Heritage Open Days – Stratford Hippodrome: For One Day Only!

On Saturday 21st September, we will be hosting an event at our home, the Old Slaughterhouse, to celebrate National Heritage Open Days. We are recreating Stratford’s Hippodrome, a popular events venue that hosted a wide variety of events for the local community, such as dances, wrestling and pet shows. Our programme of events is as follows:

- 11am - Community Dog Show with prizes for Best Trick, Smiliest Face, Waggiest Tail & Owner Lookalike.
- 12pm - Hippodrome Bingo Round 1
- 1pm - Shakespeare Morris Dancers Dance & Talk
- 2pm - Jive by Mezzo Dancers
- 3pm - Hippodrome Talk & Memory Share
- 4pm - Hippodrome Bingo Round 2

For any questions, contact info@escapearts.org.uk. We look forward to welcoming you!

Evening & Day Artist Led Workshops

We have a range of exciting artist led workshops including:
Ros Ingram- Porcelain Christmas Decorations Mon 4th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm £35
Melissa Keskinkilinc- Enamelled Christmas Decorations Sunday 17th November 10.30am- 3.30pm £65
Ros Ingram – Lino Etching - Sunday 24th November 10.30am – 3.00pm £65
Textiles and Needle Felting TBC
Full event listing will be added soon.

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Stratford Born & Bred – Brand New Exhibition

Come and join us for this fantastic exhibition where seven local people share their stories of Stratford. Exhibition running until December 2019, open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm.

Free Lego & Games Cafe

Our summer Lego Cafe is back and this time it's bigger and better than ever! Now hosted in the Slaughterhouse and our new outside extension, the Cowshed, we now have more space to let your children's imagination run wild during our FREE Lego and Games cafe.

Youth Cafe

Escape Arts are now hosting a youth cafe, every Thursday and Friday 3:30-5:00pm. 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!

Call the Midwife – Temporary Exhibition

Last chance to view - exhibition must close on 7th September! 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. Available to view in our main exhibition space during our opening times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm.

A Journey Through Time – Permanent Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition - available to view during our opening times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm in our main exhibition space. Let us take you on a Journey Through Time! In living memory, the Old Slaughterhouse is remembered as part of Hensons butchers, but research has shown that the site was also the home of a flax-dressers, a bakers, a shoemakers and even a Tudor pub! Come and explore the vast history of the site, alongside local and global events, with a focus on the Tudor pub.

Lifting the Lid on Stratford’s Loos – Permanent Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - available to view during our opening times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm in our 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 – Photography Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - available to view on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in our stair gallery. A stunning photography exhibition by Phil Williams, comparing pictures up to 150 years ago to pictures today.

Are You Being Served? – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - available to view during our opening times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm in our upstairs gallery. A fascinating look at Stratford's much loved family run businesses that ran the town when our slaughterhouse was still operational.

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