Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire
By Matt Hall
There are lots of unusual and interesting things going on in and around the county this weekend. Why not be part of it?
While this year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway's (GWSR) 'Wartime in the Cotswolds' this weekend will recall the triumphs and tragedies of the Second World War and celebrate the camaraderie that held Britain together.
The GWSR's 'Wartime in the Cotswolds' is reckoned to be one of the UK's best railway-based 1940s events and it has grown year on year - every year smashing records for the number of visitors and re-enactors taking part.
Highlights include visits from King George VI, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Montgomery with WW2 hardware including a replica Spitfire aircraft and a tank.
There's a packed programme of events and attractions at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gotherington, Winchcombe, Toddington and Broadway stations with plenty of action on the frequent train's services too.
Full information and ticket prices available at www.gwsr.com.
Exactly one week on from the devastating terror attacks which targeted churches and high-end hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Day, Gloucester Cathedral will hold a short act of remembrance and observe a time of silence.
The Right Rev'd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester and the Very Rev'd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, will be present at the gathering in Cathedral Green on Sunday 28 April at 10.00am.
Dean Stephen said; 'We invite people of all faiths and none to gather together, to remember those who were killed and injured when they were simply in prayer. Later at 10.15am, the Cathedral Sunday Service will take place as usual'.
The Big O & the Wilburys show is back - bigger and better than ever!
Come and celebrate with the band as they commemorate 30 years since the Wilburys original album release and pay a special tribute to The Big O, who died later the same year.
Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys. With expert narrative and big screen action, this 30th Anniversary Special is unmissable.
The show features tributes to Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan.
This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to give you a night to remember.
With activities every day from Saturday, April 6, until Sunday, April 28, this is the go-to venue for families looking for an easy one-stop-shop for entertainment, local crafts, art, and a café serving delicious lite bites, coffee and cakes.
With 26 activities on offer this April, joining Taurus Crafts' ever-expanding range of activities are seven brand new and exciting activities, including hunting for fossils, making your own wind chimes, and eco-friendly and all natural nature-themed activities with workshop leader Jaymee who will show you how to make your own origami plant pots, seed bombs, and pine cone birdfeeders.
Taurus Crafts is located on the A48 near Lydney and has a large, accessible car park. It is open 10am to 5pm daily.
For more information, visit www.tauruscrafts.co.uk.
Planning on popping into town with your friends or planning a day out somewhere in Gloucester with the family? Hopping on a Stagecoach Bus might be the cheapest and easiest option.
Since the new year, Stagecoach West have been offering significant discounts for group Dayrider tickets, as well as tickets for passengers under 19 years of age.
Any four passengers of any age who travel together, can save a huge £7.50 when they purchase a group day ticket via the app. That works out as just £1.88 per person - much cheaper than a taxi to go shopping in the Quays or to get into town for a night out.
Travellers up to the age of 19 can also enjoy savings up to £3.50 on their weekly tickets and £14 on a 28-day ticket.
For more information, click here.
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