Recently we were offered the chance to stay overnight at Stratford Manor Hotel (part of the QHotels Group) and H was asked to act as a Kidsadvisor giving his opinion on our stay. So for the rest of this blogpost I’m going to hand you over to H (He told me what to write, but I’ve typed it and added the photographs, etc.)
Mum drove us to Stratford-upon-Avon and we parked in a car park and went to explore the town. We have been there before a couple of times, so I decided I didn’t want to visit one of the Shakespeare properties again. Mum found a couple of other things to visit and I decided we would go to Magic Alley which is a wizarding themed place to visit. There were lots of panels to read with stories about wizards, Shakespeare, Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland and more. We had clues to solve on the way round, plus numbers and letters to collect. There was a dressing up area and a place to write a letter to send by owl post. I mostly had fun here, but I got a bit bored towards the end. Then we went round the shop. They had lots of interesting things and I decided that I am going to have a bit of a steam punk theme going on in my bedroom when it is redecorated – they had lots of steam punk style sculptures in the shop.
For lunch Mum let me choose, so it was McDonald’s. As it was a nice day we ate it by the river. Then Mum insisted in doing a river trip. I didn’t really want to go, but it was more interesting than I thought it would be. We saw the church where Shakespeare was buried and a chain ferry, plus lots of other boats.
At last Mum agreed we could go back to the hotel because I was keen to try out the pool and the wi-fi. It only took us a few minutes to drive there from Stratford. Here we are arriving at the hotel – I think it’s quite posh from the outside. Mum was impressed by the size of the car park.
I tried out the bed when we got to the room. Now I thought this should be my bed, but Mum had other ideas so I got the smaller bed in the corner which is about the same size as my bed at home. There was even a little present for me in the room and that was a nice surprise.
Next we went down to the spa to go to the swimming pool. Kids are allowed to use the pool in the morning and the evening for a few hours at a time. We had a lot of fun playing with my diving sticks. I liked that they provide a towel for you. The pool is quite big and is shaped like a letter ‘L’.
We couldn’t get a table in the restaurant early enough for my dinner time, so we ate in the bar instead. I liked the food there and it was quite relaxed (there were other children around). I had an adult-sized portion of fish and chips and managed it all. The next morning we had a buffet breakfast. I like this because you can have as much as you want of the things you like. I had sausage and beans. I thought about the coco pops, but didn’t have any in the end. Mum had a full English breakfast with toast. There was also fruit, yoghurt and other things: a very good selection.
After breakfast we chilled out for a while before going back for another swim before we left. The pool was the thing I liked most about the hotel. Having a pool at a hotel is the most important thing for me. I’d recommend the pool and the hotel to other children.
Then we went to Warwick Castle which was only a few minutes drive away – it wasn’t far enough to get out the DVD player. I’ve been to Warwick Castle before quite a few times and my favourite thing is the jousting show. Each year the show is slightly different and this year was the best ever. It was called the War of the Roses and it was very exciting. We queued up early so we got good spots to see it.
We also walked around the castle and saw the Birds of Prey show. There is a lot to see and do at Warwick and there are shows on through the day.
One of my favourite places to go to there is the Horrible Histories Maze. It’s quite tricky to find your way around. I like the child’s way out at the end of the maze and I made Mum take that way out too.