21 THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN #STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
By Ann Evans
With the weather so glorious, why not get out and about and explore the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Here’s a few suggestions from Ann Evans.
- Learn like #Shakespeare at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
Experience Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall. Enter through the doors where William Shakespeare himself walked through as a child and young man to learn many of the things that made him the World’s greatest playwright.
- See #Stratford-upon-Avon from the air
Take a look at the Warwickshire countryside from the air with an Air Experience Flight or Flying Lesson from Take Flight Aviation. Take Flight Aviation flying club and flight school offers flying lessons, flight training and light aircraft hire. Learn how to fly and achieve your Private Pilot’s Licence, re-validate an old licence, add ratings to your licence or look for a fulfilling flying club. With unrivalled facilities and a fleet of 15 aircraft, club membership is just £40 a month (hire rates are additional).
- A walk around town with Stratford Town Walk
Passing Shakespeare’s Birthplace and other sights in the town, the guide tells fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, old-fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare. Takes place Mon – Fri 11am & Sat & Sun 11am and 2pm. Duration: 2hrs. Cost: Adult £6, Over 65’s & students £5, Child £3. Under 8yrs FREE.
- Visit The Castle at Edgehill for a Cheese & Wine Festival!
On Sunday 26 August this free to enter Festival takes place in the gardens featuring local cheese producers and wine merchants. Sample their products and listen to live music in the evening. Enjoy this fantastic setting on the most perfect of bank holiday Sundays!
- Go on a guided tour of the Cotswolds
Go Cotswolds, owned and operated by the knowledgeable and engaging Tom Benjamin, offers small group guided day tour of the Cotswolds departs from Stratford-upon-Avon and visits 7 unique and beautiful locations in the Cotswolds with a local guide. The day tour operates every Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sun and costs £40 for adults and £30 for children.
- Some creepy new inhabitants at Stratford Butterfly Farm
These include 3 Redback spiders, a close relative of the black widow, along with a Chilean Rose Tarantula and a giant prickly Stick Insect. Throughout the holidays children and adults can take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions in the Discovery Zone and hold creatures such as a Madagascan hissing Cockroach, giant African Millipede, African Land Snail and a variety of Stick Insects.
- Enjoy FREE events with Inside Out from the Royal Shakespeare Company
The RSC will bring the world of theatre from inside to the Bancroft Terrace. Highlights include an outdoor pop-up theatre hosting a range of puppet shows and production-themed mini performances and interactives for people to play with including Montagues v Capulets table football and an opportunity to create your own sound effects.
- Kick back and relax with flamingos in the gardens at The Bell at Alderminster
Enjoy a range of dishes and summer inspired drinks at this fantastic country pub situated close to Stratford-upon-Avon. Relax in the garden which also features the Baby Bell Bar and some new attractive Flamingos. It’s the perfect place to eat, drink and sleep!
- Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Live Music at The Arden Hotel
Enjoy delicious food in one of the most wonderful and picturesque locations in Stratford-upon-Avon, whilst listening to live music in the Waterside Brasserie on 15 July, 19 August and 16 September. 2 courses cost £20.50 per person and 3 courses cost £25 per person. Stay overnight on a relaxing break which includes a Veuve Spritz Royale Cocktail and full English breakfast. Sunday – Thursday £159 per room and from Friday – Saturday £169 per room.
- See the Threads of the Unsaid artistic installation at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Running from 21 July – 1 September, explore and play your part in a curious experimental art installation based on Romeo and Juliet. This retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation will feature responses from visitors which will grow and unfurl into a tunnel of scarlet red threads woven into the orchards. It will culminate in a crowd-scripted evocation of this famous love story which debuts at a Meet the Artist event on 1 September.
- Visit the brand new Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon
The wonderful restaurant in this new hotel focuses on French cooking, earthy dishes and slow-cooked foods, serving favourites such as Cassoulet Classique – with confit duck, smoked Toulouse sausage and pancetta – Bouillabaisse, and Steak Haché. Next to the bistro is a lovely and super cosy courtyard, ideal for Al Fresco dinning… and being the “Hotel of wine”, a glass or two is never far off the agenda!
12. Listen to live music at Ragley Hall
The Summer House Sounds Concerts takes place from 12 – 14 July with 3 outdoor concerts from Tom Jones, Madness and Il Divo. The Battle Proms Picnic Concert takes place on 11 August whilst the Camper Calling festival returns from 24 – 27 August headlined by Mel C, Scouting for Girls, Feeder and The Coral.
- Watch Dragon Slayer – the new evening show at Warwick Castle
Showcasing the journey of Guy of Warwick as he battles beasts to win the heart of Princess Felice, the Earl of Warwick’s daughter, Dragon Slayer is the first night-time spectacular created exclusively by the Castle. Combining fire jousts, equestrian acrobatics, stunts and performances, the show includes an interactive procession through the grounds to the Courtyard. The final battle comes to life through a projection and light show and concludes with an epic battle of man versus dragon featuring real flames and dazzling pyrotechnics.
- Step back in time to the 13th Century at the Battle of Evesham
This free to attend event which is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August, takes place in Evesham, just a 15-minute drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring a medieval festival and camp with live demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment.
- Pick your own fruit!
Visit Little Kineton Plant Centre, a small nursery selling beautiful plants and flowers at reasonable prices with a couple of enormous fields full of the most wonderful ‘Pick Your Own’ fruits and plants. Bring the kids, bring a picnic, make a day of it and come home with strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants and gooseberries and much more.
- Celebrate Land Rovers 70th birthday
The British Motor Museum will be celebrating Land Rover’s 70th Birthday with a programme of themed fun, family activities! Discover some of the Land Rovers in the collection with the Land Rover Explorer Trail. Every Wednesday visitors can discover the world of science with AutoScience LIVE – two 25-minute shows full of cool interactive demonstrations with the ‘mad scientists’
- Take part in Fab Fest!
Escape Arts will be hosting FabFest on 22 & 23 July and taking their Art and Media bus to the Old Tramway in Stratford upon Avon from 12noon – 5pm. Escape at Art in the Park takes place at Jephson Gardens in Royal Leamington Spa on 5 & 6 August. Entry is free and there are lots of stalls selling art, plus live music, food and art activities
- Bonds Lifestyle, a unique shopping experience
Unlike any other shopping experience in Stratford-upon-Avon and far beyond, Bonds Lifestyle is a destination for refreshingly different and unique antiques and interiors shopping. Don’t miss a visit to the amazing shop this summer and if you’re at Countryfile Live in August, they have a stand there too, so you’re in for a shopping treat there too.
- Family-fun at Mary Arden’s Farm
There’s lots of exciting things to discover at Mary Arden’s Farm. Experience the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm on a fantastic family day out. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done, watch craft and falconry demonstrations and explore the farmyard, playground and historic buildings.
- Summertime at The Fuzzy Duck
The Fuzzy Duck in the lovely little village of Armscote near Stratford-upon-Avon is a quintessentially English country pub and boutique bed & breakfast. Alongside distinctive character features, exposed beams and fireplaces, the contemporary touches lend the lovely building a luxurious, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy a romantic supper, family feast, lazy lunch or indulgent dinner in the sophisticated restaurant at The Fuzzy Duck this summer.
- Award-winning breakfast at Arden House
And last, but by no means least, we finish our list with a beautiful boutique hotel and an award-winning breakfast. Arden House offers their guests something unique and different, a ‘home from home’ experience like no other and an opportunity to experience luxurious hospitality in a relaxed, private atmosphere. This wonderful little hotel was awarded with 5 Stars by the AA for Guest Accommodation as well as their Breakfast Award, so this is truly something to write home about.
For more ideas visit: www.stratford-upon-avon.online