Cheers to the Wurzels

THE world-famous Wurzels will be performing at Swindon’s Victoria pub on Saturday night.

The Wurzels are well known for hit songs such as Combine Harvester and Cider Drinker. Combine Harvester reached number one in the UK charts in 1976, 10 years after the band was first created by Adge Cutler.

Since those heady days of chart triumph, the Wurzels, famous for their West Country accents and farming fashion, have continued to tour and produce albums – including Never Mind the Bullocks in 2000, when they also played at Glastonbury Festival.

They have produced a new Greatest Hits collection and still perform on stage and appear on television, raising money for charity and continuing to sing their speciality sing-along numbers extolling the virtues of living in the land of sunshine and cider.

Regularly asked how long they will keep going, the band say they will perform for as long as they continue to enjoy it.

Plenty of traditional ciders will be on tap at the Vic to get concertgoers in the rural West Country mood.

Doors open at the pub in Victoria Road at 8pm.

Tickets are £20 in advance or £22.50 on the door.

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Art for art sake

FOR some bold, abstract art, visit the free exhibition of paintings by artist Peter Waldron, who was inspired by the rhythm, energy and colour of natural forms.

Waldron was born in Swindon in 1941 and after training as a mechanical engineer, he attended Swindon School of Art. Later he went on to Chelsea School of Art and worked as an assistant to Patrick Caulfield.

He had a successful solo career, with numerous exhibitions in Britain and Crete, where he now lives and works each winter.

On Thursday, October 26, Waldron will be presenting a talk at 7.30pm – tickets are £8. He will discuss the people, places and artefacts that have influenced him, with reference to the works on display in his exhibition The exhibition at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in Bath Road runs until November 18 and is open every day from 11am to 3pm.

Join autumn orienteering session

ENJOY the beauty of autumn, and get some exercise to boot, at a free orienteering session at the Richard Jefferies Museum in Swindon on Sunday.

Start at any time between 10.30am and 11.30am from the museum in Marlborough Road. Suitable for both families and individuals, the event offers a mini maze to explore in the museum garden, and then a choice of trails to follow in Coate Water Park.

You can choose a walk of between one and two hours, and the museum’s Mulberry Café will be open for refreshments until 12.30am, offering soup, cakes and drinks.