Historic Warwickshire

Discover the history of the local area

Explore the beautiful Warwickshire area and learn all of the many heritage sites and activities there are to offer close to Welford on Avon.

The Four Alls

This modern country pub serves delicious, Mediterranean inspired food in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Avon. Relax and enjoy a drink or meal with a beautiful view of the river and our homes at Welford Chase.

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The Shakespeare Inn

The Shakespeare Inn is a traditional English pub based in the heart of Welford on Avon, next to one of the tallest maypoles in England. With two beer gardens, a children’s play area for the summer, and two open fires for the winter, it’s the perfect place to visit whether it’s for a coffee, a pint, lunch, or dinner.

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The Bell Inn

Deep in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, The Bell Inn is an outstanding 17th-century inn, complete with exposed beams, flagstone floors, oak furniture, open fireplaces…and a warm welcome.

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Walking

You’ll find many different walking routes in and around Welford on Avon. Click here for this handy downloadable guide to walks that are right on your doorstep.

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Art Base Art Classes

Adult Art Classes at ArtBase. Create stunning pieces of artwork to frame and impress your friends and family! Daytime and evening courses are available. The sessions are informal and fun with simple step-by-step instruction. The workshops are designed to suit all abilities and even though no experience is necessary you will be impressed with your results!

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Clubs and Society’s

There are a vast array of clubs and society’s in Warwickshire – from local walking groups to choirs you’ll be sure to find something you’ll enjoy. It’s also a great way to meet new friends, who have similar interests, and to make it easier we’ve found a whole bunch of clubs to help you get started!

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Stratford Racecourse

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 horse racing fixtures. Racing takes place regularly between March and November, with many top trainers and jockeys attending. The summer race days attract families and groups who can picnic in the centre of the course.

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Warwick Racecourse

Warwick Racecourse is a National Hunt course and has a program of 25 meetings throughout the year, many of which are televised. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment of its facilities. 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 center.

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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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.

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The MAD Museum

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!

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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is a twelve-roomed thatched farmhouse nestled in an idyllic cottage garden and one of the oldest buildings held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The building was the childhood home of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. She was born there sometime around 1556 and it is assumed she stayed there until her marriage to Shakespeare in 1582. Set in nine acres of beautiful cottage gardens and heritage orchards, woodland walks and sculpture trail. Enjoy exploring this 600-year old cottage and its glorious gardens.

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Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park is a grand 16th-century country house, surrounded by its own deer park, on the banks of the River Avon. Manged by the National Trust Charlecote is home to over 900 years of Lucy family history. Visitors can spot fallow deer and Jacob sheep roaming in the parkland or enjoy picnics by the river.

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Warwick Castle

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 watch ‘Wars of the Roses LIVE’ these are just a few of reasons to choose Warwick Castle for your family day out!

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Mill Garden

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 on the banks of the River Avon. Winding paths lead to dramatic views of the castle and ruined Medieval bridge. It’s a magical garden to visit at all times of the year.

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Jephson Gardens

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!

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Kenilworth Castle

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.

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Stratford Butterfly Farm

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.

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All Things Wild Nature Centre

All Things Wild is a fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of a zoo, nature reserve, dinosaur trail, soft play and much more. With plenty of activities both indoor and outdoor to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather!

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The British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum is the World’s largest collection of historic British cars in Warwickshire. There are over 300 Classic cars on display from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust. With free tours and interactive family activities it an exciting day out for everyone in the family!

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Welford Bowls Club

Welford Bowls Club is a friendly club, catering to all levels of bowling ability, with excellent facilities including outdoor and indoor bowling greens. The club also offers the opportunity for anyone interested in joining to learn how to play bowls. Coaching can be arranged for new or current bowlers. Outdoor matches are played during the afternoon, evening, and weekends against other clubs and visiting touring teams.

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Welford-on-Avon Golf Course

Welford-on-Avon golf course is a pay & play family-run hidden gem. Designed by Martin Hawtree in 2001 it’s a stunning 18 hole par 70 (6080 yards) parkland course

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Stratford Leisure Centre

In the heart of Stratford-Upon-Avon, you will find the Stratford Leisure Centre. Offering a great range of activities to both local people and visitors to the Warwickshire area with a gym, swimming pools, sports hall, climbing walls, all-weather pitches, group exercise programme, café, and sauna.

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Stratford Bike Hire

The Stratford Greenway is a converted railway line so is flat and straight. The Stratford Bike Hire is great for young children to gain their cycling confidence without worrying about traffic. In addition, to Stratford Bike Hire and Carriages cafe at the start of the ride, there is another railway carriage cafe after 2.5 miles in case a refreshment stop is needed!

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Canal & River Tours

Stratford’s only canal and riverboat trip! Enjoy a leisurely 45 min boat tour from the very center of Stratford upon Avon with regular departures every day. Travel through the historic canal lock, down onto the River Avon for sightseeing tours, and back again. The canal basin is centrally located between the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the main shopping areas of the town. It is surrounded by beautiful riverside gardens which are public open spaces to relax and enjoy. These areas are a magnet for locals and visitors and a ‘must-see’ during any visit.

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Bidford-upon-Avon Health Centre

Meon Medical Centre is a new purpose-built practice offering a full general practice service which includes clinics for diabetics, asthmatics, antenatal and for patients who require minor surgery. They have an on-site dispensing service which includes a free home delivery service for patients who are disabled or housebound.

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Shopping in Stratford upon Avon

Welford on Avon is just 5 miles from Stratford upon Avon where you’ll be spoilt for choice by their diverse array of shops. Whether you’re treating yourself to something new or buying a gift for someone special, you can be sure to find it here. Big-name clothing and shoe, health and beauty, toys and stationery, and home stores sit alongside a fabulous selection of small independent shops, unique to Stratford upon Avon. It’s a shopper’s paradise! The town center is compact and easily walkable.

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Bus Service

Welford Chase has a bus stop just outside the park meaning you can get around without the hassle of parking or the expense of petrol.

Here’s a handy timetable to help you get around.

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The Four Alls

This modern country pub serves delicious, Mediterranean inspired food in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Avon. Relax and enjoy a drink or meal with a beautiful view of the river and our homes at Welford Chase.

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The Four Alls

This modern country pub serves delicious, Mediterranean inspired food in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Avon. Relax and enjoy a drink or meal with a beautiful view of the river and our homes at Welford Chase.

Find out more