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.

Coming up later this year look out for our second Children’s Festival in July, a visit from a new young Opera company Pop Up Opera in October and the return of the ever-popular Ballet Cymru with a pre-Christmas show in December.

Children’s Festival 2017

Our Children’s Festival takes place at the Museum in the Park over the weekend of 7-8 July 2018.  With all day activities and some very special events, we have a weekend of fun lined up – indoor and outdoor – and on the Sunday we join in again with the wonderful Stroud Festival of Nature. The park will be buzzing!

Many of the events are free!  For a full list of activities click here.

Image: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte 2014

Pop Up Opera – a new visiting company for Stroud with a twist on an old favourite. La Tragédie de Carmen is Peter Brook’s acclaimed version of the Bizet classic.. Friday 5 October 2018

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Ballet Cymru – return to delight us with another creatively choreographed ballet adapted for our small but beautiful Cotswold Playhouse stage.  Tuesday 4 December 2018

(see the Events page for more information on all the above)

Further ahead to 2019 we’ve got plans for a series of ‘themed’ events throughout the year. We’ve picked the theme REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS –  a subject which has inspired artists throughout the ages.

So – let’s make it a revolutionary year in 2019 and celebrate together with some collaborative programming and shared publicity to make a bigger splash. We’ve held initial brainstorming sessions with groups and individuals keen to join in and all felt that it was a theme worth pursuing, with many creative possibilities. Anyone interested in joining in should contact Rick Vick, Festival Organiser by the end of July. Ideas will then be firmed up and a programme put together. 

Email:  Rick Vick, Festival Organiser at