Thornbury is home to many clubs and organisations, ranging from sports, support groups, family history, amateur dramatics and much more. The MyThornbury website is a good resource for finding out local information: https://mythornbury.co.uk/
This annual event usually runs on the first Saturday in July and is popular with residents and visitors from the surrounding area. Historically, it has opened with a parade down the High Street and onto the Mundy Playing Fields, where there are a variety of rides, stalls, attractions and live performances. The event is run by an independent organisation, with permission from Thornbury Town Council to use the Mundy Playing Fields.
This event raises money for local charities and good causes. It is run by Thornbury Roundtable, with tickets available online and from local shops. The event is a favourite on the town calendar, featuring dramatic firework displays for children and adults and a large bonfire. Held on the Mundy Playing Fields, with permission from the Town Council, it hosts stalls and refreshments.
Christmas Lights Switch On
In the middle of November, this event starts the countdown to Christmas! Held in the High Street, with permission from South Gloucestershire Council, the event features rides, refreshments and music. This event is run by Thornbury Christmas Lights Association, formed in 1991. The switch on signifies the start of the period where the High Street and Castle Street are lit up in the dark winter evenings.
Thornbury In Bloom
As regular award winners, Thornbury has a reputation for maintaining impeccable standards within the Town. Thornbury In Bloom is a voluntary partnership that looks after many flowerbeds and planters across the town. The Britain in Bloom judging criteria takes into account horticulture, community and environment, all of which Thornbury strives towards excelling at, with an excellent record of success.
Heritage Open Doors
Historic venues across the country open their doors to the general public each September, to take a closer look at some of the area’s special features. The Town Hall, St. Mary’s Church and other local venues have taken part, welcoming visitors into their premises to see areas and artifacts usually hidden away from public view.
The end of February sees the return of Fairtrade Fortnight, where a spotlight is shone on conditions for farmers across the world. Fairtrade seeks to promote ethical trading, taking into account wages, the environment and empowerment of women. The Town Council has previously been involved in the running of events in Thornbury, with guest speakers invited to attend.
Each November, local organisations are involved in a parade and memorial service for those who have lost their lives in wars. Poppy wreathes are laid at the memorial in St. Mary’s Church and the High Street is closed for the impressive parade, with permission from South Gloucestershire Council.
Sporting Events at The Mundy Playing Fields
Throughout the winter, Thornbury Football club use the Mundy Playing Fields for sporting fixtures and matches. Thornbury Tennis Club are also located here and hold tournaments and events. Park Run uses a course around the playing fields at 9am on Saturdays, which is a well attended event, and a number of other organisations hire space for various sports and fitness groups.