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.

Shostakovich with Peter Donohoe
10 Mar 2015
Orchestra of the Swan ? Discovery Concerts 2014-15?
Shostakovich with Peter Donohoe
Love's Labour's Lost
1 Jan - 12 Mar 2015
Set in the Summer of 1914, love and merriment ensue in Shakespeare's sparkling comedy before the lives of the blissfully unaware lovers is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.
A Walking, Floating Amphibious Adventure
14 Mar 2015
A unique fund-raising event in Stratford upon Avon. Tea/coffee and 'meet the Mayor', a walking tour and River Cruise on the Avon.
Young Enterprise Trade Fair
14 Mar 2015
Young Enterprise Trade Fair
Saturday 14 March 2015 10 am - 3 pm
The annual National Trade Fair, held in Bancroft Gardens, Waterside near The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, is organised by the South Warwickshire Young Enterprise Board and is outstandingly successful.
Special Mother's Day Afternoon Tea
15 Mar 2015
Special Mothers Day Afternoon Tea
Sunday 15 March 2015 2 pm - 5 pm
At Hidcote Gardens

Adult £15, Child 8.50, Family £45
Head Gardeners Lecturer Lunch
24 Mar 2015
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Hidcote Gardens
Head Gardener's Lecturer Lunch
11 am - 2.30 pm £25 per person
Sunday Jazz at Blenheim Palace
18 Jan - 29 Mar 2015
Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens
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!
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.
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!
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.
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"?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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'
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'
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'
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'