10 FREE things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon England
As a resident of Stratford upon Avon, I thought I would share some attractions which other locals and visitors alike, can enjoy in our historic town free of charge.
SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2013 – SHAKESPEARE’S MARATHON – The marathon is run throughout the town and creates a great atmosphere for the runners and spectators alike. Watch the athletes as they pass through the town and then join them for lunch afterwards at one of the many eateries in our historic town.
SUNDAY 5TH AND MONDAY 6TH MAY 2013 – STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF MOTORING – More than 200 cars will be on display throughout the town between 12.00pm and 4.00pm each day. Why not take a stroll around the town and admire the collection of classic cars, super cars, vintage cars and sports cars – you will also get the chance to speak to the owners about their beloved vehicles.
SATURDAY 6TH AND SUNDAY 7TH JULY – STRATFORD RIVER FESTIVAL – Having attended this event last year, I can say that it is not to be missed. The event is attended by hundreds of boat owners along the river and the party goes on into the evening with a Boat Light Show and then a spectacular firework display. Live music is played throughout the weekend on the banks of the river. A great party atmosphere for all of the family.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH (SHAKESPEARE’S FINAL RESTING PLACE) – The Holy Trinity Church is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon. Admission to the main part of the Church is free, where you can admire the wonderful stained glass windows.
BANCROFT GARDENS – These landscaped gardens are nestled on the banks of the River Avon. There are lots of places to laze around and enjoy a picnic, whilst watching the boats sail up and down the river. You can also see the many statues, which are featured thoughout the gardens.
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE – The newly refurbished theatre is a sheer joy to wonder around, where you can appreciate the 1930s Art Deco features which have been lovingly restored. Access to the ground floor areas is free, but you can pay to go up the newly erected tower to get a vista of the town.
ELIZABETHAN KNOT GARDENS – this hidden gem is located directly behind New Place (Shakespeare’s former residence). You can enter the Knot Gardens from Chapel Lane and it is like entering a secret garden, hidden away from the modern world. A wonderful place to just wander, or sit down read a book, or simply watch the world go by.
LOCAL MARKETS – every Friday a market is held on Rother Street, which ranges from old antiques to locally sourced products and crafts. It is free to browse around the market and is always buzzing.
CHRISMAS MARKETS – these will take place every Sunday throughout November and December on Henley Street in Stratford upon Avon. This market started last year and proved extremely popular. It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with a hot chocolate or a glass of warm mulled wine and absorb the traditional Christmas atmosphere of our Tudor town
BIRTHPLACE 3D LIGHTSHOW CHRISTMAS 2013 – This is a first for Stratford upon Avon. Shakespeare’s historic Birthplace will have a 3D lightshow projected onto the building. The Event is launched on Thursday 21st November 2013 and runs every evening for 4 weeks. This event is truly unique and free for everyone to watch. For more information click here.
For a free map of Stratford upon Avon click here
I hope you have found this useful and decide to visit our town.