Sunday, 5 July 2015

Staying still at Stratford


IMG_2054We have decided to stay for the Stratford upon Avon river festival. Carolyn worked her charms and the mooring committee agreed to move a few boats and fit us on the end near the lock opposite Holy Trinity Church which was perfect as we were there already.During the festival all the moorings in the basin and on the river above Trinity lock are reserved and the closing date was 2 weeks ago.

We always intended to cruise down the river Avon which requires us to buy a separate licence from the one we have from Canal and River Trust. The licence cost £50 for 7 days or £60 for 14 days or £70 for 30 days. But as we were going to stay for the festival we got our festival mooring plus 30 days on the river Avon for only £60.  I know we will not spend a month on the Avon but it does give us plenty of time to explore at our leisure and not worry about running out of time like we did on the Thames.

IMG_2057Just along from our mooring is the chain Ferry. It says it is the oldest one left. The guy cranks the handle and the ferry transports its passengers from one side of the Avon to the other. At 50p a trip its not bad value.

IMG_2102We decided to go to Holy Trinity Church to have a look at the final resting place of William Shakespeare.

IMG_2113The stain glass window that is in the Church above where William Shakespeare is buried.

IMG_2110And here it is, Shakespeare's grave..He is buried alongside his wife Ann. I must admit I did think it would be a lot different and maybe a lot more grand than it was.

With the River Festival starting it looks like we are going to have a very busy couple of days.There are bands playing all weekend plus plays, Dancing and even some stalls for Carolyn to shop at .

                                                                                                      Happy Days

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