Ahead of opening night earlier this week we invited some rather special guests to visit Giffords Circus from Gloucestershire Young Carers to learn some circus skills with much-loved circus clown, Tweedy, and have a tour of the circus behind the scenes.
Nell has been having a huge clear out of old signs, props, costumes and odds and sods that are no longer wanted. So instead of having a garage sale, we have decided to pop everything into one of our tents at the circus and have a ‘tent sale’
We are celebrating rolling into Marlborough Common this week with our new show Xanadu that has been playing to full houses throughout the summer. Ahead of the circus opening this Friday, 30th August our clown Tweedy has presented local charity, Charlie’s Charity with a cheque for £1,000 towards their work supporting children to fund their sporting ambitions in the community.
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.