Category Archives: Show Tents

Events we cover..

Albion Woods are proud to have worked with festivals and outdoor events since the 1980’s.  In that time we have worked at many events including the following

  • Glastonbury
  • Coventry Godiva Festival
  • Port Eliot Literature Festival
  • Reading Festival
  • Glade
  • University Balls
  • Bath Rugby Dinner Dance
  • Christian Music Festivals
  • RedFest
  • Invisible Circus
  • Creative Common
  • LakeFest

Why are some tents called Big Top?

The term Big Top for the largest tent in the circus or travelling show has been around a long time.  A hunt on the web for the beginings of the term didn’t provide much detail.  We did however come across this interesting article on a US circus site which covers Big Top and other circus lingo expressions.

Talking Circus: The Language of the Big Top

Big Top
Big Top

There is some great Hollywood treatment of Circus and in the film Water For Elephants and a Big Top features in many of the films key moments.

There is some good footage of our Big Top tents in this video of Tribal Gathering 1993, near Warminster. Albion Woods provided Big Top tents for all these seminal events in UK festival culture. For more history on these groundbreaking events see these links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal_Gathering

http://www.fantazia.org.uk/Scene/orgs/universe.htm

http://www.fantazia.org.uk/orgs/gathering.htm