What's On

Stratford has a wide range of colourful events and festivals for visitors to enjoy throughout the year. With award winning performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Civic Hall Theatre, Stratford also boasts its own Literary Festival, Music Festival, Food Festival, River Festival and Stratford Town Mop.

One particular highlight in the calendar and unique to Stratford is the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations which have been held annually in the town for nearly two centuries. The tradition brings together the local community, professional and amateur performers and artists and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of Stratford's favourite son. The town's streets overflow with pageantry, music and drama over the birthday period and visitors can enjoy a packed full programme of special celebratory activities.

Events for 2013

To assist with the planning of your next visit we have a forward events diary covering at least the next 12 months. Events are added to this diary as soon as we become aware of them, therefore the diary is constantly changing. When an event is on for more than one month it will be listed in each month.

Family friendly Ghost Tours!
19 Apr 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Tudor Banquets to celebrate Shakespeare week 21-25 April
21 Apr - 25 Apr 2014
An historic and character-filled Tudor manor perfectly located for touring Shakespeare country and the beautiful Cotswolds. Oak panelling, log fires, superb food and a friendly team will ensure your stay is relaxing and enjoyable. Join us for a splendid 4 course Tudor banquet £30 per person £185 with double room dinner, bed & breakfast and free tickets to Warwick Castle. See our website for menu. Served during Shakespeare week 21-15 April call 01386 871300 to book now.
Supper with Shakespeare
25 Apr 2014
Enjoy an evening with the Bard of Avon. Shakespeare himself will host and run the light-hearted evening in honour of his 450th birthday, whilst you partake in a Shakespearian feast by 'candle light' in the delightful oak beamed dining room of Hathaways, High Street, Stratford upon Avon.

The evening includes a two course meal, a glass of wine and tea/coffee, as well as Shakespeare as host. £24.50pp

Contact Tudor World on 01789 298070 info@falstaffexperience.co.uk to book.
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
26 Apr 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Stratford Ghost Cruise
26 Apr 2014
Unique evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon. River cruise with ghost stories, magic and mind reading.
Easter Family Fun with Shaun the Sheep
5 Apr - 27 Apr 2014
This Easter there is Mayhem in the Museum as Shaun and the rest of the flock have been let loose. Come and help us round up the flock with our 'Find the Flock' Easter Trail and have some fun with our 'Shaun the Sheep' activity sheet, which you can pick up on arrival. There's also a colouring competition and a stack of treats and prizes to be won throughout the two weeks.

There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained - Lego Technic Tuesdays, Shaun the Sheep themed Family Crafts on Thursdays and, to keep the under 5s entertained, Mini Movers on the last Friday of the holidays.
Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebrations
26 Apr - 27 Apr 2014
Every year a unique event takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the birth of the world's greatest playwright.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival
26 Apr - 4 May 2014
The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.
Festival of Motoring
4 May - 5 May 2014
Following the success of the first Stratford Festival of Motoring in 2013 we have decided to make this an annual event.
10th Birthday Party
5 May 2014
Come and help us celebrate our 10th anniversary!
2014 Stratford upon Avon Festival of Motoring
4 May - 5 May 2014
A 2 day festival in Stratford Upon Avon with more than 200 special interest vehicles on display.
Annual Bluebell Walk at Whatcote
11 May 2014
Annual Bluebell Walk at Whatcote - Sunday 11 May 2014 between 2 - 5 pm

If you enjoy a walk through lovely countryside the parishioners of Whatcote near Shipston on Stour are holding their Annual Bluebell Walk on Sunday May 11th.
You can begin your walk any time between 2 - 5 pm
The cost is £6 for adults, accompanied children are free, and this includes the tea and scones!
Museums at Night
16 May 2014
A special late-night opening at Compton Verney.
UK Slot Car Festival
17 May - 18 May 2014
The show is a fantastic 'hands on' family day out featuring Scalextric, where you will be able to try, buy, race and enjoy all things slot car.
Gaydon Spring Classic, Gaydon Fringe & Cream Tea Run
18 May 2014
A popular gathering for all vehicles over 20 years old. This year the Young Members Register MMOC will be the centrepiece. Arrive in a classic car and get into the museum for the classic price of £5 per person.
Supper with Shakespeare
23 May 2014
Enjoy an evening with the Bard of Avon. Shakespeare himself will host and run the light-hearted evening in his honour, whilst you partake in a Shakespearian feast by 'candle light' in the delightful oak beamed dining room of Hathaways, High Street, Stratford upon Avon.

The evening includes a two course meal, a glass of wine and tea/coffee, as well as Shakespeare as host. £24.50pp

Contact Tudor World on 01789 298070 info@falstaffexperience.co.uk to book.
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
24 May 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Best of British Transport Festival, NEW for 2014!
25 May 2014
A jam-packed transport show highlighting a variety of vehicles, including a large emergency services section, marking the Heritage Motor Centre's 21st Birthday!
Visit: www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/21years
for details of special events to celebrate our 21st year
Antiques and Crafts Market 2014
25 Jan - 28 May 2014
This market boasts over 40 traders selling a wide range of crafts and collectables as well as over 20 stalls of crafts and the unusual situated around the Historical American Fountain.
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
31 May 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Stratford Ghost Cruise
31 May 2014
Unique evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon. River cruise with ghost stories, magic and mind reading.
Stratford-Upon-Avon Arts Festival
22 May - 1 Jun 2014
We are delighted to announce that the Stratford upon Avon Arts Festival will take place between 22nd May and 1st June, 2014.
Stratford Food Festival at The Races 2014!
30 May - 1 Jun 2014
Stratford Food Festival returns for another year, in a whole new, revised format at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse. Stratford Food Festival and Stratford Racecourse have come together in creating an all new, redesigned event the 'Stratford Food Festival at the Races 2014!', which launches this May.
VMCC Vintage Training Day
7 Jun 2014
A training day designed to give visitors a chance to ride veteran & vintage motorcycles in a safe ?off road? environment with tuition from the owners.
Banbury Run
8 Jun 2014
A veteran & vintage motorcycle event showcasing over 600 motorcycles, club stands, over
100 autojumble pitches and special interest displays.
Classic and Vintage Commercial Show
14 Jun - 15 Jun 2014
A colourful two-day show, featuring a diverse selection of classic and vintage lorries and vehicles, pre-1985. This event is a real step back in time.
Supper with Shakespeare
20 Jun 2014
Enjoy an evening with the Bard of Avon. Shakespeare himself will host and run the light-hearted evening in his honour, whilst you partake in a Shakespearian feast by 'candle light' in the delightful oak beamed dining room of Hathaways, High Street, Stratford upon Avon.

The evening includes a two course meal, a glass of wine and tea/coffee, as well as Shakespeare as host. £24.50pp

Contact Tudor World on 01789 298070 info@falstaffexperience.co.uk to book.
Kineton Music Festival
21 Jun 2014
Saturday 21 June 2014
Kineton's second annual charity fund raiding festival featuring an eclectic mix of music.
Midday to Midnight. Tickets £10 or £8 in advance. Under 18 free. see website for more details.
Stratford Ghost Cruise
21 Jun 2014
Evening Ghost Cruise on the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon. The Man in Black or Vincent will entertain with ghostly stories, magic and mind reading.
Heritage Rally
22 Jun 2014
A non-competitive social rally for all classic cars, starting and finishing at the Heritage Motor Centre with a midway stop at the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Sponsored by Heritage Insurance.
BMC & Leyland Show
6 Jul 2014
Celebrate a host of British vehicles, manufactured by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and Rover, also celebrating 30 years of the Montego.
Stratford River Festival
5 Jul - 6 Jul 2014
Stratford River Festival provided something for everyone, from live music to a range of varied stalls, market traders, delicious food and drink outlets, family zone as well as street entertainment around Stratford-upon-Avon with an illuminated boat display followed by a spectacular firework display on the Saturday night.
Stratford-upon-Avon Home & Garden Show
18 Jul - 20 Jul 2014
Home and Garden Show, 18th, 19th and 20th July 2014

Stratford upon Avon Home and Garden Show at Alscot Park.
A brand new show for 2014, set in the beautiful grounds of Alscot Park on the A3400 south of the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Home & Garden Show 2014 will be a feast for the senses - with fabulous gifts and plants, inspirational ideas for your home & garden, entertainment, great food and, of course, lovely loos!
We invite you to come and join us and have a 'Blooming Marvellous' time.

Global Gathering
25 Jul - 26 Jul 2014
GlobalGathering is the world's first truly global music festival brand, breaking all boundaries around the world to bring the best electronic music and production to over a million electronic music fans
Stratford Ghost Cruise
26 Jul 2014
Evening Ghost Cruise on the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon. The Man in Black or Vincent will entertain with ghostly stories, magic and mind reading.
Old Ford Rally
27 Jul 2014
Cars, vans and all derivatives, built up to 1986 will be on show exhibiting the huge range of vehicles produced by one of the world's most popular manufacturers.
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
2 Aug 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
9 Aug 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Transit Van Club Rally
9 Aug - 10 Aug 2014
Transit Van Club's annual rally.
Classic Van and Pickup Show, NEW for 2014
10 Aug 2014
A brand new show purely for light commercial vehicles including vans, pickups and campers.
WOCFEST
10 Aug 2014
Wolseley Owners Club Rally
BMW Festival
17 Aug 2014
The largest gathering of BMWs in the UK with more than 500 vehicles on show.
Stratford Ghost Cruise
23 Aug 2014
Evening Ghost Cruise on the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon. The Man in Black or Vincent will entertain with ghostly stories, magic and mind reading.
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
23 Aug 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
30 Aug 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Moore Rodin Exhibition
15 Feb - 31 Aug 2014
True to its mission to share its passion for art with as many people as possible Compton Verney will be celebrating its 10th anniversary season with an exhibition of two giants of modern sculpture Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. Their sculpture will be on display in the stunning 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland at Compton Verney with accompanying exhibition of works inside the galleries. To mark this special occasion Compton Verney will open its 2014 season early - on Saturday 15 February.
Moore & Rodin @ Compton Verney
15 Feb - 31 Aug 2014
Exhibition
Moore Rodin
15 February 2014 to 31 August 2014
10th Anniversary Year - Moore Rodin at Compton Verney
True to its mission to share its passion for art with as many people as possible Compton Verney will be celebrating its 10th anniversary season with an exhibition of two giants of modern sculpture Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin.
Moore Rodin - outstanding works by Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin
15 Feb - 31 Aug 2014
This ground-breaking international exhibition compares the work of two giants of modern sculpture: Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin.
Town Walk on Monday
3 Sep - 3 Sep 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
The Moreton In Marsh Show
6 Sep 2014
Moreton Show are excited to announce the return of the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcross Team to the Moreton Show Grand Arena for 2014. In 2013, the team put on a spectacular display for the whole show ground to see and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2014 to see what breath-taking stunts they have in store.
Retro Truck Show
14 Sep 2014
A fantastic show of trucks from 1965 to 1995 and is a great day out for all the family, young or old.
Gaydon Autumn Classic, Gaydon Fringe & Cream Tea Run
21 Sep 2014
The final gathering of the season. Come in a classic car and you can visit the museum at the classic price of just £5 per person.
Stratford Ghost Cruise
27 Sep 2014
Evening Ghost Cruise on the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon. The Man in Black or Vincent will entertain with ghostly stories, magic and mind reading.
Great Electric Train Show
11 Oct - 12 Oct 2014
A model railway event with superb layouts, trade stands plus several modelling demonstrations.
Large Model Aircraft Show
26 Oct 2014
This annual indoor show has over 100 large scale radio controlled model aircraft on display, plus demonstrations and aircraft simulators.
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
31 Oct 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Family friendly Ghost Tours!
1 Nov 2014
Family friendly interactive tour with G Buster.

Mr Buster will take you on a journey to meet the good ghosts - horray! And some of the bad ghosts - boo!

5:30-6:00pm

Suitable for 6-9 year olds
Toy and Collectors Fair
23 Nov 2014
Featuring over 150 exhibitors from all over the UK.
Thursday evening Ghost Walk in Stratford upon Avon
11 Jan - 18 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and Pride of Stratford Awards Finalist.
Town Walk on Thursday at 11am
10 Jan - 18 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
CHRISTMAS GHOST TOUR
24 Dec 2014
Widely known as England's Most Haunted building, visitors from all over the world have thrilled to the spooky tour through the labyrinth of corridors within this historic building.
Christmas Day guided walk in Stratford upon Avon
25 Dec 2014
Christmas Day festive guided walk in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon.
Friday Ghost Walk in Stratford
11 Jan - 26 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and Pride of Stratford Awards Finalist.
Saturday 7.30pm Ghostly Walk in haunted Stratford
5 Jan - 27 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and Pride of Stratford Awards Finalist.
Monday evening Ghost Walk
7 Jan - 29 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and Pride of Stratford Awards Finalist.
Town Walk on Friday
7 Sep - 31 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
Saturday Town Walk
15 Sep - 31 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
Town Walk on Tuesday
4 Sep - 31 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
Town Walk on Wednesday
4 Sep - 31 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
Town Walk on Sunday
2 Sep - 31 Dec 2014
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
21 British Design Icons Exhibition Opens
2 May - 31 Dec 2014
To celebrate 21 years at Gaydon our exhibition takes a look at 21 British Motoring icons, not just cars but the inventions, the innovations and the people that form part of the fabric of today's motoring industry. 7 motoring icons, 7 motoring inventions, 7 motoring innovators
Tudor World Museum
8 Jan - 8 Jan 2015
CHILTERN RAILWAY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
GODIVA BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION IN WARWICKSHIRE & COVENTRY
One of Stratford's most unusual and beautiful attractions set in an amazing 16th C. building, which houses the museum and gift shop. Activities include history tours, Elizabethan theatre, ghost tours and ghost hunting at the weekend.
Pirates & Princesses Children's Parties
8 Feb - 8 Feb 2015
Avast there me hearties! Bring your young'uns to this here Tudor museum for an adventure! Be they pirates or princesses, they be bound to have a great time.
Ghost Tours by lantern light
2 Aug - 2 Aug 2015
Are you brave enough to take a ghost tours in "England's Most Haunted building"?
Ghost tours by lantern light!
3 Dec - 3 Dec 2015
Every evening, the popular nightly ghost tours take place with costumed tour guides taking visitors through the shadowy hallways by lantern light only. Widely known as England's Most Haunted building, visitors from all over the world have thrilled to the spooky tour through the labyrinth of corridors within this historic building.