Our annual trip to Giffords Circus is the topic of much discussion and anticipation in our house. There are tribute performances to the soft tones of an accordion and talk of when they will be old enough to join the circus themselves. Such is the magic of Giffords that even in the depths of winter the experience is still very much in their hearts.
This year’s show, The Saturday Book, is a return to the tradition of variety. It is packed full of highly skilled and hilarious acts showcasing the very best of human capabilities. Working in partnership with animals (horses, a dog, goose and a flock of doves) the acts are vibrant and varied. Tweedy Clown is once again central to the show and his well timed antics had the children in stitches.
From the outset the children were wide-eyed and enraptured. Giffords deliver the full circus package from the beautifully turned out caravans to the scent of candy floss in the air as you approach the big top. The music and costumes are impeccable as ever; evoking the golden era of village green circuses that Giffords so perfectly brings to life.
This year’s acts include a tight rope walker who charms his belle, trained doves, trapeze stunts from Tweedy Clown and a troupe of acrobats who appear to defy gravity. There are gasps, laughs and complete awe from start to finish.
It is, as ever, the greatest show on earth.
Giffords Circus are touring the Cotswolds currently until the middle of September. Full dates on their site. Check out the trailer for a taste of what’s on offer…