Moving to a new area can be an exciting time, and we're sure you'll enjoy discovering everything the local area has to offer. Whether you're looking for ideas for how to spend your free time, or you're planning to share some fun times with your visiting family and friends, here is our list of top local attractions you'll find right on your doorstep.
One of the country’s leading small jumps racecourses. Stratford Racecourse has an excellent reputation for levels of prize money and being host to 19 thrilling horseracing fixtures. Racing takes place regularly between March and November, with many top trainers and jockeys attending. The summer racedays attract families and groups who can picnic in the centre of the course. Tel: 01789 267949
Warwick Racecourse is a horse racing course in Warwick, it is a National Hunt racing course, and has a programme of 25 meetings throughout the year, many of which are televised and has recently undergone a major refurbishment of its facilities. In the racecourse is a nine-hole golf course and a golf driving range. The area is a popular place for local people to walk their dogs. There is parking next to the course and it is a five-minute walk away from the town centre. Tel: 01926 405560
Jephson Gardens is a beautiful formal Victorian park in the centre of Leamington Spa. It's the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or family picnic. There are lots of colourful flowerbeds and interesting sculptures, a sensory garden with plants to touch and smell plus exotic plants from around the world in the Glasshouse. All make for a great day out! Tel: 01926 412464 .
The MAD Museum does what it says on the tin! Based in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, this quirky attraction displays interactive pieces of mechanical art, in particular; kinetic art and automata. “MAD” stands for Mechanical Art and Design. If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gismos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. As well as a lot of fun, The MAD Museum demonstrates inspirational creativity and clever, often witty design. In a nutshell if you like art, design, science and/or engineering, The MAD Museum is for you! Tel: 01789 269 356 .
Renowned around the world, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon. One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing. Don’t have time to see a performance? Then why not simply enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the free exhibitions, simply relax by the River Avon with a coffee or kick back with a divine cocktail in the Rooftop Restaurant. Tel: 01789 403493
Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a thatched farmhouse with stunning grounds and gardens, which overflow with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.The cottage is in Shottery, a hamlet within the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Explore this 600-year old cottage and some of its original family furniture, including the Hathaway four-poster bed and the courting settle. There are nine acres of beautiful cottage gardens and heritage orchards, woodland walks and sculpture trail. Nature-themed family activity tent (April – October) There’s a new Tudor Courtship exhibition and enjoy a scrumptious English afternoon tea in the garden café.
Experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle; great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses and heroic knights. Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 Warwick Castle is a medieval castle situated in Warwick on a bend of the River Avon. Experience a Themed Banquet, get lost in the Horrible Histories Maze, prepared to be scared at the Castle Dungeon and new for 2017 ‘Wars of the Roses LIVE’ these are just a few of reasons to choose Warwick Castle for your family day out! Tel: 0871 265 2000
From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings. Tel: 0370 3331181
Charlecote Park is a grand 16th-century country house, surrounded by its own deer park, on the banks of the River Avon near Wellesbourne. Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved, picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon. The kitchen is brought to life in cooking and costume and discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell. Tel: 01789 470277
The Mill Garden is a half acre informal cottage garden originally created by Arthur Measures, and lies in a superb setting beneath the walls of Warwick Castle. This garden lies in a magical setting on the banks of the River Avon, winding paths lead round every corner to dramatic views of the castle and ruined Medieval bridge and is beautiful all year. Tel: 01926 492877
The British Motor Museum, formerly known as the Heritage Motor Centre, is a British motor museum in Warwickshire. It has the world's Largest collection of historic British cars. With over 250 classic cars on display. Free tours and interactive family activities. An exciting day out for all the family! Tel:01926 641188
Stratford Butterfly Farm is the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise. The centre is home to over 250 different species of butterfly from a range of 20 different countries. Learn all about these exotic butterflies and their life cycles in the Emerging Cage, where you will see butterflies hatching from their chrysalis before your very eyes. Tel: 01789 299288
All Things Wild Nature Centre is an all-weather, all ages family attraction, including a zoo, nature centre and dinosaur experience. They have designed a range of activities which work alongside their existing facilities, so that you can complete your Children's University Activity sheets & trails and your leisure. They aim to deliver high quality resources which make learning fun! Tel: 01386 833083