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Ten things to do in the West this weekend

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: November 08, 2013

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Pay your respects on Remembrance Sunday. It costs nothing to go to church but if you want an alternative the City of Bristol Choir will be performing a contemplative programme of music with a professional orchestra in Westbury Park on Sunday night.

Go the extra mile for the Royal British Legion on Saturday. The legion's Run2Remember will be launched at Lydiard Park, near Royal Wootton Bassett, with a parachute jump by Jump4Heroes. Civilians welcome to take part.

Avon Valley Railway's second beer festival of the year gets under way today with 20 real ales and cider to toast the last chance for a grown-up event before the Santa specials.

Folk band Show of Hands will be bringing their 30-date anniversary autumn tour to Bristol's Colston Hall. They may not be as famous as the Mumford lads but this award-winning Devon duo have sold out at the Royal Albert Hall four times and appeared on shows as diverse as Countryfile and Andrew Marr.

Start that Christmas shopping early. Yes the next few weeks will fly by so why not head for the shops before the crowds. If you can't bear the thought of Cribbs or Cabot there are plenty of craft and artisan events. You can do two chores at once at Gloucester museums where the end-of-season sale includes a festive gift wrapping service.

Reach for the stars. Open auditions for the new Star Wars film are being held at the Arnolfini in Bristol this weekend, with the original Darth Vader, Dave Prowse, expected to put in an appearance. Alternatively the Britain's Got Talent team will be looking for the next Susan Boyle at Morrisons in Patchway If that's too commercial you could even volunteer to be an extra in comedy thriller The Hatcher which is being filmed on the Somerset Levels and stars Primeval's Andrew Lee-Potts and Laura Aikman from Not Going Out.

Yes I know it's not winter yet but why not be one of the first to try out the ice rink which sets up in Millennium Square, Bristol, this weekend.

Make the most of what's left of autumn with a walk in the Wye Valley or the Forest of Dean. Simply watch the forest change colour from the viewpoint at Symonds Yat or go looking for some wild boar and their babies, known as humbugs because of their distinctive stripes. You could even pretend to be in the Amazon with the WWF Discovery Trail from Beechenhurst. Either way, you haven't long to enjoy the golden glow before the leaves fall from the tree.

Why not watch some fireworks. Saturday is the last chance to enjoy a bonfire party. There's plenty of firework displays across the region but one of the best views will be from the Pier at Weston-super-Mare, which is holding a party with food and fairground rides.

If Bridgwater was too wet last Saturday, you can stil see the bright lights at North Petherton Carnival on Saturday. The procession leaves the rugby club at 7pm but the A38 is closed from 5.30pm so arrive in time.

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