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Christmas and New Year at Heritage Mews, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Christmas lights at Stratford-upon-Avon


A Christmas Break in Stratford-upon-Avon is a magical experience. Stratford-upon-Avon's spectacular Christmas Lights, from Thursday 23 November 2017, create a wonderful atmosphere for Christmas shopping and a variety of festive events. Enjoy Stratford's Christmas Markets every Thursday from 23 November and a traditional 'Victorian' Christmas Market on 8, 9 & 10 December. Stratford's weekly charter market takes place every Friday and a Farmers Market or Antique & Collectibles Market on Saturdays. Explore Stratford's picturesque streets with beautifully preserved half-timbered buildings. Enjoy riverside walks along the banks of the beautiful River Avon. Eat out at Stratford's amazing choice of award-winning restaurants, bistros, pubs, traditional tea rooms and coffee shops. Enjoy Christmas shopping at the town's many interesting independent shops as well as high street stores. Experience Christmas at the Shakespeare Family Homes - Shakespeare's Birthplace, New Place, Hall's Croft and romantic Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Don't miss the Royal Shakespeare Company's new festive show for 2017, a brand new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 27 November until February.

Christmas at Heritage Mews

At Heritage Mews luxury self catering cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, you can be sure of a special welcome. This 5 star Gold Award winning cottage is beautifully decorated for Christmas from 23 November, with some festive extras awaiting you on your arrival. Very well-equipped, comfortably furnished and with fully controllable central heating, Heritage Mews is perfect for a pre-Christmas, Christmas or New Year break. Enjoy the convenience of private off-street parking (for 2 cars) and explore this beautiful riverside town on foot - the historic town centre, restaurants, shops, theatres and Shakespeare attractions are a 10 minute stroll away.

Christmas at Heritage Mews holiday cottage, Stratford upon Avon

Heritage Mews is a two bedroom cottage-style town house, comfortably accommodating three guests. It enjoys an ideal central yet peaceful location in Stratford-upon-Avon's interesting Old Town. Walk into town and to the theatres past Holy Trinity Church, where you can visit Shakespeare's grave, and along the riverside footpath, past the famous "Dirty Duck" inn. Or stroll along Old Town and Church Street to enjoy Stratford's beautiful architecture and rich variety of historic buildings. For details and photos of the cottage acommodation, a location map, prices and availability, please click Heritage Mews. We look forward to welcoming you at our luxury self-catering holiday cottage in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon.
Val and Simon
Val and Simon Broke-Smith

Telephone: +44 (0)1564 778649 or +44 (0)7946 200740
Christmas at Heritage Mews holiday cottage, Stratford upon Avon

Here are some comments in our Visitors Book from Christmas and New Year guests:
"The perfect place in a great town. Enjoyed the Christmas Lights turn on and fireworks." J & W, Kent.
"Thank you for a marvellous week. An early Christmas for us in a wonderful place!" A, F & A, France
Our 4th consecutive Christmas at Heritage Mews and as good as ever. HM [Heritage Mews] continues to set a benchmark for self catering. Thanks Val & Simon!" J & M, U.S.A.
"Thank you for making your lovely house so welcoming for Christmas. We have had a super week here."
J, S, A & E, Surrey.
"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Stratford. Cottage is delightful - well appointed and beautifully decorated for Christmas. Thanks Val & Simon." S & D, Essex.

Make the most of your Christmas Break - extended parking - Guests wishing to arrive early to spend the day in Stratford can park one car at Heritage Mews from 11am and check in from 3pm onwards. Guests can also leave their car parked until 2.30pm after vacating by 10am on departure day. Extended parking is subject to availability so please request in advance.

Christmas 2017 & New Year Rates: please check our calendar for available dates
Rates shown below are for up to 3 guests. For a fourth infant guest, age under 2 years in a cot, there is an additional occupancy charge of £15 for 2 nights plus £5 per additional night.

Pre-Christmas Breaks - 4 November 2017 to 19 December 2017: minimum stay is two nights. Flexible arrival and departure days, depending on existing bookings - please enquire.

2 night break: £265
3 night break: £360
4 night break: £430
5 night break: £490

6 night break: £550
weekly rate: £595

Christmas week: 7 night minimum stay. Additional nights are £118 per night.

Weekly rate - £825:
19 to 27 December booked

New Year week: arriving 27 December 2017: 7 night minimum stay.

Weekly rate - £825:
27 December to 3 January booked

Christmas at Heritage Mews

Rental rates include utilities, fully controllable gas central heating, unlimited Wi-Fi internet access (password protected), bed linen, towels and private off-street parking for two cars. Maximum number of guests is three (plus one infant in a cot). Check-in is 3pm onwards and we request that the property is vacated by 10am on departure day. Guests will find a complimentary festive welcome tray on arrival and the cottage beautifully decorated for the festive season.

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Christmas lights Stratford upon Avon, Wood Street
Christmas events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights will be switched on at 4.30pm, with carols from 4pm, on Thursday 23 November 2017 with a special ceremony and the arrival of Santa Claus heralding the beginning of the town’s Christmas celebrations. There will be late night shopping in the town centre and an all day Christmas Market on Waterside, next to the Bancroft Gardens, until 8pm. The town's Christmas Lights stay on until the early hours of 6 January 2018.

Christmas in Stratford-upon-Avon ~ great choice of eateries ~ interesting independent shops ~ festive atmosphere

CHRISTMAS MARKETS ~ from 23 November 2017 there will be Christmas Markets every Thursday until 8pm in Stratford town centre, on Waterside, and a Victorian Christmas Market on 8, 9 & 10 December in the town centre streets. On Fridays Stratford's Charter Market takes place in Rother Street and on Saturdays, Farmers' Markets (1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month) or Collectibles & Craft Markets ( 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month) from 9am to 4pm and on Sundays, Waterside Upmarket, with street food and a treasure trove of expert vendors, local makers, crafters and artists.

Stratford's award-winning guided Town Walk (no need to book) takes place every day, including Christmas Day, and a Ghost Walk takes place every Saturday evening. For details and times click Stratford Town Walks.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a pleasant ten minute stroll from Heritage Mews. Open seven days a week there are interesting Theatre Tours and a 36 metre high Theatre Tower providing spectacular views of the River Avon and Shakespeare's home town. Enjoy the very best of British food in the theatre's stylish Rooftop Restaurant, with stunning views. Don't miss seeing a performance of A Christmas Carol, the Royal Shakespeare Company's new festive show for 2017. This brand new adaptation of Charles Dicken's much-loved story is suitable for ages 7 years and over - children go half price. It runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 27 November 2017 to 4 February 2018. Also at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, you can see Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy of unrequited love, Twelfth Night, from 2 November 2017 to 24 February 2018

Shakespeare's Birthplace and three other Shakespeare Family Homes (New Place, Hall's Croft and Anne Hathaway's Cottage) are open every day except Christmas Day and celebrate Christmas from 1 December to 7 January. Experience a Tudor Christmas and listen to traditional and festive Tudor music. Discover how the Hathaways celebrated Christmas during their 400 years of living at the Cottage. Experience a Jacobean Christmas at Hall's Croft, Shakespeare's daughter's home. Details of festive events at the Shakespeare Family Homes.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CHRISTMAS EVENTS in and near STRATFORD-UPON-AVON ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2 November 2017 to 24 February 2018: Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford: Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy with Adrain Edmonson as Malvolio and Kara Tointon as Olivia.

11 November to 31 December 2017: experience Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, near Oxford, with Christmas decorations inside the Palace and Courtyards, plus festive music at weekends in December. Closed Christmas Day.

16 to 19 November 2017: Living Crafts for Christmas, Blenheim Palace: enjoy Christmas shopping in style with over 180 British designer-makers showcasing high quality contemporary crafts. 10am to 5,30om. Craft show details.

16 to 19 November 2017: Festive Gift Fair at the NEC, Birmingham, Hall 5: 9.30am to 5pm. 350 stalls with gifts, food & drink.

16 November to 24 December 2017: Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham: the largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany. Open 10am to 9pm. An easy way to travel to Birmingham from Stratford-upon-Avon is by train - journey time about one hour. Christmas Market.

23 November 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights switch-on in the town centre, at 4.30pm, with Christmas carols from 4pm, outside the Town Hall.

23 November 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Markets every Thursday from 23 November to 21 December: : All day Christmas Shopping Markets on Waterside (near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre). 11am to 8pm.

24 to 26 November 2017: The Frost Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester: new for 2017 - an interesting and unique array of crafts, gifts and fine foods. Entertainment. Free parking. 10am to 5pm. Tickets £4.95. Children under 16, free. Frost Fair.

24 November 2017 to 1 January 2018: After Dark Festive Trail at Blenheim Palace: Blenheim Palace’s Formal Gardens will light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights, 5pm to 10pm. For details & tickets click Festive Trail at Blenheim.

24 November and 1 December 2017 : Christmas in Broadway in the Cotswolds: Friday late night shopping until 8.30pm with carol singers, street entertainers and hundreds of twinkling Christmas lights. Plenty of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.

25 November 2017: Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas Market with over 50 stalls lining the High Street selling a great selection of Christmas gifts and food. Opens 9am. Christmas Lights Switch-On in the afternoon.

25 November to 3 December 2017: Christmas at Coughton Court (National Trust), near Alcester: open daily 10am to 6pm for festive shopping in the Coach House gift shop, the house decorated for a traditional Christmas, locally sourced Christmas lunch and homemade mince pies in the cafe, and at weekends a Christmas Market. Free event, Included in admission.

25 November to 18 December 2017: Dreaming of the perfect Upton Christmas at Upton House (National Trust): visit the house dressed for a very stylish Christmas. Open Fridays to Mondays inclusive 12noon to 4pm. Free event – included in admission.
Evening Tours: 25 November, 8, 9, 15 & 16 December, 5pm to 6pm and 6pm to 7pm. Adult £12; child £6. Booking required.

25 November to 31 December 2017: Christmas at Warwick Castle: the Castle will be decked in the finest festive grandeur, with a 20-feet-high Christmas tree gracing the Great Hall. Open every day except Christmas Day with a feast of attractions.

27 November 2017 to 4 February 2018: A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford: brand new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. suitable for age 7 and over.

29 & 30 November 2017: Candlelight Coughton at Coughton Court (National Trust), near Alcester: 6pm top 9.30pm: Enjoy a traditional three-course Christmas meal in Coughton's Kitchen café and experience the house decorated for the Throckmorton family's Christmas before their celebrations start. Walk the festive rooms by candlelight and take a seat in the Saloon whilst the piano plays by a roaring fire.  £35.00 per person. Booking essential - tel. 01789 400777 op2.

30 November 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Market: All day Christmas Shopping Market on Waterside (near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre). 11am to 8pm.

1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018: Christmas at Shakespeare's Family Homes, Stratford-upon-Avon: visit the houses decorated for Christmas (open every day expect Christmas Day) and enjoy special festive events - listed below.

1 December 2017: Christmas Lights & late night shopping at Bourton-on-the-Water: Lights switch-on at 6.30pm. Enjoy Bourton's special festive atmosphere with the Christmas Tree with Lights in the River Windrush, in the centre of the village. Christmas Lights and Tree from 1 December to 5 January 2018.

2 & 3 December 2017: Christmas Gift Fayre at Upton House (National Trust): gifts, crafts & food. 12 noon to 4pm. Free event, included in admission

2 & 3 December 2017: Chipping Campden Christmas Market in the Town Hall 10am to 6pm (5pm Sunday) and in Market Square 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday. Tree of Light and Town Lights switch-on Saturday at 4.30pm / 5pm.

3, 9 & 10 December: Ragley by Candlelight at Ragley Hall, Alcester: enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie whilst local choirs fill The Great Hall with Christmas music, followed by a candlelit walk through the palladian state rooms. Tours start at 4.30pm. Last tour 6.30pm. Click for available tour dates & times.

4, 6 & 8 December 2017: Christmas House Tours at Baddesley Clinton (National Trust, Lapworth: 6pm to 8pm (arrive 5.45pm). Enjoy an evening tour of the house dressed for a traditional Christmas followed by a three course festive supper in the Barn Restaurant. £35.00 per person. Booking required. Tel 01564 783294.

4, 11 & 18 December 2017: Christmas Breakfast Tours at Packwood House (National Trust), Lapworth: 9.30am to 11am. Breakfast in the Garden Kitchen Cafe followed by a tour of the house dressed for Christmas and attic spaces. £15.00. Booking required.

7, 14 & 21 December 2017: Christmas Evening Tours at Packwood House (National Trust), Lapworth: a tour of the house beautifully dressed for Christmas followed by a delicious two course supper in the Garden Kitchen Café. 6pm to 9pm or 7pm to 10pm. £30 per person. Booking required.

7 December 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Market: All day Christmas Shopping Market on Waterside (near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre). 11am to 8pm.

8, 9 & 10 December 2017: 'Victorian' Christmas Market in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the town centre streets: 10am to 9pm (closes 5pm on Sunday). 150 stalls Including local makers of food, drink, crafts and gifts, an international area, and an extensive choice of festive street food. Plus traditional music, street entertainers and a Victorian carousel.

8 to 30 December 2017: Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe: an illuminated trail around Sudeley's stunning grounds. For photos, dates, times and how to book click spectacle of light.

9 & 10 December 2017: Christmas Wassail at Coughton Court (National Trust), near Alcester: Christmas stories and carols, with mulled wine, mince pies and a roaring fire. £27 per adult. 4.30pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 10pm, Booking essential.

9 & 10 December 2017: Christmas weekend at Kenilworth Castle: a family event with crafts and story telling. 10am to 4pm.

13 to 17 December 2017: Midwinter Dance Spectacle at Shakespeare's New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon: an award-winning dance-circus company will enthral audiences with exciting acrobatic and dance sequences inspired by Shakespeare’s work. Tickets £10 (child / concession £7).

14 December 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Market: All day Christmas Shopping Market on Waterside (near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre). 11am to 8pm.

15, 22 & 29 December and 5 January: Tudor Music Performances at Hall's Croft, Old Town, Stratford: performances of traditional and festive Tudor Music in the stunning Jacobean surroundings of Hall’s Croft. 12pm to 4pm. 

16 December 2017: A Tudor Christmas at Hall's Croft, Old Town: 5.30pm to 6.30pm. 'After Hours' talk and workshop - discover how the Tudors celebrated Christmas and explore (and try) the festive foods they enjoyed. £8.00. Booking essential. Details. 

16 & 17 December 2017: Father Christmas at Hall's Croft, Old Town: 12pm to 4pm. Children can meet Santa Claus, receive a gift and take part in hands-on acitivities. £8 per child (adults free). Normal admission charges apply.

16 to 24 December 2017: Christmas Wassail Tour of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon: enjoy a magical tour with expert guides bringing Tudor Christmas to life in Shakespeare’s family home. 12pm to 4pm. 

21 December 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Market: All day Christmas Shopping Market on Waterside (near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre). 11am to 8pm.

Christmas in Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

Enjoy festive events at local National Trust houses. Charlecote Park park is open daily in November and December (closed Christmas Day). Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House are open daily in November and December (closed 24 & 25 December), and dressed for Christmas from 4 December, with Baddesley Clinton lit by special candles. Upton House is open from Friday to Monday inclusive in November and up to 18 December, and dressed for a very stylish Christmas from 25 November. Hidcote Manor Garden is open at weekends in November and up to 17 December,

is open to celebrate Christmas at Coughton from 25 November to 3 December with additional special festive events in December. See the house dressed for a traditional Christmas, enjoy Christmas lunch in the restaurant and festive shopping in the Coach House shop. At weekends there is a Christmas Market selling gifts, food and drink.

Visit Warwick Castle and enjoy Christmas at The Castle from 25 November to 31 December 2017. Marvel at the exquisite festive decorations and 20ft traditional Christmas tree in the Great Hall.

At Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage) on 9 & 10 December 2017, enjoy a fun Christmas weekend weekend for families, with story telling, crafts and Father Chritmas in his grotto.

Blenheim Palace celebrates Christmas from 24 November 2017 to 1 January 2018 (closed 25 December). The Formal Gardens will be lit with a trail of festive lights and The Great Hall, Saloon and Long Library decked with delightful decorations, The Great Court will have Blenheim Palace’s own Christmas trees adorned in twinkling lights. On 16 to 19 November 2017 enjoy Christmas shopping in style at the Living Crafts for Christmas craft fair with over 180 British designer-makers showcasing high quality crafts.

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