Forest of Dean Creative Showcase Festival

Saturday 7th May 2022
12 – 5pm
Free Entry
at The Wesley
Arts Centre for the Forest of Dean, Cinderford Methodist Church, GL14 2AA
Video by Laurie Cousins


Day of creativity marks a Cinderford milestone – The Forester

about the festival

Forest of Dean based creative organisations and creative community groups joined together for a combined arts event celebrating the opening of The Wesley (Cinderford Methodist Church) as the new Arts Centre for the Forest of Dean.

This festival brought local communities together and lifted spirits, and celebrated the diverse and wonderful creative talent available right on our doorstep. The range of opportunities provided encouraged young and old, families, the vulnerable, elderly and socially isolated to get involved.

Canopy arranged this event with the support of Cinderford Town Council and with thanks to funding from Gloucestershire County Council; Thriving Communities and Build Back Better Market Towns Funds.

the programme

  • a parade along the central high street involving musicians, members of the silver bands, dancers, performers and banners
  • performers representing their organisation in dance, music, theatre, poetry, film and literature
  • stalls and practical workshops by a variety of creatives
  • local schools invited to participate in the celebrations

Please note that the below times and performances are subject to change without notice due to the nature of the event

12 noon Parade

12.45pm Parade returns

12.25pm Cinderford Academy Silver Band playing outside

12.50pm Speech – Roger Sterry, Mayor of Cinderford

1.00pm Artspace/Engage Circus

1.35pm Drybrook Male Voice Choir

2.10pm People Singing

2.45pm FOD Wind Band

3.15pm The Savoy Youth Theatre

4.00pm Onika Venus

4.30pm Raffle to be drawn by Uschi Arens Price, from FarOpen

Back Hall

Taster workshops by farOpen Artists in printmaking, clay, textiles and painting

Taster workshops in circus skills by Artspace

Book signing by local authors

Stalls representing arts organisations: Yorkley Press, The Music Works, Wye Valley River Festival, Reading the Forest and Artspace

Barnwood Trust undertaking survey

Exhibition by the FoD Camera Club

Displays by pupils from Forest View Primary School and Forest High School


Heritage crafts by The Rewild Project in their geodome

raffle prizes

£250 Pitman, Blackstock and White consultation – Pitman, Blackstock and White

Spring Healthy Joints Consultations (£150) – Zigs Exercise

Meal for 4 at The Belfry Hotel Littledean – KW Bell

One month of complimentary online Pilates &Yoga Classes (£59) – Zigs Exercise

Family Ticket for 4 to Pantomime at The Savoy Theatre (£45) – The Savoy Theatre

Rugby Club Shirt and family tickets for matches – Cinderford Rugby Club

Afternoon Tea Voucher £35, The Speech House Hotel – Leoni Temco

Padded jacket/hat/key ring/bag/wallet – Cinderford MG

Tickets x2 for ‘Last Thursday Music’ – Last Thursday Music

Reindeer metal cut out sculpture – Grails

Reindeer metal cut out sculpture – Grails

Gloucester Rugby Club Shirt – Hartpury College

Gifts including teddybear – Winner Garage

Boxes of Chocolates (x2) – Co-op Cinderford

food and drink

There is a cafe on site where we served tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cake all for £1 each. Outside the venue there was a small number of stalls selling hot food, and there is also a number of places in town within easy walking distance, where hot or cold food is available to buy.

find The Wesley

accessibility and parking

Four disabled parking spaces provided at the venue on the day of the event, otherwise no parking on site, however there is plenty of parking available around town, all within easy walking distance of the venue.


Why not volunteer? If you have time to spare we could really use your help. Volunteering is fun, feels good, provides great experience and looks great on a CV. Send an email to to let us know you’d like to be involved.

COVID Guidelines

Please follow current government COVID safety guidelines.

To participate, volunteer or for more information please contact

cultivating creative communities in the Forest of Dean

With Thanks

Canopy is arranging this event with the support of Cinderford Town Council and with thanks to funding from Gloucestershire County Council; Thriving Communities and Build Back Better Market Towns Funds.

Canopy would like to thank all those artists, arts organisations, Cinderford Town Council, Forest View Primary School and Forest High School and all the local businesses who have supported the Raffle.