Category Archives: Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Information on the latest and upcoming events and activities in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area.

The Stratford River Festival – July

Stratford’s 2014 River Festival takes place over the weekend of July 5th and 6th.  Come and join the fun on the banks of the River Avon opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.  There will be lots of activities including narrow boats on the river, craft and food stalls, music, an illuminated boat parade and fireworks.

It’s a great weekend to visit Stratford and Virginia Lodge makes a great base to stay – give us a call for availability.

Easter News

The RSC has a range of Easter Holiday Activities running until April 27 including The Great Shakespeare Egg Hunt, Crafty Drop-Ins, performances, workshops and demonstrations.

Performances of Henry IV parts I & II continue in The Royal Shakespeare Theatre with Sir Antony Sher as Falstaff.

In the Swan Theatre, catch a performance of Roaring Girl starring Lisa Dillon.

RSC latest news – Eileen Atkins

News from the RSC – Eileen Atkins is set to return to the RSC in October after a 17 year absence in a rarely seen Jacobean tragedy ‘The Witch of Edmonton’.  This will conclude the Roaring Girls season at the Swan Theatre.  The play will be directed by Gregory Doran and is one of five new productions for the winter season.

The play runs from October 23rd to November 29th – tickets are available form March 19th

See Antony Sher as Falstaff at the RSC

Starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, two of Shakespeare’s best known history plays Henry IV parts 1 & 2 are set to open in March at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.  Dates are as follows:

Henry IV part 1     18 Mar – 6 Sept

Henry IV part 2     28 Mar – 6 Sept

Book your tickets and enjoy a few days in Stratford upon Avon – Virginia Lodge is a great central b&b – just an easy walk to the theatre.

Stratford upon Avon Christmas Delights

With just a week to go there’s so much to do – all the food shopping, present buying, drinks orders, Christmas parties and general festive fun.

Stratford upon Avon offers a huge range of things to do both in the lead up to the big day and the week before the new year.

This Thursday, 19th December, is the finale of the popular Birthplace Lightshow. Thousands have flocked to see this unique spectacular and it promises to close out with a final special evening on Thursday 19th December 2013 from 4.00pm including choirs, dancers and a singalong for spectators. Be sure not to miss it.

Wendy and Peter Pan continues to thrill at the RSC while Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies will also be showing in The Swan Theatre.

The last Christmas market will take place on Thursday 19th from 11am to 7pm on Henley Streetand the regular town market will be on Rother Street on both Friday and Saturday.

There are Christmas concerts, town walks and or just come and see the Christmas lights and enjoy the shopping.

For more information take a look at the Stratford upon Avon Christmas Guide 2013

Peter Pan at the RSC in Stratford upon Avon

Christmas is a lovely time in Stratford upon Avon.  There are three special attractions this year:

The RSC’s family production Peter Pan, J M Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up, runs until 2nd March.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Lightshow runs four times a day until Dec 19th and is free.

Sunday UpMarkets featuring a wide range of food and crafts take place on Waterside every Sunday from 10 – 5 until Xmas’

Christmas Lights in Stratford upon Avon

It’s all happening this Thursday Nov 21st when the first ever Shakespeare Birthplace Light Show has its first performance, along with the switch on of the Xmas lights.

Why not spend the weekend in Stratford upon Avon – shops, restaurants, cafes and lots of festive cheer but wrap up warm because it’s going to be chilly. Christmas starts here!