One Beautiful Sweaty Sunday at Stratford-Upon-Avon
We followed the lead of pretty much every single person in England this weekend and decided to get in a day out, knowing that for the first time this year the weather was going to be completely glorious and we decided to go to one of our favourite places, Stratford-upon-Avon. Sadly, Mr J was working all weekend so Ma & Pa accompanied us down for the day.
We've been parking in the same car park for years (the butterfly for those who intend to visit!), yet we never realised that there's this absolutely beautiful park right at the end of it! So, after being tipped off by a friend of Dad's, we found it and A had an absolute blast. It has so many awesome parts to it, as well as room to sit on the grass and picnic; it was perfect for such a sunny day.
After a little play on the park, we decided to head into town, though we decided to get the little ferry across instead of walking all the way round. It was only 50p per person and A absolutely loved it, plus it was lovely and refreshing floating across on the water on such a hot day. He couldn't resist shouting 'HELLO!' to everyone who rowed past..
We popped into the RSC to have a look around and get some refreshments and ended up spending ages in there. We always pop in when we visit, but I forget how huge the whole place is and how much there is to see. We stumbled across this cute little fountain and A got to
gently drop use all his strength to throw some pennies in.
Whilst pottering around the RSC, we came across this small art exhibit which was awesome (the designer in me got all geeky). My absolute favourite piece was this huge, gorgeous piece of lettering saying The course of true love never did run smooth; it was so awesome, I really wanted to take it home with me.
A was given a drawing to colour in and found a display of letters to spell his name on (ok, he may have had some help there). I also stepped in front of the camera for once and Mum managed to get a few non-blurry shots of me in the bar.
We usually manage a potter around some of the quaint little shops in Stratford but we had to spend half our time finding A a decent sun hat that would cover his neck (I'm terribly unprepared for Summer weather - his outfit is from last year!), and then it took forever to find somewhere to eat that wasn't full to capacity and wasn't McDonalds, as it was just so busy.
After finally finding somewhere we could eat with just a 30 minute wait time, the angry preggo inside me was able to relax and we actually had a nice meal. A shovelled down his spaghetti bolognese before joining some other children and a small dog (we were eating outside) to climb trees and throw stones in the canal; this kid has no trouble making friends.
By the time we'd finished dinner, we decided to head back and grab an ice-cream (why do ice-cream vans never have sprinkles anymore!?) and get the ferry back across the river. Time absolutely flew by and it was just too busy to get much else done (though I was gutted we skipped the old sweet shop).
We let A have another little run around the park before we decided to head back. Though it takes us around 70 minutes to get to Stratford-upon-Avon, we always have such an amazing day out and never tire of it; it's such a beautiful place to visit and I'm sure we'll be visiting again some time next year with baby #2 in tow!