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10 things to do in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 03, 2013

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Are you looking for inspiration for something to do this weekend?

Why not try one of The Citizen's 10 recommended things to do this weekend in Gloucestershire:

Badminton Horse Trials

Fancy some real thrills and spills? The horsey set – plus a few royals thrown in for good measure – will be at the Duke of Badminton’s estate in their thousands for the annual three-day event this weekend. Which, confusingly, starts Thursday (May 2) and runs until Bank Holiday Monday (May 6). Watch dressage, showjumping and cross-country tests by some of the world’s best riders. Tweed mini-skirts and Dubarry boots a must. Tickets start from £10.

Days Out With Thomas

Tickle your tots with a trip to the Dean Forest Railway from Saturday to Monday (May 4-6), when Thomas The Tank Engine and friends will be puffing in to Norchard Station. Ride with Thomas, Daisy the Diesel and Toad the Brake Van, watch Thomas try to control the Troublesome Trucks and have your photo taken with Sir Topham Hatt. There’s a Punch & Judy show, face painting and storytelling trips. Tickets start from £8, under-2s go free.

Big Laugh Café

Telly comedians Charlie Baker and Tim Clark will have you chuckling at Gloucester Guildhall’s regular comedy night on Saturday (May 4). After being hired as a warm-up artist for Friday Night with Jonathon Ross, Charlie Baker has gone on to appear on Mock the Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and a whole host of other shows. With table seating, food and drink offers and a disco, you can make a whole night of it for £12.

Orchard Street Food & Craft Market

Get back to your roots with this monthly food and craft market at Gloucester Quays. Browse jewellery, homewear and accessories stalls, stock up on local produce, source plants for your garden and check out the bargains in the Quays outlet shops. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday (May 4-5).

Land Rover Safaris

It might not boast the big five, but Slimbridge’s wonderful wildlife is still pretty impressive. And you can get up close to it thanks to the wetland centre’s Land Rover Safari days. They start this weekend and run until the end of September when an experienced warden will join all you birders and photographers as you lie in wait for the watery spectacular, talking you through the species you’re likely to spot.

Amberley Cow Hunt

Costumed cows will be appearing across Amberley and the Common this weekend for the village’s annual barmy bovine bonanza. On Sunday (May 5) afternoon, track down the cardboard cut-outs to take part in the cow trail, eat cakes in the village hall and get the kids involved with face painting, a funny photo booth and cow hunt quiz. It raises money for Amberley Parochial School and the Send A Cow charity, which helps African families out of poverty.

Stroud SITE Festival

From railway buildings to pubs and empty shops, venues across Stroud are becoming art galleries for a whole month, from this weeken. Visitors to the 17th SITE Festival can expect music, special film screenings, open studios, artists’ talks and workshops. You never know, you might catch sight of famous arty Stroudies Savannah Miller and Cath Kidston among the projects. Highlights this weekend include poet John Hegley rading from his book Peace, Love & Potatoes on Sunday (May 5).

North Ledbury Hunt Point to Point at Maisemore Park, near Gloucester, on Bank Holiday Monday:

Point-to-Points held close to centres of population always do well over the Bank Holiday weekend so crowds are expected to flock to Maisemore Park on Monday afternoon.

The organisers were forced to abandon their meeting twelve months ago but current forecasts predict the situation should not be repeated and this course has always proved popular with all elements of the sport.

The meeting commences with the Members race at 2pm and several trainers hold multiple entries.

Theatre in Mr Twitchett’s

If you’re more Supergrass than Shakespeare, you might just like Stroud Sub Rooms’ more relaxed offering. They’ve teamed up with Spaniel In The Works Theatre Company to produce a series of theatre nights in Mr Twitchett’s bar. On Saturday (May 4), get your deerstalker on and join the 1888 Met Commissioner for the story of Jack The Ripper. Tickets cost £12.

Citizen Kane

If you’d rather sit in a darkened room than be outside in this lovely sunshine, the world might think you’re mad. But if you are that kind of chap, watching Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane at Gloucester Guildhall might just be the gig for you. It’s on at Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday afternoon (May 4). Tickets are £6.50 and, for an extra £1, they’ll throw in a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Which might make up for the lack of vitamin D.

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