In preparation for the Blog Every Day in May challenge hosted by Rosalilium, I spent a few hours last night going through all my posts and I realised that although I posted about us going away for the minibreak to Warwickshire I didn't actually show you what we got up to!!
Our hotel, the Weston Hall Hotel, was a beautiful old country house tucked away in a village called Bulkington. Some areas looked a little tired, but the bed was comfy, the breakfast was amazing and the staff incredibly friendly.
We headed up on Thursday morning and went straight to Cadbury World, using their Purple Thursday 2 for 1 ticket deal. Our entry time was 2pm, perfectly timed that all the school trips were leaving the attraction so it was much quieter. Sion loved the fact you were given chocolate bars to eat on the way round but by far the thing that amazed us was the history behind the Cadbury brand. The village of Bournville was built to allow the workers of the factory to leave the poor conditions of the city and additional benefits were brought in like healthcare, education and leisure activities. Pretty amazing to be so forward thinking for the late 1800s.
On Friday we spent the day wondering around Birmingham and mostly the Bullring shopping centre. We also ate obscene amounts of sushi for lunch, stopping only when everyone else around us had long gone!!
We left the hotel on Saturday morning and decided to stop off in Stratford to soak up some Shakespeare culture. A grey and overcast day turned into a beautiful spring morning so we wondered along the river bank and were passengers on the maiden voyage of the water taxi for the 2014 season! I took the chance for some quiet reflection time in the churchyard that Shakespeare is buried in, although his resting place was inside the church so we didn't see it. We also headed into the town centre and looked at the beautiful buildings and popped in and out of shops.
Heading home through the Warwickshire and Oxfordshire countryside we daydreamed about living in the massive stately homes we passed, until we found ourselves back in our little corner of Hampshire, rested and definitely re-connected!