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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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Super things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon in Summer

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With the country basking in beautiful sunshine now is a great time to visit the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the picturesque Cotswolds which both boast plenty to see and do! Listen to outdoor music concerts, see pop-up theatre, learn how to fly a plane or ride a camel or take part in a festival.

Don’t miss Fifteen (more) Super Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon this Summer

 

1. Learn like Shakespeare at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

When you visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon, you’re on more than just a visit, you’re in for an incredible experience. As you enter, you walk through the doors where William Shakespeare himself walked through as a child and young man to learn many of the things that made him the World’s greatest playwright. A wonderful attraction for all, including families and groups, one not to miss when you’re in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

2. See Stratford-upon-Avon from the air

Take a look at the Warwickshire countryside from the air with an Air Experience Flight or Flying Lesson from Take Flight Aviation. Take Flight Aviation flying club and flight school offers flying lessons, flight training and light aircraft hire. Learn how to fly and achieve your Private Pilot’s Licence, re-validate an old licence, add ratings to your licence or look for a fulfilling flying club. With unrivalled facilities and a fleet of 15 aircraft, club membership is just £40 a month (hire rates are additional).

 

3. A walk around town with Stratford Town Walk

Passing Shakespeare’s Birthplace and other sights in the town, the guide tells fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, old-fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare. Takes place Mon – Fri 11am & Sat & Sun 11am and 2pm. Duration: 2hrs. Cost: Adult £6, Over 65’s & students £5, Child £3. Under 8yrs FREE.

 

4. Visit the battlefield at The Castle at Edgehill

With the battlefields of the famous Battle of Edgehill descending below, The Castle at Edgehill is one of the finest places to enjoy a clear summer’s day in the garden. Toast the Sunday Roast, sample dishes from the daily changing Prix Fixe menu or simply savour a hand-pulled cask ale whilst enjoying some of the best views in the county.

The Battle of Edgehill took place on the afternoon of the 23rd October 1642 between Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentary troops led by the Earl of Essex and King Charles’ Royalists led by Prince Rupert and Lord Wilmot. The two armies of similar size; approximately 12,000 men, continued for two days with neither side gaining a decisive victory.

 

5. Go on a guided tour of the Cotswolds

Go Cotswolds, owned and operated by the knowledgeable and engaging Tom Benjamin, offers small group guided day tour of the Cotswolds departs from Stratford-upon-Avon and visits 7 unique and beautiful locations in the Cotswolds with a local guide. The day tour operates every Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sun and costs £40 for adults and £30 for children.

 

6. Handle the creepy crawlies at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Children and adults can take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions in the Discovery Zone and hold creatures such as a Madagascan hissing Cockroach, giant African Millipede, African Land Snail and a variety of Stick Insects.

 

7. Kick back and relax with flamingos in the gardens at The Bell at Alderminster

Enjoy a range of dishes and summer inspired drinks at this fantastic country pub situated close to Stratford-upon-Avon. Relax in the garden which also features the Baby Bell Bar and some new attractive Flamingos. It’s the perfect place to eat, drink and sleep!

 

8. The most wonderful garden at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the beautiful 500 year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. See original furniture including the Hathaway bed and uncover five centuries of stories in this picturesque cottage and 13 generations of the family who lived there. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage was originally a farmhouse.  It was built in 1463 of cruck construction, when the building would have comprised just two rooms, the kitchen and hall connected by the cross passageway between. We believe the first Hathaway to live in the house was Anne’s grandfather John Hathaway, who was a tenant farmer. Anne, later Shakespeare’s wife was born here in 1556.

 

9. Step back in time to the 13th Century at the Battle of Evesham

This free to attend event which is re-enacted on the 3 & 4 August, takes place in Evesham, just a 15-minute drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring a medieval festival and camp with live demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment.

 

10. Pick your own fruit

Visit Little Kineton Plant Centre, a small nursery selling beautiful plants and flowers at reasonable prices with a couple of enormous fields full of the most wonderful ‘Pick Your Own’ fruits and plants. Bring the kids, bring a picnic, make a day of it and come home with strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants and gooseberries and much more.

 

11. Take part in Fab Fest!

Put the dates 20th and 21st July in your diaries! Fab Fest celebrates 5 years of local music festival at its best! Great line up and brilliant Headliners! Great ales, ciders, bbq, kids fun stuff, Welcombe radio live streaming it all too! Soooo exciting!

 

12. Bonds Lifestyle, a unique shopping experience

Unlike any other shopping experience in Stratford-upon-Avon and far beyond, Bonds Lifestyle is a destination for refreshingly different and unique antiques and interiors shopping. Don’t miss a visit to the amazing shop this summer and if you’re at Countryfile Live in August, they have a stand there too, so you’re in for a shopping treat there too.

 

13. Family-fun at Mary Arden’s Farm

There’s lots of exciting things to discover at Mary Arden’s Farm. Experience the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm on a fantastic family day out. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done, watch craft and falconry demonstrations and explore the farmyard, playground and historic buildings.

 

14. Summertime at The Fuzzy Duck

The Fuzzy Duck in the lovely little village of Armscote near Stratford-upon-Avon is a quintessentially English country pub and boutique bed & breakfast. Alongside distinctive character features, exposed beams and fireplaces, the contemporary touches lend the lovely building a luxurious, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy a romantic supper, family feast, lazy lunch or indulgent dinner in the sophisticated restaurant at The Fuzzy Duck this summer.

 

15. Award-winning breakfast at Arden House

And last, but by no means least, we finish our list with a beautiful boutique hotel and an award-winning breakfast. Arden House offers their guests something unique and different, a ‘home from home’ experience like no other and an opportunity to experience luxurious hospitality in a relaxed, private atmosphere. This wonderful little hotel was awarded with 5 Stars by the AA for Guest Accommodation as well as their Breakfast Award, so this is truly something to write home about.

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