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Welcome to Stroud


Why move to Stroud?


Pubs & Live Music




Local Hotspots




Family Days Out


Local Schools


Fitness & Health


Local Restaurants



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Welcome A very warm welcome to Stroud and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons. You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in Gloucestershire. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. . Hamptons has been matching people with property, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since. Today, over 150 years since we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’. Yours sincerely, Gemma Goulding - Head of Sales Adam Lock - Prime & Country House Director Martyn Swinson - Hub Sales Director



Stroud Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Stroud Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Stroud you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning 6

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A little bit of history

“A big WELCOME and enjoy”


Stroud is a historic market town located in Gloucestershire, England. Its history is rich and diverse, spanning centuries of development and cultural change. This article will provide a concise overview of the history of Stroud. Stroud’s early history can be traced back to Roman times when it was a small settlement known as “Stred.” The name “Stroud” is believed to have originated from the Old English word “strod,” meaning “marshy ground,” which described the landscape of the area. During the medieval period, Stroud developed into a market town, benefiting from its location on the important trade route between Gloucester and Bristol. In 1258, Stroud was granted a market charter, formalizing its role as a center of commerce. The town’s growth was further catalyzed during the Industrial Revolution. Stroud became a hub for the booming textile industry, particularly known for its production of high-quality woolen cloth. The Stroudwater Navigation, a canal built in the 18th century, connected Stroud to the Severn Estuary, making the transportation of goods much easier and facilitating industrial expansion. This period of industrialization brought significant wealth and population growth to the town.


Why move to Stroud? Living in and around Stroud, a charming market town nestled in the Cotswolds, offers a unique and fulfilling experience. This area, located in Gloucestershire, England, boasts a blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and a vibrant community. Here are 8 reasons that make living around Stroud so appealing: 1. Natural Beauty: Stroud is situated in the midst of the stunning Cotswold Hills, which are known for 8

their rolling landscapes, picturesque villages, and lush green countryside. The area provides endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy nature, with numerous walking trails, bike paths, and scenic vistas. 2. Artistic and Creative Hub: Stroud has a vibrant arts and crafts scene. The town is known for its creative community, with a plethora of artists, musicians, and artisans. The acclaimed Stroud

Farmers’ Market is a testament to this creativity, offering local produce, handmade crafts, and an authentic taste of the region’s culture. 3. Eco-Friendly Lifestyle: Stroud has a strong commitment to sustainability and ecofriendliness. Many residents are environmentally conscious and practice eco-friendly living. The town is home to various eco initiatives, including community gardens and renewable energy projects. www.hamptons.co.uk

Ideal living

educational options available in and around Stroud. The town has several primary and secondary schools, including the well-regarded Marling School and Stroud High School. 8. Convenient Transport Links: Stroud’s location in the heart of the Cotswolds offers easy access to neighbouring towns and cities. The train station provides regular services to Gloucester, Cheltenham, and London, making it a convenient base for commuters. 4. Strong Sense of Community: Stroud has a close-knit community that values inclusivity and collaboration. Local events and festivals, such as the Stroud Folk Festival and Stroud Book Festival, bring people together and foster a sense of belonging. 5. Rich History: Stroud has a long and fascinating history, with its origins dating back to the Roman era. The town is home to historic buildings and landmarks like the Subscription Rooms, Stroud Valleys Canal, and the Cotswold Canals. History buffs will find a treasure trove of stories and architecture to explore. 6. Diverse Cultural Scene: Despite its relatively small size, Stroud boasts a diverse cultural scene. You can enjoy a range of cultural events, from theater productions at the Cotswold Playhouse to live music at The Prince Albert. 7. Excellent Educational Facilities: Families with children will appreciate the high-quality



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Pubs & Live Music

Prince Albert Inn The Prince Albert Inn is a friendly pub at the top of a fairly steep hill just above Stroud on the way to the glorious Rodborough and Minchinhampton National Trust Commons. We bring the best of Stroud ales, pizzas, burgers, art, music and people to our visitors and we’re proud to be a central part of our local community. Rodborough Hill, Stroud GL5 3SS. 01453 755600 www.theprincealbertstroud.co.uk/ The Crown & Sceptre The Crown and Sceptre serves the community with a selection of real ales, delicious home-cooked real pub food, and real pub entertainment with regular live music events. 98 Horns Rd, Stroud GL5 1EG. 01453 762588 ww.crownandsceptrestroud.com/ The Retreat Stroud We’re a local independent who serves lunch from 12.00 - 14.30 six days per week. Our menu is a mix of pub classics with something for everyone. At nighttime, we offer a fun atmosphere where you can either enjoy a few drinks by the fire or join in the party at the bar. 28 Church St, Stroud GL5 1JL. 01453 750208

Stroud Brewery Stroud Brewery was established in 2006, initially the brewery was a passion project for our founder Greg Pilley; an adventurer, environmentalist and beer lover. His purpose was simply to make great tasting beers for the local community whilst being the change he wanted to see in the business world. Today Stroud Brewery is a thriving enterprise and our tap room has become one of Stroud’s cherished local landmarks. We make great tasting, ethical and organic beer and we create welcoming, fun social spaces. www.stroudbrewery.co.uk/ Old Nelson - Brewers Fayre At Brewers Fayre, we’re all about serving the nation’s favourite pub food at great-value prices, in a family-friendly environment. We want everyone to enjoy tasty, laid-back meals with friendly service that makes you want to eat with us again and again. No booking? No problem – our doors are open any time for any occasion. So come on in, take a seat and see what we’ve got cooking. Stratford Lodge, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AF. 01453 76582 www.brewersfayre.co.uk/

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“Wet your whistle”

Queen Vic Stroud A privately owned, free house providing something for everyone, from top live local bands and televised sports to keep you engaged in your favourite sports matches. And of course, a great selection of beers, ales, and wines. If you’re feeling hungry we have a great menu of homemade dishes to choose from. We look forward to welcoming you. 5 Gloucester St, Stroud GL5 1QG. 01453 762396 www.facebook.com/profile. php?id=100057397481408 The Ale House The Ale House is a proper pub, offering well-kept beer, proper pub food and a warm welcome. Established in 2012 we are a traditional Local Free House, a social meeting room, selling quality ales, wines & lagers, and locally sourced food. As a traditional pub, beer is the main ingredient, but homemade food is also served 7 days a week. With a choice of sandwiches or main meals, all our food is prepared and made on-site. We welcome dogs, ramblers & cyclists - and anyone who fancies some friendly faces on arrival. No games machines, no pool table, and no cordon bleu food menu to distract the taste buds - that’s the thing here - or perhaps a relaxing newspaper read, cribbage, dominoes, backgammon, or shove halfpenny. 9 John St, Stroud GL5 2HA. 01453 755447 www.thealehousestroud.com/

Should you wish to wet your whistle in Stroud you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Stroud. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore. www.hamptons.co.uk

The Old Fleece Our restaurant and bar offers dining inside or outside at one of our al-fresco tables nestled by our heated external tables. Our delicious homecooked menu is available all day from 11 am until 9 pm (8 pm on Sundays) offering our full menu, snacks, sandwiches & specials. Rooksmoor Hill, North Woodchester, Stroud GL5 5NB. www.food-club.com/pubs/the-old-fleece/ The Bowbridge Arms A traditional pub serving real ales, ciders, and lagers. Home-cooked food is served daily. Family and dog-friendly. Large beer garden. London Rd, Stroud GL5 2AY. 01453 298914 www.facebook.com/thebowbridgearms. co.uk/ 15

Local Hotspots Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Stroud!

The Star Anise Arts Café Nicholas and the Star Anise team are dedicated to serving the Stroud community with a varied and seasonal menu of wholefood dishes, alongside their in-house baked goods. Serving up fresh sourdough bread, gluten-free bread, croissants, cookies, and cakes - all made from scratch in the Star Anise Kitchen. Their coffee is sourced from Extract Coffee Roasters and teas from Mr Teas Teas, both of which are located a stone’s throw away in Bristol. Wherever possible Star Anise uses both local and organic ingredients. Predominantly vegetarian, with the occasional fish dish and daily vegan and gluten-free options. All baking is done without using refined sugar. Star Anise prides itself on being a hub of the local community. 1 Gloucester St, Stroud GL5 1QG. 01453 840021 www.staranisecafe.co.uk/ Coffee#1 Stroud Opening our doors in 2001 and inspired by the prospect of giving customers a more complete experience, Coffee#1 has remained true to the values we established on day one and that’s to make it locally loved - serving great coffee made 16

by talented baristas, in a relaxed and welcoming environment where your time is your own. 1-2 George St, Stroud GL5 3DX. 01453 767441 www.coffee1.co.uk/ Rough Hands Coffee Our coffee shop works with multiple roasters from all over the world to bring you the highest quality, best coffees, ensuring transparency and fairness for farmers and everyone along the supply chain. We source from local, independent suppliers for all our other offerings - small supporting small. Unit 32, Rough Hands Coffee, Five Valleys Shopping Centre, Stroud GL5 1RR www.roughhandscoffee.co.uk/ Simple by Hristo’s kitchen SIMPLE is a brunch café that serves simple, 100 % natural food – including Vegan and gluten-free options – accompanied by authentic espresso coffee in a welcoming, cosy, and comfortable neighbourhood café. Unit 2, The Cross, Nelson St, Stroud GL5 2HL. 07841 195201 www.hristoskitchen.com/


Moonflower Moonflower started life in 1979 and has been trading for 40 years, moving to the High Street in the heart of Stroud in 1986. We stock a wide range of ladies’ clothes, shoes, accessories, and jewellery. With so much emphasis on our changing world and environment, we are trying as a company to buy carefully and responsibly so you in turn can feel good about what you buy. We will always ensure that we have a selection of ethically produced and/or vegan products available that leave less of an impact on our world and support the local communities where they are produced. 55 High St, Stroud GL5 1AS. 01453 759297 www.moonflowershops.co.uk/ Cordells Cordells was founded in 2018 and has since become a respected independent menswear business in Monmouth and Stroud. Being exclusive stockists of Remus Uomo, Marc Darcy, Dario Beltran, London Brogues, Cavani and many more, you can get everything you need with impeccable service and a smile. Unit 21, Five Valleys Shopping Centre, King St, Stroud GL5 1RR. 01453 752713

Sandersons Boutique Store Here at Sanderson, we have a beautiful range of brands across all our departments which include homeware, men’s and women’s wear, handbags, and shoes as well as our fabulous Beauty Lounge. The Sandersons team look forward to welcoming you to a very special shopping experience whether that be in-store or online. Unit 12/13, Five Valleys Shopping Centre, King St, Stroud GL5 1RR. 01453 590610 www.sandersonsdeptstore.co.uk/ Time After Time - Stroud Vintage Sandra and David, the good folks behind Time After Time, work tirelessly to find new antique, vintage and retro pieces each week so that the site and the shop always look fresh, vibrant, and full of treasures. With a collection aimed at both men and women, they pride themselves on both the quality and authenticity of the stock and their customer service. High St, Stroud GL5 1AJ. www.stroudvintage.com/

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Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Stroud!

Cotswold Playhouse The Cotswold Playhouse is the building, but it is owned and managed by The Cotswold Players, a registered charity, which is managed by a board of trustees. Our constitution can be found here. As well as a modern, fully equipped stage and auditorium, our theatre offers multiple changing rooms, storage for our set, costumes and props, a welcoming bar and lounge, and even a dance studio. We typically stage five or six productions of our own each year, from classics to musicals, drama to pantomime. And we increasingly take our productions out into the community: we have recently performed at the Stroud Theatre Festival, the Stroud Shakespeare Festival, St Laurence Church and Stroud Brewery. We also make the facilities available to visiting companies, schools, dance classes, toddler groups and many more. Everything is run by volunteers, so we are always keen to welcome new members. Parliament St, Stroud GL5 1LW. 01453 488040 www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/ 20

Vue Cinema Stroud Sit back and let your imagination take you away because, with the latest films, you can go anywhere. Jump into movie magic at Vue Stroud, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action films to hilarious comedies and everything in between. With 6 amazing screens, you won’t be short of things to watch. Put your glasses on and get ready, with 3D screens, you’ll be immersed in the action, just try not to drop your snacks! Settle down and wait for the lights to go down, and as soon as that hush falls over the whole audience, you know the magic is just about to start. Got kids? Then don’t miss the Vue Mini Mornings showings - where there are loads of awesome family films just waiting for you. It’s the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the big screen, and there’s no better place than at Vue Stroud. It’s a brilliant place to spend a rainy day! Merrywalks Centre, 19 - 20 Merrywalks, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1RY. 0345 308 4620 ww.myvue.com/cinema/stroud


The Painswick Centre The building now known as The Painswick Centre was given to the town well over 100 years ago thanks to the generosity of the wealthy Frances Sarah Williams. Originally called The Painswick Institute & Working Men’s Club it was opened to great fanfare in September 1907, and provided somewhere the local community could mix in large numbers, regardless of class or religion. The Institute was founded as a charity to be managed by Trustees, which is how it is still run today, and it has continued to strive to provide a wide range of recreational, educational, and social opportunities for the community to enjoy, true to the original wishes of our founder Frances Sarah Williams. Bisley St, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6QQ. 01452 814567 www.painswickcentre.com/ Studio 3 Stroud Studio3Stroud is a vibrant arts collective based in Stroud, Gloucestershire providing art and craft workshops to the local and regional community. Our professional artists paint, draw and make inspirational artworks and craft items for sale. We also hold popup exhibitions that feature our artist’s work. 3 Farr’s Ln, Stroud GL5 2HH. 01453 450129 www.facebook.com/studio3stroud/

The Loo. vre A tiny art gallery situated in the old public toilets, the studio gallery of Cotswold Artist, Rupert Aker. Open when I’m there painting, or by arrangement so please get in touch and I can usually pop down to open for you. St Mary’s St, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6QG. 07702 097457 www.rupertaker.art/ Subscription Rooms It is a place for all people at all stages of their lives. It is a unique venue providing an innovative programme of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, spoken word, exhibitions, and workshops. It is a vibrant public space that enables everyone to come together to form a community. We provide an enhanced and varied programme of arts events and experiences that take place in a community-focused accessible venue with well-appointed flexible performance spaces and welcoming bar and cafe facilities. The Subscription Rooms were originally built by public subscription and sit physically and culturally at the heart of the town. Maintaining and acknowledging this sense of community ownership is key to our success – and we invite everyone to come and be part of our journey. George St, Stroud GL5 1AE. 01453 796880 www.thesubrooms.co.uk/

Gallery Pangolin Gallery Pangolin is a world-class sculpture gallery with a renowned reputation for works of quality and excellence by Modern and contemporary artists. The initial inspiration for the gallery was the need for a showcase for the excellent sculpture cast at Pangolin Editions. Over the past thirty years, we have expanded enormously and now embrace a wide range of activities including major solo shows, publications and collaborations with other galleries and museums. We also co-ordinate public commissions, manage artists’ estates, curate exhibitions and act as artists’ agents. 9 Chalford Ind. Estate, Chalford, Stroud GL6 8NT. 01453 889765 www.gallery-pangolin.com/ www.hamptons.co.uk


Family days out

Stroud is a great destinations for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

Stroud Bowl We want to provide a space for young people and families to enjoy themselves and spend quality time together. We aim for an environment that is fun and exciting! One that makes people feel young again…we are all big kids at heart! Make sure to book your trip today to become a part of our bowling family. Stroud Bowl, Top Floor, Stroud GL5 1QA. 01453 762200 www.stroudbowl.co.uk/ 22

Painswick Beacon Painswick Beacon has magnificent views across the Severn Valley and on a clear day the Welsh Mountains can be seen. The outlines of the Iron Age Fort can be seen around the summit. The area is part of the Cotswold Way, offering varied walks. Popular for sledging in winter too. Painswick, Stroud GL6 6SZ. 01452 812800 www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk/


Museum in the Park Situated in a Grade II listed 17th Century wool merchant’s house; our collection tells the fascinating story of the Stroud District’s rich and diverse history. With over 4,000 objects on display, including dinosaur bones, historical paintings and even one of the world’s first lawnmowers, there is something to spark the interest of all visitors. In addition to the main displays in the mansion house, we have our modern extension which houses a gift shop and refreshments area, alongside a modern, purpose-built art gallery showing a varied programme of exhibitions. Behind this is our newest addition to the space - a beautiful contemporary Walled Garden. We would recommend allowing between one to two hours to visit all areas of the Museum in the Park. You are of course welcome to visit more briefly or for longer! As a free-to-enter museum, you can come back again and again! Stratford Park, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AF. 01453 763394 www.museuminthepark.org.uk/ Ninja Warrior Gloucester Inspired by ITV’s hit programme, Ninja Warrior Adventure UK Gloucester offers you the chance to channel your inner ninja champion! You can climb, balance, jump into foam pits and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills. Don’t forget the famous Warped Wall! It’s the ultimate indoor adventure park. Whether you are planning a trip with your kids or you are after adult-only sessions, Ninja Warrior Gloucester has lots of great activity sessions to suit all ages even tiny ninjas (under 2 years)! Unit 2 Metz Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 3DB. 01452 528669 www.ninjawarrioruk.co.uk/gloucester/ Stratford Park Stratford Park is a 56-acre park located just outside the centre of Stroud, with a great range of facilities to suit all kinds of recreation. The park has won the Green Flag Award on multiple occasions by


Keep Britain Tidy and a Special Innovation Award winner for Community involvement. Stratford Park includes a leisure centre (including an outdoor pool and tennis courts), museum, play area, skate park, lawn bowling green, children’s nursery, miniature railway, arboretum/woodland, lake, bandstand, and free parking. 31 Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AJ. 01453 766771 www.stroud.gov.uk/sport-leisure-parks/ parks-and-green-spaces/stratford-park Painswick Rococo Garden Painswick Rococo Garden is quirky and unique. Designed in the 1740s as a fanciful pleasure garden for the owner of Painswick House and his guests, today it’s a place to roam free, to get up close and personal with nature, or to feel the warmth of the sun on your face as you take in the spectacular views of the Cotswold countryside and magical follies. Gloucester Rd, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6 TH. 01452 813204 www.rococogarden.org.uk/ Painswick Beacon Painswick Beacon has magnificent views across the Severn Valley and on a clear day the Welsh Mountains can be seen. The outlines of the Iron Age Fort can be seen around the summit. The area is part of the Cotswold Way, offering varied walks. Popular for sledging in winter too. Painswick, Stroud GL6 6SZ. 01452 812800 www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk/ Go Bananas Go Bananas is an all-weather indoor Play Centre offering Stroud and Gloucestershire a Fun alternative to get Children involved in Physical Exercise. We have something for the whole family from the little monkeys to the fully grown orangutans. Ebley Wharf, Ebley, Stroud GL5 4SR. 01453 769120 www.gobananas.org.uk/




Local Schools Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.



Uplands Community Primary School Uplands is a small, very inclusive primary school of just over 100 children right in the heart of Stroud; a bit like a village school in the town where everyone knows everyone. Our school motto is: Be kind - Be Yourself Be Part of our Community. Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens. 2 Thompson Rd, Uplands, Stroud GL5 1TE. 01453 762409 www.uplandsprimarystroud.co.uk/ 27 www.hamptons.co.uk

Archway School Archway is a comprehensive school where students of all abilities learn to live and work together as they will in their adult lives. Our comprehensive ethos and school vision recognise that whatever a child’s abilities, each is valued as an individual. The school is here to nurture, encourage and support every child to achieve their best. We encourage respect for each other and for the environment. Paganhill, Stroud GL5 4AX. 01453 763242 www.archwayschool.net/

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Foxmoor Primary School At Foxmoor we work with all members of the school community to ensure that our children receive the best educational experience possible.Whilst achieving academic excellence is a goal for every child, we also strive to reveal and harness the personal talents and interests of every pupil and provide access to a broad and varied curriculum. We also provide a wide range of before and after-school clubs thus ensuring that our children leave Foxmoor having received a well rounded education. 01453 757 251

their faith or background. We are a happy, caring learning community with a fantastic team of hard-working staff, including teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and our award-winning cook! The children are eager to learn and proud of their school and we are all very proud of them! Our school has one class per year group and offers a creative and engaging curriculum. There is a Breakfast/ After School Club run by BarBar Nursery on our site, if you require childcare. Beeches Green, Stroud GL5 4AB. 01453 762774



Stroud High School We nurture brilliant young people confident, kind and fun-loving, who relish the responsibility of helping to make the world a better place and know that everything is possible. As a community, we are on an exciting journey trying to define the 21stcentury grammar school. We want to be a school where bright students can thrive and flourish in an environment and culture which Aldwickbury School to become an enables the “exceptional” Aldwickbury School is Our an independent Pre-Prep everyday occurrence. students and staff and Prep School for boys aged 4-13 located know that this takes hard work, the humility on outskirts of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The tothe keep improving and a passion for learning breadth of opportunities on offer at Aldwickbury itself. Our community is built on excellent is something a we are incredibly proud of. The relationships, respect for individuality, a boys commitment to inclusivity as well and a sense are challenged and engaged academically but ofalso funbenefit – the way we treat eachco-curricular other is as from a all wide-ranging important as what wefull do. programme making use of our extensive Beard’s Ln, Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4HF. grounds and facilities. The school offers boys of 01453 764441 all abilities a myriad of exciting opportunities

St Matthew’s C of E Primary School Our vibrant Christian school environment allows all children to grow, progress and flourish in a warm, friendly and supportive setting. Our school has just over two hundred children, giving all of our pupils a positive start to their educational journey. As a Church of England School, we are led by our strong Christian vision and values, which are reinforced with links to St Matthews Church, which stands just a hundred metres from our site serving the community of Caincross and Ebley. Church Rd, Stroud GL5 4JE. 07950 670329

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talents in the arts, STEM, on stage, in music on the sports field. The journey through the Stand Rose’s School school prepares the boys to leave at day 13 when We provide education, therapy and and we believe they are truly ready for senior residential care for children and studentsschool education. aged 2 to 25, with a wide range of disabilities,

including Autism. Our have physical Wheathampstead Rd,students Harpenden AL5 1AD. disabilities, as well as sensory, learning and 01582 713022 communication difficulties. www.aldwickbury.org.uk Stratford Lawn, Stroud GL5 4AP. 01453 763793 www.stroses.org.uk/

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www.st-matthews.gloucs.sch.uk/ Curious Caterpillars Day Nursery Curious Caterpillars is a full-time day nursery in Stroud caring for children from 3 months to 5 years of age. We provide a caring, enabling environment where children feel safe, happy and secure to grow, learn and develop. Downfield Lodge, Downfield Rd, Stroud GL5 4HL. 01453 750957 www.curious-caterpillars.co.uk/ Seasons Nursery Our philosophy at Seasons balances the requirements of the Early Years Foundations Stage with other educational theories to create a warm, calm and nurturing environment in the Stroud and Stonehouse areas, in which children have the freedom to explore, play and learn. Graces Fld, Stroud GL5 4EL. 01453 767004 www.seasonsnursery.co.uk/


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Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

Anytime Fitness Stroud Our team are here to welcome you to our club during staffed hours for fitness appointments or show-rounds. Remember, the gym is open for members to use with our secure key fob entry system and 24/7 CCTV monitoring. Our club team and Personal Trainers are available to support your needs. If you need advice, help with equipment, or want to get started with personal training, we are here to help you reach the next level in your health and fitness journey. Unit H, Merrywalks Shopping Centre Stroud, South West, GL5 1QA.

Stroud Sky Yoga If you are looking for a friendly studio, a studio where everyone knows your name, where the teachers don’t just lead from the front of the class, but instead are right there by your side, then you are in the right place. We do things a little bit differently at SSY. We offer private classes and group classes in our beautiful studio. Our teachers specialise in creating a space that is welcoming for everyone, regardless of their level, body, or experience. Units 7 & 11 Inchbrook Mills, Gydynap Lane, Stroud. GL5 5EZ. 0117 901 2268

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Pole Position We are based in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire offering Pole Fitness classes for all abilities, whether a Beginner or Confident Inverter. Pole Fitness is an extension of pole dancing that uses the pole to its maximum potential as a versatile piece of fitness equipment. It works the whole body, improving muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, posture as well as upper body and core strength. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exercises you can do with a pole, which is similar to exercises you might do in the gym but using your own body weight for resistance. From chin-ups to crunches to working your arms and abs and climbing to body holds for your legs and bums - you can work it all on a pole. Stroud, Gloucestershire. 07957 451 059 www.polefitnessstroud.co.uk/ Fifth Dimension We are a community-led, independent gym with a passion for health and fitness. As a club member, you will benefit from full gym access, studio classes and competitive personal training rates with a trainer to suit you. Our dedicated team is here to support your wellbeing and we look forward to welcoming you. Ebley Wharf, Mill, Ebley, Stroud GL5 4SR. 01453 769120 www.fifthdimension.org.uk/ Stratford Park Leisure Centre Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud, Gloucestershire is the ideal place to help you keep active and healthy. Firstly, our huge 100-station gym has all the latest equipment, while we also boast two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor – in which you can enjoy a multitude of aquatic activities, including our awardwinning swimming lessons. Furthermore, we offer a range of group exercise classes, while you can also enjoy our tennis and squash courts. Outside of the fitness arena, we also boast a fantastic cafe, while we also host children’s parties, for all the fun, but without the fuss. Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AF. 01453 766771

Fortress Gym Ltd Fortress Gym is Beyond Just a Gym Located in Stroud, Fortress Gym stands tall as the ultimate destination for powerlifters, Olympic weightlifters, and bodybuilders alike. With a reputation for its exceptional facilities and dedicated staff, Fortress Gym has solidified its status as the number-one gym choice in the area. Equipped with top-of-the-line strength training equipment, including an extensive array of barbells, bumper plates, and weightlifting platforms, Fortress Gym caters to the needs of both aspiring athletes and seasoned professionals. Step inside the fortress and unlock your true potential with the support of a passionate community and the guidance of experienced trainers. Units 5&6, New Mills, Libbys Dr, Stroud GL5 1RN. 07799 677855 www.fortressgym.co.uk/ Fitness Mill Situated in the heart of Gloucestershire, on the outskirts of a town called Stroud. We are based just off London Road, the main road between Stroud and Cirencester. We have now been open for 25 years, based in an old mill as Stroud’s original health club. As a family-run gym, we pride ourselves on customer service and a community. We are a unique gym with every training zone separated, creating a different training environment in every room. Training zones include a fully functional free weights room, a functional room with Astroturf, a studio, a cardiovascular room with resistance machines and a separate personal training and TRX training area. We also have a sports therapist situated in our facility as well as a registered dietitian. You can find out more about us through our staff profiles. Unit 14a, Griffin Mill, London Road, GL5 2AZ. 01453 886 487 www.fitnessmillstroud.co.uk/

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Local Restaurants

Karibu - Vegan Bar & Kitchen This eco-minded venture from the former chef of Indie Veggie is the first and only Vegan bar and restaurant in Stroud. It offers plant-based cuisine inspired by international favourites so if dishes such as Indian samosas, Mexican nacho and beans or burger and polenta chips float your boat, head down to Karibu and soak up its friendly vibe. 23 Nelson Street, Stroud GL5 2HH. 01453 790695

Amalfi We pride ourselves in using the finest and freshest ingredients to cook authentic and innovative Italian and Sicilian food that will satisfy all food lovers. Our traditional Italian delicacies are served in many forms - from hand-tossed pizzas to fresh pasta and risotto. We are also happy to accommodate any personal food requirements. Market Street, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0BX. 01453 350432





La Campagna in Stonehouse La Campagna aims to bring a vibrant, warm and welcoming dining experience with a unique combination of a traditional pub and an Italian Brasserie. All our food is cooked to order using only fresh and seasonal ingredients. We offer a set menu as well as our extensive á la carte selection. We are open every day, seven days a week for lunch, a quiet beer, a hearty bar snack, a full brasserie meal and anything in between. www.la-campagna.co.uk/stonehouse/ The Corner House At The Corner House, we want you to enjoy our food as much as we do, so we pick the best and freshest ingredients daily, to bring you a unique and delicious experience. Combining a wealth of experience and an exquisite taste for good food, our team will plate up some unforgettable dishes and provide you with excellent service. Whether you fancy sharing one of our platters with a carafe of wine or going all out with a threecourse meal, The Corner House is the place to be. London Rd, Stroud GL5 2AD. 01453 298681 www.thecornerhousestroud.co.uk/ Sorrento Restaurant & Pizzeria Situated in the heart of Stroud town centre, conveniently located just 1 minute from the railway station and with lots of convenient parking. Sorrento Italian restaurant and pizzeria offer superb presentations of traditional favourites such as Pizzas and pasta, and succulent steak, Chicken, Veal and Fish dishes. Enjoy whilst relaxing in our friendly ambience. Russell St, Stroud GL5 3AJ. 01453 766632 www.sorrentostroud.co.uk/ Curio Lounge Curio Lounge is tucked away on King Street in the heart of Stroud. With a lovely little terrace and full-height windows across the front, we’re a great spot for watching the world go by. We have a great range of food and drinks (including full kids, gluten-free and vegan menus) served in a relaxed, welcoming, big, bright and airy space www.hamptons.co.uk

stretching across two floors. The building used to be a snooker hall, which explains the space and the stunning parquet floor upstairs. With a heritage like this, we should’ve called ourselves Cue-io Lounge. Maybe not. 9-11 King St, Stroud GL5 3BX. 01453 757052 www.thelounges.co.uk/curio/ Jrool Bistro JrooL is a charming, independent restaurant set in the heart of the market town of Stroud. Located a stone’s throw from the awardwinning Farmer’s Market, JrooL (pronounced drool) is the perfect place to enjoy freshly prepared and locally sourced honest food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The building itself dates back to 1664 and occupies the former stables of the Inn across the street. From the open beams to the original well in our beautiful courtyard garden, the Bistro oozes character and charm. We promise a lively atmosphere and the warmest of welcomes. 12 Union St, Stroud GL5 2HE. 01453 767123 www.jrool.uk/ Bisley House Bar and Grill Bisley House Bar & Grill brings the best burgers from the West! We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and the wide range of burgers and drinks available. All our burgers are made with Celtic Pride premium beef; you’re sure to taste the difference! This organic beef is always paired with fresh ingredients, locally sourced and organic. To experience one of our burgers, please visit our bar & grill today! You won’t be disappointed. Middle St, Stroud GL5 1DZ. 07495 573606 www.bisleyhousebarandgrill.co.uk/ Falafel Mama Homemade Middle Eastern vegetarian/vegan street food served in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Delicious Middle Eastern Street food, homemade with love, right in the Heart of Stroud, Gloucestershire. We pride ourselves on serving delicious food, freshly prepared with only the very best natural ingredients for an authentic taste of the Middle East. We love what we do, and know you will too! 6, Cotswold Chambers, 1 London Rd, Stroud GL5 2AA. 01453 790860 www.falafelmama.co.uk/ 35

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Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.



Stroud www.facebook.com/groups/stroud/ Love Stroud - What’s On www.facebook.com/groups/whatsonstroud/?locale=en_GB Stroud chat and information www.facebook.com/groups/454361625515417/ Spotted in Stroud www.facebook.com/groups/spottedinstroud/?locale=en_GB What’s On Stroud, Nailsworth And Local Area www.facebook.com/groups/1443157652664726/?locale=en_GB

Active Stroud www.twitter.com/activestroud Stroud Valleys Project www.witter.com/i/flow/FSVPcharity Stroud Mums on The Run www.twitter.com/stroudmothers



Help and support from your local Council You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax. Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Stroud District Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.stroud.gov.uk



Planning & Building Control Unsure which services you need? If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do. Please note that many developments will require both.

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access • change the density of development in an area • use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties • have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural What is planning? quality of any building work, in areas Planning is the process of deciding such as safety, public health, accessibility, whether a proposed development should and the materials used. Most substantial go ahead or not. It uses national and local building projects (such as an extension, policies to consider the development in its knocking down walls or converting context and may look at the impact of the a garage or loft) will need Building work on neighbours and the wider Regulations approval. community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/ infrastructure (such as drains, transport planning-and-building-control and schools). You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following: • create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building • affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties • affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes • work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas www.hamptons.co.uk


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