This Autumn Nell Gifford, owner of Giffords Circus, will be appearing at a book festivals to read her debut children’s book Nell & the Circus of Dreams that was published earlier this year. Read where you can see Nell here…
You ‘herd’ it here first! Tweedy, Giffords Circus clown visited local charity Longfield in Minchinhampton to put on a pop-up performance at The Hub, on Tuesday, 13th August 2019 to raise money and awareness for the work they do with people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
There is nothing better than putting together a summer manifesto of fun things to do whilst the weather is good. Why not make a list of your own? Here are a few of ours to inspire you, do share on social media using #giffordssummeroflove
Tweedy, Giffords Circus much-loved and very mischievous clown visited St. James City Farm in the heart of Gloucester earlier today to cause mischief and mayhem. As part of the 21st birthday celebrations Tweedy presented the City Farm with a cheque for £500, a gift from Giffords Circus to be put towards their amazing and inspiring work within the local community, which includes subsidised riding lessons.
Grundon has celebrated its 90th anniversary in style by teaming up with Giffords Circus for a fun-filled weekend of performances under the big top in Windsor. The shows brought together two famous families who put passion, inspiration and service at the heart of everything they do.
Nell Gifford, founder of Giffords Circus has been working with film maker and photographer Gem Hall to create the most beautiful, poignant and heart felt documentary ‘Nell Gifford: Behind the Curtain’.
Launched today at a time of increased media activity, the film illustrates Nell’s life as a mother, circus doyenne, horse woman, entrepreneur, cancer sufferer, and all that it entails. ‘Nell Gifford: Behind the Curtain’ contains archive footage of Giffords Circus and candid interviews with Nell Gifford, all expertly chronicled by Gem Hall.
Tweedy visited the Family Space in Hester’s Way, Cheltenham for a pop-up performance yesterday and to present the charity with a cheque from Giffords Circus for £500 towards their work in the local community.
Thanks to the support and encouragement of Helen Mortimer at Oxford University Press (OUP) the spirit of Giffords Circus has come to life in this new children’s picture book, Nell & the Circus of Dreams.
We are offering you to win the opportunity to come and see the dress rehearsal for our 2019 tour Xanadu at 6pm on Thursday 2nd May. Director Cal McCrystal leads the company through a three-week rehearsal period in the tent at the Giffords Circus farm in the Cotswolds, ahead of us hitting the road in May.
We wanted to mark the 250th anniversary of circus in 2018 in our own unique Giffords Circus way, so after chewing the end of our pencils, we thought what better way to mark our 2018 tour than planting trees along our route.
Our tour includes some of the most beautiful village greens, parks and estates in the country and we have already planted an oak tree at Stratton Meadows, Cirencester and a ‘Blenheim orange’ apple tree at Frampton Estate in Frampton-on-Severn. We will soon be visiting Blenheim Palace and Stonor Park to plant black poplars, and Marlborough Common and Sudeley Castle to plant oak trees.
We are really excited to be trialing two relaxed performances during our 2019 Xanadu tour and have been working closely with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, who already put on successful relaxed performances of their pantomime.
Giffords Circus is urging people to laugh this January as there is no better medicine to fend off the January blues, especially on ‘blue Monday’, said to be the most depressing day of the year.
Blue Monday this year falls on the 21st January 2019. It is a made-up day based on pseudo-science that claims it’s the most depressing day of the year due to several factors; from the gloomy January weather, credit card bills and debt from Christmas and broken New Year’s resolutions.
We are hugely excited for 2019 as Nell's new book Nell & the Circus of Dreams is being published in May by Oxford University Press. A beautifully produced picture book, it tells the story of a young girl called Nell who meets a tiny chick called Rosebud. Their new friendship is the trigger for a dreamlike journey into the imaginative realm of the circus. Nell helps to prepare the tent, eats with a circus family in their caravan, and even performs with them in the show!
We are starting the New Year with a bang by announcing the name of our new 2019 show –XANADU.
It is midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the flower power movement is at its height. Hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads with shamanic horses gather to play, sing, dance, protest and perform. Policemen and a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations. Will they get in the groove? Nell Gifford builds a pleasure-dome and Tweedy has a job in the kitchen as he thought everyone was talking about “Flour Power”. As evening approaches, the ever more chaotic event careers towards a joyful, transcendental finale. Be there or be square!
We are really excited to be putting on a small but perfectly formed art exhibition and sale here at Fennells Farm on the last weekend of our tour, 29th & 30th September. The work on display and for sale will be work from Nell Gifford and also from the Giffords Artist in Residence for 2018, Gregory Smart, who is from a renowned circus family.