Escape’s Great Scarecrow Festival at Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations

Stratford’s first Community Scarecrow Festival is being held this year during Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Weekend on Bancroft Gardens.Groups are invited to take part in a competition to make the most inventive scarecrow (or scarecrows) for display throughout the weekend. Cash prizes to be won!
Community groups with a qualifying Stratford postcode can apply for a £100 grant from Stratford Town Trust to help with their scarecrow builds, for further details please visit 
The closing date for applications for this grant is Monday 1st April 
Contact for Town Trust enquiries: 01789 207114.
Visit for more information, including the competition guidelines and entry forms. Any questions, contact

Teenage Cafe

Escape Arts are now hosting a teenage cafe, every Thursday and Friday 3:30-5pm. Come along and bring your friends, we've got free wifi and big discounts on food and drink. If you're looking for somewhere to finish your work or somewhere to hang out with friends, this is the place for you!

Escape’s Easter Extravaganza!

Escape Arts are hosting our Great Easter Egg Hunt again this Easter, free and fun for all the family! Pop in to the Old Slaughterhouse on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April to enter. Your task will be to find the hidden Easter word from the letters displayed in local shop windows in Stratford. Prizes await on your return with the correct word! We will also be hosting an afternoon of fun for all the family at the Old Slaughterhouse, including art activities and a very special book reading by Pam Paffett. For more information, contact

All Day Enamelling Workshop with Melissa Keskinkilinc

We are so excited to be welcoming back Melissa Keskinkinlic this Spring! This whole day workshop gives you the opportunity to work with locally born enamel artist Melissa, who specialises in beautiful enamel pieces, from jewellery to glass ornaments. She will ensure that you have a beautiful item to take home and show off again and again! On the day, Melissa will guide us through the enamelling process, producing a beautiful piece of work to take home for yourself or give as a gift. You can see Melissa’s work on Facebook, under the business name Melissa’s Melting Pot. All materials such as firing costs and refreshments during the day are included in the price. For more information, contact

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Fused Glass Evening Workshop with Ros Ingram

Acclaimed artist Ros Ingram is back with us this Spring and this time she is hosting a workshop creating fused glass landscapes. On this course, you will experiment with different colours and materials and Ros will guide you to a professional finished product. You can see our past work with Ros on the Escape Arts website, in our gallery of past evening courses. All materials such as firing costs and refreshments during the evening are included in the ticket price. For more information, contact

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Lino Printing Evening Workshop with Ros Ingram

We’re lucky to have Ros leading a second evening workshop with us this Spring, teaching a new skill in Lino Printing. During the evening workshop we will be guided through the process of cutting and printing, with the opportunity to create several prints from the finished 'plate', taking home a lovely piece to be cherished and new skills learned for life. You can see our past work with Ros on the Escape Arts website, in our gallery of past evening courses. All material and refreshment costs during the evening are included in the ticket price. For more information, contact

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All Day Needlefelting Workshop with Steph Lester

We are delighted to be welcoming back Steph Lester this Spring for an all day Needlefelting workshop! Steph will be on hand to teach the needlefelting skills you need to begin needlefelting at home. You will have the freedom to follow your own inspiration or follow the detailed instructions. The amount of details you want to include will be up to you with glass or needle felted eyes, detailed toes and fur like tail. We will have a blending board, carding machine, and combs available for you to find out about and experiment with for those that have got to that point in their felting development. You can see Steph’s work on Facebook, under the business name Tootique Boutique. All materials and refreshment costs are included in the ticket price. For more information, contact

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Call the Midwife! Brand New Exhibition!

Come and join us for our very special exhibition launch event!

Escape Arts presents Call the Midwife, a personal and collective insight into Stratford's emerging maternity services, from births, to bouncing babies and beyond! This exhibition celebrates local stories, alongside the town's rich social history.

For our launch event, we are inviting members of the public to bring in copies of their baby photos, especially those born in the Monroe Devis Maternity Hospital, to form Stratford's ultimate baby book! You don't want to miss out on us cutting the symbolic umbilical cord to open the exhibition! Lots of creative activities on the day, come and share your stories!

The exhibition will be up until May. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Lifting the Lid on Stratford’s Loos – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - toilet gallery! Escape Arts invite you to their latest, albeit tongue-in-cheek exhibition located in the loo of the Old Slaughterhouse Heritage & Arts Centre. In this small, but perfectly formed space, you shall be made privy to Stratford-upon-Avon’s history of local latrines, head-line making toilet paper and poignant potty protests. From Stratford’s smallest gem, it’s Victorian gent's loo on Ely Street to toilet sit-ins at the heart of the community there is a lot to discover. You can even cast your eye over vintage sanitary-wear and advertisements whilst you ‘spend a penny’.

Yesterday & Today – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - stair gallery. A stunning photography exhibition by Phil Williams, comparing pictures up to 150 years ago to pictures today.