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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

The festive season is in full swing with less than three weeks to go until the big day. We've selected our favourite events going on in and around the county this weekend for you to enjoy.

1# Explore a Christmas market with so much to offer  

Over the first three weekends in December, the onsite makers and creative businesses at Taurus Crafts will be joined by more than 30 independent traders to create the area's largest Christmas market.

The weekends will feature live performances, choirs, singing groups, delicious food and drink and hundreds of locally-grown fresh cut Christmas trees

The centre's bustling Christmas market showcases the best the area has to offer and features a diverse range of original gifts, jewellery, artworks, crafts, local cider, beer and wine, handmade preserves and sweets.

Not only will you be spoilt for choice at the market, visitors will also have the chance to meet the talented onsite designer-makers based at Taurus Crafts.

To get all the details dates and times, it's easy to join Taurus' e-newsletter or check their Facebook page and website - they are all kept up to date. For more information visit www.tauruscrafts.co.uk.

2# An imaginative quartet are looking forward to their Tetbury concert  

The Eusebius Quartet is fast gaining a reputation for imaginative and communicative performances.

The members of the quartet have played together in different formations for many years, having met as teenagers studying together and then again later at IMS Prussia Cove.

The quartet enjoys experimenting with different styles of playing, studying early Haydn editions as well as string quartet recordings made in the twenties and thirties and feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity to spend their lives exploring the intricacy and importance of fine quartet-playing today.

Early bird advance tickets are £15 available from https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/eusebius-quartet/ while on the door on the night, the cost is £17.50.

3# Visit the knitivity at Gloucester Cathedral 

Gloucester's ever popular knitted Nativity has been welcomed back to the city's Cathedral and will remain in pride of place on display until Thursday, January 10.

Highlighting the important Nativity story in a colourful and accessible way, the Knitivity shares messages of hope and unity through its unique creation by community groups across the county.

The collaborative display promotes crafting for wellbeing and provides Cathedral visitors with a festive display throughout Advent.

4# Enjoy Christmas carols by steam train 

Get into the true spirit of Christmas with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway's annual evening open air 'Christmas Carols by Steam Train' service.

It will take place on Saturday, December 8, departing from Toddington at 7pm.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children from five to 12 years. They are no longer available from the GWSR's admin office at Toddington but you can still get them from the RNLI - ring Faith Harvey on 01242 261330.

Tickets will include parking at Toddington Station, the return train fare and the carol service.

Don't forget - the train departs Toddington promptly at 7pm! And you must buy your tickets in advance - they will not be available on the day.

5# The return of the festive military music spectacular 

The world-famous Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines will be back in Cheltenham on Sunday (December 9) with a military music spectacular.

The Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular at Cheltenham Town Hall will feature festive music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers.

In addition, their world-renowned Corps of Drums will demonstrate the precision, accuracy and musical skills for which they are famous across the globe.

Whether you prefer the colourful splendour and musical skills of the concert band, the rhythmic sounds of the big band or the sheer speed of drumming of the Corps of Drums, there is something for everyone at this spectacular festive concert.

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