Adventures in Shakespeare Country

Hunt down some magic, myth and adventure at Warwick Castle, take a river tour through Stratford and top off your trip to the theatre with a bite in the rooftop restaurant. The Cotswolds is a short hop away for ancient limestone villages, rolling hills, gardens and gastro-pubs galore.

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Country kids

The area’s alive with attractions for kids. Warwick Castle’s the home of magic, myth and adventure, plus a whole lot of history and some devilish dungeons. Go back through the centuries yourself on a Knights of Middle England day – strike the quintaine and take the Grand Gauntlet Challenge.

Go back in time at Alcester Roman Heritage Centre, handle ancient remains, and dress up in tunics and togas. Step back even further in time with the dinosaur experience at All Things Wild Nature Centre, complete with all-weather zoo and indoor beach.
The 400 acres of parkland at Ragley Hall work well for picnics, play and woodland walks, and the adventure playground and maze will go down well, too. Try the RSC Theatre Tour for the chance to try on costumes and handle props. Round off with a trip to the top of the tower for amazing views of the town.

Press buttons, build marble runs and interact with machines at the MAD Museum, while learning about design and physics. See the largest display of tropical butterflies in the UK at Stratford Butterfly Farm. Hire pedalos and gondolas at Avon Boating, or steam your way along the valley on the Evesham Vale Light Railway.

At Umberslade Farm Park, youngsters get close to farm animals, from tiny chickens to statuesque shire horses, while enjoying hands-on activities and play zones. And Umberslade Adventure’s the place for action in the shape of a 420ft zip line, low-ropes course, tree climbing, archery and bushcraft.

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For the grown-ups

It’s countryside, culture or clubbing, as the rolling hills of the Cotswolds sit in contrast to the sophistication of Stratford-upon-Avon. Or stay local and potter to one of Alcester’s comfy pubs for steaks, chops and ale.

Stratford-upon-Avon is just 20 minutes away, offering river tours, restaurants and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, home of The Tempest and Twelfth Night, done live. Inject some culture into your stay then top off your trip to the theatre with a bite in the rooftop restaurant. Chill out with a relaxing day of pampering at the award winning Wildmoor Spa. Or for full on action head to the races at Stratford Racecourse then discover real-ale heaven at The Stratford Alehouse and go on to sample Stratford’s many clubs and bars.

For a more sedate time, the Cotswolds is a short hop away for ancient limestone villages, rolling hills, gardens, castles and stately homes. Tea rooms, gastro-pubs, markets and walks all work well here to the backdrop of river valleys, water meadows and beech woods.

Just down the road you can discover a world of farm food, festivals and fun in Alcester’s charming town centre, with hearty pubs, beer festivals, cosy tearooms and quirky independent shops. Walk your dogs at Oversley Wood, or step back in time for gorgeous gardens and an edgy Gunpowder Plot connection at Coughton Court. Ragley Hall comes with ten acres of Capability Brown gardens, naturally reared meat for sale, and cream teas in the terrace café.

Close to home you can take part in all manner of local country sports: load up clay pigeon shooting, trekking or hiking; saddle up for horse riding or a pony party; or go wild in the woods at Umberslade Adventure. On site we’ve pampering and beauty treatments from My Personal Sanctuary. When the day is done and it’s time to wind down – or crank it up a notch – hire in the chef for a special meal for two to 16.

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