How to Choose a Children's Entertainer

When choosing a children's entertainer you need to feel secure you're getting someone really up to the job. After all, no one wants their children's party to fall flat by unknowingly hiring a cringeworthy amateur or someone who's just not able to connect with the children.

So how do you know you're hiring a good children's entertainer? Your first clue will be the price. Most good professional entertainers charge about the same. If you've found an entertainer who's significantly cheaper than the rest then you should question why they need to price themselves so low to get work. It's just the same as hiring a plumber or an electrician, if you hire the cheapest you could well end up regretting it!

Your next clue is to study their website. If they put care and attention into a modern, informative and friendly looking website it's a fair bet they also put care and attention into the way they entertain children and, of course, in the way they deal with you as a booker. Are there photos so you know what you're getting? Does the entertainer look presentable and smart, or are they in a cheap and crumpled old clown costume? Do they look comfortable and in control?

A good children's entertainer will also be in demand for big events. So are there mentions of other parties, events, tourist attractions or holiday parks where they've worked?

And most importantly do they have reviews so you can see what other people think who have already hired them?

You should soon get a good idea or instinct of who's a good experienced and trusted professional entertainer, and who's not!

I care very much about being a GREAT children's entertainer. I hope that comes across from the photos and details here on my website.

I've entertained audiences at festivals, holiday parks, major tourist attractions and shopping centres and of course at many many hundreds of children's parties of all sorts and sizes in homes, gardens, halls, marquees and living rooms all over the country, for many event organisers, schools, celebrities, politicians and of course many, many, many ordinary Mums!

Here's what a few of them say about me, plus a list of some of the larger events and parties I've been hired for.

If you'd like me for your party or event please send me an email with the date, location and what you're after and I'll get right back to you with the price and details.

"My Son Eric would love this."
Simon Cowell, Britain's Got Talent

"I really enjoyed your show. You have a great character and your performance was really good."
Marvin Berglas, President of The Magic Circle

"The most fantastic children's entertainment"
Louis Susman, The American Ambassador to the United Kingdom
(Children's party at his official residence)

"You totally made my son's party. You're really great!"
Hari Dhillon (plays Michael Spence in Holby City)


"You're great. Really very funny."
Sir Richard Branson, (An event at his home)

GIZMO has performed at shows and events for many hundreds of companies. councils, tourist attractions and holiday parks including:

GIZMO has also performed for all of these events and places.
As you can see, he gets around!

Abercynon Sports Centre
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Alderney Round Table, Channel Islands
Allders stores Nationwide
Alton Sports Centre
Alton Towers
The American Ambassador's Residence
Amersham Carnival
Amersham V.E. Day Celebrations
Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arsenal Football Club
Arts Centre, Pontardawe
Ascot Races
The Asda 'Oscars' Award Ceremony, Harrogate
Asda, Royal Cornwall Show
Asda Stores, Nationwide
Ashford International Hotel
Ashton 'Spirit of the Streets' Festival
The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
ATEB Community Fun Day, Milford Haven, West Wales
Aylesbury Market
Aylesbury St Georges Day Festival
Balaam Leisure Centre, Plaistow
Balham Carnival
Barking and Dagenham Borough Council
Barmitzvahs & Batmitvahs, nationwide
Basildon Market
Basingstoke Christmas Lights
Basingstoke Dickensian Christmas
Basingstoke Hockey Club
Basingstoke Party in the Park
Bath Fringe Festival
Bath Street Performance Weekend
The BBC Concert Hall, London
Bedwas Workmens Hall, Caerphilly
The Beefeater by the Tower
Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill
The Bentall Shopping Centre, Kingston
Bentall's Department Store, Kingston
Bermondsey Carnival
The Birmingham Bears
Birmingham National Indoor Arena
Birthday parties, nationwide
Bisham Abbey Sport's Center
Bishop Stortford Social Club
Bloomsbury Fair
The Bluebell Railway
Bluewater Shopping centre, Greenhithe (over 40 bookings)
The Bonnington Hotel, London
The Boverton Castle, Llantwit Major
Bowood House, Chippenham
BP Service Stations nationwide
Bradford food and drink Festival
Brecon Council
Brecon Mountain Railway
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
The Brentham Club, Ealing
Brick Lane Food Festival
Brighton Palace Pier
Brighton Trades and Labour Club, Christmas Show
Bristol County Cricket Ground
British Airways
British Home Stores, Oxford Street, London
Brittany Ferries (over 150 shows)
Broad Street Mall, Reading
Bromley Christmas Lights
Bromley Jubilee Celebrations
Brooklands Museum
Brooklands shopping centre
Brookmead Primary School, Leighton Buzzard
Broughton Gifford Village Hall
Brynamman RFC
Buckingham Golf Club
Bushey & Oxhey Donkey Derby
Bushey Park, Hampton Court
The Butes, Alderney, Channel Islands
Butlins, Minehead
Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich
Camberley Working Mens Club
Camden Town Hall
Camp Hobson, Newbury
Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, (Many repeat bookings)
Cannon Park Shopping Centre, Coventry
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Food Festival
Carfest South
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
The Castle Hotel, Llandovery
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Charles Square Shopping Centre, Bracknell
Charlton Athletic Football Club
Chatham and Rochester Carnival
Cheltenham Racecourse
Chesham Building Society, Anniversary Celebrations
Chessington World of Adventures
Christenings nationwide
Circus Haven, Tour of Haven Holiday Centres
City Hall, Perth
Civic Hall, Winsford
Clandon Park, Surrey
The Cockhedge Shopping Centre, Warrington
Coombe Haven Holiday Village
The Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington
Cornwall County Show
Cosmos Holidays, Finland
Covent Garden Street Festival
Covent Garden Market Charity Christmas Show
The Crescent Nursery School, Wokingham
Crowcombe Village Hall
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Crystal Palace Park, London
Culver Shopping Centre, Colchester
Darwin Escapes
Deutsche Messe, Hannover, Germany
Dick Whittington, Touring Show
Didcot Conservative Club
Diggerland, Kent
Dobbies Garden Centre
Doc's Place, Edinburgh
"Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" Audience warm-up, Channel 4
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre
East Ham Christmas Lights Ceremony
East Ham Market
Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon
Eden Walk Shopping Centre, Kingston
Edgbaston Cricket Club
Edinburgh Festival Calvacade
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tap Water Awards
Elm Park Christmas Lights
The Elmsleigh Centre, Staines (many bookings)
Elstree Golf Club, Christmas Party Emirates Stadium, Arsenal Football Club
Enfield Scout Fair
Epsom Racecourse
European Festival of Street Entertainers, Rochester
Excel Exhibition Centre, London
Exeter District Council
The Family Entertainer of the Year Competition
BR> The Forum Shopping Centre, Sittingbourne
Fownhope Pavilion, Hereford
Freeport Shopping Village, Braintree
The Galleries Shopping Centre, Aldershot
Gatwick Airport
George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree (18 bookings)
The Girl Guides Jamboree, Alexandra Palace
Gitex Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Glades, Bromley
Glamorgan Cricket Club
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
The Goodwood Ball, Chichester
Goldsmiths Jewellers, Store Openings, Manchester & Salisbury
The Grand Christmas Parade, London
The Grand River Race, Richmond
Great Kings Hill Combined School, High Wycombe
Greenwood Park Leisure Centre, St. Albans
Greywell Shopping Centre, Havant
Groombridge Festival of Steam, Wheels and Wings
The Grosevenor Hotel, London
The Groucho Club, London
The Grove Shopping Centre, Witham
Guernsey Liberation Festival, Channel Islands
Guildford Council
The Guildhall, London
The Gwytherin Project, North Wales
Gyle Shopping Centre, Edinburgh
The H.A.C. London (many bookings)
Hammersmith Shopping Centre
Hampstead Heath, Children's Shows (many bookings)
The Hard Rock Cafe, London
Harlow Farmers Market
Harlow Show Ground
Harrow Royal British Legion
Hastings Jack-in-the-Green Festival
Hatfield Social Club, Christmas Party
Harcourt Sands Holiday Village
Harlequin Centre, Watford
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
The Harrington House Hotel, London
The Harvey Centre, Harlow
Hastings Annual Jack-in-the-Green Festival
Hatfield Social Club, Christmas Party
Harcourt Sands Holiday Village
Harlequin Centre, Watford
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
The Harrington House Hotel, London
Harrogate Showground, West Yorkshire
The Harvey Centre, Harlow
Harrods, (over 30 separate engagements)
The Harrods Christmas Parade
Haydock Park Racecourse
Hayes Town show
Hayes Working Mens Club, Christmas Show
Haven Holidays
Haverhill Halloween Trail
Havering Council
Headingly Stadium, Leeds
The Heart of East Ham Festival
Heathrow Airport (over 20 bookings)
Heathrow Radison Hotel
Henley Management College
The Heyward Gallery, London
Hillhead Caravon Park, Brixham
Hilton Hotel, Nottingham (many bookings)
Hilton Hotel, Derby (many bookings)
H.M.P. Littlehey, West Perry
H.M.S. Belfast
H.M.S. President
Hobbs Cross Open Farm
Hoddesdon Town Centre
Holmes Place 1st Anniversary, Elstree
Home Workshop, Store Opening, Croydon
Honeybourne Village Hall, Evesham
The Honorable Artillery Company (many bookings)
Horrid Henry Film Premiere
Horsham Italian Market
Horticulteral Halls, London
Hotel du Vin, Henley-on-Thames
House of Commons, Westminster
The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City
The Hub, Bath
The Hub, Regents Park
Huntingdon Street Festival
The Hurlingham Club
Hurley Pre-school, Christmas Party
Hurst Village Hall
Hyde Park Lido, London (over 30 bookings)
Illusions Magic Bar, Bristol
Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Press launch
The International Circus Festival, Soviet Georgia
The International Festival of Street Entertainers, Guernsey
The International Hotel, Ashford
The Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green
Ironmongers Hall, London
Italian Market, Horsham
Italian Market, Bluewater
I.T. Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
BR> The Jubilee Hall, Alveston
Jubilee Place Shopping Centre, Docklands
JW3, Finchley Road, London
Kempton Park
Kensington Gardens, London (many bookings)
Kent County Cricket Club
Kent County Show
The Kent Mercury Advertiser
The Kent Spitfires
Keswick Regatta
Kimberley Clark Conference, France
The King's Mall, Hammersmith (repeat bookings)
Kingston Christmas Lights
Kingston May Day Festival
Kittila Airport, Finland
Lacock Village Hall, Chippenham
Lacoste presentation, Paris, France
Lakeside Country Club, Camberley
Lakeside Retail Awards
Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock
Lancashire Lightning
Lark-in-the-Park, Bromley
Latchen Rooms, Longhope
Leeds Castle
Legends Night Club, Gillingham
Legoland, Windsor (many bookings)
Leicester Market
Leicester St Georges Festival (8 repeat bookings)
The Leicestershire Foxes
Leon Park Fun Day, Milton Keynes
Lewisham Council
Leyton Football Club
The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford
The Lido, Hyde Park, London
'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' Film Launch
Little Easton Manor
Liverpool Children's Festival
Liverpool Police Social Club,
Llandovery Sports Centre
Llandudno Victorian Steam Fair
Llanidloes Town Carnival
Llantonian Hall, Llantwit Major
Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd
Lodge Farm Church, Caerleon
The Lollibop Festival, Regents Park
The London Arena
The London Capital Club
London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury
The London Palladium
The London Planetarium
The Lord Mayor's Show, London
Lords Cricket Ground
Losely Park, Guildford
Lothian Council
Luton Carnival
Madam Tussauds
Malden Town centre, Essex
The Mall, Bexleyheath>BR> The Mall, Dagenham
The Mall, Romford
The Maltings Shopping Centre, St Albans
Manchester Arena
The Marberissa Comedy Festival, Spain
Mardyke Woods, South Ockendon
Marks and Spencers, Bluewater
Marks and Spencers, Cheshunt
Marks and Spencers, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol
Marks and Spencers, Merry Hill, Dudley
Marks and Spencers, Pudsey
Marks and Spencers, Warrington
Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton
The Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead
The Martletts Centre, Burgess Hill
Mensa Cabaret Club
The Mensa Variety Show
The Meridian Montparnasse, Paris, France
Microsoft Christmas Party, Reading (2 years)
Microsoft Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Millennium Commission
The Millennium Dome
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island
MNBA Magic Festival
The Modigliani Room, Paris, France
MoMo's Restaurant, Regent Street, London
Moonrakers Pub, Swindon
Morton's Wine Bar, London
Mothercare, Harlow
The Moving Picture Company
MV Armorique, Brittany Ferries
MV Bretagne, Brittany Ferries
MV Columbus, Cruise & Maritime Voyages
MV Mont St Michel, Brittany Ferries
MV Normandie, Brittany Ferries
MV Pont Aven, Brittany Ferries
Myddfai Village Hall
Mynydd y Garreg Village Hall
The National Association of Street Entertainers, Press Launch
The National Health Service Parade, London
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
The National Theatre, South Bank
Nationwide Building Society Headquarters, Swindon
The NatWest T20 Blast
New Southgate and Friern Barnet Social Club
Newmarket Races
Newton Aycliffe Town Show
Nodes Point Holiday Village
Northampton Cricket Club
The Northamptonshire steelbacks
The Nottinghamshire Outlaws
Number 4 Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
Number 4 Hotel, Swindon
The O2 Arena, London
Oakleaf Sports Complex, Co. Durham
Oakmere J.M.I. School, Potters Bar
Oakthorpe Junior School, Palmers Green
The Observatory Shopping Centre, Slough
Ocean Heights Holiday Park
Old Trafford, Manchester
The Old Vic Theatre, London
The One o'clock Club, Hampstead Heath (many repeat bookings)
Oracle Exhibition Stand, Microsoft Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oracle Forum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oracle Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Oracle Network, Birmingham
Oracle Network, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Oracle Network, Endoven, Netherlands
Oracle Network, London
Oracle Network, Oslo, Norway
Oracle Network, Rhodes, Greece
Orchard Shopping Centre, Dartford
Our Lady of Visitation R.C. School, Greenford
The Oval
Paddington Performance Festival
Painshill Park (bookings for seven years)
Palace Gardens Shopping Centre, Enfield
Palmers Green Shopping Festival
Palace Pier, Brighton
Panshanger Football Club
Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath (repeat annual bookings)
Pavillion Gabriel, Paris, France
Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring
Penrhiwceiber Hall, Mountain Ash
Perran View Holiday Village
Perth City Hall
Petersfield Social Club
Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, London
Plaisterers' Hall, London Wall
The Players Theatre, London
Pontardawe Arts Centre
Portsmouth Christmas Parade
Port Solent, Portsmouth
Prestige Beauty Conference, Paris, France
The Princess Diana Playground, Kensington Gardens, London
Princess Square Shopping Centre, Bracknell
Private party for the American ambassador to the UK
Private party for Richard Branson
Private party for TV presenter Amanda Holden
Private parties, nationwide
Queens Hall, Dunoon
Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre
R.A.F. Benson
R.A.F. Conningsby
R.A.F. Preston
RAI Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Guildford
Reading Council
Regent's Park, London (25 seperate bookings)
Reigate St Mary's Preparatory & Choir School
Richmond Rugby Club
Ridgeway School, Kempston
Romford Christmas Lights
Romford Market Festival
Romford Shopping Hall
Roomes Department Store, Upminster (many repeat bookings)
Rotherham Town Festival
The Royal Academy of Music, London
The Royal Albert Hall, London
The Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth
The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
The Royal Parks of London
Ruardean Hill Baptist Church
Sainsbury's stores nationwide
St. Albans Half Marathon
St. Albans National Apple Day event
St Andrew's Parish Church, Chelsea
St. Georges Festival, Leicester (annual bookings for seven years)
St. George's Hall, Liverpool
St. George's Walk, Braintree
St. George's Hospital, London
St. George's Shopping Centre, Harrow
St. Ives Bay Holiday Park
St. Mary's University College Christmas Ball
St. Michael's School, Ashford
The St. Nicholas Centre, Sutton
Sandown Park Racecourse
Santa in Lapland, Kittila, Finland
The Savoy Hotel
Segaworld (Over 40 bookings)
Shandy Park Children's Fun Day, Stepney Green
Silverstone Racecourse
SkyFest, Edinburgh
SkyFest, London
Soho Parish School, Christmas Party
Somerfield Store Opening, Burgess Hill
Somerfield Store Opening, Dunstable
Somerset County Cricket Club
Sotherby's Auction House
South Harrow British Legion
South Ockendon Woods
Spaxton Village Hall
Spirit of the Streets Festival, Ashton Under Lyne
Spitalfields Festival
Spittal Church Hall, Haverfordwest
Stanley County Junior School, Teddington
Staines Christmas Parade
Steam On The Met, Amersham
Stockwood Park, Luton
Stoke Park Nursery, Guildford
Stratford Civic Hall, Stratford Upon Avon
Strawberry Fair, Holborn,
Streatham Vale Sports and Social Club
Strood Steam Fair
Stormont House
Stowford Farm Meadows Holiday Park, North Devon
Sundial, Barnet Hill, Surrey
Surrey County Show
Surrey Libraries
Surrey Quays Shopping Centre
The Sussex Sharks
The SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
The Swan centre, Dorking
Tblisi Sports Palace, Georgia, Soviet Union
Teignmouth Pier
Tesco stores Nationwide
Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn Garden City
Thames Valley Motor Show
Thorness Bay Holiday Village
Thorpe Park
The Time Out Street Entertainers Festival, London
The Tower of London
The Tower Pageant, London
'The Toymaster's Show', National Tour
Trelawne Holiday Park
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground
Trinity School, Manchester
Trinity School, Shirley Park
Twickenham Stadium
Two Rivers Shopping Centre, Staines-Upon-Thames
'The Ugly Duckling', Touring show
Unilever company sports day
Vauxhall Motors, car launch
Vale Holiday Parks
Vertigo Films, film premiers (4 bookings)
Victoria Hall, Campbeltown
Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney
Victoria Halls, Helensburgh
Virgin Atlantic Summer Party
Vodaphone Promotional Events, many locations
V.W.H. Social Club Christmas Party, Cricklade
Vue Cinema, Haymarket
Waitrose stores, Bationwide
Walthamstow Housing Association
Wandsworth Shopping Centre, London
Waterfront Leisure Centre, Greenwich
Watergardens Shopping Centre, Harlow
Watermoor Parish Hall, Cirencester
The Watling Festival
Weddings, Nationwide
Wembley Conference Centre
Westcliff Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea
Westcroft Leisure Centre, Fun Day, Carshalton
The Westgate Centre, Stevenage
Westminster Gala Night at the London Palladium
Westminster Palace
Whitchurch Rugby Club, Cardiff
The White Hart, Brentwood
The Whitewebbs Centre, Enfield
Whitemead Forest Park, Forest of Dean
Whitgift Centre, Croydon
Whitstable May Day celebrations
Widmouth Bay Holiday Park
Wilcote Grange Farm
Wilmslow House
Wiltshire Country Hall, Trowbridge
Windsor Park Resources Centre, Open Day
Winsford Civic Hall
Winterther House
Witham Carnival, Witham, Essex
Worcestershire Housing Authority
Worcester Winter Wonderland
World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
World Trade Centre, Hannover, Germany
Woking Town Council
Wootton Bassett May Day
Wootton Bassett Christmas Lights
The Worcestershire Rapids
Wyvale Garden Centre, Cardiff
Wyevale Garden Centre, Carmarthen
Wyvale Garden Centre, Huntingdon


Just send GIZMO a quick email with the date of your party or event and where it will be, plus any other information you think is relevant, and GIZMO will get back to you with some ideas and prices. Simple!

Featured on Britain's Got Talent
Finalist: UK Family entertainer of the Year
Winner: Tap Water Award
Finalist: ISEOTY Award
Insured and DBS cleared
Member: Equity
Member: Spotlight
Member: International Magicians Society
Member: International Jugglers Association
Member: NASE
Britains Fastest Balloon Modeller