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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Local Events & Festivals

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, Civic Hall Theatre and Cox's Yard, 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 are the celebrations for Shakespeare Birthday 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 Listings

For full event listings, please see our brand new Discover Stratford tourist information website, which brings all of the events happening locally and around the district together.

Music & Entertainment

Global Gathering

The Bulldog Bash

Stratford on Avon Music Festival

Stratford Fringe

Shakespeare

There are many Shakespeare inspired events throughout the year.

Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations

Festivals

Stratford-upon-Avon Food Festival

Stratford River Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

Fairs

The Mop Fair

Markets

Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the premier tourist destinations in the country and the town's markets play an important role in promoting the town as a tourist attraction.

Stratford-upon-Avon has weekly markets.