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. In addition, the usual Friday Charter Market and Saturday Urban Mix Market take place in Rother Street, and the Sunday Upmarket (ceramics, art, hand crafted gifts, jewellery, bespoke clothing and street food) is in Bridge Street.
Stay at Heritage Mews luxury self catering cottage in Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon and you can be sure of a special welcome. This 5 star Gold Award winning cottage is beautifully decorated for Christmas from 22nd November, with a complimentary festive welcome tray and prosecco awaiting you on your arrival. Extremely 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, with its many excellent restaurants, shops, Shakespeare attractions and the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a five to ten minute stroll away.
Explore Stratford's picturesque streets lined with beautifully preserved half-timbered buildings and take in the wonderful festive atmosphere. The Christmas Lights, considered to be amongst the finest in the country, cover all the main town centre streets. Discover Stratford's amazing choice of excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops, pubs and tearooms. Enjoy Christmas shopping at interesting small independent shops and galleries, 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.
See breath-taking performances by Fierce Sisters, an acrobatic theatre group, in the gardens at Shakespeare’s New Place from 11 to 15 December. Enjoy Hathaway’s Christmas at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, from 6 December to 6 January, with traditional festive table displays reflecting the different time periods of the Hathaway family living at the cottage – from Elizabethan to Victorian eras. At Shakespeare’s Birthplace, hear traditional Tudor music and learn about their musical instruments on 15 & 16 December, and enjoy Tudor Twelfth Night Celebrations on 5 & 6 January.
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 just a ten minute stroll from Heritage Mews. The theatre is open seven days a week and 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 Heritage Mews 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."