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Halloween fun in Stratford
GUILD CHAPEL on Chapel Street, is reopening on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October
Death and the afterlife are central to the building’s 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.
MAGIC ALLEY in Bell Court, is running a series of spooky events, starting with The Haunting, a month long invitation for adventurers to enter the Enchanted Manor and complete a Halloween quest by torchlight. There’s The Haunting After Dark events on 30th and 31st October and the shop will also play host to Experience the Magic After Dark on 24th and 28th October. Visit www.magicalleystratford.com for booking details
TUDOR WORLD in Sheep Street, throughout the half term holiday entry will include a Halloween Trail and a gruesome prize for children. Visitors can also meet Zoltair the Mystic. Evening activities allow visitors to join a live ghost tour of this eerie building or take part in a real Victorian séance. Jack the Ripper makes an appearance when the autumn of 1888 is recreated at special events dedicated to his victims. Visit www.tudorworld.com for booking details
STRATFORD BUTTERFLY FARM, During half term visitors can discover scary spiders, predatory beetles, a 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 dress up as their favourite Halloween character on 30th and 31st October. Younger visitors are encouraged to dress up to celebrate Halloween, the spookier the better and adults are welcome to dress up too! Visit www.butterflyfarm.co.uk for booking details
EVERYMAN CINEMA in Bell Court, is showing a host of hair-raising films over the Halloween weekend, including family favourites Frankenweenie, Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family, plus the latest in the Halloween franchise for adults. Visit www.everymancinema.com/stratford-upon-avon for booking details
HOORAY’S BRITISH GELATO KITCHEN on High Street, is offering 12 spooky new ice cream flavours, including Spider Web, Frankenstein and Witches’ Potion. Children also have the chance to win a prize in a Halloween colouring competition. Visit hooraysgelato.com for booking details
For more information visit www.stratfordhalloweenfestival.co.uk
STRATFORD’S MOST HAUNTED BUILDING CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN
Stratford-upon-Avon’s most haunted building, Tudor World museum is set to celebrate Halloween with even more spooky and exciting events than ever before. Set within the 16th century Shrieve’s House buildings, the site has been a Mecca for paranormal research team since it first appeared on the cult TV programme Most Haunted in 2004.
Terry Deary of Horrible Histories fame described the spooky old property on Sheep Street as “the most haunted house in England” on the Horrible Histories guide to Stratford. A property has existed on the site since the 11th century and sightings of ghosts and weird happenings have been seen recorded throughout the centuries, right up to the present day, including a little girl from the time of Shakespeare and a serial killer from the 18th century, predating Jack the Ripper by 100 years!
This year’s celebrations are therefore sure to be as ‘active’ and spooky as ever! During the day the eerily-dressed museum includes lots of fun facts about Halloween and children have a chance to complete a Halloween trail and win a suitable prize. Zorbair the Mystic will also be making an appearance, an old fashioned (just for fun) fortune who can predict your future.
At night visitors can take a creepy ghost tour through the building’s labyrinth of shadowy hallways. There is even an option to participate in a real Victorian Séance or become a detective on a Jack the Ripper later in the evenings.
Owners Janet and John Ford say “everything is socially distanced, timed or virtual to ensure everyone is safe while having a fun and spooky time”.
For more information visit: www.tudorworld.com or ring Janet or John Ford on 01789 298070
Also on Friday 11th December, Mr Dickens himself will be presenting an evening of Christmas Past and Present, including a reading from his perennial favourite the seasonal tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ with some interesting asides on how some our Christmas traditions came to be!
The production will take place outside in the small theatre area of the museum in Sheep Street, which is covered and heated but dressing warm (Christmas jumper!) will be a pre-requisite. A warming glass of mulled wine and mince pies are included to warm the Christmas spirits – past, present and yet to.
The evening is on Friday 11th December 2020, with a choice of times. Concs / children £10, adults £15.
For further details contact Janet Ford on 01789 298070 or visit www.tudorworld.com
Looking Glass Aesthetics Virtual Facial
Thursday 19th November @7pm (more dates can be arranged)
Give yourself a high-intensity brightening treatment under our guidance in the comfort of your own home. It’s a 45-minute session which includes all the products you need to complete your treatment. We’ll offering a ‘virtual’ group session of up to 10 people, so find a few friends to book too. Call 01789 261144 to book
Looking Glass Aesthetics
6 Windsor Court
VH&Co by Vinegar Hill on Sheep Street
Autumn clothing promotion with 20% off clothing in the Stratford store.
The promotion will run until Saturday 31st October and any customers who take advantage of the promotion will be given the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 outfit from Vinegar Hill's own brand, Part Two
VH & Co, Sheep Street CV37 6EF
Motivate your entire team with the one-of-a-kind hosted, team-building experience ROGUE AGENT!
This new, unique, online, escape game combines all the fun and mystery of a physical escape room and brings it straight to you.
Join in over Zoom, MS Teams or your preferred video conferencing platform and play against each other in teams in a race to see who can complete the mission first!
- Secure video conference for up to 2 hours for 10 to 1000.
- Professional and experienced hosts to manage your experience.
- The Rogue Agent team building game.
- Team leader board.
- Post-event award ceremony.
- Prizes for the winning team.
- Pre/post-event support.
31 Greenhill Street
Dine in the award winning restaurant, take a walk along the river Avon or explore the open space of the Cotswolds or the cities of Birminghan and Coventry
The Arden Hotel
The award-winning TOWN WALK
Stratford Town Walk has a large pool of fabulous guides who cannot wait to guide and share their love of Stratford and Shakespeare with visitors.
The safety of visitors and guides is paramount so it will not yet be possible to offer public walks on a 'just turn up basis' but a Covid-19 risk assessment and necessary paper work has been completed and Covid Guide training has taken place and VisitEngland has certified them as 'GOOD TO GO'.
From 1 August private Town Walks for single household groups can be booked.. The walks will be available on demand, any day, any time (subject to guide availability and sufficient notice). Payment will be required in advance.
The special fee for this private walk is only £10 per adult, £5 per child (under 16yrs) with a minimum fee of £30.
TO BOOK A PRIVATE WALKING TOUR, PLEASE CALL 07855 760377 (any time between 9am and 6pm) or email email@example.com
More information at www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk
The 2020 annual Mop Fair anfd the associated 'Runaway Mop' in Stratford-upon-Avon has been postponed until 2021
Visit www.stratford.gov.uk/markets/stratford-upon-avon-mop-fair.cfm for more information
History of Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fair
Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fair has its origins in hiring agricultural and domestic labour, set out some time during the reign of Edward III and provision of the statutes of labourers. The date is set for 12 October (or is moved if 12 October falls on a Sunday), and as a pleasure fair it remains a key date in the Warwickshire calendar. In the 1950s, during the prominence of railway travel, a plethora of special trains were laid on to ferry the local population to and from the fair.
Stratford Mop has an associated 'Runaway Mop' one week later. The tradition of this is from the need for employers to reconsider and re-hire any staff before committing to a full year's work. This street fair has a tradition of exciting and up-to-date riding machines, as well as maintaining loyal old-fashioned rides. The fair is also renowned for the open roasting of pigs and oxen, and the atmosphere remains at a premium right up until its midnight closure.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s 4 day Victorian Christmas Market has been postponed until 2021
Visit www.facebook.com/SUAVictorianChristmasMarket for more information
Get 25% off up to four hours parking at the NCP in Rother Street
Prebook using this link
This offer runs until November 2020
£4 for up to 24 hours parking
Use the code STRATFORDSAVER
in the NCP ParkPass phone app.
App available from Apple or Google Play store.
This offer runs until 17th December
Whats on at the Stratford Playhouse?
October 29th @ 7:30pm
November 6th @ 8pm
November 24th @ 7:30pm
Steve Hewlett Ventriloquist. One Man, Many Friends
Advanced booking only (adhering to Government health and safety guidelines)
14 Rother Street
Box Office:01789 333990
On at the RSC
The Riverside Cafe and Rocket ice cream van are serving
The Riverside Cafe is open for take away tea, coffee or beer and watch the swans go by on the River Avon.
Open daily from 10am to 4pm for takeaway, serving a great selection of freshly made cakes and hot and cold drinks. If you're in the mood, alcohol is served from 12 noon. You can visit either the Riverside Cafe or the 'Rocket' ice cream van at the front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
If you are an RSC Patron or Member - don't forget your membership card - all normal discounts apply.
Family Trail on The Bancroft Terrace by the RSC Theatre on Waterside. Featuring a series of interconnected floor-based vinyls, families are invited to join estranged twins Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus and their servants Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse on a perilous journey across the ocean in search of their long lost brothers.
Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare’s hapless heroes as they brave storm, shipwreck, strange new worlds, high-seas and high-jinks to be re-united with their long-lost family once more with this fun and colourful journey through Shakespeare’s fairy-tale farce!
The RSC theatres may be temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but you can share the love of Shakespeare online and enjoy shows, features and other work even while the theatre is closed.
WATCH SHOWS ON THE BBC AND MARQUEE TV
The RSC have partnered with the BBC to bring audiences six shows as part of the Culture in Quarantine initiative. All six are now available on iPlayer, including Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston in the title role and Hamlet.
You can also sign up for a 14-day free trial on performing arts streaming service Marquee TV. Marquee has 18 shows available, including Richard II with David Tennant, and King Lear with Antony Sher.
With theatres closed and all live performances of Shakespeare's plays suspended, turn to the playwright's poetry. RSC actors in lockdown are performing 90 of his sonnets, which the RSC are publishing on YouTube throughout the spring and summer.
Perform a speech, paint a picture or bake a cake – join the largest ever celebration of Shakespeare by audiences in RSC history. Share your Shakespeare and see how other people have shared theirs.
Dive into the Shakespeare Learning Zone, go behind the scenes and see how actors approach the plays with Live Lessons and watch videos exploring key moments and relationships from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare Unlocked.
Celebrate Midsummer with activities and short films inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Watch Pyramus and Thisbe's online date, see a masterclass in acting from Nicholas Bottom, discover the untold story of a faerie abduction and more...
Activities for children from ages 2, 4, 6, 8 and above, from warming up your body to telling a story and making a bear for The Winter's Tale. Free activity sheets, films and crafts inspired by Shakespeare.
Subscribe to the RSC YouTube channel to explore a huge range of videos, including scenes from shows, interviews with actors and creatives, and behind-the-scenes insights into how RSC productions make it to the stage.
Find out more about the life and times of William Shakespeare himself, and delve into RSC past productions of his plays with plot synopses, photos and video.
Discover more on the RSC in lockdown here
19 Bridge Street
Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street reopened to the public in August with ‘We’re Good to Go’ safety accreditation for COVID-19 safe attractions
After being closed for more than four months and with a lot of thought and hard work, Shakespeare’s Birthplace has been awarded Visit Britain’s new ‘We’re Good to Go’ safety accreditation for COVID-19 safe attractions, with new measures in place across the Birthplace, garden and shop. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings, follow a one-way route, and maintain social distancing of 2 metres throughout. In order to manage capacity and to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors.
Tickets must be pre-booked through the online ticketing system on www.shakespeare.org.uk. Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast
While the other 4 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust houses are closed visit the Museum From Home
Just some of the ways you can encounter Shakespeare with the Birthplace Trust while their sites are closed to visitors
The Literary Festival WINTER WEEKEND is scheduled for 20th-22nd November 2020 and with a brilliant programme either online or hopefully live.
Read more about the plans here