About The Uke Room

Opening hours Tuesday – Friday 12-3pm – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY PLEASE – In order to keep everyone safe and in view of less footfall since re-opening we have decided to open by appointment only. You’ll still be able to come in nearly every day but please email Matt on matt@theukeroom.com to check availability.


Run by Matt Stead, the Uke Room is a ukulele shop and school of excellence. Matt has introduced thousands of people to the joy of ukulele and welcomed leading stars such as James Hill, Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Phil Doleman, Sam Muir, Operalele, Steven Sproat and Peter Moss to share their expertise. As well as all the learning, the Uke Room ukulele shop provides a wealth of choice of ukuleles and accessories including leading brands such as Kanile’a, KoAloha, Pono, Kala, Magic Fluke, Risa and many more.

As well as individual lessons you can join Matt for his Annual Forest Ukulele Retreat weekend with some of the world’s finest teachers, or even travel to Spain for a week of sun, sangria and ukulele.

“Great vibe, great view. Matt’s love for the uke comes shining through!” James Hill

“Matt Stead is one of the nicest, engaging chap in the UK uke universe. He has built his business because new players feel safe and emboldened at the same time to push themselves. It has been an honour to be part of this process and help teach those he has inspired.” Matt Hicks
“Situated in the idyllic Forest of Dean The Uke Room is a dynamic hub of everything ukulele. Attracting both national and international artistes The Uke Room offers workshops, weekend retreats, performances and weekly classes covering a range of styles and for all levels of players. It was a privilege to have been invited, along with 3 of the top ukulele teachers/performers in the UK, to perform and give Classical Ukulele Workshops at the inaugural Forest of Dean Uke Retreat. Matt Stead’s humility, infectious enthusiasm and attention to detail made this weekend a delight for all involved. During the intensive workshops attendees had the opportunity to focus on a variety of different techniques and styles. Working with small groups ensured an enhanced learning experience. The overall mood of the retreat was upbeat and encouraging. Perhaps the greatest testimony to the success of the weekend was the room full of happy, smiling faces during the final student concert! Congratulations to Matt and Shazzy – the quiet achievers of the UK uke scene!” Sam Muir

“You may think on first observations that the Uke Room is just another guy trying to sell Ukuleles. Firstly, Matt Stead is far from just another guy, as he has put his heart and soul into setting up this business, located in the very picturesque Forest of Dean. There is a great range of instruments on offer, catering for all budgets. Matt will offer his expert advice on which instrument is the right one for you and all delivered in a relaxed, none pressured manner and you will certainly never feel you are against the clock. Matt has a vast knowledge of the ukulele and for a small charge he offers tuition either one on one basis or within a group setting. In addition to this, periodically Matt offers outside tutors to come together and offering ukulele weekend retreats. I am very fortunate to have taught at 2 such events and very excited to be heading to Spain with Matt in October 2018 for a week long retreat ! To sum up, The Uke Room is the one stop shop for everything ukulele.” Peter Moss
“The Uke Room is a delight to teach and perform at. Beautiful surroundings, everything you could need to hand, a great uke shop and of course Matt’s warm welcome!” Phil Doleman


The Uke Room is situated at the beautiful Harts Barn Craft Centre near Cheltenham and Gloucester, at the edge of the Forest of Dean.

Click here for a map.

Matthew is an RGT registered professional ukulele tutor of many years. He has taught hundreds of students of all ages from absolute beginners to advanced level. As well as individual tuition Matthew runs regular workshops, after school clubs, and adult education classes. He is also a respected ukulele perfomer and has toured throughout Europe and the UK. For his performing website click here: the-wend.com