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Bridge, Shakespeare and the Gloucester and Warwickshire Rail

15th – 20th September 2021

6 days from £679pp

Explore Shakespeare country and enjoy a nostalgic steam train ride on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway on this Bridge Holiday based in the comfortable surroundings of the Ettington Chase Hotel.
  • Bridge directed by Christine MacFarlane and hosted by Stewart MacFarlane
  • 5 nights at the 4* Ettington Chase Hotel, half board
  • Steam train journey on the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway
  • Explore Broadway with free time
  • Enjoy a tour of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Shakespeare and the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway

Join us on another fantastic Bridge and Rail Holiday - this time we add a touch of Shakespeare!

We stay at Ettington Chase Hotel which is just 6 miles from historic Stratford upon Avon and set in 11 acres of landscaped gardens, where you can take scenic garden walks or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Just six miles from Stratford upon Avon, the Ettington Chase Hotel is the perfect place from which to explore the birthplace of Shakespeare. An included guided tour takes us to two key properties in Shakespeare’s history – Anne Hathaway’s pretty home and the small cottage tucked away amongst the High Street in Stratford where Shakespeare was born.

Our second included excursion is aboard the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, a heritage railway run by volunteers. We step aboard the steam train in Broadway and enjoy a nostalgic journey to Cheltenham before returning to Broadway where there’s time at leisure to explore this quaint village.

Your Accommodation

Ettington Chase, Stratford-upon-Avon

Ettington Chase is set in 11 acres of idyllic grounds in stunning Warwickshire countryside, and close to the world-renowned leisure destination of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Hotel Facilities & Amenities

The restaurant offers tasty meals with local produce. Buffet breakfast features a range of hot and cold breakfast items, including all of the full English favourites. Lighter meals can be purchased at lunchtime from the bar menu including deli sandwiches, salads, pizza and gourmet burgers. Guests have complimentary access to the Leisure Club with free use of indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gymnasium, sauna and outdoor tennis court.

Please Note: as with any venue that combines conference facilities, accommodation and dining there will be a short walk between these
Room Facilities & Amenities
All rooms are equipped with the following:
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Bathroom with fairly low bathtub with shower attachment, rubber mat, grab rails and toiletries
  • Flat screen TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WIFI
  • Iron and board
  • Complimentary electronic safe deposit box
Room Types

Choose our standard room type for an enjoyable stay in comfortable surroundings, or upgrade to add a little extra luxury to your holiday.

Standard Room
Charming and cosy, these guest rooms offer a relaxing environment and are all positioned on the ground floor or accessed by lift. Standard rooms are available as a twin/double share, or for sole use.

 Superior Room
Superior rooms are slightly larger and generally have the best views with superior furnishings. These rooms do not have lift access and have 22 steps. These rooms are available as a double to share or for sole use. 

Deluxe Room
Deluxe rooms are also available in the Old House attached to the reception area. These spacious rooms offer lovely views, bath robes and slippers, and are reached by a narrow stairway on the second and third floor. Please note that there is no lift access to these rooms and they are available as a double to share or for sole use. 

Junior Suite
The prestigious junior suite features a separate lounge area and a luxurious multi-jet shower. A tranquil space in the original building. These rooms are available as a double to share or for sole use.