• Big Foot Events is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will enable Big Foot Events to continue sourcing and providing extraordinary Live Entertainment and Themed Events as well as begin touring the Jurassic Earth Theatre Show!

Big Foot Events are thrilled to receive a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Big Foot Events in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

This grant will enable Big Foot’s Event Team to return to work full-time, and continue to produce spectacular events, support incredible artists, and introduce new talent to the UK. It also means we can begin planning for 2021 and 2022 Events and a Jurassic Earth Theatre Tour!

Established 2005, Big Foot Events is an Entertainment & Events Company divided into 3 Key Areas:

  • Management of Live Bands and Acts, responsible for supplying work to multiple Live Bands, Acts and Celebrities throughout the UK. Providing extraordinary, unique Artistes, as well as Props, Event Equipment and Interactive Games for Themed Events.
  • Dinosaurs & Jurassic Earth: Our brand ‘Hire Dinosaurs’ is the leading ‘go-to’ company for Dinosaur Themed Days, Events, Education, Activities & Theatre Show: “Jurassic Earth”. Their Dinosaurs have appeared on Dancing On Ice, Don’t Tell The Bride, Secret Lives of 4 Year Olds and many other TV shows. They also appear regularly at Celebrity Birthday Parties!
  • Workshops & Specialised Events: Big Foot Events develop and create bespoke Workshops & Themed Events for Shopping Centres, Corporate bodies, Council BID Event, Communities and Resorts: These range from Wellbeing & Mindfulness Workshops to Superheroes, Crafts, Fairy-tale, Magic and Circus Themes.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Erica Crompton, Director of Big Foot Events, which encompasses Hire Dinosaurs and Snow Control, said: “We are thrilled to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Live Entertainment and Themed Events and extremely grateful to have received funding.

We pride ourselves on our reputation and our team are passionate about delivering extraordinary events – we can’t wait to be back in full swing creating amazing and showstopping events all over the UK! We have one of the most diverse rosters in the UK, providing award-winning live bands, artistes and celebrities, as well as themed props, productions and creative installations. Throughout lockdown, we continued to develop Socially Distanced shows and workshops and worked on Virtual Events, as well as creating an innovative new Dinosaur Theatre Show, ‘Jurassic Earth’ which opened at Blackpool Opera House Winter Gardens in October last year and following 9 successful sell-out shows is back again this year!”

Tickets for Jurassic Earth are available here:

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.