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You may think that the quaint timber-framed buildings, picturesque riverbank pathways, mix of traditional and modern pubs and restaurants, shopping boutiques and rich cultural history are enough to warrant a visit to the beautiful, medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon; but if you are heading that way this summer, there is so much more on offer. Here are just some of the fantastic events that should not be missed in 2017.

Stratford River Festival

When? 6th – 7th July 2019

Get stuck in with family and friends at this award winning, two-day, free festival. The festivities are spread along the river bank and include craft stalls, live music, family activities, face painting, a range of local ales, global food offerings, and even a fireworks finale. Whether you’re confident enough to have a dance, fancy exploring the narrow boats, or just want to socialise, the event will cater for everyone’s tastes. With over 50,000 people joining in the fun in previous years, it promises to be great day or weekend out for people of all ages.

Stratford Town Fun Quiz Trail

When? Most weekends & occasional weekdays throughout summer months

If you think you know all about Shakespeare’s birthplace, or if you want to get to know a bit more about the town, then this quiz trail is the perfect activity. Put together a team of up to six people, and absorb a bit of local history while you tour the town for 90 minutes searching for answers to the quiz questions. With a prize for the winning team, knowledge may not be the only thing you gain from this fun and sociable quiz. Whether you want to get the family out of the house, are looking for ways to entertain on a school trip, or want an activity for a hen do or birthday celebration, this fun challenge is a fantastic way to explore the city.

Stratford Food Festival

When? 21st – 22nd September 2019

At the end of the summer, Stratford’s town centre will again be filled with the tantalising aromas from an array of stalls selling fresh local produce. The festivities will include demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, as well as al fresco dining and other activities. If you’re looking for some home cooking inspiration, want to sample some delicious local ales, or just want to get involved in the lively atmosphere, the festival is sure to bring out the foodie in you. With kids workshops on offer, you may even be treated to some cooking or baking from your children if you take them along.

Stratford Music Festival

When? 13th – 24th September 2019

Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect setting for classical music and jazz concerts. After 22 years, this music festival is still going strong, and this year will feature the successful, local, Orchestra of the Swan; New Generation Artists from BBC Radio 3; as well as other highly acclaimed orchestras and musicians. Check the performance listings for further details.