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)

Stratford Masonic Concert Hall-The HALL features many gigs-too many to mention, although I see Madison Violet returns. Just sayin'

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

Waterloo Lectures. Various times & locations.

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.

Meet Your Maker Gallery, 62 Wellington St downtown. Facebook has their current listings.

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. I recently met up with new AITP member David Sharpe-lovely addition to the already strong line up of talent. Also check out Brad Jesson, works in glass. Look for Dave Humphrey and Edward Payne's art in the house!

Stratford Shakespeare Festival Mid-April-October 30th. 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, order online too.

Village Studios on Downie St have a fine selection of art for sale from local artists, our fav at the moment is the works of Leslie Watts.

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, Soiled Reputation 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. 148 St.Patrick St, just off Wellington St across from Stratford's downtown LCBO

Rhumba, 80 ontario St for great ladies wear-so says Kim!

Cora Couture on Market square-for the ladies.

Or you can wander to 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.

Your Market Co-op 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.

Chocolate Barrs and Rocky Mountain Chocolates round up the chocolate trail.

Flower arrangements-try Stratford Blooms. Owner operated (Amanda) and will deliver to the house. 519 814 5000 


Stratford Road Trips Best day trips in our beautiful province. Pre-book, highly recommend especially to our regulars.

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.

2019 Season Playbill

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Henry VIII

Mother’s Daughter


Billy Elliot the Musical
Little Shop of Horrors

Birds of a Kind
The Crucible
The Front Page
Nathan the Wise
The Neverending Story
Private Lives

Full 2019 details at Festival website