Keep those wagons rollin’

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.

“One of the things that makes Giffords Circus so beautiful are the sixteen 1930’s vintage style showman’s wagons that we have either restored or built from scratch.” Says Nell Gifford, owner of Giffords Circus.

“To us the exterior of the circus – the tent, the wagons and the landscape – is as much a part of the circus as the show.”

The team of skilled painters, carpenters and sign writers are using traditional coach painting techniques to restore and repaint the wagons.

“There are about nine processes involved in the painting alone.” Says Louisa Birkin, Head of the Art Department at Giffords Circus.

“All the wagons are sanded down, then primed before being hand painted with special enamel paint blended by Bailey’s Paints in Stroud to our Giffords burgundy shade and sign written by hand here at Fennells Farm. It’s a traditional process that isn’t often used in this day of spray-painting.”

The wagons are all being painted ready for the new tour, My Beautiful Circus, which opens in Stroud, Gloucestershire on 4th May 2018. Buy your tickets now.