A Vacation In the Beautiful Lands of Wark
Several years ago, my friends and I decided to take a cross-country road trip across England. After travelling for several days and enjoying numerous sights, we landed at the West Midlands region of the country. By this time, we had enjoyed so much on the road trip that we did not expect to see anything more fun than what we had already encountered.
However, one of my geographically adept friends pointed out we were in for a huge surprise as we had just crossed into the county of Warwickshire, which was home to a huge collection of historical landmarks and architectural offerings. At first we were skeptical, however, our doubts abated when we realized that we were approaching the home of the most acclaimed dramatist and poet in history, William Shakespeare. Warwickshire proved to be a picturesque county full of history and offering a vast array of recreational activities, with the most popular being sightseeing and boating.
Cultural night in Warwick
We spent the first night at Warwick, which is the county town of Warwickshire. The town is practically built on the River Avon and we had dinner at a very cozy restaurant, which harbored significant history as narrated by our enthusiastic waiter. We quickly ascertained that there was a folk festival in town and rushed to secure tickets for the show. We had much fun at the folk show and learnt quite a lot about the British folk music.
The next morning we visited several landmarks including the Warwick Castle, the Saxon Mill, and St John Museum. Despite our amazement and joy, our knowledgeable friend promised that more fun would be forthcoming in Stratford-on-Avon.
Sightseeing in Stratford-on-Avon
We drove to an even greener and more picturesque region in southern Warwickshire and came to the local government district of Stratford-on-Avon. The town in this rural district is called Stratford-upon-Avon and it is a cultural hub. After a good night’s sleep, we embarked on a tour of the historical town after breakfast.
To start with, this town was the home of William Shakespeare. In this light, we decided, like many other tourists, that our main recreational activity in this town would be sightseeing. We visited the childhood home of Shakespeare, the cottage of Anne Hathaway, and the Holy Trinity Church. We also visited the Royal Shakespeare Theater and the Swan Theater, and the Verney House where we viewed an extensive collection of art.
Boating on the River Avon
Late afternoon and we were all overwhelmed with the cultural artifacts in this town. At this time, my friend suggested an even more ambitious recreational activity, boating on the River Avon. After consulting the internet for a while, my friend booked a boat and we were off to even more fun. We had a very entertaining and highly informed guide, who taught and assisted us in rowing while continuing to educate us on more cultural relics in the town.
After about an hour’s boat ride, we were really at the peak with all the fun the town could offer. We returned the boat and started debating about where to have dinner. One of the attendants at the boat hiring company overheard our discussion and suggested that we should have dinner aboard a cruise boat. We were wordless because none of us knew that this service even existed.
We booked a place on a cruise boat and we were told to report on the waterside opposite the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) by 7 pm. The cruise started at around 7.30 pm and lasted about hours on the spectacular boat. The boat hosted about 20 people and we were served lovely meals for dinner as we enjoyed the night sights in the highly romantic and cultural town. I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun in a single day.