STRAT­FORD FESTIVAL OF MOTORING

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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.’

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