In the morning visit Compton Verney - an award winning Art Gallery set admist beautiful countryside
Compton Verney offers an exciting international programme of exhibitions and events, alongside a diverse collection of art from around the world. It offers visitors the unique opportunity to view art in the setting of a Grade I listed Georgian mansion located in 120 acres of spectacular parkland.
After a morning spent browsing the gallery space, make sure you stop for a spot of lunch at the award winning café, serving freshly prepared produce or alternatively enjoy a ready-packed picnic and eat al fresco in the beautiful gardens. Compton Verney’s official catering partner, Aubrey Allen, is an award winning local family business. Established in 1933 their commitment to quality produce has established their prestigious reputation. Today they are suppliers to many Michelin Chefs throughout the UK including Raymond Blanc and Alain Roux as well as being butcher to the Queen.
In the afternoon visit the Royal Shakespeare Company
Immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the greatest playwright of our time, William Shakespeare is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the internationally renowned theatre company.
The Swan Theatre is a favourite space for many actors, directors and audiences. An intimate theatre, it seats approximately 450 people on three sides of a deep thrust stage. Situated on Waterside, alongside the River Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the main 1,040 seat thrust stage auditorium. It re-opened in November 2010 following a three-year transformation project. It is a Grade II listed building and retains many of the art deco features of the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.
Learn more about the history of the theatre by taking a Theatre tour. Discover the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the origins of the RSC and its theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon and explore a production in more depth to learn about the theatre making process. Alternatively take in one of the many ever changing exhibitions ranging from costume design to set design to family focused interactive exhibitions.
Performing various shows by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and modern playwrights throughout the year, a trip to see a show by the RSC is a must-do for all visitors to Shakespeare’s England.
Stay overnight at the Arden Hotel - conveniently located opposite to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
In the morning visit Shakespeare's Birthplace
A trip to Shakespeare’s England would not be complete without a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace or one of the other 4 historic houses in the area, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, Nash’s House and New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft.
Become part of the Shakespeare story at Shakespeare’s Birthplace which is the perfect introduction to William Shakespeare's Works, Life and Times. Fall in love with the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife at the most romantic Shakespeare house, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Tudor farm at Mary Arden’s Farm and explore the elegant Jacobean home of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna Shakespeare and her husband Dr John Hall at Hall’s Croft. Finally conclude your journey at the site of Shakespeare's final home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Nash’s House and New Place.
A range of events and activities take place throughout the year and costumed actors interpret the spaces around them to bring the historic homes to life, creating a truly memorable must-see experience for visitors.
In the afternoon visit Stratford ArtsHouse
Situated in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Artshouse hosts a broad spectrum of arts and community events, offeringa range of concerts, plays, comedy nights and exhibitions. Orchestra of the Swan is the resident orchestra at Stratford ArtsHouse. The Orchestra has achieved national recognition for outstanding performances combined with innovative programming and a highly accessible style of presentation with pre-concert talks, introductions from the podium and post concert 'conversation club'.