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 The Winter's Tale and The Comedy of Errors 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 3rd and 20th April 2020 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 13th 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.

On May Bank Holiday weekend enjoy Stratford Festival of Motoring on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th May (dates to be confirmed) with Stratford’s historic streets playing host to a display of 300 fantastic cars - an eclectic mix of classic to modern-day - super and quirky to slick - with many owners dressed in keeping. On 8th 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. Below are event dates and opening times for 2019. 2020 details 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. Grounds and outbuildings open 7 days: 9am to 5pm in March; 9am to 6pm in April and May; house open 6 days (closed Wednesdays), 11am to 3.30pm. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - 18th to 23rd April 2019.

  • 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,19 to 22 April, you will need a pre-booked parking space (no additional charge) - book online.

  • 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 and grounds open 11am to 5pm; cafe, park and shop open 9am to 5pm. Please note - to visit over Easter weekend, 19 to 22 April, you will need a pre-booked parking space (no additional charge) - book online.

  • 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 and May opening: House and gardens open 5 days, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. House and garden also open Monday 6 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 - 19th to 22nd April 2019.

  • 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: in March 10am to 5pm; in April and May, 10am to 6pm. 8th to 28th April - a special nature inspired Easter Trail around the garden, with activities and prizes.

  • 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 18 March 2019: house open 12noon to 5pm; garden, shop and cafe open 11am to 5.30pm.

  • 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 1pm to 5pm; garden open 11am to 5pm. Easter activities: 6 to 28 April 2019 - follow the Woodland trail to spot wildlife and birds. 19 to 22 April 2019 Cadbury Egg Hunt.

    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 in April (date to be announced).

    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.

    Enjoy wonderful displays of spring bulbs at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh. In Blockley, near Chipping Campden, Mill Dene Garden is an unusual 2.5 acre English country garden set around an old water mill, with displays of daffodils in April and many interesting varieties of tulips in May. 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. House open May to September, Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

    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