Giffords Circus is a magical vintage village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter. It’s a Cotswolds institution, founded in 2000 by Nell and Toti Gifford and to date it has been visited by over one million people. Giffords is much more than a circus, it’s a magical nod to old fashioned circus with a glamorous twist.
It’s a side-splitting show directed by comedy genius Cal McCrystal that appeals to both young and old, and with a cult following of local farmers, rock stars and A-list celebrities. Step inside the tent into a colourful madcap world of acrobats, jugglers, horses, musicians, dancers, and Tweedy the Clown. A production that would rival any West End show.
“The most fun you can have in a tent. Genius. Children vomiting with laughter.”
– Hugh Grant
The word ¡Carpa! originates from the Spanish word ‘tent’ and refers to a removable canvas roofed structure used for a travelling theatre, much like a circus. ¡Carpa! was a type of theatre that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s in Mexico and the southwestern states in America.
“Our 2022 show will evoke the sights and sounds of rural Mexico. I have directed in that splendid country several times it is a place that I greatly admire. Mexico’s incredible art, music, history, and people will be our inspiration. We are bringing Mexican performers over to join the troupe and with them we will create a show full of skill, humour, turmoil and excitement.” – Cal McCrystal, Director
The UK tour opens at the Circus’s HQ in Stroud, Gloucestershire on 14th April 2022, Easter weekend, before touring the UK taking in all your favourite venues such as Bowood House & Gardens, Daylesford Organic, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, Chiswick House & Gardens, Stonor Park, Barrington, Minchinhampton Common, Marlborough Common and Stratton Meadows in Cirencester.
New for 2022 are Evenley Wood Gardens in Northamptonshire and Home Farm Live in Elstree, Hertfordshire and we are excited to be returning to the Frampton Estate in Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire.
Adults : £20 – £35
Children : £10 – £25
In 2022 Circus Sauce will once again tour alongside Giffords Circus. Circus Sauce is Giffords unique, travelling licensed restaurant which opens for dinner following the show. It has a weekly changing set menu of three-courses costing from £40 adults and £20 children.
“One of the most memorable and enjoyable restaurants imaginable” Gastronomica
Dinner is a rustic extravagant inspired three-course feast, served on large Emma Bridgewater serving platters and using local and seasonal ingredients by a team of talented chefs, led by Circus Sauce Head Chef and cookbook author Ols Halas.
“And what food! They source the freshest produce available” Observer Food Monthly
Circus Sauce is now licensed and will be selling a range of beer, cider, and wine.
“All my children (and me) want to run off to join this circus.”
– Sophie Ellis-Bextor
For more information and to book tickets for Giffords Circus ¡Carpa! Or Circus Sauce please visit giffordscircus.com
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