Help the Subs survive and flourish

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We did it
On 8th August 2021 we successfully raised £62,185 ( + est. £3381.00 Gift Aid ) with 554 supporters in 82 days
Regular Donations: After you have completed your donation you will be able to set-up a regular donation arrangement to continue supporting this great cause.

Counting down the hours - we're almost there thanks to you!!

We are continuing to be affected by sudden closures and restrictions and loss of income - so we need your support now to help with our overheads and get through these difficult months. 

You can do this by:

1. Pledging, donating or treating yourself to one of our incredible rewards listed here

2. Sharing this campaign with your family and friends

3. Helping us with this campaign if you're a local business, group or philanthropist - contact [email protected]

Why the Subs need your support

The Sub Rooms has been run as a charity by the Stroud Subscription Rooms Trust since the District Council gave up ownership a few years ago. In that time, the team (with the help of some grants made specifically for this building work) have been working round the clock to make the Subs an exciting new venue for the centre of town - and we can't wait to share all these changes with you.

However, the doors of the Sub Rooms have been closed for almost 18 months now - and under current regulations cultural venues such as ours are slow to reopen and only with tight restrictions in place. In recent times we have also had to close suddenly and cancel our events when a case of Covid is detected.

The Subs relies on daily visitors and ticket sales and we are therefore struggling to generate sufficient regular income during this time to cover our overheads.

That is why the Subs has launched this Crowdfunder. We need your support to keep going for the next few months.

With your help we can finish the improvements to the venue so that you can enjoy all the new developments safely and comfortably - and so that we can continue to cover our monthly overheads. That way the Subs will be here for our children and many more generations to come. We also want to continue to support community events and concessions, work and training placements and collaborate with our many creative partners here in Stroud.

Behind the scenes, with the help of some amazing building-work grants, we've been working hard to get things ready for you - but we need your help to pay for running costs to get through the next few months!




We have a really exciting programme planned - but we need your help to make sure it can go ahead!




Look out for

  • The Brand New Heavies
  • Mavis Staples
  • Macy Gray
  • Live wrestling
  • Al Stewart
  • Don Letts
  • The Specials
  • Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
  • Stroud Festival of Food and Drink

And much much more......

See What's On..

Please support us by making a donation or buying some of the rewards being offered here, and come and enjoy your new Subs soon - thank you!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

Thirsty Thursdays and the Friday Drop

Have you seen our lovely new bar? This reward will see you sitting at the new art deco/shiny copper bar on one of our cocktail/drinks evenings, sipping on something delicious. There'll be a great atmosphere, a warm welcome, and a very stylish drink to enjoy. Your presence can only add to the ambience! Enjoy four cocktails with this reward (and yes, you can definitely count on the odd olive or two!)

£10 or more

For the love of the Subs

Please show your support by making a donation to secure the future of the Subs. When you donate, your name will be added to a prize draw and 10 winners will each receive 2 free tickets to a show. We can't wait to see you back at the Subs!

£22 or more

44 of 400 claimed

Dancing shoes

Guarantee your tickets to the Stroud Shindig - Stroud’s best, unmissable party, which will be back later in the year. Get your early bird tickets now!

£25 or more

The Wall of Fame

The Subs were originally created through ‘subscription’ by the generous people of Stroud in 1833. Add your name (or make a gift in someone’s else’s name) to the illustrious list of Subscribers, which we will display in a specially commissioned piece - celebrating your role in the ongoing history of the Sub Rooms.

£40 or more

Tea for two and two for tea

Afternoon tea for 2 in the new cafe launching a new menu – a lovely treat for you and a family member or friend - including a glass of sparkling wine, a tantalising selection of cakes and sandwiches with unlimited tea/coffee/soft drink. Served with love.

£40 or more

15 of 100 claimed

Tour of the Stroud Subscription Rooms

Take an entertaining tour of the Subs accompanied by a glass of Woodchester Cotswold Classic. Go behind the scenes to explore all corners of this iconic building, learn more about its history and hear some great stories - such as how the Beatles really went down with a Stroud audience, the sorry fate of Mr Twitchett, and who Mr Kendrick really was. Who would have know there was so much to talk about? (Tours take place in groups of 6.)

£100 or more

22 of 60 claimed

Balcony launch party

With your help, we will refurbish and reopen the splendid portico and balcony at the front of the Subs – and then celebrate with a beautiful launch party. Get the best view (and make like the Royals with the photo opportunities on the balcony) at this stylish 'The' dansant' with cocktails, music, canapes, and other lovely people such as yourselves. Only 60 tickets are available for this very special event.

£250 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Meet and greet with the artist

A truly memorable evening - select from one of our many headlining acts, enjoy a fabulous pre-show meal, get the best seat in the house, then round off a perfect night with an opportunity to meet your favourite artist/s in person. Our new programme is packed full of some of the most exciting and legendary names in the industry - who knew you might get to meet them right here in the comfort of your own Subs?

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Kid's birthday treat

Make a birthday really special by holding it in the centre of town in a lovely space. We will lay on a birthday meal, cake and celebrations in the café for a family/group of up to 12 with 10% off a family show too.

£500 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Finally able to get a drink!

To make sure we can finally serve everybody – and quicker! - we would like to convert the former piano store into a lovely walkway between the ballroom and the new, swanky bar to make two entrances and be able to serve 1000's more each year! A pledge from you will help make this possible, and in return we would like to add your name (or someone else’s of your choosing) to a plaque in this newly refurbished area.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Emily Barker in your kitchen!!

Ahead of her show at the Subs next year, Stroud-based singer songwriter Emily Barker is supporting the Sub Rooms Crowdfunder by offering 2 opportunities for supporters to have the huge pleasure of having Emily deliver a mini concert in their own home. "It’s such a privilege to have a great venue in the heart of our town and we must all do what we can to keep it open." says Emily. I'm sure we all agree. Thank you for this very special reward Emily

£800 or more

2 best tickets for 10 shows

2 best tickets for 10 shows with added extras. Secure the best seats in the house and be amazed by our new acoustic treatment in the ballroom ! We have an incredible line-up planned, including Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, James Taylor Quartet, Nouvelle Vague and plenty for the kids. With this package not only are you guaranteed to be at the best events in Stroud, but you will be providing invaluable support to the Subs too. Thank you!

£1,250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

The ultimate kids' birthday party

Guaranteed to be the most memorable birthday party ever, hosted by the ‘epic’ Sharky and George (party makers to the royal family and stars such as Holly Willoughby, Kirstie Allsop and Bear Grylls.) Includes the perfect party food, games, prizes, and decorations, in the George Room. Up to 40 kids.

£2,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Private party in our beautiful new art-deco bar

Our beautiful new art-deco bar is going to be the place to meet in Stroud Town. This reward secures an exclusive night in the bar for you and up to 80 friends for a really special evening – with DJ/jazz or live music, canapes & a £500 bar tab. We will make sure it's an evening to remember.

£3,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Private party on the fabulous new balcony

Host your own private party/'The` dansant' for a special occasion, to say ‘thank you’ to your team, or just because it would be a lovely thing to do - on the newly refurbished balcony in the centre of Stroud. Enjoy the gorgeous setting, with up to 30 people enjoying delicious cocktails, live music and canapes.

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name or sponsor the new piano bridge

One of the biggest challenges we have faced over the years has been not being able to serve everyone and this has impacted on the visitor experience and our income. We will therefore restore the walkway between the ballroom and the bar to create an additional entrance into the fabulous new bar space. This philanthropic/sponsorship opportunity to name the piano bridge will have a huge impact on both visitors and the future of the Subs.

£20,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name our beautiful new bar

We have been busy refurbishing the bar into a glorious new art-deco space, so that we've all got somewhere lovely to come and meet our friends, have a cocktail, and enjoy some live music in the centre of Stroud. We would like someone to name this bar in perpetuity. This 'new name' bar is going to be a really special place to meet in Stroud town and we can't wait to see everyone here!

£25 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Best seats for Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Our lovely friends at Everyman Cheltenham have given us best stalls, centre row seats (normally £48) for Thursday 12th August 7.30pm. With more glitz and glamour than ever before, this show-stopping musical features spectacular dance routines, a dazzling array of eye-popping costumes, and a scintillating, sing-a-long soundtrack full of your favourite dance-floor classics.There are only 10 tickets available for this sell-out show!

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Rubs for Subs

Local massage therapist Beatrice Jackson is offering a 60 minute therapeutic massage treatment. Beatrice has been working in the Stroud area for over 6 years now, and will deliver a professional treatment tailored to you in a relaxing and therapeutic setting. Jackson Therapies is a wonderful example of a local business wanting to support this campaign. Thank you Beatrice!!!!

£55 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Lunch for two

Celebrating the launch of our exciting new award-winning foodie partnership with the people behind the Vaults in Oxford, enjoy a two course lunch and a drink for 2. The menu draws on the best quality, local produce and caters for a wide variety of tastes and from informal breakfast to a special occasion. Dishes on the menu might include Filet of Megrim Sole, Balinese Chicken Campur, or Tulum Vegan Chilli to name but a delectable few.

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