BIDFORD-ON-AVON; RIVERSIDE VILLAGE
Looking for day out with the whole family? Why not come to Bidford-on-Avon? Just 6 miles west from Stratford-upon-Avon it has been a tourist destination for well over a hundred years, when residents from Birmingham would come and enjoy a day out by the river! Legend even has it that no less a figure than William Shakespeare enjoyed a visit to a local hostelry and then slept under a tree on his way back to Stratford one night after a skin full of ale!
The setting has not changed much since then. The River Avon still flows majestically to the south of the village and the Parish Church of St. Laurence, which recently celebrated 800 years, still dominates the centre of the village and is well worth a visit: from its vantage position you can enjoy spectacular views of the River Avon.
But Bidford now has much more to offer.
The main attraction of the village is its 26 acre recreational area known as The Big Meadow. Its amenities have recently been refurbished and now boast a large play area catering for all ages, a Multi Use Game Area (MUGA), a skate ramp, as well as seating facilities such as locally sourced tree trunks, picnic tables and benches. And there is still plenty of room to enjoy walking with or without dogs! From 1st April to 30th September for a small fee of £2.50 visitors to the Big Meadow can park inside the gates and enjoy a full day's recreation.
From the Big Meadow you can cross over Bidford Bridge, a national heritage site, to the High Street which offers a variety of local shops, riverside restaurants, and traditional English pub all set in a conservation area of mostly post medieval buildings. St. Laurence Church is worth a visit and you can enjoy spectacular view of the river from its high ground.
For more details on what Bidford has to offer, why not visit the website www.bidfordonavon-pc.gov.uk