Britain is one of the most beautifully historical countries we know, though, even we don't see all of its potential. Every old church has a story, every festival has a tradition and every village has the potential of a hidden location with the locals' favourite trinket shops. Discovering these secret gems are part of Britain's beauty, allowing us to learn more about our own cultures as well as other people's. It's important to support the events, and in turn, enjoy them.
For me, when thinking of historically charged locations, my mind went immediately to Stratford-Upon-Avon; being the birth place of William Shakespeare, it holds a lot of tourist sites and opportunities to appreciate the town. One option for English enthusiasts would be to visit the renowned bard's original home, and perhaps Ann Hathaway's cottage too. But should you want to get involved with some entertainment during a visit, The Attic Theatre is showing a performance of the classical horror story, Dracula, in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Or, if you still fancy a scare but would rather be in the middle of it, every Saturday, there is the Stratford Town Ghost Walk in which guests are invited to venture the town with a guide, whilst being told traditional horror stories revolving around the sights seen on the walk.
Of course, there are also opportunities to see such a picturesque place in the daytime too; particularly nice views belong to the Bancroft Gardens, Mary Arden's Farm, Farmer's Market on Rother Street, and with the Canal River Tours. All of which are local and are perfect to enjoy individually or as a group, whether it's to appreciate wildlife, available and local produce, or simply to treat yourself on a day trip. There are tailored businesses. The MAD Museum focuses on unique perspectives of what Britain has to offer around art and design, exploring machines, kinetic art and detailed physics presented in an individual way. The Butterfly Farm takes a completely different role, offering an experience to learn about fascinating insects from Britain and from European countries in a safe environment. Both locations offer family friendly options, though they can certainly be enjoyed as an adult.
Next week, a particularly interesting special is taking place at the Civic Hall (Stratford Arts House). In the 26th of October, a series of experienced and well known UK jazz musicians will be playing for the night, including: Andrea Vicari (Piano), Mornington Lockett (Sax), Dorian Lockett (Bass), Nic France (Drums). From 8pm, jazz will fill the hall and bring a sense of culture and joy to the audience, now given the experience of live music as it may have been in the 1920's.
There are many options within Stratford, whether it is sight-seeing, learning new cultures, exploring the history or simply just indulging in relaxation, you can never get bored.
By Kelsie Wyatt