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Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire

Stuck for something to do? Take a look through our top picks of going on in and around the county this weekend.

1# Take the pooches for a splash at Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham 

The infamous dog swim returns to Sandford Parks Lido for its third year - and this year, it's bigger than ever, with two days solely dedicated to our canine friends.

Fear not! This is the last use of the pool in this summer season and the pool will be highly dosed with chemical, emptied and cleaned before the next human use for the Christmas Day Swim.

Stalls from various animal charities/animal-related products will be on site. There's still time to book a space. To do so please email

The dog swim is taking place at the end of the lido's cold-water swimming period, therefore the water temperature will be lower than our normal operating temperature of 26C. The temperature will have decreased to 21C on the day of the dog swim. Wetsuits are welcome!

To book a space on either day, visit:

Saturday - Sunday -

Human only spectators can enter both days for the price of £2.70 each.

2# Spend an evening with the king at Tetbury Goods Shed 

Darren Boyce is a truly talented performer, with vocals to match and that unmistakable Elvis Presley tone.

His sound, moves and authentic costumes (made by none other than B & K Enterprises and The Lansky Brothers, tailors to the King himself) are guaranteed to transport you back to some of the greatest moments of the King's career.

Performing with his live band 'Trouble', Darren performs all the classic tracks to 100% authenticity.

On the door on the night tickets will cost £20.50.

Visit for more details.

3# Enjoy some original folk-rock at the Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham 

With the annual Cropredy Festival in the rear-view mirror, the original folk-rock band Fairport Convention refuse to let the grass grow.

The band is heading out on short autumn tour that takes in Cheltenham's Bacon Theatre where they once again perform for the charity Malaika.

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

4# Grab your chance to see archaeological dig at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe 

Visitors to Sudeley Castle this weekend can see an archaeological dig in progress.

A team of archaeologists are set to unearth a long-lost Tudor garden and visitors can join a series of guided tours to find out more about the project and archaeological features of the castle and gardens.

A recent geophysical survey has revealed the ghostly outline of a long-lost Tudor garden at Sudeley, with traces of what could have been a banqueting house in the same area where pieces of historic masonry were found in the 19th century. Now experts say it is time to investigate further.

The dig will take place at over the weekend of October 13 and 14 and is thought to be the most significant archaeological investigation since the discovery of Roman villas on the estate in Victorian times.

A specialist team from social archaeology company, DigVentures, will begin an investigation of the site, which aims to 'ground-truth' the geophysics results. They hope to reveal some of the Tudor secrets that remain hidden underground at the castle.

5# Listen to a classical pianist at church 'serenade and sandwiches' event in Lechlade 

Lechlade's Serenade and Sandwiches series continues at 12 noon on Friday (October 12) with classical pianist Paul Turner, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

His prize-winning studentship culminated in the Queen's Commendation for Excellence and he was later elected an Associate of the Academy.

Paul has played at leading venues at home, abroad and on the BBC. He has partnered many eminent musicians and also teaches.

After the recital Paul will join the audience for a light lunch. This noontime recital has been organised to support The Church Restoration and Maintenance Appeal, for which a generous donation is requested.

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