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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

Run out of ideas for where to take the kids this weekend? Punchline-Gloucester.com as found plenty of activities and events to keep them entertained up and down the county.

1# Watch a 1500-strong battle re-enactment 

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is fun-packed, friendly, and free to people on foot. What more could you ask of a festival?

And a lot more is what you get - where else will you have three fantastic Living History encampments where you are free to look around and ask questions, a Battle re-enactment that fields 1500 re-enactors, and cannon to add noise and smoke as well as shiny armour and pointy things?

Where else will you find splendid entertainers, good bands, quiet areas and noisy areas, wandering bears and dragons?

For the kids there are historic fairground rides while a huge market will be selling everything from Medieval shoes and armour to take-home goodies for you to remember the day.

In addition, there are great caterers, lovely ice cream, a falconer and a beer tent.

2# Get set for an Arctic Adventure experience at Slimbridge 

Slimbridge Wetland Centre will be opening their new Arctic Tundra experience this summer, on Saturday (July 13) with special guests Cbeebies Ferne Corrigan and Rory Crawford from Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales.

Visitors can pick up their passport from base camp and start their first wetland challenge, collecting stamps as they make their way around the world to take up different Wetland challenges.

At the brand-new Arctic Adventure exhibit there will be the opportunity to meet a real-life WWT researcher and take up one of the challenges including What Do Birds Eat?

Experts will be on hand to help and visitors will be able to look through a microscope to discover why bird poo analysis helps researchers study the different bird species.

After visiting the Arctic Adventure, there is plenty more to see around Slimbridge on their wetland explorer journey. Head to Africa and check out the Greater flamingo talk - new this summer, head to the Tropics and discover the exotic amphibians or why not read folklore stories in North America?

Be the first to experience Global Adventurers and the new Arctic Adventure experience on Saturday, July 13, and meet CBeebies stars Ferne Corrigan and Rory Crawford for the grand opening.

3# Blast off with Space Chase in a library near you 

Libraries in Gloucestershire are excited to introduce Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019; an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part will help our super space family, The Rockets, as they track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

As children read library books, they will solve clues and collect special stickers for their colourful collector's folder. Can they find the aliens in time to save the day?

The Challenge runs from Saturday, July 13, to Saturday, September 7. Children can sign up to receive their free pack - they need to visit their library three times and borrow at least six books to complete the Challenge.

Once completed they will receive a certificate and medal; look out for an alien game on your second visit!

4# Join The Cotswold Show as it celebrates its 30th anniversary 

Set in 20 acres, The Cotswold Show and Food Festival remains one of the Cotswolds' most popular rural events, with its winning mix of family entertainment, activity arenas, and 200 trade stands and food stalls, showcasing the best of the British countryside, its history, traditions and produce.

The first show in 1989 opened on a sunny September morning with attractions including a falconry display, a vintage tractor exhibition and a fly fishing demonstration.

Thirty years on, and an expected 20,000 visitors will join the Earl and Countess Bathurst for two days of spectacular arena attractions, top Cotswolds chefs in their own Cookery Theatre, a Gin Festival, hundreds of animals and over 200 trade stands.

With recent credits from Poldark, Victoria, and Peaky Blinders, stampeding in to the Bathurst Arena will be Atkinson Action Horses with an astounding display of tricks and stunts normally reserved for TV and the big screen.

There will be more horses, this time with falcons, with the Return of the Black Stallion and Falconry Display - dancing Spanish and Lusitano horses with falcons trained to chase a swung lure at over 100 mph.

Originally founded as a showcase for countryside pursuits, show visitors can expect to learn all about traditional rural skills through demonstrations and hands-on experiences.

5# Visit the most quintessential of village fetes  

On Saturday, July 13, between 12 noon and 2:30pm, "the most quintessential of village fetes" takes place in the Cotswolds.

Upper Slaughter's fete is situated along the banks of the River Eye and is free for all to enjoy.

Attractions include river races, a prize raffle, BBQ, Pimms and beer tent, live music, ice creams, children's games and bouncy castle.

There will be a bumper white elephant stall with many treasures on sale, books, plants and a produce stall, to name but a few.

With free parking, there is really is no nicer way to enjoy an afternoon for the whole family in one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.

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