Stroud district film showcases the best in the district
Published: Friday, 27 January, 2017
Updated - September 2017
The Discover Stroud District film was commissioned by Stroud District Tourism to promote the wonders of the Stroud District to visitors and businesses who would like to visit or relocate here. It was filmed by award-winning, local film-maker Nick Turner and has already reached over half a million people.
The Stroud District is located in the south Cotswolds and incorporates rolling hills, vibrant market towns, pretty villages, the Stroudwater Canal and the broad expanse of the Severn Vale.
Watch the film and you will discover the breathtaking landscapes, ancient sites, unique festivals, outdoor adventure and creative arts that make the Stroud District such a unique place to visit. Some well-loved attractions such as Berkeley Castle, Gifford’s Circus and Stroud Farmers’ Market feature in the film, along with lesser known gems like the Purton Hulks, Tyndale Monument and Uley Bury.
To discover more things to see and do in the Stroud District visit www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk
Original press release
A brand new promotional film showcasing the highlights of the Stroud District will be launched on February 7th by Stroud District Council’s tourism department.
Sneak previews of the film released on the tourism department’s social media accounts have already received thousands of views.
The 3-minute film features some of the best loved attractions in the Stroud District including Stroud Farmers' Market, Berkeley Castle and the Stroudwater and Gloucester Sharpness Canals.
Helen Berryman from Berkeley Castle said:
"We are very excited to be part of the Stroud district promotional film and see this as a great opportunity to entice viewers to come and see us, after whetting their appetite with a little snippet of Berkeley Castle. We hope that the film will attract many new visitors to the area, visiting not only us but some of the other interesting and wonderful attractions within our beautiful part of Gloucestershire."
The film also features some of the festivals that make the Stroud district so unique, such as Art Couture Painswick, Randwick Wap, Stroud Open Studio Weekends and the Stroud Fringe.
Jo Leahy, Director of Stroud Valleys Artspace said:
"We're delighted the SITE Open Studio Weekends have been featured in the new film. There are so many artists to discover who are working in such a wide range of spaces from a shed in a village garden to the industrial mill building in the middle of town. We’re hoping this will encourage more people to come to our very culturally distinctive open studios this year. I think the film is a great way to entice visitors to this wonderful area. There’s so much to explore!"
The council is aiming to put the Stroud district in front of a local and global audience to entice visitors to the area and boost the local economy.
Sara Chardin, tourism officer for the council said:
"It’s an exciting time for the Stroud district. Our corner of the Cotswolds is not as well known as some of the traditional honeypot villages in the north Cotswolds. So our aim is to put the Stroud district in front of a global audience to show how much we have to offer."
While the film features breathtaking locations such as the Tyndale Monument and Selsley Common, it also highlights opportunities for outdoor adventure such as paragliding, mountain biking and surfing the Severn Bore.
Some familiar businesses are featured in the film, including Stroud Brewery, Time After Time vintage shop and The Woolpack Inn in Slad.
Shirley Wood of the tourism office commented:
"While we aim to encourage visitors to enjoy the district from a tourism perspective, we also want to show people this is a great place to live, work and play. We hope our film will be shared by estate agents, recruitment agencies and big employers in the area."
The film has been produced by award-winning, local film-maker Nick Turner and edited by Five Films. Nick Turner has used techniques such as filming by drone and time-lapse to show the area off at its absolute best.
The official film launch is at a red-carpet premiere event at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud on the evening of the 7th February. The event is by invitation only, but limited tickets are still available for local businesses.
Everyone will be able to view the film from that date on Stroud District Council’s tourism website www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk.
After the launch, the tourism department wants to encourage local residents and businesses to help share the film on Twitter and Facebook.