Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Events

Upcoming Events - 2023

‘From Soldier to Artist’

An exhibition of works by Gloster Simon McCouaig
Preview Evening by invitation 7pm Friday 12 May 23
Main Exhibition opens Saturday 13 May 23 until Friday 30 June
Your museum ticket includes the art exhibition.

Simon McCouaig is an ex-Gloster and talented artist who specialises in both modern and historical military themes. Favouring portraiture as his subject, Simon's paintings are an object lesson in precision, bringing to life the past and the present seemingly effortlessly.

His commissioned works are in museums, military Messes and homes all over the world and he has won many prizes and awards in national exhibitions. Simon is also Artist in Residence of The Soldiers of Gloucestershire museum.

Simon has completed many painting commissions for servicemen/women and their families all over the world. As a British Army Veteran, he is able to bring that unique military insight and accuracy to his clients’ commissions. Whether it’s people, horses, dogs or a pewter hip flask, Simon has made a painting or drawing of it or on it!

A multi published modern military illustrator, he has also illustrated several volumes for Osprey Publishing's renowned series of military publications much loved by collectors, model makers and reenactors.

The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is delighted to be hosting Simon McCouaig for a six-week solo exhibition of his works. Simon will be working on new paintings at the museum every Thursday and Saturday, so please come along and say hello and chat to him about his work, his volunteer role at the museum and all things Glosters and military!

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Soldier Skills Challenge

Date: 27th May – 4th June
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Cost: Free with paid museum entry

To join the army you need to be strong of mind and body!

So this half term come and take part in our trail that will test both of these skills. It culminates with our brand new child friendly shooting test! This activity is aimed at children aged 6-12.

Additionally on Monday 29th May we’ll have our Redcoat soldier re-enactor who can tell you even more about being in the army.

Finally, on Tuesday 30th May we have our team outside (11-1) who will be testing your skills even more.

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Armed Forces Day Gloucester 2023

Date: Saturday 24th June 2023
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Cost: FREE ENTRY to outdoor event (Museum Admission charge applies)

Come along to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum on Saturday 24th June and join us to celebrate and give thanks to our Armed Forces. Lots of things to do for all the family, including live music, hot food, and outdoor bar.

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Museum Tour & Beer Tasting Evening

Date: Thursday 20th July
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Cost: £22 General Public / £18 Museum Members

A fantastic one-off opportunity to experience the museum at night and taste test some of the best beers and ciders offered by the award-winning Gloucester Brewery.

The brewery team will be on hand throughout the evening to quiz about all things beer related, and our museum guides will help you delve into the fascinating stories of the County Regiments.

Tickets include guided tour, beers and ciders to taste test, and a cold buffet with a selection of cheeses.
Tour starts at 6:30pm, museum and regimental bar open from 6pm.  Event finishes at 8pm.  Museum Members now receive 10% off at Gloucester Brewery, so have your membership card ready to show and claim an additional 10% off any Gloucester Brewery product purchased on the night.

Tickets are available via the online Events ticket page here:

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Gloucester Goes Retro

Date: Saturday 26th August 2023
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: FREE ENTRY to outdoor event (Museum Admission charge applies)

One of the highlights of the city’s vibrant festival calendar, Gloucester Goes Retro features over 500 classic vehicles filling the historic Gate Streets and Gloucester Docks.

You will find famous car brands from yesteryear including Aston Martin, Jensen, Bentley, Triumph, Morris and Alvis to name just a few. There are time-honoured vehicles from the turn of the last century through to the Roaring Twenties, from the War Years to the gleaming chrome of the fifties, the iconic designs of the Swinging Sixties and classic sports cars from the eighties. For music and dance enthusiasts, visit the Mariners Square Stage where you can enjoy vintage acts and join in with swing dancing.

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Gloucester Day

Date: Saturday 2nd September 2023
Time: 12:00 – 18:00
Cost: FREE ENTRY to outdoor event (Museum Admission charge applies)

The annual event that sees Gloucester city centre and the docks come alive with stalls, stands, lively performances and all the pomp and ceremony of the traditional Gloucester Day parade.  Live music, stalls, and outdoor bar outside the museum from midday.

Gloucester Day marks the reinstatement of the original Gloucester Day – a day of celebration on the lifting of the siege of Gloucester – in 1643. This occasion was celebrated annually for centuries.

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