The Year Ahead
2017 promises to be another eventful year in the always-exciting town of Stratford-upon-Avon. This town, often regarded as a unique cultural centre and noteworthy for its historical significance as the home of William Shakespeare, tends to have a very full events calendar, and this year will be no exception. Whether you’re into music, festivals, theatre, art, or just about any other sort of cultural display, there should be something for you in the town. Here is a brief look at some of the more noteworthy events and times of the year.
To begin with, the Royal Shakespeare Company runs some of the world’s best theatrical performances throughout the year. You can find schedules for particular plays and events online, but this is certainly something to keep your eye on when looking for entertainment in Stratford.
In April, the town celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday with a week of activities including the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, which has become an annual event perfect for those who appreciate history and literature. The festival essentially brings together enthusiasts on the arts, as well as samples and collections of literature and visiting authors, all to be celebrated at a town famed for being the home of arguably the greatest writer in history.
May sees the town hosting the Stratford Festival of Motoring where more than 200 classic and special interest vehicles are expected to be on display throughout the historic town during the two-day festival which will also feature two "runs" through stunning Warwickshire and Gloucestershire countryside for all entrants. May is also the month for the start of the Stratford Cycling Festival and alternative theatre and music under the banner of Stratford Fringe.
Throughout all of the seasons of the year, Stratford is also home to its famed Farmer’s Market, which is not only a place to shop for groceries, but a place to spend an afternoon. With scenic surroundings and tasty offerings, the Stratford Farmer’s Market has become quite a draw over the years.
In July the River Festival lights up, not only the river banks and gardens, but the whole town, with its many colourful boats and summer celebrations followed in September by the Food Festival - a veritable gob-smacking gargantuan gallimaufry of gourmet delights.
Despite the wide selection of events and activities listed above, they represent merely a fraction of the cultural activity that will take place in Stratford this year. In the meantime, however, if you are a person who appreciates British history, literature, and indeed the arts in general, you would do well to pick out an event or two and make sure that you participate in some of Stratford’s 2015 cultural offerings.