The City of Gloucester is set for a spectacular weekend with the return of the city's multi-award winning Tall Ships Festival.
Running from May 29 - 31 there will be an array of sights and experiences to enjoy at the docks, Gloucester Quays and throughout the city centre.
There will be a total of six magnificent tall ships and dockside events, while the city centre will see everything from the Romans through to World War Two tanks.
The festival is free to attend and visitors will be able to see and go on board the ships including The Matthew, Tangaroa, Kaskalot, The Phoenix and The Earl of Pembroke.
In the city there will be a living history camp at Blackfriars Priory, the East Gate Chamber and the Cathedral, along with re-enactments of the original pilgrimage that led to the creation of the Cathedral itself.
The Tall Ships festival is organised by marketing gloucester ltd on behalf of Gloucester City Council with support from Gloucester Quays, Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester Rugby.
The 2008-9 season may just have come to an end for Gloucester Rugby but Operations Manager Sean Roberts is having a busy close season to date as he has been working closely with marketing gloucester ltd in the run up to the event.
Sean will be the Safety Officer for the two day event and has also been liaising with the Council in the run up to the event.
Sean said today:
"I'm looking forward to the weekend, it'll be a bit different from a Gloucester Rugby matchday at Kingsholm!"
"We see ourselves very much as a community club and working closely with all the partners involved in the Tall Ships Festival will forge valuable relationships for the future.
Graham Walker, the Chief Executive of marketing gloucester ltd, added:
"Sean has a fine track record in delivering public events. Having the benefit of his expertise is a great boost and we're delighted that Gloucester Rugby are happy to work with us on this initiative."
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.