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Comedians descend on Bristol for Slapstick Festival

The festival will focus on comedy greats including slapstick supremos Laurel and Hardy Credit: Slapstick Festival

Some of Britain's best-known comedy actors are in Bristol to celebrate slapstick.

Victoria Wood, Stephen Fry and The Goodies will talk about the greats including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton.

The festival, which is now in its 11th year, starts today and runs until Sunday 25 January.


Paloma Faith announces Gloucestershire forest gig

Paloma Faith will come to Gloucestershire in June Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Paloma Faith has announced she will play a gig in Gloucestershire as part of a summer Forest Live tour.

The singer/songwriter will perform at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury on Friday June 19 as part of the Forestry Commission’s outdoor concert series.

I am so excited to do the forest tour. I did it before and had such a wonderful time. We are very lucky in Britain to have such a beautiful and diverse landscape and I am excited to play for you there again. See you all in the summer.

– Paloma Faith

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences.

Tickets go on sale from 9.00am on Friday 23 January.

Beloved show War Horse premieres in Bristol

One of the world's most successful theatre productions premiered at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

War Horse is the story of Joey the horse and his young owner Albert - separated during the first World War. The puppetry in the show has dazzled audiences across the world, and now people in the West have the chance to see what all the fuss is about.

This afternoon, Kylie Pentelow met the writer Michael Morpurgo and some of the actors, ahead of the opening performance:


Spotted: One Direction's Louis Tomlinson at Ashton Gate

A member of One Direction was spotted in Bristol last night, watching Bristol City beat the Doncaster Rovers 2-0.

Fans started posting tweeting pictures of Louis Tomlinson from Ashton Gate. The singer is a keen supporter of Doncanster, but had to watch his team lose out to Bristol City, who secured a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Hit show War Horse opens in Bristol tonight

War Horse has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Credit: ITV News

The hugely successful theatre production of War Horse opens at Bristol Hippodrome tonight.

The production has been seen by more than 6 million people worldwide since its premiere in 2007. It is based on Michael Morpurgo's best-selling novel about a young boy and his beloved horse fighting in the First World War.

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