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 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.

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 20 July 2018. Ideas will then be firmed up and a programme put together. 

Email: Rick Vick, Festival Organiser at: