Around the town
The Annual Parade
The parade starts at 10.25am from the Town Hall at the top of Sheep Street, led by a marching band and containing local, national and international dignitaries.
It then travels along Chapel Street, past Shakespeare's old school in Chapel Lane, and pauses in front of the theatres in Waterside, for the unfurling of four RSC banners, showing the plays at the theatre this season.
The Procession moves to Bridge Street and drummers escort the KES Head Boy to Shakespeare's Birthplace, starting the symbolic 'Cradle to the Grave' journey to Holy Trinity church.
Around the Town
The afternoon sees the town full of community events and street entertainment with the Bancroft Gardens and Henley Street hosting local theatre companies and Morris dancers as well as visiting companies from the USA and Russia.
There's also a Toddlers Party at Hall's Croft from 1 – 2.30pm with children's activities and fun and games, fairy wings and face painting – bring a picnic, but the cafe will be open too.
Outside the Birthplace on Henley Street there will be an open competition from 2pm – 3pm.
The S Factor is your chance to be a star and come and try your hand at reciting Shakespeare and become the next S Factor Champion!
The day's events will culminate with Beating Retreat by the Band of the Corp of Royal Engineers in Henley Street at 5pm. The event is free and open to everyone.
For more information and timings please visit www.shakespearesbirthday.org.uk