A Midsummer Day’s Dream (The Ordinary Moments)

    A Midsummer Day’s Dream (The Ordinary Moments)

As I’ve mentioned in a few recent posts, I’ve not been out much lately except for a few hours here and there. I haven’t been able to manage a full day yet but I needed the fresh air and a day away from the house so Sukh and I decided to take the kids out.Midsummer's Day Dream - In Shakespeare's HouseWe’ve been meaning to go to Stratford-Upon-Avon for some time now. Thanks to Stratford Upon Avon Online, we were able to spend the whole day experiencing some of the many attractions on offer in this beautiful market town.Midsummer's Day Dream - We enjoy the Alice in Wonderland propsStratford-Upon-Avon is famous for being the birthplace of the world’s greatest playwright – William Shakespeare.

I remember visiting a few times as a child. My parents would take us there and we would spend afternoons walking around along the banks of the River Avon.Midsummer's Day Dream - The kids at the River AvonWe thought the kids would appreciate the beauty and history of the town, seeing as they’ve now read a lot of Shakespeare’s plays.

I bought a boxset of his most famous plays, which have been adapted for children. Shivam’s favourites are Henry V and Hamlet and Shalini prefers the tragic romance Romeo and Juliet.Midsummer's Day Dream - At Shakespeare's houseWe left late morning and 40 minutes later we arrived at our first stop for the day, The Bell in Alderminster, which is a gastro pub and B&B. It’s about 7km outside of Stratford.There was a warm atmosphere as soon as we entered, with friendly staff ready to greet us and seat us straight away, as I had booked a table a day before.

The restaurant itself is contemporary and stylish. In the pub, there are a couple of log burners and it would be a beautiful place to come and relax over a drink in the winter.Midsummer's Day Dream - At The BellSukh and the kids ordered the pork chop with mustard mash and greens whilst I preferred the panfried sea bream accompanied by new potatoes, kale and buttery capers.Midsummer's Day Dream - Sea BreamWe spent some time enjoying the garden while we waited for our food.Midsummer's Day Dream - PorkchopsOur meals were delicious – and so filling. The kids wiped their plates and tucked into their desserts. They had both ordered brownies with vanilla ice cream.

The manager Sean was a friendly man and spent some time talking to us. Customer service was second to none and Sean made sure we were OK whilst at The Bell and also for our onward journey.Midsummer's Day Dream - Me Eating At The BellOnce we got into the town, we realised how busy it was. A lot of the car parks were full and there were coach-loads of tourists pulling in.

I can understand why. It’s a beautiful part of the country and worth exploring.Midsummer's Day Dream - In Shakespeare's GardenWe decided to visit the Shakespeare Centre first, where the kids learned so much interesting information about the playwright.

Shivam spent time reading all the signs and then relaying that information to me.Midsummer's Day Dream - At Shakespeare's PlaceThe Centre takes you through to Shakespeare’s home. In each part of the house, friendly staff are waiting to share facts about his life.

I’ve never visited on my previous trips so this was fascinating. It was exciting for the kids to see how they lived.Midsummer's Day Dream - In Shakespeare's bedroomShalini was surprised at how they cooked their meals with such basic facilities. Shivam was fascinated by the leather workshop where William’s father, John, made gloves.Midsummer's Day Dream - Inside Shakespeare's Dad's workshopUpstairs, we ventured into the three bedrooms. The first was William’s room which he shared with his brothers. They all shared a single bed but at least they had one.Midsummer's Day Dream - In Shakespeare's bedroomHis sisters slept in the room next door above the smelly workshop and didn’t have a bed at all and no fireplace in their room either.

Then there was Mary Arden and John’s room with a double bed and a crib next to it. This was the room in which William was born. Who knew that he would go on to become world famous and his work would carry through centuries?Midsummer's Day Dream - Staircase in Shakespeare's homeWe spent some time in the house garden where actors were performing sonnets and monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. I think the kids had had quite an educational afternoon.Midsummer's Day Dream - The kids outside Shakespeare's houseWe headed to the River Avon and along the markets, which were selling a variety of arts, crafts and food.Midsummer's Day Dream - The kids enjoy the Alice In Wonderland displayWe had a casual stroll before we headed for afternoon tea at the Hathaway Tea Rooms, which we were able to enjoy courtesy of Shakespeare’s England.Midsummer's Day Dream - Afternoon Tea at Hathaway Tea RoomsLife is so busy and we’re always rushing around, especially on days out so it was nice just to relax for a change. We had an afternoon tea for two but it was enough for all of us.

Midsummer's Day Dream - We enjoy afternoon tea

We had had a big lunch so this was just a nice top up. The only thing I didn’t share with anyone was my scone. I could eat a whole one even on a full stomach!

Midsummer's Day Dream - We enjoy a boat cruise down the River Avon
It was late afternoon by the time we left the tea rooms. We headed back to the river for a 40-minute boat ride.We discovered more of the town, as we passed buildings and places of interest.Shivam listened intently to the pre-recorded tour on the handy gadget. Shalini and I enjoyed looking at the houses which had gardens backing on to the river.

How lucky they are to have that stunning view of the water whenever they want.Midsummer's Day Dream - We enjoy a river cruise down the River AvonWe rode past The Boathouse and saw many people in rowing boats and motor boats, which fascinated Shivam. He said he wants to come back another day so we can hire a private boat.Midsummer's Day Dream - Enjoying A River CruiseAll in all, we had a lovely day and there are still so many things to see and experience. We’ve promised the kids we will come back soon.

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20 Comments

  1. August 15, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Looks great! I remember visiting Shakespeare’s house as part of a school trip! #dreamteam

    • Rosie
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      August 15, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks – yes it was a lovely day out x

  2. August 16, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I’m so pleased that you have enjoyed a visit to my hometown! I’ve lived in Stratford all of my life and it’s refreshing to see it through the eyes of visitors. It is a beautiful town, even if it does get very busy, especially in the Summer. It makes a quick trip into town, quite a process! Thanks for sharing with us at #TriumphantTales, we’d love to see you back again next week.

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Oh wow you live in Stratford! Lucky you – what a beautiful place to live. I understand what you mean about the summer though with the coach loads of tourists x

  3. August 16, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    This looks like such a great day out and that meal looks amazing! I love your outfit too – beautiful! x

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Donna. It was such a good day out x

  4. August 16, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    The Alice in Wonderland tea looks fabulous!! #Stayclassymama

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      We had a lovely day out x

  5. August 17, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    oooo looks lovely, I have never visited before #StayClassyMama

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      It’s a lovely day out x

  6. August 18, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    What a gorgeous day out. This is a trip that I want to do when mine is a bit older. It looks like there is so much to do, but also space to just chill out. Really stunning photos. Thanks so much for sharing with the #dreamteam

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks Anette. Yes you can have a really busy day there or just kick back and relax x

  7. August 19, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    What a great trip, magical, historical, and filled with Shakespeare. I love this trip! #stayclassymama xoxo

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 20, 2018 / 11:41 am

      Yes there is so much to see and do. We had a great day out x

  8. aliduke79hotmailcom
    August 19, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely day out. The afternoon tea looked yummy!
    #TriumphantTales

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 20, 2018 / 11:39 am

      It was delicious x

  9. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    August 21, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    We had planned to go to Stratford earlier this year but had to postpone 🙁 Hopefully we will get the chance to go before the weather turns colder. I love history so can’t wait to go! Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 11:02 pm

      Ah that’s a shame. Hopefully you will get a chance to go soon. It’s beautiful x

  10. August 22, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Looks lovely there. I have never visited before. Love your mustard jumpsuit and the food in that restaurant looks amazing. Thank you for sharing with #stayclassymama

    • Rosie
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Thank you – it was a beautiful day x

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