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Mary Ardens Farm
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 tomb 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 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.
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
Garden at New Place and Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon
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 excellent choice of award-winning restaurants, pubs, bars, bistros, traditional tearooms and cafes. 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.

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 stunning Rooftop Restaurant, a riverside walkway and Riverside Cafe & Terrace and a 36 metre high Theatre Towe, 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 Bridge Street from 10am to 8pm.
Sundays on Waterside, next to the Bancroft Gardens (near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre)

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!

Blenheim Palace near Oxford - open every day in 2017 except Christmas Day.

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 on the 1st Saturday of the month: Purity Brewery & Cotswold Pub Tour - a day tour with pick-up / drop off in Stratford town centre.

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).

23 February 2017 to 9 September 2017: The 2017 'Rome' Season at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: RSC 2017 Season

23 February to 25 March 2017: Snow in Midsummer at the Swan Theatre: a contemporary re-imagining of a famous claissical Chinese drama.

18 March to 29 October 2017: Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote: reopens after winter on 18 March 2017. 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.

18 March to 31 December 2017: Compton Verney Art Gallery,
near Wellesbourne, Warwickshire: award winning art gallery. Opening exhibition - 18 March to 18 June: Creating the Countryside: Thomas Gainsborough to Today - a major exhibition examining the rural idyll past and present.

31 March to 29 April 2017: The Hypocrite at the Swan Theatre: a RSC and Hull Truck theatre / Hull UK City of Culture co-production of a riotous new comedy from award-winning playwright Richard Bean.

15 & 16 April 2017: 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 & 23 April 2017: Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations: unique celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon with a grand procession of international and civic dignitaries, actors and school children from Shakespeare's Birthplace to Holy Trinity Church to lay floral tributes on his grave. Street entertainment with strolling players, musicians, Morris Dancers, a brass band and the Ceremony of Unfurling the Flags of the Nations. Free activities and events organised by the Royal Shakespeare Company and a spectacular free firework display by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the evening.

22 & 23 April 2017: Shakespeare's Birthday Party at Shakespeare's New Place: Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with the travelling players and watch them perform some of Shakespeare’s best works. Get in the party spirit in New Place gardens with a selection of birthday cake for all who enter. 12noon to 4pm. New Place, was Shakespeare's family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616.

30 April & 1 May 2017: 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.

18 to 25 June 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival: daily events at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street and other venues.

24 & 25 June 2017: Midsummer Madness at Mary Arden's Tudor Farm, Wilmcote: Celebrate the longest day of the ear with music, dance, puppet shows and circus skills!

1 & 2 July 2017: Stratford River Festival: 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 fantastic Saturday fireworks display at 10.15pm. Festival opens at 10am.

7 to 10 September 2017: 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. Details to be announced.

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.

16 September 2017: Saving Shakespeare's Birthplace: 170th anniversary - a temporary exhibition at Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley Street: Shakespeare's Birthplace was purchased at auction on 16 Sept 1847. Discover how Charles Dickens spearheaded the campaign to save Shakespeare's Birthplace for the nation in our temporary exhibition, supported by theatrical re-enactment of the purchase of the Birthplace. Free event. 12.00 to 4.00pm. No booking required.

22 to 24 September 2017: Stratford Town Centre Food Festival: over 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce; taste and real ale trails, continental markets, farmers' market (Saturday), local producers (Friday & Saturday), live music and entertainment - throughout the town centre. Free event !

23 & 24 September 2017: Apple Days at Mary Arden's Tudor Farm, Wilmcote: join the harvest celebrations with cooking displays and apple-themed games.

23 November 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights Switch-on from 4pm at the Town Hall plus Stratford's first all day Christmas Market in Bridge Street. For more details, see Christmas Breaks.

23 November to 21 December 2017: Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Markets: all day Christmas markets in the town centre - every Thursday in Bridge Street, from 10am to 8pm, and every Sunday on Waterside. Plus Farmers' and Craft/ Collectibles Markets in Rother Street every Saturday and the weekly Charter Market every Friday.

2 November 2017 to 24 February February 2018: Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

27 November 2017 to 4 February 2018: A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: a brand new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Suitable for ages 7 years and over.

November and December 2017: Christmas Events in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, including special eventss at Shakespeare's family homes and celebrations at nearby National Trust properties and stately homes. For details see Christmas Breaks

Warwickshire and the Cotswolds
Heritage Mews is ideally located for exploring the scenic Cotswoldss and Warwickshire countryside. Within a short drive are the beautiful villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway; internationally renowned Hidcote MAnor Garde; 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.
Lord Leycester's Hospital, Warwick


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.

The official website for English tourism : Enjoy England
Britain's official international travel & tourism guide : Visit Britain.com
Discover Stratford - The Official Tourism Website for Stratford-on-Avon


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