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Celebrating Gloucester’s rich heritage

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

St Mary de Crypt, Southgate Street, Gloucester

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LIVE in Gloucestershire and want to find out more about the county’s main city?

If so, you’re in for a few exclusive days of special treats later this month when the Residents’ Weekend returns.

It’s designed to celebrate the rich heritage of Gloucester and the only criteria for you to join in is that you have a GL postcode.

The weekend will be held from March 28-30 to give residents the chance to discover their home city and enjoy exclusive offers and savings at the three-day event, which has been organised by Marketing Gloucester.

Restaurants and shops in the city are offering discounts and free guided tours around some of Gloucester’s hidden gems have been lined up too.

People can enjoy free and discounted admission to many local attractions and special offers at many shops and restaurants for city and county residents.

Gloucester Civic Trust is running a number of free guided tours over the weekend.

Hugh Worsnip from the trust will be carrying out many of the tours during the weekend.

He said: “The main intention of the event is to build the civic pride. Many years ago people did not have a good thing to say about Gloucester, though the city has so much history and that is why we are doing this event.

“We want to try and raise awareness of the history and bring this into schools as well. Throughout the weekend we will be doing tours such as Robert Raikes, a tour of the docks, Llanthony Secunda Priory, St Mary de Crypt and much more. On the Saturday we will be holding a children’s tour.

“Although all our tours are free, we do advise people to book before hand by visiting our website or Marketing Gloucester.”

Other offers include a free Zumba taster session for children at GL1, two hours for the price of one at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre and a free day leisure pass at the Hallmark Hotel.

There will be a chance to take a free guided tour of Eastgate Chamber and they can visit the World War II air raid shelter underneath the City Museum.

The Relaxation Den which opened at the end of last year will be providing beauty treatments at The Eastgate shopping centre.

Heather James, who owns the salon in Clarence Street, said: “We are going to be offering hand and foot massages and eyebrow threading. It is a great way to recognise what is in Gloucester.”

Jason Smith, chief executive of Marketing Gloucester, said: “We’re delighted to see that this year’s Residents’ Weekend event is even bigger than in previous years with a record number of retailers and organisations participating.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents of Gloucester to explore their city and discover some of the fantastic attractions on their doorstep. Whether it’s a fun-filled day out with the family, discovering more about Gloucester’s rich heritage or enjoying fantastic discounts in shops and restaurants around the city, there’s something on offer to appeal to everyone.”

Chairman of Marketing Gloucester and leader of Gloucester City Council, Paul James, said: “Residents’ Weekend is a great opportunity to thank residents for supporting the city, and to encourage them to use its businesses, attractions, facilities and services even more. We want people in Gloucester to feel justifiably proud of their city and to spread the word about how much we have to offer here, as they are the best ambassadors.”

To access the great offers during Residents’ Weekend people can pick up a Resident’s Card which will be available from mid-March, or download the form at thecityofgloucester.co.uk/residents

The cards will be available at Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, The Eastgate Centre Help Desk, Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester Quays Customer Service Desk, The City Museum or The Folk Museum.

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  • Raccoon  |  March 29 2014, 3:42PM

    Let's not forget how lucky we were to have Peter Ball as bishop back in the day...

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