Events and Recommendations

COVID-19 in Stratford has our city and fellow businesses doing the 'fundemental'. Changes happen daily so we're leaving our old blog below up, but we'll update you when you make a reservation on all the goings on and about town. Let us be you concierge and tour directors for your stay in Stratford in 2020

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)

NEW for 2020 Lights On Stratford

Mid November to mid February, see Stratford in a different light!

Stratford Masonic Concert Hall-The HALL features many gigs-too many to mention.

Black Swan brewing
, our newest is featured about town now. Follow them here

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. No word since April 2020 nor any presence in Stratford since. 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!!

Karen Hartwick's Tea leaves not to be missed, orders available online as well as in house. Our afternoon cuppa is-Stratford Earl Grey - Africa and Sri Lanka
Origin: Sri Lanka, Madagascar
This tea is dedicated to Stratford and area Earl Grey tea lovers. This creamy Earl Grey blend is based on a Ceylon black tea infused with oil of bergamot and finished off with vanilla bean and cornflower. A very uplifting tea for morning or late afternoon. Sweet and fragrant.

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 still makes his own books, block wood engravings/etchings and many other interesting and unique artifacts to mention.(77 Brunswick St. 519.273.7523). He is a class act and a gentleman. We are lucky to have him live in our fair city.

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.
Stratford receives national and international awards as Canada’s premiere garden city.
Stratford is Canada’s Best Blooming Community in 2008. In a national competition by Communities in Bloom, in which hundreds of towns and cities competed, Stratford was selected as the overall national champion for its gardens and community involvement in beautification, environmental awareness and heritage conservation.

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.