Stratford and a Shakespearean New Year

The medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon is our base for this one-of-a-kind, New Year holiday. Staying at the wonderful 4-star Crowne Plaza, set amid landscaped gardens by the River Avon, enjoy delicious dinners in the riverside restaurant and get cosy with your favourite tipple in the stylish bar. You will be immersed in the wonderful West Midlands as we discover all the highlights of Stratford-upon-Avon with a guided walking tour at this festive time of year. Enjoy a fascinating return steam train ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway with tea/coffee and mince pies, before celebrating the New Year in style at a fabulous New Year's Eve Gala Dinner. We also include a visit to Sudeley Castle for the Spectacle of Light event, plus spend New Year's Day at Cheltenham Races! There is no better way to ring in the New Year.

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Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals including a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager


Make your own way to our hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, where you will meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

This morning, we travel by coach to Cheltenham for a return journey on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway's main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham and now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway, through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. We board the train in Cheltenham and follow the line which offers wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages. During the journey, we will enjoy a tea/coffee and a mince pie.

On arrival back in Cheltenham, we board our coach and head for the pretty Cotswolds village of Bourton–on-the-Water, known for its traditional stone houses and low bridges that straddle the River Windrush in the centre. You'll have time to meander through the village before we head to Sudeley Castle later this afternoon.

Sudeley Castle remains the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds – Queen Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII – who lived and died in the castle. We arrive late afternoon at Sudeley and, as darkness falls, we enter the gardens for the outdoor Spectacle of Light event. Explore the beautiful night-time illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle's stunning grounds and enchanted woodland. Gaze at the sparkling water features and the mesmerising carpet of colour, with light beams, lanterns and much more. Why not treat yourself to festive warmers of spiced mulled wine and sprinkled hot chocolate, as you make your way along the trail? We return by coach to our hotel for dinner this evening.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
  • Sudeley Castle & Gardens
  • Bourton-on-the-Water

This morning, we enjoy an included walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will be joined by a local Blue Badge guide. We discover this medieval market town, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, born here in 1564 in a half-timbered house on Henley Street. After the tour, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore further, before making your way back to the hotel for the New Year's Eve gala dinner to welcome in 2024!

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Stratford-upon-Avon

Happy New Year! After a leisurely breakfast, we travel by coach to Cheltenham Racecourse for the New Year's Day Races. There is no better way to enjoy a day at Cheltenham Races than from the Club/Tatts Enclosure, with access to all public areas and spectacular views from the main grandstand, including the pre-parade ring, views opposite the finishing line, steps at the front of the Princes Royal Stand, winners' enclosure and much more. Enjoy the spectacle and fun of the races, and you might even pick a wining horse! With plenty of places to eat and drink and so much to see, it will be a fun-filled afternoon. Our coach returns us to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Cheltenham Racecourse

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our Shakespearean setting before you make your own way home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast


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Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon

Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon


You will stay for four nights on a half-board basis at the 4-star Crowne Plaza.

Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon

Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon

The 4-star Crowne Plaza hotel is located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, near the birthplace of William Shakespeare and close to the train station. The tastefully decorated, modern rooms feature all the facilities you would expect, including a TV, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, safe, fridge, iron and air conditioning. The hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi and boasts a stylish Riverside Restaurant and Terrace Bar & Lounge with lovely views – perfect for relaxing and enjoying a drink after a busy day of exploring. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna, returning return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated (extra charges may apply, please pay locally).

Location: Bridgefoot, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6YR

Hotel Facilities

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  • 4 Star
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Lift
  • Sauna or Steam Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Iron or Trouser Press
Food & Drink
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Gym
  • Swimming Pool
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

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