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Stratford-upon-Avon

discover the top things to see and do in Stratford-upon-Avon

This picturesque town in the heart of Warwickshire is most famous for being the home of William Shakespeare. Rich in history and culture, Stratford-upon-Avon is ideal for Shakespeare fans and history buffs alike. Discover endless historical and literary attractions, see a play at the RSC theatre, take a boat up the river,  or check out Europe's largest butterfly farm! It’s also a great destination for shopping, with quaint side streets packed with shops and boutiques. Whether you’re discovering the town’s historical roots or picnicking by the river, look to Stratford-upon-Avon for a fun day out or a unique weekend away.

Great events in Stratford-upon-Avon this week

Check out our top 10 events in and around Stratford-upon-Avon this week

Best things to do this week in Stratford-upon-Avon

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1 The Wondrous Imagination Of Ovid The Storyteller

Ovid's Metamorphoses, an epic poem - or series of linked poems - written in Latin, is one of the most sensual ever written. It's a collection of transformation myths such as the story of Narcissus and Echo. It was Shakespeare's favourite book and entered deeply into his imagination. This season of short events is devoted to the Roman writer.

When: Oct 8-28, times vary, ends Oct 28
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)1789 403493
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/events/ovid

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2 Dido, Queen Of Carthage

This play, written by Shakespeare's contemporary Christopher Marlowe whilst he was still a student, is based on Virgil's Aeneid and tells how meddling gods turned Queen Dido's offer of help to a vanquished and traumatised Trojan warrior into a destructive sexual passion. Chipo Chung stars in the lead role, directed by Kimberley Sykes.

When: Sep 15, 16, 18-23, 25-30, Oct 2-7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16-18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 7.30pm, mat Sep 21, 1pm, Sep 23, 27, 30, Oct 3, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 1.30pm, captioned perf Oct 20, audio-described perf Oct 26
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)1789 403493
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/dido-queen-of-carthage

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3 The Stratford Town Walk

Local professional guides lead a multi-award-winning two-hour tour along the historic spine of ancient Stratford-upon-Avon. Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps from The Birthplace to the site of New Place, the beautiful Hall's Croft and his grave in Holy Trinity Church. The walk is wheelchair friendly and you don't need to book in advance.

When: Mon-Sun 11am, Sat & Sun 2pm, Dec 25, 10.30am
Where: Swan Fountain, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BA
More Details: www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk

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4 Stratford Butterfly Farm

It's not just butterflies - there are beetles, stick insects, mantids, snails, millipedes, ants, spiders and iguanas on display in this miniature tropical paradise. But butterflies are the main attraction - 1,500 of the world's most colourful, flying free. The Caterpillar Room showcases cocoons, giant silk moths and shining pupae hanging on plants.

When: Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, Mar, Oct, Mon-Sun 10am-5.30pm, Apr-Sep, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, Dec 24, 10am-1pm, closed Dec 25, last adm 30mins before closing
Where: Stratford Butterfly Farm, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 7LS
Contact: +44 (0)1789 299288
More Details: www.butterflyfarm.co.uk

Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. June 2014. TICKETED

5 Anne Hathaway's Cottage

This world-famous building, believed to be the place where the young Shakespeare wooed his older bride, was constructed as a simple two-room building in 1463, and later extended. It was home to Hathaway and her family before she married the famous playwright, and retained those family connections until as late as 1911.

When: Oct 31-Mar 19, 10am-4pm, Mar 20-Oct 29, Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
Where: Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 9HH
Contact: +44 (0)1789 204016

General view of the last resting place of William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, which will be the final destination of the special 400th anniversary celebration of the Bard's life and works.
Photo: Richard Vernalls.
Copyright: PA/Press Association Images. TICKETED

6 Holy Trinity Church

This cross-shaped limestone building on the banks of the Avon was first mentioned in the charter of 845, signed by Beorhtwulf (Bertulf), King of Mercia. It is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised, where he worshipped and where he is buried - apart, that is, from his head which appears to have fallen victim to 18th-century grave robbers.

When: Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec, Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm, Mar, Oct, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm, Apr-Sep, Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, except for worship
Where: Holy Trinity Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BG
Contact: +44 (0)1789 266316
More Details: www.stratford-upon-avon.org

Down With Gravity by David Williams at The MAD Museum.
Copyright: The MAD Museum. TICKETED

7 The MAD Museum

In the promotion and pursuit of technology, science, engineering and creativity, MAD offers interactive and engaging displays and exhibits of mechanical art. The museum boasts weird and wonderful contraptions, that invite visitors to push buttons, pull levers and interact with the expertly engineered designs and kinetic art.

When: Apr 1-Sep 30, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm, Sat & Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5.30pm, last adm 5pm, Oct 1-Mar 30, Mon-Fri 10.30am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm, Sat & Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5.30pm, last adm 5pm, closed Nov 6-10, later closing during school hols
Where: The MAD Museum, 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6PT
Contact: +44 (0)1789 269356
More Details: www.themadmuseum.co.uk

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8 Tudor World

An independent, award-winning museum that allows visitors to step back in time to Shakespeare's England. On Saturdays at 2pm, a costumed actor dressed as the Bard leads a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and every evening, there is a spooky night-time guided tour of the building. Listen for spirits by flickering candlelight.

When: Mon-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm (ghost tours Mon-Fri, Sun 6pm, Sat 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm), closed Dec 25
Where: Tudor World, The Shrieves House Barn, 40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6EE
Contact: +44 (0)1789 298070
More Details: www.tudorworld.com

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9 Moomin Day (Ages 3-9)

Moominmamma, Moominpappa, Moomintroll and Little My... The extraordinary characters of the Moomin Family and their friends have conquered the hearts of the world. Now the Artshouse turns into Moominvalley for a day to celebrate the imagination of Swedish-speaking Finnish author Tove Janssen. There's storytelling, craft-making and a puppet show.

When: Oct 25, 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Where: Stratford ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1789 207100
More Details: www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk/whats-on/autumnwinter-2017/moomin-day/

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10 Luke Jermay: Sixth Sense

Suspend your judgement and all your critical faculties. It can't be true - but it seems to be. The 21st-century showman, who projects an aura of Gothic menace, presents a convincing display of mind-reading, telepathy and intuition. Directed by Michael Weber.

When: Oct 27, 7.30pm
Where: Stratford ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1789 207100
More Details: www.jermay.com

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