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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (2022) 

The market town of Stratford upon-Avon is of course mainly known for one thing, being the birthplace of ‘The Bard’ himself, William Shakespeare. But with its position alongside the Avon river, the plethora of restored historic buildings and it’s many family-friendly fun days out – there will be something to whet your appetite. We have put together a list of great attractions that will surely make you ask yourself “To do, or not to do?” – That is the question! Here are our Top 10 things to do in Stratford upon-Avon…

SOLVE THE CITY – “Clue B, or not Clue B?”

Think part escape room, part outdoor treasure hunt and you end up with Solve the City’s Clue B or not Clue B. Assemble your team of super sleuths (2-5 players) and meet at the TOP SECRET start location (provided to you upon booking), turn on the phone app and voila! your mission has begun. Adventure around historic Stratford-upon Avon, find the clues, solve the puzzles and interact with mysterious objects – all in the name of finding a rare stolen diamond! An outdoor adventure suitable for families, friends and team-building events that will leave you thrilled one moment and scratching your head at the next. Book your experience here at; solvethecity.co.uk

STRATFORD UPON-AVON BUTTERFLY FARM

If a mini-beast metropolis sounds like something you would love to see, why not check out Stratford-upon Avon Butterfly Farm, a unique rainforest environment set within a series of greenhouses. It is landscaped with tropical blossom, fish- filled pools, splashing waterfalls and themed to the ancient Maya civilisation with Mayan-inspired artefacts throughout. This is an experience best enjoyed with friends and family.

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

You knew his name was going to be uttered at least once in this list didn’t you? The Royal Shakespeare Company, or RSC as it is known, is the resident theatre company in Stratford upon-Avon dedicated to the Bard himself. Based inside a large building sitting next to the river-Avon, it really is a sight to behold. Head inside to catch a play inside one of its theatres, grab a coffee in the Riverside café or buy some Bard-themed merchandise in the onsite shop. A great one for Shakespeare lovers.

M.A.D MUSEUM

You’d be M.A.D to pass up on this one! The M.A.D museum or The Mechanical Art and Design Museum for long is a unique and quirky attraction based in the centre of Stratford upon-Avon. If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In a nutshell, mechanical art is usually beautifully crafted, moving sculptures either made to have an exaggerated purpose or made simply for the fun of it. This is the only museum of it’s kind in the UK so don’t miss out. Find out more here.

EMBARK ON A RIVER BOAT CRUISE

There are many boat cruises that take you up the river Avon a provide a wonderful perspective of the town from the water. Or if you fancy channeling your inner Captain Jack Sparrow and manning the oars yourself, you can hire out a rowing boat for you and your motley crew! The canal basin area of Stratford upon-Avon is the centre-piece of the town and is always bustling with life!

MAGIC ALLEY

Are you a Potter-head? If spells, potions and wizardry are your thing, head to Magic Alley. Packed to the rafters with books, toys, dragons, crystal balls, spells, magic tricks, historic art prints and magical objects and curios you never knew you needed – perfect to find that unique gift for someone special or to treat yourself. Or you can head into the onsite Magical Fairy Tale Trail. You can expect to enter a fantasy world of knights and princesses, unicorns and dragons. This event is based on a fairytale written specifically for this event. There will be puzzles and riddles to solve and things to find as well as activities such as having a sword fight (soft swords obviously)!

SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE

With the flick of his quill, he’s back again! One of Stratford’s many expertly restored timber buildings – visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace – William Shakespeare’s childhood home in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life and get up close to objects from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary playwright continues to shape our lives today.

SHAKESPEARE DISTILLERY

A fan of the finer things in life? Shakespeare’s Distillery, based on the outskirts of Stratford-upon Avon will certainly provide a botanical boost! Take a tour of the distillery to see how artisan gin and rum is made or book onto a gin-making experience to see if you can cobble up your own botanical brew – I hear you even get to do some tasting! Perhaps not one for the kiddies.

ESCAPE LIVE

Escape Rooms really are all the rage at the moment, so why not try Stratford upon-Avon’s offering of puzzle solving fun at Escape Live? Immersive yourself in the world of witches and wizards in their “Chalice of Champions” game or try to find Shakespeare’s missing script before it’s too late in “Shakespeare’s Script”. Great for groups of friends, families and corporate team building events alike.

TUDOR WORLD

Situated in the centre of Stratford-upon Avon, Tudor World is great for history buffs. Housed inside a real 16th century, Grade 2 listed building, discover the secret lives of the Tudors and what life was really like during the time of William Shakespeare; Francis Drake; Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and everyday people. Or if you want to learn more about what goes bump in the night – you can book onto one of their spooky evening ghost tours by lantern light!

So there we have it – our Top 10 Things To Do in Stratford upon-Avon!