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Play Bridge & Explore Stratford-upon-Avon

Our stay is based at this charming 70-bedroom hotel, a former farmhouse, and the homely and comfortable rooms are situated in four separate buildings surrounding a courtyard and 2 acres of landscaped gardens, in the little hamlet of Charlecote. Directly opposite is the National Trust Charlecote Manor and Park, where deer roam. You can enjoy countryside walks alongside the River Avon. During our stay, we enjoy a visit to Stratford, with a local Blue Badge Guide. This medieval market town is steeped in culture and over 800yrs of history and is set on the banks of the river Avon. The birthplace of William Shakespeare, born here in 1564 in a half-timbered house on Henley Street. Our first stop of the day is a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the home of Shakespeare’s wife-to-be. Next, we head into Stratford for included visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore at leisure, before the coach returns us to the hotel.

Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Bridge sessions every evening, two afternoons and one morning
  • Carvery on final evening
  • Welcome Drink
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts
James and Jane Tullett

James and Jane Tullett

James has been playing bridge for over 30 years and is regularly picked for his county. He also enjoys playing in congresses around the country (when his less competitive wife Jane lets him!) James has run his own furnishing business for over 30 years from his base in Norfolk and recently, with his good friend and fellow First for Bridge host, John Barker, has established the Norfolk Bridge Academy. Between them, they have over 100 pupils learning to play and enjoying the wonderful game of bridge.

Jane has worked as a manager for over 12 years at her local university and then the NHS. She brings her organisational and interpersonal skills to the forefront to make an excellent hosting team with her husband James.

Jane and James have travelled extensively in recent years to explore exotic parts of the world, such as Peru, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. They both enjoy meeting new people, with the emphasis on fun and laughter, which may possibly include a drink or two.

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Play and Explore holidays are suited to intermediate players who wish to learn new skills, and regular players looking for a relaxed holiday with bridge.

Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break, and, in addition to playing bridge, our host will aim to include interactive bridge seminars.

Your duplicate bridge will be available every evening between 7:45pm and 11:15pm. We endeavour to vary these evening sessions, balancing between teams and pairs and playing relaxed and friendly bridge.

Bridge will also be offered some afternoons between 2:30pm and 4:45pm. These sessions are normally given over to open pairs/teams. On UK holidays, bridge sessions may take place in the mornings instead of the afternoons, complimenting any included excursion programme.

Masterpoints are awarded on evening sessions, and on day sessions with over 5 tables.

During your bridge holiday, nothing is obligatory, and you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. We don’t forget you are on holiday and our bridge programmes also allow time to relax, giving the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.

Make your own way to The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel.

Check-in from 15.00.

Dinner followed by evening bridge.

Includes Dinner

Morning seminar - Splinters

Free time at leisure this afternoon

Evening bridge

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Play Bridge

Today we board our coach with our Blue Badge guide and enjoy a short panoramic tour of Stratford-upon-Avon before arriving at Anne Hathaway’s cottage for an included visit. After which we re-join the coach and head into Stratford where we enjoy a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace. This afternoon, there is free time at leisure to explore Stratford-upon-Avon further before heading back to the hotel.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Shakespeare's House

Morning seminar - Jacoby 2 NT

Free time at leisure in the afternoon, followed by a carvery, a speciality of the hotel, and evening bridge

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Play Bridge

After a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to check out of your hotel and make your own way home.

Includes Breakfast


You will stay for 4 nights at the 3-star Charlecote Pheasant Hotel in Charlecote. 

There is no lift in the hotel so it is important to let us know if a ground floor room is needed.