Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire
By Matt Hall
Spring is upon us and there's lots to do in and around the county this weekend to keep you entertained.
Horse racing fans could be in for a treat this weekend when the Duke of Beaufort's Point-to-Point takes place at Didmarton, near Tetbury, on Saturday afternoon (March 2).
It is difficult to believe that 12 months ago this meeting was cancelled due to the "Beast from the East" while this week has seen the highest February temperatures recorded in England.
The meeting at Didmarton literally has the field to itself, as it is the only Point-to-Point meeting in the country on Saturday afternoon, so the crowd should be swelled by enthusiasts who travel long distances to participate, but also by people who fit this event into part of their social calendar.
2019 marks 50 years since the tragic early death aged 27 of Rolling Stones founder member and original leader Brian Jones.
To mark the anniversary, Cotswold Guides and Marketing Cheltenham have devised a walking tour taking in some of the sites associated with Brian's early life in Cheltenham.
Discover some intriguing stories about his schoolboy years and learn about the emerging music scene in basement jazz clubs, where Brian first nurtured his taste for blues music, playing saxophone and slide guitar.
The walking tour is accessible to all. Cost £10 per person.
Does your son love to sing? Gloucester Cathedral Choir is holding its annual formal voice trials for boy choristers on Friday, March 1.
Talented boys aged six to nine who enjoy singing are invited to audition for the possibility of joining the historic Cathedral Choir.
Successful applicants will receive a world-class musical education and will have the opportunity to sing alongside professionals in the magnificent Cathedral six times a week.
As well as regular weekly services during term-time, the choir sings at high-profile events throughout the Christian year, including Christmas and Easter.
To register for a voice trial, or for further information, please contact the Admissions Office at The King's School.
As well as an established Boy and Girl Chorister programme, there are also junior and youth choirs that welcome young singers.
Enjoy one of the many hands-on activities on offer at Taurus Crafts this weekend.
With activities every day from Saturday, February 16, until Sunday, March 3, this is the go-to venue for families looking for an easy one-stop-shop for entertainment, local crafts, art, and café serving delicious lunches, coffee and cakes.
The family-friendly visitor centre has exciting new activities in this holiday's programme; workshop leader Jay will provide artistic guidance and all the materials you need to personalise your own Squishy with special paints and she will also be making pine cone bird feeders to help garden birds this winter.
The creative opportunities aren't limited to making or performances. Visitors can also try their hand at 'edible crafts' by decorating their own cupcakes with Isabell's Bakehouse or painting your own chocolate with onsite artisan business The Chocolate Bar.
Not to be missed are the centre's more traditional activities on offer including Arnie Kazam magic show, fairy & dragon homes, puppet show & puppet making, slime making, reptile handling, a free trail, soap making, pottery painting and pottery throwing on a wheel.
Sudeley Castle is preparing to re-open its doors to the public for its busiest and most ambitious season yet.
From jousting knights, giant Easter egg trails and open air theatre, to an archaeological dig, music festivals and a summer knight school, there is plenty to see and do at Sudeley Castle this year.
The castle re-opens on Monday, March 4 and will be kicking off its 2019 season with visits from some of its most famous past inhabitants, including Queen Katherine Parr, who will be welcoming visitors on the opening day.
Queen Katherine will be among eight historic re-enactors, including Thomas Seymour, Anne Herbert, Princess Elizabeth and her governess, greeting visitors to the attraction to celebrate the start of the 2019 season.
Sudeley Castle was one of the Tudors' most treasured palaces, often housing those closest to the crown. Today the castle is home to Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe, who this year celebrates 50 years of living at Sudeley after moving there in 1969 with her husband Mark Dent-Brocklehurst.
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