Circus Sensible
Big Top Days in Schools

Book now for Big Top Days for Schools 2021-22

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. COVID safe Big Top days available now.

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.
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Wooburn Green Primary, High Wycombe
“ It’s a rare and joyful sight - a large circus tent containing a school full of children and staff overcome with laughter. It was irresistibly funny. The circus performers really understood our sense of humour – and the audience participation was exceptionally enthusiastic – from all ages.
Wooburn Green Primary School was the place to be on (last) Tuesday morning. Genuinely the best laugh I have had for a very long time.”
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The Oval School, Birmingham
" Just wanted to let you know what a fabulous day we had here at The Oval School on Wednesday. Everyone really enjoyed the shows and the workshops and we would like to say a huge thank you to Harry, Steve and Jonathon for all their hard work on the day they were great!! "
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Whirley Primary School, Macclesfield, Cheshire
“ I really don't know where to start. We have had the most amazing day with James today for your circus day. James was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, he was just faultless. The children were engaged from the minute they sat down, right up until the end of the day when we came back together for our show. The way James engaged with the children was perfect, as well as his explanations of how to use the equipment being clear and concise. I have had 12 emails from parents this evening telling me how their children have come home today saying how much fun they had and how good the day was. We even had a comment of 'Today has been the best day ever, I just haven't stopped smiling!’ I really don't know what else to say other than I couldn't rate the company and James any more highly. I will definitely be booking you again in future and I will be sure to pass your information on to as many schools as I can! Thank you SO much for making 60 children, very happy today! “
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Horndean Infant School, Waterlooville
" Well....all the staff and I from Horndean Infants is say WOW! Adults and children have had the most fun filled, perfect day with the A team (Kyle, Obby and Richie) today. At 6.30 am,when I met them at school, it was obviously early (for me) and pouring with rain..... But that did not stop the energy of all 3 of them from the word go! I did my bit, making them hot drinks as they pitched the tent in good spirits in the heavy rain - I knew from then that this was going to be a day to remember! At 9am the whole school, dressed as circus characters watched the hilarious show (piched perfectly for the age of the children) and this inspired the children's writing and art work for the rest of the day back in the classroom. The workshops throughout the daywere fast paced and enjoyable, building on children's resilience and personal and social skills.All we could have asked for was more! We then asked if we could have a second performance to close the day as the morning had been so amazing and again, there was no hesitation - the guys were so willing and genuinely wanted to make the day special for each and every child!
We all left school with huge smiles today, all thanks to 'Circus Sensible'.... We cannot thank you enough and will definately be asking you back again in future years - if you will have us that is! We would all recommend you to other schools too. For us, this was the perfect end to a hard working year by both children and adults alike… Many thanks "

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Merridale School, Wolverhampton
"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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Knutsford, Cheshire
"I don't think I ever got around to thanking you for providing Jay to entertain us and our guests at our wedding last September. His mix of abilities was perfect for our day, and every one enjoyed his tricks and circus skills. I even managed to sneak away from the crowds for half an hour towards the end of his time and finally learnt some of the basics of contact juggling.And as a warning to other potential brides; my husband made himself a balloon hat and proceeded to wear it for the rest of the day, speeches and all. Be prepared for this eventuality! “
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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.

Benefits of Circus Skills

Circus Skills encourage creative thinking
Circus Skills reinforce positive learning
Circus Skills enhance kinaesthetic skills
Circus Skills instil enthusiasm in the learning process
Circus Skills boost self confidence
Circus Skills aid social & personal development
Circus skills promote cross curricular education
Circus Skills aid the formation of grey matter in the brain
Circus Skills are a fun gateway into physical education
Learning Circus Skills develops language skills
Circus Skills increases self esteem &self awareness
Circus Skills are fun, for children AND adults!