A national event from 10th – 13th September 2009, and Gloucester offers the largest participation in the South West and the third largest in England.

Over the weekend there are spectacular historic buildings open to explore, a wide range of music to hear, lectures to attend, guided walks to follow and fun to be enjoyed.

All the events are free, but many are ticketed due to limited space. Tickets are available from Tourist information Centre in Southgate Street, and a detailed guide (with event planner) is available throughout the city.

ST. MICHAEL’S TOWER HERITAGE EVENTS include:

Heritage Art Classes will commence in the tower on Friday 11th at 10.30 am. Contact Elaine for details, on 01531 890844. Classes will complement the Tower’s weekend activities in celebration of Gloucestershire poets.

Amateur Radio Special Event – throughout Saturday and Sunday. Connections will be made to amateur operators throughout the UK, Europe and around the world using call sign GB2GHW. An attempt will be made to make heritage links with Gloucester Massachusetts in the USA.

A 100 watt transceiver, with a long wire Dipole antenna will be centred on the tower top. Volunteers of the Gloucester Amateur and Electronic Society will man the equipment on Friday and Saturday from 10am- 4pm. Special event QSLs (Radio contact cards) will be issued to stations worked.

Poetry Readings in the Tower – at 11.30 a.m. Peter Tickner will talk about John Taylor – the Water Poet, William Ernest Henley who was born at 2 Eastgate Street in 1849, and Ivor Gurney who was born nearby. Peter will also deliver the poetry of these famous Gloucester men.

At 2.30pm, Peter Wyton, County Poet Laureate, will return to delight his audience with his ‘Bin, Bag Bard’ routine. Free tickets for either of these 2 sessions are available from the Tower. Space limited.

A special display and audio visual presentation will also be available to commemorate the Dymock Poets.

A new plaque will be unveiled at 10.30 a.m. on this day at the site of Ivor Gurney’s former home near Boots. The plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Chris Witts, and Anthony Boden of the Ivor Gurney Society, will render some IvorGurney verses. The event will be sponsored by the Gloucester Civic Trust.

The Siege of Gloucester Walk – will start at St. Michael’s Tower and explore places of interest in the city during the Civil War. For full details, and to reserve tickets, please contact Tourist Information Centre in Southgate Street – 01452 396572. Maximum for tour – 25 persons.