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Giffords Circus – Fun for a Great Cause



Steven Kaack2Image Courtesy of  Steven Kaak

At the start of the summer we were lucky enough to be invited to attend Giffords Circus Painted Wagon show when they were situated in the beautiful setting of Sudeley Castle.

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Giffords Circus has announced that all proceeds from their closing show this year will be donated Maggie’s Cheltenham. Sales from tickets to the 5pm performance on Sunday 25 September at the circus’ HQ, Fennells Farm, will support the charity close to the circus’ heart. Giffords Circus co-founder, Nell Gifford has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer and has benefited from the support of Maggie’s Cheltenham Cancer Care Centre.



                                                                                               Image courtesy of El Gifford

El GiffordNell Gifford said: “Maggie’s have been hugely beneficial to my journey and the support they offered me at a tough time was invaluable. Cancer is something that touches each and every one of us in some way – almost all of us have a friend or family member or someone we hold dear who’s been treated for the disease. I hope Giffords Circus fans and newcomers alike will be out in force to dig deep and raise a fantastic figure for the charity, ending The Painted Wagon tour on an almighty high.”

Maggie’s Cancer Care offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Maggie’s Cheltenham Care Centre is found on College Baths Road and is a place with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people and places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Giffords Circus wish to champion the work of Maggie’s Cheltenham as a thank you for the support the charity offered Nell Gifford during her treatment for breast cancer. Returning from a sell out stint in London, Giffords Circus’ The Painted Wagon has a few dates left in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, entertaining audiences with this original whip-crackin’ horse-wranglin’ hell-raisin’ Wild West extravaganza.

Andrew Rees

Image courtesy of Andrew Rees

Directed by the critically acclaimed Cal McCrystal, The Painted Wagon invites audiences to a spectacle of eye-catching acrobatics and aerialists from far and distant lands, dancing horses, bounty hunting and gold panning, all to the beat of the “Dodge City” Giffords Circus saloon band.

The Painted Wagon comes to a close in September. Giffords Circus’ charity performance will take place on Sunday 25 September at 5pm at Fennells Farm, Lypiatt, Stroud. Tickets are priced at £22 for adults and £14 for children age 3 – 14; under 3’s go free if sitting on a lap. This includes a hog roast for which donations can be made. All proceeds from this performance go to Maggie’s Cheltenham Cancer Care Centre.

 To book tickets for the remaining dates and the final charity performance, visit www.giffordscircus.com or the Box Office on 0845 459 7469.

Outdoor Swimming at The Lido in Cheltenham

Yesterday we went with friends to The Lido, an outdoor heated swimming pool in the heart of Cheltenham. This was the first time I have taken G but as a child I used to go a lot. Growing up or living in Cheltenham, The Lido is something of an institution. No Cheltenham childhood is complete without memories of outdoor swimming at The Lido, trying to find a patch of grass when the sun is out and having fun with your friends.

The Lido was refurbished in 2007 and the trust that now runs the pool have done an amazing job of modernising the facilities whilst retaining the 1930’s vibe from when it was first built.

The Lido Cheltenham

As you walk in through the turnstiles you are greeted with the fantastic sight of the iconic fountain, the 50m pool and the art deco café at the other end of the complex. Children under 5 are free so I only had to pay for my entrance, a very reasonable £4.50 which has no time restriction, so you could stay all day if you wanted. Be warned though you do need to pay for parking but the charges are available to see on the website.

Lido Cheltenham main Pool

There are two pools, the main 50m swimming pool and a smaller children’s pool that is perfect for little ones. The depth goes from 0.5m to 0.8m and there is a small slide into the pool too. By the children’s pool is also a small paddling pool which has an elephant. The twin boys we were with who are 18 months old loved the elephant and crawling around in the shallow water.

Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham

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One of the great things about The Lido is the constant presence of lifeguards. Yesterday I must have seen at least 6 on duty with many other staff as well. This really provides you with a feeling of reassurance as they are watching all the pools at all times. My cousins were lifeguards at The Lido when they were in Sixth Form and then during University and I know that they had to do a great deal of training each year.


The Lido hosts some great events throughout the year, including open air theatre, all night swimming and on Christmas Day they open the pool for those brave enough to face the elements and work up an appetite for their Christmas Lunch.

Lido Pool (3 of 3)

The café, Café Lido is housed in a 1930’s style Art Deco building and offers a great range of sandwiches and snack meals. After a long morning swimming we tucked into delicious bacon sandwiches which really hit the spot.

Lido Pool (1 of 3)

G enjoyed his first visit to The Lido so much, he has already started asking me about when we can go next. I am so happy that he likes as much as I did when I was his age.

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