Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
There's plenty to keep you busy in and around the county this weekend.
Andy Quick, a multi-faceted songwriter hailing from Plymouth, brings his band to Café René in Gloucester this Friday (July 5) for a gig.
Andy and his band create a cocktail of feelgood Funk, Roots, and wild Blues. Think soulful vocals, playful lyricism, and enormous choruses wrapped around big beats and throbbing bass. The band is tight and the hype is growing!
The gig starts at 11pm and entry is free before 11pm, £3 after.
The highlight of this summer's Stroud Festival of Nature takes place this weekend.
Naturalist, writer and television presenter Steve Backshall will be appearing at Stratford Park Leisure Centre on Saturday (July 6) as guest speaker at this year's festival.
Doors open at 7pm to meet local wildlife organisations who will have stalls in the main hall and the event begins at 8pm.
Previous talks by George Monbiot, Ian Redmond and Chris Packham have been hugely successful and no doubt Steve will also entertain and inspire his audience for he has many experiences and wildlife encounters to share from his adventures around the world.
Steve's talk will end with a short question and answer session. Following his talk, Steve will be signing some of the books he has written. If you are attending, the ticket you purchase could win you copies of these books.
Tickets are available from the desk at the Leisure Centre and are £25 for adults and £15 for under 18s. Telephone 01453 76 6771
This Saturday (July 6), the Dean Forest Railway will receive a rather special train on its tracks, travelling on a 403-mile round trip from Hastings for a Dean Forest Foray.
Fully booked, it will carry 276 visitors and is due to arrive at 13.30. After a tour of the line to Norchard and Parkend, it leaves Lydney Junction at 17.30.
The train will also call at Gloucester at 12.45 and 18.04. This means passengers from the South-East can explore the city for five hours and that a limited number of new passengers can board, for the experience of travelling from Gloucester non-stop on to the DFR tracks.
The chairman of the Dean Forest Railway Society, Alastair Clarke, said: "Our railway's mainline connection at Lydney Junction has always meant that we have been able to receive charter tours and special trains on to our tracks.
"Next year we celebrate our 50th anniversary so we are certainly expecting to see some more crowd-pulling visiting trains in 2020. Watch this space!"
The 'Hucclecote Hullabaloo' takes place on Saturday, July 6 - a day of community volunteering, and a 'showcase' for the dozens of clubs, societies and other activities that are available to local residents.
Every year hundreds of new people move into Hucclecote and it's not always easy for them (or for existing residents) to find out about the many activities that are available in the area.
The Hullabaloo solves this problem by showcasing almost all of the local clubs and societies. The event enables people to have a go and to join up with any that take their fancy.
The activities taking part this year include art classes, ballet school, bowling, Brownies, drama classes, photography club, face painting, gardening club, junior rugby, walking football, line dancing, zumba dancing, music for toddlers and two local nursery groups.
All the activities take place in or around Pineholt Village Hall in Bird Road, Hucclecote. The litter-picking blitz is scheduled from 10am to noon, and the 'showcase' then starts and runs until 2pm. The event is free to attend.
In their 125th anniversary year, Wotton and District Silver Band is delighted to be performing a concert at Tetbury for the very first time and to simultaneously break new ground for Tetbury Goods Shed.
The band will deliver a programme featuring a broad variety of musical styles, performing tunes old and new, set across a wide dynamic range, promising to stir the emotions through occasional moments of power combined with beautiful tender melodies.
Advance tickets cost just £10.50 from the Goods Shed website, while on the door on the night they will cost £12.50.
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