The hugely popular Festival of Motoring returns for its seventh year on Sunday, May 5th and Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th to Stratford town centre. The event is loved by visitors and petrol heads alike as it’s a spectacular mix of classics, supercars and modern day motors. 

Owners are being encouraged to dress in the national costume of the manufacturer of their car, so watch out for lederhosen wearing Mercedes owners, or 10 gallon hat wearing Cadillac owners!

Event participants take part in tours through our surrounding countryside before parking up in the town centre where visitors will be able to feast their eyes on more than 300 vehicles. There is also the annual prize-giving, with awards going to entrants for their fancy dress.

Outstanding showpiece cars will be on show from the British Motor Museum (BMM), Coventry Transport Museum, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust plus the Military Vehicle Trust at Cox’s Yard. There will be demonstrations, food, drink and live music and family-friendly entertainment, all set against the backdrop of Stratford’s many attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. Live music will add to the relaxed bank holiday atmosphere, in both Bell Court and Bridge Street.

There are competitions galore, including CEX which has an Xbox One S up for grabs on the weekend. Visitors can enter the Festival’s photo competition on social media with great prizes including tickets for the MAD Museum and Butterfly Farm. To enter tag in Stratford Festival of Motoring and the festival organiser Stratforward. BMM are organising a guess the number of ‘Minis in a jar’ with prizes including a family ticket to the museum.

Children’s activities include a free Car Treasure Hunt at Bell Court, go karts & bouncy castle and adults are not left out either with the Spark Plug Challenge by Stratford Tyres all in Rother Market. 

Joe Baconnet, BID Director, at Stratforward, said: “We run the event to bring people to Stratford to discover what we have as a town. All our attendees enjoy coming because we’ve got great shopping, great eating and it’s a beautiful place to spend time.” He continued, “As a BID member funded organisation, we encourage all our BID members to try and take part in some way and this year, we have a record number of BID businesses bringing cars to display.”


   Military  Vehicle Trust at Coxs Yard