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Except where stated, tickets for these events are also available to personal callers at the Civic Centre, next to Nailsworth Library (see more details on these arrangement). Payment may be made by cash or cheque only. For all other events, see the details of ticketing on the Festival events page.

Tickets will also be available on the door (cash or cheque only) – provided we have not reached our maximum capacity, in which case we will indicate it clearly on this website.

Date Event Price  
21 May The Singing Forest 9.30
Tickets for adults and children
£5 Sorry – sold out
21 May The Singing Forest 11.30
Tickets for adults and children
£5 Sorry – sold out
21 May The Singing Forest 1.30
Tickets for adults and children
£5 Online booking closed
21 May Piatti Quartet £14 Online booking closed
22 May Angela Findlay £10 Online booking closed
23 May Nailsworth Area in Roman Times £8 Online booking closed
24 May Ajay Tegala £15 Online booking closed
25 May Accidental Brass Collective £12 Online booking closed
25 May Tell Tales £5 Online booking closed
26 May Brassed Off £7.50 Online booking closed
26 May Poetry Slam £10 Online booking closed
27 May The Magnificent AKs £10 Sorry – sold out
27 May Old Pubs Walk £4 Sorry – sold out

Note that we will not be posting out tickets. Simply bring along evidence of your booking. Your PayPal receipt or our confirmation email will be fine, visible on your smartphone or printed out if you prefer.  If you have any problems with any aspect of this process, please contact us at [email protected]  Please note that it is not possible to reserve tickets using this email address.

Nailsworth Library Closure

Nailsworth Library is being closed for building work this Spring. While it is not available, festival tickets will still be available from the Civic Centre office which is just next door.

The Civic Centre opening hours are from 9.30 to 12.30, Monday to Thursday. However, the office is staffed outside these hours and tickets will be available whenever possible - just look for the Nailsworth Festival Tickets On Sale Here board which will be placed outside whenever tickets are available.

Sun 21May2023

Playcircle presents : The Singing Forest

Three separate sessions starting at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm

At Town Hall GL6 0JF

£5 per person for adults and children. Under 6 months old free.

The Singing Forest is an original story about a group of children who can hear the trees singing when they are about to be felled. They decide the only way to save the forest is to change the way they live to be in harmony with it. Story by Melanie Golding, music devised in collaboration with Playcircle. Family musical storytelling, suitable for all ages.

Sun 21May2023

Piatti Quartet

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

7.30pm

At Christ Church, GL6 0DQ

£14

The distinguished Piatti Quartet are widely renowned for their ‘acute sensitivity’ and their ‘lyrical warmth.’ Since their prizewinning performances at the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, they have performed all over the world and made international broadcasts from many countries. The Piattis are famed for their diverse programming and for passionate interpretations across the spectrum of string quartet writing. We are delighted that their programme for us includes an arrangement of three preludes on Welsh folk tunes by Vaughan Williams, as well as quartets by Rachmaninov and Smetana. An evening not to
be missed.

Refreshments available

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Mon 22May2023

Angela Findlay: In My Grandfather’s Shadow

7.30pm

At Egypt Mill, GL6 0AE

£10

Angela Findlay grew up with unaccountable feelings of guilt colouring many aspects of her life. When her career as an artist and art therapist took her into prisons, she was amazed to feel instantly at home. How did that fit with the knowledge that her late grandfather had been a decorated Wehrmacht general who fought for Nazi Germany? In this talk — and her book of the same title — Angela details her quest for truth, alongside her in-depth exploration of inherited trauma and — ultimately — healing.

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Tue 23May2023

The Nailsworth Area in Roman Times: A talk with slides by Neil Holbrook, Head of Cotswold Archaeology

7.30pm

At Three Storeys, GL6 0JE (entrance in Town Hall car park),

£8

For 25 years Neil has been the head of Cotswold Archaeology and has overseen and taken part in many notable excavations and discoveries. He is also Chairman of the Roman Research Trust, a past President of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, and his work had been widely published. Neil’s special interest is the Roman period. This talk includes Neil’s highlights and insights into the ancient history and archaeology of our landscape. (See also Archaeology Walk later in this programme).

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In view of the popularity of this event, it will now take place at the larger TOWN HALL venue. This is just across the car park from the entrance to Three Storeys. The festival team will be around to make sure everyone finds their way.

Wed 24May2023

Personal Connections with Nature with Ajay Tegala

7.30pm

At Town Hall GL6 0JF

£15

Wildlife presenter, ranger and author, Ajay Tegala, has worked in nature conservation for over a decade. From volunteering as a teenager to managing rare seabird colonies, England’s largest seal rookery plus an ambitious rewilding and habitat-restoration project. Along the way, Ajay has worked on and off-screen for the BBC, ranging from Springwatch to CBeebies, and has recently written his first book,“The Unique Life of a Ranger”. He will share some of his wild experiences and offer an insight into how he has followed his dreams, doing his best to safeguard nature throughout changing and uncertain times, by engaging people with their local wildlife.

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This event will now take place at THREE STOEYS which is just across the car park from the Town Hall.

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Thu 25May2023

Accidental Brass Collective

7.30pm

At St George’s Church, GL6 0BP

£12

Accidental Brass Collective is a modern brass dectet formed from some of the finest and most versatile players in the Midlands, Cotswolds and Bristol areas. The group has a breadth of experience and individual talents that allows them to tackle material through centuries of composition from Mozart to Mercury! They always aim to give their audiences a great night out, starting their gigs with more conventional brass repertoire before getting jazzier and razzier as the night goes on!

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Thu 25May2023

Tell Tales: Of Cabbages and Kings and Things

8.00pm

At Arkell Centre, GL6 0BG,

£5

Another opportunity to hear exciting short fiction from Nailsworth’s renowned Tell Tales creative writing group. Come along and be moved by their imaginative skills.

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Fri 26May2023

Nailsworth Film Club presents ‘Brassed Off ’. Directed by Mark Herman

Doors open at 7pm, Film starts 7.30 pm

At Nailsworth School, GL6 0BJ

£7.50

A romantic drama. Gloria is sent by her power company to assess the condition of a coal mine in her home town. Her arrival injects a new lease of life into the local band which prepares to enter a national competition.

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Fri 26May2023

Nailsworth Festival Poetry Slam

7.30pm

At Three Storeys, GL6 0JE (entrance in Town Hall car park),

£10

Join heavenly hosts Elvis McGonagall and Sara-Jane Arbury for an energetic evening of good verbal vibrations as worldly wordsmiths take the page onto the stage to compete for points that lead to prizes! In this popular contest, brave bards air their own poems in a bid to reach the hearts and hearing parts of the public. Selected judges award points for style, content and warmth of the applaudience. So who will fire on all syllables into the final and become Nailsworth Festival’s Slam Star? Come and lend your support for those taking a stanza on stage! To enter the Slam as a competitor, please contact Sara-Jane on 07814 830031 or email [email protected]

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PLEASE NOTE: This event may contain adult language and subject matter.

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Sat 27May2023

The Magnificent AKs

8.00pm

At Town Hall GL6 0JF

£10

The Magnificent AKs are the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes, a tranquil corner of North Wiltshire, nestled between the nascent River Thames and the Cotswold Water Park. Maybe it’s the soggy conditions, or something to do with gravel, but in 2008 the men of the village started to sing. They sang about sheds. And duct tape. And beer. In fact, they sang about everything that was important to them. From such humble beginnings, the troupe have ascended the greasy pole to perform in the Colston Hall and the Roundhouse, among other places. They’ve appeared live on Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and sung on Windmills, White Horses and at Stonehenge, giving them the title for their first CD ‘Monumental’. Two tours to Ireland later (both times picking up awards at prestigious choral festivals), a visit to the Giant’s Causeway gave them the inspiration for their second recording ‘Gigantic’.

“They reinvigorate the male voice choir mode and the notion of maleness itself — quite some feat for a group of beer-bellied blokes from Wiltshire.” Tom Spooner - Bristol 24/

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Sun 28May2023

Old pubs of Nailsworth walk

The Forgotten Watering Holes of Nailsworth

2.00pm

At Nailsworth Library GL6 0DU (meeting place)

£4

Approximately 2.5 miles, mainly on tarmac but strong  gripping shoes advised. A joint walk with Nailsworth Health Partnership around the town, finding the sites of 24 pubs which are no longer there. Led by Brian Middleditch, who has a wealth of knowledge about our town and its history.

Nailsworth Festival bookings for this event will be online only.

Sorry - sold out!