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5 things to do in the Cotswolds this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:59 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:59 23 April 2018

FRESH:Art Fair private view at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse 2017 (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

FRESH:Art Fair private view at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse 2017 (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

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The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

1. Fresh: Art Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse

Following last year’s inaugural event, this year’s fair will feature 46 galleries, 40 artists, 5,000 works, and – new for this year – an outdoor Sculpture Park showing 70 or more pieces, with artists working live. Fresh: Art Fair will once again take place at Cheltenham Racecourse, from Friday April 27 – Sunday April 29.

2. John Hammond exhibition, John Noott Galleries in Broadway

From Saturday April 28 – Sunday May 13, admire the works of well-known artist John Hammond at John Noott Galleries in Broadway. Expect to see over 40 new paintings including the Cotswolds and Broadway.

3. Dawn Chorus Wild Walk, Batsford Arboretum

Join Batsford birding expert Arthur Bell from 4am on Saturday April 28 for a ramble round the Arboretum to experience the beautiful dawn chorus. Tickets cost £13 (or £10 for Batsford Arboretum members) and include an egg and bacon sandwich and tea and coffee afterwards. To book, call 01386 701441.

4. Chipping Norton Literary Festival

The fantastic Chipping Norton Literary Festival is four days of literary events for readers, writers and illustrators, young and old. From April 26 – 29, expect an impressive line-up of names including BBC Radio 2 stars Jeremy Vine and Liza Tarbuck, Lionel Shriver and Pointless’ presenter and comedian Richard Osman. See the full programme here.

5. Cheltenham Choral Society 80th Anniversary Gala Concert

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, at 3pm on Saturday April 28, Cheltenham Choral Society will be welcoming back president Dame Felicity Lott to sing with them at a rather special concert at the Pittville Pump Room. Tickets cost £17 (£5 for under 16s) and can be booked from Cheltenham Town Hall on 0844 576 2210.

We update 5 things to do in the Cotswolds at the weekend every Monday. If you are in need of inspiration, bookmark this page for events from Friday through to Sunday.

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