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The Bear of Rodborough
Stroud, Gloucestershire

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Retreat to The Bear on Rodborough Common, nestled amongst the rambling hills of beautiful National Trust land with the odd roaming cow venturing in between. Sink into the ultimate escapism that’s a home away from home.

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Rogue Opera Presents Opera In The Garden

7:30pm - Tuesday 13 August
The Bear of Rodborough, Stroud

Carmen – fiery, daring and uncompromising – meets José, a soldier with a past…

In a new interpretation of this famous classic, Rogue Opera brings Carmen to life for a modern audience, sung in French with a new English script. Rogue Opera’s four singers and amazing pianist deliver a show with all of the well-known music and drama in an engaging and original format. As the story unfolds, we follow the four main protagonists; Carmen, Josè, Escamillo and Micaëla, along with Captain Moralès, and the gypsies Frasquita and Dancaïre. The characters share their motivations and inner thoughts with the audience, bringing a fresh perspective and making it a fantastic experience for both opera connoisseurs and newcomers alike.

Carmen lives a bohemian life, seeking freedom outside of the law. José, drawn to Carmen and this unconventional world, is torn between love, duty and honour. Micaëla, the loyal and pious village girl, finds strength and courage as she tries to bring Josè back from his outlaw’s life. The charismatic bullfighter Escamillo is infatuated with Carmen, recognising a kindred spirit, while Moralès, the captain, embodies everything that the gypsies, Frasquita and Dancaire are not. Set against some of the most recognisable music in opera, Carmen is a serious and still-relevant examination of the restrictions of societal stereotypes, obsessive love and the struggle of a spirited woman striving for independence and choice.

Book your tickets and join us for an enchanting evening of opera in our garden.

Gift Vouchers

Whatever the occasion, and whoever the lucky person is, our Cotswold Inns and Hotels gift vouchers make the perfect present.

Share an overnight stay at your favourite hotel, treat someone to Afternoon Tea, or give them the gift of choice with our “one size fits all” monetary vouchers. All our gift vouchers can be emailed or posted, with the optional addition of a glossy gift box to make them that extra bit special.

A wedding at The Bear of Rodborough

The Bear is a wonderful place to host your dream wedding day, oozing with romance and overflowing with character that will entertain your imagination and transform your dreams into reality. From delicious food and drink menus, a collection of dreamy bedrooms to indulge the before and after, not forgetting a choice of rooms for the ceremony itself, we can help you plan the perfect day. So relax, forget about your worries, allow us to pour you a glass of fizz or two and let’s organise and celebrate the best day of your life, together.

Dogs Welcome

We love man’s best friend and we have a sneaky suspicion that you probably do too which is why we’re proud to be a dog friendly hotel. Perched on top of the rambling hills of Rodborough Common, we are home to doggy heaven with plenty of walks to explore and scents to be sniffed out.

We love having dogs here at The Bear and have ‘plenty of room at the inn’ with a selection of specially allocated country rooms to sleep you and pooch comfortably during your stay.

Map & Address

Find Us

Address: The Bear of Rodborough, Rodborough Common, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 5DE

Call us: 01453 878522

Email: [email protected]

Alternatively, if you're looking to plan a conference or corporate event at The Bear of Rodborough, please contact our dedicated team at [email protected]

Green Tourism Bronze Award Winner

We're Green Tourism Bronze Awards winners. Green Tourism is an internationally recognised third party assessor whose awards are an indicator of excellent sustainability practice within the hospitality sector. Green Tourism assesses businesses across a range of sustainability goals – including community engagement, protecting local biodiversity and energy consumption.