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Stroud Festival Ltd.
Registered Charity No: 255857

Registered Address:
2 Upland Villas, Springfield Road,
Uplands, Stroud GL5 1TR

©Stroud Festival 2016

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Stroud - a festival town for 70 years

Stroud Festival Ltd is the patron of many of the wonderful creative events held in this town.  The Margaret and Netlam Bigg Trust  was founded in 1946 and  has supported, and  in many cases, funded, much of the district’s cultural life.

This summer - a new Children’s Festival - Saturday 8 July - Sunday 9 July

World-class opera for children is coming to Stroud this summer as part of an action-packed weekend of events celebrating both nature and literature. OperaUpClose are bringing its touring production of Ulla’s Odyssey to the Cotswold Playhouse on Sunday 9 July at 6.30pm.

Based on the original story by Homer this reworking tells how a 14-year-old girl, Ulla, attempts to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly with only her cat for company.

Many of the familiar faces from last year’s popular Stroud Book Festival will also be at the Museum in the Park over that weekend too.  Cindy Jefferies, author and curator of last years Children’s Book Festival said: "It's great that we are bringing some of that excitement to the first Stroud Children's Festival. If you like nature, stories, being arty or singing your heart out, come along."

On Sunday 9 July – children will be treated to the Stroud Festival of Nature with its usual picnic and wide range of activities for all the family in Stratford Park.  

More details coming soon!


In November around 1,500 enjoyed the first The Stoud Book Festival   

 It ran from Friday 11 November and ended on Sunday 20 November 2016.  The events and  activities were aimed at a wide-ranging audience of book-lovers from 3 to 93. There were  discussions and performances in the Subscription Rooms, children's workshops at the Museum In  The Park, readings in the Library on Lansdown and other events around town.

“When I walked into the Sub Rooms for Ian McEwan on Friday night to find it packed to rafters and I thought, what a triumph!” Caroline Sanderson, Associate Editor, The Bookseller.

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