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Top five things to do in Gloucestershire this weekend

The sun is set to make a return this weekend, so we have compiled a list of events and activities to keep you busy.

1# Partake in rural revelry at Cotswold Olimpicks 

Tomorrow (Friday) brings the 407th anniversary of the Cotswold Olimpicks. A truly unique occasion in England's Spring/Summer calendar, the Robert Dover's Olimpick Games was a genuine pre-cursor to the modern Olympic Games.

The Olimpicks will feature rural sports, including the world-famous Shinkicking Championship and The King of The Hill, loads of different music, lots of fighting of various types, modern and traditional dance, and street food to keep you going as well as some lovely limited-edition merchandise.

The traditional games are followed by the firework finale, the lighting of the beacon and the torchlit parade down into Chipping Campden when Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband will play the evening out.

The running races have been reinstated this year for the first time in a while. There will be a one-mile run which is generally suitable for all (a good one for families to try together) and a three-mile run for the more experienced runner. It's hoped there will be a shorter 500m sprint too.

Entry to the games is £7 adults £3 children. No dogs or alcohol are allowed on the hill, though both are allowed in The Square.

2# Visit the park for International Children's Day 

For the second year running a fun children's day is being held at Gloucester Park - a wonderful event organised by the Polish Association Gloucestershire and the Polish parish in Gloucester.

This day is not as commonly known in Great Britain, which is why Polish Association Gloucestershire have decided to familiarise the people of Gloucester with this fun event, hoping it will become a permanent fixture in the local cultural calendar.

International Children's Day will take place on Saturday, June 1, at Gloucester Park between 12pm and 5pm.

The organisers have prepared lots of attractions, as well as a rich cultural programme. Bouncy castles, rides, face painting and a falconry show are just a few of the activities awaiting children at the park.

Entertainment will be provided by the theatre group TeArtico, Non-Stop Kids Entertainment Ltd., mascots from Buffoo Celebrations and mascots and well-known characters from Enchanting Story Book Parties.

Also, it wouldn't be a traditional British party without Punch and Judy making an appearance!

For more information, please contact

3# Celebration Shakespeare in Stroud 

Stroud Shakespeare Festival returns to the Museum in the Park from tomorrow (Thursday) to kick off your summer with a kaleidoscope of all things Bill.

With theatre, visual arts, children's workshops, and plenty of "mirth and merriment" in between, Stroud Shakespeare Festival will delight both newcomers to Shakespeare's work, and those with season tickets to the RSC.

As well as performances from 18 different companies, there are plenty of activities planned for the four days, including a children's trail, a dress-up box (not just for kids!), design a poster, and write your own sonnet.

Refreshments are available from great local providers such as Grouch Coffee, and The Canteen.

Tickets range from free to £10, and are available from the Stroud Shakespeare Festival website, along with details of all events and the companies that are bringing productions to the festival.

4# Meet the lemurs at Cotswold Wildlife Park 

To highlight the plight of the world's most endangered lemurs, Cotswold Wildlife Park hosts its annual 'Lemur Week' from May 25 to June 2.

Its aim is to raise awareness and funds for the park's conservation projects helping to save the most threatened lemurs on earth from extinction.

As part of Lemur Week visitors will have the chance to take part in a variety of lemur-themed activities and learn more about these charismatic primates with daily keeper talks inside the park's interactive lemur walk-though exhibit - Madagascar.

Normal admission price applies for visitors attending this event at the Park.

Cotswold Wildlife Park opens its doors at 10am every day, with last admission at 4pm (3pm during winter months).

5# Find a fun and affordable activity for the family in Stroud 

Here's Punchline's guide to five great half-term activities in the Stroud area which won't cost the earth:

1. Discover that life's nicer on the water

2. Take a ride on a miniature railway

3. Get into the spirit of Shakespeare

4. Take a dip in an open-air pool

5. Play outdoors with Play Gloucestershire

Find out more

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