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Nailsworth Festival will be putting on a fancy dress competition with an eco theme, writes Tim Hughes.

Costumes must be eco-friendly/ hand-made/ recycled or upcycled. Open to all ages, entry forms can be obtained from the Town Information Centre at Nailsworth Library or by email: fancydress@nailsworthfestival.org.uk  

As ever, there’s will be fun for all the family at Nailsworth Festival on Saturday 20th May with entertainment in Mortimer Gardens, a market, buskers in Market Street and many other activities across the town, including the ever-popular duck races.

Highlights during the week include:

The Piatti Quartet, Sunday 21st May. The Piattis are famed for their diverse programme and for passionate interpretations across the spectrum of string quartet writing.

Angela Findlay: “In My Grandfather’s Shadow”, Monday 22nd May. In this talk – and her book of the same title – Angela details her quest for truth, alongside her in-depth exploration of inherited trauma and – ultimately – healing.

Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell, Tuesday 23rd May. Fiddle and guitar duo, Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell, create subtle and emotive textures.  “Beautiful, swirling, modern English folk music.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.

Neil Holbrook, Head of Cotswold Archaeology: The Nailsworth Area in Roman times: A talk with slides, Tuesday 23rd  May. This talk includes Neil’s highlights and insights into the ancient history and archaeology of our landscape. 

Ajay Tegala: “Personal Connections with Nature, Wednesday 24th May. Wildlife presenter, ranger and author, Ajay Tegala, has worked in nature conservation for over a decade including on and off screen with the BBC on programmes ranging from Springwatch to CBeebies.He has recently written his first book, “The Unique Life of a Ranger”. 

Accidental Brass Collective, Thursday 25th May. Accidental Brass Collective is a modern brass dectet formed from some of the finest and most versatile players in the Midlands, Cotswolds and Bristol areas. 

Nailsworth Festival Poetry Slam, Friday 26th May. Join heavenly hosts Elvis McGonagall and Sara-Jane Arbury for an energetic evening of good verbal vibrations as worldly wordsmiths take the page onto the stage to compete for points that lead to prizes! PLEASE NOTE: This event may contain adult language and subject matter.

The Magnificent AKs, Saturday 27th May. The Magnificent AKs are the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes. They’ve appeared live on Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and have sung on Windmills, White Horses and at Stonehenge, giving them the title for their first CD ‘Monumental’.

A full programme of activities is available on the Festival website: www.nailsworthfestival.org.uk. Tickets can be bought from the website or (cash or cheque only) from the Civic Centre next to the library in Nailsworth.

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