Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 48 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE P. 03 5145 6588 Freecall. 1800 787 275 16 McMillan St, Stratford S t r a t f o r d o n t h e R i v e r T o u r i s t P a r k • Immaculately clean • 4 acres situated on the bank of the Avon • Large shaded powered sites • Accommodation to suit every budget • Camping with open fireplaces • Camp kitchen • Covered BBQ area p e t f r i e n d l y PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE ShakesFeare celebrates The Bard The 2019 Shakespeare on the River festival embraces the role of supernatural in the works of William Shakespeare. From Hamlet’s dead father to the witches of Macbeth , The Bard invoked plenty of ghosts, sprites and things that go bump in the night to frighten his audience. The festival runs over two weeks starting on Friday, April 26, with a grand opening in the Stratford Courthouse Theatre and a performance by Groundwork Youth Theatre. Part of the big opening weekend, Saturday, April 27, is The Bard’s Banquet – A Dead Man’s Party, a three-course meal with a Shakespearean twist. Featuring the dark comedic talents of improv troupe, The Soothplayers, the night gives banquet goers the chance to dress up in their ghoulish best and dance the night away. This is one of the highlights of the festival, often booking out weeks in advance. In a change from tradition, the popular market day will run on Saturday, May 4, starting at 3pm and running into the evening. With the return of the pop up Shakesbeer bar, two live music stages, food stalls, craft makers and artisans at work, acting workshops and medieval games on the village green, there is sure to be something for everyone. Come dressed in your best medieval outfit or ghoulish garb to join in the fun of a twilight faire. In addition to the usual theatrical performances, audiences are invited to embark on a guided ghost tour. Explore the darker side of old Stratford town then finish with a warm spiced cider by the Courthouse Theatre fire. For tickets and all things Shakespeare visit Shakespeare on the River festival online. Riverbank stay At the end of a day of exploring Stratford’s artistic wonders, what better place to lay your head and relax than the Stratford on the River Tourist Park? Situated on the banks of the Avon River, it is a relatively small and peaceful caravan park, boasting amenities that are among the cleanest you’ll come across. Shaun and Louise Perrett offer a warm welcome to their pet friendly facilities surrounded by approximately four acres of well-maintained gardens and park-like grounds. Its position on the banks of the Avon provides for pleasant walks and restful views. Stay at Stratford on the River Tourist Park to explore Stratford and beyond including the nearby Victorian Alpine High Country, 90 Mile Beach, and the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail. A range of on-site accommodation is available from budget through to miner’s cottage style two-bedroom cabins, as well as large shaded powered sites and camping areas. Your stay is enhanced by a well appointed camp-kitchen complete with television, microwave, fridge and heater, which adds warmth in the cooler evenings, and laundry facilities. The undercover barbecue and eating area, together with a number of open fireplaces, make wonderful meeting areas with a playground for younger children close at hand and picnic tables also readily available for campers. A headless swordsman embraces the spooky theme on Faire Day at Shakespeare on the River. Photo: Lisa Hayman Photography