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."
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.