Seeing Mr Shakespeare himself last year!
This year’s Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations are bigger and better than ever with loads more family fun to enjoy! There’s a massively expanded programme spread over the whole birthday weekend of Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April 2018. Here’s everything you’ll need to make the most of it with your kids!!
Town centre road closures will be in operation on Saturday 21st from 8am to 12:30pm and there will be rolling closures on Sunday 22nd between 10am and 1:30pm.
Saturday 21 April 2018
- 10am to 4pm circus and crafting fun on Henley Street courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- 10:15am to 12:15pm parade from Waterside to Holy Trinity Church
- 11:30am to 4pm free arts & crafts, Upper Foyer, RSC The Other Place
- 12pm to 4pm Knights & Nymphs Children’s Garden Party at SBT Hall’s Croft with free face-painting by Fairy Fun, Kate’s Storytree and garden games
- 10am to 4pm Bell Court live music, free face-painting and dance performances by Rozie T Dance Academy
- Free entry for CV37 residents at all five Shakespeare Family Homes and a slice of birthday cake
- Free arts & crafts cake sculpture building with Escape Arts on Waterside
- Evening Mime Theatre Show on Waterside at various intervals between 7pm and 9:30pm
Our mini Mumblers enjoying the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations
Sunday 22 April 2018
- 10:50am civic procession from Town Hall to Holy Trinity Church
- 4pm Living Statue Competition winner announced at the Bandstand
- Fun fair, carousel, soft play, Punch & Judy, food stalls, centre stage with live music and performances
- Living Statue Competition
- Craft market at the Recreation Ground
Programme details below!
COMMUNITY CARNIVAL PARADE
This year’s parade will be much larger because many local community groups are participating, all portraying a work of literary fiction.
The annual parade will start on Saturday 21st at 10:15am from Waterside. The ceremonial handing over of the Quill will be in Bridge Street at 11:12am. At 11:50am the parade will set off from Bridge Street to Holy Trinity Church.
Go to the official Celebrations website for full details
LIVING STATUE COMPETITION
The Living Statue Competition will start at 8:30pm on Friday evening with contestants under pop-up marquees busking between 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Statues will continue to busk on Saturday on Waterside and Bancroft Gardens after the Parade, while on Sunday they will be asked to take up positions in Bancroft Gardens as judging takes place. The winner will be announced from the recreation ground Bandstand at 4pm on Sunday 22nd April.
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
The Royal Shakespeare Company are offering KIDS GO FREE* on Saturday 21 April. Children can get hands-on with the interactive exhibition, The Play’s The Thing, and take in the views from the top of the theatre tower for FREE. *Up to four children go free with every full paying adult ticket for The Play’s The Thing. *Up to two kids go free to the theatre tower with every full paying adult.
On Saturday 21 April 12pm to 4pm: Sonnet Ferry, Chain Ferry Crossing, River Avon listen to Shakespeare’s poetry as you cross the River Avon, read to you by RSC actors. 50p per crossing
Go to the RSC website for their full programme
SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST
Circus fun on Henley Street in 2017
On Saturday, 21st April, Henley Street will come alive with an exciting array of interactive workshops and unique performances, right in front of the very house where Shakespeare was born.
In conjunction with World Creativity Week, residents and visitors alike can enjoy activities and performances by local community groups and professional acts based on the theme of ‘Find Your Creative’. Clown around in the Victorian Circus Skills workshop, have a go at balloon sculpting, enjoy lively hands-on percussion music workshops, traditional Morris and Renaissance dancing, and watch country dancing from pupils of The Willows Primary School.
The free, family-friendly programme will run all day in Henley Street with plenty of opportunities to join in and meet the performers. Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37) residents* can enjoy free entry to all five Shakespeare Family Homes and a slice of birthday cake, while stocks last. (*proof of address required)
On Saturday 21st April from 12pm to 4pm, Hall’s Croft in Old Town will transform into a realm of magic and fun at the annual Knights and Nymphs Garden Party. Dress up as a Knight or a Nymph, have your face painted and enjoy garden games. Pack a picnic or if you’re feeling peckish, indulge in the delicious barbeque – fizz available for grown-ups too. Free entry for CV37 residents (with proof of address).
Go to the SBT website for full event information
Visitors to Bell Court will be transformed into their favourite literary characters this weekend to help mark Shakespeare’s 454th birthday celebrations.
Free face painting will be on offer to all visitors between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 21st April in the Central Square at Bell Court with children invited to transform into tigers, fairies, wizards, superheroes or anything else their imagination conjures up.
Between 11:45am and 2:30pm, visitors will also be entertained with dance performances from the talented Rozie T Dance Academy and live music from Two Tone Acoustic.
Bell Court is also the sole sponsor of this year’s Community Literary Carnival Pageant which is part of the traditional birthday parade in Stratford-upon-Avon and will see local community groups and children dressed up in colourful costumes as they parade along Bridge Street.
On Saturday 21st April there’s free cake sculpture building on Waterside with the Escape Arts team. Take your creation to Stratford’s Heritage & Arts Centre at The Old Slaughterhouse on Sheep Street to claim a free “real” cake!
MUMBLER DISCLAIMER – all events are subject to change and this guide has been compiled in good faith from numerous sources.