I haven’t visited Stratford On Avon for many years so I was excited at getting to visit the place with the kids. Of course everyone knows that Stratford is popular with tourists because it was where William Shakespeare was born and it is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre which sits on the river side. It really is a beautiful place to visit.
The plan was to picnic by the riverside but a couple of things got in the way. One was the hassle of getting out the door which didn’t leave me time to make a picnic, the other was the weather, which was a little bit dreary. Normally we wouldn’t let a little dark clouds and occasional drizzle put us off but one of the ways we’d managed to get out the house was to promise a certain family member lunch in Mc Donalds. We did have a little walk along the river and went the wrong way ending up walking along the canal instead.
After a bumpy start we scoffed our Mc Donalds and decided to go to plan B which was a visit to the MAD Museum. After a short walk we arrived at a tiny entrance and went upstairs to a small museum. It cost me just over £25 to get in and I can honestly say it was money well spent. We all loved it. Just in case you are wondering, MAD stands for Mechanical Art Design. I’ve created a little video of some of the things we discovered there.
As well as the installations there were many things for the kids, and adults, to do. There was the opportunity to build a huge marble run out of many different pieces of wooden blocks. There was also three whole walls in which to build marble runs out of. It’s kind of hard to explain so here’s a photo, just imagine to be able to move all of those pieces to make your marble run. (then imagine it spanning three walls.)
We loved the Nutcracker shop where it’s Christmas all year around.
The Teddy Bear Shop is also a must visit, the girls loved it in here.
And the Royal Shakespeare Theatre which sits on the riverbank. The glass part at the top is a restaurant, I bet the views are amazing up there.
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