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Thornbury Arts Festival

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Thornbury Arts Festival

Art in Business

Look out for examples of art work in the period leading up to the Art Trail in shop windows and businesses around the town.

Friends of Thornbury Arts Festival

The Friends are a social group whose main aim is to enjoy themselves and support the various Thornbury Arts Festival events. Anyone can join and enjoy:

  • Priority booking for Thornbury Arts Festival - up to 4 tickets per event - full details on becoming a member
  • Visits to other Arts Festivals with the Friends
  • Getting involved with helping our Festival Organisers by for example, assisting with promotional stalls and street fairs, helping and stewarding at events, delivering Festival brochures and posters
  • A members’ social event at least once a year
  • Fundraising events such as coffee mornings, special dinners etc.
  • A quarterly newsletter to keep you informed

For more information please contact Ralph Shallcross on 01454 416882 or

Thornbury Eisteddfod

The annual event takes place in March, and includes classes in Speech and Drama, Vocals, Instrumentals, and Choirs and Orchestras.

Severn Vale Art Trail

The Syllabus listing all the dates and classes is available from the end of October, and entries need to be sent in as soon as possible, with a closing date in mid to late January.

Adjudicators are professionals, approved by the Federation of Festivals.

Entrants from 4 to 21 years of age are welcome and the events take place in either the Whitsun Hall or St Mary's Church, Thornbury, mainly at weekends.

Anyone interested in receiving a syllabus should contact Rosemary on 01454 415332, or Jackie on 01454 416421. Information can also be found on www.thornburyartsfestival.com.

History of Thornbury Eisteddfod

In 1989, Thornbury Arts Festival decided to introduce a pre-Festival Eisteddfod with 30 classes for local instrumentalists and vocalists aged 18 and under.

It was held over two days at the Castle School and Manorbrook Junior School, sponsored by the Lions and attracted several hundred young people.


Over 25 years on, Daphne Ashton, who helped to set up the Eisteddfod, is still an active member of the team and the event is still generously sponsored by the Lions.

Since 1989, thousands of young people have participated in this wonderful event and many have gone on to make music a central part of their lives, sometimes professionally.

Watching the development of vocalists and instrumentalists year on year has been one of the delights experienced by those who have been involved in the Eisteddfod in the past 25 years.


Over the years there have been changes – now most of the classes are held in the peaceful setting of The Whitsun Hall, thanks to the hospitality of The Hatch Community and in St Mary's Church, but over the years many local schools, halls and churches have been host to the Eisteddfod itself and to the Eisteddfod Concert, which has always been the culmination of the hard work put in by participants and the volunteers who run this worthwhile event.

Classes have changed – some taken out, others added and over a hundred adjudicators have come along to encourage and advise young musicians and vocalists.

The age range has been extended and in 2001, Speech and Drama classes were added, enthusiastically attended by budding thespians.

Originally the Eisteddfod was organised by The Festival Committee but the considerable demands of the administration led to the formation of a sub-committee of hardworking volunteers.

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