There are some brilliant new attractions to visit in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick this summer.
When some of the most region’s most popular family venues reopened after lockdown, they had made big changes.
So, if you’re fancy a drive out to try something new then you can go to see dinosaurs, unicorns, dragons and more!
Read more – 30 brilliant things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon
Be sure to check opening times and ticket prices in advance, and book ahead where necessary to avoid disappointment.
A dinosaur invasion has arrived at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick.
Children can get up close to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus with expert rangers at the meet and greet sessions. There’s also a dinosaur show.
Dinosaurs Alive runs throughout the summer holidays from July 24 to September 5.
There are also three outdoor Laser Combat challenges – Death Match, Domination and Capture the Flag – plus family shows featuring cabaret and puppets each day.
Over 450 creatures, 40 birds of prey and 150 guinea pigs live at Hatton, plus there’s also a shopping village. Find out more and book tickets here
Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA
Enchanted Treasure Trail
Much-loved Magic Alley, a magical attraction and emporium in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been transformed into an Enchanted Treasure Trail, where families can ‘explore a world full of wizards, dragons, fairies, time travel and pirates’. There’s even a unicorn!
The new interactive quest leads guests to move through different themed rooms solving riddles and puzzles until they reach Willow, the unicorn.
Magic Alley is famous for selling Butter Beer, potions and spells long before Harry Potter flew into our lives. You can also pick up vintage toys and games, steampunk figurines, candles, incense and puzzles.
Find out more and book tickets here and read our review of Magic Alley here
Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX
Horrible Histories Maze
The Horrible Histories Maze has been newly revamped at Warwick Castle.
It now contains a new era to discover – the Vile Victorians – as you make your way through the twists and turns throughout history.
There’s also a new interactive trail based on Zog the dragon from the best-selling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Kids can take part in five lessons from Madame Dragon’s school where they get to try out big roars, capture a princess and soar high without their feet ever leaving the ground all to help Zog in his quest for the golden star. Find out more here
Warwick CV34 4QU
The climbing wall has been refurbished at St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick.
It takes up an entire wall at in the centre’s sports hall and there are some great pay-as-you-go offers available for kids.
There’s also the recently refurbished Clip N Climb Arena at Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre in Leamington Spa too, which has a six-lane, 25 metre swimming pool and a leisure pool with a water slide.
St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Banbury Road, Warwick CV34 4QY
Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Newbold Terrace East, Leamington Spa CV32 4EW
Minibeast Metropolis at Stratford Butterfly Farm
Minibeast Metropolis at Stratford Butterfly Farm has a new look for summer 2021. It now features a 1,000-litre aquarium full of shimmering tropical fish, as well as displaying scorpions, spiders, frogs, and snakes.
The Metropolis is also home to a Capricorn Beetle, an exceedingly rare species which has been re-homed at the butterfly farm after being extinct in the UK for hundreds of years.
You can also watch the Monarch caterpillar transform into a butterfly in the ‘Discovery Zone’ this summer. This North American butterfly has two sets of wings and a wingspan of three to four inches.
The Last Supper at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall
The remains of a depiction of the Last Supper have been discovered at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.
A ‘discovery of international importance’ was made by architectural historian Dr Jonathan Foyle as part of his study into the hall’s medieval symbolic decorations.
Fragments of the Last Supper painting can be seen in what is now known as the Master’s Chamber, built as the South Wing in the 1420s. During his tenure as bailiff (mayor), Williams Shakespeare’s father John was responsible for white-washing the catholic wall paintings that have been the focus of attention of historians today – their work made all the more challenging by the historic attempts to obliterate them.
Dr Foyle said: “This places Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall among the many European guilds, confraternities and monasteries who express their religious brotherhood through enactments of the Last Supper.
“Fine examples of mural paintings of this theme can be seen in the refectories of 15th century Florence, but the most famous is Leonardo da Vinci’s version in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, painted half a century after Stratford-upon-Avon’s simple scheme.”
The results of the study are highlighted in new interpretation and original paintings created by Jonathan Foyle so that visitors can get a true insight into how the building would have looked with these, often colourful, pieces of wall art in place. Find out more and book tickets here
There are lots of additional things to do in the area – discover more in our Stratford-upon-Avon guide here
As the birthplace of William Shakespeare, you can go to theatre shows and discover lots about the world famous playwright at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
You can visit the MAD museum, Stratford Butterfly Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife.
The River Avon provides a beautiful backdrop to the market town and you can enjoy riverboat cruises and boat hire.
There are also some great pubs and traditional tea shops to round off your day.