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.

A Floating Ghost Walk
4 Apr 2015
Evening river cruise in Stratford upon Avon, followed by an entertaining Ghost Walk around the 'haunted' town.

Ain association with Bancroft Cruisers landing stage at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Bridgeway CV37 6YR
Easter Weekend
3 Apr - 6 Apr 2015
There is plenty of family fun to be had over Easter at Blenheim Palace, with an eggstravaganza of activities taking place!
ABBA vs Queen
9 Apr - 10 Apr 2015
Stratford Musical Theatre Company presents
ABBA v Queen
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 April 2015
Stratford Town Hall, Sheep Street, Stratford upon Avon
Tickets £10 from 01608 664203
Grow Your Own Cut Flowers Masterclass
14 Apr 2015
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Grow your Own Cut Flowers Masterclass
9.30 am to 2.30 pm
Tickets £45 per person
Booking Essential 01386 439801
CADA Antiques Fair
16 Apr - 18 Apr 2015
The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace for 2015.
Stratford Ghost Cruise
25 Apr 2015
Unique evening entertainment. River cruise in Stratford upon Avon with ghost stories, magic & mind reading.
Toy and Collectors Fair
26 Apr 2015
Once again the popular Toy and Collectors Fair returns to the Heritage Motor Centre on Sunday 26 April from 9am ? 3pm. This year over 100 exhibitors from all over the UK will be show-casing a vast range of collectables from old and new toys such as teddy-bears and dolls, to die cast cars, buses, planes and train models.
Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace
14 Feb - 30 Apr 2015
The immensely popular contemporary art exhibition 'Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace' is now extended until April 2015.
Dawn Chorus Walk
3 May 2015
Sunday 3 May 2015
Dawn Chorus Walk
5 - 10 am Tickets Adult £10, Child £5
Booking essential 01386 439801
Stratford Literary Festival 2015
25 Apr - 3 May 2015
Celebrating its 8th year in 2015, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour.
2015 Stratford Festival of Motoring
3 May - 4 May 2015
Now that the 2014 Festival has finished we have started planning for the 2015 Festival of Motoring which is provisionally booked for the Bank Holiday Weekend - Sunday 3rd May and Monday 4th May 2015.
Stratford Festival of Motoring
3 May - 4 May 2015
Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May 2015
2015 Stratford Festival of Motoring

Its back for another exciting couple of days of motoring fever!
A Floating Ghost Walk
23 May 2015
Award winning, entertaining DAILY guided walking tour. Evening Ghost walks, Ghost Cruises & Supper Cruises. Groups, schools & bespoke tours by arrangement.
Exhibition - Canaletto: Celebrating Britain
14 Mar - 7 Jun 2015
This is the first time that these magnificent paintings and drawings by Canaletto have been brought together to provide an overview of Canaletto's work created between 1746 and 1755, whilst he was visiting Britain.
Exhibition - The Non-Conformists: Photographs by Martin Parr
14 Mar - 7 Jun 2015
The Non-Conformists features the first major body of work by celebrated documentary photographer and satirist Martin Parr.
Stratford Ghost Cruise
20 Jun 2015
Unique evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon. River cruise with ghost stories, magic and mind reading.
Exhibition - Cry Havoc! And Let Slip The Dogs of War
12 Jul - 1 Jul 2015
The First World War, Shakespeare and Stratford
Commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I in our exclusive exhibition. Follow the story of Stratford-upon-Avon and its people during the war through our local archive material, as well as Shakespeare's words on war, loss and patriotism.
A Floating Ghost Walk
18 Jul 2015
Evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon.
A relaxing river cruise on the Avon, followed by a Ghost Walk around the 'haunted' streets.
Stratford Home and Garden Show
17 Jul - 19 Jul 2015
Blooming Marvellous Events are delighted to bring you the second Stratford-upon-Avon Home & Garden Show.
Stratford Home and Garden Show
17 Jul - 19 Jul 2015
Blooming Marvellous Events are delighted to bring youthe second Stratford-upon-Avon Home & Garden Show,
2015 Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions Raft Race
26 Jul 2015
Sunday 26 July 2015
2015 Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions Raft Race

Race starts at Wasperton around 9 am, the rafts will follow the river through Hampton Lucy where there is the first weir and on through Charlecote Park. A second weir in Alveston completes the obstacles and there is a good paddle home following the Tiddington Road arriving at the finish from noon. The finish is opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.
For more information www.raftrace.org.uk
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"?
A Floating Ghost Walk
29 Aug 2015
Evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon. A relaxing river cruise on the Avon, followed by an entertaining Ghost Walk around the 'haunted' town.
The Shakespeare Hospice Dragon Boat Racing
20 Sep 2015
Sunday 20 September 2015
The Shakespeare Hospice Dragon Boat Racing
First Race starts at 10 am
If you would like to join in go to web site www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/Event/76/DragonBoatRacing for more information.

A Floating Ghost Walk
26 Sep 2015
Evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon. A relaxing river cruise on the Avon, followed by a Ghost Walk around the 'haunted' streets.
Stratford Ghost Cruise
3 Oct 2015
Unique evening entertainment in Stratford upon Avon. River cruise with ghost stories, magic and mind reading.
Halloween Ghost Walk Fri 30 October and Sat 31 October 2015
30 Oct - 31 Oct 2015
Entertaining Halloween Ghost Walk in 'haunted' Stratford upon Avon, including a private guided tour of Hall's Croft and glass of mulled wine.
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.
Churchill 2015
14 Feb - 20 Dec 2015
The year 2015 marks many important anniversaries in relation to Sir Winston Churchill. Join us at Blenheim Palace as we celebrate the life of our 'Greatest Briton' with a number of commemorative activities and events.
Churchill 2015
14 Feb - 20 Dec 2015
The year 2015 marks many important anniversaries in relation to Sir Winston Churchill. Join us at Blenheim Palace as we celebrate the life of our 'Greatest Briton' with a number of commemorative activities and events.
Christmas Day guided walk in Stratford upon Avon
25 Dec 2015
Christmas Day festive guided walk in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon.
Town Walk on Saturday
2 Jul - 31 Dec 2015
Award winning, entertaining DAILY guided walking tour. Evening Ghost walks, Ghost Cruises & Supper Cruises. Groups, schools & bespoke tours by arrangement.
Town Walk on Sunday at 11am and 2pm
2 Sep - 3 Sep 2016
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every day, even Christmas Day! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Monday
3 Sep - 3 Sep 2016
Award-winning guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, every day, even Christmas Day. Bespoke walks/coach tours for groups by arrangements. WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Tuesday
4 Sep - 3 Sep 2016
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, every day even Christmas Day! Bespoke walks/coach tours for groups by arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Wednesday
4 Sep - 3 Sep 2016
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every day, even Christmas Day! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Thursday at 11am
10 Jan - 3 Sep 2016
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every day, even Christmas Day! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Friday
7 Sep - 3 Sep 2016
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every day, even Christmas Day! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Saturday Town Walk at 11am and 2pm
15 Sep - 3 Sep 2016
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every day, even Christmas Day! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Walking tour with william Shakespeare
28 Mar - 21 Dec 2016
William Shakespeare himself will take you on a tour of his home town of Stratford upon Avon!
Walking tour with william Shakespeare
28 Mar - 21 Dec 2016
William Shakespeare in person will give a tour of his home town of Stratford upon Avon!
Famous Beyond Words Exhibition
12 Mar - 31 Dec 2016
450 years since his birth, a major new exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the boy from Stratford who became a household name all over the world. Don't miss: our audio visual exhibit, intriguing memorabilia, and a copy of the First Folio.
Monday evening Ghost Walk
19 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
Award winning, highly acclaimed evening Ghost walk every Monday in 'haunted' Stratford upon Avon. A 'must do'
Winner - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Thursday evening Ghost Walk
15 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
Award winning, highly acclaimed evening Ghost walk every Thursday in 'haunted' Stratford upon Avon. A 'must do'
Winner - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Friday evening Ghost Walk in 'haunted' Stratford
16 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
Award winning, highly acclaimed evening Ghost walk every Friday in 'haunted' Stratford upon Avon. A 'must do'
Winner - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Saturday Ghost Walk in Stratford
17 Jan - 31 Dec 2016
Award winning, highly acclaimed evening Ghost walk every Saturday in 'haunted' Stratford upon Avon. A 'must do'
Pride of Stratford Award - Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Ghost tour in historic building
28 Mar - 28 Mar 2017
Stratford upon Avon ghost tour within one of the town's most historic buildings!