Event Type: Family Circus Event
Venue: Bowood House, Wiltshire
Duration: 4 hours (daytime event)
Numbers: 900 guests
Following a recent run of good form, Chippenham-based company ‘Westinghouse’ held this family circus event as a thank you to staff and their families. The glorious gardens that stretch out between Bowood House and the lake were hired exclusively for the occasion.
Our brief was to entertain the guests as a whole group in a beautiful setting. The event was held in two stages as follows:
Stage 1: Circus
The first venue was a Big Top. Guests filled the tent and were treated to a 90 minute circus show with acrobatics, aerial performances, slap-stick clowns, silk dancers, visual illusionists, comedy and live music. Audience participation was encouraged, creating a show which united the audience.
Stage 2: BBQ Lunch
Following the circus, guests walked down to the lakeside venue. A stunning Saddlespan Tent acted as the center-piece with the end arena marked out by giant festival flags. A stage was located in the Saddlespan and live music was provided courtesy of a steel drum band. The large group of 900 guests were all fed within the next two hours as they relaxed in the beautiful surroundings. Children painted t-shirts as souvenirs and presents for their parents.
The challenge in this event was making everything run smoothly in such a tight time scale for such a large number of people. Despite the duration of only four hours for the whole event, several months of planning were required. Event logistics included sanitation, safety, power, sound, catering, entertainment and staffing. Great care was taken to ensure that all the behind-the-scenes infrastructure was hidden out of sight to make the event feel uncluttered and seamless.