Stratford upon Avon is perfect for a Spring or Easter break. Explore Stratford's historic town centre with its beautiful architecture, riverside setting and excellent choice of restaurants, pubs, cafes and interesting independent shops. Visit Shakespeare's Family Homes with special events and exhibitions. Discover delightful riverside walks through parks and gardens along the banks of the beautiful River Avon and enjoy a sightseeing cruise aboard an original Edwardian pleasure launch. See As You Like It or The Taming of the Shrew at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and take a trip up the Theatre Tower or a Theatre Tour. From 24 March, enjoy the weekly Sunday Upmarket in Bridge Street in the town centre, selling a variety of interesting gifts, crafts and street food.
Heritage Mews is a luxury two bedroom holiday cottage comfortably accommodating three guests (plus one infant in a cot). The cottage enjoys an excellent central yet peaceful location in Stratford's Old Town - close to the River Avon and a 10 minute stroll from the town centre, restaurants, shops and theatres. Awarded a Visit England 5 Star Gold Award for "exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service", this beautifully appointed cottage is ideal for discerning couples and small families wanting to enjoy everything that this unique historic town has to offer.
Easter at Heritage Mews in Stratford-upon-Avon - stay for a short break, or longer, between 6th and 28th April and enjoy a special Easter welcome - with spring flowers arranged throughout the cottage for your arrival, a complimentary welcome tray with Easter treats for all ages and the beautifully maintained private courtyard garden colourful with spring flowers.
Heritage Mews is a few minutes' walk from Holy Trinity Church, one of England's most beautiful Parish churches situated on the banks of the River Avon and where you can visit Shakespeare's grave. From here you can walk into town along the delightful riverside footpath or enjoy peaceful walks following Avon Valley paths out into adjacent Warwickshire countryside. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the beautiful River Avon in a traditional Edwardian launch, or hire a rowing boat or self-drive motor boat to explore over 3 miles of tranquil river. Explore Stratford's unique architectural heritage - walk the centuries' old route from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Holy Trinity Church, known as The Historic Spine. Eat out at Stratford's excellent choice of restaurants, pubs, traditional tea rooms and coffee shops and enjoy shopping at Stratford's interesting independent shops as well as high street stores. For photos and more information about Stratford-upon-Avon, nearby historic houses, beautiful gardens and Cotswold villages to explore, click Local area.
"A lovely house in a great location - We had a lovely Easter weekend in Stratford upon Avon, and this was the ideal place to stay. The owners could not have been more welcoming, and their house was spotlessly clean and beautifully presented. The house was just a short walk from all the shops and attractions in the town, ideal for our theatre visit. The courtyard garden was a colourful haven, perfect for a relaxing glass of red in the evening! I think Val and Simon have provided just about everything one could possibly need in a holiday home from home.
My family and I cannot recommend this place highly enough, and hope to stay again in the future."
Enjoy Easter activities at the Shakespeare's Family Homes in Stratford town centre and nearby villages. At Shakespeare's Birthplace see costumed actors perform excerpts from his plays. Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps at New Place, where a contemporary landscape reveals the footprint of his last home. Explore Hall's Croft in Old Town, the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter and enjoy the spring flowers in the tranquil walled garden. Visit romantic Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery and explore the beautiful gardens. Visit Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote, the childhood home of Shakepeare's mother. Learn about Tudor rural life from costumed guides. See rare breeds, falconry displays and explore nature trails. On Monday 22nd April enjoy the Bank Holiday Easter Special Upmarket in Bridge Street in the town centre, from 10am to 5pm, with stalls selling unique products, gifts and crafts plus street entertainment and food.
On May Bank Holiday weekend enjoy Stratford Festival of Motoring on 5th and 6th May with Stratford’s historic streets playing host to a display of 300 fantastic cars - an eclectic mix of classic to super and quirky to slick - with owners dressed in keeping, and festival patron, Quentin Wilson in attendance. On 5th and 6th May a special Bank Holiday Upmarket is held in the town centre, on Waterside, with stalls selling a variety of unique products including handcrafted items, jewellery, artwork and delicious street food. At the Tulip Festival at Moreton Hall Garden on 4th, 5th & 6th May, see many varieties of beautiful tulips in borders, pots and cut flower displays - 13 miles (25 minutes' drive) from Heritage Mews. Visit Kenilworth Castle on 5th & 6th May and experience Medieval Kenilworth Castle in a reenactment of the 1216 battle between King John and his rebellious barons over the Magna Carta.
There are so many interesting HISTORIC HOUSES and BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, including National Trust properties, to visit near Stratford-upon-Avon:
Upton House and Gardens (NT), near Banbury, Warwickshire: open from 6 February 2019. See how in 1927 Lord and Lady Bearstead viewed Upton House 'with the eye of imagination' and soon set about creating their made to measure country home. House open 1pm to 5pm; garden open 11am to 5pm. Easter activities: 6 to 28 April 2019 - follow the Woodland trail to spot wildlife and birds. 19 to 22 April 2019 Cadbury Egg Hunt.
Farnborough Hall (NT),near Banbury, Warwickshire: honey-coloured stone house with exquisite plasterwork, library treasures collected during the Grand tour. Fine landscaped gardens with panoramic views. A family home largely unaltered since the 18th century. Closed in winter; reopens in April (date to be announced).
Chastleton House and Garden (NT), near Moreton-in-Marsh, is a rare gem of a 17th century Jacobean country house, built by a prosperous wool merchant. Owned by the same family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years.
Enjoy wonderful displays of spring bulbs at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh. In Blockley, near Chipping Campden, Mill Dene Garden is an unusual 2.5 acre English country garden set around an old water mill, with displays of daffodils in April and many interesting varieties of tulips in May. Sezincote, near Moreton-in-Marsh, is a unique stately home built in the style of a Mughal Indian palace, set in large grounds including a formal canal garden beside the house and an informal stream garden. Gardens open January to November. House open May to September, Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Visit Compton Verney Art Gallery: the house, exhibitions and grounds are open from 16 March 2019. Explore the beautiful grounds and see the 2019 opening exhibition Painting Childhood: from Holbein to Freud, bringing together some of the most iconic paintings, sketches and sculptures of children produced in the last 500 years. Magnificent Warwick Castle is 9 miles / 20 minutes' drive from Heritage Mews and open 10am to 6pm. Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage) is 14 miles / 25 minutes' drive from Heritage Mews and open 10am to 6pm; on 5th & 6th May 2019 experience Medieval Kenilworth Castle, a reenactment of the 1216 rebellion over the Magna Carta. At Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, near Oxford (under one hour's drive), during Easter Weekend, 19 to 22 April 2019, there are family Easter activities, including Easter trails and a traditional fun fair in the Pleasure Gardens.