We are all extremely saddened to hear the news that the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park had been cancelled. We know that many of you may still be coming to Gloucestershire this weekend so don’t let the news completely rain on your parade, here is our list of fun things to do in the area…
Work with a warden – Duckery Special
Spend a whole day in the glorious Slimbridge Duckery, taking in sights, sounds and experiences of rearing ducks, geese and swans. Learn about the specifics of bird rearing, incubation tactics, and the skills you need to be a great aviculturist. Help catch, collect and check up on our entire juvenile menagerie!
14th July 2012, 10.30am – 4.30pm
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT
How far from Gatcombe? 16 miles
Midsummer Night’s Dream at Berkeley Castle
Enjoy an enchanted evening of professional open air theatre from The Little English Theatre. Be carried away on a magical romp into the forest – under the moonlight enemy’s fall in love, an actor becomes an ass, and the fairy kingdom battles over a servant boy… all because of a mischievous fairy called Puck! A hefty picnic hamper of goodies and secret glass of sparkly are just the things to bring along. Don’t forget to bring you own folding seat or blanket too!
15th July 2012, 7pm
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ
Prices: Advance £13.50 adult, £8 children, £36 family. On the door £15 adult, £10 children
How far from Gatcombe? 17 miles
Dursley Town Festival
Arts, music, food and fun for everyone! There will be live music throughout the morning, lots of activities for the children, Rednock School Swing Band will be performing and there is a wide array of stalls – something for everyone! Come and join in the fun and take part in this year’s carnival procession.
14th July 2012
How far from Gatcombe? 11 miles
Play by the Lake in Randwick
The Pickwick Papers By Doc Watson, adapted from Charles Dickens. In this year of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, Jenny Wren Productions bring you an action-packed adaptation of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Join the jolly Mr Pickwick and his friend Mr Winkle as they journey around the English countryside. All the classic characters will be there cheerful Cockney Sam Weller, comic villain Mr Jingle and sleepy Joe, aka Fat Boy.
14th – 15th July 2012, 2pm & 7pm Saturday, 7pm Sunday
Court Lodge, Randwick – Court Lodge, Randwick, nr Stroud, GL6 6HH
Prices: £9.00, £25 family
How far from Gatcombe? 7 miles
Cheltenham International Festival of Music
12 summer days featuring the world’s finest musicians and a huge range of music spanning 800 years – all performed in beautiful venues matched carefully with the repertoire.
4th – 15th July 2012
How far from Gatcombe? 20 miles