Welcome to Rohan Stratford-upon-Avon from Samantha (Manager), Craig, Steve, Annette, Julia and Pippa.
Shop Address: 38 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6EE.
Shop Phone Number: 01789 205809
Shop Opening Times:
Directions to shop – We moved into our new shop on Sheep Street on March 1st 2015, from Wood Street. The shop is centrally located within the town and is within a 5 minute walk from both the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Theatre and the high street- the main bus stop in town. We are a 10 minute walk from the train station, and for those of you driving, why not take advantage of the Park and Ride, with free all day parking!
Staff recommendations – Stratford Upon Avon is most famous for being the birthplace of the most influential playwright of all time, and rightly so! Just some of the Shakespearean attractions within the town include his Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the Holy Trinity Church (where he is allegedly buried) and the fantastic RSC Theatre, recently given a modern new look!
However, there is so much more to Stratford than Shakespeare. The canal system is great for exploring, and the River Avon has several short (around 20-30 minutes) walks where you can see the Church, Theatre and maybe even some local wildlife. In the town, the MAD Museum continues to enthral all with its mechanical and architectural exhibitions, whilst the Butterfly Farm (the largest butterfly enclosure in Europe) provides a tropical break from any dismal weather encountered!
We also have an abundance of restaurants and tea rooms within walking distance of the shop: from Marco Pierre White’s latest restaurant to a 1940s themed tea room; award-winning fish and chip shops to Paxton and Whitfields, a Royally Warranted cheesemongers.
Local knowledge – Stratford is a beautiful historic town with many well known attractions; however there are some lesser known, but no less good attractions. How about embarking on the town walk, a guided tour around the main sites in the town? And while you are on it, look out for the lamp posts– each one has been donated from a different city or country- the one from Israel with Bottom the Donkey from Midsummers Nights Dream sitting on top is a favourite! Or for those who are brave enough, wait until dark and you can take the Stratford Town Ghost Tour and see the haunted buildings of Stratford.
If you are in need of a nice relaxing meal then you could hop on a restaurant boat and have lunch whilst floating down the river? Or you could head over to the Dirty Duck/Black Swan, Britain’s only pub licensed under two names, and a crowd favourite with actors and punters alike after a show at the RSC.
Along the lovely gardens running along the river and behind the theatre there is a stone at the base of a tree that is dedicated to the star of “Gone With The Wind” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Vivien Leigh.===
What else can you see and do in Stratford-upon-Avon?
Boat trips on the River Avon
The beautiful River Avon is the perfect setting for a boat trip, either via a sightseeing tour, a chartered extended cruise, or a hired rowing boat or punt which are available by the hour.
Alternatively, how about a romantic supper along the floodlit banks of the River Avon, aboard The Countess of Evesham, nicknamed Stratford’s ‘Orient Express’. The Countess enjoys a growing reputation for fine cuisine with a well-stocked wine list. Centrally heated the Countess is open throughout the year and offers all the amenities of a top-quality restaurant.
Most cruises start from the most beautiful part of town in the canal basin, next to the main shopping areas and take in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the river wildlife, and the picturesque Warwickshire countryside. You’ll gain a new insight into Stratford upon Avon from a different perspective. There are also Ghost Cruises run in association with Stratford Town Walks and regular Sundowners Champagne & Canapés evening cruises.
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon
Holy Trinity, Stratford, on the banks of the River Avon, is probably England’s most visited Parish Church and one of the most beautiful. It is home to the grave of William Shakespeare and the graves of Anne Hathaway, Dr John Hall and his wife Susanna Shakespeare and Thomas Nash in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church.
Holy Trinity is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised, where he worshipped and where he is buried. It welcomes thousands of visitors who come each year to view his final resting place. It is also an active parish church serving the needs of local people. In fact, Christians have been worshipping God on this site for over 1,000 years.
Read the curse/verse on Shakespeare’s Grave for anyone who attempts to move his remains.
For more information and details of the events held at the church please visit www.stratford-upon-avon.org
MAD for Museums?
The MAD Museum is based in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, this quirky attraction displays interactive pieces of mechanical art, in particular; kinetic art and automata.
“MAD” stands for Mechanical Art and Design.
If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In a nutshell, mechanical art is usually beautifully crafted, moving sculptures either made to have an exaggerated purpose or made simply for the fun of it.
The pieces on display have been sourced from artists all around the world and the fact that nearly everything is interactive means kids and big kids(!) can really get stuck in. We encourage you to press buttons and to “release your inner inventor”. In a world full of computer screens and ‘do not touch’ signs, we’ve been told MAD is refreshingly satisfying.
As well as a lot of fun, The MAD Museum demonstrates inspirational creativity and clever, often witty design. We support the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Art and Design.
There are plenty of different styles of kinetic art and automata to interactive with. From marble machines and 3D faces to Flying mechanical birds and sand pictures. Even the museum’s founder has tried his hand at making an exhibit which is on display in the museum. It’s called ‘The Kitchenator’ and it’s a rolling ball sculpture made entirely out of things you would find in your kitchen. If you like art, design, science and/or engineering, The MAD Museum is for you.
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