Dave Matthews, Author of Wizard’s Thatch
There’s not many visitor attractions where you’re greeted in person by the owner and author of the Wizard’s Thatch book series on which its based – but you can here at Magic Alley Bell Court in Stratford-upon-Avon!
Magic Alley has moved lock, stock and barrel from Henley Street to a purpose-built premises upstairs in the gorgeous Bell Court (our favourite hang-out!). Although charming, Henley Street had been hampered by lack of space and pushchair accessibility. Henley Street is planning to return in a different guise.
There’s now 4,500 square feet of magic, fairytales, steampunk and time travel. You can also buy a refreshing Butterbeer – perfect for all Wizard’s Thatch and Harry Potter fans out there!
We were given a quiz to complete on our journey through the inter-connecting rooms (the quiz will change regularly). Each room is rammed to the rafters with storyboards, antiques, animatronics and curiosities. It’s a really great way to make sure the kids linger in the rooms and have great fun following the clues to track down the answers.
Half way round there’s an antique desk which will be used by Father Christmas over the festive season; Magic Alley being renowned for its Meet the Real Father Christmas events which get booked up months in advance.
Happily we worked as a team and completed the quiz successfully earning a certificate for each of us!!
The shop is absolutely chock-a-block with souvenirs. It’s not your usual gift shop – you can see the care that’s been taken in choosing items which you just won’t find elsewhere including wands for your little wizards.
There’s a small but perfectly formed café area with squishy sofa and tables and chairs overlooking the Bell Court street below! The menu offers a great choice of hot chocolates, coffees and the famous Butterbeer. We chose a gingerbread latte, dark hot chocolate, Butterbeer, key-lime hot chocolate. All were delicious. We’ll be popping back to enjoy the drinks and people watching!
FREE ENTRY if your name is Harry, Meghan or Henry on 19th and 20th May 2018 to celebrate the Royal Wedding!
PS – Magic Alley Bell Court have just started offering children’s birthday parties too!
Where: Magic Alley, Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6JP
Tel: 01789 290969