The Theatre Chipping Norton is one of the most prominent cultural centers in the city, which has something to suit everyone's tastes. Whether it's music that moves you or comedy, drama or just relaxed film screenings, this is where it's all at.
A trip to Stratford is not complete without a visit to the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The theater was built in 1926 following fire damage to the 1879 original structure. Fortunately it was not completely destroyed during the fire; parts of the original building, a cross between a German castle and French chateau, are still clearly visible. A second auditorium, the Swan Theater has also been incorporated into the older part.
If you are looking for a day out in the open, a bit of drama and the chance to place a bet or two, look no further than the Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse. Steeple chasing has taken place here for almost 250 years with 14 meetings held each year between March and November. In between cheering on your favorite filly, enjoy refreshments from a tempting range of eateries and bars, or at the large picnic area at the center of the course. Although relatively small in size, the course is counted as one of the region's best. The racecourse also offers rental space for a variety of events, including corporate functions, wedding receptions and private parties.
Stratford Picture House is a stylish modern cinema with open spaces and natural wood floors, a much lighter feel from some of the more dark and dingy theaters. The bar hosts regular "Art in the Bar" exhibitions of local artists that are always worth a look. Note that admission prices vary.
The Rep is one of Britain's most successful and prestigious producing theaters, having achieved national recognition for quality and excitement. The theater offers an eclectic mix of productions. Past performances have included Noel Coward's Private Lives, Patrick Marber's award-winning Closer and a version of Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men. The theater also has a cafe bar, which is extremely popular in the evenings and on weekends, often offering live jazz.
The Regal Cinema is not your, regular, run of the mill cinema house. This art deco structure's history dates back to the 1930s and after years of neglect it was extensively restored to its current state in January 2012. Counted as being one of the few historic structures in Evesham, watching a movie here is nothing less than a tryst with heritage. This single screen theater hosts a number of Hollywood movies as well as local movies, with a maximum of four shows in a day. And its programing is not just restricted to blockbuster movies. The theater also hosts a number of concerts, comedy shows and films from the art house for one and all. The theater has a cafe and wine bar where you can relax before or after a movie and sip on the various libations. Make sure you book your tickets in advance to enjoy the latest hits on this historic screen.
Flanked by the Royal Theatre Company in the same Victorian building, the Swan Theatre was originally built to promote the works of Shakespeare. The first production showcased here was The Two Noble Kinsmen which was written and directed by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. This theatre has also seen dramatic productions by other world renowned European play writers. The theatre can seat up to 400 people and has excellent lighting, stage and sound facilities.
Since its establishment in 1874, the Stratford upon Avon Boat Club has come to be a popular choice for those looking to take up the noble sport of rowing. The club offers rowing lessons for all age groups and hosts an annual regatta each year in June. The club's squad members are also given the chance to compete in a number of international and local events throughout the year. Summer camps and other fun activities are organized each year. The clubhouse itself boasts a splendid Victorian design and is perched along the banks of the River Avon; the perfect backdrop for special events and celebrations, including wedding receptions, corporate events and charity dinners. Whether you crave the thrill of a boat race, or are simply looking for the perfect venue for your next event, stop by the Stratford upon Avon Boat Club and take a look around.