Time to make plans for the month – here are the 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October.
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Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October no. 1: Fun Palaces
An annual event since 2014, Fun Palaces is about bringing culture and community together during the first weekend of October.
This year’s free Fun Palace events in Stratford-upon-Avon include: arts and crafts at Stratford Play House (Sat; 10am-4pm); a Lego workshop at The Old Slaughterhouse off Sheep Street (Sat; 1.30pm-4.30pm), an all-day Fun Palace in Henley Street on Saturday; and an all-day open-mic session at the RSC’s Swan Theatre (Sun; 11am-4pm)
To find out more, visit Fun Palaces.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October no. 2: Stratford Mop Fair
The annual Mop Fair in Stratford-upon-Avon is on Thursday October 11 (4pm-11pm) and Friday October 12 (11am-11pm) in 2018.
Funfair rides take over the streets of the town centre on both days in a tradition that dates back centuries, when workers, employed from October to October, would bring an item to the fair denoting their trade; those without a trade or craft would carry a mop head. Workers would be hired at the fair and given money to spend on the rides.
The Runaway Mop is on Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October no. 3: Theatrical delights
There are plenty of new events throughout October at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre welcomes Troilus and Cressida on Friday October 12 and a special production of The Comedy of Errors, aimed primarily at 7-13 year olds, begins on Friday October 19 at the Swan Theatre. Also on during October are Tartuffe, Tamburlaine and David Edgar’s Maydays.
It’s on over Halloween, and a bloody dose of Sweeney Todd at the Attic Theatre (Oct 11-Nov 4) is sure to send chills up the spine.
Also looking to tingle a few spines during October is A Midsummer Night’s Scream – The Revenge. It’s a decadent dose of cabaret and burlesque at Stratford Play House by Ice Crystal Productions and it runs for one night only, on Thu Oct 18.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October no. 4: Half-term fun
There’s plenty on at the RSC over the half-term school holiday too, alongside lots of family fun elsewhere in Stratford-upon-Avon late in October.
Over at the Shakespeare Family Homes, there are all kinds of child-friendly activities and performances.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall has a family quiz and trail over the half-term break from school, which runs from Friday October 26 until Monday November 5.
Top 5 Stratford-upon-Avon events in October no. 5: Halloween
Halloween falls during the half-term school holiday (as does Bonfire Night), so many Stratford-upon-Avon attractions have combined ghostly goings-on with family-friendly adventure.
The Shakespeare Family Homes are offering pumpkin carving, spooky crafts, potion making, and presentations about the Gunpowder Plot.
The Waterside Fright Festival is on Tue Oct 30-Thu Nov 1, 10am-6pm each day. As well as market stalls, there will be fire breathers, crafts, a witches’ cavern, reptile handling and spooky storytelling.
Tudor World, perfectly positioned in Stratford-upon-Avon’s “spookiest street”, is running lantern-lit tours, family ghost tours, a fortune teller, and Halloween trails.
Magic Alley’s Halloween offering begins at the start of October, with a macabre makeover of the Enchanted Manor and – for grown-ups only – a show called The Belles of Hell Court.
Stratford Town Walk’s popular Halloween Ghost Walk is on Wed Oct 31.
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