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Glost in music: festivals and events planned for Gloucester in 2017


Drum roll please: Gloucester city council is setting the stage for a lively programme of  festivals, entertainment and cultural events for 2017-2018.

Following the success of last year's events, the city council has announced its planned festivals and events for 2017-2018. Some of which include the popular Tall Ships Festival and the Summer of Music, Arts and Culture (SoMAC).

By continuing to work with variety of partners, the year-round schedule will celebrate Gloucester's rich heritage, making the city an exciting, welcoming and fun place to live, work and visit. Popular events such as Rugby in the park, the blues festival and the Christmas lantern procession will be returning this year, ensuring that every aspect all of the city's diverse community is catered for.

One of the city council's priorities is to attract visitors to Gloucester and boost its growing reputation as a cultural destination. To help achieve this goal new events, such as the comedy festival, have been introduced.

Marketing Gloucester delivers the city councils event programme and is tasked with reducing costs and generating additional income year on year. The total budget for festival and events for the coming year is £160,000 and this is supplemented by ticket sales, sponsorship, advertising, fundraising and partnership funding.

Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said "We had a great year of festivals and events last year, we really saw the community come together. The plans we've made for this year are designed to continue to bring people together, boost the economy and honour our city's colourful history. I cannot overstate the importance of attracting visitors to enjoy Gloucester - a direct benefit of tourism being a brighter future for local businesses."


The full list of events and festivals planned for 2017 – 2018 are:

  • Residents Weekend 31st March – 2nd April
  • Tall Ships Festival –27th – 29th May
  • Sea Shanty Festival 27th – 28th May
  • Henson Pig Sculpture Trail Launch – 3rd June
  • Cityfest – Park Fun Days 9th July
  • SoMAC June-August 2017
  • Art in the City 15th – 16th July
  • Rugby in the park 15th July
  • Stunt Shows 22nd – 23rd July
  • Carnival – 29th July
  • Music in the park/summer sound
  • Blues Festival –22nd – 30th July
  • Fireworks 5th August
  • Classical Music Festival/Folk Festival dates tbc
  • Retro Festival 26th August
  • Gloucester Day 2nd September
  • History Festival and Heritage Open Days 2nd -17th September
  • Christmas lantern procession and tree of light 19th November
  • Gloucester Comedy Festival dates TBC


SoMAC: Summer of Music, Arts & Culture 2017

Gloucester City Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1PA

Gloucester's Summer of Music, Arts and Culture returns in 2017. SoMAC runs from July to August and includes ‘Art In The City’ (where hundreds of artists will descend upon Gloucester over a weekend, set up their easels and paint what they see), the Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival, the Gloucester Carnival, the Fireworks Spectacular in Gloucester Park and Gloucester Goes Retro. Other events include an exciting new sculpture trail for the county, the Royal Three Counties Show Gloucestershire Old Spots Trail Starring Henson Pig.

Following the success of 2016's Art in the City, various events will be taking place across the city centre on 15 and 16th July. This two day event will encompass artistic demonstrations including the live painting competition, free art classes and much more! There will be a variety of activities for people of all ages and artistic skill levels to enjoy.

Gloucester Carnival 22nd July

Gloucester City centre and Gloucester Park

Gloucester Carnival is a fabulous, free and vibrant procession which is lead through the city centre each year. The procession encompasses floats and entertainers, and finishes in Gloucester Park. From here, revellers can enjoy live music, a fun fair and plenty to keep them entertained.

Wilson’s Fun Fair – Gloucester Park 21 July—5th August

Come and join Bob Wilson’s Fun Fair as they come to Gloucester Park. You can expect to find an array of rides including Storm, Dominator Miami, Superbowl and much more!

Fireworks spectacular Gloucester Park 5th August

Come along to Gloucester Park for a fireworks display. The annual spectacle that is brought to you by the minds behind the London 2012 Olympics fireworks. Music, entertainment, food and drink will be on hand from 19:00 to get the party started, before the display at 21:40

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival 2017

The long-running Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival returns in 2017 from Saturday 22 July - Sunday 30 July at various venues across the city. A mainstay of Gloucester's festival season, local, national and international Blues artists converge on the city for a nine-day celebration of the genre. Last year, there were 70 live performances across the city's pubs and live music venues. Check out the website for the latest news and line-ups or ring 01452 207020

Dinosaurs Exhibition

Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road

15 July 2017 - 28 Oct 2017

Set to be another blockbuster exhibition following 2016's highly-successful 'Robot' exhibition, 'Dinosaurs' will take you on a journey to a pre-historic world!

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