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.
Sabet Choudhury is a familiar face on the region’s television screens. A current affairs presenter for the BBC, Seb specialises in investigative reporting for Inside Out West and also appears on the West’s flagship news show, Points West. What you might not know is that his own story is equally as fascinating as many of those he investigates. Seb’s parents came to the UK when he was a baby, giving up a successful life in Bangladesh to find new opportunities for their family. In 1984, they settled in Stonehouse – the only Asian family in the town. “I’ve often asked myself: Would I do what they did? Would I have the courage?” Seb says. “Probably, not.” In conversation with Katie Jarvis, Seb will be revisiting his early life, as well as talking about his career in television journalism and exploring some of the stories he’s covered within the region. He’ll also be discussing his decision – four years ago – to donate a kidney to his mum, Sakina, after she became seriously ill.
The line-up for the 2019 Nailsworth Festival has now been finalised. As ever, the Festival will kick off on Saturday with entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. There will be a wide variety of musical acts appearing in the evenings during the Festival. These include: the Real People, an indie rock band; the Elias String Quartet; country blues from Brooks Williams and opera from Opera Anywhere. There will be talks from Sabet Choudhury of BBC Points West and John Bradshaw, a world expert in animal behaviour. On the second Saturday there will be the welcome return of the Lip Service Touring Company, with a new production.
The full programme of activities will be published on this website soon and in future editions of Nailsworth News. (Update: as of March 2019, the full programme is available.)
Well, we are all done-and-dusted for 2018, apart from the John Furnival Exhibition which continues until mid-June. The festival committee will be meeting in a few weeks to review this year’s festival and formulate plans for next year, so, if you have any suggestions for events at future festivals, now is the time to put them forward at firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect the 2019 festival to take place in the week leading up to the late-May bank holiday weekend.
We were pleased to see so many people at this year’s festival events, especially on sunny Festival Saturday when there was the alternative attraction of a Royal Wedding taking place. There are pictures on our Gallery page.
Yes, we now have things in place to start accepting online bookings. We hope you find the process easy to navigate – we know how confusing online purchasing systems can be, so we have tried to keep it simple and very similar what people were accustomed to on the old version of the website. Remember that we use the secure PayPal shopping cart for ticket sales – you do not share any financial information with the Nailsworth Festival when you book. You do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets as major credit and debit cards are accepted by PayPal. Of course, if you do have a PayPal account, the checkout process will be much faster.
We are just putting the finishing touches to our online booking arrangements to allow booking to begin during Monday 9th April. (Not Tuesday 9th April as you may have read in the Nailsworth News!) Please don’t queue up to try booking at a minute past midnight – we are not that sort of organisation – but we are confident that we will be up and running at some point in the day. So, if you have found booking is not yet open, do try later in the day.
Remember that we use the secure PayPal shopping cart for ticket sales – you do not share any financial information with the Nailsworth Festival when you book. You do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets as major credit and debit cards are accepted. Of course, if you do have a PayPal account, the checkout process will be much faster.
The Nailsworth Festival Committee is now able to announce the main features of the 2018 Festival. As ever, there will be entertainment and a market in the town on Festival Saturday (19th May) and then a week of acts, talks and activities designed to appeal to all.
The Temperance Seven, on their Diamond Jubilee Tour, will headline on Festival Saturday evening. Events across the week will feature the Tippett Quartet, “Votes for women in the Cotswolds”, Richard Eyre, Withering Looks comedy theatre, latin music and much more.
But the Festival is about much more than the major events with activities, exhibitions and workshops running across the week.
There is Funky Munky Music for very young children; a Footie Fest for youngsters between 8 and 16 and ‘Riding the Bounds’ for horse riders of all ages. A number of exhibitions will be held including ‘Education in Nailsworth’ and a ‘Quilt Show with Musical Interludes’. There will also be an exhibition by the artist John Furnival, as featured in last month’s edition of Nailsworth News. Stroudwater Textiles will be opening Gigg Mill and Dunkirk Mill.
New for 2018:
Egypt Mill will be putting on a Pre-Festival Party Night with one of Gloucestershire’s liveliest bands ‘The Bridge’.
Woodchester Valley Vineyard will be offering a special tour & tasting event to celebrate Nailsworth Festival and English Wine Week.