Stratford and a Shakespearean Christmas

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23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
Duration: 5 days
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THE SLEEPY MEDIEVAL TOWN OF STRATFORD-UPON-AVON IS OUR BASE FOR THIS UNIQUE FESTIVE EXPERIENCE.

Join us this Christmas and immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare, as we discover the playwright’s birthplace, tucked away in the middle of Stratford’s pretty high street. We will also visit the quaint cottage of Anne Hathaway, before taking in a Christmas Eve performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the Swan Theatre. You’ll also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festivities and seasonal celebrations before enjoying a fascinating steam train ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. This is a trip you don’t want to miss.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Stratford including a traditional Christmas lunch
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager
  • Plus the following excursions:

    • Shakespeare experience guided tour with visits to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s birthplace
    • Tickets to a performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the Swan Theatre
    • Enjoy a steam train journey on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Day 1: Stratford-upon-Avon

Make your own way to our hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, where you’ll meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2 Christmas Eve: Shakespeare Experience & Theatre Performance

This morning we will be joined by a local guide who will accompany us to visit two key properties in Shakespeare’s history. We’ll travel to Anne Hathaway’s pretty little cottage where you can explore the history of the house and the gardens. We’ll then go on to Shakespeare’s birthplace, a small cottage tucked away amongst the high street of Stratford. Here you can walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born. He also spent the first five years of his marriage to Anne Hathaway living in this house, surrounded by his parents and siblings. We’ll have some free time for lunch, before we head to the Swan Theatre to watch a matinee performance of one of Shakespeare’s own plays; King John. This evening we return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Day 3 Christmas Day: Stratford-upon-Avon

Merry Christmas! Today is yours to spend at leisure, doing as much or as little as you like. Soak up the atmosphere and festivities in the hotel or explore Stratford-upon-Avon and take a walk along the river, taking in the pretty half-timbered buildings of this medieval market town. At lunchtime, you’ll be served a delicious traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. The afternoon you are free to relax at the hotel or walk off your festive lunch before dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

Day 4 Boxing Day: Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway

Today we enjoy a roundtrip on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, a heritage railway operated by volunteers which runs along the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire border. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway’s main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham and now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. We board our steam train at Broadway and travel along part of the route to Cheltenham. We return and alight back at Broadway where you’ll have some free time to explore this quaint picture postcard village. This evening we return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Day 5: Home

After breakfast we say goodbye to our Shakespearean surrounds and you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure.

Please note: We cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled. .

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES

    Make your own way to and from hotel

      Check in from 15.00
      Check out 10.00

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon

The 4 star Crowne Plaza hotel is located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. The tastefully decorated, modern rooms all feature flat screen televisions, a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi and features a riverside restaurant and terrace lounge bar with lovely river views, perfect for relaxing and enjoying a drink after a busy day of exploring. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s heated indoor pool and fitness centre, which also features a sauna. .