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Arts and crafts in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire (including Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, South Gloucestershire, Stroud and Tewkesbury) is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 960,000 and covers approximately 315,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Berkshire, Bristol, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire.

County flag of GloucestershireThe county of Gloucestershire includes within its borders the Forest of Dean, part of the Cotswolds and royal residences such as Highgrove House and Gatcombe Park. Visitors to the county town of Gloucester can see Gloucester Cathedral, where King Edward II of England was buried and where scenes from the Harry Potter films were filmed. The city has many medieval and Tudor houses with architecture surviving from previous centuries and the Guildhall is the venue for a wide range of cultural activities, such as theatre, concerts and an art gallery. There are a number of museums, such as Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, and Nature in Art, which exhibits art works inspired by nature and includes examples by artists such as George Edward Lodge, Archibald Thorburn and Pablo Picasso. Based in the Old Silk Mill in Chipping Campden, The Gallery at The Guild is a cooperative of artists and craftspeople, creating traditional and contemporary pieces, using media such as textiles, ceramics, photography, glass, wood, stone and metal. There are regular exhibitions held of the work that members have created and visitors have the opportunity to meet the artists and designers.

The town of Cheltenham attracts visitors who appreciate its Regency architecture, and many of the buildings are listed. Places worth visiting in the town include Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, which has a nationally designated collection of pieces from the Arts and Crafts Movement, such as ceramics, textiles, furniture and jewellery, including work by William Morris and Ernest Gimson. There are also archaeological exhibits from the region, as well as paintings, and costume collections. National trust properties in Gloucestershire include 17th-century Dyrham Park, with a mansion that includes period interiors and art works, and the ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa, which dates from the fourth century and is one of the largest Romano-British villas in Britain, with mosaic floors and examples of its wealthy former owners opulent lifestyle such as underfloor heating. Performing arts venues in Gloucestershire include the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury and the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham. Other attractions in Gloucestershire include Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Kelmscott Manor, Chastleton House and Garden and Berkeley Castle.

Sue Bateman Textiles

Sue Bateman Textiles

Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

I have always had a yearning to use my creative skills to work for myself but it was very difficult to find the time needed to make a substantial ...

Entwined Art by Bumbalo

Entwined Art by Bumbalo

Stroud, Gloucestershire

“Hi Everyone I am a Sicilian Visual Artist currently leaving and working in the Uk. I Paint using different mediums and different techniques, ...

Uzumlu Glass Art

Uzumlu Glass Art

Lydney, Gloucestershire

Seller of unique kiln formed glass all hand made by myself. I sell and make glass jewellery, trinket dishes, hors dOeuvre dishes, coasters, ...

Polished Peacock Redesign

Polished Peacock Redesign

Berkeley, Gloucestershire

I have always had a keen eye for art and design during my childhood Id always have a pen in my hand, as a teenager, I developed an interest ...

Sew Together

Sew Together

Bristol, Gloucestershire

We are Debbie and Gill two mature women and lifelong friends with a passion for creating beautiful things (with a touch of class!). We ...

Lizzie Hammond Art and Commissions

Lizzie Hammond Art and Commissions

Berkeley, Gloucestershire

I am an artist living and drawing in wonderful rural Gloucestershire. My surroundings have heavily inspired my work which focuses on interesting ...

Moon Magick Jewellery

Moon Magick Jewellery

Fairford, Gloucestershire

Moon Magick is a bespoke bohemian jewellery boutique specialising in sterling silver and precious gemstones. Our creations are specially ...

Anecdote Jewellery

Anecdote Jewellery

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

We believe in the power of jewellery and how it can make you feel, from a finishing touch to an outfit, to marking a momentous occasion ...

Tracey Dean

Tracey Dean

Newent, Gloucestershire

I make hand knitted bags using some recycled materials .All the bags are different and some are very funky.

Handcrafted Coin Company

Handcrafted Coin Company

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

I have been a keen metal detectorist for over thirty years now and I have accumulated a rather large amount of coins along with various ...

Utility Shed

Utility Shed

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Rachel at Utility Shed makes practical, aesthetic covers and containers for busy, arty people, creating all sorts of things. Made with ...

Little Moon Shop

Little Moon Shop

Quenington, Gloucestershire

Working from the heart of theCotswolds, I am passionate about creating lovely, handmade products which are very different to anything you ...

silKK Jewellery

silKK Jewellery

Bussage, Gloucestershire

silKK Name silKK stands for silver- metal I started my jewellery making adventure with, and my name- Kamila Kuznicka. My interest in ...

Eternal Ramy Rose

Eternal Ramy Rose

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

I make different aranjament using Eternal roses100% natural rose preserved, can last for years without any maintenance .no water or light ...

Handmade with love mosaics

Handmade with love mosaics

Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire

We create indoor and outdoor mosaics. We are a newly set up business and looking to lots of craft fairs.

Designs on Craft

Designs on Craft

Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

Encaustic Art greetings cards and framed art. Hand sewn items such as zippered pouches, bags, drawstring bags using various techniques ...

Sammis Trinkets

Sammis Trinkets

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Just starting out, making and designing jewellery- necklaces, bracelets and earrings, wirework, macrame, some loom work. I am very much ...


Dennis Potter

(Born 1935 in Berry Hill in Gloucestershire), Fiction

Potter was a writer of fiction such as Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Blue Remembered Hills. He mixed reality and fiction with popular culture.

Jane Grigson

(Born 1928 in Gloucester in Gloucestershire), Nonfiction

Jane Grigson was an English cookery writer. She wrote her first book Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery in 1967 and went on to write many more cookery books.

Dick King Smith

(Born 1922 in Bitton in Gloucestershire), Fiction

He is perhaps best known for writing The Sheep-Pig. Not heard of it? Well in America it was known as Babe, the Gallant Pig and adapted for film in 1995 as just Babe.

Mary Thomas

(Born 1889 in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire), Embroidery, Knitting, Nonfiction

She is the writer of the Mary Thomas Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, Book of Knitting Patterns), Embroidery Book, Knitting Book and Teach Yourself Embroidery. Dispute publishing all her works back in the 1930s, she is well respected now. Just goes to show that some thing do not need to change.

Vaughan Williams

(Born 1872 in Down Ampney in Gloucestershire), Music

The English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in Down Ampney but spent his childhood in Leith Hill Place in Surrey (now a National Trust property). He is well known for his works such as The Lark Ascending. He attended the Royal College of Music and Trinity, Cambridge. He wrote ballets, symphonies, chamber music and more.