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!

Fundraising Feats and Fetes

Fundraising Feats and Fetes

Enormous fun was had at a packed Pontyclun Rugby Club to raise funds for a local Welsh medium school. A Handful of Hats were in the middle of it all with their unique Circus and Play Workshop with two seperate size/age related areas so that all can enjoy the fun of the circus with traditional juggling workshops alongside fun and games for the smaller ones., Oh! and bubbles of course!   

The craic was good in Cricklewood!

The craic was good in Cricklewood!

Logy Logan, one of Irelands finest circus street performers called in to stay with us at A Handful of Hats in sunny Barrybados for a weeks Arts Council approved whip refresher training with our very own European Master whip trainer and international award winning whip performer. Logy was on his way back from the Western Australian Circus Festival and wanted to prepare for a fully packed summer of events, shows and festivals around the world, by honing his already considerable skills and to work on some unique new stunts and tricks. It was an enormous pleasure and great a fun to work with such a dedicated professional who took to Peters' unique teaching methods very well, (he shouts a lot ... )  

Never had so much fun with my clothes on!
— Logy Logan Logy on Fire.com

We also managed to show him some of the delights of Wales and cover, lasso spinning, knife throwing and other fun stuff too. 

Happy Campers!

Happy Campers!

And caravaners too ! One of Wales largest camping, caravan and motor home distributors held their annual Family Fun Weekend in Newport and for the fourth year running A Handful of Hats had the pleasure of providing all day Circus and Play Workshops and balloon modelling sessions for the happy little campers.   

The Green Man Festival

The Green Man Festival

Each year the original celebration of the coming of Spring is enjoyed by hundreds of guests in the grounds of the ancient castle of Clun in rural Shropshire and this year they were joined by " Merlyne, the ever so scary! with his Midden Cart of Mirth ! Much joy was had, much majick was done, much laughter, much this and that ...  

I nearly wet myself!
— Neil sScoffulnuts, holder of the pasta between his oak tree like legs whilst Merlyne try to hit the target without cutting off any of his dangly bits..
Thank you so much for coming , the families loved your shows and walkabouts.
— Jack the Jester Event Entertainment co-ordinator

I say Windsor ! top show old man!

I say Windsor ! top show old man!

Had the enormous pleasure working with one of the UK's biggest circus event show providers, Cirque Bijou in delivering a Western Skills show and training in knife throwing for a Circus Festival for 750 international guests at Windsors' top hotel.  

That was the most fun I have had in years !
— Ibrahim ( Event delegate)
Thank you all! You were an absolute pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with you again soon.
— Kate Senior Produce Cirque Bijou.

A Cracking Circus Convention!

A Cracking Circus Convention!

Just got back from a great sell out Circus Convention put on by Cardiffs' newest circus training company Upside Down Circus and was delighted and honoured to be asked to train Western Skills as part of an illustrious team of international  circus performers and trainers .

Delivering Whip Cracking, Knife Throwing and Lasso spinning to a dedicated group  of circus performers was an absolute joy and they all had a rooting tooting kind of day!    

That’s it, I’m giving up aerial, I want to be a whip cracker now!
— Samantha Martin Upside Down Circuss

There's always time for Tea!

There's always time for Tea!

A glorious return to where it all started for Peter, 25 years ago almost to the day he could be found fire breathing and filling the entrance cupola of Cardiff City Hall with flames and then nervously juggling real axes over the priceless marble floor of the Grand Hall for a Student Ball for No Fit State Circus and here is is as The Mad Hatter Ringmaster for the same great circus company for an Alice in Wonderland global Awards evening for the countrys' leading Insurance company.  

Dear NFSC
It was fabulous! your performers were absolutely brilliant. I even got a great picture of me with the fantastic “ Mad Hatter” who also did us a grand entrance announcemment into “ Tea is served!” I loved it!!
Thank you once again !
— George Event Organiser

"Work you Devil ! Work!"

"Work you Devil ! Work!"

Big Workshops, Little Workshops, Thin Workshops, Noisy Workshops, Quiet Workshops, Knife Throwing Workshops, Circus Workshops, Fire Eating Workshops, Corporate Workshops, Whip Cracking Workshops. Balloon Modelling Workshops " More Danger" Workshops, Team Building Workshops, Fire Whip Cracking Workshops, Lock Picking Workshops, Lasso Workshops, Gun Spinning Workshops, Kingsman Western Skills Workshops, Indiana Jones Workshops, Nose Picking Workshops, Performance Workshops, Blank Firing Weapon Workshops. We've got them all!  Come on in! Have a look around!  

Qualified, Circus Trainers, CRB/DBS, Equity,  Full PLI and Fire Insurance. A hat tip and credit to the fabulous whip cracking circus performer Syvia Roast for the profile photo.  

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Western Skills Festival UK 2018

Western Skills Festival UK 2018

Delighted to be able to assist this year wiith the Festival that we founded in Swansea in 2015 , it has grown in strength and activities and this year included Archery, Leatherwork, Whipmaking workshops, lasso workshops, gun spinning , axe and knife throwing , gun safety, bullriding, whip cracking for Begginners, Advanced and Competition Skills together with a full range of competitions . A special thank you to the organisers and all the very generous whip makers from around the world who very kindly sent some extraordinary prize whips, DVD's , gift tokens, fantastic key rings, mugs, pugs and slugs. Their contact details are in the Whip Resource page on this site and they were. Axel Lackman, from Germany  Sylvia Rosat from Silver Whips, Switzerland, Ali Close from Gravity Outlaws purveyors of prized presentation particulars, Adam Winrich from America , Ian Savin, Rufus Ruffcut and James Hewitt from the UK,  Ric Boyd from America, Simon Martin from Tasmania , April Jennifer Choi from America, Gerhard van Zil and Alwyn Sturgeon from South Africa   

Workshops , Shows and Competitions Galore