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Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire

The weather isn't looking too great this weekend so we've compiled a list of things going on around the county to keep you and your family occupied.

1# Discover an education of character at The King's School, Gloucester 

The King's School Gloucester, situated in the inspiring Cathedral setting, will hold an open morning this Saturday (6 October).

For parents looking for a forward-thinking, pupil-centred, inspirational education for their child - a visit to King's is a must.

The King's School Gloucester is a leading Independent Day School in the area, with 600 pupils, girls and boys, aged 3 to 18.

The open morning will offer a unique insight into the school's academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care and a unique programme to identify and develop individual talents.

Increasingly, families throughout Gloucestershire are sending their children to King's for a great all-round education and the school's countywide bus service makes it very accessible for all.

For further information on the open day visit and arrange an individual tour, please contact the Registrar on 01452 337337 or email

2# Imagine the future with Miles Hudson on his book tour around Gloucestershire 

A university lecturer and author is touring round Gloucestershire in October to talk about his enticing new novel.

Miles Hudson, a physics lecturer at Newcastle University, will be stopping off at seven venues around the county to promote 2089.

In the book tour events, the author will outline the idea of this surveillance society and then explore the social, political and philosophical implications, along with an explanation of the development of the story from a throwaway line by Edward Snowden, through global meltdown to the book's hero blowing up the old GCHQ building.

These book tour events will also see the launch of the 2089 Trail competition in which you can visit local sites from the book and win unique prizes.

The 2089 book tour dates are as follows:

Saturday, October 6: Caffe Nero, Cheltenham High Street, 5pm

Sunday, October 7: Gloucester Waterways Museum, Gloucester Docks, 2pm;

Highnam Court, near Gloucester, 3.30pm

Monday, October 8: Caffe Nero, Gloucester Southgate, 4pm; Caffe Nero, Gloucester Quays, 7pm

Tuesday, October 9: The Anchor Inn, Epney, 8pm (4* Severn Bore passing at 8.50pm)

Wednesday, October 10: Severn Bore Inn, Minsterworth, 8.30pm (4* Severn Bore passing at 9.45pm)

You can visit Miles Hudson's website at and find him on Twitter or Facebook.

3# Learn a serious amount about wine thanks to Oxford Cheltenham Wine School

The Oxford Chelt Wine School is offering a course in Cheltenham that will build your wine knowledge and help you choose wine with more confidence.

The WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits is being run by Nick Gay, owner of the Oxford Chelt Wine School, at the Isbourne Centre.

A Trip Advisor review, who completed the course as an 'enthusiastic amateur' with lots of drinking experience but little knowledge, described it as "a first-class course. It provided a really good mix of imparting information and practical wine tasting. Nick was a convivial host and font of knowledge."

The course costs £360 including VAT for three days' tuition, WSET study pack and exam fees.

For more information, go to

4# Browse some spectacular vehicle displays at the Autumn Classic Weekend, Prescott Hill Climb 

The popular American-themed Autumn Classic returns to Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Cheltenham this weekend (October 6-7).

The annual all-American Stars and Stripes event celebrates the biggest, brashest and iconic cars this side of the pond.

The action-packed weekend attracts a wide variety of cars competing on the historic hill climb course with special classes for American cars and hot rods, as well as spectacular American car displays, a dedicated 'show n' Shine' area and fantastic USA-themed entertainment from the thrilling Demon Drome Wall of Death to live bands and Vegas Showgirls.

Advance tickets to the event cost £15 per day or £25 for the weekend. On-the-gate: £20 and £35 respectively. Admission includes all entertainment, entry into the Wall of Death, free parking plus children under 14 years old go free!

For more event information, or to book tickets, visit

5# Become a musician at the open week for award-winning county music service 

Gloucestershire Music's weekly music groups and centres will be opening their doors from October 1-6 to anyone who's interested in seeing what they do, or perhaps joining one of the groups or music centres.

There are groups for people at all stages of learning music, from beginners to more advanced players, and adult groups too.

Beginners and intermediate young musicians on a range of instruments can come along on Saturday, October 6, to the Brookfield Music Centre, Gloucester (Sir Thomas Rich's School, 9.20am-12.30pm), Five Valleys Music Centre, Stroud (Archway School, 9.30am-12.30pm), Forest of Dean Wind Band Music Centre, Coleford (Five Acres High School, 10am-1pm).

For more details of all groups and their regular rehearsal schedules (including youth brass band, string ensemble and youth choir that meet during school holidays) visit, for more details of the Open Week visit or call 01452 330300.

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