Easter and Spring Breaks in Stratford-upon-Avon
at Heritage Mews 5* Gold Award self catering holiday cottage

Spring flowers at Heritage MewsStratford upon Avon is perfect for a Spring or Easter break. Explore Stratford's picturesque town centre with its fine historic buildings, beautiful 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 a performance at the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Take a trip up the Theatre Tower or a Theatre Tour. Enjoy weekend town centre markets markets 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 5 to 10 minute stroll to 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.
Daffodils in Spring at Heritage Mews
Easter at Heritage Mews in Stratford-upon-Avon - stay for a short break, or longer, between 27 March and 10 April 2021 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. Enjoy the beautifully maintained private courtyard garden colourful with spring flowers - a delight to look out onto from the comfort of the sitting-dining room and perfect for relaxing or dining outdoors on warmer days.

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 Attractions.

"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."
Spring colour at Heritage Mews

Enjoy Easter activities at 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 Shakespeare's mother. Learn about Tudor rural life from costumed guides. See rare breeds, falconry displays and explore nature trails. On Monday 5 April enjoy the Bank Holiday Easter Upmarket in the town centre, on Waterside from 10am to 5pm, with stalls selling unique products, gifts and crafts plus street entertainment and food.

Stratford Spring Feasts, is Stratford-upon-Avon's restaurant fortnight celebrating Stratford's amazing food scene with 2 weeks of special offers, menus and events at restaurants throughout the town centre. Usually in the second and third week of March; 2021 dates to be announced.

On Monday 3 May a Bank Holiday Upmarket is held in the town centre, with stalls selling handcrafted items, jewellery, artwork and delicious street food.



  • There are so many interesting HISTORIC HOUSES and BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, including National Trust properties, to visit near Stratford-upon-Avon. The following information relates to 2020 but similar events are expected to take place in 2021. Details and dates will be added when available.

  • Charlecote Park (National Trust), between Stratford and Warwick on the banks of the River Avon: a superb Tudor house, gardens and landscaped 'Capability' Brown parkland with a herd of fallow deer. The gardens in spring are colourful with bulbs, hellebores, early flowering shrubs and fruit trees. Gardens, park, outbuildings and tea room open 7 days: 9am to 5pm in March, April and May; house open 7 days 11am to 3.30pm (closes 2pm Wednesdays). Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 8 to 13 April 2020, 9am to 4pm. Bat Walk - 8.45pm to 10.15pm on 8 May (also other dates during the year).

  • Baddesley Clinton (NT), Lapworth, Warwickshire: a picturesque moated manor house and garden - see the 3 priest holes. Open 7 days a week: garden, restaurant and shop 9am to 5pm; house 11am to 5pm. Please note - to visit over Easter weekend,10 to 13 April, admission to the house is by bookable tickets only (including members). You can book online. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 10 to 13 April 2020.

  • Packwood House (NT),Lapworth (close to Baddesley Clinton), An interesting restored Tudor house with park, lakeside walk, beautiful gardens and notable topiary. Open 7 days a week - house, gift shop and grounds open 11am to 5pm; cafe, park and shop open 9am to 5pm. Please note - over Easter weekend, 10 to 13 April, opening times are earlier (house and gift shop 9.30am; grounds 9am) and car parking is available by pre-bookable tickets only - free, bookable online. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 10 to 13 April 2020.

  • Coughton Court (NT), near Alcester: an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful grounds - home to the Throckmorton family. Learn about its associations with the Gunpowder plot, priest holes and take in the views from the Tudor tower. March opening: 4 days, Thursday to Sunday - house 11am to 4pm (gardens closed). April, May and June opening: House and gardens open 5 days, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. NB: closed 16 May. See the famous Throckmorton daffodils (over 20 varieties) in March and April and in May explore the ancient Bluebell Wood, a short walk across the fields from the house. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 10 to 13 April 2020. Embroidery Workshop - 23 April 2020.

  • Hidcote Manor Garden (NT), near Chipping Campden: one of the country's great gardens, created by Lawrence Johnston who was passionate about plants. The garden is divided into a series of 'outdoor rooms' each with its own character and vibrant with spring bulbs and flowers. Open 7 days a week: March, 11am to 4pm; from 30 March, April, May and June, 10am to 6pm. 4 to 19 April - a special nature inspired Easter Trail around the garden, with activities and prizes. From 6 April onwards - an exibition of botanically inspired tapestries embroidery and quilts by Kaffe Fassett. Activities, walks and talks from March onwards, including Tai Chi, Mindfulness and discoering medieval Hidcote.

  • Snowshill Manor (NT), near Broadway: a Cotswold manor set in hillside gardens. Home to Charles Wade's spectacular collection of everyday and extraordinary objects, from tiny toys to suits of Samurai armour. Open 7 days a week from 16 March 2020: house open 11.30am to 4.30pm; garden, shop and cafe open 11am to 5.30pm. 22 March - Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 4 to 19 April 2020. 4 and 15 May: Sharing the Stories of Snowshill - a talk about the lesser known stories about Snowshill - free.

  • 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 11am to 4pm; garden open 10am to 5pm. Easter activities: 4 to 19 April 2020. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 10 to 13 April 2020. Plus a host of talks, walks and activities throughout the year

    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 Wednesday 1 April 2020. Open Wednesdays only 2pm to 5.30pm.

    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. Closed in winter. Open 4 March until 31 October 2020. Open 5 days a week, Wednesday to Sunday: house 1pm to 4pm; gardens 1pm to 5pm. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 10 to 12 April 2020. 31 March, 28 April, 26 May (plus 4 other dates): Behind closed doors - Conserving Chastleton tour.

    Bourton House Garden, Bourton on the Hill, near Moreton in March: an award-winning 3 acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. Open from 1 April 2020 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10am to 5pm (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays). Open Friday 8 May for a special event celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

    Enjoy wonderful displays of spring bulbs at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh. 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, Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2pm to 6pm. House open May to September, Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

    Visit Compton Verney Art Gallery: the house, exhibitions and grounds are open from 14 March 2020. Explore the beautiful grounds and see the 2020 exhibitions, Cranach: Artist and Innovator and Fabric: Touch and Identity, from 14 March to 14 June 2020. 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. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, near Oxford (under one hour's drive), holds special Easter Weekend events with family activities and Easter trails.

    Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Springtime