Situated in a Grade II listed 19th Century country house, our grounds include sustainably managed woodland, gardens and community farmland, all open to the public free of charge year round. We work closely with local community groups in and around Stroud, developing environmental and sustainable practices. Hawkwood is important because in an ever increasing complex world with fast paced lifestyles there is little opportunity for thinking, reflection and discussion about how we as communities tackle the big challenges facing the world today. Hawkwood addresses this need by bringing people together and providing courses, training, an artist residency programme, festivals, cultural performances and venue hire
We provide a neutral, levelling space, bringing diverse groups together and offering space for thinking, creativity and decision making. We spark new ideas, unique collaborations and cutting edge conversations, working towards positive change and improving the quality of life for communities.
“Being an independent charity, Hawkwood has had to be adaptable and flexible, demonstrating and meeting the current need for sustainability and positive change”
– Stroud Mayor Kevin Cranston
The local community benefits culturally from programmes of workshops and performances offering top quality experiences.
We are a thriving educational resource that makes a difference to our community, providing an open estate for the local community, a free annual community day, free performances and building an outdoor community classroom. We enhance the cultural life of Stroud and provide a retreat for our local, regional, national and international guests.