Evesham Vegan Festival and Stratford-upon-Avon

We always hear people, such as Dolly Parton, complaining about working 9 to 5 but it's actually pretty good. Since we've been working 9 to 5 we've been able to have more of a social life since most other people work 9 to 5 as well. It allows you to go to more events because the world is geared towards 9 to 5ers.

Sure we just went to a huge vegan festival in Brighton but we decided to go to a little Vegan Fair in Evesham with Plant Based Nurse to get some food and stuff. Road trip!
Evesham is a small market town. The great thing about going to random vegan fairs is that it gets us to go to places that we might not normally explore. You can pick just about anything that you're into and use it as the reason for travelling but going to vegan fairs works for us.




Evesham has cool old buildings. You don't get buildings like this in Canada that's for sure.

That building is a NatWest bank.

It's like we've gone back in time or something.

Yet another big church in England.
What a beautiful sky today.
We had a little trouble finding the Vegan Fair until we looked for the signs. There were some people handing out brochures supporting the UK leaving the EU. We tried to avoid those guys as they we pretty aggressive in their leafleting.
The signage was pretty clear in what we were getting ourselves into.
It was crowded in the fair. We were hoping to see some more local stuff that we might not have seen at Brighton Vegfest since Vegfest is more of a national touring fair. We saw a few stalls that we have seen before at other fairs and some new ones as well. We actually ran into a guy that we had met in London too.

We ate food that we got from Mex it Up the vegan tex-mex food cart. It really hit the spot. Vegan festivals are fun because they always have good food for us to try out. We don't remember exactly what we bought but it was all good.

Then we got a raw vegan version of the Cadbury cream egg which was delicious. We only split one because they were pricey. It was real good.
This lady had all sorts of chocolate treats.
Mrs WLV got a new hoodie for £20 from these guys that we see at all the vegan fairs. I believe the guy behind the stand is known as Tony Tofu.
Then we ended up splitting a box of cupcakes with Plant Based Nurse. We had the best of intentions to eat healthy vegan stuff today and then we ended up going for the vegan junk food. It's okay since when we aren't indulging at vegan fairs we are eating healthy stuff.
'Nut' box of cupcakes. 
Next we headed to Stratford-upon-Avon for a "look see" as we haven't been there before and everyone keeps telling us to go there. Stratford is where Shakespeare is from in case you didn't know. We thought we should get a idea of what all the fuss is about.

We took advantage of some free parking and had a walk around. Turns out Stratford is really nice. We can see why people would direct tourists here. I don't think you need to be a Shakespeare fan to appreciate the place either.


The weather was actually great which was a nice change to the usual England weather.

Stratford-upon-avon. The river Avon makes for some pretty scenery with boats and swans.

We weren't exactly sure how this sun dial is supposed to work but it looked cool


There were some swans in the River near that boat. They were making a lot of noise too.
We saw one of those canal lock things like they have in Birmingham.
People might have been feeding the swans. Make sure you don't feed swans or ducks bread.
Spot the Canadians?
Stratford was a nice change of scenery from Birmingham. We like Birmingham but it is bit industrial looking most places you go.
This is where the Shakespearean magic happens.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Stratford has lots of cool old buildings. We enjoyed the old architecture. They had all sorts of neat pubs and stuff. If we had more time we might have stopped somewhere.
We looked in Tudor land which was some sort of tourist trap. They have ghost tours as well in Stratford. Ghost tours are always fun.

This sign had some hilarious sarcastic answers to frequently asked questions. Are you open? No we just like to keep the doors open and the music playing when we close.


They had a free map that we ended up loosing. Stratford is pretty touristy so there are signs everywhere telling you which direction to see Shakespeares grave or Havard House or the other Shakespeare related sights.


The weather was holding up nicely for our walk. It was still fairly cold out but thankfully not raining.


We walked down the high street. The high street has all the usual stores like Starbucks, Lush, WH Smith, etc. but they're in cool old buildings.

We love skulls


This is the Old Town area. Some tourists were over here because Shakespeare's grave is down this street somewhere.

There were tour groups walking around Stratford with Shakespearean looking dudes leading the way.

It was busy in Stratford and I can only imagine that in the summer it is even busier with more tourists walking around.
The weather was not looking as awesome when we were making our way back to the car. We basically did a quick loop around Stratford and made a break for the car.
Stratford was still sunny but the surrounding area looked like it was going to start chucking it down (pouring) any second.
We turned around and the dark clouds rolled in.
Leave it to England's weather to change so drastically.
We got some brochures from the visitors centre for when we return. We plan on coming back in the summer and having a longer visit where we can see all the sights. This visit was more of a quick walk around. Almost a scouting mission for the future.

We ended up getting some Chai Lattes at Costa and then heading back home because we were all going to our friends birthday party later that night at the Actress and Bishop.
Here we are racing the sun home.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more vegan festivals, check out our post on "Leicester Vegan Market 2016"

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