It’s been ages since I went on a day out. I love it all- planning the trip, packing a picnic, singing in the car on the journey, service station stops, lots of snaps while out. A little adventure.
We had a a bitesize adventure in Leamington Spa recently.
Saturday was spent at Warwick Castle– an impressive day out. It’s a little pricey to get in but we had a voucher for 2 for 1 (you’ll have seen them on packs of cereal, it’s worth saving them and an adult gets in free with any paying adult or small person. They’re great and in the past I’ve used them to visit Legoland and the Sealife centre but there’s also the option for loads of others). The good news is the castle is a full day job so pay in and you’re set. It’s mainly outdoors but there is a rainy day guarantee so if it rains for more than an hour when you visit you can go again for free.
During the day we saw a trebouchet being fired, a falconry show and climbed 500 stairs to look from the high walls. As well as all that there are archery demos, exhibitions and more. It was really fun (though less history based than my wife and I would have liked). It seems great for families but not so much that a childless adult couple feel like freaks visiting alone.
One thing I didn’t like (read: hated) was the gender stereotyping of Girls equal princesses and branding is in pink, boys equal knights with branding in blue. Hiya Merlin Group it’s 2016.
Otherwise highly recommended.
We stayed at Espisode Hotel in Leamington Spa which is in a great location and had a cracking restaurant. Unfortunately the room (paid for with a lastminute.com voucher) was next to a function so it wasn’t the quietest of nights. I’m currently waiting on a reply to my feedback.
We went for drinks in the evening in a small Cuba bar with live guitar playing and excellent cake. That lemon drizzle will be in my dreams for a long time.
Sunday was a day for ambling around Stratford upon Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace) where we took a bus tour for a little under £30 for two. Well worth it to lean a bit about the history and see the sights. We saw Anne Hathaeays house among others. We didn’t go into the houses on this visit but plan to go back soon to see them, although that is a bit pricey.
Oddly, this is my first trip to the Midlands, it won’t be my last! What are your tourist tips for any of the places I’ve mentioned?