Day 7 – This day was set for our visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon, which I had been looking forward to for years. Right after breakfast at the cottage, my two-year-old son took a tumble and banged his head on one of the ancient wooden beams in the cottage. He immediately developed a grapefruit sized lump on his forehead. He was crying nonstop as well. I thought he needed to get looked at by a doctor. The cottage listed Winchcombe medical clinic as a resource, so I called them up and they said to come on by. When we got there, a doctor saw him right away and reassured me that he had no serious head trauma or damage. Just a giant goose egg. As we were leaving, I stopped to pay for the services and was told there is no charge for healthcare in the UK. I was floored! Of course, I know all citizens get free healthcare, but I was shocked that this was extended to us as visitors. Great NHS experience.
Anyway, the day was still young, so we got into the car and drove up to Stratford. My mother was a little tired, so she decided to stay behind in the cottage. My little boy seemed perfectly fine and back to his normal self. Once we got to Stratford, parking was a bit of challenge, but we finally found a garage close to the center. We had lunch at Pizza Express and made our way to the sites. With three small children, you have to make adjustments to your touring plans, so we mostly visited the major sites from outside. Then, we went to Shakespeare’s grave site and took some pictures. We actually did go to the church, but my husband and I took turns sitting with the twins and the stroller outside since the stroller wouldn’t fit through the tiny entrance door.
After a snack, we took a walk along the river and admired the many different ancient trees around. We took a chain ferry across and found a wonderful playground for the kids. There was sand to play in, swings of all sizes, and of course, a large zipline for the oldest to try out. We got ice cream treats and made our way back to the car. We picked up ingredients for dinner back at the cottage.