An arresting site
A major event of interest in the history of the village was the visit of George Fox, the famous Quaker founder. It was here in 1673 that he preached and was then arrested. The barn where the event of 1673 took place was demolished in 1680 to make way for a stone meeting house, which still stands.
Hamlet in the hamlet
The Fuzzy Duck’s neighbouring ‘theatre cottage’ has a long thespian heritage. It was once owned by The Royal Shakespeare Company and was used as a retreat for playwrights and actors. Famous talents including Dame Judy Dench did recitals in the pub – maybe they did ‘Hamlet’ in ‘The Hamlet’!!!
Take a waddle on the wild side
There are many delightful local trailsto be enjoyed on foot, with four legged friends or by bicycle. Our team has planned and trialled routes to suit all paces and personalities and have selected a wealth of idyllic routeswhich take in the unspoilt countryside and the charming villages of Admington, Ilmington, Larkstoke and Blackwell. For a delightful way to blow away the city cobwebs, work up an appetite or walk off a hearty lunch, try the Fuzzy Duck Waddle, a two and three-quarter mile ramble which takes in neighbouring Newbold on Stour. Ask at reception for our range of walking and cycle maps.
Stratford upon Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of The Bard and offers an eclectic mix of old and new including Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the newly reopened Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and boating on the river Avon. The leisure and visitor centre offers a wide range of sports facilities including swimming, badminton, tennis and squash. Depending on your skills there are a variety of wonderful golf courses available locally. For the shoppers designer boutiques can be found amongst the affordable high street stores. Horse racing can be found at both Stratford-upon-Avon and nearby Warwick.
Shipston on Stour and the Cotswolds
The attractive market town of Shipston on Stour was a working Wool Town and derives its name from the ancient English ‘Scepwaeisctune’ meaning’Sheep Wash Town’. It was known in Tudor times for the weaving of magnificent woollen tapestries and today it retains much of its traditional charm. The town is also the gateway to the Cotswolds and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and the beautiful Cotswold destinations of Broadway, Stow on the Wold and Chipping Campden.
Visit www.cotswolds.info for details.
For a Duck’s eye view of the area be sure to visit the Broadway Tower near the market town of Broadway. Situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment it is said to afford views over 16 counties on a clear day.
National Trust properties in the area include Hidcote Manor, boasting exquisite garden ‘rooms’, each with its own unique character. Snowshill Manor is another ‘must-see’. Celebrated collector Charles Paget Wade, packed his myriad treasures into this hillside manor house, nestled in an Arts and Crafts –style terraced garden. From tiny toys to Samurai armour, there is much to discover.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
From the dramatic battlements to the Great Hall, Warwick Castle doesn’t disappoint. Set in stunning grounds by the river Avon, this medieval fortress was developed from the original stronghold built by William The Conqueror in 1068. Children will adore the regular jousting battles, displays of falconry and weaponry re-enacted by costumed actors, which really bring the place to life. Clever tie-ins with Horrible Histories and BBC’s Merlin also make this a must-visit attraction. When you’ve finished in the castle, stroll the streets of this quaint and atmospheric market town with its unique boutiques, pubs and parks. Book online at warwick-castle.com or T. 0871 265 2000.
Kenilworth Castle and Gardens
Ill-fated Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and great love of Queen Elizabeth I, built this palace to impress his beloved. The ruins and the authentically recreated Elizabeth Garden comprise an English Heritage site and make a lovely day out. See the beautiful Elizabethan Gatehouse, learn about the relationship between Elizabeth I and her favourite courtier and see the mysterious painting of England’s first female monarch.
Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk for details or T. 01926 852078.
Iron Bridge Gorge
Iron Bridge Gorge in Shropshire is widely known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Now a World Heritage site; it is set in a beautiful wooded valley with stunning views. The gorge itself offers a maze of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes to explore, while the former homes of the Victorian Iron Workers can still be found dotted across the valley. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust operates several themed and living museums, including the excellent Blists Hill Victorian Town, which offers a glimpse into times gone by.
Home to the oldest seat of learning in England, Oxford University, this magnificent city is not to be missed. Shop ‘til you drop in the vibrant centre or take a walk or go punting along the river Thames. Just on the outskirts to the North in the idyllic village of Woodstock, you’ll find Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Discover and enjoy this fine examples of English Baroque architecture set in acres of parkland, with stunning gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown.
And if you are still stuck for ideas, our past guests have enjoyed visiting the following:
Family Friendly Attractions
And if you have little ones in tow, there are some great day's out within a short drive: