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Enjoy a day out this spring
Below are our favourite hotspots for March, not too far from town:
Hatton Country World
Top of our list, especially if you have young children, has got to be Hatton Farm Village to see the newborn spring lambs, which this year number around fifty. There’s much to see and do at Hatton, and not just for youngsters – browse the Shopping Village, enjoy a lovely lunch in the Restaurant and mooch around the Antiques Centre.
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Something a little bit different – a really unique museum and visitor centre set in 86 acres of beautiful rolling Warwickshire countryside. The museum features world-class exhibits to amaze the entire family, including a life-size armoured Indian elephant, the oldest canon in the world, a giant crossbow that once belonged to Leonardo Di Vinci and Lawrence of Arabia’s stunning jade dagger. There’s a play barn for the children and a fabulous restaurant offering mouth-watering food including a carvery on Sundays.
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An absolute must for any American visitors to the town, Harvard House was the childhood home of Katherine Rogers, mother of John Harvard who went on to found the famous university that bears his name. It is a stunning example of Elizabethan architecture and well worth a visit.
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Thomas Oken Tea Rooms
We’ve gone off track a bit here, as the Thomas Oken Tea Rooms are in Warwick, but they are well worth a visit for a delicious cuppa! The building was formerly the home of Thomas Oken, in the early sixteenth century, making it around 500 years old. Oken was a great benefactor of the town and was believed to be the richest man in Warwick of his time. When he died in 1573 he left a fortune to aid the poor and to fund education and housing in the county town. The property has been a venue for events including Warwick Words and the Warwick Folk Festival.
Find out more by going to www.thomasokentearooms.com
Just a short drive out of Stratford, is the fantastic Charlecote Park. Now a National Trust property, is welcomes some 87,000 visitors each year to its Tudor house and deer park. Build by Sir Thomas Lucy, whose family came to England with William the Conqueror, its most famous guest was Elizabeth I who stayed in the room that is now the drawing room. The grounds cover 185 acres down to the River Avon and it is rumoured that Shakespeare himself poached deer in the park.
Further information can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-charlecotepark
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