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Ruskin Mill Events

Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, Glos, GL6 0LA (take the Horsley Rd off the A46).

For more information about the events programme or booking
please ring 01453 837537 or view website: www.rmet.org.uk


The Ruskin Mill Coffee Shop is open for vegetarian lunches, coffee and cakes 11 am - 4 pm
daily, (no lunch on Sundays or Bank Holidays).

The Gallery is open Monday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm.


  • Rag Rugs, Felting and Indigo Dyeing with Margaret Docherty (01453 833320)
  • Plant Dyeing with Marianne van der Tas (01453 762862)
  • Soap making with Jonathan Code (01453 766931) www.quintessentialsoap.co.uk
  • Stone carving with Greg Tricker (01453 755352)
  • Children's Storytelling ( 01453 837537)


Parking at Ruskin Mill is only for residents and disabled visitors.
For events please use the car park at Horsley Mill (400 yards further up the road in the direction of Horsley, on the left) and walk back along the valley path by the water.

For evening and weekend events also use Gigg Mill which is 400 yards past Nailsworth Town Hall on the Old Bristol Road in the direction of Horsley, on the right. If the metal gate is closed, open it and park inside. It is never locked and we have an arrangement to park there.

Ruskin Mill operates a no smoking policy

For more information / booking please phone 01453 837537

Ruskin Mill, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, Glos, GL6 0LA (take the Horsley Rd off the A46).
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You may access Ruskin Mill Events in pdf form here



music - theatre - puppetry - storytelling - talks





Friday 15 May
Laurie Lee and the Romance of Old Spain with David Goodland

Laurie Lee was among a bunch of distinguished Spanish travellers from Byron and Borrow to the millions who arrive by easyJet. Do we still think of Spain as ‘that renowned romantic land’?
From the Alhambra to the backstreets of Seville, the Moors to the Civil War, writer David Goodland explodes the myths and explores the reality.

£5 /£4


Children’s Storytelling
Saturday 6 June

10.30 am

Regular storyteller Allison Cumberbirch will be joined by local storyteller Fiona Eadie who delights in the power of stories to weave magic. Fiona tells traditional tales in schools, libraries and yurts as well as devising and leading story walks through the landscape.

£4 adults, £3 child, £10 family ticket



*** Please note this is a change of time for 4 June

Thursday 4 June
7pm at Stroud Subscription Rooms
Friday 5 June
7pm at Stroud Subscription Rooms
The Temple
Written by Peter Oswald
Directed by Michael Chase

The Temple is a full length verse drama written by Peter Oswald, inspired by the Temple Legend by Rudolf Steiner, which unites the wisdom of Solomon and the creative power of Hiram, through the love of Balkis, the Queen of Sheba.

The Temple is being performed and produced by the staff and students of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust’s three colleges - Glasshouse, Ruskin Mill and Freeman.  This production breathes new life into the legend using the magic of mask and puppetry, eurythmy and song, in a blend of styles and traditions to keep you on the edge of your seat.

£7 / £5








Friday 5 June   
Having clocked up almost 40 years with Steeleye Span, fiddle player Peter Knight has created his own trio - Gigspanner - where he is joined by guitarist Roger Flack and Afro-percussionist Vincent Salzfaas.
Together they explore traditional music and its related themes with breathtaking energy, brilliance and spontaneity while retaining its familiar heart.

£12 / £10


Saturday 6 June
7.30pm at Christchurch, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth
Homage to Henry Moore and the English Landscape
Manfred Bleffert is an instrument maker, workshop leader and performer. Inspired by Goethe he is interested in how different materials manifest their nature in sound and how the sound can work with the human being and the land.

£7 /£5


Friday 12 June    
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
The Winterset create a sensationally graceful sound that can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific as well as supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern. The girls demolish the line between past and present by mingling ancient laments with idiosyncratic songs and go beyond tradition to a magical, Geordie place.
And they’re coming back to Ruskin Mill.

Winners of the BBC Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards 2008

£18 / £16


Friday 19 June
Through the Grapevine
Roi-Gal Or, Fiona Eadie, Louise Krafchik and Stella Kassimati, from Amari in Crete invite you to relish a weaving together of stories of Crete and of community. Amari is a waning Cretan mountain village – Zeus’ boyhood home. Using the power of stories to transform, ‘Friends of Amari’ are revitalising and invigorating the village whilst retaining the unhurried, traditional nature of village life. At this performance they invite you to share the nurturing, sun-filled stories they’ve heard ‘through the grapevine’.
Greek refreshments will be on sale in the interval.

£7 / £5 in aid of the Amari project






A PDF version of Ruskin Mill Events is available here


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Felt, Plant Dyes, Indigo Shibori, Rugwork with Margaret Docherty
Saturday 25 April
Saturday 23 May
Saturday 13 June
Saturday 27 June
Saturday 18 July
Saturday 18 August
10am – 4pm
Other half day classes on Wednesdays & Thursdays. Details from Margaret on 01453 833320



Saturday 9 May 2pm – Thursday 28 May
Wool 2 Wall
Part of the Stroud International Textile Festival, this rich and vibrant exhibition includes felted and embroidered textiles by Sarah Brooker and Margaret Docherty
Opening Saturday 9 May 2 – 4pm



Saturday 30 May – Sunday 14 June
Contemporary Drawing Show site09
This year’s site09 contemporary drawing show is curated by Noela Bewry, Sue Rae and Maggie Shaw. In keeping with an emerging tradition within the festival, this show provides an opportunity to see the drawing practice of a group of artists who work in various disciplines such as sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and painting.


Felt workshop with Marianne van der Tas
Saturday 30 May
Saturday 27 June
9.30am – 3.30pm
For more information and booking please contact Marianne on 01453 762862















































Tuesday 16 June – Sunday 21 June
Art therapy students from Hibernia College in Stroud display their year’s work



Saturday 20 June
10.00am – 4.00pm
Writing and Sharing with Judy Clinton
An opportunity to increase your awareness through unstructured writing and
non-judgmental sharing. The power is in the process, not the end result.
For more information and booking, please phone Judy on 01452 863627









Friday 10 July – Monday 3 September
Ruskin Mill College Students’ End of Year Exhibition
The Ruskin Mill summer exhibition represents and celebrates every student who has attended the college in the previous academic year.
The exhibition is a chance for students and staff, parents and carers, funding bodies, educators and the public to see and reflect on the diversity of work engaged in by the students.
An ever widening range of crafts dominate a densely packed show but there are also displays documenting farming and horticulture, expeditions, work experience and other areas of student learning.




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