Gloucester History Festival 2018

Step back in time to days gone by with the Gloucester History Festival 2018. A glorious event spanning over the course of two weeks, with a plethora of guest speakers, events, talks and open days. A true fun day out for all the family.

Date: 1st – 16th September 2018. Various times, see individual event for details.

Where: Gloucester City Centre, GL1 2DP

Price: Mostly free. Some events are free, however, need to be booked in advance. Blackfriars Talks are paid-for events.


There are plenty of great guest speakers appearing across the entire two-week festival. Each speaker brings with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom to share, covering a wide array of topics. The Blackfriars talks will include appearances from TV presenter Dan Snow, historian and TV presenter Janina Ramirez, comedy legend and TV presenter Tony Robinson and many more notable names. Tickets to the Blackfriars Talks are selling out fairly quickly. make sure you book your place so you don’t miss out.


There are over a whopping 200 events across the two-week extravaganza. With a broad range of historical topics, there is definitely something fun for all the family. With the majority of events being absolutely free of cost, this is a great chance for visitors from all over to learn and explore the great city of Gloucester. With the Heritage Open Days events, many historical spaces and venues that aren’t usually available are open for the public to visit. A Lot of events take place across amazing venues such as the Soldiers of Gloucester Museum, who are running the Sphinx Trail. Also, Gloucester Brewery offering guided tours with a taste of beer included.

How to Get There:

For all enquiries, questions should be forwarded to the Gloucester Tourist Centre.

28 Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2DP – 01452 396372 –

For information on getting to Gloucester by car and public transport, check out the information page on the Gloucester Tourist Information website.

Places to Eat:

  • Edgemoor InnGloucester Road, Edge, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6ND

Just 6 miles outside of Gloucester City Centre nestled in the village of Edge – Edgemoor Inn boasts stunning views across the Cotswold countryside with ample seating inside and out. With a Gastro Pub menu including an adventurous vegetarian selection and Traditional Sunday Lunch, Edgemoor inn caters for every appetite. Book a table on their website or call 01452 813576.


GL4 8ED – 01452 255012

A stylish hotel in a beautiful location with a blend of classic and modern style. The relaxing and calming atmosphere, along with friendly and professional staff will make for the perfect environment for your stay.

Situated in a lovely part of Gloucestershire, Frogfurlong Cottage is the perfect ideal cottage with lots of facilities including an indoor pool. Full English breakfasts, as well as other breakfast items, are served every day.

  • The TempleStancombe, Dursley, Gloucester GL11 6AU – 07776 053636

This stunning Grade One listed building is the ultimate romantic setting for any couple wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With easy driving access to local amenities, everything you need is on your doorstep.

  • Hatton CourtUpton Hill, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8DE – 01452 617412

A delightful country house in the Cotswolds that is famed for its local food, friendly service and excellent facilities. Just a short distance from Gloucester means great links to the city.

There are more budget and family friendly accommodation options available: Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, ibis Hotel, Travelodge.

There is so much to see and do during the Gloucester History Festival celebrations, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And after all that activity you’ll have worked up quite an appetite. Why not pop into the Edgemoor Inn for a bite and a pint? To book a table, call 01452 813576 and speak to one of our friendly staff members. Alternatively, you can reserve a table online.