Local Events and Festivals

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, ArtsHouse and Cox's Yard, Stratford also boasts its own Literary Festival, Music Festival, Food Festival, River Festival and Mop Fair.

One particular highlight in the calendar is the celebration of Shakespeare Birthday which has 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 Discover Stratford tourist information website, which brings together all of the events happening locally and around the district.

- https://shakespeares-england.co.uk

Music & Entertainment

  • The Bulldog Bash
  • Stratford on Avon Music Festival
  • Stratford Fringe


There are many Shakespeare-inspired events throughout the year.

  • Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations


  • Stratford-upon-Avon Food Festival
  • Stratford River Festival
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival


The Mop Fair


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.





Bulldog Bash

Every year the Bulldog Bash is held in the district.

The Bulldog Bash Ltd were granted a 10 year Premises Licence in May 2008 under the Licensing Act 2003.

This page will be updated with the latest road closures, contact information and maps nearer the time of the event.

For more information on this event, see the Bulldog Bash website - https://www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/

Warwickshire Big Day Out

What is it?

Big Day Out is a promotional day that takes place in green spaces across Warwickshire, encouraging everyone to get outdoors and access their local green space to discover the benefit to social, physical and mental wellbeing that being outdoors provides. Lots of activities including cycling, Nordic walking, nature trails, orienteering and music concerts are delivered by partner organisations in local green spaces across the county

What is a green space?

A green space is a natural place outdoors we can visit and enjoy. They can be rural or in urban towns centres or in small neighbourhoods. They include parks, rivers, canals, allotments, play grounds, recreation grounds, woods, lakes, green ways, sports fields, playing fields etc.

Why does Big Day Out take place?

Warwickshire has a lot of wide open space in the rural areas but also has large numbers of green spaces in the urban town centres and surrounding communities. They provide space to get some fresh air, go for walk or other physical activity, meet friends or enjoy the surroundings and most importantly are free! Green spaces have great benefits to the environment, nature and wildlife and our health and wellbeing. They are great places to meet and celebrate with family and friends. They are easily accessible and open to everyone and they can provide venues for community festivals, events and sporting activities.

Being outdoors is great for our physical and mental health and wellbeing, making people feel good, helping them to live longer and take part in their community. People who live in neighbourhoods with a higher proportion of green space report better levels of general health and 91% of people believe that parks and public spaces improves peoples‘ quality of life. Utilisation of outdoor space for exercise/health reasons is an indicator on the Public Health Outcomes framework.

At the pilot Big Day Out in September 2013 over 20 partners from across the county engaged with the campaign and delivered 25 activities. Over 900 people were out accessing green spaces on Big Day Out based on surveys and participation in activities. The real figure is even higher than this as we weren't able to count everyone at all sites. We collected over 150 questionnaires which have given us useful feedback on the day and also information about why people use green spaces and the barriers. A more detailed evaluation is available on request.

In particular, the sports clubs found the day beneficial for increasing awareness and membership. Draycote Water Sailing Club had a steady flow of visitors and 65 people went out on the water and on the day with 5 family and 3 individual memberships signed up. The Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club also had a lot of interest with over 40 people new to orienteering taking part and hope to get at least ten new members as a result of taking part in Big Day Out.

Who is Big Day Out for?

The day, like the outdoors, is for everyone! It's for any age group, ethnicity or disability etc. and whether you live, work or are visiting Warwickshire. It engages lots of different partners, working in partnership and build relationships, including local councils, health services, voluntary and community groups, sports clubs, charities, heritage properties, green space facilities e.g. leisure services, country parks.

Who organises it?

Public Health Warwickshire, part of Warwickshire County Council, leads on the co-ordination of the campaign, communications, press and publicity with partners at a county level. At a local area or venue, the partner that has signed up to the day is co-ordinating the activities they are running there and promoting their involvement with their contacts and in the local community.

You could run an outdoors activity in your community, it doesn't have to be physical or sporty, you may want to do an arts activity or a nature trail for example. You may already be running an activity on that day which we can link into and promote, or you could support the promotion and advertise the day in your local centre, newsletter, paper or group emails to spread the word!

If you would like to support Warwickshire Big Day Out or wish to know more details, please contact Claire Jaggers on 01926 413797 or clairejaggers@warwickshire.gov.uk

Last updated on 24/10/2017

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