Days Out 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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Hatton Adventure World

Pirate Festival at Hatton Adventure World

Pirate Festival at Hatton Adventure World

Hatton Adventure World is to host its popular and special Pirate Festival from 26 May – 3 June 2018.  The popular family attraction is yet again inviting budding Buccaneers, Long John Silver’s and Captain Jack Sparrow’s to experience the golden age of piracy and enter a world of hidden treasure, skulduggery and pesky pirate antics during the Whitsun half term!

The pirate style entertainment will include a live Pirate Show in the family theatre, exciting Pirate Battles, finding smuggled booty in the hidden Treasure Hunt and panning for gold. In addition there are the usual activities that make Hatton a great family day out in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside including the Guinea Pig village, snake handling, tractor safari, falconry demonstrations, outdoor laser combat (for those aged 8yrs+), Fun Fair Rides and the huge indoor soft play area ‘Snorty’s Superslide Mania’!
The entry all-inclusive price takes away the worry of finding any hidden extras as all activities are included. Visitors are urged to book their place today at www.hattonworld.com/adventure-world as special discounts are available for early booking online.

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

Tel: 01926 843411

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HattonCountryWorld/


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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is where it all began for William Shakespeare.Shakespeare's Schoolroom quill writing

It’s where a bright Midlands schoolboy was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.

Your visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall will bring to life William’s time as a schoolboy, from about 1571 to 1578. You’ll find out how his outlook and ambitions were formed by the lessons he attended at the Guildhall and the plays he saw there.

You’ll follow in William’s footsteps, exploring the classroom where he studied between the ages of 7 and 14. You can watch a short film about the kind of lessons he went to, and try some Tudor homework. You can even take part in a live Tudor lesson under the watchful eye of a ‘master’!

A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall has something for everyone. You’ll have fun, and you’ll discover amazing stories. You’ll come a lot closer to knowing the real Shakespeare and understanding his formative childhood years.

Take advantage of the newly launched offer from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, the MAD Museum and Stratford Butterfly Farm.  The 3 award-winning attractions have launched a Family Super Saver ticket priced at £57 which is for 2 adults and 2 children, with each additional child place £9.50.

Shakespeare's SchoolroomWhere: Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB

Website: https://www.shakespearesschoolroom.org

Tel: 01789 203 170

 


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Stratford Butterfly Farm

Goliath Bird Eating Spider

Goliath Bird Eating Spider

Springtime at the Butterfly Farm!

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm has lots to celebrate this spring. As well as hundreds of beautiful tropical butterflies, we have two amazing new creatures on display in Minibeast Metropolis. The Goliath Bird Eating Spider, also known as Theraphosa leblondi, which is considered to be the largest spider in the world, was named by Victorian explorers who saw one eating a hummingbird! Visitors can also see a venomous Vietnamese Centipede, also known as Scolopendra subspinipes. They are highly aggressive and have a venomous bite.

Recently launched is ‘Cafe on the Go’, situated in the wildflower garden where baristas will be serving delicious hot drinks, milkshakes and snacks. The retro style coffee bicycle, which is equipped with a full barista Fracino machine, will be serving a specialist Fairtrade coffee brand sourced directly from the growers.

venomous Vietnamese Centipede

The venomous Vietnamese Centipede

During half term from 26 May – 3 June 2018 in the Discovery Zone children and adults can take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions with one of the friendly team members. Visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects. There will also be informative talks, throughout the week, for all the family about our beetles, leafcutter ants and tailless whip scorpion.

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

Tel: 01789 299 288

Website: http://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/attraction/latest-news.php

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/stratfordbutterflyfarm/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stratbutterfly

 


All Things Wild

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


Escape Live Stratford-upon-Avon

**New to Stratford-upon-Avon for 2018**

Escape Live is an exciting group game with a difference. Your mission is simple – escape from a locked room in just 60 minutes by solving a series of challenging puzzles in a team of 2-6 people.

Do you have what it takes to get out in time?

Suitable for ages 10+.

Where: 31 Greenhill St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LE

Tel: 01789 507060


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

 


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 +

When: Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June 2018

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 Bell Court

Stratford’s newest and most whimsical “old” attraction has thrown open its doors after moving home to the newly reimagined Bell Court right in the heart of town. Spread over 4,500 square feet the new Magic Alley promises much and delivers more – much more!

Visit the shop, buy a Butterbeer or book your children’s birthday party.

Where: Magic Alley, Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6JP

Tel: 01789 290969


Magic Alley & The Creaky Cauldron

**Henley Street is awaiting a refit following the move of Magic Alley to Bell Court in April 2018** 

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.  The visitor centre has children’s activities and special programmes run during school holidays.

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


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 Big Wheel

The big wheel is back again in Stratford-upon-Avon for 2018 and is bigger and better than last year’s!

It offers the most spectacular views far reaching over our Shakespearean town and surroundings.

It is a fantastic experience for the whole family and is a great opportunity to take in the wonderful scenery.  Each of our observational big wheel pods are weather proof, each seating six people.

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


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


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.  Come join us in 2018 to celebrate our 950th anniversary with new attractions:

  • BRAND NEW “The Conqueror’s Fortress”
  • ALL NEW meet Horrible Histories’ Rattus Rattus

Where: Warwick CV34 4QU

Tel: 0871 265 2000

Part of Merlin Entertainments Group


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