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Top 10 Things To Do Over Winter In Stratford and Leamington Spa

As winter becomes known and the seasons’ colours start to change, the charming historical towns of Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa come alive. Far from hibernating indoors, these towns offer a plethora of winter activities for locals and visitors to enjoy. From festive markets and historical wonders to retail therapy and crisp walks, here are the top 11 things to do over winter in Stratford and Leamington Spa.

Winter Activities in Leamington Spa:

Escape Rooms

Looking for a group activity? Whether you’re looking for something fun for your employees, family members, or group of friends an escape room is the ideal group activity. Suitable for people of all ages, this exciting winter activity makes for a great afternoon of fun. Leamington Spa is not only a growing gaming hub in the UK, it is also home to the number 1 escape room in the UK. 

Escape Leamington Spa, has 4 different games to choose from. Pick your puzzle, book your slot, and gather your group for a 60-minute pure adrenaline-pumping adventure. Can you escape before time runs out? Or will you all be stuck?

Elephant Trail

The Elephant Trail sits in the heart of Leamington Spa and reminisces the journey of the world-famous elephant trainer Sam Lockhart. Lockhart was the first elephant trainer in the UK and was born to a circus family in 1850. He brought 3 elephants back from Ceylon and taught them tricks, the walk celebrates his life and work. 

Retail Therapy

Sometimes all winter calls for is an afternoon of retail therapy. Despite being a small town, Leamington Spa offers a truly sublime experience for shoppers with its 500-strong selection of independent boutiques, high-street brands, bars, restaurants, and more. Plus, exploring the town as you browse the shops offers other delights.

Royal Pump Rooms

The Royal Pump Rooms
Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa

Open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday, The Royal Pump Rooms stands as a testament to Leamington Spa’s rich history and its reputation as a Spa destination. The elegant Georgian building dates back to the 19th century and once served as a social hub for visitors seeking the therapeutic benefits of the spa water. Today the Royal Pump Rooms house a museum and art gallery that offers a glimpse into Leamington Spa’s past and showcases various exhibits including local art and historical artefacts 

Hatton Country World

Enjoy a taste of country life with a trip to Hatton Country World. This family-friendly attraction is spread across 100 acres of land and is home to over 450 animals across 60 breeds, 40 birds of prey, and 150 guinea pigs. Whilst the kids can enjoy the animals take tractor rides, and learn how to gather sweet potatoes, the adults can partake in some retail therapy. Make sure you bring your walking boots and wellies as there are plenty of walking trails to explore too.

Winter Activities in Stratford-upon-Avon:

Butterfly Farm

The weather in winter isn’t always great so what better way to spend a wet or sunny day than learning all about butterflies? Kids will love this educational day out. Stratford Butterfly Farm is a unique rainforest environment that plays host to a vast variety of butterflies from around the world. Step inside the rainforest flight area and you might just find yourself a new friend as you watch these beautiful creatures flutter by. 

Boat Tours

Stratford Upon Avon
River Avon with pleasure boats moored and Church to rear, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK, Western Europe.

Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the most popular tourist spots in the UK and if you’re looking for things to do over winter in Stratford and Leamington Spa, why not take to the River Avon and enjoy a leisurely ride? Whether you book a tour, hire a punt or narrowboat, or decide you try your hand at rowing, there are plenty of choices out there. You could even stop off at a local pub or riverside cafe for a quiet break before heading back to return the boat.

Visit a museum

Home of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon has an illustrious history that’s waiting to be explored. Adults and children alike love learning about a town’s past and what better way to do this than by exploring its museums? From The MAD Museum and Shakespeare’s Birthplace to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the Stratford Armouries, there is plenty to see and do this winter in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Winter Activities Warwickshire:


Now that the weather is turning colder and the likelihood of frost is almost a certainty, winter walks have never been more appealing. Put on your walking boots and wellies and go and explore long-forgotten paths, hidden walkways, and the stunning countryside surrounding Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Kids will love the sense of adventure as you explore somewhere new. Plus walking through the towns is just as rewarding especially as we come into the festive season. If you’re visiting during December why not head off on a self-guided tour of the Christmas lights? You can even make a game of it and try to find your favourite decorated property. 

Warwick and Kenilworth Castles

Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle in England.

Two of the top things to do over winter in Stratford and Leamington Spa are to visit the Warwickshire and Kenilworth Castles. Explore the ageing premises, marvel at the panoramic views from the roof of the turrets, and join a castle tour to learn about its history. Plus you might also find they have a range of activities throughout the year that you can participate in. 

Feeling brave? Explore the creepy Warwick Castle dungeons for a hauntingly thrilling live-action adventure. Kenilworth Castle also has plenty to explore including the gorgeous Elizabethan garden. 

Holiday Accommodation

Looking for somewhere to stay? Here at Short Let Space, we have a range of self-catering accommodation just for you. Whether you’re looking to stay in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon or the historical town of Leamington Spa, you’ll find your perfect home away from home with us.

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