Heart of England in Winter

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Day 1 – Welcome to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Check in to your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon & have some free time to explore.
Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace & take a canal boat tour on the river Avon.

Overnight, Bed & Breakfast at the Arden Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon or similar

Day 2 – Day Tour to Cotswolds

Get picked up from your hotel by a coach at 09.00 am
The tour visits a variety of towns, villages and beauty spots that characterise the beauty of the Cotswolds – a region of quintessentially English countryside and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The stops on our Cotswolds day tour are:

Dover’s Hill view point.
Chipping Campden (1 hour free-time, maps provided).
Broadway Tower.
Stow-on-the-Wold (1 hour 15 minutes free-time, maps provided).
Bibury.
Bourton-on-the-Water (45 minutes free-time).
We also visit a secret of-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village – but you’ll have to join us on a tour to find out about this one!

Overnight, Bed & Breakfast at the Arden Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon or similar

Day 3 – Goodbye Stratford-Upon-Avon

This morning after breakfast, your adventure ends.

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Avonlea B&B

The multi-award winning late Victorian town-house is located to the south of the famous River Avon, just a five minute walk from the town centre and its cultural attractions including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. It has eight bedrooms with comfy beds in well-appointed light and airy rooms. In the morning you will discover a superb full English breakfast using quality local produce on offer. Special weekly rates are available. Free onsite parking and WiFi available. What sets Avonlea apart are owner’s Rob and Clare’s flair for hospitality. It’s in their blood!

Go Cotswolds

Take in the beauty of the Cotswolds by joining a guided day tour from Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon or Moreton-in-Marsh with Go Cotswolds. Departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and tours cost just £40 for adults, £30 for children (aged 3-16) and £110 for a family tickets (2 adults 2 children). In groups no larger than 16 you’ll visit a variety of unique towns, off-the-beaten-track villages and viewpoints that charaterise this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water all with a friendly, local driver guide. For further information and to book visit www.gocotswolds.co.uk…

Royal Shakespeare Company

One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. Showcasing two thrust stage auditoria, the 1,000 seat Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 450 seat Swan Theatre, bring audiences and actors closer together in the best possible setting to experience live theatre. If you don’t have time to see a performance then why not enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the award-winning The Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other…

Beckett’s Farm

At Beckett’s Farm the ethos is to seek and stock local and regional produce and to support independent producers. You’ll smell the fresh bread from the onsite bakery as soon as you step through the door – the bakers bake fresh bread and cakes 6 days a week! Wander through the eight speciality departments, from the Butchery to the Greengrocers, Delicatessen to the Florist. Their award-winning restaurant serves the Midland’s Best Breakfast! The culinary team place a strong emphasis on offering great quality, English farmhouse-style cooking. Produce served is locally sourced and the large majority of dishes are made from…

Ansty Hall

Our Warwickshire hotel is perfect for country adventures; roam our beautiful 8 acres of landscaped gardens and marvel in the glorious scenery we have on offer at our historic manor house retreat. Once you’ve finished exploring – we recommend a visit to our AA Rosette awarded Shilton Restaurant, followed by a nightcap in The Warwick Bar and Lounge. Boasting superb hotel accommodation, stylish meeting and function rooms and breath-taking views over our hotel grounds, our hotel is a popular choice for family holidays, business and weddings and is perfect for celebrations, events and conferences.

Edward Moon

Famously Independent Since 1989 Edward Moon is a long established award winning English brasserie with plenty of its own history, characteristic of Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s country.  Situated in Chapel Street, we are just a few metres away from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Our pre theatre menu runs Monday-Friday, 5pm- 6.30 pm, offering the very best in quality and value.  2 Courses just £14.95.  We also offer a Monday 2 course menu for the same price, which includes a free drink.  Every 1st Thursday of the month we have a special vegetarian evening. Moon’s (as it is affectionately called by regulars)…

Lunt Roman Fort

It’s A.D. 60; the Iceni of East Anglia led by the legendary Boudica have rebelled against Roman rule, and have just been defeated in a terrible battle fought somewhere in the Midlands. As a result the Romans are building a series of fortifications across the Midlands including the Lunt… Come and explore this partially-reconstructed timber fort. Stand on the ramparts, explore the exhibition about life in a fort in Roman times, try Roman games in the granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus – a feature not found anywhere else in the Roman Empire.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

Located in the historic centre of Coventry, next to the Cathedral ruins, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the cultural hub of the city. Visit us for FREE to immerse yourself and your family in arts, history and culture. With a selection of permanent galleries and temporary exhibition spaces, along with a whole host of ongoing workshops and events, the Herbert offers a great day out. Our fantastic family offer was recognised when we won the Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award in 2010.   Discover what life was really like in Coventry through the centuries, through personal stories, historical…

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum houses the world’s largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. After a £9.5m redevelopment programme, this huge museum offers a whole day out of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages – all in an iconic city-centre building. Get within touching distance of some of the most amazing vehicles ever invented. See the cars your parents and grandparents drove or explore what you might be driving in the future. Get caught up in the real-life stories of…

Hilltop Hideaways

Welcome to your perfect escape… Enjoy the best of the beautiful British countryside from the luxury of our cabins or canvas. Hilltop Hideaways is nestled into the rolling Warwickshire hills on a third generation family farm. We’re just a few miles from Royal Leamington Spa, with Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and the magical Cotswolds right on our doorstep too. Our newly established glamping site is family-run, offering a choice of cabins, shepherds hut and canvas for you to stay in. Our campsite offers a choice of either our wooden cabins, luxury bell tents or a beautiful shepherds hut. All have double beds…

Ardencote

A fabulous four star hotel and spa Ardencote is located in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, situated just off M40 J15 and a short drive from the historic towns of Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon. Within the 83 acre estate lies a quintessential English 19th century manor house and courtyard building along with a tastefully designed purpose-built Conference Centre that overlooks the three acre lake. Both buildings combine traditional elegance with the amenities of a modern four star Hotel and Spa. The beautifully appointed four star bedrooms, complete with FREE WiFi and air-conditioning are complemented with 18 meeting/function rooms, two award-winning…

Coombe Abbey Coventry

Coombe Abbey

Set in the tranquil Warwickshire countryside. With 500 acres of parkland, formal gardens and a peaceful lake, you can explore the outdoors and then retire to the restaurant, bar or relax back in your bedchamber. Experience a touch of something different, with candlelit corridors, mediaeval entertainment, four-poster beds, individually designed bedchambers, and more. With 119 rooms and wedding, conference and banqueting facilities, you can stay with us for a relaxing weekend away or celebrate the most special of occasions. Originally founded as an abbey in the 12th century, our historical buildings have had an interesting life. The Abbey was surrendered…