Stroud Festival  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.


In partnership with Stroud Valley Arts (SVA) we brought you a weekend full of fun with our new festival of play aimed at children but inclusive of adults. Held outdoors in our little ‘park in the town’ Bank Gardens,and indoors in the splendid St. Laurence Church and the iconic Brunel Goods Shed, Stroud’s newest festival was buzzing with activities, workshops and entertainment spread across two days. 

Even the sun came out to play!


2019 continues with an exciting programme of events based on the theme ‘REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS’. 

In collaboration with a number of other organisations in Stroud we’re bringing you a diverse range of events, all with Revolution in mind.

We’ve already had our centrepiece for the Spring programme – a concert of ‘revolutionary’ music for 2 pianos with Ashok Gupta and Jams Coleman.

Still to come is an exhibition, some workshops and events celebrating Print – a process which had worldwide impact; a Festival of Wool and Water and more walks commemorating Stroud’s history of protest.

Then in the Autumn we’ll bring you an evening of operatic arias with a revolutionary theme, some shakespearean drama, and later in the year our favourite ballet troupe return for their annual performance

Some highlights below with more detail on the Events Pages as they become available. As some event details are yet to be confirmed please keep visiting this page for more information through the year.


Theatre: A ‘revolutionary ‘production of the ultimate revolution play – Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’-   a Cotswold Players production. October 2019 at the Cotswold Playhouse

Otherstory Puppetry presents ‘Taking a Holiday’ – a story of conscientious objection and the rejection of war.  November 2019 Museum in the Park

Outdoor events: This year we are supporting walks from local group Radical Stroud. Called ‘Performative Walks’ these guided rambles through our beautiful countryside will be enhanced with stories, songs and music celebrating local historic events and revolutionary characters. Sunday 26 May, Friday 11 October and Saturday 23 November 2019

Art: “R is for Revolution” an interactive print project using letterpress techniques.  Workshops, art history talks, an exhibition and more will take place during September at the Museum in the Park.  Details TBC

This year’s Wool and Water Festival celebrates our rich and ‘revolutionary’ industrial heritage as seen through the eyes of artists and makers.  Exhibitions, installations, workshops and mill visits.  Throughout September 2019

Opera: An evening concert of operatic arias with a ‘revolutionary’ theme by mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and friends. Thursday 31 October 2019

Dance: Our favourite dance troupe Ballet Cymru return to Stroud for their annual performance.  This year they’re bringing their creative (revolutionary?) choreography to the story of Romeo and Juliet  Thursday 21 November 2019 Cotswold Playhouse 7.30pm



So, keep visiting this page as we add more information.

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