Days Out Stratford-upon-Avon

Walks & The Great Outdoors

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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Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve

Great for a family day out birdwatching, den building and pond-dipping getting away from it all with stunning views.  Headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Nature Tots every Thursday at 10:30am and an After School Club once a month.  Party packages also available.

When: Thursdays 10:30am- 12noon Nature Tots aimed at children aged between 2 and 4 years

Where: Brandon Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV3 3GW

Tel: 024 7630 2912


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


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


Coombe Country Park

For a family day out, or a quiet little picnic, visit Coombe Country Park. It offers 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, lakeside walks, and bird watching. The diverse “Capability” Brown designed landscape makes it ideal for everyone, from families to wildlife enthusiasts and those just looking for a quiet stroll in the woodland.

Where: Coombe Country Park, Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2AB

Tel: 024 7645 3720


Greenway and Milcote Picnic Area

The Stratford Greenway is a 5-mile disused railway line transformed into a traffic free walking and cycle route. Starting at the Severn Meadows Car Park on the West side of Stratford town and heading out along the river. The Greenway travels along the River Avon and Stratford Racecourse towards the nearby villages of Long Marston and Welford on Avon. This route is part of Sustrans National Cycle Network Route5 and halfway along the route is the Milcote Picnic Area along with a refurbished railway carriage café. The Carriages 5344 Cafe is ideally placed either as a stopping point to obtain refreshment or as a starting point for your journey.

Where: Carriages 5344 Cafe, The Greenway, Milcote Picnic Area, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8JW


Heart of England Forest

The Heart of England Forest is at the start of its journey. We’re very excited to have our first visitors’ car park at Barton, and two family-friendly waymarked walking routes. And, with your support, our ambitions are growing with the forest!

The forest is mainly in South Warwickshire, stretching from the ancient borders of Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden south to the edge of the Vale of Evesham. It’s a beautiful and very special part of the world, rich in history and legends, rolling green countryside, rivers, canals and busy market towns.

Tel: 01789 778541

Website: www.heartofenglandforest.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heartofenglandforest


Lower Clopton Farm Trail

Lower Clopton Farm’s “farm trail” and picnic area on Meon Hill. The trail offers three different routes with varying lengths, all suitable for little legs!

There are many points of interest including:

  • A decades old ant hill colony
  • Barn owl hunting & nesting area
  • Pollen & nectar habitat
  • A hillside picnic area with panoramic views of Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Vale of Evesham, The Malverns and beyond.The trail is open all year round (9:30 – 4:30 Tuesday to Saturday) and is free to use! Please Note: Wellies advisable as it can get muddy! Not suitable for pushchairs. Dogs allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.
  • The farm trail has been made possible through a grant from Natural England, which is an independent public body whose purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment & encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings. Increasing awareness of, and interest in farming and the protection of our stunning environment, has always been of the utmost importance to us. The grant from Natural England has enabled us to provide Stratford with a first class farm & nature trail. So for those looking for a healthy, educational and fun afternoon out, that won’t break the bank, visit our new farm trail just south of Stratford-upon-Avon on the B4632 Broadway road.
  • Farm trail maps & children’s activity sheets are available to purchase in the farm shop.

Where: Lower Clopton Farm and Clock Tower Café, Upper Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8LQ

Tel: 01386 438236


River Avon Riverside Walk

It takes just over an hour – or maybe longer with little ones – to follow the circular footpath.  Buggies beware that there are steps up to the footbridge at Mill Bridge.  The route is displayed on an interpretation board near the Swan’s Nest car park.  Lovely views of the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Holy Trinity Church and the weir at Lucy’s Mill.

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


Ryton Pools Country Park

The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. The many different habitats are home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife. The excellent surfaced paths enable easy walking and cycling around the site, and provide access to an adjoining ancient woodland, Ryton Wood.  There is a Visitor centre, cafe, playground, picnic area and offer birthday party packages.

Where: Ryton Road, Bubbenhall, Coventry,CV8 3BG

Tel: 024 7630 5592


Stratford Town Walk

Award-winning, entertaining, guided sightseeing walk every day of the year, even Christmas Day! No need to book, just turn up whatever the weather!  Tour lasts 2hrs, every day at 11am – under 8 years go FREE

Where: Swan fountain, 20 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA

Tel: 07855760377 or 01789 292478


Welcombe Hills Audio Trail

The audio trail can be downloaded prior to your visit from the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust website or you can access the audio on your mobile phone by scanning the QR codes located at key points on site.

Parking available in Maidenhead Road and off Ingon Lane, Clopton. Alternatively there is a car park on the A439 Warwick Road (take care when crossing this busy road.)

Where: Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0NR


Worcester Woods Country Park

Two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy visitor centre with facilities and easy access from the city or the motorway, make this site very popular with a variety of visitors. Whether you are looking for birds, swings, lunch in the award winning Orchard Cafe, wild flowers, woodland walks or all of these and more, you’ve come to the right place at Worcester Woods Country Park.

Where: Worcester Woods Country Park, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2LG

Tel: 01905 766155