Nailsworth Festival 2021

The following press release has been issued for the November Nailsworth News:

While the country is still in a very uncertain situation, the Committee iskeen to go ahead with the Festival in May 2021, subject to whatever rules and guidelines are in place at the time. Therefore, the Committee is currently planning for the Festival to commence on Friday 21st May with limited, socially distanced,audiences. So look out for news of the Festival in future editions of Nailsworth News, as the situation hopefully becomes clearer.

Nailsworth Festival held a virtual AGM on Monday 5th October.Festival Chair Mary Saunders reported on a year in which the Committee had to cancel the Festival in March because of the emergency restrictions. This proved to be absolutely the correct decision as the situation became more and more serious and we were all unable to leave our homes.

The 2020 Festival and beyond

Saturday 16th May would have marked the start of the 2020 Festival. We had a very full and exciting programme that we were looking forward to presenting. However, not all is lost, as many of the artists have agreed to rebook for 2021. We look forward to seeing everybody at the 2021 Festival, scheduled for 22nd – 29th May. It promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Tim Brooke-Taylor RIP

All at Nailsworth Festival would like to offer our sad and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tim Brooke-Taylor, whose death was announced today, April 12. We had been so looking forward to his appearance at Nailsworth Festival. All our interactions with Tim showed him to be the most lovely, entertaining and helpful of people. He will be desperately missed. Please all stay safe. 

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:

A full programme of activities will be published in future editions of Nailsworth News and on the Festival website: 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

Nailsworth Festival 18th – 26th May 2019

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.)