St Michael’s Tower

Special Events 2017

Tickets £3.00 from St Michael’s Tower or the Tourist Information Centre unless otherwise stated.

Archaeological Investigatons undertaken in Gloucester in 2016

Andrew Armstrong, Wednesday 26th April, 2.00pm

An insight into the discoveries made during the various archaeology digs including the former Castle at the Prison.


Should Gloucester be called Royal Gloucester?

Tony Conder, Saturday 13th May, 11.30am

In 2016, citizens were asked to comment on a proposal to get Gloucester “Royal” status. Gloucester has a long history of royal residence and visits. If any city is worthy of the addition of the word Royal to it surely it is Gloucester? This talk explores Gloucester’s history and how towns become “Royal”.


FREE Children’s Activities: Wulfbertie Workshop plus family face painting

Saturday 27 May 11.00am to 2.00pm

Family fun in Saxon Gloucester with mischievous Wulfbertie. Books, puzzles and activities for childre 6-12. Also family face painting between 12 noon and 2.00pm.


Poetry Cafe

Saturday 3 June, 11.00am to 1.00pm       FREE EVENT

Local poets are welcome to read their work in a relaxed environment; why not come and listen to the poetry whilst enjoying a cup of coffee.  Please register beforehand if you would like to read a poem on 01452 526955.


Hubert Parry: The Development of a Great Personality

Michael Trott, Saturday 24 June, 11.30am

The story of how an outstanding figure in the musical world, a great composer of “Jerusalem” and “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”, musical writer, educator and administrator, overcame family tragedy and became a great and universally-loved man. Hubert grew up at Highnam near Gloucester.


Faces in Gloucester City

Richar Trelfa, Saturday 8 July, 11.30am

An illustrated tour of carvings, gargoyles and statues in the city, together with the history behind them.


1917 – Passchendaele and the Year of Change

Bob Brunsdon, Saturday 29 July, 11.30am

a look at the fourth year of the Great War, through the eyes of some of the Gloucestershire men who were involved, not only in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) but also the often overlooked battles of Arras and Cambrai. We also look at the advances in tactics and equipment that allowed these battles to be fought in the way they were.


Jet Age Museum. The Story

Saturday 12 August, 11.30am

Telling the story from humble beginnings in the mid 1980s when a group of enthusiasts formed the idea of a museum to celebrate the work of the Gloster Aircraft Company up to the grand opening by Capt Eric Brown CBE in 2014, a quarter of a century later.


FREE Children’s Activities –

Saturday 26 August 11.00am to 2.00pm

Gloucestershire wildlife: Join in with colouring, crafts (making animal masks), animal stories, competitions, free raffle plus lots more – suitable for all ages.



Gloucester and the Black Death

Ian Holt, Saturday 23 September 11.30am

The Bubonic Plague swept across Europe in the 14th century. A third of the population of England died as a result. Gloucester was not immune – and the plague was here to stay!