A Handful of Hats is the circus company founded by Pete Gamble, who’s experience and credentials span the hospitality, education, circus and arts industries.

Based in sunny Barrybados in the Vale of Glamorgan, UK, this former chef-hotelier and lecturer has performed across the UK, Europe and the USA in circus, film and TV .

With over 25 years experience and a specialism in character acts with custom costumes, comedy circus acts, whip cracking and a charming line in repartee, he’s achieved international performer status and competition awards along the way.

With a training base in Wales. (It’s a church hall but he likes to call it that !) he provides stunt, western skills and performance training at all levels, organises international skills conventions and workshops and will travel anywhere to spread the love of circus and whip cracking and knife throwing and axe throwing and he does a bit of gun spinning and lasso too…

Testimonials, Quotes and Client lists

The producers were thrilled with everything you did for us over these last four days, our Star guests adored the training and were delighted with the results on film, an enormous thank you to you and your team!
— Calvin Ewing Media Circus for Fox Studios ( Kingsman The Golden Circle )
Hi Pete,
Just wanted to thank you so very much for your generosity, giggles and training today. What a wonderful time and we are thrilled we can now spin a rope, crack a whip and act like cowboys.. I will be practicing to get it much better and hope to learn more.

The time just flew by and you and the guys couldn’t have been nicer company. You are such a natural and fun teacher. We so hope we can see you all again.
I laughed so much as well as learnt such coveted skills.
— Kate T Actress, Dancer , Siren
“Just a line to say “Thank you so much” for all that you did at our wedding, the guests and children adored it all and you were awesome with that whip, and thank you for not cutting my cock off “
— Jake Lewis Swansea
“We would recommend you for any event or event organiser, an excellent professional company with an amazing show!
— Carolyn Murphy Arts Development Manager Crawley Borough Council ( "The Vikings !" Crawley Circus Festival)
Hi Pete,
Can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful experience today, we loved every minute, didn’t want it to end and would love to come again!! Will definately join you on fb and share how fab you guys are!!
— Sophie , Sirens Players ( Western Skills Training Course)

Some of the People we've worked for :

Awards etc

Indiana Show Grand Award Winner, European Whip Cracking Championship Czech Republic

International Freestyle Performance Whip Cracking Champion

( International Whip Cracking Championship Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas USA )

International Silver Medalist Whip Target Satnd Accuracy , ( as above )

Bronze Medalist " Whip Cracking Target Accuracy Skeet Shooting" ( as above)

European Cabaret Act Challenge Winners ( Charlotte Church Show ) London. 

Western Arts Club certified  "Expert Whip Trainer"

Resident Trainer No Fit State Circus

UK National Whip Cracking Champion

International Western Skills Festival Fast Draw Target Champion

Professional Qualifications past and present


TV and Film Appearances.

I've trained and appeared with the following

Ben Elton (The One Show) McFly, Steve Backshall, ( Deadly Dinosaurs ) Mike Bushell,( BBC News) Marty Jopson, ( The One Show) the cast of Mackintosh's Barnum!, Terry Wogan, the cast of Lexicon for No Fit State Circus, Cameron Diaz (doubled for the Graham Norton Show), Lee Mack and Danny Baker for Duck Quacks Don't Echo, Sky TV. numerous studio execs and media influencers for the UK launch of The Magnificent Seven and global launch of Kingsman The Golden Circle . James Bell for Billy the Kid and Annette Chu for The Grass is Greener.

See link for filmography.




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