Days Out in Stratford-upon-Avon

Attractions & Museums

Stratford and the surrounding areas have a wealth of places to visit to keep the whole family entertained.  For special events please go to the events calendar

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Imagination Street Soft Play and Trampoline Park

Imagination Street Soft Play and Trampoline Park Did you know that less than half an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon is the Midlands’s largest combined soft play and trampoline park plus kids party centre!

We are open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm

  • Baby and crawlers area
  • Toddler sessions with extra activities
  • No charge for adults
  • Free parking
  • Great value food and drink
  • Free WiFi
  • Outstanding range of children’s themed parties
  • New disco party room for 2018
  • Discount for using both the soft play area and the trampoline park together
  • Adult exercise trampoline classes so the adults don’t have to miss out!

TODDLER SESSIONS

When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 12pm

No extra charge for sing a longs, story time, craft activities and a free tea or coffee for adults. No need to book

AFTER SCHOOL

Every school day come on in after 3.15 for unlimited soft play and a great choice of hot meals for just £6 – £9 including a 30 minute trampoline session

Imagination Street Soft Play and Trampoline ParkADULT EXERCISE CLASSES

Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30pm

Fridays: 10:30am-11:30am

Imagination Street Bounce and Boogie Exercise Classes £6 per session (plus £2 socks which you keep).  On a Friday morning we can even look after your children for you for an extra £2.

Where: Unit 4 Astwood Business Park, Astwood Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch B96 6HH

Tel: 01527 892243

Facebook: Check out our Facebook page for our latest offers https://www.facebook.com/imaginationstreetsoftplayandtrampolinepark/


All Things Wild

*UPDATE Jungle Mayhem playbarn opened February 2017!

An all-weather, year round family attraction and allow people of all ages to enjoy the amazing things that nature can bring. Party packages available.

Where: Station Road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ

Tel: 01386 833083


Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (SBT)

Twelve-roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child.

Where: Cottage Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH

Tel: 01789 338532

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 


Avon Boating

River cruises and boat hire

Where: Swans Nest Boathouse, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Tel: 01789 267073


Bancroft Cruisers

Join our crew for a 45 minute sightseeing cruise on our lovely heated boat, The Rita Ellen. To make your cruise even more special our dedicated guide will keep you amused by sharing some interesting facts about William Shakespeare & Stratford’s history.

Where: Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR (Crowne Plaza landing stage)

Tel: 01789 269669

British Motor Museum

With over 250 classic cars on display and interactive family activities

Where: 11 Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35 0BJ

Tel: 01926 641188


Canal & River Tours

Leisurely river trips via the historic canal lock in our purpose built, all weather boat.

Where: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA

Tel: 01789 295173


Charlecote Park (NT)

A Victorian home set in a landscaped deer park, part of the National Trust.  Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon.

Where: Charlecote, Warwick CV35 9ER

Tel: 01789 470277


Citysightseeing Opentop Bus Tour

Citysightseeing hop-on hop-off 24-hour ticket from 11 stops taking in all the sights of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Departures every 20 mins in the summer.

Where: Tourist Information Centre, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6GW

Tel: 01789 412680


Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

*Recommended by Mumbler! Read our review here

Compton Verney is delighted to welcome visitors with children. Whatever the weather, we can offer something for every member of your family to enjoy.  From our children’s woodland adventure play area, willow tunnels and nature trails to all-weather explorer backpacks and arty activities every school holiday there’s always plenty to capture the imagination, stimulate the mind and keep your children happy and interested.

The Family Room is large and well equipped with games, arts & crafts, chalk boards, DUPLO, puppet show and more.

Tuesdays: Tiny Tuesdays, weekly soft play 11.30am to 3pm FREE FOR UNDER 5s and lots of other activities for kids to do when they get here

Thursdays: Forest School (term time) 12:30pm to 2:30pm FREE FOR UNDER 5’s

Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

Tel: 01926 645500


Coughton Court (NT)

Coughton Court is an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens with a collection of Catholic treasures.  For families: baby-changing and feeding facilities, picnic area, front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan; adults’ and children’s house trails

Where: Alcester B49 5JA

Tel: 01789 400777

Part of the National Trust


Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. Now fully reopen after a £9.5m redevelopment programme, this huge museum offers a whole FREE day out of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages – all in an iconic city-centre building, and all completely free.

Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

Tel: 024 7623 4270


Evesham Vale Light Railway

The EVLR offers a delightful ride by steam train for all the family, showcasing stunning views across the Vale of Evesham overlooking the Cotswold Hills, plus play fort with picnic area and country walks.

Where: The Valley (former Evesham Country Park), Twyford, Evesham, WR11 4TP

Tel: 01386 422282


Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is an ideal day out for the family, with lots to do for young and old alike.

Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH (you can also aboard from other stations along the line)

Tel: 01242 621405


Hall’s Croft (SBT)

Explore the beautifully furnished Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, Dr John Hall.

Where: Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG

Tel: 01789 338533

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 


Hatton Adventure World

An unforgettable day of fun, action, new experiences and a bit of learning for families with children up to the age of 12 in a lovely, safe and happy environment.

Children’s parties are now even more fun at Hatton Adventure World with entrance to Superslide Mania and all its soft play included as part of the party package.

Where: Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, CV35 8XA

Tel: 01926 843411


Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

FREE entry to the award-winning Herbert Art Gallery & Museum which celebrates the city’s culture, history and arts.

Where: Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

Tel: 024 7623 7521


Kenilworth Castle (EH)

From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England’s affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.

Where: Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NE

Tel: 0370 333 1181

Part of English Heritage

 


Lunt Roman Fort

The Lunt Roman Fort is the only partially reconstructed wooden fort in Britain today and home to the Gyrus, the only horse training ring found within a Roman fort.  Open to the public only on selected dates in the school holidays during May, summer and October.

Come inside the Granary this October and discover more about our original Roman pots on display. Have a go at making your own pot out of air drying clay to take home.  Free though site admission applies.  Booking is not required. Suitable for children 5 yrs +

Where: Coventry Road, Baginton, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AJ
Tel: 024 7623 7522

MAD Museum (The)

Interactive exhibits of mechanical art and design with buttons, handles, lights and sound effects.
Where: 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT
Tel: 01789 269356

Magic Alley & The Creaky Cauldron

Enter an enchanting world of storytelling based on the Chronicles of Wizard’s Thatch series of books. You can wander through the Magic Alley Store looking at wands, spells, vintage toys and games before climbing the rickety and winding stairs of the Enchanted Manor Museum.

Where: 21 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

Tel: 01789 290969

 


Shakespeare’s Birthplace (SBT)

Where it is believed that William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years.

Where: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

Tel: 01789 204016

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Shakespeare’s New Place (SBT)

*Recommended by Mumbler!  Read our review here

New Place was William Shakespeare’s final place of residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died there in 1616. Though the house no longer exists, the land is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  It’s perfect for summer picnics on the lawn and has child-friendly inside space.

As part of our ongoing commitment to community involvement, we’re delighted to offer FREE entry to Shakespeare’s New Place to all residents of the CV37 postcode, on presentation of a Community Card.  Community Cards are now available for collection from any of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties. Please note that proof of CV37 residency will be required.

Where: 22 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP

Tel: 01789 204016

Part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Shakespeare’s Schoolroom

Discover how and where the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, spent his school years and first experienced theatre along with the town’s ancient fifteenth century Guildhall, which has recently undergone a major restoration project!

Where: Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB

Tel: 01789 203 170

 


Snowdome

All weather skiing and snowboarding centre with kit rental, an ice rink, swimming pool and gym.

Where: Leisure Island, Riverdrive, Tamworth B79 7ND

Tel: 03448 000011


Henry’s Castle at Stratford Armouries Museum

Family run play barn located 2 miles north of Stratford on Avon. Our playgrounds provide fantastic play facilities for kids in any age and relaxing restaurant with café area for parents. Henry’s Castle, being part of Stratford Armouries, offers exciting all day activities for whole families, school groups and individual guests.  Party packages available.

Where: Gospel Oak Lane, Snitterfield, Stratford on Avon, CV37 0JA

Tel: 01789 262468


Stratford Butterfly Farm

*Recommended by Mumbler!  Read our review here

The UK’s Largest Tropical Butterfly Paradise! Whatever the weather stroll through the wonderful world of an exotic rainforest, surrounded by stunning butterflies in a lush landscape of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.

Brand new toilets for 2017.  Season tickets available.

Where: Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Tel: 01789 299 288


Stratford Mini Golf

Not to be mistaken for ‘crazy’ golf, minigolf is a test of skill, good fun with tricky hazards, bumps and ramps!

Where: Recreation Ground, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7PZ

Tel: 07710 125 393


REVIEW: The Play’s The Thing at The RSC

Cartoon The Play's The ThingThere’s never been a better time to visit The Play’s The Thing, a fantastic interactive exhibition in the RSC Swan Theatre.  Not only has it just reopened after having a revamp but it’s also won the History & Heritage Award 2017 at the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards!

Our visit started with a lively video presentation which immediately grabbed the kids’ attention.  Then upwards via a private staircase to the exhibition itself.  It’s definitely an exhibition for modern times and the “touch-screen generation”.

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The Play’s The Thing (RSC)

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon with the RSC’s permanent exhibition.

KIDS GO FREE on Sundays and in the school holidays!  Free tickets can be bought in advance or on the day of the visit by calling 01789 403493 or at the Box Office at the RSC (not available online).

Where: Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS

Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company


Tudor World

Interactive attraction in a beamed period building with exhibits bringing the 16th century to life.
Where: 40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EE
Tel: 01789 298070

Warwick Castle

Experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle; great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, heroic knights.

Where: Warwick CV34 4QU

Tel: 0871 265 2000


Warwickshire Museum

Housed in a Jacobean mansion, St John’s Museum showcases the social history collections. Galleries include a Victorian Kitchen and Schoolroom (used by local school children during term time for activities and learning sessions), displays on childhood, toys and games, costume and an under 5s discovery room. St John’s also has lovely formal gardens where you can sit and enjoy a picnic. FREE entry. (small charge for holiday activities)

Where: Warwickshire Museum, Market Hall Museum, St John’s Museum & County Record Office, Warwick, CV34 4NF

Tel: 01926 412500