Children and Families

This page shows events that are particularly suitable for children and families.

Sat 18May2024

Festival Saturday

Free entertainment supported by a grant from Nailsworth Town Council

From 10.00 am until mid-afternoon

The free entertainment should appeal to all the family. As ever, there will be a market and many other activities across the town with Duck Races, courtesy of Nailsworth PTFA. Watch out for the Eco Fancy Dress competition from 11.15 am and “Face Painting” by Jack’s Beauty Bar between 11am and 3pm.

Entertainment in Mortimer Gardens
10.00 Blues Triad - Hill Country blues from the deep south of Gloucestershire
10.30 Leo Live - Playing crowd-pleasing tunes
11.15 Children’s Eco Fancy Dress Competition
11.45 Punch and Judy - much loved puppet show by Poulton’s Puppets, with a modern approach to traditional entertainment.
12.15 Moonlighting Swing Band - playing Swing Jazz from the era before Rock ’n’ Roll
13.00 Leo Live with more popular live music
13.45 Nailsworth Primary School Choir - always a hit with their enthusiasm and lovely singing
14.15 More laughs with Punch and Judy
14.45 Moonlighting Swing Band - bring your dancing shoes

Buskers in Market Street:
10.50 - 11.20 Blues Triad
11.30 - 12.00 Nailsworth Community Choir
12.00 - 14.00 Folk music from the Fruit Bowlers

Sat 18May2024

Eco Fancy Dress Competition

11.15 am until 11.45 am

Gather at far side of Mortimer Gardens in advance (look for the sign!). Judging starts 11.15

Open to individuals or groups, ages 0-7 and 8-100.

Costumes: Eco-friendly/ hand-made/ recycled or up-cycled. All ideas welcome, no specific categories.


Overall Best aged 8-100: A family day for four at adventure park ‘Cattle Country’.

Overall Best aged 0-7: A family day for four at Slimbridge, including Welly Boot Land.

Also prizes for both age groups, 1st, 2nd and 3rd: Amazon Gift Tokens.

Rosettes for all entrants. Special prizes for Judges’ choices.

Entry forms at Nailsworth Library or by email to: [email protected]

(Give your name, costume title, school and age).

Sat 18May2024

Sports Fest

2.00pm until 4.00pm

At King George V Playing Field GL6 0HT


If you and your family enjoy being active, come along to King George V playing fields for an afternoon of fun and fitness with Nailsworth Youth Club. Skipping, table tennis, badminton, tennis, hoops and balls are just some of the activities available. Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided. Boys and girls, mums, dads, grandparents and carers all welcome.

Sun 19May2024

Playcircle - A Boatman and his Friends

Creative, musical storytelling and imaginative play for little folk

11.00 am until 12.00 pm

At Town Hall, GL6 0JF

£2 per person


Playcircle and Cotswold Canals Connected partners, Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity bring you the musical storytelling of ‘A Boatman and his Friends’. This performance is best suited to the youngest members of our community but the stories can be enjoyed by all the family.

Tickets must be booked in advance using



Sat 25May2024

Nature Crown Workshop

10.30 am until 12.30 pm

At Nailsworth Library GL6 0DU

Nailsworth Library will be the venue for a “Nature Crown Workshop” during the festival, hosted by Wild & Green Outdoor Learning. Join the team for this fun Springtime activity, perfect for all of the family. The session is free, but spaces are limited.

To book a slot please visit the library website:

Suitable for ages 3+ years.