You know what they say, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere”, so here’s a treat for you: the top 5 drinks experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Whether you’re planning a hen party in Stratford-upon-Avon, looking for the best Stratford-upon-Avon cocktail bars, or simply gearing up for a few drinks in one of our welcoming town-centre venues, Stratfordblog’s top 5 guides you towards the best drinks experiences in Stratford.
Get your diary out, because there are plenty of May events in Stratford-upon-Avon that are worth noting.
The month of May is sandwiched by two Bank Holidays: the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday May 7 and the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday May 28. Add to that a half-term break from school at the end of the month and a Royal Wedding to get excited about, and May is shaping up to be a great time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon.
Hall’s Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon is the former home of William Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband, John Hall. The wealthy couple commissioned this grand home, living here for just a few years from 1613/14 before moving to New Place, after the death of Shakespeare in 1616. Today, the property is one of the finest historic homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the gardens are a haven of peace and beauty.
Here’s what to expect when you visit Hall’s Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon.
It’s hard to believe there was a time when there was only a solitary pair of swans in Stratford-upon-Avon. One pair, named Tom and Roxanne, their elegant predecessors wiped off the surface of the Avon by lead poisoning from angling weights and food shortages.
That was 40 years ago, and the then front-of-house manager at the Hilton Hotel (now the Crowne Plaza) decided that wasn’t good enough. After all, swans were synonymous with Stratford back in Shakespeare’s time (the Bard was called the Sweet Swan of Avon) – how could there only be one last hardly-breeding pair?
Had the pitter-patter of baby William’s feet not trodden the boards of the Henley Street home of the Shakespeares, you certainly wouldn’t be reading this before you visit Stratford-upon-Avon. It would simply be another medieval market town in the middle of England: pretty, but insignificant.
But wobble across the boards a knee-high William Shakespeare did, as his first words became sentences that became ideas that became some of the world’s most beloved pieces of literature.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon is the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s future wife. This pretty cottage, which was extended during Shakespeare’s life, is just 20-25 minutes on foot from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, though it feels a world away. The village-like setting of Shottery, acres of woodland and orchards, and the 500-year-old cottage transport visitors to another place – a place of a young Shakespeare in love.
What can you expect when you visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon?