Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
Whether rain or shine, there's always something to keep you busy in the county.
Music, ale and dog lovers are in for a real treat this weekend, when the annual ExFest returns to Cheltenham.
The festival, held at The Exmouth Arms on Bath Road, has revealed a stellar music line-up over the weekend June 7-9, as well as a search for Cheltenham's 'top dogs' in the hotly contested Dog Show in association with Vets on the Park.
The weekend will be raising funds for local hospice Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court and is packed full of an amazing line-up of live music, great guest ales and ciders in the outside bar and tasty wood-fired pizza from the outdoor pizza oven.
For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit www.sueyrder.org/leckhampton.
The Dean Forest Railway's second annual steam gala 'The Royal Forest of Steam' takes place this coming weekend (June 7 to 9).
There will be guest locomotives joining the DFR's resident small Prairie 2-6-2T locomotive no 5541, built in 1928 and War Department Austerity locomotive 0-6-0ST no 152 'Rennes' built in 1944 for a special all-steam weekend along the DFR line in Gloucestershire, between Lydney Junction and Parkend.
A new feature this year will be the opportunity for visitors to see static locomotives currently under restoration or overhaul.
During The Royal Forest of Steam gala all four working locomotives will be in operation, hauling an intensive timetable of passenger and freight trains, whilst at Norchard Low Level our resident Austerity 'Rennes' will provide an opportunity for short driver experience trips.
Additionally, on special evening trips, DFR's preserved Hawksworth Directors' observation saloon will be hauled by one of the guest locomotives, exploring tracks which are not normally visited by passenger trains in the regular DFR timetable.
Tickets are available for the Royal Forest of Steam online at www.deanforestrailway.co.uk.
Stagecoach West is on a recruitment drive this weekend, rolling out a mini careers fair in the way it knows best - on the buses.
On Saturday (June 8) the business, which employs 530 staff in Gloucestershire and runs 306 buses, is inviting everyone along to the new Gloucester Transport Hub to find out more about 'driving' their careers forward.
Pop along to the Station Road, Gloucester Transport Hub, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday (June 8).
Mr Williams and Stagecoach graduate trainee Rebecca Palmer will be among staff on hand to answer questions.
For more information about Stagecoach West visit www.stagecoachbus.com.
There isn't long to go until thousands of fans will Freak Out as Nile Rodgers and Chic perform some of their biggest hits in the city.
While Olly Murs will have hearts skipping a beat this Friday, Nile, veteran on the circuit at the age of 66, will be wowing the crowds with favorites like Le Freak and Everybody Dance.
We caught up with the producer and songwriter, who shared his excitement for the gig, but warning that fans that they will dance themselves sore.
There are still a few tickets remaining for the gig.
Farms across Gloucestershire will be opening their gates to the public this Sunday (June 9) as part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday.
It's a great chance for visitors to get closer to farming and see for themselves where their food comes from, how it is produced and learn more about farming and the fabulous job it does.
Now in its 14th year, LEAF Open Farm Sunday offers a unique chance to see what happens beyond the farm gate and show your support for British farming.
For more information about the Gloucestershire farms are taking part in the event, click here
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