Can it get better that Betley?

Can it get better that Betley?

We get to work with some of the nicest people and today was no exception when courtesey of Jester Jack Green we travelled up to rural Shropshire to take part on a super sunny day in the prestigious Betly Show on the outskirtsof Shrewbury. With Cossack Riders , Traction Engines, Craft fairs, Fairgrounds, Horse Shows , Pecan Petes’ Wild West Show it was a great family day out.

We were delighted to have you here for our show, your act was loved by old and young and they loved the chance to learn western skills in the workshops to.
— Neil Liversage Show Sec.

Stafford Showground goes back in time !

Stafford Showground goes back in time !

With six thousand guests on site for a Christian Festival, the organisers chose a Victorian Faire as the theme for the weeks entertainment break and AHOH was delighted to provide our unique Victorian Circus Workshop, with handcrafted replicas and original Victorian games and play equipment it proved an great success as the guests had a go at juggling, spinning tops, hoops, kites, hoopla, skipping ropes, Indian clubs and horsehoe games.

Exactly what we wanted! loved the fun games and the wooden juggling equipment, it really added to the event! Thank you!
— Ethical Events co,.

The Greatest Show on the greatest day !

The Greatest Show on the greatest day !

We were delighted to be the surprise gift for the Bride on her very special Day, both she and her children are the most enormous fans of Hugh Jackman and his incredible film so when the Brides mother found that Hugh could not make it to the wedding she arranged for the very next best thing ! Huge Jackman and The Greatest Show on Turf! .

A surprise entry caught her unawares and the tears of delight and screams of laughter filled the reception venue as with the help of Russell Wells , we put on a Circus Cabaret show of magic, hula hoops, tricks, whips and unicycling that also featured two of her children and a cast of thousands!

It was just perfect! I could not of asked for more! my daughter and her children cannot stop talking about the show and the joy you brought to the party. Thank you!
— Debbie Clarke Barry

Porthcawl Carnival, bigger and better every year!

Porthcawl Carnival, bigger and better every year!

And Senor “Juan Dip” Buble from Copacabana Beach was there to join in the parade , this time he got to be the vanguard entertainer to warm the already hot crowd up as this year, The parade was over two hours long with floats , walkers and entertainers from all over the country taking full advantage of the amazing weather to celebrate Poerthcawkl being “ By the Sea” With his travelling bubble workshops, musical bubble trike and impromptu dance classes he had the thousands of fans who lined the route cheering for more.

and finished off the day with Circus and Play Workshop for all the family.

Thank you ! that was superb, your interaction with the crowds was fanatstic and they loved the family workshop which has made what was an underused area of the showground one of the most popular spots for families.
— Chair of Events PB

All around the world with Senor "Juan Dip" Buble!

All around the world with Senor "Juan Dip" Buble!

We were delighted to join the residents of prettiest village in the Vale of Glamorgan to celebrate their Summer Fete once again, this year the theme was “All around the World “ and our samba dancing bubble champion led the parade on a picture perfect day past centuries old cottages to the Village Green where he had set up our Circus and Play Workshop that is designed to appeal to all ages and it was enjoyed by one and all.

Ahoy Peter Thanks a million for all the fantastic enjoyment you provided at the Fete yesterday, we always receive so many favourable comments. Hope it wasn’t too hot for you ! Please will you put in your diary for Fete Day next year always the first Saturday in July , it just wouldn’t be the same without you.
— Noni and Goeff Event Chairpersons

There's nowt like Oughtbridge

Not since Pecan Pete rode into town one Saturday in June this year  .. this sleepy shady suburb of Sheffield had shivered in fear until he showed them how to crack a whip to adversity, throw a coil around cowardice and ride like the wind !   

High Noon in Newbury

High Noon in Newbury

A Wild West Corporate team builder for an international media company saw A Handful of Hats provide a full range of workshops for the 2000+ guests,.


With lasso spinning, lariat throwing , whip cracking, target cracking, gun spinning, fast draw, Colt 45 shooting, Winchester target range and card sharp throwing proving to be the most popular activities on offer during a very busy day at a great venue that was blessed with superb weather, it certainly was a high noon this June!

The feedback has been absolutely amazing, they loved your workshops and I’m so pleasesd you were able to be part of the event and can’t wait to work with you again.
— AFG, Director of Events .. IM co.

Lockpicking Workshops

Lockpicking Workshops

Dah, dah, dah, dah, da dah! Third enquiry this month ( one for a gig in Nice! Nice! ) for fun corporate energisers that came about from Peters' passion in trying to find out how on earth you do this stuff!

Lessons from professional locksmiths followed and then he held workshops for fellow performers, friends and for fun at juggling conventions. 

That now means we can offer large group workshops with a series of experienced Tutors or one to one training for that want to be spy...  

Phone 07875 826773 for a chat on what we can offer 

Lots of fun in Lovely Lisvane

Lots of fun in Lovely Lisvane

A traditional community fete for the prosperous village of Lisvane,  a suburb of Cardiff 

The circus show and workshop was just perfect, they do enjoy A Handful of Hats, thank you so much for coming again.
— Eirlys Event Co-ordinator

Forget this aerial stuff, I want to be a Knifethrower now!

Forget this aerial stuff, I want to be a Knifethrower now!

So spoke the stupendous Samantha Martin , alternative model and muse who we had the pleasure of helping celebrating her birthday with thanks to Upside Down Circus at their new circus training centre in Cardiff.  Knifethrowing, whip cracking, Winchester rifle target range, gun spinning, blank firing Colt 45's , card sharp throwing, lasso spinning, lariat throwing and axe throwing were just some of the fun Western Skills we taught in a fun afternoon    

She would have been amused..

She would have been amused..

Queen Victoria would have approved of the latest addition to our range of quality Circus Workshops " The Victoriana", perfect with a slice of cake and a cup of tea. 

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It made it's debut in the National Museum of Wales at St Fagans working with No Fit State Circus,  where we provided period perfect entertainment in the the charming surroundings of some of the most glorious examples of Welsh Victorian and Edwardian architecture .  

It was spiffing fun! and we loved the cup and balls especially!
— Aaron Fortesque III

Accompanied by our very own Victorian Ringmeister this eclectic collection of vintage bygone circus props accompanied with some more slightly more modern (and easier) toys and tricks introduced a thrilled group of adults and children to the joys of juggling vintage wooden juggling balls , wooden diablo, yoyos, dragons tails, cups and balls, spinning hoops, Japanese cups and balls, spinning tops, spinning plates and all the fun of the circus in a steamer trunk of circus fun.  

Hurricanes hardly ever happen in Harrogate

Hurricanes hardly ever happen in Harrogate

They do now! A Wild West Whirlwind descended on the famous Follifoot Farm Stables to train up the "players" in a TV commercial , with thirty willing cowboys and cowgirls we soon had them cracking whips, throwing lariats and spinning lassos!  

Once upon a time in Harpenden

Once upon a time in Harpenden

Pecan Petes' Wild West Show rocked the arena at this major London suburban carnival, with the attractions spread over three areas all along the parks and High Road of this busy town centre, thousands attended to watch and enjoy the fantastic attractions together with the Wandering Wagon of Wild West Delights! .   

Circus 250 in Wick

Circus 250 in Wick

Celebrating the 250th Birthday of the birth of circus as we know it, Wick in the Vale of Galmorgan held a splendiferous Fete to enjoy the pleasures of a Circus and Play Workshop with A Handful of Hats with juggling, plate spinning, diablos, unicycles, pedalgos, dragons' tails, cup and ball, Kendama, plate manipulation and even some whip cracking too!   

So pleased you brought your circus workshop with you everyomne thouroughly enjoyed it and thank you so much for opening the Fete for us.
— David Ambrose Founder Beyond the Border Festival and Fete Chair.

Carnival in Camarthen!

Carnival in Camarthen!

Senor "Juan Dip" Buble ( you may be familiar with his younger prettier brother " Juan Sheet" came to town and there was much dancing, maracas, tambourines, castanets and bubbles of course! 

There’s not been so much dancing in the streets of Camarthen since VE Day ! Marvellous fun!
— Enid Blathorne spinster of this parish and

Wonderful Wick!

Wonderful Wick!

A delightful village in the Vale of Glamorgan invited us in to train up their enthusiastic Youth Club prior to the Wick Annual Fete at the weekend which was celebrating 250 years of Circus  

Arrrrr!

Arrrrr!

Pirate Captain Perilous Pete at your service!