6 fun things to do during your summer Stratford upon Avon stay

It’s time to make the most of the season, and enjoy all the unique things to do in Stratford upon Avon this summer. From boat trips to luxury dining experiences, we’re here to ensure you have a truly unforgettable stay in our enchanting market town. 

1. See Stratford from the water 

One of the highlights of a visit to Stratford upon Avon is exploring the town’s picturesque scenery. For those who prefer a leisurely stroll, the town has plenty of parklands, pathways, and green spaces to explore the great outdoors safely. But for a unique perspective, why not hire a boat on the River Avon, choose from motor boats, canoes, or rowing boats to enjoy a tranquil ride past iconic landmarks and stunning landscapes. It’s a great way to soak up the town’s beauty without straining your legs.

2. Alfresco dining done luxuriously

When looking for things to do in Stratford upon Avon, treat yourself to an award-winning alfresco dining experience on our beautiful terrace, overlooking the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the River Avon

Our exquisite menu, featuring the finest local ingredients and a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, is set to impress every diner. With attentive staff and glorious views, dining outdoors with us is an experience you won’t want to miss. Book your alfresco dining experience today and indulge in a memorable culinary adventure.

3. Soak up the views from the Royal Shakespeare Company Tower

For the best views of Stratford, head to the viewing platform of the RSC Theatre Tower. Standing at 32 metres above street level, the tower offers panoramic vistas of the town and its historic buildings. On a clear day, you can see up to 20 miles across the Warwickshire countryside, stretching into Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Worcestershire. 

Open daily, the tower is the ideal spot for breathtaking photos and a bird’s-eye view of the area, making it the perfect thing to do in Stratford upon Avon during your summer stay. If you’re a literary buff, get even closer to Shakespeare, when you visit Shakespeare’s schoolroom and guildhall , only a short distance from The Arden, and tickets can be purchased from our reception throughout the summer. 

4. Sip away at The Garden Bar and Arden Hotel Terrace

No visit to Stratford is complete without enjoying a refreshing drink. The Terrace at No.44 Brasserie, is the perfect spot to cool down with family, catch up with friends over alfresco cocktails, or indulge in afternoon tea. 

Don’t miss our special National Afternoon Tea Week event from August 12th – 18th, where you can enjoy a traditional tea service, and an added glass of fizz, on our all-weather terrace, a delightful way to unwind and savour the summer sunshine.

5. Shakespeare Distillery

Dive into the world of gin and rum at the Shakespeare Distillery. This guided tour offers a fascinating look at the history and production of these beloved spirits, where you’ll also have the chance to sample some flavours yourself. 

Also, when it comes to things to do in Stratford upon Avon, mark your calendars for the Stratford Gin & Rum Festival on Sunday July 14 held in the Topiary Garden – a must visit event for spirit enthusiasts this summer.

6. Visit the MAD Museum

For a truly unique experience, visit the MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum. This attraction showcases kinetic art, automata, and steampunk contraptions, creating a mesmerising world of moving art. Interact with innovative machines, from dancing lasers to rolling ball circuits and mechanical dinosaur heads. The MAD Museum is perfect for both kids and adults looking to unleash their inner child, and enjoy something a little different during your summer staycation with us. 

Once you and the kids have spent your day at the museum, head back to our hotel and indulge in a refreshing lunch or quality evening meal on the outdoor terrace, to end your stay on a delectable note. 

Stratford upon Avon offers a wide range of activities to enjoy during the summer, from scenic boat trips and luxurious dining to panoramic views and interactive museums. The Arden Hotel is the perfect base for your next visit, and our scenic terrace is the destination for family, friends and couples this summer. To book your stay call us on 01789 298 682 or book through our website.