Alcester Summer Street Market
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Think of the classic English countryside – sweeping meadows, ancient leafy trees, flowers of every colour – and you’re thinking of Shakespeare’s England.  The scenic natural landscapes that inspired the Bard still thrive in Warwickshire, and even a journey by train between the region’s bustling historic towns offers wonderful views of lush greenery.

There’s a wealth of things to do here away from the hustle and bustle: take your family on a trip to Mary Arden’s Farm, the farm where Shakespeare’s mother grew up and which is still a working farm today; rent an iconic Pashley bicycle from their store in Stratford-upon-Avon and take a leisurely cycle through country lanes to the picturesque, historical market towns of Alcester or Henley-in-Arden, just a few miles away; enjoy a secluded walk with your loved one through Kenilworth Castle’s Elizabethan gardens, followed by a romantic meal at the nearby Michelin-starred inn, The Cross.

With such a varied choice of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Shakespeare’s England, there really is no better place to escape the stress of the rat race.

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Mary Arden’s Farm

Take a step back in time on Mary Arden’s Tudor Farm. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the farm where Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden lived and worked. Experience Tudor country life as Shakespeare would have known it. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done. Watch them prepare and eat their dinner every day at 1pm and as they go about their daily tasks of cooking, tending crops and feeding the rare breed animals. Feel free to ask them about country life in Shakespeare’s day and discover how people lived and worked according…

Alcester Summer Street Market

Visit Alcester

We invite you to come and explore the ancient market town of Alcester, set amidst the gently rolling hills of Shakespeare’s England, just eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon. Alcester is a charming town that offers something for everyone – history, culture, shopping, accommodation, food and drink – all mixed in with a good measure of flowers, festivals and fun! Discover a charming town centre, find historic buildings, dine in inviting pubs and cosy tearooms, then browse traditional independent shops where service matters. Meander down picturesque streets and soak up the authentic atmosphere of delightfully preserved buildings, lanes and passageways that…


Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

One of England’s most magnificent castles The vast medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle is one of the largest historic visitor attractions in the West Midlands and one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. Set in vast grounds in Warwickshire, Kenilworth is the perfect place for the whole family to go exploring and play king of the castle. Kenilworth is best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Once boasting the finest architecture in Elizabethan England, you can still imagine the ornate palace Dudley created for his Queen in Kenilworth’s magnificent ruins…

The Cross-Restaurant.

The Cross

Kenilworth’s only Michelin starred restaurant. The Cross is a beautiful Michelin starred restaurant in a grade ll listed building in the heart of Kenilworth. The food is freshly prepared using local produce by award winning chefs. Expect a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere with friendly service and stunning seasonal dishes using the very best local ingredients.