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Fantastic Atmosphere at Stratford Festival of Motoring

May 2015

Fantastic Atmosphere at Stratford Festival of Motoring! 


Almost 500 classic cars and high performance motors participated in Stratford Festival of Motoring this bank holiday weekend. People flocked into town to see the cars and soak up the sunshine. Car entries were sold out for both days, though the inclement weather on Sunday morning meant that the owners of some convertibles were unable to participate as they had no rain cover; better weather on Monday ensured a fuller turnout.  Live music added to the atmosphere courtesy of The Rocking Dinosaurs, The Voice contestant Karl Loxley and Rozie T's Dance Academy.

The Town centre was largely pedestrianised for the event and full of a huge variety of cars shimmering in the sunshine; from Maserati’s by the theatre, to an exotic chrome wrapped Lamborghini, retro 1980s and classic British vintage cars.  The newest cars included a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and an electric Renault Zoe.  Tesla’s high performance electric cars also caused a stir and local dealership, Listers of Stratford, showcased four brands, Honda, Audi, VW and Toyota.  American cars in Wood Street included the oldest car at the festival, a 1913 Model T Ford.  The Motor Heritage Centre, Coventry Transport Museum and the Auto Adrenalin Club added to the mix.

Participating cars were waved off by the festival patron, motoring journalist and Stratford based celebrity, Quentin Willson on a scenic drive around a choice of routes through stunning local countryside.  The Chateau Impney route included driving through a ford. Whilst some drivers chose to avoid it others, spotting a photographer, accelerated or even went through twice to make a big splash!   On arrival back into town they drove slowly through the town centre on a Lap of Honour before parking up according to car themes.  


Children had a fantastic time particularly at the family area in Rother Street where there was Go-Kart action, an art stall, a bouncy castle and the addition of a climbing wall on the Monday.  Children grinned from ear to ear as they clambered aboard the fire engine and had their photos taken!  The children’s car model hunt was really popular with children and parents who set off around Rother Street in search of ten model cars hidden in business windows. Prizes include an impressive Doug Brown radio control Car, tickets for The Creaky Cauldron and Stratford Butterfly Farm. 

Trophies were awarded in a variety of categories and Quentin Willson presented the award for his favourite entrant, a Ford Mustang Shelby owned by Adrian Waller. Adrian first saw the car when he was 17 and it took 20 years from him to be able to buy it!  The Furthest Travelled Award went to Peter Darby who had travelled all the way from Dumfries with his vintage Morgan.  The Treasure Hunt Winner was Owen Bannister in his 1968 Mini Cooper.  The Mayor’s Choice trophy was awarded to Bernard Long of Stratford for his 1953 Triumph Mayflower. 

Over 70,000 extra visitors came to Stratford to enjoy the spectacle and boost the local economy. The organisers, Stratforward, work on behalf of almost 500 town centre businesses, Ruth Wood, Events Manager said, “It was great to see the town centre filled with so many people enjoying the spectacle!  Participants and visitors were delighted that the event was in Stratford town centre as there were able to enjoy the excellent range of shops and restaurants. They loved the Festival and found Stratford so welcoming and friendly. We couldn’t stage this Festival without the support of businesses and the Wellesbourne Lions volunteers. We would like to say a huge thank you for helping to make this event such a success.”




Stratford Festival of Motoring here at last!

May 2015

Stratford Festival of Motoring is this bank holiday weekend on May 3rd and 4th from 930-5pm in Stratford Town Centre.

Over 300 stunning cars will be displayed in town from the theatre through the heart of the town upto Henley Street.  In Rother Market there is a family area with lots to do including a free treasure hunt.  

Live music in Bridge Street with the Rocking Dinosaurs from midday and then The Voice participant Karl Loxley at 2pm.  

Come and enjoy your Bank holiday weekend in Stratford and make the most of the fantastic selection of shops and cafes.


Stratford Festival of Motoring SOLD OUT

Apr 2015

Car entries are now full for Stratford Festival of Motoring!  This is a free festival for the public and takes place in Stratford town centre.

The owners of participating cars are doing the finishing touches to their stunning cars.   Final plans are coming together.  Have you seen the posters and banners up everywhere?

More volunteers still needed to help with the parking and handing out leaflets please.  Work a half day and receive lunch!

Roads will be closed in Stratford Town Centre from 9am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday.

Come and admire the stunning cars including some delights from the Gaydon Heritage Centre -1936 MG SA, 1985 MG 6R4 rally car and a Drive Zone Ford Fiesta!




Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations

Apr 2015

Come to Shakespeares Birthday Celebrations!  Park & Ride open on both Saturday and Sunday!

Stratford’s tradition of the Birthday Celebration dates back more than 100 years and brings together residents and visitors in a vibrant mix of pageantry and performance. This year's grand Birthday Procession takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 25 April, winding through the historic spine of Stratford and finishing with the laying of flowers on Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church. 

Information below is from 

Friday 24th April

4:00pm Shakespeare Centre (map:1) Shakespeare Birthday Lecture by Dame Harriet Walter – 01789 204016.

7:00pm Stratford Arts House (map:26) Singing Shakespeare Young People’s Concert –  or 01789 207100.

Saturday 25th April – The Big Celebrations Day

*All Day from 10:00am Enjoy a variety of events and entertainment throughout the town organised by SBT and RSC before and after the Shakespeare Birthday Parade.

*Shakespeare Shop Window Competition trail Look out for shops with black and gold balloons outside, taking part in the Shakespeare Shop Window Competition Trail. Free for everyone to join in, pick up an activity sheet from any of the shops and join in the fun!

*10:00am Bancroft Gardens (map:6) Schools country dancing with Shakespeare Morris.

*10.30am Shakespeare Birthday Parade with newly extended route and flag unfurling ceremony. See map for Parade route

*12:00-5:00pm Shakespeare’s King Edward VI School (map:19) View Shakespeare’s schoolroom.

12:00  Avonbank Gardens -Shakespeare Birthday Luncheon.

*12:30pm Waterside (map: 10) Stratford College catering and carpentry staff and students will be handing out their Shakespeare’s birthday cupcakes from a bespoke stand

1:00pm Holy Trinity (map:25) Viewing of floral tributes to Shakespeare around his grave – small charge

*1:00pm-2:00pm Hall’s Croft Gardens (map:16) Knights & Nymphs toddler party for families with children under 5.

*4:30pm Bancroft Gardens (map:5) The Great Morris Slam.

7:30pm The Guild Chapel (map:19) Singing Shakespeare Concert with ‘Khymerikal’ 01789 204016

*RSC Tower Free entry all day

All 5 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Properties (map:  12, 16, 17, Mary Arden’s Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage) Free entry for all *CV37 residents to with activities and birthday cake at all the houses.

Sunday 26th April

*9:00am  Starting in Church Street – Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon finishing in recreation ground.

*10:55am Town Hall (map: 14) to Holy Trinity Church (map: 25) Shakespeare Birthday Parade.

*11:15am Holy Trinity Church (map:25) The Shakespeare Service.

*11:00am-4:00pm Shakespeare’s King Edward VI School (map:19) View Shakespeare’s schoolroom.

4:00pm The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (map:20) The Birthday Bash or 0844 800 1110.

Keep checking our website for more information and updates

Festival of Motoring Sunday & Weekend Passes SOLD OUT

Apr 2015

Sunday and Weekend Passes are now SOLD OUT


Comedy Hullabaloo May 21 – 25 2015

Mar 2015
Comedy Hullabaloo May 21 – 25 2015

The five-day comedy spectacular returns to Stratford-upon-Avon following fabulous festivals in 2013 and 2014.

Presented by Underbelly in association with Stratforward and the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Comedy Hullabaloo takes place over the late May bank holiday weekend, and events are now on sale.

Comedy Hullabaloo will feature an array of shows per day, with top name comedians alongside handpicked emerging acts.

The hub of this four-day comedy feast will be the Aurora Spiegeltent and the Romantiek Spiegeltent, in the Swan Gardens Acts include Al Murray, Jon Richardson, Jack Dee, Russell Kane, Jason Byrne, Ardal O'Hanlon, Robin Ince, Mark Watson, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe and many more.

How to book


Telephone: 0844 800 1110

Stratford Festival of Motoring has topped 250 entries!

Mar 2015

Stratford Festival of Motoring is a two day free event based in Stratford on Avon town centre on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

There will be a fabulous array of vintage and high performance cars on display. So far there are over 250 cars of character entered! There is limited space for more to register for this fun event which includes a morning treasure hunt or tour around beautiful Cotswold countryside.

All entries will receive a full entry pack containing their souvenir run plate, route book etc by post about 2 weeks before the Festival. Click here to register your car's entry.

The two runs will start from the Leisure Centre car park from 08:00 on both the Sunday and Monday with the last cars leaving around 09:45. Each day half of the cars will head off over the Clopton Bridge into the Cotswolds and the other half will head off towards Alcester and on to Chateau Impney to see the plans for the hill climb. The runs will take between 90 minutes and two hours depending on the speed of the cars and traffic conditions, so cars will start to return to Stratford from around 09:30. The cars will then complete a lap of honour of part of the town centre before parking up for the rest of the day.

Participants can enter online for both days, or for just the Sunday or Monday and entries are coming in fast. Four trophies will be awarded on the Monday afternoon for: Furthest Travelled; Treasure Hunt Winner; The Mayor’s Choice and the Stratforward Trophy.

Contributing towards the free fun family friendly atmosphere will be live music, street entertainers and themed entertainment. Many town centre roads will be closed so it will be a relaxed atmosphere. Come and enjoy the fun!

Local Vicar wins Photography Competition

Jan 2015
Local Vicar wins Photography Competition

Stratforward's Photography competition judges were unanimous in their selection of, ‘Christmas Extravaganza,’ as the winning entry by Reverend Andrew Dow of Stratford.  The theme was, ’Stratford is Christmas-upon-Avon’ and Andrew’s supporting text described his photo as, “Stratford explodes in a maelstrom of festive light, colour and crowds!”  

The competition was run to encourage people to capture the magic and beauty of Stratford upon Avon at Christmas time.  Many entries were of Stratford’s stunning Christmas lights.  This spectacular image will be included in future campaigns to promote Stratford over Christmas.

Andrew has won a day’s photography training tailored to him by Studio Stratford, a 20 by 30” canvas print by Photo Zone of Stratford and a Bose Speaker from Curry’s Digital!    Andrew is absolutely over the moon and can’t believe it!  He is a retired vicar living in Stratford and is on the ministry team at Holy Trinity Church in an honorary capacity.

The judging panel was headed by the Stratford Herald’s photographer Mark Williamson along with Town Centre photographic retailers including Studio Stratford of the Minories and Photo Zone of Red Lion Court.  The Instagram category was won by Jess Hawley.   Stratforward BID hosted the competition,  “Many congratulations to both winners, and huge thanks to everyone who entered.”

Christmas Upon Avon

Nov 2014
Christmas Upon Avon

Christmas upon Avon Signpost!!!

For all information about Christmas events in Stratford please go to the Chrismas upon Avon web site or

From this Stratforward site, you can click on Whats On, and then select Christmas upon Avon.

There are details of whats on in town, free events, competitions and more.

Also go to the Christmas upon Avon facebook page!  

Like us to be the first to receive updates on whats on in Stratford!

Christmas Photography Competition

Nov 2014

Christmas Upon Avon Photography Competition

Get creative and capture Stratford this Christmas.  

Competition Theme:  Stratford is Christmas Upon Avon!   Stratford is such a beautiful town and at Christmas it really sparkles. Can you capture this?

There are two categories to enter:  

  1. Instagram - post your images on Instagram and tag #ChristmasUponAvon and #Stratford 
  2. High Resolution - email your image to with a completed entry form

Prizes include:

  • Studio Stratford Photography Training Day - this is an exclusive, one off service for the winner of this competition and will be designed to suit the winner's knowledge,
  • 20" by 30" Photozone canvas print of your choice worth £69.99, 
  • Bose soundlink mini bluetooth speaker (Retail price £159) from Currys Digital 
  • a trophy!

The competion will be judged by Mark Willamson of the Herald newspaper, Photozone of Red Lion Court and Currys Digital of High Street. Mark said, "We'll be looking for imaginative angles, strong composition and images that encapsulate whats unique about Stratford at Christmas."

Deadline: midday on 19th December 2014

Can you capture what makes Stratford so special?  We'd love to see your entries.  Tell friends and family too!

Credit: You will be credited if your images are used to help promote Stratford at Christmas next year. 

Click to download the entry form


Terms and Conditions apply 

By taking part in the Christmas Upon Avon Photography Competition, you agree to the following Terms & Conditions:

1. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules. Stratforward Ltd reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time if Stratforward BID Ltd has reason to believe that an entrant has breached any of the foregoing rules and conditions.

2. All high resolution photographs must be emailed to with a completed entry form.  (300dpi please.)  To make an Instagram entry, post an image on Instagram with the tags #Stratford and #ChristmasUponAvon.  Uploading a photo and adding the hashtags shall constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.

3. Each entrant may submit up to three images and accompanying text in both the High Resolution category and Instagram.  Entries will be retained by Stratforward.  

4. Competition prizes are on . Stratforward BID Ltd reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

5. The closing date is midday on Friday 19th December 2014.

6. The competition is open to amateur or student photographers.

7. All prizes must be claimed and booked by the prize winner within 12 months from the date of our initial correspondence with them. 

8. Although this competition is open to entrants from outside the United Kingdom, persons may not enter if they are resident in a country or area of jurisdiction where the competition is in breach of applicable law or regulation.

9. Stratforward Ltd reserves the right to cancel or change this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

10.  Employees of Stratforward BID Ltd, their immediate families or anyone else associated with the competition are not eligible to enter.

11. In the event of a technical problem or evidence of impropriety with regard to the submission the judges shall have the final and binding decision and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs and text entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking or submitting their photographs.

13. Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries or won or been a runner up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.

14. Entrants will retain copyright of the photographs and text that they submit to the competition.  By entering the competition all entrants grant Stratforward BID Ltd and its licensees the worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual right to store, use, copy, display, publish, transmit, edit, modify, reformat and exhibit all or any part of their photographs and text within Stratforward & websites, publications and all other forms of media (electronic or otherwise).  No fees will be payable for any of the above uses.  

15. Stratforward is not responsible for late, illegible, incomplete, defaced, corrupt, lost or delayed entries, network, internet connection, computer hardware or software failures or errors of any kind. Proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties. Stratforward regrets that it is unable to accept postal entries.

16. Winners will be announced on and  and informed by phone and email by January 6th. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash equivalent will be given. If the winners are unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made Stratforward BID Ltd reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner-up, or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.

17. The real name and town of residence of entrants may be published in relation to the applicable competition. Entrants who are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post competition publicity.