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The Guildhall - Shortlisted for the NME's Best Small Venue Award

what's on

From live music and cultural festivals, to a sculpture trail and sports tournaments, the city has much to look forward to in 2015. The Cotswolds Tourism Award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships Festival returns on 23-25 May, after Strike A Light Festival (March 19-23) provides a tantalising weekend of world class theatre and dance at Gloucester Guildhall. Sir Elton John will be performing live at the Gloucester Rugby stadium on 7 June, and the summer months will see the addition of celebratory Where's Scrumpty sculpture trail to run alongside established events like the fantastic Gloucester Quays Food Festival, 17-19 July, the venue-hopping Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival, 25 July - 2 August and the Gloucester Carnival on 25 July.

Visitors to the city can look forward to learning about the city's rich heritage during Gloucester History Festival in September and Strike A Light Festival returns for its fifth season, before rugby fans from around the world congregate in the city for a certain sports tournament. As if that wasn’t enough to fill your calendar, the sensational Christmas Lantern Procession, 15 November ushers in the festive season with a cornucopia of events, including the largest Christmas market in the South West - Gloucester Quays Victorian Market, 19-22 November.

Dates for your diary:

Strike A Light
19 - 23 March

Residents' Weekend
27 - 29 March

Gloucester Quays Garden Party
4 - 6 April

Dragon Boat Regatta
10 May

Gloucester Tall Ships
23 - 25 May

Elton John Live at Kingsholm
7 June

Gloucestershire Pride
13 June

Race For Life
21 June

Armed Forces Day
27 June

Gloucester Quays Food Festival
18 - 19 July

Gloucester Carnival
25 July

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival
25 July - 2 August

Gloucester Fireworks
1 August

Where's Scrumpty Sculpture Trail
August - October

Gloucester History Festival
5 - 19 September

Rugby World Cup Fanzone
18 September - 12 October

Christmas Lantern Procession
15 November

Gloucester Quays Victorian Market
19 - 23 November

Gloucester Quays Festive Fayre
11 -13 December

Art & Cultural Events

Gloucester Cathedral may seem an unlikely venue for modern art exhibitions, but the critically acclaimed ‘The Crucible’ sculpture exhibition is returning in September and October.There are frequent exhibitions at the City Museum & Art Gallery, whilst Nature In Art is the first gallery in the UK where the exhibits are inspired exclusively by the natural world.

Gloucester Guildhall is the county’s most exciting arts and entertainment venue, hosting concerts, comedy, theatre and dance. There is a cinema showing a mix of the latest blockbusters, and the best in arthouse and world cinema. The Picturedrome and the Kings Theatre showcase the work of local and regional theatre groups.

Live Music

Gloucester is lucky to have an eclectic range of music venues, from small intimate gigs at the Guildhall (shortlisted as one of the best small venues in the South West by the NME), to stadium concerts at Gloucester Rugby (with Sir Elton John on 7 June).

Historic venues such as Blackfriars and Llanthony Priory are often used for one-off events, whilst Cafe Rene, The Fountain inn and Peppers and the  are at the heart of the local live scene.

Annual events include January’s Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival - the largest event of its kind in the UK, whilst the Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival (now in its eleventh year) attracts local, national and international musicians and packs in nine days of free Blues gigs at multiple venues across the city every July. Gloucester Guildhall also organises the Underground Festival every September showcasing unsigned acts from the county and beyond.

Food & Lifestyle Events

Gloucester is surrounded by a cornucopia of quality food and drink producers, whose wares you’ll often find at the Gloucester Farmers Market (every Friday at the Cross) and monthly at the Orchard Street Food & Craft Market (first weekend of the month except August) at Gloucester Quays.

Gloucester Quays also host the annual Food & Drink Festival in July. This year’s festival features live cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs James Martin and Gino D’Acampo plus more than 60 food stalls. It comes on the back of their highly successful Homes and Garden Party event During the Easter Bank Holiday.


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