One of our favourite places to head to for a family day out is Stratford-upon-Avon. The riverside town has so much to do and many of the attractions are within easy walking distance of each other too. Here are a few ideas for fun family days out in Stratford upon Avon this summer including FREE events, festivals, riverside activities and ideas for all ages.
Cruise along the River Avon
Our favourite family activity in the town is a sightseeing ride along the River Avon with Bancroft Cruisers. At just £6 per adult and £4.50 per child (from 5-15) it’s a unique experience that your kids will rave about for weeks! Take along some seeds for the ducks and a picnic and it’s a guaranteed fun and budget friendly day out!
Get up close to some creepy new inhabitants at Stratford Butterfly Farm
These include 3 Redback spiders, a close relative of the black widow, along with a Chilean Rose Tarantula and a giant prickly Stick Insect. Throughout the holidays children and adults can take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions in the Discovery Zone and hold creatures such as a Madagascan hissing Cockroach, giant African Millipede, African Land Snail and a variety of Stick Insects.
Learn like Shakespeare did at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
When you visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon, you’re in for more than just a visit, it’s incredible experience. As you enter, you walk through the doors where William Shakespeare himself walked through as a child and young man to learn many of the things that made him the World’s greatest playwright. A wonderful attraction for all ages and one not to miss when you’re in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Enjoy birds eye views over Stratford-upon-Avon
Take a look at the Warwickshire countryside from the air with an Air Experience Flight or Flying Lesson from Take Flight Aviation. Take Flight Aviation flying club and flight school offers flying lessons, flight training and light aircraft hire. Learn how to fly and achieve your Private Pilot’s Licence, re-validate an old licence, add ratings to your licence or look for a fulfilling flying club. Club membership is just £40 a month (hire rates are additional).
A walk around town with Stratford Town Walk
Passing Shakespeare’s Birthplace and other sights in the town, the guide tells fascinating stories of fire, flood, plague, old-fashioned sayings, medieval cures and history, wrapped up in a little Shakespeare. Takes place Mon – Fri 11am & Sat & Sun 11am and 2pm. Duration: 2hrs. Cost: Adult £6, Over 65’s & students £5, Child £3. Under 8yrs FREE.
Enjoy FREE events with Inside Out from the Royal Shakespeare Company
The RSC will bring the world of theatre from inside to the Bancroft Terrace. Highlights include an outdoor pop-up theatre hosting a range of puppet shows and production-themed mini performances and interactives for people to play with including Montagues v Capulets table football and an opportunity to create your own sound effects.
Kick back and relax with flamingos at The Bell at Alderminster
Enjoy a range of dishes and summer inspired drinks at this fantastic country pub situated close to Stratford-upon-Avon. Relax in the garden whilst your kids enjoy watching the new pub pets, a flock of flamingos!
See the Threads of the Unsaid artistic installation at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Running from 21 July – 1 September, explore and play your part in a curious experimental art installation based on Romeo and Juliet. This retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation will feature responses from visitors which will grow and unfurl into a tunnel of scarlet red threads woven into the orchards. It will culminate in a crowd-scripted evocation of this famous love story which debuts at a Meet the Artist event on 1 September.
Listen to live music at Ragley Hall
The Summer House Sounds Concerts takes place from 12 – 14 July with three outdoor concerts from Tom Jones, Madness and Il Divo. The Battle Proms Picnic Concert takes place on 11 August whilst the Camper Calling festival returns from 24 – 27 August headlined by Mel C, Scouting for Girls, Feeder and The Coral.
Step back in time at the Battle of Evesham – FREE event
This free to attend event which is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August, takes place in Evesham, just a 15-minute drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring a medieval festival and camp with live demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment.
Pick your own fruit
Visit Little Kineton Plant Centre, a small nursery selling beautiful plants and flowers at reasonable prices with a couple of enormous fields full of the most wonderful ‘Pick Your Own’ fruits and plants. Take a picnic, make a day of it and return home with strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants and gooseberries and much more.
Celebrate Land Rovers 70th birthday
The British Motor Museum will be celebrating Land Rover’s 70th Birthday with a programme of themed fun, family activities! Discover some of the Land Rovers in the collection with the Land Rover Explorer Trail. Every Wednesday visitors can discover the world of science with AutoScience LIVE – two 25-minute shows full of cool interactive demonstrations with the ‘mad scientists’.
Take part in Fab Fest – FREE events.
Escape Arts will be hosting FabFest on 22 & 23 July and taking their Art and Media bus to the Old Tramway in Stratford upon Avon from 12noon – 5pm. Escape at Art in the Park takes place at Jephson Gardens in Royal Leamington Spa on 5 & 6 August. Entry is free and there are lots of stalls selling art, plus live music, food and art activities
Visit Mary Arden’s Farm
There’s lots of exciting things to discover at Mary Arden’s Farm. Experience the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm on a fantastic family day out. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done, watch craft and falconry demonstrations and explore the farmyard, playground and historic buildings.
Visit The Castle at Edgehill for a FREE Cheese & Wine Festival!
On Sunday 26 August this free to enter festival takes place in the gardens featuring local cheese producers and wine merchants. Sample their products and listen to live music in the evening. Great way to spend the August late bank holiday.
For more suggestions on things to do plus recommended accommodation and restaurants in the area check out – 11 of the BEST things to do in Stratford Upon Avon with kids, Best places for afternoon tea in Stratford-upon-Avon and Stratford-upon-Avon.online.