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Stratford Festival of Motoring

Stratford Festival of Motoring is an annual event in Stratford-upon-Avon, attracting hundreds of motors and thousands of motoring enthusiasts to the streets of the historic town centre.

So when does the next festival come to Stratford-upon-Avon and what can you expect to see and do?

When is the Stratford Festival of Motoring?

In 2018, the Stratford Festival of Motoring took place on Sunday May 6, 10am-5pm, and Bank Holiday Monday May 7, 10am-4pm.

Come back soon to discover 2019 dates for the Stratford Festival of Motoring.

During the Stratford Festival of Motoring, the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon are closed to regular traffic as hundreds of cars – from gleaming classic cars and vintage motors to sleek supercars – turn the streets of Stratford into an outdoor motor museum.

What’s on during the Stratford Festival of Motoring?

2018’s main theme was classic film The Italian Job, so there were plenty of colourful Minis. The cinemas in Stratford-upon-Avon  joined the festival too, with the Everyman hosting a screening of Michael Caine’s comedy caper and the Picturehouse showing family favourite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Family fun during the Stratford Festival of Motoring took the form of an activities/demo area at Rother Street Market (plus a fire engine), crafts with Escape Arts at The Old Slaughterhouse, and, of course, seeing the cars arrive in town between 9am and noon on both Sunday and Monday (the finishing arch is in Wood Street).

Elsewhere, there was live music in Bell Court and Bridge Street, motoring exhibitions at Whitewall Galleries in Sheep Street and Castle Fine Art in Wood Street, a vintage mobile cinema in Bridge Street, and festival specials offered by The One Elm (Guild Street) and The Townhouse (Church Street).

What cars can you see and where?

For 2018’s Stratford Festival of Motoring, this was the line-up of motoring exhibits:

Wood Street: cars rocking The Italian Job theme

Bridge Street: fast cars, under the theme, If I had a Million Dollars!

Sheep Street: open-top motors

Rother Street: a variety of motors, including emergency vehicles

High Street: under the theme, My Dad Had One of Those, the likes of the Ford Cortina

Union Street: campers and cool vans

All around town: club cars and commercial car displays

More info on the Stratford Festival of Motoring

Ruth Wood, of organisers Stratforward, said: “The Festival of Motoring always brings tens of thousands of people to Stratford to check out some of the great cars we have on show and enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of vehicles parked up on Stratford’s historic streets.

“It’s a great event that brings families into Stratford for free Bank Holiday fun and allows us to show off all the award-winning restaurants, bars, shops, spectacular attractions and businesses Stratford has to offer. It is these businesses that fund the festival so please support them.”

Further information on the Stratford Festival of Motoring can be found on the Stratforward website.


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Information correct at date of publication