Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
From country shows to a night of jazz in Tetbury, here's lots going on in and around Gloucestershire this weekend to keep you busy.
Moreton Show - the traditional, one-day agricultural show - is celebrating its 70th birthday tomorrow (Saturday) and there's anniversary action all over the showground.
High-flyers Broke FMX top the bill in the Grand Arena, which also hosts the mounted games, the team relay, top class show jumping and the heavy horses.
Towards the end of the afternoon comes the Grand Parade, featuring all the livestock winners. It's a spectacular sight.
In addition to the increasingly popular dog show, the shopping at more than 350 trade stands, the best in locally-grown fruit, veg and flowers and more than 2,000 animals on the showground, you can also sample some of the finest Cotswold food and drink.
Tickets for the show are £19 for adults, £8 for children with a family ticket (two adults, three children) costing £50 and car parking is free.
There are savings to be made if you buy before show day at the Moreton show website.
Australian vocalist Gemma Sherry will be singing songs from The Great American Songbook when she appears at the Tetbury Goods Shed next Friday (September 6).
Subtle, precise, engrossing and delightful, Gemma pours her heart and soul into her music.
Gemma is now living in the US and has been studying and working in New York. She's going to be in England in September to complete the recording of her debut jazz album "My Time".
The album is being recorded at the Yellow Shark Studio in Cheltenham with engineer and producer Clint Murphy and will include her favourite jazz and bossa nova standards.
She will be joined at The Goods Shed by special guest tenor saxophonist Patsy Gamble, pianist Billy Woodman and Mike Waite on bass.
Tickets are £14 on the night and £12 in advance from the Goods Shed website https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/gemma-sherry-jazz-trio/.
Does your pooch have the waggiest tail in Gloucestershire? Or is your son or daughter the best child dog handler in the county?
If so, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is asking you to put your best paw forward and enter their brand new Dog Show for 2019, which is taking place as part of their Autumn Fayre event on Saturday (September 7) at the hospice on Church Road, Leckhampton.
Categories include Best Rescue Dog, Best Female Dog, Best Male Dog, Best Child Dog Handler and Waggiest Tail - all at £2 per entry.
Judging takes place between 1.45pm and 3:15pm, with entries open from 11.30am.
Entry to the fayre is £2.50 and children under 12 are free. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.
The annual autumn fayre promises a jam-packed day of entertainment for families with children's activities run by John Lewis & Partners and CGT Lettings & Sales, live entertainment, bottle tombola and a grand raffle with plenty of prizes up for grabs.
The crowds will be kept entertained with live music from local entertainers. Plus, visitors will be able to enjoy tasty food and drinks from an exciting range of vendors including the Old Dough Hook Pizza Co, The Cotswold Pancake Company and The Exmouth Arms and The Royal who will be joining forces with their pop-up bar. Also, on offer will be a BBQ, kindly donated by Creed Food Service.
Gates are open 11am to 4pm.
The Cheltenham Paint Festival is taking place over the coming weekend (7th and 8th September).
Back for its third year and bigger than ever, the festival will bring 100 of the finest street artists from around the world to Cheltenham - transforming buildings in 25 different locations with their creative visuals and bringing a splash of colour to the town.
This year the festival has partnered with Cheltenham Literature Festival, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, the artists have been working on a theme of 'Hurrah for Books' - the name of the closing event at the first ever Literature Festival.
The festival is free of charge and maps will be available from locations throughout Cheltenham ahead of the weekend and from volunteers around town during the weekend.
For more information on the event, visit: www.cheltenhampaintfestival.co.uk or follow them on Instagram at @cheltenhampaintfestival for updates.
Thousands of visitors are set to descend on Frampton-on-Severn this Sunday (September 8) for Frampton Country Fair - one of the last truly traditional country fairs.
Come and celebrate all that is great about the countryside and the people who work and live in it.
Held in 30 acres of beautiful parkland of Frampton Court Estate, the fair boasts over 400 trade stands, three display rings and a traditional fun-fair. There is so much to see and do.
Visitors to Frampton Country Fair can enjoy watching a Great War 'dog fight'.
New for this year are the Great War Display Team and the Shetland Pony Performance Team - very different but both exciting in their own way.
The Main Ring is once again set to host a fabulous array of spectacles and entertainers, while the Countryside Ring gives you the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of country pursuits.
The Lake Ring will host fly casting competitions through to the highly entertaining water retrieval.
The Living Working Countryside is at the heart of Frampton Country Fair. Here you'll find displays and demonstrations of traditional country crafts and skills known to our fathers and grandfathers but seldom seen today. There will also be native breeds on show such as Gloucester cattle and Cotswold sheep.
Online ticket sales are now closed but tickets are available on the gate - £12 or £3 for five to 12-year-olds. Under 5s are free.
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