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Review: Giffords Circus

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This is a quickie, really in pictures, just to show you how fab Gifford’s Circus was. Such brilliant fun for whole families – we loved it as much as our kids. Tight rope walkers, dog handlers, a fantastic clown (and I usually find them irritating), horse riders, acrobats, jugglers, the tremendous little orchestra, brilliant costumes, and everything up close and personal. There were a couple of mistakes, but that’s the circus for you, and it made it more fun and real in a way.

It wasn’t packed out today, maybe because we went to the 11am show, which is why I thought I’d write quickly to say that you still have a chance to see it tomorrow (Sunday) – it’s the last day at Stadhampton before the circus moves westwards to Lechlade, north of Swindon. If you haven’t got anything on (not literally – that would be weird), I really recommend seeing it.

Three things to bear in mind:

1. Wear wellies. The ground is sodden and my lovely ballet pumps were swilling with mud (I know, the trauma!).

2. Steel yourself for a raft of celebs (Michael Gambon and AA Gill this morning – there’s Mr Gambon walking into my shot of Mr Muddy and the kids, below), poshies and yummy mummies. It was like a Boden/Joules/Hunter brandfest out there. You may want to don your best Primark as an antidote to the fragrant middle-classness of it all.

3. If you hit the morning show, I’d recommend heading off to LASSCO at Three Pigeons (see my previous review here), about 10 minutes drive, for a quirky, yummy lunch amongst the chandeliers, stained glass windows and general architectural oddities. The lunch menu is not built around fussy children, but they were glad to oblige my toddler with toast and jam while we tucked into cheese souffles, pork and stuffing buns and bacon, chicken and egg open sandwiches.

All in all, a fab morning.

Giffords Circus, £21 adult, £14 children, Under 3s on laps go free.

2 comments on “Review: Giffords Circus”

  • Nicky Richardson July 8, 2012

    We decided to go to the circus at the last minute on the back of your review. Had been pondering about going as it works out as quite expensive for a family but I’m glad we did – it was fab! So many talented and strong (! people and animals (which looked well cared for) under one roof, all performed with panache, comedy and class ( something of a rarity for circuses of recent decades). Thanks for the tip off to wear wellies. I saw many a ruined shoe. No celeb spotting today – they’re probably all at Wimbledon. Enjoyed a pizza from the concession outside the tent and home in time for the tennis. Perfect! X

    • Hero Brown July 8, 2012

      You’re getting out and about lady! Glad you enjoyed it. x


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