Looking ahead …

We were all disappointed when we had to cancel the 2020 Nailsworth Festival. However, it does mean that we will have longer than usual to plan the 2021 festival and to make sure it provides a fitting community celebration once we have returned to something closer to normality. We are confident that we can do this and have been cheered by the enthusiasm of this year’s planned performers to come and contribute to our festival in 2021. The dates next year are  22nd – 29th May. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy.

Press Release – Cancelled for 2020

We have issued the following press release:

Following recent government guidance the Nailsworth Festival Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Nailsworth Festival. 

The committee met on Monday 16th March and reluctantly made the decision to pull out of the Festival, as a result of latest government guidance for people to avoid unnecessary social contact over the coming months. The committee would like to thank all Festival supporters and sponsors and to reassure people that the Festival will return 22nd-29th May 2021.

We are all very sad about this outcome but we are reassured by the fact that it will play a part in holding back the virus and that we are protecting the long-term survival of the festival.

Press Release 2020 Festival


We can now delighted to confirm that the line-up now includes an evening of entertainment with Tim Brooke-Taylor, a true master of comedy on stage, screen and radio.

And here’s what appeared in the February edition of the Nailsworth News:

Nailsworth Festival
16th-24th May 2020

The Committee are currently finalising the line-up for the 2020 Nailsworth Festival and most of  the events have been agreed. So here is a taster of what is to come. As ever, the Festival will kickoff on Saturday with free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events will run across the week with the welcome return of the Sacconi Quartet, but this time with the addition of soloist Freddy Kempf. We have some interesting ‘in conversation’ events setup: one with Rod Hansen, the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police and another with Festival Patron, Sue Limb, discussing her work with BBC Radio. Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers returns to the Festival, celebrating 20 years of telling tales for grown-ups. There will be drama with Jenny Wren Productions presenting “Bletchley Girls”and finally for fans of country blues, Sadie and Michael Roach are performing together at the Festival, following  of their album “Tryin’ Times”. If you would like to become involved with the Festival or explore sponsorship options, please contact the Committee using the following email: festival@nailsworthfestival.org.uk

A full programme of activities will be published in future editions of Nailsworth News and on the Festival website:  www.nailsworthfestival.org.uk. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Late Booking Offer

We want to make sure the maximum number of people are able to enjoy The Real People on Saturday night (18th May). With this in mind we are making the offer that each ticket for this event admits two. And so that those who have booked already are not disadvantaged, the offer applies to them too. So, bring your friends.

Event details

LipService go off the rails in “Strangers on a Train Set”

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den) finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead. But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction.  

With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach. So don’t blow your stack, this show is just the ticket to help you let off steam and overuse many more railway metaphors.  “A show that appeals to crime aficionados and narrow gauge railway enthusiasts alike. LipService – The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction.” The Independent.



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Tales of Love and Longing

Nailsworth’s exciting writing group Tell Tales offer an evening of stories, sketches and poems on the eternally fascinating subject of romance. Enjoy original work from the town’s trending wordsmiths and be amazed at their ability to generate emotion and above all a sense of fun.

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Dr John Bradshaw “Animal Behaviour”

We think of our pets as brave, loyal and honest – pretty much fully fledged members of the family, in fact. But why do we do that? And are there hidden consequences to those anthropomorphic notions? Dr John Bradshaw is a world expert in animal behaviour – with a particular interest in domestic cats and dogs – as well as a best-selling author. He’ll be discussing the science behind human-animal interaction, including the origins of our relationship with our pets, our loyal friends for the past 50,000-or-so years.


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