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Ewe won't believe your eyes!

A life-size flock of fibre glass sheep will be the main attraction at a five day event hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council's green environment team.

The sheep, on loan from the Forest of Dean, are each painted in their own colours and designs. They include Betty the 'pretty in pink' ballerina sheep, Joseph in his technicolour dream fleece and the 'bling' sheep who wears gold decorations.

The flock of sheep will form part of an arts and crafts week, set to take place in the new Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens. The variety of activities and competitions will be taking place from 16-20 August, from 11-4pm each day.

Adults and children will also be able to make a 4ft x 3ft, commemorative 'rag-rug' during the rag-rugging workshops. Artists from the Pig and Lion, a small company based in the Cotswolds, will be showing people how to use recycled fabrics to make the rug. The rug design will be based on Montpellier Gardens and will eventually be hung in a location in the town. People can also create their own mini rugs for only 1.

Extreme knitting, colouring, mask and model making will also be on offer for those with an artistic flair.

In addition to the hands on activities, there will be a live storytelling performance of Chloe the Midnight Storyteller. Children will also be kept entertained throughout the week by the council's community and play rangers.

The full programme of events also includes a performance of "Ain't Misbehavin'", organised by the Friends of Montpellier Band Stand and Gardens.

Rosemary Mansbridge, project management officer for the council's green environment team is looking forward to the programme starting: "This is an exciting range of activities designed to appeal to all ages. We hope it will also encourage new visitors who may not have seen the gardens since the recent restoration work was completed. The facilities in Montpellier Gardens, including the play area, refreshment kiosk and tennis courts ensure families really can make a day of it."

Chris Ryder, cabinet member for quality of life said: "This five day event truly is a unique opportunity to view the impressive collection of sheep and have a go at various arts and crafts. There is something for everyone so pop along and have some fun."

Entry and workshop participation (with the exception of story telling) is free, however a small charge may be made for visitors wishing to take home their artwork.

Tickets do have to be purchased for the storytelling. For more details about how to book, please contact 01242 522878 or visit the tourist information centre.

Posted : 15/08/2007 13:58:53

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