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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 Alice In Wonderland

John-Robert Partridge directs Tread The Boards in Catherine Pout's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's fantasy favourite, about a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter and the evil Queen of Hearts. Will she ever find her way home?

When: From Aug 3, Tue-Sat 6.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, no perf Aug 6, 19, extra perf Aug 28, 6.30pm, ends Sep 3
Where: Attic Theatre, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6YY
More Details: www.treadtheboardstheatre.co.uk

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2 Vice Versa

Greek drama is well-known - Roman drama, less so. Phil Porter's riotous outing for the RSC is based on the comedies of Plautus, who lived approximately 200BC. It tells how a wily servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle their foolish master. Ellie Beaven is Voluptua, Bally Gill Marsupuis and Felix Hays General Braggadocio.

When: Jun 26 & 27, Jul 1, 3, 5-7, 10-12, 15, 19-21, Aug 1, 3-5, 9, 12, 16-18, 21 & 22, 26, 28, 31, Sep 1, 7-9, 7.30pm, mats Jun 28, Jul 12, 15, 22, Aug 5, 9, 12, 23, Sep 2, 9, 1.30pm, captioned perf Jul 11, 7.30pm, audio-described perf Sep 2, 1.30pm, captioned perf Sep 9, ends Sep 9
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)1789 403493
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/vice-versa/about-the-play

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3 Titus Andronicus

Rome is in a state of desperation and decay. Titus Andronicus has relinquished all powers, leaving the hub of the most prosperous and affluent empire in tatters. This is undoubtedly Shakespeare's most brutal play, depicting rape, cannibalism and murder. David Troughton performs the title role, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

When: Jun 23, 24, 26-30, Jul 1, 3, 5, 6, 11-13, 20, 21, 24, 25, 29, 31, Aug 5, 7, 17, 22, 23, 26, Sep 2, 7.15pm, mats Jul 1, 6, 14, 20, Aug 24, 26, Sep 2, 1.15pm, Jul 4, Aug 9, 7pm, Aug 8, 1pm, ends Sep 2
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)1789 403493
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/titus-andronicus

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4 Salome

A Biblical prophet rejects the advances of King Herod's stepdaughter, Salome, filling her with a lust-driven desire for revenge. Oscar Wilde's drama, originally banned in Britain, is reimagined with Matthew Tennyson mesmerising in the title role. Directed by Owen Horsley with music by American artist Perfume Genius. Adult content and nudity.

When: Jun 2, 3, 5-10, 15, 16, 21-23, 28-30, Jul 4, 8, 12-14, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27-29, Aug 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 23-25, 29, 30, Sep 2, 4-6, 7.30pm, mat Jun 8, 1pm, Jun 10, 21, 24, 30, Jul 1, 5, 8, 19, 29, Aug 16, 19, 26, 1.30pm, captioned perf Aug 15, 7.30pm
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)1789 403493
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk

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5 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: Mon-Sun 10am, last adm 6pm, closed Sep 11-22, ongoing
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)1789 403493
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/the-plays-the-thing/about-the-exhibition

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6 Public River Cruises

Step aboard a traditional Edwardian passenger launch for a 40-minute cruise past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the site of Shakespeare's tomb and the 15th century Clopton Bridge. Then travel on between peaceful river banks and meadows with glimpses of large secluded houses and beautiful riverside gardens.

When: Mon-Sun 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, ends Oct 29
Where: Avon Boating, Boat House, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 7LS
More Details: www.avon-boating.co.uk

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7 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

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: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm, Sat & Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5.30pm, last adm 5pm, 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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9 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-6pm, 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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