Bridge, Shakespeare and the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway

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15 Jul 2020 - 20 Jul 2020
Duration: 5 nights half board
Ref: 20046
With: Andrew Kambites


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Join us on our third 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.

Please see itinerary page for full details of included tours and bridge programme.


Make your own way to Ettington Chase and meet our bridge director and host before dining and evening bridge. There will also be a short afternoon session for those who arrive early and wish to play.


A day to relax in the hotel, explore Stratford-Upon-Avon or enjoy a full day of bridge with Andrew Kambites. There will be a morning seminar followed by afternoon bridge, dinner and evening bridge.


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 cottage where you can explore the history of the house and the gardens. Then we will go on to Shakespeare’s birthplace, a small cottage tucked away amongst the high street in 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 will have free time for lunch and sightseeing before we return to our hotel.

We return to our hotel for dinner and evening bridge.


Today we enjoy a roundtrip on the Gloucester & 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.

We return to our hotel for dinner and evening bridge.


Another day of bridge - Morning seminar and afternoon bridge followed by dinner and evening bridge.

Or if you wish you can just relax and enjoy the excellent leisure facilities at Ettington Chase, which include complimentary access to the Leisure Club with free use of a very good size indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gymnasium, sauna and outdoor tennis court.


After breakfast you are free to check out our hotel and depart at leisure.

Please note we cannot guarantee all our rail journeys will be steam hauled and sometimes it is necessary to change our itinerary around to accommodate any timetable changes.


Twin/double share: £599 per person
Single supplement: £99 per duration
Superior room supplement: £35 per room, per night*
Deluxe room supplement: £55 per room, per night*
Deposit: £150

*Please note: Upgraded rooms do not have lift access so guests will need to be able to manage stairs.


  • Full bridge programme directed by Andrew Kambites, with 2 seminars and 8 duplicate bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • The services of our experienced hosts, Rob & Rosa Richardson
  • 5 nights accommodation on a half board basis
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Porterage

Plus the following excursions:

  • 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

Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford ★★★★

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.

Its 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. Evening meal is buffet selection served at 18.00 hours prior to our evening bridge sessions.

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.


All rooms are comfortably furnished and offer the following amenities:

  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Bathroom with fairly low bathtub & shower attachment, rubber mat and grab rails and toiletries
  • Flat screen TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WIFI
  • Iron and board
  • Complimentary electronic safe deposit box

It is possible to upgrade to a superior room, which is slightly larger with generally have the best views and superior furnishings. These rooms do not have lift access though - 22 steps.

Deluxe rooms are also available in the Old House attached to the reception area. These really spacious rooms offer lovely views, bath robes and slippers, but they are reached by a narrow stairway and on the second and third floor.

Standard rooms are all on the ground floor or accessed by lift.

The hotel has 2 adapted rooms with walk in shower - please request one if required.

All rooms are accessible by lift and we have 28 ground floor rooms. Please advise us if you have any walking difficulties and we will request a room close to main facilities, as some rooms are closer than others.


Complimentary car parking is available on site, and historic Stratford-Upon-Avon is just 6 miles from the venue. Here you will find the nearest railway station, which is approximately a 15/20 minute drive. It is located 9 miles from junction 15 of the M40.