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Tier 3 Lobbying! Write to your MP

30
Nov 2020

If you run or own a business please write to Nadhim Zahawi and ask for support as we are in Tier 3! Send it to constituents@zahawi.com 

We have written to Nadhim and also circulated our letter widely.  We are raising awareness of the problems busineses are facing and need you to help.

Many thanks.

 

Letter to Nadhim Zahawi MP , House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

30th November 2020

Dear Nadhim,

Covid Measures from 2nd December 2020

I am writing on behalf of the BID to express our huge shock and overwhelming concern about the designation of Warwickshire and Stratford upon Avon as Tier 3 from December 2nd . Many of us are still struggling to come to terms with the fact that we have moved from Tier 1 before lockdown to Tier3 at the end of lockdown. We are asking that you continue your efforts to support local businesses in the coming weeks.

Over one quarter of Stratforward’s members are businesses who will be directly impacted by the revised Tier designation. We fear that the lack of widespread activity will have a knock-on impact to other businesses across the town centre. The make-up of the town as a tourism and leisure destination will lead Stratford to suffer more than most.

Our businesses have consistently done what has been asked of them, made sacrifices and changed their business models to respond to the economic and public health needs. December represents the last month of the ‘golden quarter’ for retail and hospitality and this Tier designation may tip the balance for many against survival.

 The BID, on behalf of its members, is requesting that you ask Government to:

  • Reassess the calculations that placed Warwickshire in Tier 3;
  • Revise the Tier designation to be based on a functional geography ie: South Warwickshire;
  • Substantially increase the amount of funding available for businesses to weather the storm;
  • Consider an early review of the Tiers on the 9th December rather than the 16th (two weeks from the announcement date); &
  • Consider the operational business impacts that the announcement of a Tier change after the 16th would have for businesses. It is unreasonable to give a couple of days notice about re-opening.

We believe that these measures would enable businesses to survive, although despite these measures, Tier 2 would remain a significant challenge for business viability. The fear expressed by many of our businesses is it will not be worth opening as they will continue to lose money. If enhanced levels of funding were available, then many of our businesses could simply choose to ‘hibernate’ rather than to trade at a loss.

You will be aware of the #BounceBackBetter manifesto being co-ordinated via ATCM, British BIDs, BID Foundation and Croyden BID which effectively articulates the measures needed to enable our town centres to sustain themselves short term and to provide the support until we enter the recovery  phase https://raisethebarcampaign.com/. Saturday’s Daily Telegraph reported that the restrictions will be costing £900m a day so it appears that alternative measures need to be looked at urgently.

The wider long term economic impacts of widespread business failures in affected sectors will be felt across a huge range of industries and sectors: finance, business suppliers, in the housing marketing, in government tax take, plus increased unemployment benefit payments. The loss of sectors like this could be catastrophic and as Roger Scott from Lloyds Bank pointed out yesterday, the banks are holding a huge amount of Government backed debt. Government should be looking at the whole life cost of the pandemic on businesses and take measures that will pay back quicker and more effectively.

I know you are as concerned as our businesses and I hope that with your colleagues in Parliament and partner agencies in Warwickshire you will be able to secure a deal that allows our town centres to continue as viable economic entities.

Yours sincerely

 

Joe Baconnet

Stratforward BID Ltd

Joseph@stratforward.co.uk

 

 

 

CC:

  • Jeremy Wright MP,
  • Matt Western MP,
  • Andy Street, WMCA
  • Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader, Warwickshire County Council
  • Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader Stratford District Council
  • Sarah Summers, Stratford Town Council
  • Louise Bennett, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Nick Abell, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
  • Lee Osbourne, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Helen Peters, Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s England
  • John Stacey, Blue Coast Capital
  • Ojay McDonald, ATCM
  • Chris Turner, British BIDs
  • Catherine Mitton, The BID Foundation

Which Windows are in the RSC Stratford Christmas Window Trail?

26
Nov 2020

The Royal Shakespeare Company have today announced a new festive ‘Advent Trail’ comprising of twenty-four unique and surprising window displays.  Created in partnership with local shops, community groups and independent businesses based in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre.

Sponsored by Bell Court and with thanks to Stratforward BID, the ‘Advent Window Trail’ will run from Tuesday 1 – Thursday 24 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 will each 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.

Participating businesses 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.

Geraldine Collinge, RSC Director of Events and Exhibitions said:“As businesses across Stratford continue to adapt and respond to the challenges of COVID-19, we wanted to provide business owners, residents and visitors with the opportunity to celebrate all that is great about our town, and to feel connected to one another during this difficult time. Each window display featured in the Advent Trail will be uniquely curated by local business owners and community groups with support from the RSC’s Events and Exhibitions team.

“Visitors will have the chance to explore the town and engage with host premises as they make their way around the trail. We hope that this collaboration with Bell Court will bring some much-needed festive joy into the lives of Stratford residents whilst, at the same time, shining a light on the Stratford business community in this time of limited public movement.”

Holly Woodhead, Asset Manager on behalf Bell Court said: “We are delighted to collaborate with the RSC on this Advent Trail and hope that it will bring Stratford residents and businesses together this Christmas. The walking trail will showcase the different businesses in Stratford and will be a celebration of this historic market town, as well as a celebration of the festive period. There will be a number of window displays throughout Bell Court, designed by Stratford College, Seasalt, and Escape Arts. We hope this artwork will provide festive cheer to the Advent Trail participants.”

Joseph Baconnet, Stratforward BID Director, said; “The Christmas Advent window trail will create something positive for the town to enjoy.  The RSC is helping to put the spotlight on some of our local businesses and charities who all need our support. With the RSC’s national and international reach, this gives the businesses taking part a boost to their profile at a key time of the year. 

The ongoing impact of the pandemic on business is challenging to say the least and this trail will give people another positive reason to come into Stratford and to enjoy the window displays, stunning Christmas lights and all that businesses have to offer. We hope the gingerbread trail will attract families into town and provide a family activity. 

Christmas is a time for sharing and we love that the RSC is reaching out to the town and sharing their influence and profile. We are committed to working together and keen to support the RSCs fantastic initiative. Long may it continue.”

Participants and members of the public are invited to share their photographs of the Advent Trail using the hashtag #StratfordAdventTrail

A full schedule for the Advent Trail featuring a list of participating businesses and locations can be found at www.rsc.org.uk/advent  

 

For further information, please contact:

Kate Evans kate.evans@rsc.org.uk 01789 412622 or 07920 244434

For press images, please register free of charge at https://images.rsc.org.uk/

BOOKING INFORMATION: 01789 331111 or www.rsc.org.uk 

 

WITH THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

The RSC is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Winter Wonderland and the Advent Window Trail is sponsored by Bell Court

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world.  We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers. 

We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre.  We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online.

Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. 

We recognise the climate emergency and work hard to embed environmental sustainability into our operations, creative work and business practice and have made a commitment to reduce continually our Carbon Footprint.  We have measures already in place from green electricity to replace energy consuming equipment with high efficiency, using low carbon equipment, and delivering programmes to raise environmental awareness across the RSC. We acknowledge that sharing our work with audiences across the world will involve travel and that we need to mitigate the impact of that on our carbon footprint.

Registered charity no. 212481 rsc.org.uk

Christmas Lights On! Christmas Brochure out!

19
Nov 2020

It's feeling fantastically festive today as Stratford's Christmas Lights are on and the Christmas Brochure is hitting the streets.

Get inspiration on buying gifts locally and see the What's On listing between now and Christmas - yes there are things on! 

Click on the arrow below to turn the pages of the brochure. 

 

#lovestratforduponavon #ShopinStratford #eatdrinkshoplocal 

Union St, Guild St, Warwick Rd Update

18
Nov 2020

What's happening in Union Street, Guild Street and Warwick Road?

Yes this is an action shot of James at local family independent Vin Neuf! 

See some info here with great places open for you either in person or many are online.

Wine? 👍🏻 Dry cleaning? 👍🏻 Sell your house? 👍🏻 Mend your car 👍🏻

Have you supported any online or in person, yet? They are grateful when you do.

Union Street

* Cazbar - Closed
* Dogs Trust Shop - closed www.dogstrust.org.uk for all enquiries charityshops@dogstrust.org.uk
* Hamptons Estate Agents - Open for appointment only Mon to Fri 9am -6pm. Saturday 9am to 4pm phone 01789 200900 for Sales 01789 292394 for Lettings.
* Harmony Health and Beauty Clinic 01789 263695 harmonybeautyclinic.co.uk closed but do call for enquiries
* Matthew Curtis Hair Design www.matthewcurtis.biz Closed
* Room 09 room-project.com Closed 
* Shakespaw Cat Cafe shakespawcatcafe.com book online for when we re-open.
* The Tanning Shop www.exposuretanning.co.uk Closed
* TSB Bank open 01789 293823 - Open Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 9.30am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Wed 10am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Saturday/Sunday Closed.
* Vaughan Reynolds Estate Agent www.vaughanreynolds.co.uk 01789 292659 - Appointment only Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 9.30am – 1pm.
* Vin Neuf Wine Merchant www.vinneuf.co.uk 01789 261747- Open Tues - Sat 9:30am until 4pm


Warwick Road

* Murphy Salisbury Chartered Accountants www.murphysalisbury.com Office closed to visitors. Call 01789 299076
* Red Lion Pub www.tabletable.co.uk 01789 266858 - Closed
* The Villare Hotel www.thevillarehotelsua.co.uk 01789269213 – Closed


Guild Street

* Fountain Cleaners www.fountaincleaners.co.uk 01789 204693 Open Mon - Fri 10am until 4pm, Sat 10am until 2pm

* Kwik Fit open 01789 415855 Mon – Fri 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 8.30 until 5pm, Sunday 10am until 4pm

* The Corner House www.cornerhousestratford.co.uk 01789 296574 Closed.

* The One Elm www.oneelmstratford.co.uk 01789 404919 Closed

   

 

Digital Town Centres

10
Nov 2020

Digital Town Centres

A free training programme open to all Warwickshire retailers to help you reach and connect with current and new customers through online and social media tools. Covid-19 has shown that now customers are online more than ever before and it's imperative for you to learn how to embrace digital to grow your business. Training open to all bricks and mortar retailers and hospitality businesses in Warwickshire.

Independent retailers in Warwickshire are being urged to use ‘Lockdown 2’ to grow their online presence and make themselves more visible on social media.

The latest rules mean all leisure, hospitality and non-essential retail outlets have been forced to close until December 2, although restaurants and cafes can still offer takeaways.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is encouraging independents across the region to attend an online workshop to find out how they can use social media and other digital tools to drive traffic to their website.

The workshop, on November 18, is being delivered by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Stories Marketing, on behalf of Warwickshire County Council through the Warwickshire Towns Network Programme. 

Keely Hancox, of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We saw during the first lockdown how many businesses started to enhance their digital presence and it helped them through that extremely difficult period.

“This is not about replacing a physical shop with online sales – in many cases it’s about building a presence and an online following. That could be to drive sales during lockdown but it could, equally, be ensuring you are in people’s thoughts when they head out shopping once the lockdown is lifted.

“Through the workshop, independent businesses will get some handy tips in how to do that and also the opportunity to tap into further help.

“Generally, we’d encourage all businesses to get in touch with the Chamber at this time to see what support is available. If they are newly established, and have been trading less than 12 months, they may be eligible for some of our start-up help.

“Aside from that, it may just be speaking to the team to ensure they are tapping into all of the Covid-19 support available to them and supporting them through this extremely challenging period.”

The workshop is being offered as part of a £5million package of support from Warwickshire County Council to boost the immediate economic recovery of the county.

For more details or to book a place, visit bit.ly/Warwickshire-Digital-Retail-Skills-Training

What's happening on Bridge Street?

09
Nov 2020

Bridge Street Stratford Upon Avon is open for business!

Open - please just come on in

  • M and S
  • Sainsburys
  • Poundland
  • Tesco Express
  • WH Smith
  • Boots
  • Holland and Barrett
  • Lloyd's Bank
  • Halifax


Take away - just pop in and pick up what you'd like to keep you going!

  • Greggs
  • MacDonalds. Just Eat delivery available.
  • Huffkins


Closed but please order on line.

  • Jo Malone
  • White Company
  • Jaegar
  • Jigsaw
  • L'Occitane
  • Smiggle


Closed for lockdown.

  • The Encore
  • EE
  • O2


What's happening at Bell Court?

06
Nov 2020

Bell Court update! 😄 ❤️

Yes you can still enjoy take away coffees and treats from Mor Bakery and Bardia's, pizza from Ask Italian and burgers from Burger Priest if you order online. Also, keep on shopping but just move online with Gemini, Pop up Clothing, Sister Sister, Balou, Magic Alley and more.

They are maintaining Bell Court beautifully as ever.

See the full update below.

Takeaway

·         MOR Bakery – takeaway from serving hatch

·         Bardia’s – takeaway from serving hatch

·         Burger Priest – takeaway with Just Eat between 4-10pm, or call & collect 11am to 10pm. 7 days per week.

·         Nando’s – takeaway & delivery via nandos.co.uk or Deliveroo

·         Ask Italian – delivery & takeaway Monday to Friday 4-9pm Saturday midday to 9 Sunday midday to 8pm. Order via askitalia.co.uk

·         Kung Fu Oriental – delivery & takeaway from midday to 10pm via Just Eat or Deliveroo.

 

Open

·         Specsavers – remains open 7 days per week

·         Eurochange – remains open for now

 

Order Online for delivery or collection

·         Balou – online & collect

·         Gemini Woman – online

·         Lush – online & collect

·         Magic Alley – online & collect

·         Pop Up Clothing Co – delivery

·         Seasalt Cornwall – online

·         Sister Sister Collective – online & collect

·         White Light Gallery – online & collect

·         Victoria Lou Bridal – online & collect

   

Closed for Lockdown

·         All Bar One

·         Bad Apple Hair

·         Black Sheep Barbers

·         Everyman Cinema

·         Miller & Carter

·         The Brow Studio

·         The Naildressers

·         Veeno

Bell Court toilets are closed during lockdown.

Message from Bell Court:

‘Bell Court stands for the community of Stratford-Upon-Avon and thus we will continue to do our best to deliver the same great options so many enjoy here at Bell Court.

With a number of industries impacted by these new measures, we encourage you to support your local retailer where possible. Together we will all get through this and we look forward to welcoming you all back in full force again.’

Open in Lockdown - Your Town Needs YOU!

05
Nov 2020
 
Come to Stratford! Your High Street is OPEN all day every day for lockdown. Yes! Easy on-street parking to access essential shops and takeaways all operating within national guidelines.

OPEN for you on High Street as below and there are tons of other fabulous places open in town as well! We will feature them too in the days ahead.

😄Robert Dyas - hardware, DIY, garden, small electrical items

😄Simpson - key cutting, shoe mending etc

😄Stratford Pharmacy - pharmacy and health and beauty

😄Superdrug - health and beauty

😄Revital - the health shop with fresh food

😄Wilfreds Sweetshop - huge selection of sweets - serving hatch - call and collect too

😄Shakespeare Distillery - local gins, wines, cider, chocolates and more gifts. Operating as an off licence so fully approved to open.
 
WH Smith - newspapers, stationery etc

😄Takeaways for fresh coffee, cake and savouries etc
* Yorks
* Bardia's
* Fresh Baguette Bar
* Starbucks
* Giggling Squid

Open for click and collect
😄Waterstones
😁Lush

    

#stratforduponavon
#supportstratford
#shopinstratford #lockdown2

Half term Halloween Spookiness in Stratford

23
Oct 2020

THINGS GET SPOOKY IN STRATFORD! 

The spooktacular array of half term Halloween celebrations taking place in Stratford this October is sure to give everyone a frightfully good time.  

With many families forgoing the usual trick or treat activities, thrill-seekers will be looking for other ways to get a Halloween hit, and the town’s businesses, including Magic Alley, Tudor World, The Butterfly Farm, Everyman Cinema, Hoorays and even The Guild Chapel have delivered.  

Magic Alley is running a series of spooky events, kicking off with The Haunting - a month-long invite for adventurers to enter the Enchanted Manor and complete a Halloween quest by torchlight. And for the really brave, there’s The Haunting After Dark events on 30 and 31 October.   The shop will also play host to Experience the Magic After Dark on 24 and 28 October, where magical entertainers Jester Styles and Sylvia Sceptre will intrigue and delight as guests are taken on a journey into the depths of tarot cards, voodoo dolls and witchcraft.  

Throughout half term, entry to the terrifying Tudor World will include a Halloween Trail and a gruesome prize for children. Visitors can even find out their future with Zoltair the Mystic.   The fear factor turns up a notch during the museum’s spine-tingling evening activities, where visitors can join a live ghost tour of this eerie building or take part in a real Victorian séance. Even Jack the Ripper makes an appearance when the autumn of 1888 is recreated at special events dedicated to his victims.  

There are enough creepy crawlies and pumpkins to keep the whole family entertained at Stratford Butterfly Farm this half term. Visitors can discover scary spiders, predatory beetles, a desert hairy scorpion and the latest inhabitants in Minibeast Metropolis – three Dying Poison Arrow Frogs which are among the most toxic animals in the world. Children are invited to join the Butterfly Farm team by dressing up as their favourite Halloween character on 30 and 31 October!  

The Guild Chapel is reopening its doors on 20, 27 and 28 October for some Halloween ghoulishness. Death and the afterlife are central to the Guild Chapel’s fascinating medieval past and visitors are invited to spot the demons within the chapel paintings and find out about The Dance of Death. Visit www.guildchapel.org.uk/visiting for booking details.  

Everyman Cinema is showing a host of hair-raising films over the Halloween weekend, including family favourites Frankenweenie, Hocus Pocus and The Adams Family, and the latest in the Halloween franchise for the grown-ups.  

And for those looking for as a tasty treat, a creepily decorated Hooray’s British gelato kitchen is currently offering 12 spooky new flavours, including Spider Web, Frankenstein and Witches Potion. Kids also have the chance to win a prize in their Halloween colouring competition.   

Here’s a full list of the Spooktacular activities:  

 

The Haunting Halloween quest, Magic Alley, throughout October from 11.15 pm. Suitable for ages 6+. Tickets cost £8 and can be prebooked at www.magicalleystratford.com. Use of strobe lighting.  

The Haunting After Dark, Magic Alley, 30 and 31 October from 6.30 pm. Suitable for ages 13+ but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Group tickets only from £40 which can be prebooked at www.magicalleystratford.com. Use of strobe lighting. 

Experience the Magic After Dark event with Jester Styles and Sylvia Sceptre, Magic Alley, 24 and 28 October. Suitable for ages 13+ but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £15 and can be prebooked at www.magicalleystratford.com 

Halloween Trail, Tudor World Museum, 17 October to 1 November from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Suitable for children. Museum entry costs £6.75 adults, £5.75 concs, £3.50 children, £17.50 family (2A+2C).  

Zoltair the Mystic fortune teller, Tudor World, 24 and 31 October from 10.30 to 5 pm. Suitable for children. Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased on the door or at www.tudorworld.com. 

Jack the Ripper evening, Tudor World, 30 October and 6 November from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Adults only. Tickets cost £22.50 which can be prebooked at www.tudorworld.com  

Victorian Seance, Tudor World, Friday 23 October from 8 pm to 10 pm for £20, and Saturday 31 October from 10.30 pm to 00.30 pm for £25. Adults only. Tickets can be prebooked at www.tudorworld.com. Victorian dress encouraged. 

Virtual Ghost Tours, Tudor World, every night from 6 pm. Suitable for ages 14+. Tours take place every 10 minutes. Tickets cost £6.75 and are available from www.tudorworld.com. 

Special Halloween Night Terror ghost tour, Tudor World, 31 October. Tickets cost £8.50 and are available from www.tudorworld.com.  

Halloween fun, Stratford Butterfly Farm, 24 October to 1 November from 10 am to 5 pm. Creepy Crawlies on display. Suitable for all ages. Entry to the farm costs £6.25 for children and £7.25 for adults and should be prebooked at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk.  

Halloween fancy dress with hidden messages from the grave, Stratford Butterfly Farm, 30 and 31 October from 10 am to 5 pm. All ages encouraged to dress up. Entry to the farm costs £6.25 for children and £7.25 for adults and can be prebooked at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk.  

Reopening of spooky Guild Chapel, 20, 27 and 28 October from 11 am – 2 pm. Suitable for children. Entrance is free. Visitors will be allocated a 15-minute time slot on arrival. Check visiting details before arrival at www.guildchapel.org.uk/visiting.  Best 

Halloween fun at Hoorays, throughout October from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information visit www.hooraysgelato.com.  

Spooky films at Everyman Cinema Stratford, 29 October to 1 November throughout the day. To book tickets, visit www.everymancinema.com/stratford-upon-avon 

Sam Jenkins, Events Manager of Magic Alley said “Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year and this year we have something magical and spooktacular for everyone! All our events are timed entry and socially distanced to help you enjoy the spooky season even in these strange times” 

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said “As Halloween approaches and the veil between the world thins, we’re welcoming people to experience this spooky time in style by visiting our scary insects, which are safely behind glass. We do hope our younger visitors will dress up to celebrate Halloween - the spookier the better!  Adults are welcome to dress up too.” 

Tor Wilkes, Marketing and Events Manager of Stratforward BID which also organises Stratford FEASTS said: “Many Stratford’s businesses are embracing this time of year and organising special events to attract people into town and give locals and visitors things to smile about.   

“Halloween half term fun comes straight off the back of Stratford FEASTS – a celebration of Stratford’s fantastic food and drink scene. These are strange times and activities like these helps bring a little light relief.” 

There are lots of other fun activities in Stratford over half term at venues such as the Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the MAD Museum and Escape Live and through Stratford Town Walks. Opening times vary so it’s best to book in advance. 

For more information about what’s happening in Stratford this Halloween, visit www.stratfordhalloweenfestival.co.uk or www.stratforward.co.uk.  

 

Notes   

Stratforward is Stratford’s Business Improvement District (BID) which represents 420 shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and businesses in Stratford town centre. 

For news and information about the town’s events, visit stratforward.co.uk or @Stratforward on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram 

For further information contact: Karen Welsh on 07969 992416 or karenpwelsh@gmail.com or Tor Wilkes at tor@stratforward.co.uk 07766 494435

 

Bites of Success

06
Oct 2020

So Stratford’s event calendar isn’t quite as full as usual, and going to the tip seems to feature in ‘things to do in Stratford’?!  However, we are fortunate that there is a celebration of Stratford’s fantastic food and drink scene running until October 22nd.  Many tempting offers are being run to keep us eating out to help out!  Check out www.stratfordfeasts.co.uk for a list of what’s on.

Some appetising free competitions are running with delicious prizes. On Facebook as before, but as popularly demanded, they are now running on Instagram and Twitter too – and each with different prizes.

How’s FEASTS going? 

The Arden’s outstanding offer of sumptuous afternoon tea for two guests for a mere £25, reduced from £22.95 per person, is going down a treat.… Sai Nathan Chef Operations Manager “ we are pleased so many bookings are coming in through Feasts, we’ve seen great publicity in the Herald and on line.  Even previous members of staff are booking!
 

New offers are coming in from local independents including …

  • Thai Kitchen Stratford – Shrieves walk – special lunch offers of £7.50 for main course with rice, and if that wasn’t enough in the evenings Tuesday and Thursday they are offering 20% off food!
  • The Refill Box – Shrieves Walk,  offer a generous 15% off for plastic free shopping if you quote FEASTS.   They only opened during lockdown!
  • Bardia’s – artisan coffee shop on High Street, who now has installed some outdoor coffee pods for customers to keep warm and dry, have introduced brilliant breakfast and lunch offers which are going down a treat!

 
Events

-          Mor Bakery ran their very first evening feast night where a three-course Middle Eastern feast was devoured. (Wednesday 8th October. ) Delicious sounding dishes included the carrot, dill & halloumi fritters with baba ganoush & tzatziki dips and then the harissa spiced lamb.

-          Halloween at Hoorays starts on 16th October and they have launched warming savoury waffles.

-           If a Rioja warms your cockles then our best wine merchant, Vin Neuf, has some specials for you. FEASTS kicked off with their virtual wine tasting on Friday via Instagram live. Their friendly shop is crammed with Riojas and they are offering 10% off and if you buy 6 bottles, you get a jut bag and bottle opener for free!

Now is a great time to discover new places to eat in Stratford. We are getting used to wearing masks in restaurants and pubs and FEASTS is a great reason to try somewhere new. Experiment and find your new best eats and haunts!  Stratford is increasingly known as the place to eat out.