Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
There's plenty to do in and around Gloucestershire this weekend with the whole family to enjoy.
Gloucester Cathedral is thrilled to announce the arrival of Gloucestershire-born artist Luke Jerram's 'Museum of the Moon' which will take up residence in the city from October 16 to November 4.
To date over 3 million people have visited the artwork, an enormous seven-metre diameter internally lit replica of the moon featuring detailed NASA supplied imagery of the lunar surface.
Other venues to have hosted Museum of the Moon have seen huge numbers of people of all ages and interests coming to spend time with the artwork which includes a surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
The installation in Gloucester is part of Strike A Light's autumn season. Both Strike A Light and Gloucester Cathedral have been inspired to create a full programme of moon-themed events including late night openings, Moonlit Tower and Starlit Library tours, concerts, theatre productions, talks by lunar experts and an experimental sound installation in the Cathedral Crypt.
There will be lots of crafts, workshops and stone-carving for younger visitors throughout the October half-term. Quieter times for those with sensory sensitivities have been arranged each morning with special services for reflection and meditation. Full details can be found on the Cathedral's website.
Please note the Cathedral will be closed until 1pm on 24 October and until 5pm on 25 October for graduations. Visit the Cathedral website calendar for up-to-date closure times during the exhibition.
Gloucester Civic Trust will be hosting the annual Apple Day on Saturday, October 19, from 10am to 4pm at the Folk of Gloucester. Free entry to all!
This celebration of Gloucestershire apples and cider making will see Rosie the cider horse, aged three years, come along for the first time this year to help make Apple Day in Gloucester a success. She is taking over from Fergus who has now retired after five years of service.
There will also be a chance to try some rare breed apples provided by Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and they will be there to sell apple juice and ciders and provide advice on looking after your own apple trees.
There will be lots of children's activities available and Morris dancers from Lassington Oak performing and giving Morris Dancing workshops. There will also be live music from a folk band and Bygonz performing at the event.
For extra refreshment there will be Severn Cider running a bar with some of their favourite craft ciders available to buy.
This is a preview event for the Folk of Gloucester (Formerly Folk Museum) which is opening in Spring 2020 and will be an exhibition and events space housed in a large Tudor building in Lower Westgate, Gloucester. It will tell the story of Gloucester folk from Tudor times to the modern day.
Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone have joined forces with their brand-new production - The Ballroom Boys - coming to Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday.
Argentine tango legend Vincent and king of the ballroom Ian, will be joined by two professional female dancers and a wonderful vocalist. The night will be packed with dances, songs and loads of banter!
Expect dances like waltz, quickstep, pasodoble, foxtrot and of course, the Argentine tango!
Get ready for a high intensity evening of glitz and glamour with Ian and Vincent...The Ballroom Boys!
The show is produced by Strictly Theatre Co. Visit the Town Hall website for ticket details.
On Saturday, October 19, hundreds of Gloucestershire residents will be taking to the streets of Cheltenham under starlight to walk 10k in memory of loved ones, raising vital funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
Shining bright in flashing lights, neon clothing and deely boppers, they'll be throwing a spotlight on the expert and compassionate care given by the hospice while raising vital funds so this care can continue.
Starlight Hike, sponsored by CAPITA, is the flagship fundraising event for the hospice offering a real night out with a difference with live music from Rock Choir and a Clubbercise warm up, creating an uplifting party atmosphere.
The walk also gives participants the chance to walk up the beautifully lit hospice drive to leave a dedication for loved ones on a wall of stars.
So far over 700 walkers have signed up to take part, and there's still the chance to take part and enjoy a night out with a difference, by registering on the night at St Edward's Prep School in Charlton Kings from 7pm. On the night registration is £20.
For more information on how to sign up on the night, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01242 395450.
Two friends and fellow artists who paint together each week in a garden studio near Tewkesbury are holding an exhibition of their work this weekend.
Jane Ware and Sarah Jemmett are holding an Open Studios exhibition in Sarah's garden studio from Friday, October 18, to Monday, October 21, daily from 10am to 6pm.
Jane and Sarah met and became close friends after being introduced at the Kemerton WI and found a common interest - art, in particular painting. They regularly visit museums and galleries together to gain inspiration and appreciate art.
They are passionate painters and supporters of local art and sculpture exhibitions, and welcome all new opportunities to display their artwork in public exhibition spaces, offering affordable art for all.
Jane started her art education at the age of three at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School in Stourbridge which instilled in her a love and enthusiasm for all things creative.
Her interests are many and diverse but centre around art, music, literature and travel. Jane's paintings are inspired by Cotswold landmarks, jazz culture, café conversations and memories from seagulls in St Ives to sunsets in South Africa.
Her paintings are mainly in watercolour and ink but she enjoys experimenting with colourful acrylics and developing New York cityscapes from sketching with her daughter in Manhattan.
You will often see her out and about with her easel and paints, being keen to capture colour and light in its natural environment.
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