More to Stratford Area Than the Bard; Family Day out IF You Enjoy Culture, History, Drama, Art, Good Food and Drink - and Keeping the Kids Entertained - You'll Find That Shakespeare Country Has It All and More. ANN EVANS Takes a Look at Just Some of the Fascinating Things to Do and See, Right on Our Doorstep
Byline: ANN EVANS
THE lovely town of Stratford has a wealth of opportunities if you're looking for something to do.
There are numerous places to visit or you can simply take a stroll along the river banks or explore the shops along cobbled streets.
Youngsters will love the Stratford Butterfly Farm which is the largest in Europe.
As you walk through the tropical glass house you'll see hundreds of the most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying around you, including the brightest butterfly in the world - the Blue Morpho.
Discover life in the days of William Shakespeare by visiting famous landmarks such as Mary Arden's house where you'll experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Tudor farm and see the farmer, maid and labourer bring the farm to life with their daily chores of baking bread, lighting fires and making candles.
If drama is your thing, take the opportunity to experience the Royal Shakespeare Company's spectacular 1,030 seat Courtyard Theatre which continues to stage all of Shakespeare's history plays.
In February and March you could see all eight plays in the History Cycle - more than 24 hours of drama over four days.
In surrounding areas there are stately homes, churches and castles where you'll discover all kinds of historical gems and fascinating stories. Sulgrave Manor, for instance, is a manor house in Shakespeare's time which was home to the ancestors of George Washington. …