6 ultimate spring staycation ideas for the perfect visit to Stratford-upon-Avon

Visiting Stratford-upon-Avon and looking for the ultimate spring staycation ideas? From historical activities, to fun and family friendly activities, this enchanting town invites you to explore its charm, and discover leisurely delights to make your staycation truly memorable.

1. Indulge in culinary delights

Three people in kitchen setting prepping drinks

The perfect spring staycation should be all about great food and great drinks, which is why one of our spring staycation ideas includes a unique cocktail masterclass at Shakespeare Distillery. Immerse yourself in the art of mixology, craft your own Shakespeare-inspired concoctions at the renowned distillery, and enjoy your creations. 

Perhaps you’d prefer a sit down meal instead? No. 44 Brasserie offers a delightful culinary experience that perfectly complements the springtime ambiance. With a menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and expertly crafted dishes, hotel guests and visitors can savour the flavours of the region while dining in style. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely brunch with friends or a romantic dinner for two, our award-winning No. 44 Brasserie restaurant provides the ideal setting for a memorable dining experience.

2. When in Stratford, see a play

Startford Upon Avon canal with theatre next to it

With world-class performances regularly being brought to life on stage, Stratford is one of the UK’s most favourable destinations to visit if you’re a true theatre fanatic. With plenty of plays showing across the three theatres that reside permanently in the town, you’ll be sure to lose yourself in the magic of live performance.

At the iconic Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, enjoy classic Shakespearean plays, or head to The Other Place – the RSC’s original studio theatre dating back to 1974 – for showings like English. Throughout July and August, The Holloway Garden Theatre reopens with a joyful staging of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy As You Like It. With so many performances and theatres to choose from, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy. Discover the latest shows at the theatres this spring.

3. Travel back to Tudor times

Artwork of Tudor noblemen and women

Fancy yourself a history buff? We’ve got the perfect set of spring staycation ideas for you. Start off by exploring the historic Tudor buildings that dot the streets of Stratford and take in the rich local history. Then, if you want to immerse yourself in Tudor life even more, pay a visit to the Tudor World Museum, where interactive exhibits and immersive experiences offer a realistic glimpse into the past.

4. Support Stratford’s independent shops

Stratford Upon Avon high street

One of our spring staycation ideas includes Stratford’s stunning high street, packed full of hidden treasures at artisan and independent shops, just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or souvenir for someone back home, or you want to treat yourself to a delicious stuffed cookie or two from the popular The Cookie Cottage, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more during your spring shopping spree in Stratford.

5. A family day out to the Butterfly Farm

A butterfly hands from a plant

Home to the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise, Stratford’s Butterfly Farm, is the perfect spring staycation idea for families. Not only will you get to witness hundreds of beautiful butterflies flying in an exotic environment, you will also have the opportunity to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly, discover rare insects, and spot the fish in the pools. 

6. Stay at The Arden Hotel

The Arden Hotel makes a great spring staycation idea

Once you’ve explored our humble and historic town, slink back to a luxuriously boutique room at The Arden to put your feet up and enjoy a peaceful night’s rest. During your stay, bask in the spring sun on our terrace, indulge in an award-winning afternoon tea experience, and explore the local surroundings for a truly magical spring stay this season. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Stratford-upon-Avon on your spring staycation this year. Discover our exclusive offers.