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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. Catch Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's vibrant adaptation of an ancient story, and its sterling ensemble cast. Directed by Justin Audibert 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 Method In The Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then And Now

Find out more about medicine in the lifetime of Shakespeare's son-in-law, the doctor John Hall (1575-1635). Alongside gory objects such as a genuine Tudor syringe and an amputation saw, you can gain real insights into how Hall and his patients understood their bodies and minds - and how this influenced medical practice.

When: From Mar 18, Mar 18-Dec 31, 10am-4pm, ends Dec 31
Where: Hall's Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BG
Contact: 01789204016
More Details: www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/method-madness-understanding-ourselves-then-and-now

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3 Julius Caesar

Triumphant Caesar returns from war, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare's political thriller in which spin and betrayal unleash violent forces of resentment. With Andrew Woodall as Caesar and Alex Waldmann as Brutus. Music by Mira Calix.

When: Mar 3 & 4, 6, 16 & 17, 22, Mar 27-29, Apr 1, 3-5, 7, 12, 15, 17 & 18, 22, 24, Apr 29, May 1 & 2, 4 & 5, 9 & 10, 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26, 31, Jun 1, 3, 5, 9, 13 & 14, 17, Jul 7, 14, 22, 26, Aug 2 & 3, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24 & 25, 31, Sep 1, 4 & 5, 8 & 9, 7.15pm, Apr 26, 7pm, mats Mar 18, 30, Apr 4, 8, 13, 20, 27, May 6, 13, 18, 20, 27, Jun 1, 10, Jul 8, 15, 22, 27, Aug 3, 10, 19, Sep 9, 1.15pm, Mar 23, Apr 25, 1pm, open understudy rehearsal Apr 4, 1.15pm, filmed perf Apr 25, 1pm, filmed perf Apr 26, 7pm, captioned perf May 6, 1.15pm, audio-described perf May 19, 7.15pm, post-show talk May 31, 7.15pm, captioned perf Jun 14, 7.15pm, signed perf Aug 14, 7.15pm, audio-described perf Aug 19, 1.15pm
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/julius-caesar

FREE EVENT

4 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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5 Mary Arden's Farm

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm, which was the residence of Mary, mother of William Shakespeare, in her youth. The farm is still home to sheep, pigs and cows, as well as stunning birds of prey, which provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the art of falconry.

When: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, ends Oct 29
Where: Mary Arden's Farm, Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 9UN
Contact: +44 (0)1789 204016
More Details: www.shakespeare.org.uk

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

6 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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7 Antony And Cleopatra

Antony Byrne and Josette Simon star as the decadent lovers, with Ben Allen as the ruthless Octavius, in Shakespeare's high-stakes exploration of love, duty, passion and power. Iqbal Khan directs the RSC's production, which forms part of a season of Shakespeare's Roman plays, with music by Laura Mvula.

When: Mar 11, 13-15, 18, 20, 21, 24-25, 30-31, Apr 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, May 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 27, 29, 30, Jun 2, 6-8, 10, 12, 15, 16, Jul 8, 10, 15, 17-19, 27, 28, Aug 4, 11, 15, 16, 19, 21, 30, Sep 6, 7, 7.15pm, Mar 23, May 24, 7pm, mats Mar 25, Apr 1, 6, 12, 15, 22, 29, May 4, 11, 25, Jun 3, 17, Jul 29, Aug 5, 12, 31, 1.15pm, filmed perf May 23, 1pm, filmed perf May 24, 7pm, understudy rehearsal Apr 12, 1.15pm, post-show talk May 3, 7.15pm, captioned perf Jun 8, Aug 5, 7.15pm, audio-described mat perf Jun 17, 1.15pm, audio-described eve perf Sep 7, 7.15pm
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk

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