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About us

Who are BigTopMania?

Bigtopmania is our family business, established in 1987. We’ve grown from a one-man circus act that could fit in a suitcase to something much bigger and better.

As our family has grown, so has our network of performers and support staff.

Constant re-investment means we’ve got shedloads (literally) of circus tents, marquees, accessories and equipment now.

We have spent the last three decades championing live circus entertainment, supporting events with beautiful big tops and marquees, delighting children with immersive play areas at festivals and putting smiles on faces at parties.

Now we supply many of the UK’s largest and well-known festivals with festival marquees and children's entertainment.

We’re proud to play our part in so many special moments when we supply private and public events every year.

Our success has been built on honest, hard work and our love for live events, festivals and entertainment. We build great relationships with our customers and enjoy countless repeat bookings: a big thanks to all organisers! 

Over the years, we’ve played our small part in the circus renaissance and the growing popularity of contemporary circus. Cirque is now top of the list of themes for every event planner wanting to add sparkle and sawdust to their next event.

 

The business is managed by Pete (father), Ann (mother), Lucas (son), Leo (daughter) based in Bristol and Devon. Grandson Max is the destined to be the third generation...though this whole show business thing may have started by Pete's great grandfather who was a cinema impressario in Liverpool in the early 20th century. (The Liverpool Everyman Theatre was one of theirs when not was the Hope Hall Cinema) 

We’ve got a large extended family of performers and supporters all over the country, who help us cater for clients all over the UK and Europe.

There's also lots more information and imagery at our local area Bigtopmania site on Google my Business and our sister website at Bigtopmania.com

Don't forget, big things happen in little tents!

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Pete (PeteZa) Wintercrane

We call him the Chief! He works tirelessly to make sure everything runs smoothly and lives and breathes Bigtopmania. Pete will most likely be the person you book with and will handle your enquiry from start to completion. He's also a very good highly skilled circus performer! Ring master and clown extraordinaire!

Lucas 'Jet' Wintermei

Lucas Jet, has been working for Bigtopmania all of his young life. As a circus artist, you'll find him on stage performing or running children's areas and he knows all the measurements of the tents off by heart :) His lovely wife Amy joins in the circus fun too!

Anne Wintercrane

The glue that holds it all together, Anne can often be found on site or driving all manner of our vehicles around the country. She lacks the height for hanging the walls but her eye for detail, cleaning the kit and looking after us all, makes her an invaluable member of the team. The best Festival-Mama to so many!

Leonie Wintercrane

Daughter Leo is a fantastic hula hoop artist and trapeze performer specialising in aerial silks. She also is a key member of the trapeze teaching team at all of our festivals. The best bit is she's supplied us with a very helpful son in law Josh and our grandson Max and to top it all, she's a qualified midwife too!

Jony Tesafaye Aka Jony Juggler

Yohanes or "Jony" Juggler is one of the most charming chaps you could meet. As well as being a world class juggler and walking ladder circus artist from Ethiopia, he's a very hard worker and part of the core big top crew and circus show.

Franco Franco

Franco first joined our team in 2015 when he rented a room from Lucas in Bristol. Since his first day when Lucas dragged him along to make up numbers, he's become one of our most experienced marquee team members. He got a first class honours from Bristol Institute of Music and when he's not working with us, he's the front man of an international alternative rap duo that have played shows in Italy, Latvia, Amsterdam & more. Plus he loves helping with the circus workshops and creating mayhem!

Chris Pea

We've known Chris for around 20 years from his years working with the craft team in our children's areas at Guilfest. (Now that was an ace festival!) He brings a keen eye for detail and makes the best cheese on toast. In his spare time he likes to dig on victorian rubbish dumps hunting for buried treasure! Bottles! All of this is very true.