Stratford, Warwickshire

PUBLISHED: 23:53 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:54 20 February 2013

Henley Street

Henley Street

When the most famous playwright in the world comes from your town well, of course, you're going to make something of it. But there's more to Stratford than Shakespeare.

When the most famous playwright in the world comes from your town well, of course, you're going to make something of it. But there's more to Stratford than Shakespeare. Here are some ideas for the day trip.

Families with young children

Start off at . . .

Stratford Butterfly Farm is great for kids. They can see beautiful tropical butterflies feeding on pieces of fruit. They often alight on the visitors to much to the delight of the children. There is an insect city, loads of creepy crawly spiders and giant millipedes. Educational and fun.

Then head to . . .

The recreation ground nearby which has a sand play area, a paddling pool (unless the health and safety zealots have caused it to be filled in by the time you read this) lots of really fun play equipment and acres of grass for ball games. Take a picnic.

Foodies

Start off at . . .

Paxton & Whitfield to stock up on cheese. The company has been around since 1797 with its Stratford shop a more recent addition to the firm. It's a lovely olde worlde shop with beamed ceilings and every cheese you could possibly ever want + crackers and bread to go with it.

Then head to . . .

The Minories just off Henley Street where you'll find Bensons House of Tea, award-winning specialist retailer of loose tea. There are over 80 varieties of loose tea and if you don't happen to own a teapot you'll find one here too.

And don't miss Hamiltons in Bards Walk for handmade chocolates and sweets.

Fashionistas

Start off at . . .

Sheep Street. Stratford has numerous independent boutiques. If you like the Basler label head for the Basler Shop on Sheep Street at number 20. You'll find several other boutiques on Sheep Street and some menswear outfitters too.

Then head to . . .

Bridge Street, where there's a Jaeger shop, which carries the Jaeger London range

And don't miss out . . .

Aspire on Wood Street - it hasn't got a huge range but there's the occasional quirky gem. You'll find Gemini on Wood Street too which carries labels likes Hobbs and Fenn Wright & Manson.




Ghosthunters

Start off at . . .

Falstaff's Experience on Sheep Street. Walk up the cobbled path and you will instantly be transported back in time to the 16th century where you'll be transported back in time to learn about Stratford's famous, and not so famous, residents.

Then head to . . .

The Creaky Cauldron, Stratford's Wyrd Museum - at this venue you don't just watch the experience, you become part of it. Prepare to be scared!




Arts and antiques buffs

Start off at Whitewall Galleries in Sheep Street where you'll find modern art to buy.

Then head to . . .

Stratford Antiques Centre on Ely Street, especially if you're into Clarice Cliff and other art deco works. The centre is a maze of shops and antique stalls with everything from jewellery to clothing to knick-knacks.

Then go out of town to . . .

Stratford Antiques and Interiors Centre at Dodwell on the Evesham Road - a huge barn full of furniture, paintings, ceramics, beds, soft furnishing and garden ornaments. You won't come out empty handed.

And if you must do Shakespeare...

Start off at . . .

Shakespeare's Birthplace on Henley Street. There's no other way to soak up some of Shakespeare's spirit than in the house in which he was born.

Then head to . . .

Holy Trinity Church in Old Town where Shakespeare is buried (and don't forget to donate to the church fabric appeal!).








Stratford contacts

For families

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Swan's Nest Lane

Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 7LS

Tel: 01789 299288

www.butterflyfarm.co.uk

For foodies

Paxton & Whitfield

13 Wood Street

Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 6JF

01789 415544

Bensons House of Tea

6, The Minories

Henley Street

Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 6NF

Tel: 01789 261130

Hamiltons

5 Bards Walk

Stratford upon Avon

CV37 6EY

Tel: 01789 299019

Art & antiques

Whitewall Galleries

50 Sheep Street

Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 6EE

Tel: 01789 209201

Stratford Antique Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

59-60 Ely Street

Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 6LN

Tel: 01789 204180

Stratford Antiques & Interiors Centre

Evesham Road

Dodwell Farm

Stratford Upon Avon

CV37 9SY

Tel: 01789 297729

Ghost hunters

The Falstaff Experience

The Shrieve's House and Barn

Sheep Street

Stratford-Upon-Avon

CV37 6EE

Tel: 0870 350 2770

The Creaky Cauldron

21 Henley Street

Stratford upon Avon

CV37 6QW

Tel: 01789 290969

Shakespeare buffs

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare Centre

Henley Street

Stratford upon Avon

CV37 6QW

Tel: 01789 204016


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