The Gloucester Stone carving Festival takes place on the 23rd and 24th May at The Llanthony Secunda Priory,a 12th century Augustinian Priory. My event is open to the public between 10am and 6pm and is free to enter.
It is located on the canal in Gloucester sandwiched between Gloucester College and The High Orchard pub opposite bikini bathrooms. If you’re driving along Llanthony road on the way to Hempsted or the rubbish tip you will drive past it unless you are on the lookout!
Set back off the road behind green railings there is a green area peppered with what once would have been magnificent medieval structures, you can walk through here to get to the canal tow path or indeed the bright red Sula Light ship moored up on the water. You can see this interesting range of buildings if you look back toward the docks from St Ann’s Bridge as you cross over going past Sainsbury’s toward to Peel centre.
I set up the festival to enlighten people to this magical craft, bringing together stonemasons and carvers with the aim of raising money!
This year I have 20+ stonemasons from around the country with varying levels of expertise, they are given a block of stone generously donated by Veizeys Quarry in Tetbury and less than 20hrs to carve an animal themed sculpture.
I provide them with a marquee and scaffolding benches, keep them fed and watered throughout the weekend and they carve in such a way that enables them to finish in time for the auction, which takes place at 3pm on Sunday 24th May.
I have carved a beautiful elephant which is the raffle prize and the draw will take place after the auction, tickets are just £2 each.
As well as the stonemasons there are pop-up shops and activities, including The Llanthony Priory Trust, The Gloucester Geology trust, The Newport Ship Trust, Have a go at Stonecarving, Cotswold Archaeology, Gloucester City Council and 6 pop-up shops!
Please scroll down to see points of interest about varying details of the festival, there are many photos and post from the 2013 festival if you would like to see what type of carvings you may see at this years event.