Five things to do this weekend (August 2-3)

The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza

The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza - Credit: Archant

Not sure what to do this weekend? Here are five recommendations from us to you…

The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza

August 1-3

The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza, now in its 40th year, will take place at South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester from August 1-3.

The extravaganza will attract more than 15,000 visitors and raise money for local and national charities. The show has grown dramatically in recent years and is now widely regarded as one of the biggest and best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK. Attracting thousands of exhibits from all corners of the British Isles, as well as some from further afield - it really is a nostalgic road trip into bygone years.

The show was originally conceived for steam enthusiasts, but now boasts a huge array of vintage transport, a live action arena, steam-driven vintage fun fair, countryside area, vintage tea dance, and the Ken Fox Wall of Death, with their 1920s Indian motorcycles. The show is also packed full of exhibits, displays and curiosity stalls to keep the whole family entertained for hours, with displays of Victorian memorabilia ranging from antique sewing and knitting machines and model dolls houses to vintage garden tools, cycles to home wares.

A free vintage bus service will be operating around the perimeter of the show site, and to and from Kemble railway station throughout the show to connect with selected First Great Western Trains.


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Gloucester Paint Jam

August 2-3

Gloucester will be hosting its very own street art festival this coming weekend as Gloucester Paint Jam takes place across the city centre.

The festival, which is organised by Marketing Gloucester Limited and local street artist, Beastie, with funding from Gloucester City Council, will celebrate all forms of street art with the aim of bringing more vibrancy, colour and creativity to the city. Specially erected hoardings have been put up in the city centre to allow 40 of the country’s best known street artists to show off their creative talents.

The majority of the Paint Jam Festival will be taking place at King’s Square where many of the artists will be based, along with live music and dance performances to add to the atmosphere throughout the weekend.

Bristol artist, Andy Council, will be painting an enormous mural in his signature style made out of iconic places in the city at Bar H2O in Eastgate Street. The empty Prince of Wales pub in Station Road and the Bruton Way NCP car park will also be given a street art makeover as artists transform them into vibrant colourful canvases.

Other artists participating include Bristol-based Lokey, with over 20 years’ experience on the scene; the talented TankPetrol from Manchester; Hannah Adamaszek with her bohemian-inspired portraits; and Portsmouth artist M-One with his stencil work.



Twitter: @Glos_PaintJam


Paws in the Park

Sunday, August 3

Organisers of Paws in the Park 2014 are inviting dogs and their families to join in the fun for the 11th year in the event’s history.

The event, taking place in Pittville Park, Cheltenham, from 11am, is hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council with support from Animal Magic, Cheltenham Animal Shelter and Lazy Storm.

Bring your dog along to the novelty dog show, beginning at 12 noon (registration at 11am), with nine different classes to choose from, including most handsome dog and prettiest bitch, waggiest tail and the dog the judge would most like to take home. There’s something for all sizes, shapes and breeds of dogs!

Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be running have-a-go agility and dog scurry. Dogs Trust will also be attending, offering free micro-chipping as part of the Government scheme.

As always, there will be many stands promoting animal charities, pet services, photography and stores, as well as a bouncy castle, face painting and refreshments.




The Festival of British Eventing

August 1-3

The Festival of British Eventing takes place at Gatcombe Park, the spectacular home of HRH The Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships. As well as a weekend of top-class eventing there will be a shopping village, arena attractions and entertainment for all the family.

Competitors will be vying for the three Championship classes: The British Eventing Open Championship CIC***; The Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship; and The Martin Collins British Novice Championship. Thirteen nations are represented, with the best riders in the world heading to Gloucestershire to do battle.

Away from the eventing is a raft of attractions and entertainment for all the family, including the Pony Club Inter-Branch Show Jumping, Shetland Pony Grand National, Scurry Driving, and Dressage.

And if shopping’s your thing, avenues of quality shops will be selling their wares, guaranteeing something for every taste and purse, from a top of the range Land Rover and bespoke jewellery to children’s toys, speciality foods and dog treats.



• Read our recent interview with Captain Mark Phillips and Peter Phillips here.


Meet Rex and other dinosaurs

August 2-September 28

From August 2, two floors of The Wilson art gallery and museum in Cheltenham will be taken over by huge dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods.

The ‘Meet Rex and Other Dinosaurs’ exhibition will run until September 28 and is a family-friendly show perfect for budding palaeontologists – and their parents!

Visitors will be encouraged to learn about the world as it was millions of years ago. As the Earth developed and changed, so did the dinosaurs roaming the land, and this exciting exhibition offers a fun, interactive and educational insight into how these fascinating creatures lived.

Full-size models and animatronics will allow people to marvel at the sheer size of dinosaurs, while interactive puzzles and games will help younger visitors reinforce their learning. Highlights from The Wilson’s own fossil collection will complement the exhibition, and free family activities will be running throughout August.

As a treat, Heart Angels from Heart FM will be welcoming visitors and offering free face painting from 11am-2pm during the opening weekend, and throughout the exhibition children will have the opportunity to ‘Meet Rex’ in a unique area where they can get up close to a T Rex head (and even take a selfie).

Visit the website here.