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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

Although the weather doesn't look too great, there's still plenty to do in the warm and dry this weekend throughout the county.

1# Stow Art Week exciting new venture for galleries 

Stow Art Week is an exciting new event taking place in the historic market town from September 28 to October 6.

Over the last few years Stow on the Wold has become the hub for a great number of galleries displaying a diverse range of art including paintings, drawings, illustrations, sculpture, printmaking, photography, glass making from the classical to the contemporary and much more.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the artists, view their work, wander into the galleries and talk to the gallery owners and share their wealth of experience.

Galleries will be mounting special one-man shows including one very interesting loan exhibition, putting on workshops and giving short talks.

This is your opportunity to snap up an original artwork by acclaimed artists, illustrators, printmakers, photographers and glassmakers. There will be a trail leaflet available to work your way around the town.

All the galleries will stay open on Thursday, October 3, until 8pm. Drinks and canapés will be on hand and some of the gallery artists will be present to chat to.

For more information on Stow Art Week, please visit the website www.stowartweek.com or follow on Instagram @stow_art_week.

2# I-Mmigrate exhibition opens in Cheltenham 

An exhibition that tells the personal stories of people who settled in Cheltenham from Africa and those of the Windrush generation opens on Thursday (September 26) at Cheltenham Town Hall.

The exhibition, I-Mmigrate, focuses on the Windrush generation in Gloucestershire, the stories of working age adults and children from the Caribbean who were invited to come to the UK from 1948 by the British government which was facing a labour shortage.

It also recounts the African diaspora to Cheltenham, many of whom came to the town through a cultural exchange programme, through images and oral histories. These have been captured by Lives of Colour working in collaboration with photojournalism students at the University of Gloucestershire over the past year. It is being staged as part of this year's Black History Month Gloucestershire programme.

Florence Thomas, of Lives of Colour, said the exhibition was the first of its kind to be held in Cheltenham.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, with a preview tomorrow (Wednesday), and is being supported by The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Literature Festival. It runs until October 24 and is the first of its kind to be staged at the Town Hall.

It has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to showcase the diverse community in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. Admission is free.

3# Enjoy the Awe-tumn Equinox at Westonbirt Arboretum  

Today (Monday) marks the autumn equinox when the fall season officially begins, and experts at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum are predicting it will be a sensational year for autumn colour.

The trees of Westonbirt Arboretum will soon come alive with dazzling displays of autumn colours, with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows creating a kaleidoscope of colour across the landscape - truly one of nature's most spectacular shows.

As the days grow cooler and shorter and the leaves receive less sun, chlorophyll (the chemical which is responsible for the green colour in most leaves) production shuts down, allowing other pigments within the leaves to show their colours.

Like an artist's mixing palette, the colour of the autumn leaves depends on the balance of pigments: carotenes creating oranges, xanthophylls resulting in yellows, and anthocyanins which give leaves a red hue.

Their collection of Japanese Maples, which create the vibrant red hues that Westonbirt Arboretum is so famed for, are particularly famous.

Though experts are unable to predict when exactly will be the best time to visit the National Arboretum to experience the fall colours, this year it is likely to be mid-October.

4# International flavour at Tetbury Music Festival 

Excitement is mounting as the Tetbury Music Festival gets underway this weekend.

This year's festival includes performances from the Paravicini Quartet, the Aronowitz Piano Trio, VOCES8, Dame Felicity Lott, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov and the choir and orchestra of Arcangelo with international soloists.

The festival opens with a performance from the incredible musician Derek Paravicini and his Quartet. Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation, yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Paravicini has the exceptional ability to play any piece of music upon hearing it once and has a repertoireof tens of thousands of pieces.

The Tetbury Music Festival was founded in 2003 by Graham Kean and Elise Smith with the aim of bringing to Tetbury and the surrounding areas the opportunity to hear the finest musicians performing today, who are more often heard in the great concert halls of the world.

Most of the concerts take place in the extraordinarily beautiful parish church of Tetbury, St Mary's Church though some concerts take place in Tetbury's new arts centre, the Goods Shed.

Tickets start from £10 and visit the Tetbury Music Festival website for more information.

5# 'R is for Revolution' pop up events in Stroud

Artists Christine Felce and Rachel Oram invite you to join them for some pop-up events at The Museum in the Park in Stroud exploring the meaning of 'Revolution'.

These events are all free thanks to funding from Stroud Festival and there's no need to book unless for the Letter Press printmaking workshops on September 18 and 20 (limited places for these so do reserve in advance by calling 01453 763394).

Click here  to view pop-up events that are taking place for 'R is for Revolution'.

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