Summer fair main attractions
Having a headline attraction at your summer fair is a
great way to pull in the punters. There's an array of weird and
wonderful ideas out there, but here are a few of our
A circus makes a great attraction, whether you have acres of
school field or not. Circus providers will come and inspect the
space available and tell you what they can make possible. Ensure
you sell tickets in advance - this will give you an idea of how
much money you can expect to raise, and will cover your costs, even
if rain on the day keeps people at home. For a whole host
of circus providers, visit our Suppliers' Directory.
Burn off energy and bring out the competitive side of your
school cohort by hiring a mobile climbing wall. Climb
Vertigo have four mobile rock climbing walls to choose
from, plus they provide all safety equipment and a qualified
instructor nationwide. A similar company, Vertical
Xtreme, have four colour-coded, independent climbs, which
allows four people to climb at the same time. Suitable for novices
and experts alike, and for children as young as five, so there's
something for everyone. They too provide all necessary safety
equipment and tuition from trained experts. For a different side to
climbing, why not hire highlineadventure.co.uk - who not only provide
normal climbing walls, but also mobile ice climbing walls. The
climber is geared up in a helmet with a full ice visor for
protection and a pair of ice axes which are attached to the climber
by wrist loops for safety. The climber ascends the wall using the
ice axes in specially designed holes. The children will love to
have a go on this, as it is just a little bit different!
NOTE: While climbing walls should be covered by
your PTA insurance, it is classed as a hazardous activity, so you
will need to complete a risk assessment for cover to apply. Contact
your insurance provider for more information.
Inflatable outdoor fun
When hosting your main summer attraction outside, you want it to
be bright, bold, beautiful, and most of all... fun! The inflatable
items for hire at simplythebestevents.co.uk are certainly that.
From human table football, to gladiator duals, to zorbing, there is
something for every age. Simply The Best Events also provide
package options where you can have a selection of attractions,
making your event even bigger and better (and easier to organise
and supervise). For example, one of their package deals includes a
giant bouncy castle, an inflatable slide, a soft play area with
ball pond, a bungee run, a funfair side stall with 50 prizes, three
event crew to deliver, install and supervise, all power
requirements, public liability insurance and health and safety
documents, all for £1864. Bargain!
Hiring a traditional horse carousel makes an excellent
centrepiece for any school summer event. With the tinkling music
resonating through the school grounds, it's the perfect backdrop
for a beautiful, summer's day. We think it would fit beautifully
into a 'traditional country fayre'; and why not continue the
theme with other vintage stalls such as skittles and a coconut shy?
Events With A Difference will 'travel miles for
A fantastic way to drum up the crowds is through a falconry
event. The Falconry Centre brings a selection of hawks,
falcons, owls, eagles or vultures to your event. These beautiful
displays are not only entertaining but also informative. The cost
for a day is £310 +VAT (plus travel expenses if they need to travel
further than 50 miles - they are based in the West Midlands). The
birds can perform two flying displays during the day. The Falconry
Centre holds a current zoo license, which means they have full
public liability insurance. All their birds are legally, captively
bred and each professional falconer holds a performing animals
license and animal transportation licences. If you need to hold
your summer fair indoors, then they also do indoor displays, where
let you get up close and personal with the birds!
It's a knockout!
Nicki Wisniewski ran a Knockout
Challenge as the headline attraction at the school summer
'We try to ensure that our families enjoy
fundraising in different ways. So when someone on the committee
suggested giant inflatables, water and soap bubbles, we couldn't
resist! We discovered the Knockout Challenge company (knockout-challenge.co.uk), an established
company with trained staff, who offered an inflatable obstacle
course for children.
We chose the bronze option at £2,580. This
included a series of seven fun challenges, including a 'bubble pit'
where children had to jump into a pit filled with bubbles and
retrieve their team's coloured balls, and the 'slide of doom' where
competitors had to negotiate a two-sided inflatable slide while
collecting rubber rings. Our It's a Knockout challenge was born!
The competition was open to children aged between five and 13
Children formed teams and chose their name,
outfit and mascot. We charged £16 for a family ticket (two adults,
two children) and sold extra tickets at £6 (adults) and £4
(children). The children were encouraged to seek sponsorship too.
Teams won points for their performance in the challenges, their
outfits and for overall sportsmanship. The winning teams (we split
the competition by age group) were awarded a trophy and individual
medals. On the day we had a burger and sausage BBQ, soft drinks and
Pimm's as well as tea, coffee and cake. There was a bouncy castle
for younger siblings and craft stalls for parents. The event was
popular and well attended. We had 40 teams and made £4,000
Due to the success of the event, we have now
made it a regular fixture. The company provided us with their risk
assessments to add to our own. St John's Ambulance and our own
welfare officer were in attendance and the staff from the Knockout
Challenge company were all first-aid trained. The day was a huge
success - it's the kind of event that even the rain cannot spoil
although when the sun shines, there is nothing better than hurtling
down a huge inflatable slide towards a water canon!'
Nicki Wisniewski, chair, Hazelwood
Parents' Association, Surrey (334 pupils)
Find suppliers of inflatables in our
NOTE: You must ensure that all third party
suppliers have their own public liability insurance - ask for a
copy of this prior to your event. Check your PTA insurance to see
whether any other stipulations apply.
We're always eager to hear about other PTA successes, so please
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