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Stratford free stuff and guideFacts, Figures & Free stuff!

Between the activities and the nightlife, there’s plenty going on in Stratford to fill up your stag party. It’s also one of the top tourist towns in the country though – mainly, we’ll admit, for its connection to William Shakespeare. If you feel like playing the tourist (always quite nice of a leisurely Sunday morning, to clear the cobwebs before you head home), here are some suggestions.


He’s pretty much inescapable in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Even if you stay firmly out of the museums, the thatched roofs and Tudor houses ensure you never really forget. At some point, it’s inevitable you’ll give up and do what your teachers never thought you’d do – take an interest in Shakespeare. When you do, check out:

  • Shakespeare’s birthplace. He was born and raised here, making it as good place as any to begin your slow descent in to a grand Shakespearean frenzy. Exhibitions, recreations and presentations ensure it’s pretty fun too.
  • Nash’s House. Shakespeare lived here after returning from London, towards the end of his life, and possibly wrote some of his later works, like the Tempest.
  • Holy Trinity Church. Shakespeare’s buried here, underneath a gravestone marked with a poem he wrote himself. It’s only 50p to visit, so well worth paying your respects to the guy who first came up with useful phrases like ‘night owl’, ‘green-eyed monster’, and ‘hot-blooded’.
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre. If, rather than reading about Shakespeare or taking a poke round his house, you’d actually like to see some performed, this is the place. Pretty much every actor who has ever been in a Harry Potter film has performed here, as well as a few from overseas.

Not Shakespeare

A little Bard can go a long way. When you fancy a break from Shakespeare, see:

  • Avon Bank Gardens. A nice, quiet spot to have a few beers, eat a few sandwiches, and kick a ball around.
  • The Falstaff Experience. It’s Shakespeareanish, but it’s also supposed to be the second most haunted place in the UK.
  • The Picture House. Showing actual modern films, rather than Shakespeare productions.

Lend me your ears

To say Shakespeare had something of a way with words in an understatement. Despite the wife at home, he also reputedly had something of a way with the ladies – with lines like ‘Shall I compare the to a summers day’, we can see why. It’s time to finally put studying Shakespeare to a practical use, and see if any of his best pick up lines can work for you:

I do beseech you - chiefly that I may set it in my prayers - what is your name?
An excellent opener that sets you up as a smooth talking Romeo from the get go.

O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do.
The perfect follow up to a hand shake.

Come woo me, woo me, for I am in a holiday humour and like enough to consent.
Sometimes it’s nice to be pursued.

I never saw true beauty until this night.
Much better than just whispering ‘you’re so hot’ repeatedly.

I would not wish any companion in the world but you.
Let’s her know that she’s the only girl in the club you’ve got eyes for tonight.

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