Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The Route This historic market town is a 160-kilometer drive (about two hours) from London along the M40 roadway. For those who prefer to ride the rails, thereâ€™s a direct train service from Londonâ€™s Marylebone Station on ChilternÂ Railways.
April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Stratford-upon-Avonâ€™s most famous son, William Shakespeare, ensuring an extra dose of mirth and merriment for the townâ€™s annual Shakespeareâ€™s Birthday Celebrations. Kicking off with a fireworks display and a performance of Henry VI, Part I by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the weekâ€™s festivities will include choral recitals, sonnet readings, theater workshops, and a grand procession replete with Elizabethan costumes.
Where to Stay
A Jacobean-style country house dating back to 1866, the Menzies Welcombe Hotel (44-1789/295-252; doubles from US$176) has 84 oak-paneled guests rooms set amid vast grounds that encompass Italian gardens and an 18-hole golf course.Â â€“Christi Hang
This article originally appeared in theÂ April/May 2014Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śAvon Callingâ€ť).