Road closures during Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations this weekend are bound to affect your plans if you arrive by road.
Find out which roads are closed and where you can park on Saturday and Sunday.
The candles are ready (454 this year), the flags are getting an iron (probably), and the final stitches are threading through costumes ready for the literary pageant that follows the main birthday parade – when Stratford-upon-Avon says “happy birthday William Shakespeare” during the biggest party of the year.
Stratfordblog has a useful timeline of events for the weekend’s birthday celebrations, plus a handy guide to the event, but, if you’re arriving by car, you need to know about the road closures in the town centre.
Stratford-upon-Avon will be busier than normal – much busier than normal, especially on Saturday, when the main events take place.
As the parade winds through the town on Saturday morning and thousands of onlookers line the streets, the council has no choice but to close certain roads.
Road closures during Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations
Which roads are closed?
On Saturday April 21, between the hours of 7am and 1.30pm, road traffic is prohibited in Henley Street, Meer Street, Bridge Street, High Street, Union Street, Wood Street, Waterside, Southern Lane, Sheep Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, Old Town, Chapel Lane and Chestnut Walk.
On Sunday April 22, Sheep Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, High Street and Old Town will be closed to traffic 10am-11.15am and 12.15pm-1.30pm.
Where can I park?
There is no on-street car parking in Stratford town centre this weekend on the streets and during the times detailed above . It’s always limited anyway, but expect the surrounding car parks to be especially busy and arrive early.
Large car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon include Bridgeway multi-storey and the leisure centre car park, both off Bridgeway/A3400. The Recreation Ground’s car park is also large.
On the other side of the town centre, Arden Street and Windsor Street car parks have close to 500 spaces between them.
Good alternatives to driving into town and parking on Saturday are trains direct to Stratford-upon-Avon station, buses into town, or the park and ride service, located at Stratford Parkway station near the A46/Birmingham Road roundabout. While there is no park and ride service on Sundays, there are hourly trains between Parkway and the main station, which is a few minutes on foot from the town centre.
What about Blue Badge holders?
As town-centre on-street parking is prohibited as detailed above, drivers using Blue Badges can park in council-run car parks free of charge, as normal. The park and ride service (Saturday only) is accessible too.
Should I bother coming?
Yes! The party is the best of the year and there is so much to see, do and enjoy. See the timeline of events for some of the highlights. All the usual fun in Stratford-upon-Avon is on – see this week’s what’s on guide. Plus, there are loads of places to eat, drink and raise a toast to the birthday boy!
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Information correct at date of publication