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A weekend in Stratford upon Avon – Part One

A weekend in Stratford upon Avon – Part One

Our first wedding anniversary was an occasion deserving of a memorable trip. It was exactly one year on from our mid September wedding, a day filled with overwhelming excitement, happiness and love. And as we drove into Stratford Upon Avon we knew that this historic town promised more of these same feelings as we celebrated our special weekend together.

It was Friday evening, and after a journey straight from work the grand exterior of Alveston Manor, our hotel for the weekend, was a most welcome sight. Inside, the hotel had an air of tradition and splendour in keeping with the town of Stratford Upon Avon. The friendly staff made us immediately feel at home and our plush room was a comforting retreat.

After freshening up, a sumptuous meal awaited us in Alveston Manor’s own restaurant. Starters of langoustine bisque were followed by a luxurious crab risotto and a perfectly cooked sirloin steak. An exquisite meal.

We awoke to brilliant sunshine on our first morning in Stratford Upon Avon, and after a brief discussion settled on ‘Shakespeare’s Birthplace’ as our first destination for the day. A short stroll from our hotel, over the bridge spanning the river Avon, and we were in the bustling heart of the town. Stratford Upon Avon has a varied mix of shops, from high street chains to locally run speciality shops, all spread along several streets. Seasonal flowers and greenery decorate the buildings and central beds, making a stroll around the shopping area most pleasant. It was along one of these streets that we found the ‘Shakespeare’s Birthplace’ attraction, a historic gem nestled amongst the modern day shops.

‘Shakespeare’s Birthplace’ is a house where it is thought William Shakespeare was born and spent his early years. As we walked around the attraction, stories of William Shakespeare’s life and times were told to us through videos, exhibits and real life characters in full historic dress. The highlight of the tour was a bedroom with a small crib sitting on the floor next to the adult bed… this was the room where William Shakespeare, the great poet and playwright, was thought to have been born.

After a lunch enjoyed in the sunshine, we took a stroll along the river Avon to Holy Trinity Church, William Shakespeare’s final resting place. We looked around the churchyard headstones spanning centuries, before entering the church itself. The grave marked as belonging to William Shakespeare was at the church’s alter, beside a register showing a record of Shakespeare’s baptism in the same church.

A session in Alveston Manor’s luxurious health club, complete with gym, sauna and swimming pool, prepared our appetite for dinner. We decided on the Thai Boathouse, just over the road from Alveston Manor and overlooking the river Avon. We enjoyed a wonderful meal together, discussing the day’s sights and experiences, before retiring back to our hotel room for an early night. Another day of our anniversary weekend in Stratford Upon Avon awaited us in the morning.

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A Visit to Historic Stratford upon Avon

A Visit to Historic Stratford upon Avon

May I suggest a visit to Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire if you are planning a visit to the United Kingdom. This town is steeped in history and is best known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Parts of the old town still exist and you can still see many of the original buildings. There is so much to see and do that a return visit may be necessary!

A visit to Stratford would not be complete without taking in a performance by the RSC or Royal Shakespeare Company whose performances of Shakespeare’s works are world renowned. There are several theatres in Stratford but the two most worthy of note are The Swan Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Swan has undergone complete refurbishment and will re-open in early 2011. You can also book a back stage tour where you can see some of the sets and costumes. Take a guided tour where you will be told about the way in which a performance is organised.

The Bancroft Gardens are located in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, on the banks of the river Avon. There are perfectly manicured lawns of emerald green where you might like to sit and take in the views or nibble on a picnic. There are several statues including one of Shakespeare by Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower and the swan fountain. There are also many cruises where you can glide up and down the river taking in the sights.

You might like to visit the Holy Trinity church. As well as having the graves of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, this 13th century church has its own history. There was a church built on the banks of the river Avon previously and is mentioned in historical documents dating from 845AD. The Holy Trinity church is constructed from limestone and work commenced in 1210AD. There have been several modifications over the centuries including a glorious stained glass window which was a gifted by the American people in the 20th century.

For even more culture and history, a visit to the Stratford Armories is not to be missed. There are several galleries dedicated to different exhibitions including The Indian Gallery which contains many unique artifacts including a set of full size elephant armour. The Globe Gallery holds ancient artifacts of war from around the world. Don’t miss The Arms and Armour Gallery which exhibits a vast range of items of war from Leonardo Di Vinci’s cross bow to the oldest known cannon. As well as the art of war artefacts, there are also many works of art to view.

If you would like something of a more sporting nature, be thrilled by the ‘sport of kings’ at Stratford racecourse. Listen to the thundering hooves on turf, the rustle of the brush fences as the horses pour over them and the rising exhilaration of the spectators, whether you are looking for a hospitality package or just an easy day at the races enjoying a small wager, this will be a memorable a day out.

There is so much more to see and do in and around Stratford upon Avon, youire bound to find many things to entertain your family for the extent of your vacation.

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