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Don't miss events of the weekend: Moreton show, Toyah Willcox and Gloucester History Festival

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

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Farmyard animals, a punk princess and a reality TV success story combine to ensure there’s plenty to keep you entertained across Gloucestershire this weekend.

Tomorrow, singer Toyah Willcox takes centre stage at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Toyah has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written two books, appeared in more than 40 stage plays and made 10 feature films.

The performance is part of her Up Close and Personal Tour which is something of a 35-year retrospective.

“There will be pictures and short clips,” she says.

“I made a film with Katherine Hepburn so I’ll be talking about the way she worked and how it’s so different.”

Tickets for the 8pm gig cost £16 in advance or £19 on the door. Call 01453 760900.

Elsewhere, at Bishop’s Cleeve Tithe Barn, Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates will slow things down a little with an acoustic set of some of his hit songs.

Expect renditions of his latest album as well as hit covers such as Unchained Melody and Spirit in the Sky among others.

He’s also promising more up-tempo numbers to get people on their feet.

“Writing music is something I’ve always done,” says Gareth who has suffered from a stammer since the age of five.

“I’ve been doing it since I was a child and I think that relates to my speech and not being able to fully express myself.”

Tickets for his 7.45pm performance tomorrow cost £30. Call 08445 762210.

Thousands are once again expected to descend on Moreton-in-Marsh tomorrow for their annual agricultural show which is one of the biggest in the country.

Livestock, show jumping and an array of stalls will keep the whole family entertained.

Tickets cost £13.50 in advance and £17 on the day.

For more information, visit www.moretonshow.co.uk

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy then head to Gloucester with the History Festival set to provide a blast from the past.

It runs until September 19 with 18 talks scheduled to take place at venues across the city.

You’ll have a chance to learn about some of the rules of Gloucester as well as the famous battles that have been fought in the county.

A parade, led by town crier Alan Myatt, is also set to take place in the city centre tomorrow to mark the lifting of the siege of 1643.

Many of the events are free but some are ticketed.

To snap them up call 01452 396752 or visit www.historyfestival.co.uk

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