Weekend in Stratford upon Avon

For Phil’s Christmas present, I treated him to tickets to see Henry V at Stratford upon Avon, plus a night at the Alveston Manor. We drove up on Friday evening through foul weather, but by the time we got to Stratford the rain had stopped so having checked in and dumped our meagre weekend bags we headed out, crossing the river and mooching around the town centre in search of somewhere for a late dinner. We settled on Lambs, which was lovely and relaxing and felt like a proper start to the weekend.

As the RSC is doing the history plays this season, Phil had treated himself to tickets for Henry IV parts 1 and 2, which meant he spent the morning and afternoon at the Courtyard Theatre – the main theatre and the Swan are currently one large building site as the RSC revamps its key Stratford location. Leaving Phil covering the cultural, I opted for the commercial, looking around the shops and the market stalls in the town centre, then heading back to the hotel to enjoy the sauna, steam room and pool. Very relaxing.

I enjoyed Henry V – a long play, but very energetic, although the end scenes dealing with Henry’s wooing of Catherine de Valois felt superfluous.

Sunday provided a cold and crisp morning for a walk along the river, fuelled by a second excellent breakfast at the Alveston Manor, then a leisurely drive back to London via the backroads of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.