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Culture Guide To Stratford-Upon-Avon

Culture in Stratford Upon Avon William Shakespeare has inspired people in Stratford-Upon-Avon to be creative and it’s not just literary geniuses who benefit.

The Shakespeare Marathon takes place annually on the closest Sunday to Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23). Starting at the Waterside, some 1,500 people complete one or two circuits of the marathon route, all in remembrance of the Bard.

Shakespeare’s birthday welcomes plenty of activities and celebrations across the town including strolling players, street enactments of his most popular plays and costume balls.

Of course, everything doesn’t revolve around Stratford’s most famous son and there’s no connection at all between William and The Bulldog Bash.

This festival of heavy metal, rock and grunge music takes place at Long Marston and draws in a crowd of metal junkies from far and wide. Head to the area during August for muddy camping fun.

In days of old when knights were bold, the only way to settle a dispute was to get on your horse and partake in some dangerous jousting. Today this is all done in the spirit of entertainment at Warwick Castle [map]. Head here during a “jousting weekend” and you can enjoy a fun-filled show of strength and speed.

The Stratford Regatta is held every summer and is, for many, the highlight of the season when organisers of the Stratford Boat Race wind their way down the beautiful river Avon. Additional entertainment including live music and children’s entertainers make this a great way to celebrate the great weather.

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