Top ten things to do this weekend in the West Country
1.Head over to Herefordshire and watch 230 men drive or walk in very straight lines at the 2013 British National Ploughing Championships. More than 15,000 people are expected to watch the nailbiting competition until two top ploughmen are selected to represent England at the world championship.
2. Those who prefer adrenaline pumping entertainment will surely find some excitement at the first ever Bristol Circus Festival. This weekend Vasalisa & The Peacock, Hinged Theatre star.
3. If you have a bus pass and book in advance then you get into Colston Hall in Bristol for free on Sunday when the Rotary Club of Bristol stages its 51st charity concert for senior citizens. If you don't you can enjoy some free punk, techno and rock at the Simple Minds festival.
4. Looking for somewhere to take the kids or grandchildren? You could always try HorseWorld in Bristol where animal welfare charities from across the West are hosting a meet and greet day.
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5. Gloucester Cathedral opens it's own Festival of Britten this weekend with a coffee concert by Steve Gibbs. The city will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with a series of concerts ranging from recitals to a large-scale community opera Noye's Fludde.
6. You could always take a tour to see if you agree with the authors of a new book of 'crap' towns. In Dursley you can check out the concrete and in Glastonbury you can tour the much maligned new-age shops and try your hand at using a drop spindle at the Somerset Rural Life Museum .
7. There are several harvest festivals and Much Marcle, Herefordshire, celebrates the 25th Big Apple festival with free entry. Westbury Court Gardens, near Gloucester, also has an apple festival.
8. Weston-Super-Mare's the place to be if you fancy dancing with a dalek. The Pier hosts a sci-fi weekend and an Oktoberfest beer festival.
9. If you want to spice up your weekend the Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath and The Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm are running courses on both days.
10. From chilli to chilly. Wrap up warm for an autumnal walk. Try the National Trust website for ideas and the RSPB are holding Mushroom Magic at Swell Wood in West Sedgemoor.