Big Top Days in Schools

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Big Top Days for Schools

Big Top Days include Shows in our Big Tops for up to 300, plus Circus Skills Workshops, either structured or drop in style. Suitable for Events, Schools, Festivals, Parties etc. all we need is a piece of level, well drained grass for the tent.

Comedy Circus Shows

Big Top Days in Schools include Shows in the tent for the whole school. Our Shows are Comedy Circus, with lots of audience participation and hilarious for children AND teachers alike (or so we're told) Shows can be up to an hour long and up to three performances per day. We have several teams of performers so we can come back year after year and keep things fresh.

Circus Workshops

The Big Top Day also includes Circus Skills Workshops. They can be structured, for school days, in which case we can run workshops in up to three spaces at once and for up to 35 children in each workshop. For weekend events we run a drop in style workshop outside, which can continue even while the Shows are on if necessary. Skills can include Juggling, Plate spinning, Diabolo, Devilstick, Poi, beginners Stilts, Hula hoop and lots more.
  • Wharton Primary School
    ​“WOW, what amazing day we had from start to finish. Jon, Neil and Rosie arrived on time and were amazing. The children absolutely loved them and the warm bubbly personalities. The feedback we have had from children, staff and parents has been outstanding. with one child saying " This was the best day of his life and he will never forget it" Thank you so much we will be booking you again.”
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    St. Bede’s, Durham
    ​“Pete and Gary that came to school today were fantastic! Professional, flexible, funny and extremely talented they engaged children and adults alike and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day as well as learned to do something new. I will be highly recommending Circus Sensible to colleagues.”
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    Kadampa Primary, Burton
    “Thanks for giving the children and teachers a great morning. Jon was fantastic he was able to hold the attention of even the youngest children the whole time, and teachers were able to relax and enjoy the show and workshop. There were activities that all ages of children could try.”
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    West View Primary, Hartlepool
    ​Hi Clive, I just wanted to let you know that the circus skills training that Pete did with our Year One classes yesterday was absolutely fantastic! The children really enjoyed themselves and other teachers have been telling me today how well our demonstrators did in the assembly. Please pass our thanks and enthusiasm onto Pete :)
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    Haywood Academy, Burslem
    As a part of our reward structure, we invited your circus in. The organisation was excellent and over 600 students were completely gripped by your antics! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to other high schools. Brilliant!
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    Repton Manor Primary, Kent
    "Tim was extremely entertaining and kept the whole schools attention during our assembly. The pupils that got a chance to put some PE skills into practise by trying a few circus tricks. Very enjoyable for both the children and adults"
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    Royal Hospital, Glasgow
    "A huge thanks to Jon and Kyle who were brilliant with the children and 'big kids' too! As you said they really worked round us and enabled the day to be relaxed and fun. The two guys kept things moving along for the children and got everyone involved. You may have new recruit to help with your annual festival in Scotland. Shuna, one of our play therapists does circus skills too and was chatting to Jon and Kyle. Great how these days pan out....... Thanks again"
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    Brandeston Hall, Suffolk
    "A fantastic 3 hours was enjoyed by both pupils and staff alike. James was very personable and managed to keep all of the pupils focussed throughout the whole session. The pupils will be talking about the event for some time yet"
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    Spalding High, Lincs
    "This is the second event recently and you did a great job (we will send you copies of the evaluations) Kyle & Obby were particularly good and really engaged with the children and the parents, everyone has made comments of how funny they were and the children were kept captivated. The show they put on at the end kept everyone focused especially the children (this is some achievement as some of the children have attention deficit disorder). Could not say enough about these guys really entertaining and would definitely use again"
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    By the Bridge, Scotland
    "I just wanted to feedback to you following the workshop last week. We were really pleased with the workshop. Obby managed the young people really well. As you may be aware we are a fostering organisation so all of the young people in attendance are currently living with Foster Parents. They can be challenging at times and when together in a group this can heighten the behaviours they exhibit. Obby showed the young people how to use all the different equipment clearly and with humour. He spent time with those that struggled and encouraged them when necessary. He was able to sense when to move things along and made sure that everyone felt included, even staff! At the end of the day, young people had the opportunity to show Foster Parents what they had learnt which was lovely to see"
  • Wharton Primary School
    ​“WOW, what amazing day we had from start to finish. Jon, Neil and Rosie arrived on time and were amazing. The children absolutely loved them and the warm bubbly personalities. The feedback we have had from children, staff and parents has been outstanding. with one child saying " This was the best day of his life and he will never forget it" Thank you so much we will be booking you again.”
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    St. Bede’s, Durham
    ​“Pete and Gary that came to school today were fantastic! Professional, flexible, funny and extremely talented they engaged children and adults alike and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day as well as learned to do something new. I will be highly recommending Circus Sensible to colleagues.”
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    Kadampa Primary, Burton
    “Thanks for giving the children and teachers a great morning. Jon was fantastic he was able to hold the attention of even the youngest children the whole time, and teachers were able to relax and enjoy the show and workshop. There were activities that all ages of children could try.”
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    West View Primary, Hartlepool
    ​Hi Clive, I just wanted to let you know that the circus skills training that Pete did with our Year One classes yesterday was absolutely fantastic! The children really enjoyed themselves and other teachers have been telling me today how well our demonstrators did in the assembly. Please pass our thanks and enthusiasm onto Pete :)
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    Haywood Academy, Burslem
    As a part of our reward structure, we invited your circus in. The organisation was excellent and over 600 students were completely gripped by your antics! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to other high schools. Brilliant!
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    Repton Manor Primary, Kent
    "Tim was extremely entertaining and kept the whole schools attention during our assembly. The pupils that got a chance to put some PE skills into practise by trying a few circus tricks. Very enjoyable for both the children and adults"
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    Boarshaw Primary, Rochdale
    "Mr Sensible was fantastic. The children were captivated and found his show amazing and hilarious! His methods of teaching the basics of scarf juggling and feather balacing ensured that all children succeeded and were engaged. The variety of equipment he brought was vast and the children really enjoyed the opportuinity to try so many different skills. A brilliant morning - thank you! "
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    St Philips YC, Kelsall
    "We have used Circus Sensible 3 times now, twice at our Youth Club and once at a Summer Holiday Club. Each time they have been brilliant, great with the children, thoroughly entertaining, everyone always takes part, even the adults! It's great how they start off with easy, manageable tricks to build confidence to then work on more difficult skills. It is all done with humour and fun and makes for a really great time for everyone present. They bring a huge amount of equipment so everyone can have a go at everything. Easy to book and totally reliable, I can't praise them enough!"
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    Raploch Primary, Scotland
    "We had an absolutely fantastic time last Thursday. The children loved the experience, they thought all of Kat's tricks were amazing and enjoyed learning new circus skills. A truly authentic circus experience.Delighted with Circus Sensible. Kat was brilliant, she has such a lovely way with the children and they enjoyed working with her! She has such great enthusiasm. Kat is very nurturing, caring and always smiling, perfect qualities for working with our children. Kat - you were a star!"
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    Upton Priory School, Macclesfield
    "I would like to express my gratitude to all at Circus Sensible for the Fantastic day you gave everyone at Upton Priory. The children thoroughly enjoyed every second. The children and their diabolo's have transformed playtimes, with the children happily sharing and teaching each other new tricks. It has given them a focus and activity during chill time. I cannot thank you enough for the entertainment and promotion of simple skills and basic fun Circus Sensible have introduced to the children. Thank you"

Fundraisers

Big Tops Days make a great way of raising funds for your School. Admission can be charged for up to three Shows, and even for the Circus Skills Workshops too. Add on to that income from stalls, tombola, estate agents signs etc etc and you can raise thousands of pounds as well as having a great days event. See our Fundraising pages for more details

Brain Training

"Complex tasks such as juggling produce significant changes to the structure of the brain, according to scientists at Oxford University.
In the journal, Nature Neuroscience, the scientists say they saw a 5% increase in white matter - the cabling network of the brain." In brief, learning a new skill such as Juggling can hard wire our brains to work better and faster! Circus skills help develop and improve concentration skills. This is particularly evident in those children with shorter attention spans. When we run Circus skills workshops in schools the teachers are often amazed that one or more children who usually have a problem concentrating are doing better than anyone else in the class! Learning Circus skills also offers great benefits in terms of physical co-ordination and physical fitness. Circus workshops fit very well into the school curriculum under PE and co-ordination development. In fact there are many areas where Circus workshops offer great opportunities for curriculum enrichment.

  • Circus skills reinforce positive learning
  • Circus skills encourage creative thinking
  • Circus skills promote cross curricular education
  • Circus skills instil enthusiasm in the learning process
  • Circus skills boost Self Confidence
  • Circus skills aid Social & Personal Development
  • Circus skills promote formation of grey and white matter in the brain
  • Circus skills enhance kinaesthetic skills
  • Circus skills provide a fun gateway into physical education
  • Learning Circus skills develops language skills
  • Circus skills increase Self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Circus skills make everyone smile, Teachers included!