JUMP on board to celebrate the Bard is the word from a Henley coach firm.
Johnsons Excelbus will have bus services to Stratford town centre over the Shakespeare birthday weekend (April 23 and 24) offering an easy way of visiting the celebrations without the hassle of car parking.
On the Saturday and Sunday all buses will be diverted away from Bridge Street and Wood Street and will stop in Guild Street behind Marks & Spencer.
The 2016 Shakespeare’s Birthday Parade starts at 10.30am and will include civic dignitaries, invited guests from the worlds of literature and theatre, students of Shakespeare’s school and characters in period dress, all accompanied by marching bands and many local schoolchildren making their way through the streets towards Holy Trinity Church.
Following the parade there will be other celebrations including active storytelling, demonstrations and craft activities; David Tennant will be in town presenting Shakespeare Live! from the RSC; and there will be the official opening of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall.
Johnsons Excelbuses will be running from Birmingham, the Cotswolds, and Banbury.
* The X20 Bard’s Bus runs from Birmingham city centre via Shirley and Henley every hour on a Saturday and every hour and a half on a Sunday.
* The S20 runs from Solihull via Henley-in-Arden regularly throughout the day on Saturdays.
* The 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25 bus services connect the Cotswolds villages and towns including Shipston, Evesham, Moreton in Marsh, Broadway and Chipping Campden to the town throughout the day.
* The 269 / 270 services connect Banbury via Kineton to Stratford regularly on weekdays and Saturdays.
The Stratford Park & Ride will also provide an alternative to town centre parking over the busy weekend.
Visit www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk for further details.