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Stroud Festival Ltd.
Registered Charity No: 255857

Registered Address:
2 Upland Villas, Springfield Road,
Uplands, Stroud GL5 1TR

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Stroud Festival – encouraging and supporting creativity for over 70 years

Stroud Festival Ltd is a charity promoting and supporting all types of artistic activities throughout the Stroud District.  Founded in 1946, it’s the ‘grandfather’ of all the wonderful festivals this area has to offer.

We’ve always included and encouraged children and young people in our programmes, and always had some events for children in our festivals, but this year we’re giving them prominence with the launch of

A new Children’s Festival – a summer weekend full of events designed with children in mind.  

We’ve put together a programme of activities in conjunction with the Stroud Festival of Nature on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July in Stratford Park, the Museum in the Park and its ‘secret’ Walled Garden and finishing at the Cotswold Playhouse early on Sunday evening.

Celebrating both Nature and Literature we’ve got storytelling and storywriting, puppets, art workshops, butterfly hunts, an art exhibition, a children’s choir - and even an opera workshop!

We round off the weekend with the return of our favourite world-class opera company OperaUpClose, in a thrilling performance of a special children’s opera called Ulla’s Odyssey. This reworking of Homer’s original story tells how 14-year-old Ulla attempts to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly with only her cat for company.

Some familiar faces from last year’s popular Stroud Book Festival will also be taking part in the Children’s Festival.

Cindy Jefferies, author and curator of last year’s Children’s Book Festival said: "It's great that we are bringing some of that excitement to the first Stroud Children's Festival. If you like nature, stories, being arty or singing your heart out, come along."

See the Festival Page for a list of events and how to book.