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.

Daniel O'Doherty
Tomorrow
David O'Doherty, the Lidl Enya, the broken Bublé, is delighted to present an evening of talking and songs played on a stupid keyboard from 1986.
Valentine Shakespeare Tour of Stratford
13 Feb 2016
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.
Valentine Shakespeare Tour of Stratford
13 Feb 2016
Romantic walk around Stratford, guided by William Shakespeare. Rose for every lady, presented by the Bard himself!
Valentine's Day Dinner
13 Feb 2016
A romantic menu, especially created by our chef with options of sharing dishes, including a glass of pink fizz on arrival
Valentine Ghost tours of historic building
13 Feb - 14 Feb 2016
Spooky Valentine ghost tour to include rose for every lady!
Emma Johnson and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
16 Feb 2016
The Orchestra of the Swan presents Emma Johnson and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
Emma Johnson is perhaps the most successful clarinettist in the country and the combination of her artistry with Mozart's genius makes for a very special performance, complemented by a performance of the Haydn Concerto for 2 flutes.
Jazz Sunday Lunch
21 Feb 2016
Enjoy a lazy lunch to the soothing sounds of jazz, the perfect way to round off your weekend.

Jazz Sunday Lunches are every third Sunday of the month
Wedding Open Day
21 Feb 2016
Come along for a glass of prosecco on arrival, meet the team, see our rooms set up for a ceremony and imagine your dream wedding at our fabulous boutique hotel.
February Half Term 2016
13 Feb - 21 Feb 2016
On the 13 ? 21 February You and your family are invited to the re-opening of the British Motor Museum. Join us for a week of British cars, Everyday test your knowledge with the 'Family Story' trail and join one of our workshops in our LEGO® Education Innovation Studio where you can get creative, building a British car with LEGO® bricks.
Spring Half term at Tudor World
13 Feb - 21 Feb 2016
Would you have made a good Elizabethan spy? Find out during spring half term at Tudor World!
February Half Term
13 Feb - 21 Feb 2016
Stunning butterflies increase in numbers during half term!
Mothering Sunday Lunch
6 Mar 2016
Treat mum to a fabulous meal at The Waterside Brasserie, and we'll provide her with a little gift.
Peter Donohoe plays Shostakovich
8 Mar 2016
Orchestra of the Swan presents - Peter Donohoe plays Shostakovich
Following last season's astonishing performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no. 2, we welcome back Peter to perform the first concerto, complemented by one of Mozart's earlier piano concertos. Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile adds a gentler Russian flavour.
Jazz Sunday Lunch
20 Mar 2016
Enjoy a lazy lunch to the soothing sounds of jazz, the perfect way to round off your weekend.
Good Friday Fish Supper
25 Mar 2016
Join us the Waterside Brasserie for a special fish supper menu and a glass of wine or beer
Easter Sunday Lunch
27 Mar 2016
Traditional Sunday lunch in The Waterside Brasserie with Easter treats for the whole party.

Body Double
2 Apr - 9 Apr 2016
Body Double is a new play by local playwright Mark Carey.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Tchaikovsky
12 Apr 2016
The Orchestra of the Swan presents: Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Tchaikovsky
Tuesday 12 April 2016 at Stratford Arts House
Tamsin has chosen the fiery, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto for this concert. Considered unplayable when composed, this work is the perfect vehicle to display Tamsin's extraordinary technical skill. Shostakovich's suite continues our Shakespeare connection.
Private Lives
13 Apr - 16 Apr 2016
The Bear Pit is a voluntary organisation founded in 2008 with the purpose of bringing together the Visual and Performing Arts groups based in the town. The Bear Pit firmly believes that with all the groups working together, we can encourage the arts to flourish in this beautiful Warwickshire town.
Jazz Sunday Lunch
17 Apr 2016
Enjoy a lazy lunch to the soothing sounds of jazz, the perfect way to round off your weekend.
The Immortal Bard at Holy Trinity Church
21 Apr 2016
The Orchestra of the Swan presents The Immortal Bard at Holy Trinity Church.
Our special Shakespeare 400 Anniversary concert will be in Holy Trinity Church, site of the Bard's final resting place. To celebrate we will perform a special new work by Dobrinka Tabakova
The Warwick Castle Science Fair
18 Apr - 22 Apr 2016
Warwick Castle's Science Fair 2016 tickets are now LIVE!
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration Parade
23 Apr 2016
Some 400 years since his death in 1616 on his 52nd birthday, festivals, exhibitions and performances all around the world in 2016 will celebrate the legacy of William Shakespeare, arguably the finest playwright and poet ever to write in the English language.
Sonnet Marathon
24 Apr 2016
Hear the 'The Sonnet Man' set Shakespeare's sonnets to Hip Hop...
May Day Celebrations
30 Apr - 2 May 2016
Mary Arden's Farm. Wilmcote, 5 miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon. Great for a family outing, the timbered farmhouse was the home of Shakespeare's mother before she married John Shakespeare.
Stratford Festival of Motoring
1 May - 2 May 2016
Once again the historic streets of Stratford will be filled with cars of all ages with free entry to pedestrians to view.
Ninth Annual MSA/ACU APIRA Springspeed Nationals Drag Races
30 Apr - 4 May 2016
The tough and sometimes ultra competitive world of UK National Championship Sportsman drag racing makes a welcome return for the eighth annual Springspeed Nationals presented by the Avon Park International Racing Association. Featuring a colourful mix of powerful looking wild machines the Springspeed Nationals plays host to round 2 of the coveted National Championships as teams and racers converge on the Warwickshire quarter mile drag strip to compete in a mouth watering selection of classes taking in two days of intense qualifying before the completion of race day eliminations on Bank Holiday Monday really hots up.
Two Castles Run
12 May 2016
The Two Castles Run is organised by the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club, entirely by unpaid volunteers, with all proceeds being donated to charitable causes.
Public Track Weekend & Yanks inc NASC Gary's Picnic
28 May - 30 May 2016
Yanks is one of those traditional grass roots drag racing and hot rodding weekend's packed with colour, entertainment and of course big inch American V8's pounding the quarter mile pavement! Every year the event attracts more cars and more people than ever before, and we expect more of the same this year! At Yanks you will find everything from classics to late model street and strip Fords, Dodges, Pontiacs and Chevrolets starring in a celebration of all things U.S. automotive!
Woolly Week
28 May - 31 May 2016
Enjoy all things woolly at Mary Arden's Farm...
Lunar Festival
3 Jun - 5 Jun 2016
Lunar Festival 2016 - Details to follow
Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy
19 Mar - 19 Jun 2016

Already hailed as one of 2016's must-see exhibitions, Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy is a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company commemorating the 400th anniversary of the bard's death.
Regency Ball
25 Jun 2016
As part of the celebrations for Compton Verney's Park Life! weekend next summer, our Georgian house and park will be transformed into the venue for a fabulous costumed Regency Ball. The evening will include drinks and a sumptuous buffet in our beautiful Robert Adam-designed Adam Hall and period dancing directed by dance caller Dr Garth Notley, with music by the Birmingham Baroque Collective. Alongside the dancing there will be a whole host of amusements including talks, tastings and Regency gaming
NSRA Nostalgia Nationals
24 Jun - 26 Jun 2016
Twenty one years ago the first Nostalgia Nationals supported by the NSRA took place in early April 1993. Twenty two years later its still going stronger, bigger and better than ever before.
Stratford River Festival
2 Jul - 3 Jul 2016
Family friendly festival on the banks of the River Avon
Compton Verney Festival
2 Jul - 3 Jul 2016
Earlybird tickets will be on sale from early 2016 (day, weekend and camping tickets will be available)
Live music, great food and drink, entertainment, fairground rides and camping.

Follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with everything festival!
29th annual GTI International
9 Jul - 10 Jul 2016
GTI INTERNATIONAL is a truly spectacular event for owners of all the high-performance Volkswagen Group models, including VW, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Porsche. Originally founded in 1988, when the Mk 2 Golf GTI 16V was the hottest item in the VW line-up, GTI International has since grown to become the UK's biggest show for all the modern water-cooled VW Group models, attracting visitors from all over Europe.The central theme for this years show is the 40th anniversary for the Golf GTi
Anne Hathaway's Big Picnic Day
23 Jul 2016
Pack up your picnic basket and join us in the beautiful gardens at Anne Hathaway's Cottage!
Public Track Weekend & Kawasaki Triples Euro Meeting
23 Jul - 24 Jul 2016
Adding further content to its ever expanding biking community line up for the July 18th/19th Public Track Weekend is a welcome return of the Kawasaki Triples Euro Meeting and Super Eliminator to complement NAST Supertwins and 8.50/9.50 Bike.
Last Night of the Shakespeare Proms
30 Jul 2016
Orchestra of the Swan presents Last Night of the Shakespeare Proms
Saturday 30 July 2016 at Stratford ArtsHouse
We end our Shakespeare 400 Anniversary season with an all English 'Last Night of the Shakespeare Proms' with BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Game Fair
29 Jul - 31 Jul 2016
The Game Fair has been hailed as the 'world's biggest country sports and outdoor pursuits event' and Ragley is hosting this spectacular 3 day show on 29th, 30th & 31st July 2016.
Dr. Faustus
4 Feb - 4 Aug 2016
Maria Aberg directs Christopher Marlowe's notorious tale of vanity, greed and damnation
The Alchemist
26 May - 6 Aug 2016
Polly Findlay directs Ben Jonson's hilarious satire that revels in just how vain we humans can be.
Hamlet
12 Mar - 13 Aug 2016
The searing tragedy of young student Hamlet, tormented by his father's death and confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world
Battle Proms
13 Aug 2016
The stunning lakeside setting of Ragley Hall will again play host to the final night of the UK's premier picnic concert series as the Battle Proms returns on Saturday 13 August.
Bulldog Bash
11 Aug - 14 Aug 2016
Yes folks, the website's still here, and it now says 2016 at the top. That's right, The Mighty Bulldog Bash is back again for another bite. 2015 was a real blast, and you made it so, by turning up, and doing what you do, and doing it so well. Thanks to all of you who put your trust in us and turned up. The only right and proper way to thank you, is to do it all again.
Ghost Hunt
19 Aug 2016
Warwick Castle is the UK's most famous and most haunted castle! With a long history of battles, gore, death , witches, horror and love it is no surprise that this castle has many ghosts of the past still roaming .
Tenth anniversary MSA/ACU APIRA Open Sport Nationals
29 Aug - 31 Aug 2016
The tough and ultra competitive world of UK National Sportsman Championship drag racing makes a welcome return for the tenth Open Sport Nationals presented by the Avon Park International Racing Association. Featuring a colourful mix of wild looking and powerful machines the Open Sport Nationals plays host to round 5 of the coveted National Championship as teams and racers converge on the Warwickshire quarter mile drag strip to compete in a mouth watering collection of classes over two days of intense qualifying before the completion of race day eliminations on Bank Holiday Monday.
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.
28th annul NSRA Original Hot Rod Drags
9 Sep - 11 Sep 2016
Is it really more than a quarter of a century since four youthful and exuberant Birmingham based hot rodding enthusiasts first approached the owner of a British drag strip with the crazy idea for an event simply called the Hot Rod Drags? Well I guess it must be as 2013 saw the 25th anniversary of one of Europe's most popular street and strip events this side of the Atlantic!
Ghost Hunt
16 Sep 2016
Haunted happenings host a ghost hunt at Warwick Castle
Late Summer Madness Public Track Weekend
24 Sep - 25 Sep 2016
Looking for somewhere to race! Then look no further than a weekend's worth of quarter mile fun at Shakespeare County Raceway Public Track Day special weekend's.
Apple Days
25 Sep - 26 Sep 2016
Come and join in with apple themed games and cooking displays for the whole family as we celebrate the end of the harvest at our Michaelmas fair.
Mid-Autumn Madness Public Track Weekend
8 Oct - 9 Oct 2016
As the season begins to wind down Shakespeare County Raceway presents another of its no pressure fun weekends for all owners of quick cars and bikes as well as clubs to attend.
Public Track Weekend Halloween Bonfire Burn Up & Gamblers Race
22 Oct - 23 Oct 2016
The spooktastic Halloween Bonfire Burn-Up brings the curtain down on another successful season's drag racing at Shakey County; the last blast before winter! Besides the final showdown for the guys and gals from Outlaw Street, the weekend will be packed with plenty of good old traditional head-to-head 'devil you like' RWYB, grudge racing, car clubs, Halloween cauldron of treats, flame hot burnouts, bonfire and fireworks, and all this before the silliness ghostly evening begins in Kenny's Bar for the Halloween Fancy Dress Ball with both kids and adults competitions taking centre stage towards the witching hour. Sunday sees the final Bracket Gamblers Race of the year and a one off Street Bike Challenge.
The Mop Fair
9 Oct - 24 Oct 2016
The annual fun fair held throughout the town centre streets in Stratford upon Avon. Fun for all the family, there are big rides, stalls and games set up along the main streets with food stalls available.
Stratford Halloween Festival
24 Oct - 1 Nov 2016
Halloween is sure to be a spooky event at the historic Tudor World in Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, cited as the 'Most Haunted building in England' by Horrible Histories Author Terry Deary.
St Nicholas Night
6 Dec 2016
A festive event for all the family to enjoy!
Ghost Tours
Today - 17 Dec 2016
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.
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!