Christmas Breaks in Stratford-upon-Avon - Christmas Lights and Markets. 5 Star Gold Award self catering

A Christmas Break in Stratford-upon-Avon is a magical experience. Stratford-upon-Avon’s spectacular Christmas Lights, from late November, create a wonderful atmosphere for Christmas shopping and a variety of festive events. Enjoy Late Night Festive Shopping at town centre Christmas Markets with stalls offering a variety of tempting gift ideas, music and a Street Food Court – in Bridge Street from the last Thursday in November right up until Christmas. Stratford-upon-Avon’s famous Victorian Christmas Market takes place over 4 days traditionally from the first Thursday in December until the Sunday (check here to confirm dates). Enjoy great Christmas shopping at interesting small independent shops and galleries, as well as high street names. Discover Stratford’s amazing choice of excellent restaurants with tempting seasonal menus to suit all tastes, bars, coffee shops, pubs and tearooms – perfect for enjoying a festive meal or drink. Enjoy fine dining at Michelin starred Salt, or Lambs, located in a beautiful beamed 16th century house, the Royal Shakespeare’s Rooftop Restaurant, or Sorrento, a family-run Italian restaurant. Enjoy afternoon tea at The Fourteas 1940s themed tearoom or Bensons in Henley Street. For more details go to Stratford restaurants.

Stay at Heritage Mews - holiday cottage in Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon

We are offering Festive Short Breaks, with the cottage beautifully decorated for Christmas from late November, with a complimentary festive welcome tray and sparkling wine awaiting you on your arrival.

Extremely well-equipped, comfortably furnished and with controllable central heating, Heritage Mews is perfect for a festive winter break. Enjoy the convenience of private off-street parking (for two cars) and explore this beautiful riverside town on foot.

The historic town centre, with its many excellent restaurants, shops, Shakespeare attractions, beautiful riverside setting and world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre is 5 to 10 minutes’ stroll away.

Explore Stratford’s picturesque streets lined with beautifully preserved half-timbered buildings, taking in the wonderful festive atmosphere. The Christmas Lights cover all the main town centre streets. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and walk the interesting “Historic Spine” from his Birthplace to his grave in Holy Trinity Church.

Enjoy peaceful circular riverside walks, starting a few minutes from Heritage Mews. For those interested in the town’s history follow the Riverside Heritage Trail. Enjoy festive events in nearby towns and villages, including Christmas at Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace’s Illuminated Light Trail and Christmas Markets in the beautiful Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway – details below.

Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas dates and Things to do

Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights will be switched in November (info). There will be late night shopping in the town centre and on Waterside Christmas Markets with a Street Food Court from 12 noon until 8pm, with stalls selling seasonal gifts, fine foods, arts & crafts, delicious street food and drinks – around the final week of November and throughout December up until Christmas. There are also regular weekend markets with a Christmas theme – Charter Market on Fridays (food, clothing, gifts), Urban Mix Market on Saturdays (home produced food, flowers, vintage, fine art & more) and Upmarket on Sundays (unusual products, art, street food). The town’s Christmas Lights stay on until the early hours of 6 January.

Stratford’s award-winning guided Town Walk takes place any time every day, including Christmas Day. Shakespeare Distillery, Stratford’s independent artisan spirits producer, offers guided Tours with Gin Tasting and a Gin School where you can distill, bottle and label your very own gin to take home with you – an original idea for Christmas gifts.

From Heritage Mews you can enjoy the delightful riverside walk into town and to the theatres past nearby Holy Trinity Church (where you can visit Shakespeare’s grave in the chancel) and along the riverside footpath past an old pedestrian chain ferry, the last of its kind in Britain, and the famous Dirty Duck pub. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are less than a ten minute stroll from the cottage. There are peaceful riverside walks through nearby gardens and parkland, and Avon Valley footpaths leading out into glorious Warwickshire countryside. You can hire a rowing boat or motor launch to explore over three miles of tranquil river, or enjoy a River Avon sightseeing cruise aboard an original Edwardian pleasure launch. Cross the river by ferry or walk across the old Tramway Bridge to visit the Butterfly Farm. Or just relax by the river in the Bancroft Gardens or at a waterside coffee shop or cafe.

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