Events and Recommendations
Check out Kevin's events calendar & shopping recommendations below....updated details will be published as I receive them.
PARKING MAP of the downtown historic core if you must. Everything on this map is less than a 15 minute walk away from The Rectory. Get yer sneakers on!
Restaurant interactive MAP. Remember we are 218 Ontario (at Nile)
Sadly our City of Stratford feels it necessary to charge for parking even in hard hitting Covid times, it's inexpensive but a pain so please feed the meters.
We'll happily 'give' you change if you are parking downtown but we still recommend walking.
NEW for 2020/1 Lights On Stratford
Mid November to mid February, see Stratford in a different light!
This event is now canceled due to a State of Emergency in effect to Feb 11 2021
Stratford Masonic Concert Hall-The HALL features many gigs-too many to mention.
Black Swan brewing, Jobsite , Stratford Brewing Co along with nearby Shakespeare Brewing Co endeavour to keep us refreshed, yeah!
Waterloo Lectures. Various times & locations. Sign up for their newsletter.
Stratford Warriors Winter Season GOJHL Junior B Hockey.
Stratford Chef School Winter dinner series, the cost runs $35-$85 per person including wine pairings.
Gallery Stratford. Exhibits continue to change. We visited the Salvadore Dali museum in St.Petersburg Fla recently and are thrilled that our own museum features some Dali sketches. The 'not to be missed' Gala is set for the last Friday in May.
The Little Prince Cine-Lounge a tiny cinematic inspired experience at 62 Wellington St downtown. World's smallest cinema-perhaps.
Shane Norrie Artist is at the corner of Waterloo and Albert street downtown. A great location.
Art in the Park, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, June to September - weather permitting. Features up to 50 artists and a wonderful selection of one of a kind pieces. Take a few minutes and meet these interesting folks. Lakeside Drive, Stratford. Look for Dave Humphrey and Edward Payne's art in the house!
Stratford Shakespeare Festival Mid-April-October 30th. Closed for the 2020 season. Follow on twitter @stratfest, Youtube, facebook
Shopping news soon to be considered an extreme sport in both the Winter and Summer Olympics....
We like to shop local right here in Stratford. Especially as all these stores are not more than 10 minutes from our door.
Try Factory 163 in November December for the annual artists sale called 'StartTheHolidays" Music, food & drink help set the Christmas mood. Recommended!!
Slow Food Stratford brings it's Sunday Market downtown every Sunday 10am-2pm. The Slow Food Market features locally grown and organic food from McIntosh Farms, Monforte Dairy, Mountain Oak Cheese to name a few.
Note my recently purchased fine Harris Tweed vest from Macleods Scottish Shop is a nod to the past-it's hard to find quality product in bricks and morter stores anymore, thankfully not an issue here in Stratford. British chocolates there too including my favourites, marmite crisps, Irn Bru & curly wurly's! They are now stocking Guinness 'wear'. Sign up for their newsletter-very amusing.
La Osa jewellery. Don't say we didn't give you a heads up. Owner Pamela Coneybeare is a jewelry designer and vintage collector. Recently moved to 34 Ontario St, Stratford, a couple minutes walk form our B&B.
Rhumba, 80 ontario St for great ladies wear-so says Kim!
Cora Couture on Market square-for the ladies.
Or you can wander to Balzac's, Revel or Edisons for a great coffee & snacks.
'An Artists Cottage', many of you will know it as the home of Gerard Brender a Brandis, who makes his own books, block wood engravings/etchings and many other interesting and unique artifacts to mention.He's mostly retired now but his art can still be found at Village Studios.
Erla at Gallery Indigena has curated much outstanding art of indigenous people. Maxine Noel who now lives in Stratford exibits much of her art here and may be purchased onsite.
Fanfares bookstore is only 3 minutes walk down the street.
The Milky Whey Cheese shop will celebrates another year this summer in Stratford. Lovely selection of local and not so local cheeses. 118 Ontario St. The 'Butcher Baker' also features cheese and bread so there's no shortage of places to picnic from.
The Little Green Grocer is a local and seasonally inspired market supporting local farmers, producers and artisans. An onsite bakery producing affordable freshly baked bread daily is available too. Worth a look, next to Fosters Inn.
Rheo Thompson Candies for all your sweet treats, vanilla fudge-my fav and famous mint smoothies-55 Albert St. They are now stocking Mint Smoothie Ice Cream from Mapleton Organics. It's so so good.
Flower arrangements-try Stratford Blooms. Owner operated (Amanda) and will deliver to the house. 519 814 5000
Golf - Stratford Country Club, Rebel Creek, Science Hill Golf Club & St.Mary's Golf Club.
St Mary's has the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Also in St.Mary's stop at Lauren Whitney Lifestyles or perhaps get a coffee at Snapping Turtle Roasters. Stock up your pantry at Troyers Spices
The Stratford farmers market . 7am-noon every Saturday.
Ontario pdf map.
One last note; Please don't get disapointed, book your favourite event or dinner early. Kim and myself are always happy to make reservations for you. (We especially recommend this option for those arriving on friday evenings).
In any event, you can always call us for up to the minute advice, directions or even a chat!
Remember we are a B&B; callers and arrivals after midnight until after breakfast will be ignored and served old soggy waffles for the duration of their stay!!! (Emergencies excepted).
You can go to the forums on Tripadvisor, (or even review B&B's!!) I like to use it a lot myself when we travel, but always cross reference the information shown, just to be sure. To post on their forum you will need to log in or register, it's very easy! We do appreciate your input-thank you.