CIRCUS IN SCHOOLS
Happy’s Circus is dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of circus to schools across the UK, raising substantial funds and promoting community spirit. Founded in 1992, Happy’s Circus is the market leader with over two decades of experience of working with PTAs and Schools
“Millions raised since 1992”
Happy’s Circus provides a professional all human (no animals) 2 hour performance including a 30 minute interval. The shows star Mr Happy & Pip Randelle and feature Acrobats, Aerialists, Speciality Acts, Magic, Audience Participation with loads of fun and much, much more!
Happy’s Circus is fully self-contained with state of the art sound and lighting technology. Each of the colourful, all weather Big Tops seats up to 600 people. Each circus is designed for sports fields and parks, being particularly ideal for urban premises and villages with restricted access. Transport includes no articulated lorries. The shows are compliant with Risk Assessments, confirmation of Fire, Health & Safety documentation, together with £10m Public Liability Insurance. All staff abide by a strict code of conduct.
You are provided with a personalised action plan. This includes marketing support, tickets, posters, educational teaching resources, photographs and problem solving, all supported by a telephone help line.
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Standard two-hour “Family Show for Fun or Fundraising”
Weekday shows start at 6pm ◊ ◊ ◊ Weekend shows start at 2pm
Two or three day stand for a “Mega Fundraising Experience”
THE FIRST & BEST CIRCUS FOR FUNDRAISING AT SCHOOLS & CHARITIES
I wanted a fresh idea for fundraising for our 320 pupil primary school. I saw an advert for Happy’s Circus in PTA+ Magazine, had a look at their website and was staggered too see the booking calendar was already full for 2012 – fortunately they had a cancellation!
Happy’s sent us promotional material, tickets and a CD with every bit if information you could possibly need (including insurance, certificates, selling techniques, planning etc) The CD also had suggestions for incorporating the circus into the curriculum, so I sent the PTFA teacher rep details of circus related work for KS1 and KS2. This contained everything from clown pictures to colour in, to poems, designing clown carts and the history of the circus.
In order to raise awareness of the circus, I walked around the playground wearing a clown wig and a sandwich board advertising the circus and selling tickets. we sold tickets for a flat rate of £7.50 each (regardless of whether for a child or adult) or £25 for four (under twos sitting on parents laps were free) I put up posters all over Winchester as we could not expect to sell 600 tickets purely to families with in out school and I also emailed other local primary schools.
We made a Kitchener-style poster on an A frame at the school entrance saying “13 days to go – have you bought your ticket yet?” and the number of days reduced each day. This acted as a great reminder to the parents and we shall definitely use this again in the future.
I was pleased to start getting telephone calls for tickets, so i organised for buyers to collect their tickets at the school front office and leave payment – thankfully we sold all 600 tickets.
The circus crew were very friendly and did not mind answering my questions on the day of the event. We organised for the children to dress in circus themed clothes for £1, so the audience looked wonderful. The event was spectacular with lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the audience. At the start of the second half (after a 30 minute interval), We have had so much positive feedback since the event that we have decided to book Happy’s Circus again in 2014 – we felt we’d get a better response by having a two year gap. It was very satisfying that we made £2,800 clear profit out of the event, and would not hesitate in recommending it to an school.
Jo Griffiths, secretary, Kings Worthy Primary School