Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire
By Matt Hall
There's lots going on in Gloucestershire this weekend, from fireworks displays, concerts and even a gin festival. Make sure you don't miss out.
It's the time of year again when we wrap up warm and venture out to soak up the magic of bonfire night and watch some incredible firework displays.
The team at Punchline have compiled a list of our top ten favourite displays going on around Gloucestershire over the next few weeks.
From Catherine Wheels to Rockets, Gloucestershire will be ablaze with colour, illuminating the sky for miles around.
The Cheltenham Gin Festival showcases over 75 varieties of the very finest gins, most not available on the High Street, from the Four Nations of the UK, plus some fine gins from around the world.
Together with this, the event at Cheltenham Ladies College will feature some cool music and gorgeous 'easy food'.
The Four Nations Gin Bars plus the Specials Gin Bar are ready and waiting for you. You'll be given some tasting notes to help you choose and a very nice copa glass so you can enjoy your gin & tonic in a real garden party atmosphere.
A fine selection of regional distilleries will be on hand with advice and sample tastings. Cheltenham guest distilleries include local distillery Brennan & Brown.
So, if you want to keep abreast of the rare and exclusive gins coming to market, you'd be mad to miss this.
Over 18s only. Advance tickets from £12 are available from www.cotswoldsginfestivals.co.uk
Downton Abbey star Douglas Reith is set to join Coln Choir for a charity concert in Cirencester Parish Church on Friday, November 2, at 7.30pm.
Proceeds from the concert 'The Eleventh Hour' are to be shared between two charities, local medical charity Cobalt and the Royal British Legion.
The concert tells the story of the First World War, with particular focus on the role of men and women from Gloucestershire.
Douglas, who played Lord Merton in the popular TV drama series Downton Abbey, will take the role of the Narrator, leading the audience through the poetry, prose and music that relates to the dramatic events of the war and the local stories behind them.
The Prince Albert, one of the coolest pubs in Stroud, will host Old Baby Mackerel this Saturday night.
The five-piece band play furiously fast, knee-slapping bluegrass, mixing skilful musicianship, five-part harmonies and raucous, over-the-top hillbilly antics that make you "yee-haw" harder than a nine-pound hammer.
Watch out for good old-fashioned songs about whisky, murder, and railroads played at a 500 hundred bpm with harmonies that make the Beach Boys sound like Eric Cartman. Woo-eee!
In 2018 Old Baby Mackerel headlined The Northern Ireland 27th Annual Bluegrass and Appalachian Music Festival, the amazing Chai Wallahs stage at Shambala Festival, Acoustic Summer in Germany, Port Eliot, Nozstock Festival, Bimble Bandada and Broadstairs Folk Week amongst others. They are currently recording an album with the UK's best banjo player, Leon Hunt and have Asia and Europe tours scheduled for Spring and Autumn 2019.
Why not let your imagination run wild and carve your own spooky pumpkin or piece of Jurassic limestone into some fantastical creation?
There's even the opportunity to create your own woodland mask in preparation for your Halloween festivities.
Joining these frightful activities are exciting new activities: Halloween cupcake decorating, bubble wands, King Arthur & The Tale of the Forest Pumpkin and soap making with Bubble and Fizz, which are definitely not to be missed.
There are also some of the centre's more traditional activities on offer including: Arnie Kazzam the Wizard Man, Fairy & Dragon Houses, Wendy's Workshops, slime making, reptile handling, a free trail, pottery painting, pottery throwing on a wheel and chocolate painting.
Check out Taurus Crafts website www.tauruscrafts.co.uk or join their mailing list to get a full programme of the activities on offer.
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