Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
August is upon us and there's plenty going on in and around the county this weekend.
Building on the success of previous years, the festival has been extended from two to three days.
Now in its fourth year, Summer Jam is set to roll out three brilliant days of live music and dancing, fantastic food and delicious drinks as well as fun for all the family.
With tenants getting into the festival spirit with exclusive outside offers and entertaining activities, the three-day event brings the best summer vibes to the heart of Cheltenham.
The event will be Kicking off on Friday at 5pm with a heady mix of jazz, funk and hip hop on our main stage with supporting acts in The Botanist, Brewhouse and Kitchen, Cosy Club and Babel over the weekend.
Saturday August 3, is a feast for the ears with an abundance of acts from 1pm to 9.30pm. Taking to the stage will be newcomer and powerful vocalist Savanna Lee. The disco, soul and party band Soular will be performing their floor-filling classics, Whailtail are joining the party with their funk-groove tunes.
Sunday August 4, takes Super Sunday to the next level as the party continues from 1pm to 7.30pm.
For more information please visit The Brewery Quarter or find them on Facebook: @TheBreweryChelt Twitter: @TheBreweryChelt Instagram: @thebreweryquarter.
Gloucester City Centre will be alive with the sound of blues for the final weekend of Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival 2019.
The long-running, free festival is a highlight of Gloucester's Summer of Music, Arts and Culture and features a blend of international and UK acts.
Firm festival favourites Wille And The Bandits will kick off this Friday at Café Rene, alongside Sophie Cotterell, Patrick Nehoda, Ruzz's Guitars Blues Revue and Sons Of The Delta at other city venues.
To find out more, visit https://gloucesterblues.wordpress.com/.
The only dedicated UK Cheese and Chilli Festival will be returning to Cheltenham this August for two days packed with all things cheese and chilli.
As with last year's event, the festival will bring a unique array of tastes, colours and experiences to the town.
The stars of the Cheese and Chilli Festival are the traders and over 70 of the UK's best producers are at this year's show. The event will bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to town and is a 'must go to event'. Come rain or shine, the event will be fantastic!
There's plenty for the kids too with a children's play zone accommodating shows such as Punch and Judy, a Magician, Circus Skills, Crazy Golf, Himan Sized Table Football, children fun rides and inflatables and much more.
Parking is free, under 16s go free and dogs on leads are welcome.
For more details go to www.cheeseandchillifestival.com.
The 45th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza returns to South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester, on August 2-4.
The show is regarded as one of the biggest and best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK.
Set on an ex-wartime airfield, the sprawling show site covers around 200 acres, with surprises around every corner, to suit young and old alike. In addition to the phenomenal size and range of exhibits, the event promises a rousing atmosphere with remarkable stories of barn finds, restoration projects and histories to be told.
This year features 1,000 classic cars from pre and post war, including over 70 Classic American cars, 30 visiting car clubs, 370 motorcycles and scooters, 330 commercials from ex-emergency services to American auto trucks, 220 tractors, 140 military vehicles, 70 full size steam engines, 80 stationary engines, 35 miniature steam engines, 70 buses and coaches, 70 industrial trucks, classic plant and machinery, 80 bicycles from 1903-1980 and over 50 model aircraft to take to the skies above.
The event will also pay tribute to American popular "big band era" musician Major Glenn Miller to tie in with the 75th anniversary of Glenn Miller performing at Cirencester in August 1944 shortly before his disappearance.
For further information, please visit www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk.
This weekend sees the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing take place at Gatcombe Park.
Competitors of the highest calibre will be competing for five British Championship titles: The Magic Millions British Open CCI4*-S, the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship, the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup and for the second year running The Festival will host the RoR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Event Championship.
With so many Championship titles on offer The Festival is a true showcase of the sport.
The famously demanding cross country course takes centre stage over the weekend and the Magic Millions British Open sees competitors run in reverse order of merit making for an exciting climax as the leader sets out last to try and win the coveted title.
The main arena hosts the showjumping phase of the competition and then transforms into the centre of family entertainment with a whole host of displays and competitions.
Family favourites include the greatly anticipated Shetland Pony Grand National, the Pony Club Mounted Games and falconry display which always thrill the crowds.
Beyond the main arena The Festival Food Walk offers foods from around the world as well as local treats for you to enjoy. The avenues of quality shops and unique and bespoke gifts in the Rural Craft Marquee means there is ample opportunity for some retail therapy during your visit.
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