Monday, 25 May 2015

MAGIC & MOONLIGHT AT GIFFORDS CIRCUS


Words just can't describe how wonderful Giffords Circus is this year. With a new show called Moon Songs, the vintage 1930's style circus is once again touring local Cotswold village greens and this year there is a trip to the big city too. 


This week I was invited to see the new show early on in the tour at the enchanting Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire and it was side-splittingly good. This year the tent has been transformed into an imaginary Luna Park, an eclectic Victorian fairground run by magician Odoroff, whose fake mustache was an act all by itself!


The wonderful thing about Giffords is each year you get to see favourite 'old' faces such as Tweedy the clown and jugglers Bibi and Bichu whilst welcoming new and exciting talent such as the Abyssinian Acrobats (pictured above) who made the audience gasp with their fearless tumbles and somersaults!


It isn't just about the performance either, it's about the smile you get from the usherettes on your arrival, the music from the vintage organ, Tweedy wandering around entertaining the queue with his iron called 'keef' the beautiful livery of the burgundy showmans wagons that circle the big top creating a traveling village for the artists.

In the interval tea is poured from huge Emma Bridgewater teapots into enamel mugs accompanied by large slabs of chocolate brownie. There is also delicious pizza made to order from the amazing Chadwick ovens and candy floss magically spun in bright pink. You can't help but fall under the spell of Giffords Circus.



This year is better than ever, Tweedy is shot from a cannon and turns into the man in the moon, the carousel horses come to life, snow falls over the contortionists and those looking for answers turn to Magda the fortune teller as chaos reigns in this topsy-turvy lunatic world! 


We laughed so much that our cheeks hurt and even got up and danced in the circus ring at the end too! It was a magical show and I can't wait to take the boys as they will love it so much and secretly I want to see it again too. 


After the show we were invited to dinner in the magical twinkly Circus Sauce, a 60 seat traveling restaurant that accompanies the circus on the tour. The food is locally sourced and seasonally inspired and not only beautifully presented but miraculously cooked in a tiny showmans' wagon kitchen. We dined under canvas on deep fried colcannon with cheeks & trotters, jellied ham hock, a selection of bread, the most delicious shin & oxtail cobbler (pictured below) with bone marrow and spring veg, followed by chocolate knickerbocker glory. The three course meal costs £25 for adults and £12.50 for children and must be booked in advance. The unique restaurant has earned a great reputation and books up really quickly. We have dined there twice now and it was magical on both occasions.


Giffords Circus has a place in my heart and is our annual family summer treat, if you want more info visit Giffords Circus for ticket information, Circus Sauce booking and details of upcoming shows. Giffords tours until mid-September and in June will even visit London to see if the streets really are paved with gold! 

1 comment:

  1. This looks so wonderful Emma. We are booked to go in a couple of weeks and we have booked seats at the restaurant too - it is my birthday treat. I can not wait. Beautiful photos as always x🎪📷🎪

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