With nearly 200 entries to our #buildyourwagon competition, Nell Gifford and her children had a really hard job choosing just three winners ~ so they didn't they've chosen five competition winners! Congratulations Martine Lovell, Clover age 11, Sarah Elsley, Mary Cheston-Burt and Lucy Batchelor you have all won a family ticket to the circus!
Nell’s sister is businesswomen Emma Bridgewater, so it was only natural that a few years back Nell and Emma put their heads together and the Giffords Circus limited edition Emma Bridgewater mug was created. Each year a new limited-edition mug is designed and produced in Emma’s Stoke-on-Trent factory, and the mugs have fast become a firm favourite of Giffords Circus fans and Emma Bridgewater fans alike. Here's a look at the process that goes into making every mug…
There’s no such thing as a winter break for the team of designers and artists here at Giffords Circus. This year an ambitious task has been set to restore all the iconic circus wagons using traditional hand painted methods before the 2018 tour opens on 4th May...
The Great Giffords Advent Giveaway is back and we have a wealth of Giffords Goodies to giveaway along with a gorgeous Gem Hall Photography print, the most beautiful bracelet from Taylor Black and tickets for Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace and Stonor Park & Gardens. It's a free prize draw, we'll post a different prize on our Facebook page everyday and to enter you simply 'like and share' our daily posts from the 1st to the 24th December. A little festive cheer to get us in the Christmas mood.
It's the end of the Giffords Circus season and a time of goodbyes. You have lived with the circus village on tour since the spring and suddenly it's autumn. The ground is wet, the evenings are dark. The circus lights seem brighter in the dark and the warm bright intensity of the tents contrasts with the mud and brown leaves outside.
I have been overwhelmed by all the incredibly kind people who have written since the last newsletter. There are too many emails, cards and letters to reply individually but thank you so much for each and every message.
Talk about riding the crest of a wave! Two months has passed since we took Any Port in a Storm on the road. And it has been magical. The opening at our HQ Fennells Farm was a whirlwind as it is every year - bedding the new in (so to speak!), reacquainting the old, and pushing the 2017 Giffords Circus family onto the road for the summer.
This year will be a masterpiece! Cal McCrystal, Nell and Toti are putting their heads together to work wonders with artistes from around the world. We are blessed to draw talent from Cuba, Brazil, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany
Last week a surge of talent descended on Fennells Farm for the production meeting, a key day for the show's creation. It is an extraordinary day of collaboration. Old working relationships being rekindled and new ones being formed. We all talk, ponder, laugh, question, observe, listen, all working to the same goal, a vision of Any Port in a Storm. The buzz is palpable
There is always a shift in energy when the paint brushes come out. The new Art Department is coming on leaps and bounds as we fast forward into spring. It is a glorious time of the year with longer days, temperatures in double digits and colour returning to the landscape. And where better than at Fennells Farm.
Why don’t you let your imagination run wild and write a short story? Create a legend from the deep, or a tale of a heroine lost at sea and enter our creative writing competition based on the theme ‘Any Port in a Storm’.
We have our first round of production meetings next week which we are all very excited about. It is when the creative juices really start to flow, the meat is added to the bones and thoughts tumble onto paper.
It happens every year. The clocks go back and the nights draw in. But it still comes as a shock to the system. And being typically British, it becomes a much loved topic of conversation. The US Election? Bah. Brexit? Tosh. Nothing creates a furrowed brow as much as the annual nose dive into the long dark evenings.