Saturday 15 December 2018

Giffords Circus My Beautiful Circus review

Bursting into life for another year armed with a new big top and a dazzling show to boot, Giffords Circus came up trumps once again with heaps of hilarious laughter and captivating circus skills unlike any other.

In a nutshell

Gloriously entertaining and all served up with a huge helping of nostalgia that leaves you feeling fuzzy and warm.


The review

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With the brand-new big top standing proudly across the field, we eagerly made our way to the opening night of the My Beautiful Circus tour, with the much-loved Tweedy wandering around with his infectiously funny quick wit, giving us a very warm welcome.

Inside the tent, we were transported into the weird and wonderful magical madness that is Giffords, complete with glitz, sparkle, and a charming nostalgia that’s perfectly complemented by glorious live music from the circus orchestra.

With the lights turned down, Giffords spread its unique, enchanting energy which soon had us forgetting where we were, whilst Tweedy kicked things off with a huge dose of slapstick silliness that had us erupting with laughter as the whole tent came to life.


Incredible acts


Keeping us on the edge of our seats, the circus unfolded before our eyes with an incredible show of astounding acrobatics, balancing acts and dazzling dancing that was bigger and better than ever.

Thrilling tricks and tumbles transformed the tent into a captivated chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as we watched sensational sisters contort into unbelievable poses whilst balancing on a ladder, as well as twists, turns and fiercely-thrilling flips from the Italian acrobats.

Effortlessly elegant drape dancing twizzled around the ring, whilst frightful flips had us watching from the edge of our seats. Meanwhile the hilarious antics from Tweedy broke any hope of remaining serious, keeping all ages roaring with laughter as he tried to get himself out of various pickles, with puns aplenty.


Four-legged friends


Promising so much more than just a circus show, Giffords wouldn’t be complete without some help from four-legged friends, with this year’s show featuring a Dachshund sequence that is nothing short of a delight for the eyes.

Perfectly poised ponies and a hilarious talking turkey give Giffords a family feel that takes you back to your childhood and makes you forget that there’s any world outside the tent at all.

Paying homage to 250 years of circus, My Beautiful Circus is a must see and just impossible not to enjoy.


SoGlos loves

With Giffords’ very own Circus Sauce travelling restaurant serving up feverously good foodie delights after selected shows, audiences can book their place for an evening or afternoon to remember.


Top tip

Don’t miss the souvenir wagon at Giffords Circus where you can buy everything from magnificent mugs to beautiful bags to mark your visit.


What next?

For more information, see Giffords Circus, call 0845 459 7469, or visit giffordscircus.com directly.

By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Tuesday 08 May 2018

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