A festive stay at The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel brings more than just a welcoming and stylish home from home, with a range of delicious dining options. At Christmas, the historic town of Stratford-Upon-Avon is even more beautiful, illuminated with decorations and alive with seasonal gatherings, you’re never far from the smell of mulled wine or the sound of a festive chorus.
The hotel, a former farmhouse with landscaped gardens and exquisite period finishes, is just five miles from the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, meaning it’s ideally placed to enjoy all of the festive fun for young and old.
Here, Alice Davies, General Manager, from the The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel picks some of the best things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the surrounding areas over the festive season.
1 Visit the Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market
An annual event enjoyed by all, each year the Stratford-Upon-Avon streets become a recreation of Victorian times, complete with a host of friendly stallholders in full costume. Enjoy a mixture of delectable food and drinks, with performances throughout the event and a traditional funfair. The Victorian Christmas Market runs from 6th to 8th December 2022.
If you miss the markets in Stratford in early December, then there are more to choose from close by in Birmingham that last throughout the entire festive season. Find out more: https://www.thebfcm.co.uk/.
2 Solve a Christmas Mystery at Magic Alley
An enchanting Christmas experience at Bell Court Shopping Centre, which gives kids (large and small) the chance to help solve a bewitching mystery before meeting Santa. Enter Christmas in Toyland and make your way through 10 magical rooms completing the Christmas quest as you go. The grand finale is a visit to the Enchanted Forest where it’s time for some snow fun – a good old fashioned snowball fight.
Tickets cost £8 per person and under ones go free. Visit https://magicalleystratford.com/ to book tickets.
3 Experience a Candlelit Christmas at Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Step inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace under the magic of candlelight for a unique, after dark experience from 8th to 17th December.
Experience a tour of William Shakespeare’s childhood home, in flickering candlelight and decorated as it would have been in the late 16th century. Uncover the traditions of days gone by and discover the ways our ancestors celebrated Christmas.
A delicious, mulled cider or apple juice and minced pie await at the end of your tour. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £9 for children.
4 Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea at Charlecote Pheasant
During December, the Pheasant Restaurant serves up afternoon tea with a festive twist. Enjoy smoked salmon and cream cheese and roast turkey and cranberry finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, a selection of desserts, tea or coffee and a glass of fizz or mulled wine.
Prices start at £19.95 per person served from 2pm to 4pm.
5 Be Captivated with a Christmas Carol, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Sell-out shows in 2017 and 2018 mean this Dickensian favourite is back by popular demand in 2022.
Adrian Edmondson will play Ebenezer Scrooge in David Edgar’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, A Christmas Carol. Enjoy the captivating journey of discovery within this familiar tale as Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true spirit of Christmas, the perfect accompaniment to the festive season for ages seven to 107.
A Christmas Carol runs from December 4th to January 20th. Tickets start from £16, and children go half price. Find out more and book tickets at https://www.rsc.org.uk/.
6 Visit the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World
There is so much to do at Hatton Adventure World at any time of year, with slides, soft play, and a host of furry friends to greet families. This Christmas, visit Santa in his grotto and receive a special golden key to his secret toyshop where little ones can choose a special treat. There’s also a reindeer quest with clues to solve around the venue. And with Christmas carolling, magic shows, quizzes, festive crafts, and a funfair, plus plenty of festive shopping there really is something for everyone.
The Enchanted Christmas Kingdom is on every weekend from November 25th to December 24th plus weekdays from December 17th to 21st.
Visit: http://hattonworld.com/adventure-world/hatton-world-enchanted-christmas-kingdom/ to find out more.