Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
Enjoy a whole host of festive delights in and around the county this weekend.
Cheltenham Racecourse will celebrate Christmas Jumper Day and encourage all racegoers to don their festive jumper on day one of The International Meeting, Friday 14 December.
Racegoers will have the chance of winning on the spot prizes for the most fun and festive jumper and prizes will include a pair tickets to any of the forthcoming race meetings including The Festival™, presented by Magners.
Two great days of racing are scheduled to warm the cockles with seven races each day in what will no doubt provide some thrilling action on the course.
Alongside the racing, racegoers will also get the chance to browse the stands in The Shopping Village, useful for those last-minute Christmas presents.
Gates open at 10am on both days, with the first race at 12.10pm.
For details on the racing please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0344 579 3003 to book tickets.
This weekend's Christmas markets at Taurus Crafts sees a spectacular selection of entertainment throughout the creative craft centre.
More than 35 different market traders will be providing festive arts, crafts, gifts, toys, food and drink while the crowds will be entertained by ukuleles, Aylburton School Choir, Rock Choir, clowns, a magician, flautists, a puppeteer, buskers and circus skills.
The markets are open 10am to 5.30pm both days. Entry is free and there is free parking.
This Christmas, Puzzlewood is holding a very special event within its historic and ancient woodland in the Forest of Dean.
The fascinating forest is reputed for its picturesque woodlands and unique tree and rock formations, creating meandering paths and magical scenery.
This year a section of the woods will be decorated in The 12 Days of Christmas. Each verse will have its own display, designed by different artists, using a variety of materials and some will encourage you to join in. Days 8, 11, and 12 are particularly noisy!
Plus, back by popular demand, is Puzzlewoods's Christmas decoration activity - a chance to create something special to take home and hang on your tree and write and decorate your letter to Santa. Santa isn't here because he is very busy getting ready for the big day.
There's no need to book, just come along, wrap up warm and enjoy. Normal admission prices apply, no extra for Christmas.
For more information, visit www.puzzlewood.net
An amateur chamber choir is bringing a programme of Christmas music to the glorious setting of St Peter's Church, Winchcombe, on Saturday evening.
Oxford-based Commotio was founded in 1999 and performs contemporary choral music primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries showcasing works by younger or lesser-known composers.
The choir is particularly recognised for its fine tuning, attention to detail and challenging repertoire. The name Commotio derives from the Latin for movement/excitement.
Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) and are available from the Coventry Building Society on Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe, or online at www.commotio.org/store/p26/19%3A30%2C_15th_December_2018.html
Johnny Coppin, one of England`s finest singer-songwriters, presents a rich mix of carols and songs old and new, together with stories and folklore, at Stroud Subscription Rooms.
For many years Johnny toured as a duo with Phil Beer (Show of Hands). He has recorded more than 12 albums including 'Borderland', `Edge of Day` with writer Laurie Lee, and, in December 2017, a 4th Christmas album All On A Winter's Night.
Playing guitar and piano, his music is essentially British, and always melodic and evocative.
Johnny Coppin: All on a Winter's Night is set to be a sell-out so get your tickets now (£17.50/£16 concessions) from the box office on 01453 760900 or online at http://www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/whats-on/johnny-coppin-all-on-a-winters-night/
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