Giffords Circus – A real treat

Every year since my daughter was two years old, (she is now 11) her grandparents have treated the family to tickets to see Giffords Circus. And it is a treat.

Giffords is unlike any circus I remember as a child. The tent is a very intimate performance space which allows the audience to immerse themselves completely in the story unfolding before their eyes. There is a live, quirky band who accompany the action at all times. The music sets the pace and enhances the overall magical atmosphere.
Last year was no different, we took our annual trip to see Tweedy the clown with his acrobatic and feathered colleagues. We already have our tickets for this year’s show. The theme for 2018 is ‘My Beautiful Circus’ and it’s open from Friday 4th May right through to September. (See box office details and touring venues here).

The performance is always action-packed from start to finish, my children are on the edge of their seats several times throughout the show, holding their breath while the acrobatics become more and more daring!

No ordinary clown

Last year Tweedy was at his most daring with his hilarious quick-witted, very physical comedy sketches drawing the audience into his silliness. Tweedy is not your typical, traditional circus clown. There is no red nose, no long clumsy shoes. He is, however, supremely funny. He has long been my daughter’s hero, captivating her with his wacky yet intelligent humour. I’m sure this year will be no different!

Tweedy-at-Giffords-Circus

Tweedy at Giffords Circus

Also, unlike a traditional circus, there aren’t many animal acts, but the animals they do include are beautiful and highly respected. The horses are powerful and graceful all at the same time. It is clear to see that they have a very trusting and special relationship with their trainers. However, my all-time favourite act has to be the chickens who just did their own chicken thing!

A unique experience

The costumes bring a real sense of glamour and a theatrical feel to Giffords. All elements of the circus are extremely well crafted and thought out, providing a very slick feel to the overall performance. However, what makes this circus stand out is how they still manage to make it a very personal experience, with very much a homemade feel to it. I think that it is this which gives Giffords the unique quality that children are drawn to.

giffords circus band

Giffords circus band

On a more practical note, if you go with small children it is useful to know that there is an interval when you can buy refreshments, stretch your legs and use the Portaloos! It is a good idea to take water with you as even on a cold day, once inside the tent, it can get hot. Over the years I’ve also noticed that more and more families are bringing cushions from home to sit on during the performance for added comfort!

For more information visit: Gifford Circus

Giffords Circus


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