Local Events and Festivals

Please note that during the current Covid 19 Pendemic the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations have been cancelled for this year. Also cancelled for this year is the VE Day Celebrations on 8 May and Stratford-upon-Avon's River Festival in July. Please stay at home and stay safe.

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Stratford-on-Avon has a wide range of colourful events and festivals for visitors to enjoy throughout the year. One particular highlight in the calendar is the Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations, 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.

Event Listings

For full listings, please see the website of Shakespeare's England, the official tourism organisation for the region. It brings together all the events happening locally and around the district.


There are many Shakespeare-inspired events throughout the year, including:




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.

Contact: the Business, Enterprise & Tourism team

Last updated on 06/04/2020