The Finest Show on Turf

The Finest Show on Turf

September saw us transported back in time to our all time favourite juggling convention of the past, the renowned Brizzle, transported in time to a field in Oxfordshire close to where the original Minis used to be built. A chance to try out the new car-a-van, provide some western skills and lock picking workshops and meet up with friends old and new. A jolly fine time was had by all and a place and event highly reccomended.

The Friday saw us enthralled with a performance workshop from the likes of Steve Rawlings, Ben Cornish and Haggis McCloud with contributions from Steve Mills , a Hat Therapy Workshop from Haggis led nicely into a strong performance from the cast of thousands for The Greatest Show on Turf

Rougher and tougher than Game of Thrones?

Rougher and tougher than Game of Thrones?

Course they are all jolly nice and have gone through battles galore and trials inumerable but at the end of the day they are all actors and they don’t really compare with the real live warriors that we had the privilege to entertain at a sumptious Dining In in a Mess that for the evening had been turned into a veritable citadel.

Of course we aren’t able to say who we provided Axe Throwing Workshops, Crossbow ranges, or throwing knives and razor sharp spinning cards, well of course we could but then we’d have to line you up against a wall.

Secure to be Sure!

Secure to be Sure!

When an international law firm wants to ensure their assets and securities are safe , who do they call? A Handful of Hats of course! Well, OK, not really, but we were thrilled to be asked to put on a conference energiser session in Birmingham for their heads of Data Security and what better way to relax and refocus than to learn how to pick a lock, not just any old lock tho, by the end of the session they were popping padlocks, money boxes, door locks, combination locks, safe locks and hand cuffs.

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The Pirates of Llanelli!

The Pirates of Llanelli!

Pirate Catain Perilous Pete was proud to lead the parade down the gang plank and around the town celebrating the maritime heritage of this famous seaport, long before it became known as Tinopololis they had there very own Privateer and and of course many Princessess!


A fanatastic day out with strolling players , fairgrounds, Pirate Workshops, Face Painters and Princesses galore it was all deemed a roaring success.

Thank you so much for the Pirate Captain, the bubble shows and worklshops and the balloon modeller, we’ve never had so many people join in the parade before, the shops loved it, the children loved it and the folks of Llanelli loved it.
— Ylmaen Business Improvements

"Mosey on down to Minsterly they said"

"Mosey on down to Minsterly they said"

Pecan Petes’ Wild West Show “The Shoot Out in Shropshire!”

Thanks to Jester Jack Green and his dream team for great fun shows in Shrewsbury where they provided a super circus school and play tents galore.

“I shall attempt to burst that balloon between your legs with his here rifle!
By the way what was it you said you did for a living? “ I’n a Doctor” he said “ That might be handy said I ...
— Dr Johnston Charles Ercoll

I say chaps! Jolly fine motor!

I say chaps! Jolly fine motor!

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The historic town of Pontypridd echoed to the rumble of steam lorries, the purr of veteran cars and the popping of bubbles as Flying Officer Kite led the parade of historic vehicles through the town for It’s famous Vintage Transport Festival

With more family entertainment provided by A Handful of Hats including, Bubble Shows, Workshops, Stiltwalkers and a Storytelling musician who sang songs to the cars and made up stories about the owners too!

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.