Area: Gloucestershire

'Arranges talks by experts on local places, historic figures and issues ... There is also a social programme of events and trips throughout the year. Priority is given to members so please join!'

'Exists to further public knowledge about the history of Blockley and adjacent parishes. It does this by collecting, preserving and displaying records, antiquities and other objects of historical interest, and by sponsoring talks, discussions, publications and visits to sites of relevant interest.'

'The Gardening Club supports a great tradition in Box by promoting a love of gardens and gardening. Anyone is welcome to come along to events or to join the club. We have a show, party and outings as well as regular talks on subjects to suit all levels of skill and interest and a discount on seeds.'

'As the largest photographic club in Gloucestershire, we have a wealth of experience to support you, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced worker ... We invite experts from all over the country to show us interesting images and explain why and how they took them.'

Category Europe

'For all who love Italy: its culture, history, language and people ... We normally meet on a Monday, once a month.'

'Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s first literature festival, leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books through its Literature for Schools programme. ' Normally held Mid October.

'Cheltenham Poetry Festival offers an annual 10 day program of exciting live literature events. As well as the Spring programme, the Festival celebrates the power of words throughout the year at readings, performances and workshops.'

'Formed in 1984 "to advance the education of the general public in the history and architecture of Chipping Campden and its surrounding villages" ... We are a very active society, with close to 300 members and a regular attendance of 80 at our monthly talks. Our members have undertaken research projects on a variety of topics.'

'We aim to offer lively, entertaining and informative events: performance, illustrated talks, lectures, conversation, interviews and discussions.' Normally held Mid September.

Category Cirencester

Member of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'Exists to preserve the character of this historic and friendly market town, and to make people aware of the need to look after it ... Our monthly meetings ... feature speakers on architectural, archaeological and conservation topics.'

'Each year the society holds a series of ten lectures on a varied selection of topics intended to appeal to a wide variety of interests and levels of scientific background.  Members include not only scientists, doctors and engineers but also many who have a general interest in science and technology.

'The Cotswold Astronomical Society serves amateur astronomers in the Cotswold area centered on Cheltenham and Gloucester. Local membership reaches to Swindon, Evesham and Worcester too.We welcome anyone interested in astronomy. Our members come from all walks of life and range from beginners just starting out to experienced amateurs with a wealth of knowledge. Members have varied interests from cosmology to telescope making, from lunar and planetary observing, to supernova hunting. Not all members are active observers, and the society caters equally well for the armchair or internet astronomer ... We hold monthly meetings in Cheltenham, often with a guest speaker.'

Category Cinderford

Member of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'The Forest of Dean Local History Society is the oldest and one of the largest societies in Gloucestershire ... founded in 1948 ... Our regular programme of talks is free to members and members have priority when bookings are required for our outings within the Forest and further afield. Members are the first to know about our summer historical walks and we also regularly email members who have requested it with information about activities by neighbouring history societies and county-wide groups.'

'Gloucester Cathedral is a place where all are welcome, regardless of background or faith. We are open 365 days a year and are proud that there is no charge to enter the Cathedral, but we do ask that you make a donation towards the upkeep of the building. Over 300,000 people from all over the world come to the Cathedral every year to take part in our services, events and activities or to enjoy the experience of visiting one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe ... Throughout the year Gloucester Cathedral offers a diverse range of lectures and talks given by eminent speakers covering a wide variety of subjects.'

'GBKA is a registered charity with the principal objective of promoting and furthering the craft of beekeeping. GBKA has been doing this for over 100 years and has members from all over Gloucestershire and its neighbouring counties ... The seven Branches within GBKA carry on most beekeeping activities. Each Branch runs its own programme of lectures, talks, training sessions and apiary sessions. Members may attend all the meetings and events organised by any of the seven branches.'

'We are a very active society, with over 1,000 enthusiastic family historians, based in Gloucester, the surrounding area and across the UK as well as worldwide ... Our members have many opportunities to interact with the Society and fellow members, most obviously through our regular branch meetings, held in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. Most months of the year, talks from a wide range of fascinating speakers, are held at The Heritage Hub. While members tend to visit their local branch, they are welcome to attend any branch event. These meetings aren’t closed to members as we are delighted to welcome non-members to talks free of charge.'

Category Gloucestershire

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'Whether you have been a collector for years or are an absolute beginner we warmly welcome new members ... The officers, and other members of the society, who you will meet at the monthly meetings,  will help to make you feel welcome.  You will be able to get advice and help with your philatelic interests ... The meetings begin at 7.20 pm with speakers starting at 7.30 pm.'

'Since the mid 1980’s Gloucestershire Philosophical Society have held meetings on a variety of topics. We aim to provide a forum for debate on issues of current interest alongside informative lectures from specialists in many areas of philosophical, political, social, scientific and artistic thought. Our meetings are open to both the academic and wider community. We warmly welcome new members, so why not come along and offer your opinions.'


Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

Category Gloucestershire

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

'The Society was formed in 1988 to research, record and promote interest in the history of Lechlade and its surrounding area, and, where appropriate, to conserve our heritage. This is achieved through regular meetings with specialist speakers, visits to local sites of historical importance, publication of pamphlets and erection of display boards. Membership is open to all who share these aims.'

Category Stow on the Wold

Member of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'Our aim is to promote and encourage the study of the history of the parish of Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. We do this by presenting relevant, entertaining and informative presentations and outings. Membership is open to all, whether parishioners or from anywhere else in the world that has an interest in the history of our parish.'

Category Thornbury

Member of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG) was set up by local people to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations. SGMRG is a voluntary organisation that relies on grants and donations from local people. Our membership is made up of archaeologists, surveyors, historians, engineers, cavers and those simply interested in finding more about what lies under their feet. We have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and restoration work.'

Founded 2008. Aims include:  'To promote interest in the local history of Stonehouse in all its aspects and through all periods of history ... To hold talks and meetings devoted to this aim and to visit places of historic interest ...'

Category Stroud

Member of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'THS formed in 1991 to research and add to our knowledge of the history of the town of Tewkesbury ... The Society generally meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, September to May, at 7.45 pm.'

Category Rail Transport

'A friendly non profit making organisation who all share an interest in railways including model railways, standard gauge railways, miniature railways, railway preservation, narrow gauge railways, diesel, electric & steam traction, in the UK & worldwide. The society currently holds over 55 members, young and old, who meet on a weekly basis & take part in an extensive programme of railway related talks, visits & presentations.'

Category Yate

Member of The Arts Society - 7 South West England Grouping

'The Club welcomes photographers of all abilities, the emphasis being on images rather than kit. The Club meets every Monday evening at 7.30pm (September to second week of June), and also has a reduced programme during the summer. The Monday meetings are a mix of guest speakers, competitions and practical evening.'

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