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Summer in Gloucester

Another bumper summer of amazing events and festivals in Gloucester including some brand new ones. Look out for festivals celebrating international theatre, street art, ska and reggae alongside the annual food festival at Gloucester Quays, live music at Summer Sound, family fun days, a fireworks spectacular, the Gloucester History Festival and much, much more!

Download the Summer in Gloucester Leaflet (PDF)

What did you do in the Great War, Gloucester?

Exhibition till January 2015 | Folk Museum | £3/£2/£10 family

What was life like for those left behind on the homefront during the First World War?

Gloucester Ghost Walks

Every Wed 8pm | Thu 6.30pm | Sun 4pm | £6 adults/£5 Senior Citizens/£4 children

Pre-booking essential. More walks at www.gloucesterghostwalks.co.uk

BiG Eat Week

Mon 14 - Sun 20 Jul | City Centre

Celebrate food in the city and support local restaurants and cafes with exclusive offers only with your Residents’ Card. www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk/bigeatweek

Evening at the Museum - Operation: Codebreaker

Thu 17 Jul | 5-8pm | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | Children £2.50/accompanying adults FREE

Bring the kids along to for a TOP SECRET code breaking mission. Prize awaits every child who successfully cracks the code.

|| JOLT || International Theatre Festival

Fri 18 - Fri 25 Jul | Various venues

A brand new arts festival featuring five adventurous international theatre companies working alongside local artists and youth groups, culminating in a week of performances and events in Gloucester.

www.jolttheatrefestival.org.uk

Gloucester Quays Food Festival

Fri 18 - Sun 20 Jul | 10am | Gloucester Quays | FREE except chef demonstrations

A mainstay of the summer, this year features Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and Saturday Kitchen’s James Martin. Plus over 120 stalls, live music and a free cookery school!

www.gloucesterquaysfoodfestival.co.uk

Summer Sound

Sat 19 Jul | 1pm | Gloucester Park | FREE

Enjoy a host of the country’s best acts playing alongside a selection of the hottest local talent. This year features Little Comets, The Sunshine Underground, The Xcerts, Brother And Bones, Jake Isaac, The Telescreen, Karima Francis, Sons & Lovers, Katie Sky, The Cadbury Sisters and Canary Swing. Info at http://www.facebook.com/summersounduk

Off the Beaten Track in Historic Gloucester (11am)

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jul | Meet outside City Museum | Tickets £7/£6 from Tourist Information Centre

Guided walk exploring lesser known city centre byways featuring obscured and obscure aspects of bygone local life. Duration approximately 1 hour 30 mins. Dogs on short leads permitted.

The Gloucester Horror Walk (7pm)

Sat 19 - Mon 21 Jul | Meet outside City Museum | Tickets £8/£5 from Tourist Information Centre

Grim and gruesome history featuring true tales of terror from the city's less illustrious past. Definitely not for the squeamish! Duration approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Dogs on short leads permitted.

Guided Walk in Haunted Gloucester (8.30pm)  

Sat 19 - Mon 21 Jul | Meet outside City Museum | Tickets £8/£5 from Tourist Information Centre

Dare you join us to learn of city centre close encounters with the paranormal giving you thought provoking insights of the elusive spirit world. Duration approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Dogs on short leadspermitted. Enquiries 07946 804810.

Gloucester Carnival

Sat 26 Jul | 3.30pm | Starts at Gloucester Park | FREE

The 78th Gloucester Carnival procession will wind it’s way through the City, finishing at the Cathedral. Performances in the Park as well as along the route will make it a dizzying display of all that’s good about Gloucester.

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival

Sat 26 Jul - Sun 3 Aug | Various venues | FREE

One of the highlights in the City’s live music calendar. Enjoy a plethora of international, UK and local Blues acts as fans of the genre descend upon Gloucester.

www.gloucesterblues.co.uk

Toad of Toad Hall

Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul | 6pm | Blackfriars | £8/£6

Enjoy an open air performance of this classic story at Blackfriars. Bring a picnic and watch out for weasels! Tickets available from Gloucester Tourist Information Centre.

Gloucester Paint Jam

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Aug | City Centre | FREE

Over 30 artists celebrate Gloucester’s burgeoning street art scene with canvases (and some of the buildings) across the city! Plus street dance battles and workshops at the Guildhall & city centre.

www.gloucesterpaintjam.co.uk

Fireworks Spectacular

Sat 2 Aug | 7pm | Gloucester Park | FREE

The annual spectacle is brought to you by the minds behind the London 2012 Olympics fireworks. Music, food and drink will be on hand from 7.00pm to get the party started, before the display at 9.40pm.

Jamaican Independence Day Celebrations

Sun 3 Aug | 12pm | Gloucester Park | FREE

Celebrate the occasion with family fun, kite flying, school sports day events, live music and DJs, Caribbean food and more!

Boys to Soldiers - Workshop

Mon 4 Aug | 10.30am | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | FREE

Discover what life was like for men becoming soldiers in WWI. Booking essential spaces limited. Sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Miltary Mobiles - Workshop

Thu 7 Aug | 10.30am - 12.30pm | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | £1

Make military mobiles from historic vehicles and soldiers. Just drop in.

1940s Ball

Sat 9 Aug | Blackfriars

A glamorous evening of authentic entertainment, delicious dinner and cocktails. Further details coming soon at www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk

Medals and Brooches - Workshop

Thu 14 Aug | 10.30am - 12.30pm | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | £1

Discover WW2 medals and brooches, make your own to wear with pride. Drop in.

Sister Suzy & the VADs - Workshop

Mon 18 Aug | 10.30am | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | FREE

Discover what life was like for women in WWI. Booking essential spaces limited. Sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Aviation Expert - Workshop

Thu 21 Aug | 10.30am - 12.30pm | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | £1

Be your own pilot, make a peg aeroplane. Drop in.

Pirate Festival

Sat 23 - Sat 30 Aug | Gloucester Waterways Museum

Shiver me timbers it’s all things pirate at Gloucester Waterways Museum. Fancy dress fun, hunt for hidden treasure and "talk like a pirate" workshops. www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/gloucester-waterways-museum

Cotton Motorcycle Rally

Sat 23 Aug | 11am – 4pm | Folk Museum | Pay what you like!

Join us for this summer’s chance to see some fantastic examples of classic Cotton motorbikes in the Folk Museum’s own garden. If you’re a hardened motorbike fanatic or just love looking at classic bikes then come along and take in the sights!

Concrete Jungle

Sat 23 Aug | 1pm | Gloucester Guildhall | £23

A brand new ska and reggae festival featuring Laid Blak, 1 Eye, Imperial Leisure Troy Ellis, The Simmertones, King Solomon and more. Plus reggae/ska film and documentary screenings and Caribbean food. www.facebook.com/concretejunglefestival

Gloucester Summer Regatta

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Aug | Hempsted Meadows

Gloucester Rowing Club’s annual bash.

www.gloucester-rowing.org

Witcombe Cider Festival

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Aug | Witcombe

Featuring 30 ciders and 20 live acts including Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Sonique. Plus it’s very own food village. See website for tickets:

www.witcombeciderfestival.co.uk

Periscope Challenge - Workshop

Thu 28 Aug | 10.30am - 12.30pm | Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum | £1

Create your own periscope for looking around corners and over trenches, it’ll need to be camouflage to keep you hidden. Drop in.

Outer Space!

Tue 30 Aug | 6pm – 9pm | City Museum

£5/£3/£12 family

Enjoy an evening with the stars with experiments, hands-on objects from the geology collection, trails, facts and games to keep everyone entertained.

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Festival

Sat 30 - Sun 31 Aug | Over Basin | FREE

Heritage boat processions and rides, live music, model boats, local stalls, good food, classic cars and much more.

www.thewharfhouse.co.uk/canal-festival.html

Crucible2

Mon 1 Sep - Fri 31 Oct | Gloucester Cathedral | FREE

The critically acclaimed sculpture exhibition features 100 works of art by 61 sculptors, many of them internationally acclaimed artists.

www.crucible2.co.uk

Gloucester History Festival

Sat 6 - Fri 19 Sep | Various Venues

A celebration of over 2,000 years of Gloucester history. Including parades, Civil War re-enactments, a series of talks, Heritage Open Days and more.

www.gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk

Gloucester Heritage Ghost Walks

Thu 11 - Sun 14 | £6 adults/£5 Senior Citizens/£4 children

Pre-booking essential. More walks at www.gloucesterghostwalks.co.uk

The Gloucester Horror Walk (7.30pm) & other tours

Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sep | Meet outside City Museum Tickets £8/£5 from Tourist Information Centre

Grim and gruesome local history featuring tales from the city’s past. Enquiries 07946 804810. More tours at www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk

Strike A Light Festival

Thu 25 - Mon 29 Sep

Bringing world class theatre and live entertainement to Gloucester. More details soon from

www.strikealightfestival.org.uk

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