A NEW festival centred around play is coming to Stroud this weekend.

Playground is aimed at children, but parents can come too.

It features activities, workshops and entertainment, which is spread across two days in two locations.

The festival opens in Bank Gardens in the centre of Stroud on Saturday, July 13, with Silly Science workshops, APE project's Water Play, Access Bikes' pedal-powered smoothie maker, plus live music.

Boss Morris, Paper Jungle and Sound Scape will also be putting on performances and interactive shows at St Laurence Church.

On Sunday, July 14, head to the Goods Shed for a day of interactive fun, behind the Stroud Train Station.

There will be the Arty Brum Booty art car boot sale and a huge city scape of teddy bear dens for all the teddies.

In the afternoon there will be two brand new DiscoNature shows.

DiscoNature is a natural science inspired performing art event created by musician Josef Reeve and Kaoru Blackstone of Stroud-based natural science and art group, the Wild Things. They will be leading an exploration into animal behaviour through music, games, dance and comedy.

Playground Festival:

Saturday, July 13, 11.30am - 6pm

Bank Gardens + St Laurence Church

Sunday, July 14, 10am -6pm

The Goods Shed

See the full programme here: