Festival events

The Nailsworth Festival Committee is proud to announce the events 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.

The full programme is given in date order below. You can also home in on Exhibitions, Workshops and Activities or Sporting and Riding events or use our Calendar to see what’s on on a particular day.

Fri 18May2018

Pre Festival Party Night

From 7.00 pm

At Egypt Mill GL6 0AE

£20 in advance, £25 on the night

Join us at Egypt Mill to get the 2018 Festival off to a flying start. One of Gloucestershire’s liveliest bands ‘THE BRIDGE’ will be playing on the Waterside Terrace from 7pm – 9.30pm followed by disco in our Wheel Room from 9.30 pm – late. Entrance by ticket only to include Hog Roast/Barbecue, served from 7 pm – 11 pm. Tickets available at Egypt Mill Reception or by calling 01453 833449. 

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Sat 19May2018

Festival Saturday

Free entertainment supported by a grant from Nailsworth Town Council

From 10.00 am

FREE

 

 

The events on Festival Saturday start at 10am in Mortimer Gardens. The programme includes entertainment for all the family, a market, and many other activities across the town.

Entertainment in Mortimer Gardens
10.00 Lewis and Dav Gypsy Jazz
10.30 Punch and Judy Much-loved traditional puppet show
11.00 Nailsworth Community Choir Local singers perform a lively and varied mix of songs from around the world
11.30 Circus Frantix with Chris Liengaard, Circus entertainer, fun for all the family
12.00 The Honeymoon Trio Nostalgic songs and tunes from the decadent era: 1920 to 1940
12.45 Punch and Judy More traditional entertainment for children
13.15 Nailsworth School Choir The choir will be performing a range of songs from Folk to Musicals. Their enthusiasm and love of singing will
bring a smile to your face
13.45 Circus Frantix Circus entertainment again for all the family
14.15 The Honeymoon Trio More vintage music to finish the programme

Duck Race
The famous St Dominic's Duck Race returns for another year. Races will commence on the Nailsworth Stream at 10 am and run throughout the day.

 Buskers in Market Street


11.00 Jo Keogh Irish Fiddle
12.00 Lewis and Dav Gypsy Jazz
12.30-14.00 The Fruit Bowlers Folk music

 

Craft event for children in Nailsworth Library
Nailsworth Library will be hosting a craft event from 10.30-12.30 to celebrate the Nailsworth Festival. It promises to be
great fun for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Please
look out for more details locally.

“Education in Nailsworth”
exhibition in Mortimer Room
Mortimer Room, 10am-4pm, free
Nailsworth Archives Team presents a sample of the
information they hold about education in Nailsworth
including Dame Schools, Public Schools and National
Schools.

Organ Recital by Simon Bell in St George’s
Sponsored in memory of the late Robert Stiling, Brownshill, Stroud
St George’s Church GL6 0BP,
4pm to 5pm, £5
Pay at the door (There is a full Event Page for this recital)

Starts
Sat 19
May2018
Ends
Sun 17
Jun2018

John Furnival Exhibition

From 10 am until 4.00 pm

At Ruskin Mill Gallery GL6 0LA

Free

John Furnival was a student at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s, alongside David Hockney. Since that time, describing himself as a ‘drawer’, he has lived in Nailsworth and Woodchester. Although best known as a ‘visual poet’ with work in the Tate’s collection, his drawings celebrating life in the Cotswolds have rarely been exhibited. At Ruskin Mill, the exhibition will feature Nailsworth (including Spring Hill and George Street with its well-known copper kettle), his early home at Rowden Cottage below Hazelwood (including family portraits and photographs of visitors such as Hockney), drawings relating to the poet W H Davies, the cemetery at Painswick, and Woefuldane Bottom near Minchinhampton. www.johnfurnival.com

Preview and meet the artist Saturday 19th May 2-4pm

Sat 19May2018

“Education in Nailsworth”

From 10.00 am until 4.00 pm

At Mortimer Room GL6 0DU

Free

Nailsworth Archives Team presents a sample of the information they hold about education in Nailsworth including Dame Schools, Public Schools and National Schools.

Sat 19 - Sun 20May2018

Stroudwater Textiles

From 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm

At Dunkirk Mill

£3 for one mill and £5 for two, payable at door

Gigg Mill open: 19th May, 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm; 26th May, 10am -12noon Dunkirk Mill open: 19th and 20th May, 2pm - 4pm Cost £3 for one mill and £5 for two, payable at door

Visit local mills and learn the history of the cloth manufacturing industry that dominated the Stroud Valleys for 200 Years. Select and weave your own design and then see how looms developed from hand to power. This event is organised by the Stroudwater Textile Trust.

Sat 19May2018

Organ Recital by Simon Bell

Sponsored in memory of the late Robert Stiling, Brownshill, Stroud

From 4.00 pm until 5.00 pm

At St George's Church GL6 0BP

£5 at the door

Simon Bell is the Director of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and Director of Choral Music and Organist at Dean Close School. This prize winning organist will perform works by composers as varied as J. S. Bach and James Macmillan. A treat of organ music across the ages

Sat 19May2018

The Temperance Seven Grand Diamond Jubilee Tour 2017-18

From 8.00 pm

At Town Hall GL6 0JF

£16

Who could have predicted that a band,which hit the top of the charts over 55 years ago in 1961, with a song and style that were already 40 years out of date, would still be around in 2018, still playing the same style of music? The main difference now is that the band has a vast repertoire… jazz classics from the past, original compositions, novelty numbers.... so whatever your taste in jazz, The Temperance Seven will play it for you. (The band had a string of chart successes, notably with “You’re Driving Me Crazy”,which was Sir George Martin’s first ever number one hit, and followed by other top ten hits like “Home in Pasadena”, “The Charleston”, “Hard Hearted Hannah” and “The Black Bottom”, and still has a huge following in the UK and abroad.) The Temperance Seven play what they like, and their enormous enjoyment is hilariously transmitted to their audiences with their zany pythonesque humour.

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Sat 19May2018

Stroudwater Textiles

From 10.00 am to noon and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

At Gigg Mill

£3 for one mill, £5 for two, payable at the door

Gigg Mill open: 19th May, 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm; 26th May, 10am -12noon Dunkirk Mill open: 19th and 20th May, 2pm - 4pm Cost £3 for one mill and £5 for two, payable at door

Visit local mills and learn the history of the cloth manufacturing industry that dominated the Stroud Valleys for 200 Years. Select and weave your own design and then see how looms developed from hand to power. This event is organised by the Stroudwater Textile Trust.

Sun 20May2018

Riding the Bounds

At (start) Barton End Equestrian Centre GL6 0QF

£10 per person (to cover admin costs)

Ring Barton End Equestrian Centre on 01453 834915 or send an email entitled “Riding the Bounds” to stephenaiano@aol.com and we shall get in touch with you.

A cavalcade of riders will trace the boundary of Nailsworth Town, covering about ten miles. Participants can bring their own horse (parking available), or available horses may be hired from Barton End Stables. Please let us know early if you are interested in taking part as a rider numbers will be limited, depending on age and experience of the riders involved.

Sun 20May2018

Footie Fest

From 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm

At George V Playing Field GL6 0HT

Free

If you enjoy playing football and are aged between 8 and 16 come and join Nailsworth Youth Club in partnership with PSALMS in an afternoon of football fun. Activities will include a skills zone, coaching session and football tournament. All participants will receive a medal and refreshments will be provided. Girls and boys welcome.

Sun 20May2018

The Tippett Quartet

Classical string quartet

From 7.30 pm

At Christ Church GL6 0DQ

£12

Sponsored in memory of the late Robert Stiling, Brownshill, Stroud

The Tippett Quartet has performed at the BBC Proms, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. They are often heard on Radio 3 and now they are coming to Nailsworth. This exciting quartet will perform Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet No 6 (the “Brazilian”), Dvorak’s String Quartet No 6 (the “American”) and Beethoven’s String Quartet No 12. “An evening of wonderful musical treats. You can really hear the members of the Tippett Quartet listening keenly to each other, as they weave their seemingly effortless magic” – BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE. “The Tippett Quartet’s performances are little short of astonishing” – THE STRAD. “The Tippett Quartet’s performance had enormous cogency and power”– THE GUARDIAN

Refreshments available

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Mon 21May2018

Votes for Women in the Cotswolds

From 7.30 pm

At Egypt Mill GL6 0AE

£5

A talk by Dr Sue Jones author of “Votes for Women: Cheltenham and the Cotswolds”.Sue lives in the Cotswolds and was awarded a PhD in the field of women’s suffrage. In 1918, after years of campaigning, British women over the age of 30 gained a parliamentary vote. Cheltenham was the hub of activity in the Cotswolds and in the period before the outbreak of the First World War had a number of vigorous societies and individuals. From being imprisoned for trying to approach the Prime Minister to refusing to be counted in the 1911 census, local women and many men,from across the region fought a valiant and dignified campaign to make their voices heard.Eventually,success was achieved. At a time when women had very little power inside or outside the home, this is the story of how ordinary women supported each other to demand a say in the affairs of this country.

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Mon 21May2018

The Gasworks Singers

From 7.30 pm

At St George's Church GL6 0BP

£6 (pay at the door)

Gasworks Singers are a choir of 35 members of the 160-strong Gasworks Choir in Bristol. They meet to share food and song and sing the most popular and well-loved Gasworks songs, mostly arranged by Dee Jarlett or Ali Orbaum. Their sense of fun and their love of singing, as well as their glowing red and orange clothes is an uplifting and joyful experience to share. Expect pop, soul and a passionate and prayerful performance!

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Tue 22May2018

Harp Workshop

From 6.00 pm until 7.00 pm

At Subscription Rooms GL6 0HH

£10 (online booking only)

Have you ever played a harp? Here is your chance to have a go. No musical experience needed, this is a simple session in a small group (limited to 8 per session). You’ll be surprised how easy it is to play a simple melody in no time!

Also 2pm to 3pm on 26 May.

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Tue 22May2018

Boldwood

The Richard Valentine Memorial Folk Concert

From 7.30 pm

At Ruskin Mill GL6 0LA

£12. To book please contact Ruskin Mill 01453 837537

Formed in 2003 by accordionist Becky Price, Boldwood explores the repertoire of tunes from 17th and 18th century English collections. The band specialises in bringing to life neglected gems in concert or on the dance floor. Their unique sound is a result of lush, almost orchestral arrangements, combined with energetic, imaginative, spontaneous playing. The new album,“Glory of the West”, will be released in the spring.

Wed 23May2018

Comedy Night

A partnership event with Churches Together in Nailsworth

From 7.30 pm

At Christ Church GL6 0DQ

£8

Building on the success of last year the 2018 Festival offers a three comedian line up for your enjoyment. The show will be compered by Andy Kind, opened by Fran Garrity and headlined by Tony Vino, with all three having considerable experience on the comedy circuit. Andy’s stand-up style can best be described as “the joyful rant of a post 30 chaos vacuum”, and he has been featured on BBC1, ITV and Channel 4, in the UK, as well as touring festivals here and in South Africa. Described by THE GUARDIAN as “absolutely hilarious”. Fran Garrity has an assured delivery of finely crafted materials: “Fran never fails to deliver, he is dependable with a sharp dry delivery. He came up with one of the best lines of the night which brought the house down” – NIBBLES WITH GIGGLES. Tony Vino has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses: “uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” – SAM WALKER, BBC MANCHESTER.

Wed 23May2018

Festival Tales

From 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm

At Mortimer Room GL6 0DU

£3

An opportunity to hear stories, poems and sketches from “Tell Tales”, Nailsworth’s creative writing group. Be amazed at the quality of their literary skills, their ability to produce emotions and feelings and above all their sense of fun.

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Thu 24May2018

An Evening with Sir Richard Eyre

From 7.30 pm

At Nailsworth C of E Primary School GL6 0ET

£10

The theatre and film director, Sir Richard Eyre, will talk about working with actors and show clips from several of his films, including his most recent film of King Lear with Anthony Hopkins. He has been the recipient of numerous directing awards. Many will recall his stage musical, Guys and Dolls, and film, Notes on a Scandal, amongst others. He was Director of the UK’s National Theatre between 1988 and 1997.

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Fri 25May2018

Withering Looks

Sponsored by Stag Homes

From 7.30 pm

At Town Hall GL6 0JF

£12

2018 is the 200th anniversary year of Emily Bronte’s birth. LipService Touring Theatre takes a look at the lives of the Bronte sisters......well, two of them as Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar. Peopled with some of the greatest characters from the Bronte canon, and some, quite frankly that LipService have made up, Withering Looks is an irreverent and hilarious theatre event to savour. Winners of a Manchester Evening News Theatre award and Critics award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.“It’s a joy – very, very funny” – THE GUARDIAN. www.lipservicetheatre.co.uk

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Sat 26 - Sun 27May2018

A Quilt Show with Musical Interludes

From 10.00 am until 4.30 pm

At Arkell Centre GL6 0ET

£2 on door (accompanied children under 16 free)

Five Valleys Quilt Group are holding“A quilt show with musical interludes”. Quilts,demonstrations,raffle quilt“All Sorts of Blue”, bag raffle, sales table, refreshments, children’s activities.  Performances by Choirinium of Cirencester (Saturday 2.30pm) and Severnside Singers (Sunday 2.30pm). (Note that this is an update on the timings shown in our printed brochure.) The show is supporting “Allsorts Gloucestershire”, a local charity for Children. Further details: fivevq@gmail.com or website: fivevalleyquilters.weebly.co.uk

Sat 26May2018

Stroudwater Textiles

From 10.00 am to noon

At Gigg Mill

£3 for one mill and £5 for two, payable at door

Gigg Mill open: 19th May, 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm; 26th May, 10am -12noon Dunkirk Mill open: 19th and 20th May, 2pm - 4pm Cost £3 for one mill and £5 for two, payable at door

Visit local mills and learn the history of the cloth manufacturing industry that dominated the Stroud Valleys for 200 Years. Select and weave your own design and then see how looms developed from hand to power. This event is organised by the Stroudwater Textile Trust.

Sat 26May2018

Funky Munky Music

From 10.00 am until 11.00 am

At Christ Church GL6 0DQ

£5 per child

Originally intended for toddlers and preschoolers, it quickly became apparent that even very young babies enjoy the sounds and activities at these informal sessions. We include a wide variety of songs, incorporating movements and rhythm. The use of props such as finger puppets, rhythm sticks, bunny ears, play parachutes and other items, increase the fun and encourage participation with songs both new and traditional. Mums/Dads/Carers are able to come and sit on the mats, or join in with all the musical activities, as they wish, or sit around the edge of the group and chat if they prefer.

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Sat 26May2018

Harp Workshop

From 2.00 pm until 3.00 pm

At Subscription Rooms GL6 0HH

£10 (online booking only)

Have you ever played a harp? Here is your chance to have a go. No musical experience needed, this is a simple session in a small group (limited to 8 per session). You’ll be surprised how easy it is to play a simple melody in no time!

Also 6pm to 7pm on 22nd May

How to book

Sat 26May2018

Woodchester Valley Vineyard Tour & Tasting event

From 2.00 pm

At Woodchester Vineyard and Winery GL5 5EY

£10

A special tour to celebrate Nailsworth Festival and English Wine Week. Guests will receive a welcome drink at the tasting room,accompanied by a brief presentation about the winery. You will then head out for a walk through the vineyard to see the grape varieties, then into the winery to learn how the wine is made. You will then head back to the tasting room where a selection of wines will be available to taste. At the end of the tasting the wines will be available to purchase should people wish to do so. The tour and tasting will last around 90 minutes. Places are very limited so don’t delay in booking. Please note, this event is for adults only.

Book directly at: www.woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk

Sat 26May2018

Latina Festivale

From 8.00pm

At Comrades Club GL6 0JE

£10

Latina Festivale recreates the sizzling, scorching sounds of Latin America and the Caribbean with an uplifting sound which is inspiring and unifying, mixing salsa with other influences to bring you a fresh, funky and instant Latin house party experience. With its compact 3 piece line-up of vocals, piano, percussion and trumpet, Latina Festivale distils a vibrant and stylish mix of salsa, funk, soul and samba, from Cuban classics and laid back Brazilian beats right through to the present day.

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Sun 27May2018

Last day

The festival ends for 2018 apart from the John Furnival exhibition at Ruskin Mill Gallery which continues into June