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Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire

As we near the end of half term, you might have run out of ideas on how to keep the kids entertained.

Punchline-Gloucester provides you with a comprehensive top pick of the top things to around the county this weekend.

1# Spend a day at the races with Cheltenham Racecourse 

Each raceday will host seven races, where the UK's top trainers and jockeys will return to Cheltenham after the six-month summer break. The action on the track is sure to be competitive as trainers target their horses to try and claim their place in the famous Cheltenham Winners Enclosure.

In addition to the racing, racegoers at The Showcase will not only be able to enjoy all the action on the track but off course, the popular SoGlos Showcase Zone will be returning in The Centaur.

Gates open at 12noon on both days, with the first race at 2pm.

For details please visit  or call 0344 579 3003 to book tickets.

Follow all the action from the races on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

2# Hear King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys in all their glory 

More than the greatest jump, jive and swing band on the planet, they've become an institution.

In their three decades, the band have delivered nearly 6,500 performances in 21 countries, played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances, including several on Blue Peter, The Teletubbies, as well as the Paradise Club series [where they were the house band], Challenge Anneka, The Gadget Show and on a prime-time National Lottery advertisement.

Tickets for the Stroud gig are £16.50 and available from the Subs Rooms box office on 01453 760900 or online at

3# Enjoy a stirring church concert remembering the Great War 

A concert of music poetry and prose remembering The Great War 1914-1918 will take place in St Lawrence Church, Lechlade, on Saturday.

The varied programme features St Lawrence Choir, Rachel Bath (choir director), John Wright (organ and piano), Rebecca McNaught (cello) and Harriet Colley (soprano).

The programme includes movements from Fauré's Requiem and music by composers of the time.

Tickets, costing £15 each, will be available on the door and include a glass of wine or fruit juice.

Proceeds from the concert will be divided equally between the St Lawrence Church Restoration and Maintenance Appeal and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

4# Get creative as the Big Draw returns to Gloucester Cathedral 

With both Street Art and Illustration Workshops there are opportunities for everyone to get creative.

Last year's Big Draw Cloister Colouring Carpet was a great success which led to the Cathedral being shortlisted for a Big Draw People's Choice Award. This year we are joined by two artists to provide unique art and colouring activities.

Combining storytelling with illustration - visitors can get creative with paper, pens and paints to make a unique artwork to take home.

The theme for this year's Big Draw initiative is "Play", but it's not just for children, anyone of any age is welcome to come along and join in. This event is completely free!

5# Chuckle away to Tetbury Goods Shed Comedy Club 

The Goods Shed Comedy Club returns with more hilarity, mirth and merriment than you can shake a (rather large) funny stick at!

The evening features Morgan Rees and everyone's favourite funny footwear, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre. All compered by the delightful James Loveridge.

Morgan Rees is a rising star of the UK circuit. This softly spoken Welsh comedian boasts a densely packed arsenal of impressive one-liners and hilarious short stories.

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