Stroud District Council


The parish of Nailsworth, formed in 1892 around several wool-mill based hamlets, lies 4 miles south of Stroud amongst rolling hills, and now boasts a population of some 6000 inhabitants. As one of the larger towns in the South Cotswolds, Nailsworth has a number of individual specialist shops and businesses as well as light industrial companies thriving in and around the town, which serves as a first port of call for many of the smaller outlying villages. Despite some modernisation and new building, Nailsworth retains many areas of traditional Cotswold stone building, with narrow streets and picturesque tiled roofs, and remains a living, working, independent community.

Nailsworth is also a popular tourist destination, and well placed to visit the Cotswolds and towns of interest such as Bath, Bristol to the south, Cheltenham, Gloucester to the north, with Cirencester to the east and Wales to the west. There is a wide choice of hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, excellent restaurants and traditional pubs with a variety of nearby sightseeing attractions to suit all tastes.

The Nailsworth Festival takes place annually at the end of April/early May with a programme of art and music events. On Father's Day towards the end of June the annual Family Day fête is held on the King George Playing Field. The last Friday in November sees the switching on of the Christmas lights with an evening of fun and entertainment in the streets of the town. Nailsworth is a centre for arts and crafts, has a wide range of clubs and associations that cover many interests and age groups, a primary school, library, police station and fire station.

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