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. In 2020, it was due to take place from 16th May to 24th May but we reluctantly had to cancel following government advice on measures to fight the coronavirus epidemic.

New Dates for Nailsworth Festival 2021

The Festival Committee has decided to reschedule the 2021 Festival to 20th – 27th August. The reason for the change is the continuing uncertainty about what social distancing rules will be in place on the originally planned Festival dates in May. The Committee are much more confident that a full programme can be run in late August.

As ever, on Festival Saturday (21st August) there will be free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events will include: 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. A full programme of activities will be published  here and in future editions of Nailsworth News. All events will comply with any social distancing rules that are still in place at the time.

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.


Our thanks go to our sponsors and all those whose financial and practical support in the organisation of the Festival make everything possible. These are our sponsors for 2020. (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