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.
Lisandra Austin is a circus aerialist that has been performing for over 16 years in circus around the world. Born in Havana, Cuba, Lisandra is married to seventh-generation circus owner and artist Patrick Austin, who is this year’s Giffords Circus tent master and they have a one-year old son Logan.
At the end of May I received the most difficult news that I have secondary breast cancer. If you've had primary cancer this is what you dread to hear. From an initial grim prognosis, I've been working with the most amazing team of physicians and oncologists as I thoroughly intend to be here for years and decades to come.
On Tuesday, 8th May 2018, Giffords Circus put on a special ‘one-off’ Q&A session following the evening performance.
“I am often asked about careers within the circus industry.” Says Nell Gifford, owner of Giffords Circus.
“There are so many roles involved here at Giffords, from performers to designers, directors, clowns and musicians, it is the most amazing industry to work in and is often overlooked as an art form and career option.”
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...