MOP FAIR, FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER AND SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER. RUNAWAY MOP ON THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER AND FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER
Annual fun fair in the town's streets, but historically, a MOP Fair was a hiring fair. Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October. At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an item signifying their trade. A servant with no particular skills would carry a mop head – hence the phrase Mop Fair.
STRATFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 16 - 25 OCTOBER
Annual classical, jazz and world music in Stratford upon Avon. International artists, educational workshops and more. Visit the official website for up to date information - click here
SHAKESPEARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
A unique event in Stratford upon Avon to mark the birth of William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest playwright.
The birthday weekend brings together performers, artists, the local community and ambassadors from around the world to celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare. The town’s streets overflow with music, pageantry and drama, with a packed programme of activities to suit everyone.
Have a look at our website 'Birthday' page and nearer the time, visit the official Birthday Celebrations website for updates.
STRATFORD UPON AVON LITERARY FESTIVAL - SAT 25 APRIL - SUNDAY 3 MAY 2015
An exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. One of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who are passionate about books, writing and reading. For up to date information visit the official website - click here
STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF MOTORING, SUNDAY 3 AND MONDAY 4 MAY 2015
The very popular Festival of Motoring is organised by Stratforward, (the town’s Business Improvement District) and Shakespeare Country and takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The event will see more than 300 classic and special interest vehicles on display, in the streets throughout the historic town. The festival features two "runs" through stunning Warwickshire and Gloucestershire countryside. For up to date information, click here
STRATFORD UPON AVON FOOD FESTIVAL AT THE RACES! - DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Stratford Food Festival returns for its eighth year this summer, in a whole new, revised format, after a successful year at its new venue in 2013. Showplace, event organisers, and Stratford Racecourse have come together in creating a redesigned event, which will launch this May, ‘Stratford Food Festival at the Races!’
For up to date information, click here
RIVER FESTIVAL STRATFORD UPON AVON, DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Free family fun in Stratford upon Avon with music, colourful narrow-boats on the River Avon, craft, gift and food stalls, a family zone and illuminated boat parade with spectacular fireworks.
For up to date information visit the official website - click here
STRATFORD UPON AVON HOME AND GARDEN SHOW 17, 18, 19 JULY 2015
A feast for the senses - with fabulous gifts and plants, inspirational ideas for your home and garden.
Sumptuous food and - great entertainment. For more information visit the official website - click here
STRATFORD UPON AVON 2015 POETRY FESTIVAL (date to be confirmed)
The 2014 festival included the work of Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, poets of the First World War and so much more. With a local poetry evening, children's events, free poetry workshops and Poet in residence, Jo Bell, there was something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Dame Judi Dench attended the grand finale event, to share some of her favourite poems and talk about her life in theatre. 2015 information to be released soon. For up to date information, visit the official website - click here