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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

Don't let the rain dampen your plans for the weekend - check out our top pick of things to do in and around Gloucestershire.

1# Catch Haçienda Classical at Westonbirt Arboretum 

There are still a few tickets left for the Haçienda Classical outdoor concert at Westonbirt Arboretum on Sunday, June 16.

The event is part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

The wildly successful clubbing classical cross-over show Hacienda Classical has seen 5-star reviews and landmark shows at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival and London's Royal Albert Hall among many memorable nights over the past three years.

The set is played as a continuous live DJ mix where vocalists, choir, orchestra and guests all combine to create a vibrant, exciting performance.

Featuring the DJs who shaped the original Hacienda club sound, they perform alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra to recreate old school house and club anthems on an epic scale as dance heritage collides with the world of classical music.

For more information and ticket details, visit

2# Enjoy an evening of Jazz at National Star

The StarBistro at the National Star College at Ullenwood is holding its first Jazz Evening this Friday (June 14).

As part of its monthly events programme, the StarBistro is delighted to welcome 'The Stolen Chocolates' to the bistro.

Sit back and enjoy the music, accompanied by one of StarBistro's delicious homemade sharing platters.

'The Stolen Chocolates' are a talented local jazz trio who play a combination of standards and funky jazz tunes featuring vocals, keys and tenor sax. From Fly Me to the Moon to Chasing Cars, this trio will delight your evening with the smooth sounds of timeless music.

Tickets for the jazz evening cost £18 and are available via the National Star website or by calling 01242 535984.

3# Relive The Christians at Cheltenham Town Hall 

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits, The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe.

Their hits included Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What's in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more

The Christians often confused people with their band name (in fact it is just the brothers' surname with absolutely no religious connotation!)

Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian, the band are enjoying a revival. Currently embarking on a huge UK Tour playing their well-known back catalogue and one or two favourites selected from newer albums.

Catch them at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday, June 15. Visit the Town Hall website for ticket details.

4# Visit an idyllic Cotswold village as it opens its gardens 

If you are looking to while away a few hours admiring some gardens in a gorgeous Gloucestershire village then look no further than Stanton Village Gardens.

A large selection of gardens will open their gates in this picturesque, unspoilt Cotswold village on the afternoon of Sunday, June 16.

Many houses border the street with long gardens hidden behind. Gardens vary, with colourful herbaceous borders, established trees, shrubs and vegetable gardens to tiny cottage gardens.

Some also have attractive, natural water features fed by the stream which runs through the village.

There will be plants and books for sale and some of the legendary home-made teas in various locations. Free parking is available.

This is a National Garden Scheme visit not to be missed.

5# Celebrate the countryside at Royal Three Counties Show 

A hearty celebration of regional food, farming and family entertainment is set to take place at Malvern's Three Counties Showground from tomorrow (Friday).

Royal Three Counties Show, in association with JCB Paint, takes place from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June, 16, is the Heart of England's premiere celebration of rural life and the countryside.

With a firm focus on this year's host county of Herefordshire, visitors can find out what the area has to offer - from sampling strawberries and sipping cider to discovering the region's rich cultural heritage.

Some of the country's finest livestock will compete for the title of best in show with thousands of show entries expected, while family entertainment will include dog agility, duck herding and an amazing display from the Red Devils.

Set at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the show is expected to attract more than 90,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

Advance tickets for the show are from £21 for adults, with under 16s going free for the first time ever this year.

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