The beautiful, quaint town of Stratford-upon-Avon offers more than 800 years of history and is renowned for its cobbled lanes, independent shops, stunning parks, and spectacular culture.
Make the most of your winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon with us at the centrally located Arden Hotel. Indulge in a cosy and luxurious break and explore the best winter activities the market town has to offer.
1. Be inspired by creativity at The MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum
Proud to be the UK’s only mechanical art venue, The MAD Museum is home to some of the finest interactive pieces of mechanical art. During your winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon, experience an unforgettable day and celebrate the witty and inspirational work from kinetics, automa, and impressive moving sculptures used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Discover the brilliant minds behind the museum’s machines with resident artists and inventors from all around the world, or even submit your own artwork to be featured as potential new pieces at the museum.
Encouraged to press buttons and release your inner inventor, The MAD Museum is perfect for a rainy day with the family. What’s more, why not bring a piece of the museum back with you and buy a quirky souvenir from the gift shop?
To visit The MAD Museum, pre-booking is only required for weekends, so during the week, simply turn up on the day and pay on the door.
2. Enjoy beautiful winter walks along the River Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon turns into a winter wonderland with frost settling on the cobbled lanes and glistening on the River Avon. We recommend that you make the most of your winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon with a beautiful walk along the River Avon. Follow the trail winding through gorgeous gardens, stunning houses, and passing by the Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, there are some spectacular sights and views along the way.
Wrap up warm as you go on a peaceful walk along the river in the brisk air. Following the riverside path, you will be guided on a loop back to the centre, but there are several more challenging routes that can be done for the more avid explorers.
3. Discover gin secrets at Shakespeare Distillery
For something to warm the cockles on your winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon, try your hand at gin making. If you’re curious about how it’s made, then look no further than a fun afternoon at Shakespeare Distillery. Take a tour of Stratford’s very own gin distillery and discover the secrets behind the gin craft while you learn all about its history, before a tutored tasting of at least three Shakespeare Distillery spirits.
For a more hands on activity, why not try to recreate a selection of popular gin cocktails with a Cocktail Masterclass? Guided by a master mixologist, participants are greeted with their own cocktail station complete with shakers and muddlers, ready to create three of your own drinks, all in the heart of Stratford at the Boston Tea Party.
To book your perfect experience, pre-book online to ensure you get the package you want.
4. Make memories at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
With 120 stunning acres of parkland and a beautiful lake, the setting of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park is nothing shy of tranquil. The lush green grounds surround an award-winning art gallery and gift shop, making it the ideal day out for the whole family.
During your winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon, be inspired by creative workshops and tours, get the family involved in adventure club, visit Capability Brown’s new chapel, and marvel at the spectacular exhibitions and art collections in the museum.
To guarantee your exhibition slot, family day out, or a walk in the grounds, pre-book online.
5. Explore the unique antique stores and Magic Alley
Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in history, and nestled between the quaint streets you’ll find a host of antique stores and a variety of eclectic, independent shops for a unique shopping experience. From Sims Vintage Antique Centre and Henley Street Antiques to The Barn, Stalls Lifestyle, and Stratford Antique Centre, spend your winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon exploring magnificent vintage collections, clothing, art, and antiques.
To experience something truly awe-inspiring, take a trip to Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon’s most magical attraction and spellbinding emporium. Here you can expect your imagination to be ignited with interactive quests where stories and mythical characters are brought to life. With magic spells and tricks, antique prints, books, toys, incense and more, The Emporium is full of creativity to fulfil your curiosities.
6. Relive history at Warwick Castle
No winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon would be complete without a family day out to Warwick Castle. Just a 15 minute drive away, experience over 1,000 years of history come to life at this iconic castle. With lots of outdoor space waiting to be explored, a wide range of attractions, and entertainment throughout the year, there is something for everyone.
Embark on a fun-filled adventure with events such as bird shows, mazes, and historical tours. Prepare for battle at The Kingmaker, visit The Princess Tower, and experience a trip through The Castle Dungeon which shares 300 years of Warwick Castle’s darkest history.
To ensure you have a fantastic day out, buy a day ticket for the whole family, complete with access to live entertainment and Warwick Castle’s rainy day promise.
Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass
To experience beautiful Warwickshire on your winter staycation, purchase a Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass, giving you free entry to some of Warwickshire’s best attractions. The Explorer Pass offers access to both Warwick and Kenilworth Castle and The British Motor Museum, as well as Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Stratford’s Butterly Farm. Make your staycation unforgettable and enjoy Warwickshire’s finest experiences with a choice of a one, two, or three day pass.
Make the most of your winter staycation
For a warm welcome after a day exploring Stratford-upon-Avon and its surrounding attractions, book to stay with us at the Arden Hotel.
With our winter staycation offer, you can really make your trip a memorable one with loved ones. Enjoy overnight accommodation, a full English breakfast, a delicious dinner in our stunning No44 Brasserie restaurant, and a seasonal Eden Ardbeg cocktail. To really indulge this winter, extend your stay for a second night and experience a full afternoon tea served with a glass of the finest Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.
Priced from £209.00 per room, per night, based on two people sharing a Classic room, our winter staycation in Stratford-upon-Avon means you’ll be able to spend quality time with close friends and family in a beautiful and historic town like no other.
To book your cosy winter staycation with us at The Arden Hotel and to experience Stratford-upon-Avon, call our team on 01789 298682 or place your booking online.