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Top five things to do this weekend

Autumn is now well underway, bringing the chilly weather with it. 

Keep yourselves busy this weekend with these activities available across the county.

1# Artists team up for their first joint exhibition

Where: Dove Gallery, High Street, Winchcombe

When: Friday, November 8, to Thursday, November 14

Two artistic friends are joining forces and staging an exhibition in the newly-opened Dove Gallery in Winchcombe.

2# Manor Players all set for classic panto

Where: George Watson Memorial Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury

When: Thursday, November 7, to Saturday, November 9

The panto season gets going in Gloucestershire this week when the Manor Players of Tewkesbury present their seasonal offering at the George Watson Memorial Hall for a three-day run.

The Players are set to present a fun-filled offering with their version of Robin Hood Meets The Babes in the Wood from Thursday (November 7) to Saturday (November 9).

As well as three evening performances there is also a Saturday matinee.

Tickets are available from only £6 for under 16s and £10 for adults. Call the box office on 07875 336475 or call in to The Orange Pig in Tewkesbury High Street to collect yours.

3# Profusion of crafts on show for Christmas

Where: New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

When: Now to Tuesday, December 24

A huge range of crafted goods will be on show and on sale at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester in the run-up to Christmas.

Once a year, the centre expands its craft shop and takes over the Gallery to bring you the chance to buy unique hand-crafted jewellery, ceramics, prints, homewares, glass, accessories and decorative items from over 350 talented makers from across the UK.

Admission is free and opening times are 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday.

4# First Gloucestershire Asian Food Festival comes to Cheltenham

Where: The Promenade, outside Cavendish House, Cheltenham, GL50 1HP

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 11am-6pm (11.15am start on Sunday).

The first Gloucestershire Asian Food Festival will be held in the heart of Cheltenham this weekend.

The event consists of food stalls selling a variety of Asian cuisines; Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese, Thailand, Indian, Sri Lankan, Iranian & Persian food with unique Asian cultural performances throughout.

This event provides an immersive experience whereby guests can try many different Asian cuisines (there are at least eight different Asian cuisines to try!), interacting to food holders themselves about their unique food, able to meet and speak with the lovely performers and even join in the performances.

Other than food, there will be stalls selling crafts and providing henna (body arts) service too. You can also find some rare traditional products made by the Indigenous people living in the jungle of Borneo at the event.

Everyone living in or outside of Gloucestershire is welcome to the event. Join us and immerse yourselves in a cultural experience!

5# Rare works in 'Puppets and Paintings' exhibition

Where: The Museum of Gloucester

When: Now until Saturday, April 18, 2020

A rare painting by a Gloucestershire puppeteer, artist and sculptor has gone on display at the Museum of Gloucester.

'Fairies Frolic' is one of just a few of William Simmonds' paintings in a public collection. Painted in 1907, it's thought to have only been shown at the Royal Academy before disappearing for decades.

It was only discovered in 1985 after Simmonds' death in his abandoned workshop. This newly conserved painting is a jewel in the crown of the enchanting exhibition, 'The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets and Paintings', being shown at the Museum of Gloucester until next April.

To see the exhibition is to step in to Simmonds' mind, filled with magical woodland creatures and comical circus clowns, all created from his imagination.

'The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets and Paintings' is on display at the Museum of Gloucester until Saturday, 18 April 2020. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions.

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