The summer break from school is well underway, so the top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August might provide a much-needed change of scenery for families.
Stratfordblog’s weekly what’s on guides are out every Thursday, containing weekend inspiration with theatre, cinema, live music, family events and many more Stratford-upon-Avon events. Sign up to the weekly email and you’ll never miss a thing.
If you’re planning to visit Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time, there’s some useful information on transport and parking at Stratford-upon-Avon: the basics.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August no. 1: Wonderland Summer Festival
If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see? #stratforduponavon #warwickshire #birmingham #coventry #westmidlands #midlands @stratford_blog @stratfordfortheweekend @stratforduponavoninsta @stratforduponavononline @stratforduponavontowncouncil @stratforward WONDERLAND SUMMER FESTIVAL. Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th August on Waterside & Bancroft Gardens. CV37 6AB.
Things are getting curiouser and curiouser down by the River Avon between Tuesday August 7 and Thursday August 9, when the 3-day Wonderland Summer Festival takes over.
A free family event, sprawled across Stratford-upon-Avon’s Bancroft Gardens and Waterside, the Wonderland Summer Festival runs from 10am-5pm each day and features market stalls, games, food and drink vendors, and plenty of opportunities for fun selfies. There will even be appearances by Wonderland characters, including The Hatter, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and Alice, of course.
August’s Wonderland Summer Festival is one of a number of special Stratford-upon-Avon markets taking place throughout the year.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August no. 2: Sausage and Cider Festival
Journey with the family to the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon to The Stag pub for a fun day at the Sausage and Cider Festival.
The event is on Saturday August 18 between 11am and 5pm at the Redhill pub – it’s located on the A46/Alcester Road, just four miles outside of central Stratford-upon-Avon (a 10-minute drive).
There will be a bouncy castle, stalls, games, tales with Kate’s Storytree, and plenty of sausages and ciders! The kids can also have a go on The Stag’s new playground.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August no. 3: New Place’s Second Birthday
The re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s former town-centre home turns two in August – and you’re invited to join the party.
The 2nd birthday event at Shakespeare’s New Place takes place on Saturday August 19 on the site in Chapel Street. There will be face painting, magic, live music and – if you’re into fancy dress – you can join the contest to find the best-dressed pair – Romeo and Juliet perhaps? William and Anne? Or you could dress like a couple from more recent history, such as Sonny and Cher or Bonnie and Clyde.
Find out if you can attend for free here.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August no. 4: Shakes-paw’s Day
Your four-legged friend is invited to join you at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for one day only during Shakes-paw’s Day on Saturday August 25.
It’s National Dog Day, so the grounds of the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife are open to visitors and their pooches. Dog-friendly activities are available, plus there’s an alternative dog show from 2pm (prizes for things like the most wagging tail!).
Visitors attending with their dogs get 30 per cent off admission. Read here to find out why an annual pass to the Shakespeare Family Homes is a terrific investment.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in August no. 5: The Shakespeare Charity Duck Race
On Saturday August 25 at 2pm, 2,500 rubber ducks will be released on the River Avon at Lucy’s Mill Weir during the annual Shakespeare Charity Duck Race.
Get down to the Rec side of the river to watch the event, which is organised by Stratford-upon-Avon Rotary to raise funds for Shakespeare Hospice’s Children and Young People’s Service, which offers a huge range of amazing services for youngsters affected by major illness.
You can buy racing ducks (£2 each) or simply donate to the cause here. Top prize for the winning duck is £150.
Other top Stratford-upon-Avon events in August
August 1: National Playday
August 10: Shakespeare Sleepout
August 11: Peter Pan at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Plus various activities throughout the school holidays. See the guide to the top family summer attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sign up to get the latest Stratfordblog posts by email – you’ll never miss the best Stratford-upon-Avon events.
Information correct at date of publication