Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
Autumn is nearly upon us and the sun is still shining - so what better way to enjoy it than right here in Gloucestershire?
A gifted musician who plays pop, rock, blues and folk is heading to Gloucester on Friday night for an eagerly-awaited gig.
Jess Mason-Wilkes AKA Martha Makes Mistakes, is an exceptionally talented artist who is visit Dick Whittington's, Gloucester, from London.
Jess, who will perform a set of her music, has had a busy few months gigging in London and around the UK and in August she played Fairport's Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire.
For more information, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dickwhittglos/.
The annual Daylesford Harvest Festival is taking place this Saturday, September 21. As the leaves turn golden, take this day to honour the abundance of delicious seasonal produce available during autumn in an activity-filled day on Daylesford's Cotswolds farm.
The Harvest Festival is a chance to celebrate all the wonderful food they produce throughout the year. With a bountiful variety of crops at their best in autumn, it is a day to relish this most generous of seasons before the cooler winter weather sets in.
Several of last year's most loved activities will be making a comeback, including the Country Brocante Fair in the Dairy Paddock and the Daylesford Producers' Market where you will find mouth-watering organic artisan produce which celebrates the seasons.
The festival site will be packed with activities for all ages. Children can ride mini JCB tractors and Lots of Lovely Art will hold fun workshops for the kids to get involved in. There'll also be apple bobbing, onion stringing, pumpkin weighing and a scarecrow competition.
Entry to the Harvest Festival is free entry, with free parking, but please do register your attendance to help Daylesford keep track of numbers in advance.
The website link for more information and to register is https://www.daylesford.com/events/annual-harvest-festival-2019-cotswolds/.
Taurus Crafts is set to go retro with their Antiques and Vintage Fair on Sunday 22nd September. The fair offers visitors the chance to discover a hidden gem or two amongst the stalls offering a diverse selection of antiques, memorabilia, bric-a-brac, collectables and vintage items.
It's good news if you are a specialist collector looking for something in particular as there will be a selection of sellers specialising in; vinyl records, glass paperweights, glassware, historical local books and prints, French vintage the centre's on-site antiques expert Alan Brown who runs the Little Bazaar antiques shop.
The fair is not just about rediscovering collectables and finding a bargain as visitors will also be able to enjoy a 'mini vintage tea party' with cake and tea and accompanying nostalgic music from 'Blitz Time Sally' who sources inspiration from old black and white films, her Grandmother and wartime stories.
Not forgetting the live jazz and blues music and a BBQ there is something for everyone at the Antiques and Vintage Fair so why not visit Taurus Crafts and enjoy a nostalgic day out. The fair runs from 10am until 4pm and is free to enter with free parking.
The centre is open daily 10am until 5.30pm and is free to get in with a large free car park. Located just outside Lydney town on the A48.
For more information, visit www.tauruscrafts.co.uk.
A special charity performance is taking place on Saturday (September 21) to help raise vital funds for the hospice which is home to the only inpatient palliative care unit in Gloucestershire.
The big-hearted members of popular Churchdown Male Voice Choir will be raising their voices in song in the hope of raising vital funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, and the 650 people a year needing their expert and compassionate palliative care.
Performing a varied programme, with a special guest appearance by Cheltenham Soprano Becks Grant-Jones, their voices might reach the ears of families at the hospice, as the charity concert takes place at the bottom of the hospice's drive at St Peter's Church, Leckhampton.
Tickets cost £8 and include delicious refreshments. To secure your ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tickets will also be available on the door on the night.
The weekend of September 20 to 22 sees the fourth Wotton Blues Festival taking place, offering three days of live blues music across six venues in the heart of Wotton-under-Edge.
The festival is a free, non-profit event, completely organised and run by a team of dedicated volunteers, along with the generous support of our sponsors and partners - allowing them to bring you a weekend of high-quality music with a great community-based atmosphere.
Organisers are promising an extraordinary weekend of live blues music with top-class bands from Gloucestershire and the surrounding area.
Due to legal limits on the number of people allowed at the venue, the event will be ticketed. Tickets are free and will be released online during the first week of September.
Workshops this year feature electric guitar with Phil Harris, harmonica with Ben Hewlett, blues slide guitar with Steve Page and a blues tutorial by Steve Page and Ben Hewlett.
Full details of the festival, bands and workshops can be found on the Wotton Blues Festival website.
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