Local Area – Stratford-upon-Avon:
Situated on the River Avon in the heart of England
Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Visit this beautiful place to discover a charming town with a real sense of history.
Explore Shakespeare’s Birthplace for a fascinating insight into his childhood, the house where his daughter lived at Hall’s Croft , then see his final resting place at Holy Trinity Church. Along the way, don’t miss the fairy tale setting of his wife Anne Hathaway’s Cottage , or the working Elizabethan farm where his mother, Mary Arden, lived.
Arts and culture
While you’re in Shakespeare’s hometown, why not see his dramatic works performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company? If you’re in the mood for music, watch the brilliant Orchestra of the Swan, the resident orchestra at Stratford Arts House , or for art, stop by the award winning Compton Verney art gallery . From a medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace Kenilworth Castle is a super English Heritage property. If you’re off to see or host something at The NEC the your within a handy journey time of c. 30 minutes. There are lots of village churches in the area which are always very welcoming to our guests.
For kids and families
Cruise the River Avon on a guided boat-tour , explore the area by hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses , join one of the walking tours, or get hands on with clever gadgets at the Mad Museum. The Butterfly Farm is open whatever the weather, where you can stroll through a lush landscape of tropical blossom surrounding splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. A little further afield, the spectacular medieval fortress of Warwick Castle has everything from jousting knights to haunted dungeons. Hatton Country World is also a firm family favourite with a children’s adventure world and a shopping village. Bourton-on-the-Water has a very cute model village which makes a fun trip further into the Cotswolds. Cadbury World is c. 25 miles and a straight forward route up the motorway. The Jump In Trampoline Arena – Trampoline Park is handy in Warwick, it is good fun and open early till late everyday. Based about 1 mile away is Henry’s Play Barn complete with cafe and soft play.
Baddesley Clinton, Charlecote Park, Packwood House, Upton House and Coughton Court are National Trust properties worth visiting in Warwickshire. New rooms, changing exhibitions, conservation in action, guided spring walks, and family days out all await you. You may even spot an otter at the new otter holt on the River Arrow at Coughton Court.
Eating and drinking
We have an excellent local pub called The Snitterfield Arms less than 1 mile away. No 19’ restaurant is based at Ignon Manor Golf Course and offers a Sunday carvery; home cooked roasts with all the trimmings.
The Hatton Arms isn’t far and is next to a massive flight of canal locks, there is also a nice little cafe at the side of the canal. The group called Lovely pubs have a few in the area and they are all good, our favourite is The Crab Mill. The Fleur de Lys is a traditional pub set in a very pretty village by the canal. Barford is another pretty village with a nice pub called The Granville. The King’s Head is a traditional 15th Century village inn located in picturesque Aston Cantlow.
Henley in Arden is only a short journey away and has some great places to eat. We go to Stoneaged in The White Swan where you cook your own steak, halloumi or vegetable on hot lava stones, its really fun. The Bluebell is another super place on the high street which uses locally sourced foods and is dog friendly too.
In Stratford you have a wide choice of restaurants, some of our favourites include Lambs, No 9 Church Street, The Opposition and Vintners, booking is advisable for all. There are lots of take-aways, I like fish and chips from the Big Fish which is on the retail park so easy for parking.
The 1940’s tea room in Stratford is a fun step back in time. Yew Tree Shopping Village at Wootton Warren has a lovely tea room called The Cow Shed. It also has a beautiful church, St Peter’s which is one of the oldest structures in Midlands dating back to the 900s.
Shopping & Antiques
With choices ranging from gift shops to cheesemongers, jewellers to antique shops, boutiques to bookshops, you won’t go home empty handed. There is a weekly market on Fridays, as well as a regular farmers’ market, a craft market in the summer and a Christmas market. Located just outside of Stratford upon Avon, Bonds is one of the largest centres in the UK, covering 12,500 sq ft. This expansive shop floor features products from 25 dealers, and is filled with delights that shoppers can spend hours happily exploring. Under one roof, you can find antique, bespoke and reproduction furniture, in addition to a broad selection of interior design goods. To take a break from shopping there is a tea room, selling homemade cakes and light lunches.