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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this bank holiday weekend

Whether you're planning to relax in the sun or fill your weekend with family fun, here's our top pick of alternative things to do in and around the county this weekend.

1# Take a dip at Stratford Park Lido 

Stratford Park Leisure Centre's 50 metre spring-fed Lido pool is perfect for a cooling dip and it always opens on the Saturday before the Spring Bank Holiday.

Weather permitting, it is open until September 1, from 11am every day.

Admission is £4.50 for adults and £2.70 for children - under eights must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or adult over 18, with a maximum of two children per adult. There is also a toddler pool alongside.

It is open until at least 5pm as a minimum every day including Bank Holidays but staff endeavour to keep it open until 7pm during busy periods.

2# Enjoy a mesmerizing version of timeless Bard classic at The Barn Theatre 

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is about to stage a thrilling production of Shakespeare's timeless classic Henry V.

Set in modern surroundings, this tale of war, its victors and victims, is cleverly brought up to date and explores the conflict between tradition and modernity in Britain through the lens of a nation at war.

From musical theatre to Shakespeare, Aaron Sidwell (Wicked, American Idiot, Loserville, Ghost, EastEnders) and Lauren Samuels (Bend It Like Beckham, Romantics Anonymous, We Will Rock You, Grease, Water Babies, Over The Rainbow) will star as Henry and Katherine respectively.

Henry V runs at The Barn from May 22 to June 22 and will be directed by Hal Chambers.

The production will feature an atmospheric neon scenography to place the audience in the current moment, whilst maintaining the beauty of the text. This will be set alongside a beautiful original score to transform Shakespeare's work into a modern, mesmerizing spectacle of tension and excitement.

For more information and box office details, visit

3# Dance the night away to The Feeling at Lechlade Music Festival 

Lechlade Festival organisers are expecting record numbers at the Riverside Park this weekend.

The fine, dry weather has boosted ticket sales, with camping tickets almost sold out for the three-day festival taking place over the bank holiday weekend.

Now in its 9th year, the festival will see British rock band The Feeling top the bill on Sunday night, with That 80s Rock Show taking to the Renishaw Main Stage on Saturday night.

Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. Fabulous food, real ales, stalls and rides complete the weekend.

Find out more at the Lechlade Festival website or via Facebook and Instagram.

4# Take part in nine days of creativity at Taurus Crafts 

Taurus Crafts, based near Lydney, are putting on an exciting 9-day programme bursting with creativity for families to enjoy this half-term holiday.

With many families looking for something to do during the school holidays, this provides an excellent choice of creative drop-in workshops; slime making, creature your own dragon or fairy wings, reptile handling, chocolate painting, magic show, crown & wand making, fossil hunting, puppet show, rock painting with FodRocks Make & Take, face painting, rain-stick making and paint your own pot.

Families can get creative and 'make together' with all the materials, tools and experts on hand to take the stress out of keeping the kids busy.

The sessions are all published on Taurus Crafts' website so you can plan your visit in advance. With two of the centre's activities being offered for free, there is something to suit families on a budget too.

Head down to the vibrant visitor centre to discover your creativity. Visit the Taurus Crafts' website or join their mailing list to get a full list of the activities on offer from Saturday, May 25, until Sunday, June 2.

For more information, visit or phone 01594 844841.

5# Enjoy an action-packed day of motor racing at Prescott Hill Climb 

'La Vie en Bleu' - a spectacular two-day event including a celebration of fine French and Italian cars - returns to Prescott Hill Climb this weekend (May 25-26).

The event at the venue near Cheltenham will include action-packed motor racing and a host of entertainment.

Bugattis from around the world will make a pilgrimage to Prescott to mark the 90th anniversary of the Bugatti Owners' Club including vintage Bugattis, several Veyrons, the Chiron plus its 1990s cousin the EB110, many of which will take to the historic hill climb course over the weekend.

First car on the track at approximately 8.30am both days. Scheduled finish time around 5.30pm.

There will also be non-stop themed entertainment from 'One Man Frank', a tribute to crooner Frank Sinatra, the incredible Oyster 'Street' Opera and The Hot Club 1930s gypsy jazz band, plus there's Prescott's Can Can girls, the fabulous comedy stilt walkers and swing dancers.

Children under 16 go free with a paying adult. See the Prescott Hillclimb website for more details of ticket prices.

AND if you're Stroud based, check out: Five fun affordable activities to try in half-term 

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