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: [email protected]

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.

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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.)

All Over for 2018

Just a short message from the Webmaster here …

Well, we are all done-and-dusted for 2018, apart from the John Furnival Exhibition which continues until mid-June. The festival committee will be meeting in a few weeks to review this year’s festival and formulate plans for next year, so, if you have any suggestions for events at future festivals, now is the time to put them forward at [email protected]

We expect the 2019 festival to take place in the week leading up to the late-May bank holiday weekend.

We were pleased to see so many people at this year’s festival events, especially on sunny Festival Saturday when there was the alternative attraction of a Royal Wedding taking place. There are pictures on our Gallery page.

Online booking for 2018 now open

Yes, we now have things in place to start accepting online bookings. We hope you find the process easy to navigate – we know how confusing online purchasing systems can be, so we have tried to keep it simple and very similar what people were accustomed to on the old version of the website.
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Remember that we use the secure PayPal shopping cart for ticket sales – you do not share any financial information with the Nailsworth Festival when you book. You do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets as major credit and debit cards are accepted by PayPal. Of course, if you do have a PayPal account, the checkout process will be much faster.

Sat 18May2019

The Real People

Sponsored by Stag Homes

8.00 pm

At Town Hall GL6 0JF


Special Late Booking Offer: Each ticket admits two. Bring your friends!

Liam Gallagher took to twitter recently to sing the praises of scouse Britpop originators The Real People. He was joined by Mikey Jonns of This Feeling, the NME and many others in enthusing about the bands perfectly crafted pop songs. Formed in 1987, The Real People were one of the first bands to play what would become known around the world as Britpop and were cited by Oasis as being a major influence. The band received critical acclaim and chart successes with singles “Window Pane”, “Truth”, “Open Up Your Mind (Let Me In)” and “Believer” and have also written for close friends Ocean Colour Scene, Rooster and BBMak.  Cher also achieved global success, selling over 6 million copies, with a cover of the band’s early song “One by One”.


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