TEWKESBURY is hosting an Italian extravaganza to launch the festive shopping season.

The two day celebration kicks off on Friday, November 16 with an outdoor authentic Italian Market which is open 9am to 4pm.

Visitors can enjoy the tastes and aromas of fine continental foods brought into town by Italia in Piazza including speciality dishes, Prosciutto, olives and oils, pasta and cheeses as well as sweet treats include torte cake and nougat.

Inside the Town Hall the following day visitors will find an array of Italian themed produce, gifts and festive treats along with a number of stalls are being run by local community groups including students from Tewkesbury School and members from the Guiding Association.

There will also be Italian food and drink promotions throughout the town on both days – green, white and red bunting and balloons will show the participating outlets.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economic Development and Promotion Coun Dave Waters, said: “This weekend will bring a vibrant buzz to Tewkesbury, with an authentic Italian twist.

“The event has had fantastic community support, with many local businesses, schools and organisations helping to make it a weekend to remember.

“There will also be a wide range of special promotions throughout the town, as well as some real Italian food, drink and entertainment – it really is an event not to miss.”

For details visit VisitTewkesbury.info