I’m very lucky to live in Warwickshire, I have some amazing places on my doorstep including Stratford upon Avon which is only a 20 minute drive from my house.
We were due to pick up an eBay purchase for Arthur from just outside Stratford so decided to pop into town for some lunch and a stroll.
Stratford has a lot of parking spaces but one tip I can give you is to park at the hospital, it’s about 5 mins walk to the shops but saves you waiting for ages in traffic or even worse saves you driving round various carparks looking for a space. There are some great bus routes into Stratford so if you are staying outside of the town it may be easier to get the bus in rather than drive.
Famous for Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford is always packed with tourists from all over the world, Lucie and I had already done the Shakespeare tour and visited the attractions last year when we first visited Stratford so we gave it a miss this time.
The Nutcracker Christmas shop is probably my favourite shop in the whole of Stratford, I love the traditional decorations found in this shop especially the nutcrackers. My only issue with this shop is that you just can’t get moved, everytime I’ve been in it has been jam packed with tourists.
We ate lunch at Barnabys which had excellent views of the river and RSC, we both ate Cod, Chips and mushy peas and let Arthur have his first taste minus the salt which he loved!
Arthur enjoyed people watching while we ate our lunch, he has developed a trait of shouting at people until they look at him and rewards them with a huge smile.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is an impressive building situated along the river
Current plays being shown are Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Roaring Girl, Arden of Faversham and The White Devil.
The river walk is so pretty, there are canal boats, fishermen, rowers and lots of greenery to look at along the way. Usually Arthur would have a little nap in his pushchair but he was taking all of the scenery in during our walk that he didn’t have time for a sleep.
The picture above shows a chain river ferry, for 50p you can cross the river to save yourself the walk around, it’s definitely worth a visit just for the experience.
Since moving to the Midlands I’ve become slightly obsessed with Canal Boats, I love everything about them and especially like to see the locks in action as I find them fascinating, I was lucky enough to see one being operated with the tourist boat during my visit.
We had a lovely day out and although the weather was a little dull it didn’t spoil our day at all, I will definitely be returning to see the Christmas Lights in December.