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Will Shakespeare Country Play a Part in Your Holiday Plans?

anne-hathaway-cottageCovering an area of the East Midlands that includes Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa, Shakespeare Country is, naturally, named after the playwright William Shakespeare, one of England’s greatest (if not the greatest) literary figures. Obviously there are things to do and see here that are Shakespeare-related, but that is by no means the whole story.

When you visit Shakespeare Country you really do feel like you’re in the heart of England, and with lots of holiday cottages available, you can design your own holiday and run to your own relaxed schedule.

The World of Shakespeare

You can really experience Shakespeare’s world in Stratford-upon-Avon – not through what he wrote, but by seeing how he lived, and what kind of life you might lead in Tudor England.

At the award-winning Tudor World museum, you can immerse yourself in a Tudor ambience, from cobbled streets to timbered buildings and detailed recreations of what it was like to live in Shakespeare’s time.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace is an historic house that has become something of a shrine. People have been visiting it for 250 years, including other famous writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Here you can actually explore the Shakespeare family home, with the added attraction of extracts from Shakespeare’s plays performed live.

Another Shakespeare-related attraction worth seeing is Ann Hathaway’s Cottage. This thatched farmhouse is where the young William Shakespeare wooed his future bridge. It’s located in Shottery, a short, scenic walk from Stratford town centre. The cottage is 500 years old and contains its original furniture, including the Hathaway bed.

 

An Elegant Spa Town

Royal Leamington Spa is a spa town in central Warwickshire, which originally expanded in the 18th century, following the growth in popularity of its local water. The whole town practically emits elegance, from its tree-lined avenues and beautifully-tended gardens to its fine examples of Regency architecture.

The town’s museum, art gallery and visitor information centre all come under the Royal Pump Rooms, an historic building turned cultural complex. Here you can catch a guided tour, exploring the building that originally housed Royal Leamington’s spa baths, with behind the scenes access. There’s also a café on site serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Opposite the Pump Rooms are the famous Jephson Gardens, a stunning Victorian garden with breathtaking floral displays and a boating lake. Ideal for taking some relaxing time out the centre of town.

A Day Out at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle dates back to the time of William the Conqueror, but it’s recently been given something of a makeover courtesy of Horrible Histories, whose Maze makes the experience of history, for kids, very entertaining and interactive. The Horrible Histories Maze covers six history zones, from a Viking Ship to World War One and gives children plenty of opportunity to get involved.

Elsewhere, Warwick Castle offers various trails, tours and events, taking in the castle dungeon, a conservatory and peacock garden, a children’s Pageant Playground and a restored Victorian Mill.

All in, it makes for an ideal one-stop family day out.

Egg Hunts and Easter Treasure Trails!

Large Divine Milk Chocolate Easter Egg With Marc De Champange Truffles Disrobed by Chocolate Reviews.

Easter Egg picture by Flickr User Chocolate Reviews

The Easter weekend is here! Some of you may already have plans but for those of you who have woken up with the spirit of adventure but no idea what to do then below are some eggselent suggestions:

Chastleton (Oxfordshire) 3rd April 1-5pm – Indoor egg hunt

A good one for if the weather isn’t too good. Visit the National Trust website for full details, normal entry fees apply plus £1.50 to enter into the egg hunt.

Scotney Castle (Kent) 2nd – 5th April 11am-4pm – Easter Trail

Not one, but two houses where Elizabethan and Medieval styles meet. There’s a moat, some beautiful gardens and wonderful countryside to explore. Normal charges apply plus £2 to join the trail, visit the National Trust website as above for full details.

Upton House and Gardens (Warwickshire) – 2nd-5th April 12-4pm – Easter Trail

Walk around the 1930s styled gardens with lush lawns, terraces and water gardens. Normal charges apply but there is no additional charge for the trail. Again, got to the National Trust website for full details.

Burghley (Lincolnshire) – 4th April – Easter Egg Hunt

Hunt for chocolate eggs in the Sculpture Garden and Garden of Surprises and in the afternoon treat yourself to lunch at the Orangery Restaurant. Visit the website for full details. Easter Egg hunt included in the ticket price.

Clumber Park (Nottinghamshire) – 2nd-5th April 11am-2pm – Easter Egg Trail

Sniff out some chocolate eggs aroundthe beautiful grounds. But if you aren’t quite lucky enough to find any then each entrant gets a Cadburys Easter Egg prize. Normal admission charges apply plus £2 for the trail. Visit the National Trust website for full details.

I hope this has inspired some of you and you all have a wonderful Easter!