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 Thursday 22nd November 2018, create a wonderful atmosphere for Christmas shopping and a variety of festive events. Enjoy Late Night Christmas Markets on Thursdays (22nd & 29th November and 13th & 20th December) and a traditional 'Victorian' Christmas Market on 7th,8th & 9th December.

Christmas at Heritage MewsAt 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 22nd 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 two cars) and explore this beautiful riverside town on foot - the historic town centre, restaurants, shops, theatres and Shakespeare attractions are a ten minute stroll away.
Christmas at Heritage Mews
Explore Stratford's picturesque streets with beautifully preserved half-timbered buildings and take in the festive atmosphere. The Christmas Lights, which are considered to be amongst the finest in the country, cover all the main town centre streets. Discover Stratford's amazing choice of excellent restaurants, bistros, pubs, coffee shops and tearooms. Enjoy Christmas shopping at the town's interesting small independent shops, as well as high street names.

Experience Christmas at Shakespeare’s Family Homes. Shakespeare's Birthplace, New Place and Hall's Croft in the town, and romantic Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery, are open every day except Christmas Day and celebrate Christmas from early December. See the houses decorated for Christmas, learn about Tudor Christmas customs, and listen to traditional and festive Tudor music.

Enjoy a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company's festive show, A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, from 4th December until 20th January 2019. This new adaptation of Charles Dicken's much-loved story is suitable for ages 7 years and over.  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.

Here are some comments in our Visitors Book from Christmas and New Year guests:
"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. Heritage Mews continues to set a benchmark for self catering. Thanks Val & Simon!" J & M, U.S.A.
"The perfect place in a great town. Enjoyed the Christmas Lights turn on and fireworks." J & W, Kent.
"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.
“Yet another lovely Christmas at Heritage Mews. As usual, the house met the high standard which it always sets and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."



Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights will be switched on at 4.30pm on Thursday 22nd November 2018 with a special ceremony, carols 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 Bridge Street, until 8pm. The town's Christmas Lights stay on until the early hours of 6th January 2019.Christmas at Heritage Mews

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.

Nearby National Trust houses are open, sumptuously decorated for Christmas, with traditional festive events and winter garden & parkland walks.Christmas at Coughton Court is from 24th November to 2nd December, with festive shopping in the Coach House Shop, the house decorated for a traditional Christmas, seasonal food in the cafe, and at weekends a Christmas Market in the Stableyard. Upton House holds a Christmas Gift Fair on 1st and 2nd December with a carefully selected range of stalls with a Christmas feel.Christmas at Heritage MewsTry some local cheeses, pick up some unique local art or textiles.  From 1st December, Upton House will be stylishly decorated for a ‘modern’ 1920s Christmas – open Fridays to Mondays inclusive until 23rd December. Charlecote Park  will be open for Christmas from 30th November to 3rd December, 7th to 10th December, and 14th to 24th December. The theme will be a 1918 Christmas commemorating and celebrating the end of the First World War. Baddesley Clinton and nearby Packwood House will be dressed for a traditional Christmas from the beginning of December, with early evening Christmas House Tours followed by a festive supper, on selected dates.

Living Crafts for Christmas at Blenheim Palace: enjoy Christmas shopping in style at the craft fair, a highlight of the festive season at Blenheim Palace, from 15th to 18th November 2018. Explore the Churchill and Marlborough Pavilions in front of the Palace,  where over 180 British designer-makers will be showcasing high quality contemporary crafts.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace: 23rd November 2018 to 6th January 2019: An Illuminated Christmas Trail - the Formal Gardens will be lit up by an unforgettable festive trail of lights. A Christmas Market in the Great Court.

Christmas at Warwick Castle: from 24th November 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 festive events and attractions.

Magnificent Warwick Castle - 9 miles from Heritage Mews