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Stratford River Festival Location

The Festival is held at the Recreation Ground in Stratford on the banks of the River Avon which is opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. For more on the Rec, click here

To find you way to the Stratford River Festival, see the map below.  


Park and Ride

Stratford Park and Ride at Bishopton will be open only on Saturday from 7:30am until 7pm.

The postcode for your Sat Nav is CV37 9QY.

For more information, go to  

Journey takes approx 10-12 minutes from the car park to the town centre.

Evening & Sundays

Whilst the bus service does not operate on an evening after 1900 or on a Sunday, please take advantage of convenient and cheap parking by using the train to travel to Stratford town centre. An evening and Sunday train service is available from Stratford Parkway (adjacent to the Park & Ride car park) to Stratford town station, with a journey time of less than 5 minutes and competitive fares. This will especially suit people going to the theatre and using the towns restaurants in the evening. The last train form Stratford town station is 2330 Monday to Saturday and 1929 on Sundays. Please see for details.

Stratford Parkway (adjacent to Stratford Park & Ride)

Regular trains will run from Stratford Parkway into Stratford Train Station over both days of the festival throughout the event.

On the National Rail website, Stratford upon Avon town centre train station is known as SAV, and Stratford upon Avon Parkway is known as STY. For train timetables go to 

Car parks

There are over 12 car parks in town. For more info click here.  

Or park just out of town at the Rosebird Centre.  Use the postcode CV37 8LU and take a short walk along the Tramway to the festival site.

Postcode for your SatNav

To drive directly to the River Festival site the postcode for your SatNav is CV37 7LS.


There will be heavy congestion around town so its worth parking away from the site and walking in if possible.  

There are three bridges with pedestrian access to the grounds -  Clopton Bridge, the old Tramway Bridge and Lucys Mill Footbridge.

Chain Ferry

Or take a scenic ferry trip on the Chain Ferry which will be open to take you across the river for a small fee. It runs between near the Dirty Duck pub on Waterside to near the Bowls Club which is close to the festival!  Its been in operation since 1937 and is one of the last remaining hand wound chain ferries in the country.  You will have a unique angle of the river with views of Holy Trinity Church and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Details believed correct at time of publishing