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Archive for the month “June, 2013”

Antiques Roadshow filming day at Royal Agricultural University

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I am one of the fans who love the Antiques Roadshow .   On 13th June 2013 Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team filmed in the grounds of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester.

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It was a nice opportunity to see our beautiful town to be on the spot as well as our University.  As an employee at RAU I felt very proud to be able to be part of this event and had the chance to see behind the scenes.

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Around 2,500 visitors turned up despite the bad weather, and some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists offered free advice and valuations to visitors for their collectibles and antiques.

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My colleague was able to show two of her oriental objects, and said the story behind them in a very interesting and amusing way.  It was fascinating to watch the whole filming process and witnessed something like that.  I was very impressed by the crew and how well co-ordinated and friendly they were.  I am looking forward to see the final programme which will be shown on BBC One sometime in autumn.

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It was well- worth waiting to see the Antiques Roadshow and it was truly a memorable day!

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Tall Ships Festival 2013 Gloucester Quay

On May Bank holiday weekend (25th – 28th), we visited the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival at Gloucester Quays.

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Five impressive tall ships attended the festival this year and they were: Phoenix, Amazon, Belle Angele, Ruth and Matthew. The Matthew, a particularly beautiful ship is a replica of John Cabot’s ship that sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497.

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The Phoenix, that started as a schooner, was converted to a brigantine, then to a caravel, and finally back to a brigantine.

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The Ruth has a less flashy past. She carried ceramic pots for a Swedish company, and was then used for transporting unwanted fish to auction in Gothenburg

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The festival is held every two years and offers a range of on and off water activities canoeing, kayaking  lessons, including live music with local bands

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various street performers, historical re-enactments,  food and craft stalls, boat trips and family entertainment.

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Alex had a go on the climbing wall and he didn’t seem to be scared of the heights!

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A great family day out and a spectacular weekend. We had also the opportunity to visit the folk museum and found out about the pin factory and had a lovely afternoon tea!

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