Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated in his hometown every year. Stratford-upon-Avon says “happy birthday William Shakespeare” in its usual way, with a traditional parade, wreath laying, the unfurling of flags and festivities throughout the town.
Read on to find out what date this year’s birthday celebrations take place, what’s happening, and a timeline of the best of Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon.
*The fantastic birthday celebrations are over for 2018. Come back soon to find out the exact date and timeline of events for 2019’s big birthday party for the Bard. Here are a few highlights from April 2018.*
When is Shakespeare’s birthday celebrated?
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare’s birthday is observed on April 23, though we can’t be sure of the exact date (find out more about what we do and don’t know on the Stratfordblog guide to Shakespeare: the basics).
What’s on in Stratford-upon-Avon during Shakespeare’s birthday?
In 2018, the main events of the annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations take place on Saturday April 21.
There’s a morning parade, poetry read by actors on the chain ferry across the Avon, and day-long activities on Henley Street, where Shakespeare was born.
A series of other events will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon in the days around the main event. See the timeline of events for Shakespeare’s birthday here on Stratfordblog.
CV37 residents are in for a special treat, as all five Shakespeare Family Homes are free to enter (with proof of address) on Saturday April 21 – and there’s birthday cake! At Hall’s Croft, there’s face painting and a barbecue at the Knights and Nymphs Children’s Garden Party.
The RSC is also offering free entry to children (with paying adults) at interactive exhibition, The Play’s The Thing, and to the theatre tower.
Over on the Rec, there’s a market village with stalls, a fun fair, carousel, soft play area, live music and performances, and a Punch and Judy show.
Timeline of events for Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon
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