A new arts and entertainment venue in Tetbury
Tetbury Goods Shed is a part volunteer-run arts centre, converted in 2016 from a former Great Western Railway building. Shed-Arts opened in the spring of 2017 having received generous support from Tetbury Town Council, the general public and regional donors.
The first season of events was varied but always informed by our vision for the Goods Shed to become a regional centre of artistic excellence in the Cotswolds. Shed-Arts provides arts and entertainment in an iconic building that doubles as a community hub.
The most popular events have proven to be music covering the full spectrum of styles including jazz, classical, rock and choral events; the spoken word in the form of poetry, readings and informative talks and discussions; craft workshops for adults and children; and rotating exhibitions of art.
Always at the heart of the Shed-Arts vision is an ambition to encourage and capitalise on local talent whilst also showcasing performances by artists, authors and speakers from further afield.
In the spring of 2018 the Goods Shed Cinema opened with weekly screenings of newly released films aimed at all age groups and tastes; and the popular Whistle Stop Café reopened providing drinks, light meals, delicious cakes and a friendly meeting place to chat and relax.
2019 saw the Arts Centre settling into its stride with a humming, lively venue. And then came 2020 and COVID19: shutting down the Shed for months along with much of daily life for many of us. We are confident that we will surmount the challenge of revivifying the Goods Shed, although the continued support and goodwill of our users is now needed more than ever. So please, pay us a visit when it’s possible again. We would love to see you.
Bringing the Goods Shed back to life
The story of how Tetbury’s former railway goods shed became one of only a handful of such buildings in England to become a community asset contains as many ups and downs as the western main line through Devon and Cornwall.
Below is a potted history of the building from 1964 when BR closed the branch line to 2016, when HRH Prince Charles opened the new Tetbury Goods Shed community arts centre. Click or tap the headings to view each section.
A BIT MORE HISTORY
To learn more about the history of the Tetbury branch from 1889 to 1964 and long campaign to reclaim the Goods Shed for the town and surrounding area, do take a look at these infographics from the official reopening in 2016 (click on the images to open PDFs).
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Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre has been made possible by the support of the local community for our fundraising activities and appeals, and by funding from donors large and small, which is and will continue to be vital to the Centre.