The Museum in the Park - nestled in the beautiful Stratford Park, Stroud

Stratford Park, Stroud

The Museum in the Park is set in the heart of the beautiful Stratford Park, Stroud. Spanning 56 acres, the park is a great destination for everyone! As well as housing the Museum, there is the Stratford Park Leisure Centre with both an indoor and outdoor pool, alongside gym facilities and tennis courts. With large grassy lawns, two children’s play area, a lake, woodland and an arboretum and of course the Museum, it’s a wonderful place to spend the day.

Brief History

Records of the Stratford name date back to 1307. In 1653 that Edward Stratford sold the land to a Stroud mercer, Nathaniel Gardner. In the next few years the Park’s iconic mansion house was built. The date 1674 and the initials GG (for Giles Gardner, his son) are inscribed above one of the doorways. The house and land changed ownership a number of times until the death of the last private owner, George F. Ormerod in February 1934, followed a year later in April 1935 by his wife, Lillian E. Ormerod, at which point the Stratford Park estate was then purchased by Stroud Urban District Council.

After coming into public ownership the land was developed, with the addition of a bowling green and tennis courts, followed by the building of an outdoor swimming pool in 1937. Now, over 75 years later the estate is still in the hands of Stroud District Council and as a result The Museum in the Park has taken up residency in the estate’s beautiful mansion house.

A book on the history of 'Stratford Park and its Mansion House' is available for purchase from the Museum shop. Contact Us for details.

Discover the Biodiversity of Stratford Park

Back in 2010, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Stratford Park coming into public ownership, Mike McCrea the Park Supervisor launched a monthly Biodiversity Newsletter. It is a fascinating summary of the rich and varied wildlife activity going on in our beautiful park.

To read the newsletter, simply click on the edition you're interested in below.


Biodiversity Newsletter 
September 2018



Biodiversity Newsletter 
October 2018

Please click here to see older editions of the Newsletter.

The Museum in the Park is not responsible for the content of the newsletters.

The Model Railway

Stratford Park is home to a miniature railway, run and maintained by Stroud Society of Model Engineers. For a timetable of public running events please visit their website.

The Bands in the Park

Stratford Park bandstand hosts a number of bands on Sundays during the summer season (end of May to end of August).  Please click here to view a full list of the dates and bands on the Bands in the Park website.

Did you know?

We run a variety of different walks around the park? To see what we have coming up, please visit our Calendar page.


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