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Top five what's on this weekend

January is finally over. Celebrate getting through the first month of 2020 with one of these fantastic events. 

1# Spectacular light installation to shine bright at Gloucester Cathedral 

Where: Gloucester Cathedral Lady Chapel

When: Thursday, January 16 (from 1.30pm) to Sunday, February 23

Opening today (Thursday, January 16), the free exhibition, titled 'Where There is Light', marks the culmination of events celebrating 20 years of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and features artwork by Gloucestershire based digital arts group, Squidsoup.

Working in partnership with the Everyman Theatre, The Music Works and Gloucester Cathedral, the exhibition will provide a truly poignant, immersive sensory experience to visitors. It aims to raise awareness of the crucial work GARAS does to support asylum seekers and refugees across the county.

'Where There Is Light' has taken up residence in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral and will remain until Sunday, February 23. Please check the Gloucester Cathedral website for the daily opening times of 'Where There is Light'.

2# Raise a glass to an intoxicating evening  

Where: The Pillar Room, Cheltenham Town Hall

When: Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, 8pm

Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso, to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm from Cheers.

You'll learn a lot, laugh a lot and, don't forget, you get five free drinks.

The Sunday Times has described the Thinking Drinkers as "Pioneers of alcohol-based comedy".

This event is for over-18s only. Tickets are £18. See the Town Hall website for more details.

3# See the stunning snowdrop displays at historic hospice 

Where: Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Church Road, Cheltenham GL53 0QJ

When: Saturday, February 1, 10.30am to 1pm

Snowdrop walks take place at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice on Saturday, February 1, from 10.30am until 1pm, followed by the chance to enjoy freshly ground coffee and homemade cake at the hospice's regular Coffee at the Court pop up coffee morning in the bright and welcoming day hospice building.

For more information on the Snow Drop Walks at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit the Leckhampton Court Volunteer Fundraising Group Facebook page.

4# Thousands expected to enjoy Light Up Cheltenham 

Where: Cheltenham town centre

When: Saturday, February 1, to Sunday, February 23

The event will run from Saturday, February 1, to Sunday, February 23, with thousands of visitors expected to enjoy the dramatic illuminations throughout the town.

Tickets are £12 per person and can be bought online or from the Tourist Information Centre. The tours will last an hour-and-a-half and will start at 7pm on Fridays and 5.30pm on Saturdays and Sunday (except for Saturday, February 1, when they will begin at 7pm). The tours will start at the Queens Hotel and children under five can go for free. For more information, to find out times for the tours and to book, please go to the Visit Cheltenham website.

For visitors looking to create their own tour, a map guide of the buildings involved in the event will be available at a variety of shops in the town centre including Waterstones, Argos and Farmhouse Deli. It is also available at The Brewery Quarter and is online at the Visit Cheltenham website.

There will be a self-guided tour available on the Visit Cheltenham website which will be accessible on mobile devices, giving visitors the opportunity to find out a little information about the buildings involved in the event and where they all are.

5# Big Cats - from Myth to Reality 

Where: The Latchen Room, Longhope, Gloucestershire GL17 0PA

When: Sunday, February 2, 4pm

The talk will take place on Sunday, February 2, at The Latchen Room, Longhope, starting at 4pm.

Tickets are £5 per head and that will include interval refreshments.

For more information or to book your tickets call Carryl on 01452 830054 or Tina on 01452 831235.

As with all FOLC events, it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Would you like to advertise an event? Email  or call 01452 308781.

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