Stratford and a Shakespearean New Year

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29 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020
Duration: 5 days
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A UNIQUE THEATRICAL NEW YEAR EXPERIENCE

The sleepy medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon is our base for this unique seasonal experience. Join us this New Year 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 performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the Swan Theatre. You’ll also enjoy a fascinating steam train ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway before celebrating the New Year in style at a fabulous five course gala dinner. This is a trip you don’t want to miss.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Stratford
  • New Year’s Eve five course gala dinner with entertainment
  • 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: 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 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 journey back to the hotel where we enjoy an early dinner and have a chance to freshen up ahead of our evening trip to the theatre. We’ll visit the Swan Theatre to watch an evening performance of Shakespeare’s King John.

Day 3 New Year’s Eve: Gloucester & 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. Later we return to our hotel for our New Year’s Eve gala dinner. We’ll enjoy champagne and canapés upon arrival followed by a delicious five course dinner, before seeing in the New Year with fabulous entertainment, featuring a live band and DJ.

Day 4 New Year’s Day: Stratford-upon-Avon

Today is yours to spend at leisure, doing as much or as little as you like. Relax 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. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

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.