Friday, 10 August 2012

I want to run away with the circus...


It's not officially summer holidays until we visit Giffords Circus - a small vintage circus that tours village greens around the Cotswolds. Usually we are too keen to see it, to wait until it gets to our favourite venue, Minchinhampton Common in August, but this year we did wait and tonight we were rewarded with the perfect summer evening, all long shadows and children jigging excitedly. As we drove across the common, it's always so exciting to see all the showman's wagons painted with their burgundy livery, all lined up around the glorious big top.




Our favourite act is Tweedy the clown (pictured above), he has the audience in stitches, and for us he's always the star of the show. It was also a delight to see the return of Nancy Trotter, who I remember from past shows, her performance this year with doves was just brilliant! The boys were captivated and I as always just dreamed of sneaking through those red curtains, backstage to run away with the circus!


As always the costumes were amazing, I loved the orchestra's 'Victorian bordello' styling and the exotic feathers of the girls. Giffords Circus runs until September 16th 2012 and tickets are £14 children and £21 adults.

More Gifford's Circus pictures here.

7 comments:

  1. Yay, what fun! We are going on Bank Holiday Monday so lovely to get a sneak preview.

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    1. It was enchanting as always ~ have fun and be warned those who sit in the front row - there is audience participation this year!

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  2. I would so love to go- it was up the road from us a couple of weeks ago but we couldn't stretch our summer budget to buy tickets, unfortunately. Maybe next year!

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  3. So glad you had a good time, but let's face it, it would be pretty difficult not to wouldn't it?!

    Suzie x
    http://suziewilliamsphotography.tumblr.com

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  4. Hooray - I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps we should all do a blog night out at Giffords in 2013? I am aching to dine with the cast after an evening show.

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  5. What a fantastic old fashioned experience.The photos are all amazing.

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  6. That looks like the perfect Summer entertainment! I love an old-school circus.

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