The 1 thing you should do in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Sit by the river……. There it is, no need to read on if you are one of those with just haven’t got the time 🙂

On a serious note taking 30 minutes out of your day trip, shopping trip, or errands run to just sit. You can sit and people watch, (or boat watch). A popular place for both people, craft, and groups of geese and swans to take a well needed break. This point is where the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal links to the Avon through and on through a lock basin called the Bandcroft Basin.

The park sits in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the central part of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Narrowboat on the River Avon with the RSC in the background.
The River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon. The RSC in the background and Narrowboat Ebony moored up.

In a time where so much focus if given to spending money and staring at a screens (excluding reading my blog of course 😉 ), just 30 minutes of your day spent sitting with your feel in the ground, no distractions really makes things feel that little bit better.

Narrowboats on the River Avon, Stratford upon Avon.
On the approach to Stratford-upon-Avon with the River Avon to your left and the butterfly park up to your right.

Sitting facing the Narrowboats in the Bancroft Basin it’s calm and peaceful, especially first thing in the morning, or late in the evening. That time when the tourists and shoppers have eased off. It is quite hard to believe that once this area was a hustling centre of industry. In fact the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal was built as part of a network of canals to take coal from the Midlands area right into the centre of London. The Bancroft Basin is a really popular spot for gongoozling (definition of gongoozling: the activity of watching boats and their activities on canals). With the bridge that has been added in recent years gives a perfect vantage point to spend sometime watching the boats rise and fall through the locks.

Narrowboat Warwick in the Bancroft Basin, Stratfor Upon Avon
Narrowboat Warwick in the Bandcroft Basin in Stratford-upon-Avon.

All in all, a morning or afternoon is basic, simple, and most of all free! Find out more via the CRT website. The CRT is the Canal and River Trust, they manage the majority of the canals in the UK. They have a great map that can be found by clicking here – CRT Map of Stratford-upon-Avon