Arts & culture

A region at the heart of art!

A region at the heart of art!

It’s a county of festivals, but Gloucestershire has proved an inspiration for generations of varied artists.

Alexandra Churchill

Alexandra Churchill

Alexandra Churchill is an international artist who works in oils and specialises in horses, animals and landscapes. Her work is highly collectable for its timeless quality, and some can be found in two royal households!

Bacon Theatre

Bacon Theatre

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.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

The history played out within Berkeley Castle’s walls make it one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain. Did you know that King Edward II was murdered here? The castle also has links with William Shakespeare and more!

Blackfriars

Blackfriars

Boasting one of the oldest surviving purpose-built libraries in Europe, Gloucester Blackfriars is a hidden treasure in the heart of Gloucester city centre. Founded around 1239, the venue features stunning medieval architecture.

Bugatti Museum

Bugatti Museum

This museum is for everyone interested in cars, engineering, art and design. The exhibition of historic Bugatti cars, models, engines, art and photographs demonstrates the artistry and individuality of Ettore Bugatti and his family.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House

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.

Cheltenham Playhouse

Cheltenham Playhouse

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

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

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.

Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre

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

Gloucester Cathedral

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.

Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester Guildhall is a vibrant venue, home to an impressive programme of music, comedy, film and theatre. In the past, the likes of Radiohead, Muse, Lily Allen, Foals and The Maccabees have played the famous stage.

Gloucestershire Arts & Crafts 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.

Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre

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

Lechade 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.

Longborough Festival Opera

Longborough Festival Opera

Longborough Festival Opera is an intimate 500-seat theatre. It works with talented designers, directors, conductors and the best up-and-coming artists to bring you something you won’t have seen anywhere else.

Museum of Gloucester

Museum of Gloucester

The Museum of Gloucester tells the story of the city’s origins as a Roman settlement and its subsequent development through the Dark Ages and Medieval period. The Archaeology collection includes the world-famous Birdlip Mirror.

Nature in Art

Nature in Art

Nature in Art is the world’s first museum and art gallery dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature. Its unrivalled collection is housed in a fine Georgian mansion close to Sandhurst, north of Gloucester.

New Brewery Arts

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.

Newark Park

Newark Park

Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. It is situated in an unspoilt corner of Gloucestershire, with barely a sign of modern life visible.

Painswick Rococo Garden

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

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.

Park Gallery

Park Gallery

Park Gallery a contemporary art gallery in Cheltenham featuring a broad and diverse range of art work comprising original paintings, limited edition prints, hand-made glass and ceramics as well as a beautiful selection of gifts.

Pegasus Art

Pegasus Art

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

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.

Regency Gallery & Framing

Regency Gallery & Framing

Discover Regency’s latest creative exhibition featuring artists local and international. Beautiful collections include original artwork, one-of-a-kind jewellery, exclusive limited edition prints, hand-made ceramics and much more.

Tailor of Gloucester

Tailor of Gloucester

The House of the Tailor of Gloucester is a charming museum and quaint shop located in College Court, Gloucester. This was the area Beatrix Potter drew and which inspired her to write what she described as her ‘favourite book’.

Taurus Crafts

Taurus Crafts

Taurus Crafts is a thriving centre of creativity in the Forest of Dean. Home to 14 artisan businesses, a gift shop full of original and local craft products and a café that serves delicious food and hosts regular art exhibitions.

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey

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 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

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 Roses

The Roses

The Roses is a busy and popular arts centre in Tewkesbury with an eclectic programme of live events, take part activities, exhibitions and festivals. In addition to the 370-seat auditorium, The Roses boasts a relaxing bar.

The Wilson Museum & Art Gallery

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.