Gloucester History Festival

Gloucester History Festival 2020

Saturday September 5th – Sunday September 20th

At present no details of History Festival activities are available. When this information is available, this page will be updated. 


Watch this space to find out the exciting programme of talks open to all.
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Gloucester Day


Gloucester Day celebrates the end of the Civil War siege of the city in 1643. when King Charles II returned to the throne after the Civil War in 1660, he punished Gloucester for supporting Cromwell by reducing the city boundaries. This meant the area of Barton was outside the city and not under the control of the Gloucester Mayor. Barton elected a “mock mayor” to poke fun at Gloucester.

This tradition has been revived in recent years and the annual parade is led by the real Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester plus the Mock Mayor, Town Crier, historical characters, marching bands and performers in the morning with a Mock Mayor Making Ceremony. The parade is followed by a Thanksgiving Service and the the Gloucester Day Parade in the afternoon.

Click the link to see a clip of the parade in 2018 courtesy of David Champion. Click Here

City Voices


A series of talks, activities, workshops and musical events from local experts in beautiful locations. Many of the events are free. More details at