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Advent Trail

Organised by the Royal Shakespeare Company a new festive ‘Advent Trail’ comprising of twenty-four unique and surprising window displays throughout Stratford town centre. 

Sponsored by Bell Court and supported by Stratforward BID, the ‘Advent Window Trail’ will run from Tuesday 1st until Thursday 24th December.

A new window display will be revealed each day of Advent, creating an immersive route around the town in the countdown to Christmas. Each window display will respond, in its own way, to the themes of the four seasonal blessings of Joy, Health, Love and Peace. Participating businesses have be allocated a day in December in which to reveal their festive displays and light their windows.

As well as responding to the themes of Joy, Health, Love and Peace, participating businesses will each be asked to hide a gingerbread figure in their window display, creating an interactive game for families to enjoy. The Gingerbread figure has been supplied by MOR bakery based in Bell Court. Share your photographs of the Advent Trail using the hashtag #StratfordAdventTrail

The order of the windows is

Date in December Business Address
1st Castle Fine Art Wood Street
2nd Gemini Woman Wood Street/Bell Court
3rd Seasalt Bell Court
4th Roly's Fudge Shop High Street
5th York's Cafe High Street
6th Vin Neuf Wine Merchants Union Street
7th Shakespeare's Birthplace Gift Shop Henley Street
8th Vinegar Hill Meer Street
9th For Something Different Meer Street
10th The Flower Shop Rother Street
11th Stratford Antique Centre Ely Street
12th CG Optical Ely Street
13th Escape Arts The Yard off Sheep Street
14th Stratford College Alcester Road
15th Stratford Town Trust Henley Street
16th Grey's Optician Chapel Street
17th Daisy Chain Gift Company Chapel Street
18th Sniff and Bark Chapel Street
19th Royal Shakespeare Company Waterside
20th Balou Bell Court
21st Cosy Chic Pet Boutique Sheep Street
22nd All That Glitters Sheep Street
23rd The Fourteas Sheep Street
24th Nash White Sheep Street

Full information on the RSC website

Businesses on the trail include Castle Fine Art, Gemini Women, Sea Salt, Bell Court and the Bell Court tenants, Roly’s Fudge Pantry, Yorks Café, Vin Neuf Wine Merchants, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Gift Shop, Vinegar Hill, For Something Different, The Flower Shop, Stratford Antiques Centre, CG Optical,  Escape Arts, Stratford College, Stratford Town Trust, Greys Opticians, Daisy Chain Gift Company, Sniff & Bark,  Royal Shakespeare Company (Waterside), RSC Nursery at the Clore Learning Centre (Waterside), Cosy Chic Pet Boutique, All That Glitters, The Fourteas and Nashwhite.