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Weston's Sand Sculpture festival is under threat

There are fears that sculptures like this will not be returning to Weston-super-Mare next year Credit: ITV News

Weston-super-Mare's popular Sand Sculpture festival may not return to the seafront next year unless it gets sponsorship.

Organisers say it costs around £30,000 to set the event up. They are also looking to improve security and even to include an education centre on site.

The annual festival - which brings in sculptors from across the world - is a big attraction for the seaside town.


Hot tub cinema comes to Bristol

The popular event is completely sold out Credit: ITV News

Cinema fans in Bristol were treated to their favourite film last night from the comfort of a hot tub.

The event has previously been a big success in London and organisers say it's their simple formula that makes it such a hit.

Asher Charman came up with the idea when he hosted a private party in 2006. "Hot tub cinema originally started out in my back garden in Exeter and quickly ballooned into what you see today - 20 hot tubs, two cinema screens and shows around the world."

The travelling Hot Tub Cinema will be at the Paintworks for the next week.

The popular event - which is showing films like The Hangover, Dirty Dancing and Ghostbusters - is completely sold out.

"We've had an amazing year, we've been to New York, we've been to Ibiza and to come back to Bristol and to have the amazing reaction we've had - sell out shows in less than 24 hours, all seven nights - is truly remarkable."

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Taunton's dragons go under the hammer

Taunton's dragons could raise thousands for charity Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Taunton Deane dragon trail are hoping to raise £50,000 for local community projects when the dragons are sold at auction this Sunday.

Around thirty painted dragons were placed around Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe this summer. This weekend 21 of them will be going under the hammer at Queen's College in Taunton

The dragons will be auctioned for charity Credit: ITV News West Country

Rare Roman artefacts go on display in Cirencester

Magnificent cockerel found in child's grave in Cirencester Credit: Gloucester News Service

A 2nd century Roman bronze cockerel has gone on display in Cirencester today. It is one of the star exhibits following recent excavations of an ancient cemetary in the town.

"Incredible artefacts were found during excavations of the western cemetery of Corinium (Roman Cirencester). It is the most significant Roman cemetery investigation in the town since the early 1970s,

– Corinium Museum spokesman

The bronze enamelled cockerel figurine was discovered in a child's grave found underneath the former Bridge's Garage site – now St James's Place. It is one of only 9 known cockerel figurines from the Roman world and is the only example with its tail intact.

Displayed with the cockerel are an exceptional example of a Roman flagon and a selection of jewellery which include beads and bracelets found in a richly furnished child's grave.

Also on display is the Tetbury Coin Hoard containing 1437 silver and copper-alloy 3rd century Roman coins.

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