Top five things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire
By Matt Hall
The sun is out, so why not spend your weekend enjoying the events and activities the county has to offer.
This Saturday, Sandford Parks Lido opens its gates for its 85th season and, in keeping with tradition, entry will be 2 pence all day.
This is the modern-day equivalent to what was sixpence entry on the inaugural opening day in 1935.
Again, in keeping with heritage, Cheltenham Silver Band will be playing as customers enter the site.
Both pools will be in use and heated to their usual temperatures. Main pool is 26c and the children's pool is 30c.
From 11am - 3pm, the Cheltenham-based Mini Professors will be in the children's pool area providing fun, water-based science experiments for the younger visitors.
Set in the grounds of Maisemore Park on the banks of the River Severn, the event this Sunday (March 31) from 10am-7.30pm showcases the best of British amateur horseracing over the jumps combined with rural crafts and an action-packed Country Fair.
Along with seven competitive races, racegoers can enjoy pony racing, a gun dog display and scurry, falconry display, hound parade, ferret racing, terrier racing, alpacas, wood turning, a poultry and bee keeping exhibition.
In addition to the racing and demonstrations there will also be a shopping pavilion with 20 stalls showcasing local and artisan food and drink plus a range of gifts, handmade crafts and clothing, along with trade stands, food outlets, licensed bar and bookmakers.
There will also be additional entertainment for children including face painting and a bouncy castle, and new for 2019, local Cotswolds band 'The Shadow Monkeys' will be playing from 5.45pm until 7.30 pm to finish off what will be a memorable day of racing.
Drawing on stories from her own eventful life as well as folklore and myth, Ana's songs are vignettes, poignant snapshots in time that weave poetry and melody to magical effect.
She will be joined by double bassist Japer Høiby (Phronesis) and cellist Graham Coe (the Jellyman's daughter).
For this unique event Ana will be also be joined by The Stroud Fringe Choir, who will open up the evening with their own performance. A collective put together by award-winning composer Emily Hall, the Fringe Choir draws on Stroud's rich musical community, arranging and reimagining songs by local artists as well as some more well-known musical figures.
A former star of the popular 1990s TV show Gladiators will be coming to the Cotswolds later this month to share his Christian faith with young people.
Warren Furman, better known as 'Ace' in the show, will be part of a team visiting a number of schools in the Chipping Campden area and taking part in different events including a special Messy Church and a youth party.
The youth party for 11 to 18-year-olds is being held at Campden Baptist Church on the evening of Friday, March 29, from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Expect plenty of fun with inflatables, an assault course, pizza and a Gladiator!
On the Saturday afternoon, March 30, at Chipping Campden School from 2pm-3.30pm, Ace will be the star turn at a Messy Church afternoon which will include crafts, inflatables and a pop-up ice cream parlour. There is no charge and again everyone is welcome.
Campden Baptist Church is organising a series of special invitational events during the five-day 'Turning Point' outreach from March 27-31, which is being led by Roger Simpson, who works for the Archbishop of York, and his team, including Ace.
As well as taking part in school assemblies and lessons, the team will be joining various church groups and working with its 'Connect' group around Chipping Campden.
'Hormonal Housewives' is a witty, topical, rude and extremely funny three-hander that starts a mammoth 2019 UK tour later this month.
Starring Vicki Michelle ('Allo 'Allo, Emmerdale) with Josephine Partridge (Top Girls) and co-writer Julie Coombe, this no-holds-barred show blasts its way through a catalogue of women's bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, celebrity gossip, a lot of chocolate...and you get the idea!
For these 'Hormonal Housewives' no subject is taboo and no thought too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights by this vivacious cast.
A seriously funny evening - what these women can't teach you about modern womanhood isn't worth knowing...
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