Zippos Circus - supporting Children with Cancer

Wednesday 18th September 2019


Every autumn Zippos Circus hosts a special circus performance for the charity Children with Cancer, a United Kingdom-based charity dedicated to raising money for research and providing care for children with cancer and their families. Zippos Circus has been involved with the Charity, and its predecessor the Paul O'Gorman Trust, for more than 25 years. In 2019 our performance will again be for those children suffering with cancer, and we expect around 300 young people at this very special show. Through the amazing generosity of those who sponsor the event, this wonderful event is expected to raise an in excess of £250,000.

Children with Cancer said: We wanted to say a HUGE thank you from everyone at Children with Cancer UK to you and to everyone at Zippos Circus for making Saturday so memorable for us! We had a truly fantastic time and have received some lovely messages from the parents. Here are a few of them: 'Thank you for a great day out. It bought a smile to our little boys face after a really sick few days. We had such a lovely day!' ' Thank you ever so much for a wonderful day that we thoroughly enjoyed as a family. It was great to see joy on my little girl's face.'

The photos from the day are now online and you can view them here.

For more information about Children with Cancer and their work, visit:

Zippos Circus supports Rotary Club International

Wednesday 18th September 2019


Zippos Circus invites Rotary Clubs in each town to come to the circus to raise funds for their chosen charities and causes. In this way, Clubs around England and Scotland have raised thousands of pounds with the help of Zippos Circus and through the generosity of their audiences. Rotary members believe in a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues and the ACP initiated the idea to encourage all Member circuses to offer the opportunity to take collections following circus performances.

Rotary Club of Elgin - "Many thanks on behalf of Rotary Elgin for providing us with the opportunity to do some fundraising at the end of Zippos Circus' shows whilst you were in Elgin. The total sum we raised was £553.66 which was absolutely amazing."

Rotary Club of Twickenham - "I am writing on behalf of the Rotary Club of Twickenham upon Thames to thank Zippo's Circus for your invitation to make a collection for the Club at your Circus. I can truly say we had a bit of fun as well as collecting from your visitors to the Circus."

Rotary Club of Barkingside collected with the Rotary Club of Roding - "Thank you so much for allowing us to collect. Zippos' staff were absolutely wonderful especially the ringmaster. We divided the takings equally between the two clubs. We all wore tabards and people asked us about Rotary - which is always a good thing."

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Circus Berlin Brand New Show!

Wednesday 2nd August 2019


From the producers of the some of the world’s finest Circuses comes a brand new show specially created for a exclusive UK tour. Continental Circus Berlin with an amalgamation of brilliant Circus acts, music & real youthful energy, incorporating fantastic performers from all over the world.

In an age where so much entertainment is unreal, made up of special effects, CGI and has a virtual reality, being pre-recorded, multi-tracked, digitally enhanced or in some other way electronically created - the sheer reality of a live show is a breath of fresh air and the feats and skills seen at Continental Circus Berlin are often so amazing that the Circus-goer literally can not believe their eyes.

Circus Extreme European Tour

Wednesday 2nd August 2019


THIS YEAR a brand new death-defying and extreme circus is descending on the UK & Ireland as part of it’s European tour. A one-of-a-kind performance that has been five years in the making and features some of the most talented & dare devil performers in the world

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme which features show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

Featuring high tec lights & special effects this in undoutably the largest & most spectacular Circus touring the UK & Ireland.

Circus of Horrors 25th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday 2nd August 2019


When the Circus of Horrors started in Glastonbury '95 people thought it would run for 25 weeks let alone 25 years, yet here we are a quarter of a century later still touring all over the World, still getting rave reviews & still getting loads of media coverage, the show has already this year performed for the 4th consecutive year at this years Download Festival & returned to the Glastonbury Festival.

As part of our 25th Anniversary tour we will be performing with The Damned at The London Palladium, a show promoted by Hammer House of Horrors and announced by Jonathan Ross, there will also be a torch light parade along Argyle St where we will try & set a new Guinness World Record for over 1040 Vampires in the same pace at the same time. This event sold out within 5 days of going on-sale & is sure to give us a lot of media attention for the 25th Anniversary.

Rave reviews for Giffords

Monday 15th July 2019


Giffords Circus is celebrating rave reviews following a celebrity packed two week stand in London, where Hugh Grant said Giffords Circus was “The most fun you can have in a tent”.

The Guardian
“Cal McCrystal brings a woozy vibe to Giffords Circus, though these hippies are versatile performers and formidable athletes” - Michael Billington

The Observer
“There is a familiar loved star in Tweedy the actually funny clown, who arrives tugging his pet – an iron called Keith – on a lead: “Sit! Stay!” Lil Rice is a newer glory: unyielding, glittering, with a voice that shimmies through sandpaper, as she spins round the ring spread-eagled in her cyr wheel. And Nell Gifford, queen of the circus, appears on horseback through white clouds of mist to the sound of the Kinks’ refrain… thank you for the days.” - Susannah Clapp

The Mail On Sunday
“This year’s offering, directed with panache by Giffords regular Cal McCrystal channels a feel good vibe of flower power and free love, set to a euphoric Sixties beat.” - Mark Wareham

The Oxford Mail
“This is the circus for people who don’t really do circuses. It has nothing in common with the big operators. This is circus with a hint of music festival and the sweet flavour of a village fete.” - Tim Hughes

The Stage
“The little circus with a big heart” - Neil Norman

Cotswold Life “On (exceptional) vocals, acting as the night's ringmaster and sporting what is probably the hippest, most sequined suit outside of Liberace's wardrobe (respect to takis), is Michael Fletcher. His vocals really are outstanding (note to self: take a phone book along for him to vocalise some time) and are beautifully complemented by those of Lil Rice.“ - Candia McCormack

Spy in the Stalls
“Witnessing the performers having as much fun as we, the audience, created a special bond through the shared experience” - Pippin

The Chiswick Calendar
“Xanadu is colourful, creative and absolutely not to be missed. Even the programme is a work of art.” - Bridget Osborne

Gloucestershire Live
“…you could be rubbing shoulders with stars in the audience - last year everyone from Jennifer Saunders to Davina McCall caught the Giffords bug.” - Jenni Phillips

Seeing Dance
“They’re back and better than ever!” - Charlotte Kasner

Nell Gifford’s debut children’s book

Monday 8th April 2019


The beginning of May is an exciting time for Nell Gifford and Giffords Circus. On 2nd May, Nell’s debut children’s book Nell & The Circus of Dreams is published by Oxford University Press. The following day, on Friday 3rd May the 2019 Giffords Circus tour Xanadu opens.

About the Story Book:

When a little girl called Nell makes friends with a tiny chick on her farm, it is the start of a journey that leads her into a dreamy circus realm. Was it something real or did it spring from her imagination? Nell will never be sure . . . but she leaves the tent uplifted by the wonderland that she found inside.

Nell & The Circus of Dreams can be bought through the Giffords Circus shop for £10.

Giffords Circus Annouces Name For 2019 Show

Tuesday 8th January 2019


Giffords Circus is starting the New Year with a bang by announcing the name of their 2019 show – XANADU.

It is midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the flower power movement is at its height. Hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads with shamanic horses gather to play, sing, dance, protest and perform. Policemen and a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations. Will they get in the groove? Nell Gifford builds a pleasure-dome and Tweedy has a job in the kitchen as he thought everyone was talking about “Flour Power”. As evening approaches, the ever more chaotic event careers towards a joyful, transcendental finale. Be there or be square!

Xanadu opens on Friday 3rd May in Giffords Circus hometown of Stroud, Gloucestershire, before touring the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, London, Berkshire and Wiltshire throughout the summer.

Fans of Giffords Circus include Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson, Helena Bonham-Carter and Vivienne Westwood, but despite a celebrity following Giffords remains a ‘village-green’ style show at heart that continues to sell out shows to all who have fallen under its spell.

“2019 is the new summer of love and there’s a new dawn breaking at Giffords Circus as the big top is transformed into a lush green pleasure-dome,” said Nell Gifford, show producer and founder.

“There will be a hint of the seventies in the styling of this year’s show and we are having great fun drawing inspiration from the music and art of this time.”

Tickets for Xanadu are on sale now: or by calling 01242 691181

Cirque Berserk! Christmas Season in Hyde Park

Thursday 20th December 2018


After performing in theatres all year, Cirque Berserk! returns to the Megadome at London's Hyde Park Winter Wonderland until 6 January with 'Inferno', performing three 50-minute shows each day that bring together raw thrills, danger, exhilaration and beauty combined.

This year we have an act that confirms the diversity of circus. Rafael Ferreria was born with a congenital condition called arthrogryposis which rendered his legs useless. He uses a wheelchair yet has created a stunning hand to hand acrobatics performance with his circus partner, Alan Farelo. The strength and skill in this act really has to be seen. Alan plays a Shakespearean Caliban character, and Rafael sets him free from his iron mask and cage. And as their hands/friendship grows Rafael leaves his wheelchair and is free too. This duo are from Brazil and have worked on this act for four years.

The full height of the Megadome is used as Abdul dances, skips and rides a bike on the high wire, while fearless sisters Kizzy and Tilly perform their artistry on aerial silks and trapeze. Athough everyone has been asking master-illusionist Kim Kenneth about his act, he's far too professional to share his secrets.

As you might expect from 'Inferno', fire features throughout the show, from the Centners' sensational juggling on a quad bike to Fernanda's amazing fire spinning. And the one act we had to bring back is the Lucius Team's Motorcycle Globe of Death - they reach 60mph as the Globe splits open!

Zippos Circus at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Thursday 20th December 2018


The Hyde Park Winter Wonderland festival has grown during the past ten years into a landmark event for Londoners and tourists alike,and Zippos Circus is proud to have been a part of this success in presenting an all-new circus show each year. As well as the circus shows, this Winter extravaganza includes more than 100 spectacular rides and attractions to create a joyous Winter atmosphere.

Zippos Christmas Circus is presented inside the Circus Megadome, Zippos fully heated theatre-style 'Big Top' and the largest tented structure in the UK. Between the 23rd of November and January 6th, there are three performances of 'Cracker' each day, featuring the finest artistes from around the world.

Hosted by Ringmaster Paul 'Winnie' Winston, the show's Christmas theme features Fips the Christmas Elf, assisted by one-metre tall aerialist Paulo dos Santos as the Spirit of Christmas. High above the circus ring is Ellie on the Swinging Trapeze, while Fidel and friends from Cuba bring Christmas sunshine with their up-beat skipping. 21-year-old David from Italy is one of the world's leading jugglers, and his routine includes juggling nine rings, Mongolian contortionist Ebby fires an arrow from a bow using her feet, and Vitalie and Andre spin and somersault on the Wheel of Death.

Comedy is from Fips, Paulo and Winnie with their Ghost routine, or Fips and Beau making a mess with paste, depending on the show-time, and the Finale includes Zippos dancing Christmas Bears, and Father Christmas himself!

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