The last night of the season always goes in a flash, and with mixed emotions - triumph, sadness, relief amongst them. And there is generally an extra buzz around the charitable edge for the evening.
At the start of this year we were facing illness, building work and inclement weather. Yet through it all, we took another tour on the road
Every year we are always surprised to reach the final weekend. But this year seems to have flown by more quickly than ever.
Blink and you miss it. That is certainly proving to be the case with The Painted Wagon tour which only has another 6 weeks left to run.
We've done London, all three weeks, and it was a blast! We welcomed families, friends, actors, actresses, models, students, comedians, school groups, photographers, disadvantaged youngsters and proud parents.
Our 2016 tour, The Painted Wagon opened at home, Fennells Farm on Friday 13th May 2016. Since then we have performed 72 shows, our burgundy wagons, and troupe have rolled through Sudeley Castle, Daylesford Organic Farm Park, Blenheim Palace and Oxford University Parks and have now arrived in the big city.
What a great feeling to have finished the last round of chemotherapy. I am celebrating by sitting in bed watching the Cheltenham festival on Channel 4.
Chemo number three
I am starting about 18 weeks of chemotherapy today.
If anyone has driven past Fennells Farm recently, they will have noticed the Giffords Circus horses having a well-earned break. These lovely geldings and stallions have been out since the 28th September and will be on holiday until the end of the Christmas break when they will start on the preparations for next seasons tour “The Painted Wagon”.
We did it! 219 shows, 12 locations, and almost 100,000 people watched Moon Songs. Circus Sauce produced 89 meals, catering for 4,900 people. Good stats!
You may recall with our New Year mailer we ran a competition 'Do a Doodle' to design a costume - we had over a 150 entries.
In March we announced the winner which was Sidney Hoskins aged 7 with his picture of a Disco Spaceman.
Now 5 months on and his drawing has become reality.
This is Sidney - a week ago trying his design on for the first time - doesn't it look great!
And yes his hair was already that colour.
Sidney is going to be making his debut at the 5 pm showing of 'Moon Songs' tonight - (all sold out - sorry), revealing to his family, his school friends and the rest of the audience what a fabulous costume he designed. I think they are in for a fantastic evening.
If you go to our Facebook page @giffordscircus or follow us on Twitter at @officialgiffordscircus after the show, then you will be able to see Sidney in his amazing costume.
A little star in the making......... watch out Tweedy!