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.

Hundreds of classic cars reunite at Ragley Hall for nostalgic show!
29 May - 30 May 2016
The new look classic car motor show takes place at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire on Sunday 29 & Monday 30 May from 10am ? 4pm.
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...
May Half Term Animate-It
30 May - 3 Jun 2016
This May half term it is all about animation. We have teamed up with Aardman Animation Ltd. and Animate-It to bring you the opportunity to make your own short animation film with a motoring twist. Start with creating a storyboard and then build your model car to star in your short stop motion film.

Think about the plot for your film now, the script is everything!
May Half Term at The British Motor Museum
30 May - 3 Jun 2016
This May half term (30 May ? 3 June) it is all about animation at the British Motor Museum. The Museum has teamed up with Aardman Animation Ltd. and Animate-It to enable visitors to make their own short animation film with a motoring twist. First visitors will learn how to create a storyboard and then how to build their model car to star in their short stop motion film.
May Half-Term at the British Motor Museum: Animate-it
30 May - 3 Jun 2016
Uncover the story of the British motor industry with the exciting and interactive exhibitions. Home to the world's largest collection of historic British cars and great fun for all the family.
Lunar Festival
3 Jun - 5 Jun 2016
Lunar Festival 2016 - Details to follow
Step back in time to days gone by at the 'Classic & Vintage Commercial Show'
11 Jun - 12 Jun 2016
Visitors can step back in time to days gone by when the British Motor Museum hosts the ninth 'Classic and Vintage Commercial Show' on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June. The two day show features a diverse selection of over 400 classic and vintage vehicles built before 1997. Attracting an array of commercial vehicles such as the lightweight Morris J Type and Ford Transit van through to the mighty Scammell Heavy Haulage Tractors, the event is one of the largest classic commercial shows in Europe.
The Great British Food Festival
11 Jun - 12 Jun 2016
The Great British Food Festival is back at the stunning estate of Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens in Warwickshire on the 11 & 12 June. This year the Festival is bigger than ever before, with adult cookery classes, cooking in a camper van demonstrations and a new craft & gift marquee.
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
1 Jul - 3 Jul 2016
a three day music festival with camping and great food and drink with loads of family entertainment. Our main acts this year are; Leatherat, Ric Sanders from Fairport Convention, Kirsty Gallacher, Tobias Ben Jacob & Lucas Drinkwater and Green Man Rising.

On the Sunday we are also having special guest Katy Ashworth from CBeebies' I Can Cook. ?Come and join Katy Ashworth for silliness, singing, games and gallivanting for the whole family. There will be banana dancing, secret languages and giant blow up bouncy balls...just make sure you bring your giggle pants!?

Day and Weekend tickets are available starting from £13 for an adult.
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.
Wellesbourne & District Lions Charity Raft Race
24 Jul 2016
40th Anniversary of the Wellesbourne & District Lions Charity Raft Race
Sunday 24 July 2016
Race starts in the beautiful hamlet of Wasperton, the rafts then paddle a home made raft down 7.5 miles of the River Avon to finish on the Recreation Ground in Stratford upon Avon - all this is done for charity.
This is the 40th anniversary of the event which has raised over £750,000 during this period.
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
Tomorrow - 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.
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
11 Feb - 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!
Christmas Day guided walk in Stratford upon Avon
25 Dec 2016
Christmas Day festive guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon.
Suitable for everyone.
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.
Ghost tour in historic building
28 Mar - 28 Mar 2017
Stratford upon Avon ghost tour within one of the town's most historic buildings!
Saturday Ghost Walk in Stratford
9 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Highly acclaimed, award-winning Ghost walk every Saturday in 'haunted' Stratford upon Avon. Good old-fashioned story telling with entertainment. 'A must do'
Town Walk on Saturday
9 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Award winning, entertaining DAILY guided walking tour every Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Evening Ghost walks. Groups, schools & bespoke tours by arrangement.
Town Walk on Sunday at 11am and 2pm
10 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every Sunday! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Monday
5 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Award-winning guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, every Monday at 11am. Bespoke walks/coach tours for groups by arrangements. WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Tuesday
5 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, every Tuesday! Bespoke walks/coach tours for groups by arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Wednesday
6 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every Wednesday! 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
7 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every Thursday! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.
Town Walk on Friday
8 Apr - 1 Apr 2017
Entertaining guided walking tour in Shakespeare's Stratford every Friday! Private walking & coach tours for groups by prior arrangement.
WINNER - Pride of Stratford Award for Tourism Initiative of the Year.