Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend
By Matt Hall
There's plenty going on in and around the county this weekend to ensure your January finishes on a high.
The Cocklebarrow Races is the perfect family day out in the Cotswold countryside and the perfect cure for rubbing away those January blues.
There will be pony racing at the beginning of the day followed by countless quality jump races to follow.
Organisers have erected a massive heated marquee with space for you to enjoy a BYO picnic, a licensed bar, and a bucking bronco in case you need warming up some more!
For children, there is a bouncy castle, bungy running and face painting. For all ages, there is dog racing, a "tough farmer challenge" and for those not content with their Christmas presents, there is plenty of retail therapy on offer too!
Gates open from 9am. Admission is from £12.50 per person (16+) / £50 per car or £60 per car in the safe family friendly premium car park in the middle of the track.For a 20% discount on tickets, buy them in advance at www.cocklebarrowraces.com.
Moreton-in-Marsh is delighted to announce the arrival of parkrun at the Fire Service College, meaning North Cotswold residents no longer need to drive 15 miles or so to get active at the weekend.
The timing of the launch is particularly pertinent, given how many people have recently made a New Year's resolution to get fit.
To date, six events have taken place, attracting 672 runners, of whom 124 have never taken part in a parkrun before. The approximate participant split is 60% women and 40% men, with ages ranging from under 10 to over 70 years.
As with parkruns nationally (and internationally), the 5km parkrun Fire Service College takes place every Saturday at 9am, is FREE and open to all those who wish to take part.
BBC Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills has been unveiled as the guest DJ after racing on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday (January 26).
Scott will take to the decks in the Centaur and racegoers will be able to party into the evening as he plays some chart hits to finish off the last day of racing before The Festival™ presented by Magners in March. Entrance to the after party is included in your raceday ticket.
Festival Trials Day is the last opportunity for Cheltenham racegoers to enjoy performances from some of the UKs top racehorses, as they make their final preparations ahead of the main event of the year, The Festival™, presented by Magners.
Tickets for club/Tatts available from £26 when booked in advance. Gates open at 11am on Festival Trials Day, with the first race at 12.40pm.
For details please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0344 579 3003 to book tickets.
The pantomime season just keeps on going in Gloucestershire as the Forest Musical Society prepare for their family panto in Lydney.
This January, this friendly amateur musical theatre group are putting on a traditional version of Cinderella in the beautiful Victorian Lydney Town Hall.
The remaining performances will take place on Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26, both at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Nestling in a hidden valley of Gloucestershire, Painswick's Rococo Garden is gearing up for one of its busiest times of the year.
With around five million snowdrops, the Garden is famed for having one of the largest collections of naturalised snowdrops in the country.
The little white blooms are much loved as the early harbingers of spring and usually show their delicate white flowers in February.
However, after the mild winter so farm the full display is a good week or so ahead of where the team would expect it to be. Staff at the garden have confirmed that the main snowdrop grove is now in full bloom.
he wonderful display forms an unforgettable carpet of white which has been delighting visitors for generations. There are 15 known varieties of snowdrop in the garden, including the famous Galanthus 'Atkinsii'. The distinctively tall, handsome flower was first discovered in Painswick by estate worker James Atkins in the 1800s.
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