those themes that call for an all white contemporary look. It’s all white canvas material meaning less PVC and reduced plastic use which is obviously something we are all striving for.
Our tents are obviously more baby big top than massive big top but they certainly have enough wow factor to give the atmosphere of a real circus tent. We find for the majority of our events, enjoy the intimate atmosphere that our tents create, whether that’s in a gig capacity recreating the smaller venue vibe that bands love to play to or for weddings and parties where you want to feel like you’re filling the space and don’t want to risk having big empty areas.
We work mainly with long wheel base vans and trailers rather than HGV’s so we are able to install in harder to reach areas or in back gardens with small gates etc.
The tents are mostly designed and built in the UK to EU standards and are based on traditional pole tent designs with modern ergonomic styles. Safety is a priority in all operations and prefer to work in smaller teams of long term workers than a large team. This means we might be there a while but we will be the same friendly faces each time you book us.
Bigtopmania has lots of ancillary equipment to enhance your event so that it becomes one package. We have a huge range of event lighting and decor, we provide carpet or matting, dancefloors and heaters. We tend to work with local suppliers for furniture but do keep a stock of basic chairs and tables for simpler parties.
Our big tops and marquees are regularly used for bars, comedy stages, children’s areas and cafes at UK festivals. They are in constant demand for festival weddings and even the occasional circus theme wedding. Speaking of circus, with the rise of Greatest Showman came a huge upshoot in enquiries for circus theme events. There is no better way to make your Greatest Showman event stand out than to host it in a beautiful big top. It’s not just companies that are hosting GS events, children’s parties with big tops as the venue are a popular choice for London and the Home Counties. Adults are not to be left behind and enjoy the theme as an excuse to get dressed up. We love seeing our clients ideas come to life as they party in style with a big top as the backdrop.
Browse the blog or call for more details as we would like to help with your circus tent or big top hire requirements.
From small circus skills workshops for community festivals to corporate events teaching circus to hundreds of employees. It’s sometimes just a solo performer circus party, or perhaps it’s a showpiece 50th birthday with roaming circus performers.
We do baby big top shows for smaller festivals and we go right through to full-cast circus shows in our beautiful bigger big top!
Rather than being a travelling team we create shows tailor made to your budget and specifications and often return year on year to the same events with new routines but the same familiar faces.
If it’s a full cast big top show you are looking for then you are in the right place. We are actually quite a rare company that holds both authentic circus traditions at its heart but blends this with mainstream event expertise. The benefit to you is that you can deal with one point of contact when booking the circus tent and the performers, one of the many advantages of this is reducing the multiple lines of communication that can quickly escalate when coordinating an event.
Our performers using their own rigging in familiar settings leads to a smoother installation and performance. This gives you the peace of mind to know that your event will be a hassle free success.
With a network of performers and artists that we regularly work with we can cater to any vision and budget.
It might be that you are looking for super strong aerialists performing ambient trapeze during your dinner, an aerial hoop artist to pose for pictures or a silks artist to add a flash of colour and grace to your event backdrop, but why stop there…
We provide showstopping cyr wheel artists that put on jaw dropping acrobatic feats, regulars at our events are a team of Ghanian Acrobats and contortionists guaranteed to provide unique photo opportunities and instagram moments, speaking of moments…
We’ve even had a tight-rope walker rigged to walk over a water feature at a clients home whilst playing the fiddle. A super special moment for all involved.
How about something more obscure? Have you seen someone walking on top of a ladder bouncing 7 juggling balls on the floor? Neither have we, but he’s working on it.
You might be looking for unicyclists to roam around your event delivering champagne? If this captures your imagination then you are in the right place. Perhaps this has triggered a thought process and you’ve got ideas coming out of your ears. Drop us a detailed message and let us know how we can sparkle some circus magic over your celebration.