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Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of the famous William Shakespeare and location of our weekend trip!

Tomorrow (Saturday 22nd July) we are taking a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. Would you like to know more about this lovely town? Keep on reading here. The trip this weekend is fully booked, but hopefully, you can join us in the future!

Stratford-upon-Avon is a town, small in size but large in its history and interest. Although the streets still look like from Medieval times we are able to see the presence of modernization as well.
Even though the town has only 20.000 inhabitants, it can become very busy and crowded, especially during the summer period or during theater festivals that are so popular for this place.

The town sits on the River Avon which flows actually directly through the middle of town. In the past, it was a very important factor as a trade route and it was connected with the British Waterways Canal network. Nowadays, the river offers some great places for leisure activities and if you decide to go on a small sailing trip on the river, you will have a perfect view of the facade of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
And William Shakespeare is actually the person, who made this little town so famous. This very well known poet whose lines have been quoted over decades now was born, lived and worked on his famous stories in Stratford-upon-Avon. William Shakespeare's significance to the town can be found in his families' houses, three of which are situated within easy walking distance within the town, the other two situated slightly out of town with easy access.

A house where William Shakespeare was born
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway and her house can still be visited. She was of 'yeoman' stock - her family owned a farm one mile west of Stratford in Shottery. He endured her until he could stand it no longer and fled to London to become an actor. He then became actor-manager and part-owner in the Blackfriars and afterwards the Globe Theatres.

Shakespeare's acting career was spent with the Lord Chamberlain's Company, where he was a first-rate actor. The company was renamed the King's Company in 1603 when James succeeded to the throne. Among the actors in the group was the famous Richard Burbage. The partnership acquired interests in two theatres in the Southwark area of London, near the banks of the Thames - the Globe and the Blackfriars. Shakespeare returned to Stratford for his latter years where he died at the age of 52 and now lies at rest in his special grave at Holy Trinity Church.

Holy Trinity Church
If you decide to visit the town, we would recommend you take a Ghost Walk, visit Harvard House on High Street that has survived in its present state since the late sixteenth century (although some of the stained glass windows date back to the 14th century).


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