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,we reluctantly had to cancel following because of  the coronavirus pandemic.

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 would be in place on the originally planned Festival dates in May. The Committee were much more confident that a full programme could be run in late August. Tickets are now on sale!

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. The full programme  is available on our Festival events pages.

Performances will comply with any government rulings to deal with the Covid 19 pandemic. Audiences may be limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines and therefore fewer tickets than normal may be available. Venues may be subject to change, so please check latest details here before each performance.

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.

Keeping Everyone Safe

at indoor events …

Following government guidance there are no longer specific requirements related to events. However, the Festival Team would like you to be confident that you can attend and enjoy our events. To support this we have agreed the following arrangements.

  • All ticketed events are seated.
  • We are reducing the number of tickets sold for each event so that audiences are not crowded into venues.
  • Venues will be ventilated to the extent that this is possible.
  • We ask that Festival goers do not “crowd” others at the Box Office or when using Bars.
  • If you are feeling unwell PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. To facilitate this we will offer refunds on previously paid tickets if you are unwell.


Due to the pandemic we did not feel it appropriate to ask for sponsorship for this year’s Festival. However, we would like to thank our recent sponsors for past and hopefully future support: (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
Stroud Times