Festivals and Special Events

SITE 16 - Stroud Valleys Artspace Contemporary Arts Festival (1 to 30 April 2016) and Open Studio Weekends (7 & 8 and 14 & 15 May 2016)

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Site Festival

The Site Festival presents the work of over 460 artists in around 78 sites across the Stroud Valleys during April. The site festival creates a platform for artists and artist collectives to show new work, to initiate new projects, and work collaboratively with other artists.

Stroud Valleys Artspace, the festival host organisation, will open its doors for a programme of exhibitions, open studios, film screenings, talks and performances.

The popular open studios weekends will take place in May.

Link to www.sva.org.ukwww.sva.org.uk - Click here for further information on Site Festival

Stroud International Textile's Select Festival (30 April to 22 May 2016)

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Cleo Mussi Cutes

SIT select’s annual festival is full of inspiring things to see and enjoy with exhibitions, talks, workshops, a 1 day seminar and over 150 artists taking part in venues around the Stroud Valleys in the Cotswolds.

The Select Festival presents leading international artists alongside emerging talent from the world of contemporary applied arts and design. The festival creates a platform for makers and art collectives to show new work.

The inspiring Select Trail of open studios and artist led exhibitions will take place over the weekends of 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 May. SIT select runs a mini bus to the venues over the two weekends.
Full details are available in our FREE brochure. Click on the link below.

Link to SIT SelectSIT Select - Full details in free Festival brochure

Heaven of the South Mountain Bike Festival (13 - 15 May 2016)

A charity mountain bike event in the south Cotswolds

Link to Heaven of the SouthHeaven of the South - Further information

Nailsworth Festival (Sat 21st - Sun 29th May 2016)

The Festival will kick off with the trusted mix of Festival Saturday events - great fun for all the family. Throughout Festival week there will be an exciting mix of films, plays, music, speakers and a treasure hunt. See the website for full details. Something for everyone!

Link to Nailsworth FestivalNailsworth Festival - Further information

Bisley Well Dressing (May - 2016 TBC)

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Bisley Well Dressing

Children in historical dress, carrying floral displays, process through the streets to an ancient well to give thanks for the village’s clean water.

This Ascension Day tradition dates back to 1863.

Link to Bisley Well DressingBisley Well Dressing - For further information

Stroud Festival of Nature (10 July 2016)

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Stroud Festival of Nature

The festival will take place at venues and locations in and around the town of Stroud, celebrating the rich diversity of the local landscape and its wildlife.

A large number of organisations are coming together to provide a variety of events from practical conservation and environmental activities to walks, talks, exhibitions and workshops, providing fun and learning for all the family.

Link to Click here for more informationClick here for more information - Stroud Festival of Nature

Dursley Town Festival (25 June 2016)

Dursley Festival is centred around Parsonage Street. Local traders along with voluntary and commercial groups will be filling the street with stalls. A Carnival themed procession will circle the town centre. There will be lots of festivities including a bouncy castle, go-karts, bungee run, BBQ, entertainment and much more. Dursley Farmers' Market will also be there.

North Nibley Music Festival (July 2016 TBC)

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Nibley Festival

Run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis Nibley is a rare festival gem. We may be small, but our attention to quality in everything we do makes us something very special. Most important is the 11 hours of great music – some names you will know plus a varied selection from the best of the rest.

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Stroud Country Show (16 July 2016)

Cotswold and Jacob sheep, Gloucester and Dexter cattle and Gloucester Old Spot pigs feature in the rare and traditional breeds livestock show, together with poultry and waterfowl.
Other attractions include the Stroud Horticultural Society show tent with handicrafts; dog show; vintage cars; heritage roadshow; Stroud Brewery; brass bands; children’s rides; trade and charity stalls. A great day out for all the family.

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Art Couture Painswick (17 July 2016)

A festival which transforms the streets of Painswick into a place of wonder, featuring stage shows where models display the astonishing creations of wearable art among the iconic yew trees before a team of celebrity judges.

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International Gypsy Guitar Festival , Gossington (July 2016 TBC)

Family friendly festival celebrating Gypsy Jazz, a genre encapsulating passion, melody and technical ability like no other. Camping available.

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Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park (5 to 7 August 2016 )

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British Festival of Eventing

Top class sporting action, family entertainment and quality shopping all come together in an idyllic location to celebrate The Festival of British Eventing. The Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Gatcombe Park, home of HRH the Princess Royal which is situated a few miles from the old village of Minchinhampton and close to the market town of Stroud.

The competitions during the weekend attract the country’s top national and international riders. Visitors to Gatcombe Park will find there is something special for the whole family to enjoy. Parking is within easy walking distance of the showground and is free. Discounted tickets are available in advance.

Link to For futher information click hereFor futher information click here - Gatcombe Park

Frocester Beer Festival (August 2016 TBC)

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Frocester Beer Festival

The annual Frocester Beer Festival is run by Frocester Cricket Club at the cricket club's ground in the hamlet of Frocester near Stonehouse. The Festival is an all-ticket event taking place every August bank holiday weekend. There is parking and a camp-site (with public amenities, but non reservable pitches), a stage with a complete programme of live music throught-out the festival, hot food, and most importantly, over 100 different cask-conditioned real ales from more than 50 breweries around the UK. There is also a large selection of wines along with some cider and perry. Over the years this event has proven to be a highlight in many people's calender, and has been a very successful way to raise money for charity.

Link to Frocester Beer FestivalFrocester Beer Festival - Further Information

Stroud Fringe Festival (26 to 28 August 2016)

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Stroud Fringe Festival

A joyous festival during which Stroud town throws open its doors and a special community comes together to create a wonderful spectacle. Enjoy vibrant culture and musical performances, from poetry to punk, fine art to folk, comedy to chaos theory, and everything in-between.

Link to Further informationFurther information - Stroud Fringe Festival

Berkeley Agricultural Show (the show has been postponed this August)

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Berkeley Agricultural Show

A typical Country Show and the highlight of the agricultural year in the Vale of Berkeley. This show is a great day out for any family wanting to see the beating heart of the countryside - trade stands, show jumping, livestock and a visit by the hounds of the Berkeley Hunt and much much more.

The show is held in the meadow adjacent to Berkeley Castle. Please telephone the organisers on 01453 543335 for further information.

Link to Further informationFurther information - Berkeley Show

Stroud Theatre Festival (September 2016 TBC)

This year marks the third Stroud Theatre Festival, and there will be over 25 diverse shows ranging from children’s theatre and lively comedies to classics and cutting edge drama. The performances will take place in a range of venues around Stroud.

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Frampton on Severn Country Fair (September 2016 TBC)

Join the family fun and experience the countryside like never before... there will be attractions including; a wide array of animal displays, classic tractors, Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force, the tug of war, ferret racing, fishing demonstrations, crafts and much, much more!

Link to Further informationFurther information - Frampton Country Fair

Stroud Folk Festival (September 2016 TBC)

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Stroud Folk Festival

Three days of Fabulous Folk, Ceilidh, Morris Sides, Ale & Cider Bar and much more.

Proceedings start, as is now traditional, with the festival Ceilidh on the Friday at the Sub Rooms and the band this year is The Watch.

Other highlights include The Gloucestershire Blinder, Hattie Briggs, Lisbee Stainton, Steve Tilston and the last chance to see the New Rope String Band.

Tickets available from Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760900 or online.

Link to Click hereClick here - to buy tickets online

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Five Valleys Walk, Stroud (25th September 2016)

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Enjoy the walk!

The Five Valleys Sponsored Walk is a 21 mile circular route split into 10 manageable sections weaving in and out of Gloucestershire’s famous Five Valleys.

The shortest section is less than a mile long, so participation has never been easier! Walk just one section, link several together, or tackle the whole route. You can start and finish at any of the checkpoints.

The walk takes in some of Gloucestershire's most beautiful countryside, weaving in and out of its famous Five Valleys.

Free shuttle buses are laid on, courtesy of Stagecoach, to take you back to your vehicle wherever you decide to finish your walk. Free drinking water, maps to help you navigate the route and lots of encouragement are available at every checkpoint from our friendly marshals.

Link to The Meningitis Now WebsiteThe Meningitis Now Website - For further information on how to get involved

Dursley Walking Festival (6 to 9 October 2016)

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Dursley Walking Festival

Dursley is a 'Walkers are Welcome' town and sits on the Cotswold Way. The annual walking festival is becoming more popular year on year with residents and visitors alike. Over the four days of the festival, enjoy guided walks over the hills and through the valleys surrounding the town. Specialist walks may also include a photographic walk and heritage walk of Dursley. Check the website for the programme nearer the time www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk

Link to Dursley Walking FestivalDursley Walking Festival - More information

Stroud Valleys Mills Open Days ( 2016 dates TBC )

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Open Day at the Mill

From January to November, we open three mills at different times which tell different parts of the remarkable story of cloth making in the Stroud Valleys. This is the industry that shaped the local valleys and created the towns. The finest snooker and tennis ball cloth are still made locally today. At Dunkirk Mill Centre a large waterwheel drives 1800s machinery; at the Weaving Shed, Gigg Mill, get down to weaving a pattern, watch an 1800s handloom work and see a power loom in action. Open less often is St Mary's, which is beautifully set in the countryside with a large waterwheel and a steam engine, both idle at present.

The mills are not open every day. Please check the website below for actual dates and opening information:

Link to Stroudwater Textile TrustStroudwater Textile Trust - more information

Berkeley Castle at Christmas (December 2016 TBC)

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Berkeley Castle

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Snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden (Jan - Mar 2016)

Due to the mild winter, the snowdrops may be early this year. Check the website for the latest news.

If you haven't visited the Garden at this time of the year, it is a sight not to be missed. Carpets of snowdrops drift through the woodland, clothing the steep banks below the renovated Eagle House, and thick on the grassy bank that leads up to the viewpoint above the maze, down by the fish pond and the square, rather dark plunge pool.

A bonus at Painswick are the winter-flowering cyclamen. A real reminder that spring is just round the corner.

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Painswick Rococo Garden

Link to Click here for dates and opening timesClick here for dates and opening times - Snowdrops and Painswick Rococo Gardens

Painswick Easter Egg Hunt (26 March 2016)

The annual Painswick Easter Egg Hunt starts from St Mary's Church Yard in Painswick and runs from 12 noon to 4pm.

Link to Painswick Egg HuntPainswick Egg Hunt - For further information

Impress '16 GPC Printmaking Festival (March 2016 TBC)

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Impress '16

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Randwick Wap - First Sunday in May

This centuries-old costumed procession is led by a mop-man and features a May Queen and Mayor, who can expect a dunking in the village pond! It culminates in a fayre with music and entertainment.

Link to Randwick WapRandwick Wap - For further information

Wotton-under-Edge Festival (22 April - 1 May 2016)


This year, 2016, is the 46th festival celebrating the arts in Wotton under Edge and the surrounding area. For further details of all the events on offer, visit the Wotton-under-Edge Festival website (see link below) or phone 01453 842499.

Link to Wotton-under-Edge FestivalWotton-under-Edge Festival - Further information