Christmas Breaks in Stratford-upon-Avon.......Christmas Lights and Markets.......5 Star Gold Award self catering

Christmas at Heritage MewsA Christmas Break in Stratford-upon-Avon is a magical experience. Stratford-upon-Avon's spectacular Christmas Lights, from Thursday 21st November 2019 (date to be confirmed), create a wonderful atmosphere for Christmas shopping and a variety of festive events. Enjoy Late Night Christmas Markets on Thursdays and a traditional 'Victorian' Christmas Market on 6th, 7th and 8th 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 21st November, with a complimentary festive welcome tray and sparkling wine awaiting you on your arrival. Extremely well-equipped, comfortably furnished and with 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.
Christmas at Heritage Mews
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.

Enjoy a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company's festive show, The Boy in a Dress at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 8th November 2019 to 8th March 2020. David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy is brought to the stage for the first time in a musical with all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, in a production for all the family directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran. 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.Christmas in Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon

The following details relate to Christmas 2018 events. Details for 2019 will be added when available.
See acrobatic theatre 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 from the Elizabethan to Victorian eras when the Hathaway family lived at the cottage.  At Shakespeare’s Birthplace, hear traditional Tudor music on 15 & 16 December, and enjoy Tudor Twelfth Night Celebrations on 5 & 6 January.

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. " 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 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.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.

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