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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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Awesome Autumn Supper Club by Seven Mile

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“Now the weather is turning and we invite you to cosy up with us and some delicious autumn fare, welcome the changing leaves and celebrate all that is wonderful with the British harvest. I think this is our best menu yet.” ~ Seven Mile Supper Club.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to eat at some amazing restaurants over the years but I had never been to a Supper Club until this evening when I went to the Seven Mile Supper Club at Purity Brewery in Great Alne. Now I’m home, full and happy, it’s nearly midnight and I’m tired, but I still just wish I could turn back the clock four or so hours so I could do the whole thing again… it was fabulous!”

~ Mette

 

We arrived at the Purity Brewery in Great Alne in Warwickshire at 7.30pm and we were greeted warmly by Janine from Seven Mile. Janine is the event planner and manager of Seven Mile, and thus in charge of the event. Jake was cooking the evening’s meal in the Seven Mile food truck which was parked right outside the room where the dinner was to be served. Janine had created a beautiful, autumnal setting with fairy lights and lit candles. The Evening was off to a great start and it was time to take a peek at the menu.

 

 

An Awesome Autumn Menu

The menu looked amazing. It was to start with four different canapés, spiced kohlrabi fritters, monkfish skewers with a sorrel and lime mayonnaise, venison carpaccio and crunchy artichoke & camembert. As delicious and mouthwatering as the canapés looked on the menu, the main course was the one that got me the most excited as I love duck and the menu said it was “Duck Two Ways”, a duck confit and a seared duck breast served on a bean and pak choi cassoulet. Mmm, I loved the sound of that. And the big autumn finish was damson panna cotta with damson & sloe gin coulis and sprinkled with honeycomb. All courses were to be accompagnied by a different beer or ale from Purity, even dessert. The menu, I’m sure you will agree, seemed UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS (see the full menu below) and we couldn’t wait to sit down and get stuck in.

 

 

The food turned out to be every bit as delicious as we thought it would be… and more. The canapés came out about 15 minutes apart and they were all mouthwateringly delicious. Paired with different beers, it was an incredible taste sensation to experience the various beers and how they were matched on taste to the canapés so well. The duck dish was amazing, a real autumnal main course. And the pudding was wobbly, sweet and just right. Oh, wow. Just wonderful.

 

 

The Perfect Evening

We had the most wonderful evening at the Seven Mile Supper Club. We enjoyed the food so much, Jake is a fantastic chef, he put this autumn menu together skilfully and with the greatest respect for local and seasonal produce. We enjoyed the atmosphere just as much, Janine set the stage for the food beautifully and created an atmosphere that was perfect for eating great food, drinking local beers and having a super time. The perfect evening.

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The Evening’s Full Menu

Canapés

Spiced kohlrabi fritters.  Shredded Kohlrabi mixed with cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic and caraway seeds. Deep fried. Accompagnied by Purity Pure Gold – Golden Ale – 3.8%.

Monkfish skewers with a sorrel and lime mayonnaise. Baked seasoned cubes of monkfish, served with a sharp sorrel mayonnaise. Accompagnied by Purity Lawless Lager – 4.5%.

Venison carpaccio.  Fillet of venison soaked in port and herbs. Quickly sealed in a pan and served raw. Accompagnied by Purity Pure UBU – Amber Ale – 4.5%.

Crunchy artichoke and Camembert.  Breadcrumbed artichokes with a baked Camembert to dip. Accompagnied by Purity Session IPA – 4.5%.

Main

Duck two ways. Duck confit and seared duck breast served on a bean and pak choi cassoulet. With roasted fennel and a plum and balsamic reduction. Accompagnied by Purity Mad Goose – Pale Ale – 4.2%.

Dessert

Damson panna cotta.  An indulgent panna cotta with a fresh damson and sloe gin coulis. Sprinkled with honeycomb. Accompagnied by Purity Maravilla Sour – 6.2%.

 

 

What’s a Supper Club?

So what’s a supper club, then? For those who, like me before this evening, have ever been, let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not a pop-up restaurant. Before this evening I thought a supper club and a pop-up restaurant was kind of the same thing, but they’re not. I’ve been to a pop-up restaurant, and they are pretty much what the name indicates, a restaurant in a place where it isn’t normally, a restaurant where you and your friends and family can book a table and enjoy a meal.. just like a restaurant. A supper club is nothing like that… except for the enjoyable meal, of course. A supper club is when a group of people who don’t all know each other beforehand, come together to share a meal and an evening of good laughs and great conversations. A supper club is a complete food experience, and one I am completely sold to, I can’t wait to go again!

 

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A Really Delicious Frozen Dinner… by Seven Mile.

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“As I write ‘Really Delicious’, I realise that actually doesn’t quite cover it… it was ‘Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious’. And I write ‘Dinner’, but really I mean ‘Feast’! Of course that would have made the headline a bit of a mouthful, but our dinner from Seven Mile really was A Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious Feast“. Mette ♡‬

 

 

Socially Distanced Frozen Meals

Seven Mile Cookery & Events have transformed their business during lockdown from social events, festivals and supper clubs to socially distanced frozen meal delivery. The hearty, nutritious food normally served at Seven Mile’s dinner parties, weddings and corporate environments, now available right in the comfort of homes in the Cotswolds (Worcestershire, Warwickshire and parts of Oxfordshire).

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

A Piping Hot Feast

“We had our dinner delivered frozen in oven proof boxes with easy heating instructions around midday on Saturday. I popped them back in the freezer, as instructions said to cook from frozen, and when it was time to think about dinner, I heated the oven to 170, which they all needed to cook at, and 45 minutes I had a piping hot feast ready with an absolute mininum of faf and effort.

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

A Meal For Five… Plus Leftovers

We had a £22 meal for the five of us in three mains, three sides and a pudding… and there was still food left for a leftover feast for lunch the next day. Really great value. We just added garlic bread (the kids LOVE that) and some fruit and yoghurt accompanying the pudding.

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

Nothing Like Frozen Supermarket Dinners

Our dinner was a mixed bag that went beautifully together and gave all of us a taster of the mastery of Seven Mile cook, Jake. We had a Thai Green Curry, Lamb Rogan Josh and Lasagne for mains, Red Cabbage and Cauliflower Cheese for sides, and Sticky Toffee Pudding as the sweet treat for dessert. Each and dish was absolutely nothing like the frozen meals you can buy in supermarkets. Nothing like it. It was very clearly expertly and lovingly prepared from the best fresh produce. It was like the dishes one would expect in nice restaurants… only I had just heated it up in my own kitchen 45 minutes earlier. It was all A Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious Feast. Mette ♡‬

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

Seven Mile Supper Club

Also, check out our experience with the Awesome Autumn at the Seven Mile Supper Club HERE. We’re hoping Seven Mile Supper Clubs can come back again after lockdown… when they do, we’ll be there again for sure.

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Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

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“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in sometime.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

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