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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

Whether you're already busy or have nothing planned for the weekend ahead, check out our top pick of events and experiences to add to your list.

1# Be left speechless by the centenary performance of Holst's Planets Suite at Gloucester Cathedral 

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to be hosting a very special centenary performance of Holst's much-loved Planets Suite, in the composer's own county Cathedral.

The Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Gloucester Cathedral's director of music Adrian Partington in what will be a roof-raising concert of light and sound.

The Cathedral's own Girl Choristers will perform the famous ethereal ladies' chorus that ends the suite.

The programme will also include fellow Gloucestershire composer Vaughan Williams's Lark Ascending, frequently named as one the Britain's favourite classical works, and composed as a response to the First World War.

The concert will begin with a performance of Sir Edward Elgar's Cockaigne Overture.

Tickets for the pre-concert talk are £5, concert tickets are priced at £13-£36 and available from the Cathedral shop, on 01452 76892  or online at

2# Take a trip down memory late at Taurus Craft's vintage fayre, Lydney 

Visitors to Taurus Crafts Antiques & Vintage Fair on Sunday, September 23, can enjoy a nostalgic trip that will help them feel closer to their past.

They can reminisce as they browse amongst the 23 stalls offering a great selection of antiques, memorabilia, bric-a-brac and vintage items.

For those avid collectors who are looking for something in particular, there will be a selection of specialist sellers' trading at the event which include; vinyl records, glass paper weights, glassware, fossils and minerals, historical local book and prints and French vintage.

And not forgetting the onsite antiques expert Alan Brown who runs the Little Bazaar at Taurus Crafts.

The fair is free to enter and for more information, visit

3# Do your bit for charity at the cream tea event at Dean Forest Railway 

The chairman of Forest of Dean District Council, Councillor Marrilyn Smart OBE, is inviting the public to join her for a charity cream tea event on the Dean Forest Railway on Saturday, September 22, at 2.30pm.

All funds raised will support her chosen charity - Forest Mental Health Carers Support Group - which offers much-needed support for those who care for local residents with a wide range of mental health conditions.

Tickets for the event are £20 per person (which includes the cream tea). Tickets will be limited so it is advisable to book early by contacting Becky Hurcombe on 01594 812607. 

Councillor Smart is planning further fundraising activities to support the charity, including a Christmas Carol Concert and a formal dinner.

4# Have a laugh and a giggle at the Cheltenham Comedy Festival Finale 

Cheltenham Comedy Festival is set to finish in fine style yet again with a mixed bill of some of the finest, funniest and delightfully excellent comedians around.

Headlined by comedy legend Reginald D Hunter and featuring the exuberant Keith Farnan, the delightful rascal Jonathan Mayor and more acts.

Reg has had a hugely successful career and has become a well-known face of primetime television shows such as Live At The Apollo, and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You.

5# Enjoy a performance from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cheltenham Town Hall 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are performing at Cheltenham Town Hall on September 21 as the opener to the Cheltenham Concert Series.

The Holberg Suite (1884), a vivacious work for strings in five movements (Introduction and four dances), provides the perfect opener to the 2018-19 Series. An early essay in neoclassicism, it echoes music from 100 years earlier, but with Grieg's added verve and Scandinavian melodic style.

The opening night comes to a rousing close with Tchaikovsky's epic 4th Symphony, a wild and powerful journey from darkness to light.

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