Penny Farthing for Events Company with Mr Phoebus
 
 

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Mr Phoebus has become highly recommended by large heritage organizations, charities and blue chip companies across the UK by giving a unique Visitor experience, dressing Victorian and ultimately riding Penny Farthings in style & safety. 

Mr Phoebus has dynamically placed Penny Farthings and fully trained riders to the film and television industry, launched brands, starred in advertising campaigns, made Birthdays and Weddings ultimately memorable in a unique way and given thousands of people an experience of the Victorian machine known as the Penny Farthing.

Created and Founded by Simon Hayford Morris

 
 

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It all started when…

Back in 2003 I visited a wonderful National Trust property called Snowshill Manor, a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a lifetime by Charles Wade. During that visit I was able to see a real Penny Farthing (or Ordinary) for the very first time. Although like many, I knew what they looked like - I had never seen one in real life, and I was amazed!    

A unique idea was born on that visit, and that was to create what Mr Phoebus is today.  Experiences with the Iconic machine we commonly known as the “Penny Farthing”, not just for experienced cyclists with a head for heights! But for everyone.

After months of development, creative thinking and determination, the first fully interactive, public engaging and educational Penny Farthing experience day came together in late 2003.    Since then Mr Phoebus has seen thousands of children and adults ride, learn and ultimately experience the most quintessentially iconic piece of Victorian history.

A unique attraction at some of the largest events, festivals and public gatherings, the Highly Recommended services of Mr Phoebus has gained a very impressive client list that includes The National Trust, The BBC, The Caravan Club, ITV, Channel Four, London Design Museum, to name a few.   

From supplying a full family attraction at events across the globe to providing stunning handcrafted Victorian bicycles with experienced riders to the Film and Television industry, providing the ultimate in Wedding entertainment and Birthday moments, creating the perfect Vintage inspired public engagement to promoting brands in a unique way with the most amazing staff.  


This is the unique and innovative Penny Farthing Experience, this is Mr Phoebus.

 

 

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Events

Delivering a unique and memorable experience is what Mr Phoebus and his team strive for on every event.  With expertise in dealing with the public, the fun and folly in a very Victorian spirit comes naturally.  With a visually professional, stylish and authentic range of Penny Farthings - it never fails to capture imagination at any size of event.

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Public Engagement

From the grand opening of new store to celebrating the redevelopment of a grand pier, enhancing a heritage event or giving the finishing touch to “TV Prisoner” themed after party. Mr Phoebus gives exquisite engagement in a very Victorian fashion.

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Weddings

Delivering a unique way to celebrate your Vintage inspired Wedding Day, guests can ride our very special range of custom built Penny Farthings complete with Top Hats and Tails, whilst providing the Bride and Groom with a jaw dropping 48 inch front wheeled Victorian bicycle as the perfect photographic prop. Our expert riders can ride around your venue and help you sit upon to make memories that will be talked well into the future.

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Film and Television

With an impressive portfolio of clients, Mr Phoebus supplies Authentic Iconic Penny Farthings for high quality prop use combined with a unique Actor training service fixed and multi location. Skilled RADA trained and advanced Penny Farthing riders are also available UK wide.

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The History of the Penny Farthing bike

Penny Farthing is a term used to describe a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. 

It was popular after the boneshaker, until the development of the safety cycle in the 1880s. They were the first machines to be called “bicycles”. The Penny Farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era.

An important and unfortunate attribute of the original Penny Farthing was that the rider sat high and nearly over the front axle. When the wheel struck a rock or rut the rider could have been pitched forward off the bicycle headfirst. This was called “taking a header” or simply “a header”. Headers were relatively common with the original Penny Farthing, and was a significant hazard.

 

Even so, bicycling remained the province of the urban well-to-do, and mainly men, until the 1890s, and was a salient example of conspicuous consumption.

The well known dangers of the penny farthing were, for the time of its prominence, outweighed by its strengths. While it was a difficult, dangerous machine, it was simpler, lighter, and faster than the safer velocipedes of the time.

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PENNY FARTHINGS FOR FILM AND TV PROP

The business has evolved into a multi layered company offering services diverse as visitor led Experience Days , Private Celebrations including Wedding, Birthdays and Private Parties to a fully commercial portfolio to include P.R., Press Launches, Brand Promotion and Advertising.
A specialist range of Prop Hire for the TV and Film industry completes it’s range of services across the UK and abroad.

 

We are really proud of our client portfolio that has been growing since 2013, and further Testimonials and reviews can be found here:

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Learn to Ride a Penny Farthing with Mr Phoebus

Since it’s conception in 2013, Mr Phoebus and the very unique Penny Farthing Experience has seen thousands of members of the public of all ages ride Iconic machines of the Victorian era.

 

The creative inspiration and managing director of Mr Phoebus: Simon Morris is a highly experienced graphic designer and photographer with an extensive background in sales and marketing. He has utilised his skills effectively in creation of a brand that exudes grandeur, quality and vintage styling, all synonymous with Penny Farthing Riding.

An acknowledgment of the importance of “public engagement” is very much key to the success of Mr Phoebus.  Based upon the past years of trading, Mr Phoebus continues make improvements to maintain the customer loyalty already generated by this highly respected family business.

 
Ride Penny Farthing Bike in the UK

The business has evolved into a multi layered company offering services diverse as visitor led Experience Days , Private Celebrations including Wedding, Birthdays and Private Parties to a fully commercial portfolio to include P.R., Press Launches, Brand Promotion and Advertising. A specialist range of Prop Hire for the TV and Film industry completes it’s range of services across the UK and abroad.

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