Chill out in Shakespeare Country

Ragley Hall’s good for picnics, play and walks, and dressing up in tunics and togas at the Roman Heritage Centre’s fun, too. Hire gondolas at Avon Boating, walk your dogs at Oversley Wood, try some retail therapy at The Valley or take the ferry to Evesham Abbey. Check off bar after restaurant as you seek out the old and the new of Stratford.

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For stags and hens, Shakespeare Country offers much more than mere plays and sonnets. There’s the staple stag and hen diets of racing, karting, paintballing and pampering. So wherefore art the best venues?

You can race karts at Mr Karting with practice laps and computerised timing, capture the military munitions dump at Bedlam Paintball, barge your way around bubble football or try some footgolf, or go for the real thing at Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club.

Hens will love Bancroft Cruises’ two-hour, afternoon-tea boat ride with its champagne reception, scone and unlimited tea and coffee. Follow up with tea at the Church Street Townhouse or a burger at The Lazy Cow Steak and Alehouse. For pampering, try the gym, pool and spa at Wildmoor Spa and Health Club.

The nightlife in Stratford-upon-Avon is far from much ado about nothing. A popular tourist town, it’s full of Americans and Japanese who keep the pubs, clubs and bars buzzing until well after the final curtain.

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If the electric buzz of Stratford-upon-Avon and the popping cameras of the tourists feel just a little too much, hang out here instead of heading out. We can put together a package that’ll have you as chilled as a penguin’s toenails.

Hens can get pampered, with all manner of massages, manicures, pedicures and makeovers, including facials, warm-lava shell massage and collagen eye treatments. Finish off with a cocktail class and some giggles and bubbles in the hot tub, glass in hand, as the light fades over the meadow.

Work out whodunnit with a murder-mystery night, keep your game face on for an organised poker package or casino night with black ties and cocktails, or book some karaoke. The gardens are great for sumo wrestling or gladiator duelling and the kitchen’s perfect for cooking, baking or chocolate-making.

Or how about a black-tie dinner with all the trimmings, including top chef, butler and uniformed staff? Let the bubbly flow, don’t count the courses or calories, and wrap up with a chocolate fountain. So often, the best ideas are closer to home than you think.