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“The Great and Mighty Giffords Circus” 5 of 5 stars
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Giffords Circus
The Garden | Folly Farm, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 3BY, England
0845 459 7469
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London, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
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“The Great and Mighty Giffords Circus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

A summer treat for all the family (tiny tots to 70+). I been to Giffords Circus a couple of times now and have found each show fun and fresh. Mr. Tweedy (clown) captivates the children and has a gentle prod at even the most serious of adults (you're at the circus cheer up!). I love the personal touches such as interval tea in a mug with homemade cake. Can't wait to book again did next year.

Visited August 2013
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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
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“Great Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Been every year since it started gets better and better. The children love it especially Tweedy the clown. This year was more like a theatre show than a circus but it has great character of old fashioned England perfect for young and old.

Visited August 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
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“A Lot More Than A Circus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

It is a magical experience at Giffords Circus. More of a dramatic performance with circus acts included, I strongly recommend this for groups and families. They tour the Cotswold / West Country and have performances on Commons and Village Greens that are great backdrops for the performances. Definitely buy a programme - another work of art.

Visited August 2013
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Painswick, United Kingdom
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“An Amazing Summer Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Each year Giffords Circus creates a new show and takes it around the Cotswolds and nearby areas, setting up on village greens and doing 2 - 3 shows per day. The tent holds about 400 people, so the setting is intimate. This is not your typical circus, but there are circus acts and they are fantastic. The circus acts are woven around a story (the first one we saw was "War and Peace"). There are fabulous costumes, music, horses, juggling, high wire acts and at one point a goose walks around the ring. Tweedy the Clown provides endless entertainment. Truly not to be missed if you are in the Cotswolds between May and September. We go every summer. Travel tip: The local bring a cushion - the seats are wooden benches. Very good tea and cake is served at intermission. You can get pizza too!

Visited August 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Went with friends. Best to take a cushion as the benches are hard. It was very well organised and the ambiance was great. Edwardian style, excellent entertainment and superb musicians, acrobats, animal trainers, clown, singer and good storyline line. For all the family and they accommodate wheelchair users too. I didn't notice any loos for the disabled though, but I am sure they will let you know if you contact them.

We stayed on for the meal afterwards and this was delicious with locally sourced food and a great atmosphere with candles on the trestle tables and nicely served with good portions. Good value and you can take your own wine.

Visited July 2013
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