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.

The Tempest
22 Aug 2014
Friday 22 August 7.30 p.m.
Outdoor performance of The Tempest
Performed by the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company.
Booking is essential by calling 0844 2491895
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
Tudor Harvest Fair
23 Aug - 25 Aug 2014
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a traditional Tudor hiring fair and meet our resident Tudors on the farm.
Tudor Harvest Fair
23 Aug - 25 Aug 2014
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a traditional Tudor hiring fair and meet our resident Tudors on the farm.
Classic Clapton
29 Aug 2014
Classic Clapton
Townsend Hall, Shipston on Stour Friday 29 August 2014

Classic Clapton the world's No. 1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making their first every appearance in Shipston on Stour in August.
Doors open at 7.45 pm Band on Stage at 8.30 pm Tickets in advance from John Lyne Hardware Shop, 1 High Street, Shipston on Stour Tel 01608 661422. all major credit and debit cards accepted. Tickets also available on door £15
More information available at www.townsendhall.com. Fans are advised to book early.
Southam Flower & Produce Show
30 Aug 2014
The Southam Flower & Produce Show aims to draw the Southam community together in a spirit of friendly competition, focusing on traditional gardening, cooking and craft activities. Bring your exhibits along or simply come along to see what your neighbours are up to or what you might aspire to next year!
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 - 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.
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.
Family Activities Marquee
9 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Dig up and date Tudor artefacts, design and create your own clay tile, play Tudor games and get creative to re-create lost treasures. Time:11am ? 3pm.
Picture Perfect
9 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
What do you think Shakespeare's daughter Susanna looked like? Draw your own matsterpiece of her and enter our drawing competition.
Your Presence Needs Must Puzzle
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Get cracking and break the codes and see if you can solve our puzzles revealing more about Shakespeare and his Tudor life.

Step into the house where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and re-enter the Tudor world. Newly refurbished, the house now offers visitors a fascinating insight into life as it was when Shakespeare was a child.

Murder Mystery Trail
21 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Can you solve the crime and work out whodunnit in our murder mystery trail?
44 Things to Do this Summer at Shakespeare's Five Family Homes
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
There are 44 things to discover at the Shakespeare Family Homes this summer - see if you can tick all 44.
Summer Holiday Family Activities
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Join us this summer and help us celebrate our 21st birthday with lots of family activities based around our new exhibition 21 Years, 21 Icons. Discover a different icon every week, with automotive sessions running Monday to Thursday throughout the six week.
Summer Holidays at Compton Verney
2 Aug - 31 Aug 2014
Get creative with our Summer holiday activity: Artspace
Try your hand at using clay to create a model of your head, hands or feet. Place it on a plinth to add to our installation of body parts.
There will also be lots more to do inside and outside.
Your Presence Needs Must Puzzle
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Get cracking and break the codes at Shakespeare's Birthplace! See if you can solve our perplexing puzzles and reveal more about Shakespeare and his Tudor life.
44 Things to Do this Summer
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
There are 44 things to discover at all the Shakespeare Family Homes this summer - see if you can tick all 44.
Discovery Tent
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Dig up and date Tudor artefacts, design and create your own clay tile, play Tudor games, and get creative to re-create lost treasures.
Picture Perfect
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Enter our drawing competition.
Will's Word Quest
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
To celebrate 450 years since Shakespeare's' birth in 1564, we have £1,564 worth of prizes up for grabs. Hunt for the hidden letters for your chance to win.
Your Presence Needs Must Puzzle
19 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Get cracking and break the codes and see if you can solve our puzzles revealing more about Shakespeare and his Tudor life.
Murder Mystery Trail
21 Jul - 31 Aug 2014
Can you solve the crime and work out whodunnit in our murder mystery trail?
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.
Classic Virgins
6 Sep 2014
An active and informative day aimed at people contemplating classic car ownership. This is a chance to take rides in classic cars, on country roads, after discussions on buying and owning a classic vehicle.
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.
Hope 14 - Southam & District
20 Sep - 28 Sep 2014
A week of varied events organised alongside Through Faith Missions (TFM)taking place in churches and other venues in and around Southam. Take a further look for more details.
Southam Women in World War I
21 Jul - 30 Sep 2014
The story of the Grange VAD Hospital told in photographs, letters from the front and memories.
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
Shakespeare's Treasures
1 Apr - 31 Oct 2014
We're celebrating 50 years since the Shakespeare Centre first opened to the public. Join us as we step back in time to the 1960s with a special display of treasures from the opening ceremony as well as the celebrations of Shakespeare's last big birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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
What on Earth? Wallbook
12 Mar - 2 Nov 2014
Visit our giant Wallbook and see 37 of Shakespeare's plays unfold before your eyes on a timeline that stretches over 9 metres!
500 Years
17 Mar - 2 Nov 2014
Celebrating 500 years of Mary Arden's House with our own modern day Bayeaux Tapestry. Five panels depict each century of the farm's history in different media such as textiles, painting and photography.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"?
Town Walk on Monday
3 Sep - 3 Sep 2015
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
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.
Town Walk on Thursday at 11am
10 Jan - 18 Dec 2015
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
Town Walk on Friday
7 Sep - 31 Dec 2015
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 2015
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 2015
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 2015
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 2015
Best Visitor Attraction Godiva Award winner. Guided sightseeing walks 365 days. Ghost walks and ghost cruises. Groups by arrangement.
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.
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.