What a great Saturday out at the Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival.
Unplanned, and unprepared, a rainy start to the day and visitors staying with us, we decided to vist the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm. [two_third padding=”20px 20px 20px 20px”]The butterfly farm is good for an hour or two’s visit, and close enough to the centre of town to explore Shakespeare country or stay out of the rain in a decent pub.
We arrived to find the River Festival in full swing, with many narrow boats parked on the river, live music, market stalls and interesting food smells. By the time we were done in the butterfly farm, which is always an interesting and impressive place to visit, the weather had cleared and it was a lovely day.[one_fourth_last padding=”20px 20px 20px 20px”][/one_fourth_last]
Festival food is always an interesting one. I make better burgers at home, hog roast has become boring, and my local pub does as good a meal as any. The trick is always to find something different. Kudos to Ross & Ross. Their lamb shoulder and salsa verde, in a bun or not, made for a good and different lunch. And again later on to the Jabberwocky in their green van with their variously filled gourmet toasties. Seconds were very necessary![/two_third]
As always the ladies enjoyed the various market stalls, and a 40 minute trip along the river was interesting, with narrow boats very much in evidence, and a chance to see the houses along the river – definitely some vary valuable places there. A nice place to live.
Judging by the overall turnout, it was a successful festival – definitely one for the diary next year.
Here is a small selection of photos:
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