A region at the heart of art!
It’s a county of festivals, but Gloucestershire has proved an inspiration for generations of varied artists.
The 566-seat Bacon Theatre plays host to the best in professional touring theatre, live music, dance, film and celebrity speakers as well as an extensive range of productions by local talented youth and community groups.
With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, Chastleton House exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting. There’s no shop or tea-room, so you can truly believe you have stepped back in time.
The intimate Cheltenham Playhouse on Cheltenham’s Bath Road has musical and theatrical performances and films – all organised by its volunteer staff. You’re quite likely to bump into the cast in the quaint Green Room bar.
Court Barn Museum
The Court Barn Museum aims to preserve and promote the work of artists, designers and craftspeople working in the north Cotswolds since 1900, and therefore aims to collect and display works relevant to this theme.
Electric Picture House
One of the oldest cinemas in the United Kingdom, the Electric Picture House cinema opened in 1913. Following complete refurbishment in 2005, the 100 seat venue is still independently owned and operated.
The Everyman is Gloucestershire’s theatre – and has been serving the county (and beyond) since 1891. Its main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers.
Gloucester Cathedral is a place where all are welcome, regardless of background or faith. It’s open 365 days a year and are proud that entry into the building is completely free for everyone. Find it in Gloucester city centre.
Gloucestershire Arts & Crafts Centre
When you visit Gloucestershire Arts & Crafts Centre, the person inside will be one of the makers who may even be working on a piece at the time, so you can ask lots of questions and find out how a craft is done.
The up-and-coming Kings Theatre is run by and for the people of Gloucester as a venue for amateur theatre, dance and music. Run entirely by volunteers, it is a unique and valuable asset to the city’s cultural life.
Lechlade Craft Barn
The award-winning Lechlade Craft Barn offers classes in lampshade making, needle felting, quilting and crochet with experienced tutors. Beginners and experienced crafters are always welcome at the Craft Barn.
New Brewery Arts
The New Brewery Arts complex hosts displays of craftsmanship, with the opportunity to buy ceramics, jewellery, textiles and more from the craft shop. You can also watch the craftsmen at work in their studios.
Painswick Rococo Garden
A visit to Painswick Rococo Garden will take you back to the elegance and sophistication of the early 1700s. This was a time when gardens were fashionable theatrical sets, providing a stunning backdrop to decadent garden parties.
Painswick Valley Arts Festival
Dozens of painters, woodcarvers and sculptors, from all over the world, exhibit hundreds of their newest works in the Cotswolds every August, Painswick Valley Arts Festival is a fantastic celebration of art for everyone to enjoy.
Pegasus Art is thrilled to regularly welcome distinguished artists to Griffin Mill who always motivate and inspire all! It’s a fantastic place to learn, to grow and to make new friends in a beautiful Cotswold Valley setting.
Pitville Pump Room
Less than two miles from Cheltenham town centre, this magnificent example of Regency architecture offers much of the same versatility as Cheltenham Town Hall, whilst overlooking the lawns and lakes of Pittville Park.
Although Tewkesbury Abbey was founded in 1087 by nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the present abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion in 1121.
The Barn Theatre
The vision of The Barn Theatre is to be a world-renowned theatre destination, inspiring, challenging and entertaining all audiences. It is a producing house, enriching lives with outstanding theatre, education and culture.
The Guild at 51
The Guild at 51 is a shop and gallery space for members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen – a charitable co-operative of about 70 professional designer-makers – to sell their work and showcase new pieces to the public.
The Wilson Museum & Art Gallery
The Wilson Museum & Art Gallery holds an internationally-recognised collection including an extensive Arts and Crafts Movement collection, and archives relating to the polar explorer Edward Wilson.