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 come to the end of our activities for 2018. Here’s a recap of all we achieved: 

Festival Events

Children’s Festival: A weekend full of fun, creative and educational activities for children held in the beautiful garden and parkland surrounding the Museum in the Park. Visiting authors; a theatre show and workshop; jewellery making; mask-making; creative games and a performance from a children’s choir – all set alongside the ever-popular Stroud Festival of Nature.

Opera: A first visit to Stroud by PopUp Opera at the Subscription Rooms with a thrilling performance of Peter Brook’s La Tragedie de Carmen.

Theatre: A one-woman show written and performed by actor Jan Carey gave us an introduction to the words and music of Gloucestershire composer/poet Ivor Gurney.  This moving tribute to Gurney, seen through the eyes of his friend the music critic Marion Scott, was fittingly performed on Remembrance Sunday as part of the Stroud Book Festival.

Art: An exhibition showcasing the talents of 6 local artists was held at the world-famous Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust . appropriately featuring landscape and wildlife works.

Dance: Bringing our year’s events to a close, the ever-popular Ballet Cymru with a new ballet ‘A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs’ – with music and narration by Cerys Matthews and the words of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. 


We also supported a number of other projects via grants during the year, including:

  • sponsoring the prizes for the Poetry Competition as part of the Stroud Book Festival
  • workshops held during the SIT Select Textile Festival
  • training for young technicians during the annual Theatre Festival
  • a film celebrating  local suffragist Margaret Hills, made by a young filmmaker
  • the first Stroud Shakespeare Festival
  • creative art workshops for children and young people
  • a group show by local women artists
  • drumming workshops as part of the Stroud Sacred Music Festival
  • and storytelling/ reading activities for children as part of projects held by Stroud Library

So what are we planning for 2019?  Our theme of REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS  has brought forth many creative ideas and the full programme will be announced shortly.

To give you a taste of what’s to come, we’ll have some music which caused a riot when it was first performed; workshops celebrating an innovative process which had worldwide impact; and, in collaboration with other local organisations we hope to deliver a programme which inspires and provokes.  

Future Plans

We’ve now decided to develop further our Children’s Festival. We will focus the next few years on encouraging, supporting, promoting and developing all aspects of the arts for young people. We’re currently talking to other organisations and individuals who are active in that area and hope to bring you a full programme of events in 2020.

Email: Rick Vick, Festival Organiser at: for further information on any aspect of Stroud Festival’s work.