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Top five things to do this weekend

After our first full week back at work, we're all looking forward to something fun this weekend.

1# Be transported to the home of country music 

Where: Cheltenham Town Hall

When: Friday, January 10, 7.30pm

A Country Night In Nashville recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music.

Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present.

Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton to The Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town, are showcased by the amazing Dominic Halpin and the Hurricanes.

With songs including Ring Of Fire, Crazy, Follow Your Arrow, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere, Need You Now, 9-5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.

2# Quacking day out returns to raise vital funds for hospice 

Where: Pittville Park, Cheltenham

When: Sunday, January 12, 10.30am

Following on from last year's 'quacking' success, families in Gloucestershire are once again in for a real 'tweet' when National Rubber Duck Day races return to Pittville Park in Cheltenham on Sunday, January 12.

The event, organised entirely by big-hearted volunteers and sponsored by Puddle Ducks Gloucestershire, saw hundreds of families descend on Pittville Park to race rubber ducks last year, raising £2,600 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

The fun starts from 10.30am on Sunday, January 12, at Pittville Park boating lake and volunteers hope they can 'quack' last year's fundraising total.

For more information on the Rubber Duck Races visit the Leckhampton Court Volunteer Fundraising Group events page at 

3# Hundreds of performers expected at Stroud Wassail 2020 

Where: Stroud (various venues)

When: Saturday, January 11

The Stroud Wassail is a winter festival to wish you a healthy and prosperous new year. On January 11, one of the darkest days of the year, the town will be brought to life with wassail songs, colourful costumes, music, Morris dancing, wassail bowls, hobby horses and The Broad.

This year Stroud Wassail has launched a new, mobile-friendly, website to act as a replacement for the printed programme. This is to provide a more environmentally friendly way to stay in touch with what is happening on the day. It also provides a continually updated source of information. Stroud Wassail is generously supported by Stroud Town Council.

The Wassail programme can be found at For the full website visit The Stroud area has a rich tradition of wassail songs. Many of these can be seen on the Gloucestershire Traditions website 

4# Last chance to see: New version of festive masterpiece opens at The Barn Theatre tonight 

Where: The Barn Theatre, Beeches Road, Cirencester

When: Thursday, November 28 to Saturday, January 11

Olivier Award nominee Patrick Ryecart (The Crown, Poldark, The King's Speech) leads the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in this new version by playwright Alan Pollock with music and lyrics by Finn Anderson.

Set to an original score and reworked script the familiar tale is woven into a spellbinding production that stays true to the core moral thread of the original story and is sure to enchant a family audience in a brilliant heart-warming Christmas spectacular.

The production runs at The Barn Theatre until January 11.

5# Join in with a community litter-pick 

Where: Meet St Paul's Road, Cheltenham GL50 4EZ

When: Saturday, January 11, 10.30am

Cheltenham Litter Picksies are hosting a community litter pick tomorrow (Saturday). Join your neighbours to help keep St Paul's looking tidy!

Meet at the School House Café, get a grabber stick, a hoop and a bag, pick a direction, and see how much litter you can pick in 30 minutes.

The School House Café/St Pauls Residents Association have kindly offered to lend anyone kit if you need it - just ask inside.

Please dress for the weather, and wear gloves.

Have you got an event that you would like to promote in 2020? Email or call 01452 308781.

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