Giffords Circus plants trees along tour route...

Giffords Circus plants trees along tour route...

Giffords Circus plants trees along tour route...

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.

Laughter is the best medicine for blue Monday

Laughter is the best medicine for blue Monday

Laughter is the best medicine for blue Monday

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.

Nell's New Book - Nell & the Circus of Dreams

Nell's New Book - Nell & the Circus of Dreams

Nell's New Book - Nell & the Circus of Dreams

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!

2019 Show name revealed...

2019 Show name revealed...

2019 Show name revealed...

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!

Nell's Circus Diary

Nell's Circus Diary

Nell's Circus Diary

Photograph: Sir Peter Blake visiting Nell

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. 

Thinking about running away with the circus?

Thinking about running away with the circus?

Thinking about running away with the circus?

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.”