The Armstrong Arts Group (AAG) was created in 2019 as a result of the fund-raising effort to help redevelop the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury started in 2011 by Joan Hawkins, Daphne Ashton and Barbara Ray.
Its aims are to promote and maintain entertainment opportunities in Thornbury for all ages and interests for the benefit of Thornbury and the surrounding area in which individuals will be able to enjoy and appreciate various cultural and entertainment events.
In view of the closure of the Armstrong Hall Complex, any funds currently raised by the events organised by the group will be utilised to facilitate further cultural events and activities.
The programme organised by the AAG includes musical performances, drama productions and talks.
Tel: 01454 850933
Workshops held at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
Part of Thornbury Arts Festival
The Severn Vale Art Trail represents the visual side of Thornbury Arts Festival and takes place just after the Arts Festival. The trail is an annual event running over the early May Bank Holiday for a period of up to 10 days.
The trail presents a wealth of talent by local artists and makers including paintings in oils, watercolour and pastel, ceramics and sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, jewellery, textiles, stained glass, and woodturning.
Each year hundreds of visitors spend days out in South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire visiting the various Art Trail venues.
We usually meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 2pm to watch a guest demonstrator create lovely flower arrangements, which are raffled off afterwards.
Practice Classes usually take place on the 4th Monday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm. At these classes we practise our own skills under the watchful eye of an experienced flower arranger and teacher.
St Mary’s Church Hall, Eastbury Close, off Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
Our meetings are held at the Cossham Hall on the 4th Wednesday of each month except July, August and December and start at 7.30pm. We try to cater for all levels of quilters from beginners to the more experienced.
At present our membership list is full but visitors are welcome to attend our meetings, for which there is a fee of £3.50. Further details by email.
Classes in Berkeley, Thornbury and Yate
Tel: 01454 868485
Shiralee Cottage, Wotton Road, Rangeworthy BS37 7LS
Tel: 07838 275713
We welcome new members of all abilities from absolute beginners to professional artists.
There are two afternoon Painting Studio Groups, on Tuesdays (tel. 01454 414433) and Thursdays (Tel. 07776 271010) from 1.30 - 4.30pm at St Mary's Church Hall.
Our monthly Club Nights when we have a talk/demonstration by a guest artist are now on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7.15 for 7.30pm at St Mary's Church Hall. Visitors are welcome, and there is a non-members fee of £6 on the door.
St Mary's Church Hall, Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
Thornbury Arts Festival is one of the longest running multi-arts festivals in the country.
Entirely run by volunteers, the Festival is an established part of the Thornbury calendar and the organising committee is also responsible for the annual Thornbury Eisteddfod, and the Severn Vale Art Trail, which showcases the work of local artists.
The club welcomes photographers of all abilities. We meet at 7.30 for 7.45pm every Monday in the Games Room at Turnberrie's Community Centre, September to April, and have a reduced programme during the summer. The meetings are a mix of guest speakers, competitions and practical evenings. We run beginners courses, and students regularly join us for club meetings. If you would like more details, contact us, or come along to one of our meetings.