About Us

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, bringing the best of music, poetry, drama and dance to Stroud and the Five Valleys.

In its earlier years Stroud Festival gained a national and even international reputation for the calibre of its events, sponsoring a poetry competition in the 1960s and 70s which drew more than 900 entries from over 35 different countries!


Opera Up Close

Now the focus is more local – encouraging home-grown talent, involving children and young people in the arts with our recently established Children’s Festival, as well as bringing some well- known performers to Stroud so that we can enjoy world class performances on our doorstep.


Printmaking Workshop

Each year, the charity distributes funds on behalf of the Margaret and Netlam Bigg Trust – local patrons of the arts whose legacy was a bequest to promote education in the arts within the District of Stroud.  Many local arts organisations have started with the help of funds from this Trust and we continue to support new ventures and even new festivals, which then go on to be independent. We launched the first Stroud Book Festival in 2016 which now runs separately, with its own place in the festivals calendar. (see www.stroudbookfestival.org.uk for latest details)

Organisations and individuals can apply for a grant to support artistic projects within the Stroud District.  Grant applications are discussed at the regular Stroud Festival Committee meetings and decisions taken swiftly.  The next committee meeting will be held on: TUESDAY 12 JUNE  (For information on Grants see the Grants page)

Come and join us!

We are always keen to see new faces at our committee meetings and on our team of dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in helping to promote the arts in Stroud and would like to come to a meeting to see what we are about please contact Rick Vick, Festival Organiser E. info@stroudfestival.org

We particularly need people with marketing and social media skills at the moment to help us spread the word.