A few months ago we spent a few days in the birthplace of the immortal bard. As a visitor you are inclined to ignore the occasional clumsy Shakespeare reference (such as a crude caricature of the bard with a toothy grin, brandishing a multi-coloured ice-cream in each hand on the side of a boat vending such deserts, or a toy emporium call ‘Much Ado About Toys’; I’m sure its what he would have wanted…) as it’s a very nice place to spend a day or two. We had a fantastic weekend in one of my favourite places in the country and left feeling immensely cultured. Harriet had purchased me tickets to go and see my favourite play of all time, Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, performed at the Swan Theatre by The Royal Shakespeare Company. The performance itself was extraordinary. We quickly departed afterward to the nearest waterside pub afterward to discuss its motifs, themes and intrinsic meaning at length.
We had a good walk around the town the next day and enjoyed the shops in the pleasant town centre and all the historical sites such as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Shakespeare Museum. Our favourite place however was the Bancroft Basin, an area of swan-filled waters, immaculate gardens and impressive statues where the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal terminates and many narrowboats (some of which are shops or cafés) are moored.
And, of course, we got a decent stretch of towpath done while we were there as well. We got the bus out to Hockley Heath and followed the canal back to Stratford-Upon-Avon covering approximately 16 miles. We will post our account of this beautiful and historically interest section of canal very soon.
In the meantime, here are some pictures from around the town.
This place is a popular tourist attraction and a really nice place to be; it is very rare that both of those statements are true of any destination.
Hope you enjoyed this instalment of Just Visiting.
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Coming soon: More Kennet & Avon canal adventures, Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal Part 1, Wye Valley Part 2, the Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal and more Greenspace Talking.
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Adam & Harriet