The Nailsworth Festival

The Nailsworth Festival aims, for one week of the year, to bring something a little different to the cultural life of our community, providing something for everyone. After cancellation in 2020 and rescheduling in 2021, the festival will return to its normal time of year  in 2022 and the festival will run from Saturday 21st of May for about a week. Look out for further announcements in the new year.

Nailsworth Festival Made a Triumphant Return in 2021

The Festival Committee decided to reschedule the 2021 Festival to 20th – 27th August.  This time, the Festival really happened! It got off to a flying start with two sell-out events and a Festival Saturday that felt pretty much like normal, in spite of being a bit wet round the edges. (See some pictures from Festival  Saturday.)
In fact fully booked events became the norm. So, a big thank you to all those who supported the Festival in this challenging year. Audiences have been amazing.

As ever, on Festival Saturday (21st August) had free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events included: US born country blues artist Michael Roach, in a rare performance with his daughter, Sadie; stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall; a one-woman play starring Liz Grand and new songs and jazz standards with Helen Porter. The full programme  is still viewable on our Festival events pages.

Our general email address is festival@nailsworthfestival.org.uk. We always welcome suggestions for future festival events and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to be involved with running the festival.


Due to the pandemic we did not feel it appropriate to ask for sponsorship for this year’s Festival. However, we would like to thank our recent sponsors for past and hopefully future support: (Click on the sponsor’s logo to open their website in a new page or tab.)


The Executors of Robert Stiling


Our thanks go to the following for their financial and practical support in the organisation of the Festival:

Nailsworth Town Council
Ruskin Mill
Town Information Centre
Nailsworth News
Nailsworth Chamber of Trade
Stroud News & Journal
Stroud Times