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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 Snow In Midsummer

Executed for a murder she did not commit, young widow Dou Yi vows that if she is innocent, snow will fall in midsummer and a catastrophic drought will strike. Playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and director Justin Audibert breathe new life into an ancient story as part of the RSC's Chinese Translations Project.

When: Feb 23-25, 27, 28, Mar 1, 3 & 4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, 7.30pm, press performance Mar 2, 7pm, mats Mar 2, 1pm, Mar 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 1.30pm, signed perf Mar 21, 7.30pm, captioned perf Mar 23, 7.30pm, audio-described mat perf Mar 25, 1.30pm
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/snow-in-midsummer

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2 Shakespearean Cottage Bird Watch

Discover more about the many birds which feature in Shakespeare's plays by embarking on a bird trail through the gardens and grounds. Little twitchers can also help our feathered friends get a headstart on their spring home-building by making a nesting material holder. Wellies and binoculars are advised.

When: Feb 18-26, Mon-Sun 12noon-4pm
Where: Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 9HH
Contact: +44 (0)1789 204016
More Details: www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/february-half-term-fun

FREE EVENT

3 Draw New Mischief

An exhibition which explores 250 years of Shakespeare's influence on political cartoons and the way we imagine the political world. Highlights include a 1846 cartoon showing Prime Minister Robert Peel as Caesar being murdered by his former allies and Morten Morland's recent depiction of David Cameron as Hamlet gazing at Boris Johnson's skull.

When: Feb 25-Sep 15, from 10am, closing times vary
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/exhibitions/draw-new-mischief

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4 The Play's The Thing

A major exhibition celebrating the magic of Shakespeare on stage, with treasures from the RSC archives and museum collection going back 100 years. Try on virtual costumes with a magic costume mirror, take the Quick Change Challenge, see beautifully crafted costumes and props, and learn how magical and gory stage and sound effects are made.

When: From Oct 22, Mon-Sun 10am, last adm 6pm, booking to Sep 10
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/the-plays-the-thing/about-the-exhibition

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5 City Sightseeing Stratford-Upon-Avon

See the medieval market town from a comfortable vantage point, savouring key locations such as Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Hall's Croft. This wheelchair accessible open-top bus tour serves 11 stops all over the medieval town, allowing you to visit the top tourist attractions by hopping on and off.

When: Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm, except Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, every 20-30minutes, Sat, Sun and Bank Hols every 15 minutes
Where: Various Venues, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37
More Details: www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/united-kingdom/stratford-upon-avon.htm?set-lang=en

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6 Barry Steele & Friends: The Roy Orbison Story

Barry Steele and his group recreate the magic of The Big O, faithfully performing the hits of the American rock and pop singer famous for his dark glasses and three octave voice. They also play hits made famous by Orbison's fellow artists such as George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, ELO, The Spencer Davis Group and The Traveling Wilburys.

When: Feb 25, 7.30pm
Where: Stratford ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1789 207100
More Details: www.royorbisonandfriendswithbarrysteele.com

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7 Shakespeare's Birthplace

This half-timbered building in Henley Street, with its extensive ground to the rear, is the house where Shakespeare and his brothers and sisters were born and brought up. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust completed the re-presentation of the Birthplace in April 2000 and rooms are furnished as accurately as possible to recreate the 1570s interior including a glover's workshop.

When: Jan 9-Mar 19, 10am-4pm, Mar 20-Oct 29, 9am-5pm, ongoing
Where: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6QW
Contact: +44 (0)1789 204016
More Details: www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/shakespeares-birthplace

Pirate Of Penzance by Wanda Sowry at The MAD Museum.
Copyright: The MAD Museum. TICKETED

8 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: Jan 9-31, Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Wed, times vary, please check, Sat & Sun 10am-5.00pm, Feb 1-Sep 30, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5.30pm, longer opening during school hols, last adm 45 mins before closing
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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