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Sep 4, 2019 - Stratford upon Avon

We started today in Stratford upon Avon. Whilst enjoying breakfast in a restaurant overlooking the river Avon, narrowboats started coming through the lock's right in front of us. You could not have a scripted a better scene there! After breakfast we took a closer look at how the lock's worked. We strolled into town and started by visiting Shakespeare's birthplace. This is the original home that is setup to show how it may have looked when he was alive. There are lots of interesting facts to learn. Some of these included the fact that all...

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Sep 3, 2019 - Oxford & Stratford upon Avon

Today we left London and started heading north. We drove straight to Oxford where Sharlene, Taneisha, Keziah, Logan and Xavier did a walking murder mystery tour where the kids became detectives to work out who murdered Professor I M Bray-Nee. They had to walk around Oxford looking at clues to eliminate innocent suspects and work out the murderer and the murder weapon. The kids had a ball doing this. In doing this, they explored the city, and saw a lot of interesting sites such as the Radcliffe Camera which forms part of the Bodleian Library...

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Sep 15, 2018 - A Shakespearean journey

The primary reason for most tourists to visit Stratford-upon-Avon is of course to visit the sites linked to the Bard. We started the day with a leisurely breakfast at Bistrot Pierre in the Macdonald Swans Nest Hotel. Part of the leisureliness was imposed on us by the slow service, but once esconced at the table we decided to wait it out. It was then only a short walk to the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street where we bought the Full Story ticket that allows you to visit all five of the key sites. Shakespeare’s birthplace is at the rear of...

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Sep 14, 2018 - To the north!

Today we bid a temporary farewell to London and head north to Stratford-upon-Avon. We started the day with another excellent breakfast at Half Cup, checked out, and then spent an hour or so in the British Library cadging off its free wifi so that Jane could watch Hawthorn play Melbourne in an AFL preliminary final. The first half was close but Hawthorn just couldn’t win without a few missing key players, so that’s the end of their season. From Marylebone station we caught the train to Stratford UA. The journey went without incident although...

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May 9, 2018 - Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon

Started the tour early, heading to Oxford ! city of universities! Enjoyed a walk through the town and the universities, such interesting history and architecture.. couldn’t stop taking photos!! Visited a few local markets too.. Then off to Stratford-upon-Avon the birthplace of William Shakespeare! Did the typical tourist thing and spent the afternoon wondering around his house, gardens and surrounding streets. So quaint! Arrived at our hotel so typically English ! Absolutely love it.. heading out tonight for the welcome dinner and...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jul 24, 2017 - Stratford-Upon-Avon

"Now no way can I stray; Save back to England,all the worlds my way" - Shakespeare, Richard II. First stop in Stratford-Upon-Avon was Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley St. It's a Tudor building dating to 16th century. From there we toured through the town visiting the church where Shakespeare is buried, and passed by the home of his daughter Susanna, and the picturesque Avon river. After lunch at a local pub we were off to the beautiful Hidcote Gardens which is arranged as a series of outdoor rooms separated by walls and hedges of many...

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May 28, 2017 - Lunch on the bank of the Avon

Visited Stratford on Avon today. Birthplace of William Shakespeare. It was teeming with people - not only is it Sunday, it's also a long weekend, being Bank Holiday Monday tomorrow. We had a walk around the market and then wandered across the bridge and found a nice little cafe on the side of the river where we had sandwiches for lunch and watch the tourists in the row and motor boats go round about. We came across this sign while wandering around - it's going to be a slow journey!!! This photo is for the calligraphers - Pen and...

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Honkers & England

Aug 2, 2016 - York - Coventry - Stratford-Upon-Avon

We had a bit of an earlier start this morning so we could avoid some traffic on the motorway. We had to have our bags outside our rooms at 6.30am, then breakfast and on the coach at 7.30am. We woke up to light rain this morning. We all can't believe how lucky we have been with the weather the whole trip. We drove down past Leeds and Nottingham on our way to Leicester where we stopped for our morning tea break. We had a very quick stop and then we headed to Coventry where we saw the ruins of the original cathedral. It has been incorporated...

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Willos UK Trip

Jan 27, 2015 - Stratford-upon-Avon

Today we visited Stratford-upon-Avon the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Although we didn’t visit the William Shakespeare sites we did enjoy wandering through the town and along the river with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the beautiful local church.

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Aug 2, 2013 - Stonehenge and Shakespeare

We hung out in a mid-size city, Salisbury, for three days. Salisbury is located in southern England about 10 miles from Stonehenge. It is the kind of town we like. Large enough to have all the services we need including large grocery stores but small enough that we didn’t feel overwhelmed. We could walk from our campground along a path to the city centre in about 20 minutes. As with most European cities, a huge, old and ornate church is located in the city centre. The church in Salisbury had an old mechanical clock dating back to the 1300’s...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Shakespeare, a row upon the Avon, and "All's Well that Ends Well"

Josh: A few days ago we went to a little town called Stratford-Upon-Avon. Stratford was built along the banks of a river called Avon. This was the town where William Shakespeare was born. The first place we went to was Anne Hathaway's (not the actor) cottage. While there we bought a five house package, meaning that we could go to all of the five houses significant to Shakespeare for the price of only one adult (this was because we had the English Heritage overseas visitors pass. We looked around the village and found out that it only...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Jousting n stuff

JOEL: We went to arunding castle. It is a medieval castle that they have set up so there are activities to do that they would have done for entertainment in those days there was stuff like real sword fights, an amorist, medieval games( witch Josh bought one), pilgrim souvenirs ( mum bought one for herself and I bought one for my piano teacher), they also had jousting there were four teams they were the Roman Empire( leading team on the score board) , France, England, and bergandie ,me and mum went for the Roman Empire, dad went for...

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