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Mary Arden's Farm at Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon - childhood home of Shakespeare's mother - visit on the City Sightseeing tour bus
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.
Situated on the banks of the River Avon in the heart of rural Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful market town
steeped in history and culture - an ideal holiday destination at any time of year.

Heritage Mews self catering holiday cottage is within ten minutes' walk from the town centre with its rich variety of historic buildings and unique attractions, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace and two other beautifully preserved Shakespeare Family Homes - Nash's House and Hall's Croft in Old Town. Explore Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall where Shakespeare spent his schooldays in the 1570s and discovered theatre. Visit Shakespeare's grave in Holy Trinity Church, one of England's most beautiful parish churches on the banks of the River Avon – three minutes walk from Heritage Mews. From here enjoy the delightful walk into town and to the theatres along the riverside footpath. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a nine or ten minute walk. Nearby is the celebrated "Dirty Duck" inn with a terrace overlooking the river and inside, walls of signed photographs of Shakespearian actors, past and present.
Shakespeares Birthplace Holy Trinity Church
There are delightful walks through parks and gardens along the banks of the River Avon which provides boating, sight-seeing & restaurant cruises.  Enjoy a river cruise aboard a traditional Edwardian pleasure launch. Cross the river on an old chain ferry - the last to be built in Britain.  Or take a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour of the town and nearby villages - Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery and Mary Arden's House in Wilmcote. Walk across the Old Tramway bridge and visit the Butterfly Farm. Explore the nearby 'Greenway' trail on foot or cycle - cycles can be hired there.There is an award-winning daily guided Town Walk, a Ghost Walk and a lively market every Friday and Saturday. 
In summer there are weekly craft markets and outdoor theatre on the banks of the Avon. 

Enjoy National Hunt horse-racing at one of the country's leading small racecourses - Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse, is a 10 to 15 minute walk from Heritage Mews.

Stratford town centre offers an amazing number and varied choice of award-winning restaurants, pubs, bars, bistros, traditional tearooms and coffee shops - all within a 10 minute stroll of Heritage Mews. Many offer pre-theatre lunches and suppers. Lambs of Sheep Street, a cosy stylish restaurant is in one of Stratford's oldest buildings, dating from the early 1500s, with beams and original features - a great choice for a special occasion - book the table for two by the window upstairs. Lambs is in the 2008 Michelin guide, as are the stunning Rooftop Restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (also excellent afternoon teas), No.9 Church Street and Salt, also in Church Street. The Fourteas in Sheep Street is a 1940s themed tearoom serving good quality home-cooked food - try their famous Ivor Novello Afternoon Tea. Edward Moon in Chapel Street is an English brasserie with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. For Italian cuisine, there is Il Moro in Henley Street, Sorrento in Ely Street or Carluccios on Waterside. The always popular Opposition (known locally as The Oppo) cafe wine bar and The Vintner bistro are both in Sheep Street and offer an excellent varied menu. The Giggling Squid is a Thai / Tapas restaurant while Hussains specialises in Indian cuisine. The Townhouse in Church Street offers everything from a light lunch to a relaxed dinner in stylish surroundings. The Garrick Inn, reputed to be Stratford's oldest pub, dating back to the 1400s, serves great pub food and real ale. The Dirty Duck, overlooking the River Avon on Waterside, is a traditional pub popular with actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company - see the signed photographs of actors past and present on the walls in the bar.

There is also excellent shopping, with a wide variety of interesting independent shops as well as well-known high street names – all within a short walk.

Chain Ferry Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a ten minute riverside stroll from Heritage Mews. Open seven days a week, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a fascinating building spanning three distinct architectural eras: the Victorian, art deco and the modern. There are daily Theatre Tours, a Rooftop Restaurant, a riverside walkway and Riverside Cafe & Terrace and a 36 metre high Theatre Tower, from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Warwickshire countryside and Shakespeare's home town. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is home to The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Events in and near Stratford-upon-Avon ~

Fridays all year: Charter Market: 9am to 4pm, Rother Street in the town centre.
Saturdays all year: Stratford-upon-Avon Markets: Rother Street in the town centre:
1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month: Farmers' Market - 9am to 3pm and
2nd & 4th (and 5th when it occurs) Saturdays of the month: Antiques, Crafts & Collectables' Market - 9am to 4pm.
Sundays (and Bank Holiday Mondays) from Easter to November: Waterside Food and Craft Market - 10am to 5pm (next to the Bancroft Gardens and Royal Shakespeare Theatre)

Christmas Markets from the last Thursday in November ~
hursdays in the town centre on Waterside, next to the Bancroft gardens.
Victorian Christmas Market in December in the to
wn centre streets - dates to be announced.

Daily throughout the year: award-winning entertaining guided Stratford Town Walk- suitable for all ages. Duration about 2 hours. No need to book - just turn up. Also, every Saturday evening a highly-acclaimed Ghost Walk (booking required).

Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays: award-winning day tours of the Cotswolds in a minibus with Go Cotswolds , with pick up and drop at Heritage Mews (request when you book), also -
1st Saturday of the month:
Purity Brewery & Cotswold Pub Tour - a day tour with pick-up / drop off in Stratford town centre.

15 September 2017 to February 2018: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Winter 2017 Season at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre: Shakespeare's Coriolanus; Dido Queen of Carthage, by Christopher Marlowe; The Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris; Twelfth Night; and a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Until 4 February 2018: A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: the Royal Shakespeare Company's new festive show for 2017 - a brand new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Suitable for ages 7 years and over.
Until 24 February 2018: Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The Play's the Thing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: a new permanent family friendly exhibition. Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover rarely-seen treasures from the museum and archive: exquisite costumes, amazing model-boxes and weird and wonderful props. Open daily at 10am; last entry 6pm (4pm Sundays).

Open all year: Shakespeare's Birthplace and Family Homes: Nash's House and New Place, site of Shakespeare's last home in Stratford; Hall's Croft, Jacobean home of his daughter who was married to doctor John Hall - the first house in Stratford to have glass windows; Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery, one mile from town, where Shakespeare's wife grew up. For details click on Shakespeare Family Homes

7 to 14 February 2018: A Valentine's Day to Remember at Shakespeare's Family Homes, Stratford-upon-Avon: From Anne Hathaway's with Love at Anne Hathaway's Cottage - follow the riddles and post your Valentine's message of love; Oh Come All ye Lovers at Hall's Croft in Old Town - take a romantic stroll through the gardens and post your Valentine message on the special Valentine tree; and Valentine's Day with Shakespeare Aloud! at Shakespeare's Birthplace - watch Shakespearian actors recite some of Shakespeare's most romantic plays. Events are included in admission and take place between 12 noon and 4pm each day.

17 to 25 February 2018: February Half Term Fun! at Shakespeare's Family Homes, Stratford-upon-Avon: Leather Working at Shakespeare's Birthplace - learn about the working world of Shakespeare's father, John; 1540s: Hathaway Times at Anne Hathaway's Cottage - learn about the rebellions and intrigue of Tudor England whn the Hathaways moved into the cottage; on 24 February (only) at Hall's Croft learn about Jacobean medicine and the ingredients belived to cure the common cold; and at New Place dscover the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream through a Magical Shadow Puppet Theatre. Events take place from 12 noon to 4pm each day, except at Hall's Croft - 24 February only. Events included in admission.

10 March to end of October 2018: Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote: Childhood home of Shakespeare's mother and a working 'Tudor' Farm with costumed guides, nature trails, rare breeds and daily activities including falconry, Tudor cooking and music. Closed in winter.

17 March to end December 2018: Compton Verney Art Gallery, near Wellesbourne, Warwickshire: award winning art gallery with world class exhibitions, set amongst 120 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland - events and activities for all ages. See the two 2018 opening exhibitions: Ravilious & Co - work by the designer and artist, Eric Ravilious; and Created in Conflict - artwork created by British Armed Forces personnel from the Crimean War to today.

Easter events in Stratford and at National Trust properties: for details click on Spring Breaks.

19 April 2018: Afternoon Tea Talk - Children in Upton's Art, at Upton House (National Trust), nr. Banbury, Warwickshire: a talk about the pictures of children in Lord Bearsted's art collection. Discover the fascinating stories behind the children, the artists and the times in which they lived. Followed by afternoon tea in Iris's Tea Room in the 1930s kitchen. 2.30pm to 4pm. £10. Booking essential. Event details.

21 & 22 April 2018: Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations: unique celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon with a grand procession of international and civic dignitaries, from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Holy Trinity Church to lay floral tributes on his grave. A Community Carnival Parade in Bridge Street. Street entertainment with strolling players, musicians, Morris Dancers, a brass band and the Ceremony of Unfurling the Flags of the Nations. Sonnets on the ferry, plus free activities and events organised by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Special events at Shakespeare's Family Homes, and free entry to Harvard House, an Elizabethan gem in the heart of Stratford - from 10am to 4pm. Birthday event details

21 & 22 April 2018: The Daffodil Society National Show at Coughton Court (National Trust), near Alcester, Warwickshire: see hundreds of exhibits and new varieties of daffodils, with experts on hand to answer questions. See the rare Throckmorton daffodils in bloom in the award-winning Throckmorton family gardens. Open 12.00 to 4.00pm. Details at the Daffodil Society.

22 April 2018: Willow Weaving Wigwams at Charlecote Park (National Trust), Warwickshire: a half-day workshop to learn the craft of willow weaving. All materials will be provided and you'll leave with a hand-made willow wigwam to take home with you. 10am to 1pm - indoors. Tickets £35. Booking essential. Event details.

22 to 29 April 2018: Stratford Literary Festival: one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading,

6 & 7 May 2018: Stratford Festival of Motoring: classic and high peformance cars displayed in the town centre, plus a 'fun run' and 'lap of honour' round the town centre. Free for spectators. Festival details.

17 May 2018: Afternoon Tea Talk - A weekend at Upton in the 1930s, at Upton House (National Trust), nr. Banbury, Warwickshire: a talk about a weekend at Upton in the 1930's. Find out what it was like to be a guest of Lord and Lady Bearsted at one of their house parties. Followed by afternoon tea in Iris's Tea Room in the 1930s kitchen. 2.30pm to 4pm. £10. Booking essential. Details.

18 to 20 May 2018: Midlands Air Festival at Ragley Hall, near Alcester, Warwickshire: a spectacular new aviation event including an exciting air display, with classic WW1 & 2 fighters, high energy aerobatics, classic jets, flying circus, parachutes, helicopters and gyrocopter. There will also be a full hot air balloon festival with up to 60 balloons and on Friday evening a Nighfire event with pyrotecnics and fireworks finale. Tickets are only available in advance from the organisers.

3 June 2018: David Baddiel: My Family not the Sitcom, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: his sold-out Olivier nominated show, at the RST for one night only. 7.30pm. Details and to book tickets, click here.

17 to 24 June 2018: Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival: on the theme of peace and reconciliation, Daily events.

17 June 2018: Father's Day at Coughton Court (National Trust), near Alcester, Warwickshire: Celebrate Father's Day at Coughton Court - sponsor a duck (£2) on Coughton's traditional duck race down the River Arrow, plus traditional games and classic cars.

30 June & 1 July 2018: Stratford River Festival: opens 10am. A free festival on the banks of the River Avon, with fun family activities, narrow boats display, live music, craft market, food stalls and local ales, and a Saturday fireworks display at 10.15pm.

18 July 2018: Afternoon Tea Talk - Fashion in the 1930s, at Upton House (National Trust), nr. Banbury, Warwickshire: you will be shown a variety of examples of fashion in the 1930s - an interactive, fun and engaging talk followed by afternoon tea in Iris's Tea Room in the 1930s kitchen. 2.30pm to 4pm. £10. Booking essential. Event details.

20 July 2018: Discover Charlecote's Gardens at Charlecote Park (National Trust), Warwickshire: Visit Charlecote after hours for an unforgettable evening. Head to the Orangery for canapés and drinks before joining Matt, the gardener, for a walk (and talk) around the beautiful garden. 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £10. Booking essential. Event details.

27 to 29 July to 2018: The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, near Alcester, Warwickshire: The world’s largest country show, celebrating British field sports and country life, including gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting. Plus a host of food, drink and shopping stalls as well as outdoor activities including off-road driving. Something for everyone!

16 August 2018 to February 2019: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Winter Season in Stratford-upon-Avon: Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Michael Boyd; Tartuffe by Moliere, a brand new version relocated to present-day Birmingham, by award-winning writers Anil Gupta and Ricahrd Pinto; Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Timon of Athens; and a return of A Christmas Carol for the festive season.

5 to 9 September and 13 to 16 September 2018: Heritage Open Days in Stratford-upon-Avon: an opportunity to see inside and explore historic buildings not normally open to the public. A free event. Dates to be confirmed.

22 & 23 September 2018: Stratford Town Centre Food Festival: over 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce, throughout the town centre. Free event. For details click food festival

11 & 12 October 2018: Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fair: a funfair in the town centre streets, the Mop Fair was originally a fair where workers hired themselves out to employees, with a second 'runaway' fair a week later. Dates to be confirmed.

15 to 18 November 2018: Living Crafts for Christmas at Blenheim Palace: a highlight of the festive season at Blenheim Palace with over 150 British designer-makers showcasing high quality contemporary crafts. 10am to 5,30pm. For details click Craft Fair

22 November 2018: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights Switch-on (date to be confirmed) plus late night shopping and Stratford's first Christmas Market on Waterside, 10am to 8pm. For photos and details of 2017 Christmas events at Shakespeare's Family Homes and nearby National Trust properties and stately home, see Christmas in Stratford Details for 2018 will be added when available.

Dirty Duck Pub Anne Hathaways Cottage
Warwickshire and the Cotswolds
Heritage Mews is ideally located for exploring the scenic Cotswolds and Warwickshire countryside. Within a short drive are the beautiful villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway; internationally renowned Hidcote Manor Garden; Moreton-in-Marsh with its famous Tuesday market, and nearby Batsford Arboretum; Warwick, with its antique shops and magnificent medieval castle; Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage); and a number of National Trust houses and gardens, including Charlecote Park, Baddesley Clinton, Packwood House, Upton House and Coughton Court. Enjoy leisurely drives through country lanes and rolling countryside, with many delightful villages to explore and excellent traditional country pubs. Go Cotswolds provides award winning guided day tours of the Cotswolds in a minibus, with the benefit of pick-up from/drop-off at Heritage Mews and plenty of time to explore some of the Cotswolds beautiful villages on foot.

Avon Air Centre photo of Stratford

For a memorable experience, take a Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flight with High Road Balloons, with flights from Shipston on Stour (a short drive from Stratford) and nearby Stratford Racecourse. Each flight is completely different as it depends on wind direction. On average a balloon will travel about ten miles during a flight.

There is horse riding, golf, gliding, also within a short drive and National Hunt horse-racing at Stratford and Warwick

Birmingham city centre, with its stylish shopping malls, restaurants, Symphony Hall and National Indoor Arena, is about an hour by train. The National Exhibition Centre is about 40 minutes' drive.

Oxford is easy to visit from Stratford. It is under an hour's drive and there is a convenient 'park and ride' car park with regular bus services to and from the city centre. Blenheim Palace is well worth a visit - also under an hour's drive. Cheltenham is about one hour's drive. Bicester Shopping Village is under an hour's drive. You can also go by train from Stratford-upon-Avon. There is a bus shuttle from Bicester station direct to Bicester Village. Silverstone motor racing circuit is an hour's drive from Heritage Mews.

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