Days Out Stratford-upon-Avon

Free Activities

Stratford and the surrounding areas have a wealth of places to visit to keep the whole family entertained.  For special events please go to the events calendar

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Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

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Compton Verney is delighted to welcome visitors with children. Whatever the weather, we can offer something for every member of your family to enjoy.  From our children’s woodland adventure play area, willow tunnels and nature trails to all-weather explorer backpacks and arty activities every school holiday there’s always plenty to capture the imagination, stimulate the mind and keep your children happy and interested.

The Family Room is large and well equipped with games, arts & crafts, chalk boards, DUPLO, puppet show and more.

Tuesdays: Tiny Tuesdays, weekly soft play 11.30am to 3pm FREE FOR UNDER 5s and lots of other activities for kids to do when they get here

Thursdays: Forest School (term time) 12:30pm to 2:30pm FREE FOR UNDER 5’s

Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

Tel: 01926 645500

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. Now fully reopen after a £9.5m redevelopment programme, this huge museum offers a whole FREE day out of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages – all in an iconic city-centre building, and all completely free.

Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

Tel: 024 7623 4270

Escape Arts LEGO Cafe

Escape ArtsLEGO Cafe FREE entry!

Pop into the LEGO cafe every Thursday of the summer holidays 1pm to 4pm at The Old Slaughterhouse. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Where: The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6RW


Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

FREE entry to the award-winning Herbert Art Gallery & Museum which celebrates the city’s culture, history and arts.

Where: Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

Tel: 024 7623 7521

Park Run

FREE 5k timed run but pre-registration essential

When: Saturdays 9am

Where: Recreation Ground, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS


Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Oxhill is home to almost 90 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.  Entry is completely FREE and there is a picnic area, gift shop and cafe.

Where: Banbury Road, Kineton, Banbury CV35 0RP

Tel: 0870 040 0033

Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

FREE daily activities (and a special programme every school holiday) including:

In the Cloakroom you can dress-up with a range of special props from the RSC Costume Store. The permanent dressing-up box is based on the ground floor of the theatre and is for all ages.

In the Riverside Cafe, the Play Cart is full of fun activities for all ages to enjoy whilst visiting the theatre. From colouring to making masks, there’s a new adventure to be made every time you come.

Where: Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB

Tel: 01789 403493


NEWS: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Brings Circus to the Streets for Shakespeare’s Birthday

Circus comes to the Shakespeare Birthplace TrustThe Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will be celebrating Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday on Saturday 22 April, with all the fun of the circus, featuring professional entertainers from Fool’s Paradise, alongside performances from local community groups. The FREE, family-friendly programme will run all day in Henley Street, outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace, with plenty of opportunities to join in and meet our varied range of performers. Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37) residents* can enjoy FREE entry to the Shakespeare houses and a slice of birthday cake, while stocks last. (*proof of address required)

22 April, 12pm – 4pm PT Barnum presents Shakespeare’s Circus on Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon


Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations 2017

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations 2017Celebrations for Shakespeare’s 453rd Birthday in 2017 bring family entertainment and fun activities to Stratford-upon-Avon for the whole weekend around 23rd April, the Bard’s acknowledged birthday.   What a finale to this year’s Easter activities in Stratford!


On the morning of Saturday 22 April the focus is the traditional Birthday Parade as hundreds of people take to the streets in a procession full of sound and spectacle.  Brass bands, people in period costume, dignitaries and VIP guests join with community groups and schoolchildren, among them students of Shakespeare’s own King Edward’s School, to make their way through the town centre to Holy Trinity Church to lay flowers on Shakespeare’s grave.   Traditional ceremonies take centre stage as the procession pauses to witness the handing over of the Quill representing Shakespeare’s legacy, and the Unfurling of Flags along Bridge Street, High Street and Henley Street.


Shakespeare’s New Place (SBT)

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New Place was William Shakespeare’s final place of residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died there in 1616. Though the house no longer exists, the land is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  The visitor centre has children’s activities and special programmes run during school holidays.

FREE entry to Shakespeare’s New Place to all residents of the CV37 postcode, on presentation of a Community Card.  Community Cards are now available for collection from any of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties. Please note that proof of CV37 residency will be required.

Where: 22 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP

Tel: 01789 204016

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Stratford upon Avon Library

FREE storytime sessions at Stratford Library!

Tuesdays at 11am Rhyme Time – Songs and rhymes for 0-2 year olds and parents and carers

Fridays at 11am Story Stomp – Fun session with stories and rhymes for 2-4 year olds and their parents and carers

Where: 12 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PZ

Tel: 0300 5558171


The Other Place (RSC)

Second Saturdays: FREE drop-in family activities
Every second Saturday of the month, starting Saturday 8 April, 1pm-3pm
Families can enjoy regular free Shakespeare and theatre inspired activities on the second Saturday of every month at The Other Place. From crafts, storytelling and music making, there will something for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Where: The Other Place, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB

The Play’s The Thing (RSC)

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon with the RSC’s permanent exhibition.

KIDS GO FREE on Sundays and in the school holidays!  Free tickets can be bought in advance or on the day of the visit by calling 01789 403493 or at the Box Office at the RSC (not available online).

Where: Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS

Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Warwickshire Museum

Housed in a Jacobean mansion, St John’s Museum showcases the social history collections. Galleries include a Victorian Kitchen and Schoolroom (used by local school children during term time for activities and learning sessions), displays on childhood, toys and games, costume and an under 5s discovery room. St John’s also has lovely formal gardens where you can sit and enjoy a picnic. FREE entry. (small charge for holiday activities)

Where: Warwickshire Museum, Market Hall Museum, St John’s Museum & County Record Office, Warwick, CV34 4NF

Tel: 01926 412500