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.

Children’s Festival 2017

Our Children’s Festival took place over the weekend of 7 -8 July  at the Museum in the Park.  With lots of other things happening in Stroud, a sizzling heatwave, and of course – the FOOTBALL  – we still saw over 1500 visitors to the Museum during the 2 days, mostly on the Sunday when the park was buzzing with the excitement of the Stroud Festival of Nature too. 


Many of the events were free (you can still see the full programme here) and some of the most popular were the ones which ran throughout the day, particularly the Wishing Tree, the family games and the train rides.Thank you to all the performers and contributors for making this such a success and to the staff at the Museum in the Park  for being ‘cool’ hosts in spite of the soaring temperatures. We will be back next year! 

Coming up later this year we’ll have an Art Exhibition at the Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust running from September to December, 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.

Six go wild at Slimbridge!  Art works by six local artists –from the Valleys – go on show at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centreto the Vale. Thursday 20 September to Tuesday 4 December 2018 more details on the artists coming soon

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 received a number of ‘Expressions of Interest’ from various groups and individuals now and over the next few weeks we’ll be putting together a preliminary programme of events.  Watch this space for details as they emerge. Anyone still interested in joining in should contact Rick Vick, Festival Organiser as soon as possible.  

Email: Rick Vick, Festival Organiser at: