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Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire

On top of the numerous Remembrance Day events taking place, Punchline have compiled a list of some of our favourite things going on in and around Gloucestershire this weekend.

1# Enjoy a new comedy version of Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles at the Barn Theatre 

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Written by John Nicholson and Steven Canny for the hit comedy team Peepolykus, this version premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK in 2007, where it broke box-office records, before touring the UK and transferring to the West End.

2# Be blown away by the talent of 'One of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time' at Stroud Subscription Rooms 

Arrested Development (AD) - true trailblazers within hip-hop music - are coming to Stroud this weekend. Since 1991 they've championed colourful sounds, while spreading a unique mixture of consciousness and musicality around the globe.

Awarded as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time by VH-1, and awarded two MTV Awards (93). If that wasn't enough, their song Tennessee was voted one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Their representation of eclectic African clothing, diverse beats & Pan-African lyrics, flew in the face of the mostly celebrated thug, pimp, sex-craved jezebel and drug-dealer stereotypes.

Tickets for AD's gig at Stroud Subscription Rooms cost £19.50 in advance, £21.50 on the door. For more details, call the box office on 01453 760900 or go to

3# Browse award-winning images of British wildlife in all its glory at Nature in Art 

Just a week after its launch, all the winning images from the competition will be on display, right here in Gloucestershire, focusing on British fauna and flora.

The first out-of-London showing of the collection of photographs will take place at Nature in Art.

There are fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, wild woods, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video.

There are also two junior categories - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

4# Remember the Gloucestershire fallen at Gloucester Cathedral 

Gloucester Cathedral will pay tribute to Gloucestershire's fallen as part of the World War One Centenary Commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.

On Friday, November 9, between 7.30am-2pm and 4.30pm-6pm, members of the clergy and parish representatives will read aloud the names of local people who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War One.

Almost 8,000 names have been gathered from war memorials across the county and each one will be read out individually. Prayers will also be said for those who gave their lives during the conflict but did not have their names recorded.

To end the day, at 8pm, the Cathedral is hosting a special concert - By Severn and Somme: Johnny Coppin and the Gloucestershire War Poets. Well-loved local folk singer-songwriter Johnny Coppin and his band perform Johnny's beautiful settings of the Gloucestershire war poets, from F. W. Harvey through to Ivor Gurney.

5# Visit Sudleley castle during its first ever winter season 

The clocks have changed, the frost is creeping in and Sudeley Castle & Gardens are usually preparing to close the castle for the winter - but not this year!

This winter, visitors will be able to enjoy the magic of Christmas at the castle all the way up until 21 December.

From 4 November, a new exhibition will open showcasing the great British dinner party. Other events in the run up to Christmas include an array of festive craft workshops and the Royal Sudeley 1000 exhibition.

The series of Christmas workshops include wreath making, seasonal hand lettering, bauble decorating, festive marbling and cracker making. These events are in collaboration with Cheltenham-based Rose and Willow.

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