SHAKESPEARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - 23 APRIL 2016
A unique event in Stratford upon Avon to mark the birth of William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest playwright and in 2016, extra special, as it will also be the 400th anniversary of his death.
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. The highlight of the event is the Birthday Parade, unfurling of the nations flags and the procession of dignitaries and invited guests, ending at Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the river Avon. Visit the official Birthday Celebrations website for updates.
STRATFORD UPON AVON LITERARY FESTIVAL - 24 APRIL - 1 MAY 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
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, Sun 1 & Mon 2 May 2016
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 around 500 classic and special interest vehicles on display, in the streets throughout the historic town and most of the streets are pedestrianised to showcase the vehicles. It's a real family occasion with special events and activities for children, eateries, shops and markets, and free, quality musical entertainment. For up to date information, click here
COMEDY HULLABALOO - (date to be confirmed)
Comedy Hullabaloo, a five-day comedy spectacular, presented by Underbelly in association with Stratforward and the Royal Shakespeare Company, usually taking place over the late May bank holiday weekend.
Comedy Hullabaloo will feature an array of shows per day, with top name comedians alongside handpicked emerging acts. For official line-up and more information visit - click here
STRATFORD UPON AVON POETRY FESTIVAL JULY 2016 (date to be confirmed)
The 2015 festival details are to be announced shortly.
For up to date information, visit the official website - click here
RIVER FESTIVAL STRATFORD UPON AVON, 2 & 3 JULY 2016
Free family fun in Stratford upon Avon with live music, craft, gift and global food and drink stalls and family zone.
Colourful narrow-boats on the River Avon, illuminated boat parade, a spectacular firework display and much more
For up to date information visit the official website - click here
STRATFORD UPON AVON HOME AND GARDEN SHOW 15, 16, 17 JULY 2016
The 3rd annual Stratford upon Avon Home and Garden Show. A feast for the senses - with fabulous gifts and plants, inspirational ideas for your home and garden.
Sumptuous food and great entertainment. Something for everyone! For more information visit the official website - click here
STRATFORD UPON AVON TOWN CENTRE FOOD FESTIVAL 23, 24 & 25 SEPTEMBER 2016
Organised by Stratforward (Business Improvement District).The Food Festival is a FREE event, set in an historic town, with a mix of passionate local chefs, producers and exciting attractions. There will be a culinary trail around Stratford including many of the local eateries, a Food Theatre, featuring celebrity chefs and talented local chefs. For more info, visit the official website - click here
MOP FAIR and RUNAWAY MOP - 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 - OCTOBER
Annual music festival, featuring International artists and rising stars from classical, folk, jazz and world music in Stratford upon Avon.
Family concerts, Lunchtime series, Free buy-a beer events, Fringe Festival and much more.
Visit the official website for up to date information - click here