Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Parade 2018

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations 2018 organised by Shakespeare’s Celebrations, the initiative jointly led by Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council, will include many of the traditional features we have come to love and cherish since the first Celebrations in 1824.

All the usual participants will be there, among them civic dignitaries, VIPs and invited guests from the worlds of literature and theatre, students of Shakespeare’s school and characters in period dress, marching bands and local schoolchildren making their way through the streets towards Holy Trinity Church.  Once the Procession is over there are community festivities and street entertainment taking place across town throughout the day, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and others.  The annual Birthday Lunch starts directly after the Parade and is a ticketed event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Ticket details can be found here.

NEW FOR 2018

Community Literary Carnival Pageant
National Living Statues Championship
Market Village

If you are planning on driving to the Celebrations, vehicle access to the town centre is restricted between 8:00 am and 1.30pm to accommodate the Parade and Celebrations. Details of road closures can be found here.

This page will be updated regularly with more information and programme details for 2018.