Activities in Stratford-upon-Avon: Ideas for a Family Staycation

Written 3rd November 2021

Are you looking for the perfect UK family getaway?


Here at Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa, we’re placed in an idyllic location for families to get together to unwind, recharge and reconnect.


Having undergone an extensive refurbishment, we’re fully equipped for relaxing family staycations and, with pet-friendly rooms available, no member of the family will be left behind! 


From scavenger hunts to feeding the iconic Stratford-upon-Avon swans, you’ll be inundated with activities throughout your stay with us:


Activities in Stratford-upon-Avon: Children’s Scavenger Hunt

Our hotel is a unique 125-year-old property set in beautiful grounds, complete with an 11th-century church and a listed, ornate topiary garden. The garden has been curated and shaped to form giant chess pieces, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. To encourage children to explore, we’ve also designed an educational scavenger hunt on our grounds. 


Shakespeare famously wrote lines from his play ‘As You Like It’ in our library. Many nods to the playwright can be found around our hotel – from handcrafted feather pieces to more traditional artwork. The scavenger hunt includes many of the Shakespearean artefacts, and will provide a day of discovery and challenges to entertain children on their visit.

The Grounds at Billesley Manor

Feeding the Swans in Stratford-upon-Avon

Here at Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa, we encourage our guests to meander down to the river to see the iconic swans of Stratford-upon-Avon; we even supply grains and seeds so you can feed them. 


Why not take a leisurely stroll along the River Avon and watch the elegant swans in their natural habitat? This is a wonderful activity for the whole family to enjoy.


There are many beautiful walks in the vicinity of the hotel; our reception staff will be happy to map these out for you if your family wishes to venture further out on your visit. 


Activities in Stratford-upon-Avon: Unwind in Our Spa

Our spa provides a tranquil escape for you, where the grown-ups can take some time to unwind and relax on their visit. Why not indulge in one of our Decleor treatments?

Spa Treatment at Billesley Manor

Our guests can also make use of our 25-metre indoor pool, steam room and sauna or, for those into their fitness, we also have a secluded yoga hut and fantastic gym facilities. If you want to partake in some light competition with your loved ones, why not head outside for a friendly tennis match on our courts?


Here at Billesley Manor, our beautiful location, intriguing history and variety of engaging activities in Stratford-upon-Avon make our hotel a tranquil location for your family staycation. If you’d like to book your getaway, please contact a member of our team for availability.

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