First up, this is a rough guide, only of some of the larger and regular events in the area such as the Open Studios in the Five Valleys, The Nibley Festival, The Dursley Walking Festival, The Wotton Jazz Festival etc.
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Sat 12 September 2020
An annual visually inspiring festival of artist-led exhibitions, films and performances combined with a diverse series of talks from artists and writers. Over 80 Open Studios, across the Stroud Valleys. Date changed due to C19 of course in 2020. Look out for May / June 2021.
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2HA
Sun 2 May 2021
A biannual weekend of wonderful Spring gardens including nationally significant local gardens not usually open to the public. Several open artists studios are incorporated in the programme as well as garden sculpture. Refreshments available. The 2021 programme includes Stancombe Park. 01 May 2021– 03 May 2021
The Chipping, Wotton under Edge, GL12 7AD
Sat 8 May 2021
A 5 day event, one of only six annual Concours Complet International (CCI) Five Star ***** events as classified by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) in the world. It takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort in South Gloucestershire. The Cross Country day can attract up to 250,000 visitors, though cancelled in 2020 and it's being held benhind closed doors in 2021. See you in 2022!
Badminton House, Badminton GL9 1DF, GL9 1DF
Sat 19 June 2021
January 2021 update: the trail is here again in 2021. Click through to the web site for for lots of information. 19th / 20th and 26th / 27th June 2021. http://www.sitselect.org/sitselecttrail.html
Select Arts is a Gloucestershire based arts organisation. They support local and national artists in curated and artist-led exhibitions, events, talks, and educational opportunities. They work to raise the artist’s profiles and support their creative journey. with a successful annual Select Trail Open Studios and Select Festival annually.
Sat 14 August 2021
It's back, 14th and 15th August 2021 for a delayed 30th birthday! A packed programme of family fun and entertainment including exciting horsemanship, The Dog and Duck Show, sheepdog demonstrations, falconry, displays and loads for kids. Take your dog for free.
And there is the Food Festival too. A cracking day out.
Bathurst Estate, Cirencester Park, Cirencester, GL7 2BU
Fri 20 May 2022
A new food festival is coming to Stroud in May 2022, with a fantastic line-up of some of the most respected names in the business, showcasing the awesome food and drink venues based in and around The Five Valleys.
Talks, masterclasses and Stroud’s finest home-grown food producers, chefs and restaurant owners will also be serving up tastings and workshops.
Cornhill will host its own Oktoberfest while The Long Table will take over St Lawrence’s Church Hall to hold a charity banquet. Family entertainment and culinary games, live music brunches, breakfast yoga and street markets.
Many of the events will be FREE with Stroud buzzing with food trucks and bars offering everything from international cuisine and local artisan produce, to vegan street food.
In all three days of this fantastic food fun.
High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AP
Our airfield is situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment and overlooks the stunning river Severn valley - an ideal location for a taster flight right through to a weeks gliding holiday. You can learn from the age of 14 and qualify at 16, but just taking a flight is a memory to treasure, particularly above the Cotswold Edge.
Nr Nympsfield, Stroud, GL10 3TX
Not for the faint-hearted, the world-famous Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake has been held for around 200 years every May. Whilst competitors chase an 8lb wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down the hillside, watching is the safest option. The tumbles and somersaults are spectacular and the first aid team are often rather busy.
Coopers Hill Brockworth, GL3 4SB
The Town of Dursley officially "Welcomes Walkers".
It's in a great spot to roam. Surrounded by the Cotswold Edge on 3 sides and the Severn Vale to the west there is so much choice.
The website below has a page of self guided walks and is well worth a look.
It is an amazing event in the equestrian calendar, a genuine showcase of one of the most challenging and competitive sports – Eventing. The best of the best competes at The Festival. Gatcombe Park is transformed into the perfect destination for a great day out.
An action-packed entertainment programme to satisfying the shopaholic and foodie with a Shopping & Food Village.
Aston Farm, Cherington, Tetbury, GL8 8SW
FGR.... Established in 1889, this League 2 club’s home is Nailsworth making it the smallest town to have a league club. But it’s also a vegan club and the “World’s greenest club” according to FIFA. The Chair is Dale Vince, owner of ecotricity, Stroud’s very own eco energy company.
The New Lawn, Nailsworth, GL6 0FG
Held in 30 acres of beautiful parkland of Frampton Court Estate, this is one of the last truly traditional country fairs. Join us in celebrating all that is great about the countryside and the people who work and live in it.
With over 400 trade stands, three display rings and a traditional fun-fair there is so much to see and do.
Manor Farm, Frampton on Severn, GL2 7EP
Providing courses in the arts, music, wellbeing, and sustainability..... how to write that novel you always wanted to write, poetry and the environment.
Also hosting events, talks, debates and films addressing the pressing issues of our time to inspire people to make a difference, as well as providing a venue for exciting and forward-thinking organisations.
Go to their web site and find a course or event that will inspire you, it is an inspiring place.
Painswick Old Rd, Stroud GL6 7QW, GL6 7QW
The National Garden Scheme Garden Visitor’s Handbook is your essential garden-visiting guide. Check out the entries for the Gloucestershire....February to October, your perfect garden awaits.
It includes a diverse range of exceptionally beautiful gardens across England and Wales. With thousands to choose from.
2019 confirmed the National Garden Scheme’s extraordinary dual impact, both within the gardens that open and through the donations made with the funds raised at their open days. The £3 million of donations the National Garden Scheme made in 2019 supports thousands of people across the UK.
Nibley is the friendly festival in a stunning Cotswold location. The best music, free entertainment for the kids, stalls, local beer, food from around the world – it’s the recipe for a perfect weekend. A rare festival gem.
Nibley House Farm, The Street, North Nibley, GL11 6DL
One of Stroud's best known pubs, sitting on the edge of Rodborough Common. Bringing the best of Stroud ales, art, music and people to its visitors in a way that makes them feel welcomed into the heart of the community. Check out the website for bands, food and events.
Rodborough Hill, Stroud, GL5 3SS
A Cultural Hub In The Heart Of Stroud. John St: 26 artists, a gallery, project space, cafe/bar and a year round artistic and educational programme. The Goods Shed: performances, exhibitions and film screenings. Keep an eye out for the annual Ppen Studio Festival or just take a look at the street facing gallery on John Street.
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2HA
It's a spectacle like no other. Check out https://www.severn-bore.co.uk/locations.html for a viewing spot. The funnel of the River Severn estuary forces some of the highest tides (over 9m, the second highest in the world) up to 21 miles inland and the wave attracts surfers from all over.
The tidal surge also attracts canoeists and windsurfers too. Steve King is the current Guinness World Record holder for the longest surf, 9.25 miles.
The crest of wave moves around from side to side reaching speeds of more than 16 kph. For surfing information, please refer to the Gloucester Harbour Trustees website, link below.
Col. J. Churchill, an ex-wartime Commando leader was the first man to surf the bore on a home made 14ft long board on 21st July 1955.
Epney, Nr Frampton on Severn, GL2 7LN
Steeped in local tradition a country show celebrating the best of local produce, skills and talents, and offering entertainment for people of all ages. Music, dog show, food and drink, horticulture, art and craft, and lots of stalls of local enterprises. A great family day out. On hold due to Covid of course....
Stratford Park, 31 Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AJ, GL5 4AJ
Stroud and the Five Valleys monthly guide to the multitude of festivals, exhibitions, literature events, theatre productions, comedy shows and artists it harbours. It's Stroud's ‘Time Out’ bringing everything into one place.
Running since February 2015 informing the community and involving local venues, artists and writers in its content. Good On Paper is a free independent magazine published monthly and we love it!!!
The video is a collaboration with Sound Records, Stroud, 22 11 2020 live stream.