Gloucester History Festival & Heritage Open Days


Gloucester History Festival 2017: Revolution and Innovation

Saturday 2 September to Sunday 17 September


Gloucester History Festival 2016 was a huge success – thank you to everyone who attended the many events which took place across the city.

The theme of this year’s Festival, which starts on  Saturday 2 September with the Gloucester Day Parade, and includes Heritage Open Days and a series of talks at Blackfriars Priory, will be Revolution and Innovation.

For more information on the Festival and to download a detailed brochure nearer the time, please visit Brochures will also be available from St Michael’s Tower and the Tourist Information Centre.



Gloucester Day

Saturday 2 September

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.


City Voices

Saturday 2 September to Sunday 17 September

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


Heritage Open Days

Thursday 7 September to Sunday 10 September.

Historic buildings open FREE

FREE guided walks and tours

FREE music recitals, talks and other activities

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic historic architecture and culture by offering FREE access to properties which are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, there’s a chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of events and activities which bring local history and culture to life.

Gloucester’s events, organised by Gloucester Civic Trust , feature over 120 events, from the opportunity to see inside the Kings’s Bastion to viewing the inside one of the best examples of a Tudor Merchant’s house in the country.  The city is among the top three venues in the country with its huge range of activities during Heritage Open Days with guided tours , music and cultural activities in the City Centre, at Gloucester Docks and in the city’s suburbs.

For more details of this year’s events, view our Events Calendar , download a brochure at or pick up a brochure at St Michael’s Tower at The Cross or the Tourist Information Centre in Southgate Street.