Out & About
Celebrating “90 Years of Transport” in Gravesend Town Centre last weekend, which is coincidentally also the same number of years since Her Majesty was born! Mixing vintage motors with some fantastic performers including our striking Stilt Bikers and Retro Racing Drivers plus our Glorious Grannies (on their souped up shopping trollies with F1 sound effects!) and last but not least our hilarious Singing Nun with her mobile piano; delivering a unique brand of humour coupled with some rather unexpected renditions of traditional songs, putting a smile on faces young and old. A huge crowd turned out and a good time was had by all!
From Doncaster to Hemel Hempstead, Ellesmere Port to Bexleyheath; bunnies galore were out in force nationwide, both real ones and giant costume ones, for Easter weekend. In Swindon Town Centre we even had Bo Peep with her Giant Sheep in their Easter Parade!
Easter holiday fun for hundreds of children who made these fantastic little bird trinket boxes and hanging decorations!
Our family fun Christmas Show “Santa’s Magical Toy Factory” played to packed audiences four times daily at the wonderful East Wintergarden venue in Canary Wharf. Full of song and dance, magical illusions, cuddly characters and fantastic dancers. Hosted by “Toy Factory Elves” Ellie and Elvin and starring the Toy Soldier and of course Santa Claus!
When the Toy Soldier loses his magical spark it’s up to his Toy Factory friends to put the magic back into Christmas for him again! Percy Penguin and Rudolph all try their best to cheer up the Toy Soldier with their song and dance.
But it’s not until Rockin’ Robin brings along his magical juke box that the rock and roll music makes the glum Toy Soldier into an all singing all dancing Toy Soldier, fizzing with energy! The whole cast then lead the audience into a singalong of favourite Christmas songs which ends in a fantastic confetti canon finale!
Our bubbly, candy-striped team of Elves and Santa himself awaited all those families who visited Canary Wharf’s unique, giant cake- inspired Grotto!
Our wonderful Christmas Mix & Mingle artistes in their stunning red and white costumes entertained the Grotto queue at Canary Wharf making everyone’s wait a magical experience with their jolly characters performing a range of amazing skills to put a smile on everyone’s face!
Whimsical Christmas entertainment surprised the public of Doncaster when these surreal Xmas presents suddenly sprouted legs and scampered away! Not forgetting our gorgeous Miss Christmas Stilt Walkers appearing here in Leamington Spa with another of our wonderful Santas.
Lookalike characters paid homage to the legendary Star Wars films appearing at centres nationwide prior to the release of the latest movie in the series. Fans came from far and wide to pose with a variety of Lookalikes and fan built props with some also having the chance to sit in a replica spacecraft and have their photos taken as a unique memento of the day. Star Wars looks like being a popular theme throughout 2016 and beyond!
Everyone’s favorite Sci Fi TV series, Doctor Who, was brought to life by our amazing Lookalike “Doctors” and range of fan-built props. Young fans were spellbound by their likeness to the 21st century “Doctors” whilst the older generation had a nostalgic trip down memory lane remembering hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks were first on TV! The public, both young and old alike, were thrilled to have their photos taken with the performers and props.
Continuing the Sci Fi theme our sensational Super Hero events stopped the traffic when our fantastic hammer-wealding Thor and stretchy Spiderman Lookalikes made surprise visits and posed for photos galore with the public.
Dinosaur themed events nationwide were inspired by the latest Jurassic Park movie. Our comical Reggie Raptor shows and lifelike walkabout TRex character really drew the crowds. We’re sure that dinosaurs will still be a popular theme in 2016!
These unique Dinosaur Skeleton Stilt Walkers were an eerie addition to Jurassic events and the Stegosaurus Show was fun and educational too!
There was Pirate Pandemonium in Stoke on Trent this Summer as our Ship Shape crew, performed family fun shows full of swashbuckling humour from a mini Pirate Ship shaped stage whilst our Jack Sparrow Lookalike charmed the ladies and our Pirate Balloon Modelers made a host of balloon swords, parrots and palm trees for the children to take home, with many a mock sword fight thrown in to boot!
Children and adults alike took part in some crazy food themed entertainment at Intu Lakeside in May.
Day one started with Veggie Character Making Workshops and families returned for the second day to take part in our sweet Cookie Decorating Workshops. Crazy “Robotic” Chefs and Street Theatre with our versatile performer Juggling kitchen objects including frying pans, knives, fruit and hard boiled eggs drew a fascinated crowd! Comedy Stilt Walking Chefs, complete with giant fun props rounded off a recipe for a successful weekend!
Spring Has Sprung!
Children had a great time making cute themed models from kits designed for us especially for Easter when they took part in our Brick Built Workshops and our cuddly costume characters were a real favourite as they visited Centres up and down the country. Our Easter Animal Roadshows gave children the opportunity to learn about real live animals, with some lucky children even getting to gently hold them!
Easter Face Painting, Crafts Workshops an Easter Animal Roadshow and stunning Balloon Modellers put smiles on everyone’s face in Dagenham for the Easter Holidays
Our spectacular “Santa’s Magical Silver Reindeer” show performed to packed family audiences in the run up to Christmas at the East Wintergarden in London’s Canary Wharf.
With special appearances from a variety of wonderful Christmas characters including that Magical Silver Reindeer! Our festive Show included magic and illusion, a Christmas sing-along and of course Santa himself!
For thousands of children, meeting Santa in the whimsical Canary Wharf Grotto was a memory to treasure and taking home a special gift was the icing on the cake! Santa was assisted by our team of friendly, candy-striped Elves who made sure that every child had a wonderful visit to the Grotto.
Our wonderful, multi-talented Christmas performers entertained the Grotto queues using a variety of skills including juggling, ribbon twirling, contact juggling, mime, hula hoop and globe walking whilst the Elves chatted to each family as they waited, making sure that all the children had their wish lists ready for Santa!
Some of the stunning original designs created by our talented Face Painters that delighted visitors to the London Ice Carving Championships event held at Canary Wharf in January.
Our gentle Mother Christmas, in her beautiful velvet costume, fed some of our real live Reindeer with carrots when they visited Dagenham at the end of November whilst our sweet little Shetland Ponies were the focus of attention in Southampton where they pulled their own little Sleigh in the Christmas Parade before meeting the local children, each accompanied by their own groom dressed as Miss Christmas.
Our spectacular Snow Birds really lit up the town when they participated in the Christmas Parade and Light Switch on in Gravesend in November. These unique costumes are wonderful at any time of day but are really fantastic as the afternoon gets dark as their tails are lit with hundreds of brilliant lights. Perfect for evening events and a wonderful photo opportunity! Meanwhile one of our real bearded Santa’s spread some Christmas magic in Stockton on Tees
Jumping for joy as Christmas approaches our cuddly Gingerbread Man character delighted the children in Stockton on Tees when he visited them at the end of November.
From the beginning of November our professional Santa’s were already busy up and down the country making every child’s day special when they asked them “Have you been good this year……..?”. In the run up to the big day thousands of children, not forgetting Mum’s & Dad’s too, will have given Santa their secret wish list.
Our fantastic Stilt Walker Miss Ivy and her long suffering comedy Gardener were happy to lend a hand to launch Gravesend into the Britain in Bloom competition
Braving the cold weather over Easter our lovable Costume Character Bunnies gave loads of love and cuddles to children as well as some scrummy chocolate Eggs when they visited our Clients’ Centres.
Children up and down the country were delighted to visit our Mobile Easter farms where they could see lovable baby animals including ducklings, chicks, goats and bunnies!
Love was definately in the air this Valentine’s Day as our Body Painted Cupids, complete with real feather wings, were out in force “spreading the love” as well as handing out heart shaped chocolates to shoppers everywhere.
Each year Canary Wharf treat their customers to a whole host of Entertainment. Our “Santa’s Showtime” Show is enjoyed year after year by over three thousand people over two days. Lots of song and dance, magic and illusion and even an indoor “snowstorm” were part of the Show this year and Alex Winters from CBeebies joined the lineup when a magical “Jack in a Box” came to life! Leading the cast our larger than life Santa is the best we have ever seen and parents and children alike go home each year believing that they have seen the real Santa!!
Canary Wharf proudly unveiled their brand new whimsical Christmas Grotto and our performers pulled out all the stops to entertain the queue. Mr Twizzle and the Grotto staff, in the newly commissioned costumes we had made, were bursting with “Elfiness” even at the end of a long day. This year each child visiting Santa was presented with one of the lovely books we provided for the Centre as a gift from Father Christmas.
Our fantastic team of Face Painters at Canary Wharf were kept busy every weekend, transforming the children into their favourite Christmas characters, from Rudolph to Penguins, Christmas Trees, Fairies, Snowmen and many more, all topped off with a sprinkle of fairy dust (that’s glitter to you and me!).
It was Reindeer galore at the Dolphin Centre Parade in Poole this year! From real live Reindeer to Stilt Walking ones, Runaway Reindeer on their mini electric sleigh and even a brand new costume commissioned for us for a Roller Skating Reindeer. All led of course by Santa in his 18 foot long Giant Electric Sleigh which then provided a fantastic backdrop for photos with our Costume Character Rudolph and Toy Soldier. Meanwhile inside the Centre our Face Painters went down a storm and our “Name The Reindeer” competition saw one lucky boy winning a host of reindeer inspired goodies!
JH Promotions kicked off the Christmas season 2012 in style at the beginning of November by providing sixty Mix & Mingle Performers to entertain the waiting crowds gathered for the annual Harrods Parade. A very early start and a freezing morning didn’t stop our fantastic line up of artists from bringing smiles to everyone’s faces as they danced, juggled, cycled, hula hooped, bubbled and cartwheeled along the route! A colourful spectacle we are proud to have provided for Harrods for many years.
Despite being miles from the coast the visitors at Yate Shopping Centre have been enjoying some Summer Fun with our amazing Temporary Beach and some fantastic Summer themed Entertainment including Punch & Judy, Craft Workshops and a Treasure Hunt as well as some tropical sounding tunes from our fantastic Steel Band Duo. In fact it’s been so popular with the public that the Centre have extended the original one week planned to a fun-filled four weeks so, with the “beach” now in place right up to 19th August, hop along to Yate for some (under cover) Summer Beach Fun!
JH Promotions’ Entertainers spread fun, laughter and excitement nationwide, from Land’s End to John O’Groats and everywhere in between, to audiences both young and old all year round!
Our brand new Dinosaur Character, Reggie The Raptor, has been causing quite a stir visiting Centres up and down the country with his tame Scientist keepers! This seven foot tall character is twelve foot long, nose to tail and is amazingly lifelike with dino sounds, blinking eyes etc.. A once seen never forgotten Act that also has an educational element as the “Scientists” tell the public lots of amazing facts about real dinosaurs and how they lived.
St George’s Day saw our cuddly Dragon Character and “St George” entertaining the public in Dunstable where we also provided a Knight in armour on Horseback promoting the Towns’ “Dragon Hunt” and Children’s St George’s themed Craft Workshop.
Some adorable baby birds and animals attracted a crowd when they visited Centres throughout the country as part of our Easter Animal Roadshows.
Our gorgeous Hunks and stunning Feathered Show Girls on Stilts were a showstopping sensation in Tunbridge Wells, Kent on St. Valentine’s Day!
The public in Poole, Dorset, lined the streets in their thousands to watch our Entertainers in the Christmas Parade, led by Santa in his Giant Electric Sleigh which then became a fantastic backdrop for children to have their photos taken on during the day with cuddly Rudolph the Reindeer whilst others met the real live reindeer!
Our cheeky Snowman and Robin whizzed around the Centre meeting the children and our Elf on Stilts produced some wonderful Balloon Models whilst the Christmas Tree Fairy in her sparkly costume was head and shoulders above the rest and could be seen from far and wide!
Our Santa’s Showtime Show at Canary Wharf, which we have successfully provided for six years running, included Magic and Illusions, lots of Singing and Dancing, Cuddly Costume Characters plus of course Santa himself who created a Magical Snowstorm as a finale to the Show!
Our fantastic Face Painters and Comedy Christmas Characters entertained the waiting Canary Wharf crowds whilst families queued to see Santa in his Grotto.
A toe tapping Jazz Band and a whole host of exciting entertainment made store openings in Braintree and Nottingham really go with a bang!
Our Face Painters cleverly disguised the children as their own favourite pets!
It was “All Aboard!” for an exciting Pirate themed Fun Day with Lookalike “Captain Jack Sparrow” and his crew in Caterham, Surrey, where Priscilla Pirate hosted a Children’s Fancy Dress competition and great fun was had by all!