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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 Children's Day (Ages 3-13)

An enchanting day of children's events with leading authors and illustrators. Along with the inevitable face painting there are shows such as Riverside Performing Arts' Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, storytelling sessions, a shadow puppet workshop with Judy Reaves and a Big Draw Challenge with four of the country's best children's book illustrators.

When: Apr 30, 10am-4pm
Where: Stratford ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6LU
Contact: +44 (0)1789 207100
More Details: www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/event/childrens-day

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2 The Hypocrite

This, essentially, is the City Of Culture 2017 on tour. Hull-born and Olivier Award-winning writer Richard Bean's comedy is based on the infamous moment when King Charles I was denied entry to the city, triggering the English Civil War. Starring Mark Addy and Caroline Quentin, it recently premiered at Hull Truck Theatre as an RSC co-production.

When: Mar 31, Apr 1, 3, 4, 6-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29, 7.30pm, Apr 5, 1pm, 7pm, mats Apr 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 1.30pm, audio-described mat perf Apr 19, captioned perf Apr 21, audio-described perf Apr 28
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.hulltruck.co.uk

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3 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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4 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: Apr 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, May 24, 7pm, mats Apr 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, 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

FREE EVENT

5 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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6 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: Apr 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 Apr 20, 27, May 6, 13, 18, 20, 27, Jun 1, 10, Jul 8, 15, 22, 27, Aug 3, 10, 19, Sep 9, 1.15pm, Apr 25, 1pm, 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

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7 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

Stratford Town Walk. TICKETED

8 The Stratford Town Walk

Local professional guides lead an award-winning walking 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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9 Stratford Festival Of Motoring

This dream gathering for petrolheads of all ages starts with an organised run into the countryside before the vehicles park up. This year the featured marque is Jaguar, with over 30 displayed on Wood St. High performance sports cars take a prominent position on Henley St, and classic British cars on Bridge St. A fire engine dominates the family area.

When: Apr 30 & May 1, 9.30am-5pm, cars arrive at finishing arch in High St at 9.30am
Where: Various Venues, Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6JG
More Details: www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-festival-of-motoring/2017-festival-of-motoring

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10 Maria Friedman

It's dressing up time! Get ready for a sophisticated and classy night out as the Broadway and West End star, a three times Olivier Award winner, explores the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in her critically acclaimed show. The musical director is Tony nominee Jason Carr.

When: May 1, 7.30pm
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/spring-2017/maria-friedman

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