STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF MOTORING
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, WARWICKSHIRE, 1-2 MAY
This year’s Stratford Festival of Motoring is raising a glass to William Shakespeare – by going on a classic car pub crawl to mark the Bard’s 400th birthday.
The spin-off of the Warwickshire Classic Show takes its inspiration from a bawdy 17thcentury tale that involves Britain’s greatest playwright joining fellow locals on an early morning tour of the Warwickshire town’s pubs.
More details of how to register for the run – and a ‘Pub Cricket’ game based on a treasure hunt run – are available on the show’s website. Event organiser Tony Merrygold says that while classic owners won’t be boozing and cruising they will be upholding the pub crawl tradition of ‘upsetting’ wives and mothers by driving past the family homes of Shakespeare’s mother and wife on the route.
‘What do most people do on their birthday? They go down the pub, so we thought we would mark his birthday by completing Shakespeare’s very own pub crawl,’ he says.
‘The object of the exercise is to drive the route and not to stop for a pint at each pub – they won’t be open at that time anyway.’