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Fun inside and out at Hatton Country World

We love going to Hatton Country World. We visited the first time when the kids were 4, and now at 9, they’ve loved it every age.

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Our #SummerOf17 Staycation in the Cotswolds took us to lovely Hatton Country World for a day of fun, inside and out. Hatton Country World is made up of Hatton Shopping Village, a range of really great little crafts and independent shops and a garden centre, and Hatton Adventure World, the family fun farm.

 

Great fun, whatever the weather

We love going to Hatton Country World. We visited the first time when the kids were 4, and now, 5 years later, they’ve loved it every age. It’s one of the only attractions where the inside and outdoors are equally fun for the kids. The outside offers a wonderful selection of games, rides and animal handling, the inside a super play area with 3 of the best slides of any play area we’ve ever seen.

5 years ago at Hatton Country World

Today was a grey and drizzly day, so apart from the first half hour, we spent the better part of 3 hours having a blast inside in the play area. But below are some images from other times at Hatton Country World, just to show you what it’s like on a dry day.

Mette / A Taste of Warwickshire x

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Mini Golf in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Situated on the bank of the river Avon next to the recreation grounds, this Miniature Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon has enjoyed entertaining visitors from all over the world, year after year tourists, visitors and locals keep going back to the course for an hour or two of good family fun.

We’ve had many, many hours of mini golfing fun as a family at Stratford Mini Golf. For those that can remember, there used to be a putting green on the current site just across the river from The RSC, but since 2001 the site has been converted to Stratford Minigolf and from April to September it is home to golfing fun for any age. We absolutely love it there, we keep going back and it’s great fun every time.

Mette ♡

 

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The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

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“Yesterway we visited The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. I had heard lots about The Farm, had seen pictures and pretty good idea of what to expect… or so I thought. The Farm more than lived up to my great expectations of a wholesome food destination set in beautiful surroundings and offering ethical and sustainable culinary produce and products. The Farm is an absolutely wonderful place for shopping, eating and getting together… we all loved it, you will too”. 

Mette ♡

An experience for everyone

Set close to the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the aim of The Farm was to create a memorable place that can be experienced by everyone. A unique destination that promotes wholesome, ethical and sustainable food prepared by Artisan producers from the local area, Great Britain and the world.

 

Food and Wellbeing Destination

The Farm is a family run business that offers a unique food and wellbeing destination that showcases local Artisan produce and promotes ethical, wholesome and sustainable food. The Farm was once a fruit farm, home to hundreds of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, which produced for the likes of Waitrose and Mr Kipling. The Farm was popular with South Warwickshire residence for it’s ‘pick your own’ fruit and strawberries. In recent years The Farm struggled to survive and became derelict. the current owners took on the re-development in 2017, and with a shared vision and a lot of hard work, they created a truly stunning environment for all to enjoy.

Head to The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Fifteen (more) things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer

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This is our Fifteen Super Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon PART TWO. We’ll never run out of places to go and things to experience in this wonderful town of ours, so we’re sharing it all with you in parts. Read Fifteen Super Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon PART ONE here.

 

1. Hooray’s

A favourite in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen is the home of a mouth-watering array of delectable delights to tickle your taste buds. Hooray’s style and inspiration can be classed as a fusion of influences ranging from Classic Cotswolds and the Best of British, to Cosmopolitan Chic and Global Gourmet, with the common denominator always being great flavours and delicious treats.

At Hooray’s you can enjoy a ravishing range of cool gelato and fruity sorbet, all made onsite in the Gelato Kitchen, hot crepes and waffles, yummy cakes and locally roasted gourmet coffee, all prepared fresh and ready to be enjoyed in the cosy restaurant on the High Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

2. The Howard Arms

The Howard Arms is a glorious pub, restaurant and bed & breakfast. Peacefully overlooking the old chestnut tree on the green, it lies in the heart of the idyllic village of Ilmington. Inside, the fire crackles and the bar bustles with locals and visitors drinking from our carefully chosen selection of ales, beers and wine.

Read our review: A HAPPY STAY AT THE HOWARD ARMS.

 

3. The Butcher’s Social

The Butcher’s Social is one of our all time favourites… alongside the famous salted caramel chicken wings, you can choose from a specially crafted main menu, bring the family over for Sunday Lunch or enjoy that timeless classic – a champagne brunch. With a fully stocked bar, a gorgeous garden and some top secret plans for this iconic building, The Butchers Social is the place to be.

Read our review: THE BUTCHER’S SOCIAL – BAR & RESTAURANT.

 

4. All Things Wild

All Things Wild is a fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of plenty of activities both indoor and outdoor, to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather!

 

5. Trivia Trails

Trivia Trails, a very enjoyable quiz trail in Stratford-upon-Avon or Warwick town centre. Walk past timber-framed mediaeval buildings, the River Avon, theatres, Shakespeare’s homes, churches and castles, quaint lanes and gardens looking for the answers to a mix of historical observation and a couple of fun questions with a little competitiveness thrown into the mix.

 

6. Tudor World

Right in the centre of town, down a little cobbled alley off Sheep Street, is Tudor World, a 16th-century barn steeped in rich and exciting history and with literary connections to William Shakespeare himself, on a site that dates back to the birth of the town in the late 12th century and the history of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is Tudor World, an independent museum where different areas of Tudor life are recreated, interweaved with stories of the building’s rich history.

 

7. Henley Chocolates

Henley Chocolates is the Warwickshire home of hand crafted artisan chocolate. Just outside Stratford-upon-Avon a team of ‘chocolate fairies’ make fabulously tasty products with the best fresh, local ingredients that they can lay their hands on. Henley Chocolates sell silly chocolate and serious chocolate and everything in between, they’re even eco-friendly.

You can buy the delicous chocolate online but also visit the workshop to see, hear, taste, touch and smell the chocolate, or even try your hand at making chocolate pizzas or hand piped lollipops.

 

8. Hathaways Tea Rooms

Hathaway Tea Rooms is a quintessentially English Tea Room, independently run and situated right in the very heart of Stratford-upon-Avon and offering the traditional tea room experience with cream tea and afternoon tea offered alongside an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. 

 

 

9. Everyman

Everyman Cinema in Stratford-upon-Avon offers the latest movies, independent and classic films alongside a warm and friendly atmosphere, excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service. Furthermore, this exciting venue in Stratford-upon-Avon hosts special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there really is is something for everyone at Everyman.

And it’s not just about the movies, it’s also good food and drink from a super bar menu of drinks or hot food and snacks that can be enjoyed in the bar area or in your cinema seat.

 

10. Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon is a stylish boutique hotel with the famous French bistro and relaxing bar with al fresco dining available in a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

 

11. The Queen’s Head

Situated right in the centre of our popular town, The Queens Head is surrounded by an abundance of historic buildings and stunning natural beauty and is an ideal base from which to explore all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer. Being only a stone’s throw away from the beautiful River Avon and the birthplace of the world’s most renowned poet and playwright William Shakespeare, you will never be stuck for things to see and do.

 

12. Molemi

Molemi is an independent, family-owned business located right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon on High Street.  Molemi select their collection from brands that offer high quality at reasonable prices. Styles that offer practicality as well as comfort.

 

13. Stratford Mini Golf

One of the premier minigolf venues in the country, Stratford Mini Golf is situated on the bank of the river Avon and maintains a good test of skill and judgement for players of all levels. Open since 2001, this Miniature Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon has enjoyed entertaining visitors from all over the world, year after year tourists, visitors and locals keep going back to the course for an hour or two of good family fun.

 

14. Shakespeare’s New Place

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps at Shakespeare’s New Place and meet the man behind the works in a fascinating new exhibition. Discover beautiful gardens and specially-commissioned artworks.

Shakespeare’s New Place was his family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616.  The house was demolished in 1759, a registered garden has been designed to commemorate the importance of the site and allow visitors to make their own personal connection with Shakespeare.

 

15. The RSC Tower

For the ultimate view of our wonderful town, there’s no better place to go than the tower at The RSC. On a clear day you can see for miles.

 

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