Warwick Castle and a stroll around Stratford-Upon-Avon was a nice day trip when we were not attending the Olympics. Warwick Castle is a significant historical site that is now a theme park. There are shows and events happening over the course of the day that included jousting, a trebuchet launch, sword fighting, Princess Adventure, dungeon, castle towers, and a few well done exhibits explaining some of the history of the castle and it’s importance in the War of the Roses. Patrick’s biggest complaint was the measly portions provided in the lunches we purchased. Alex lobbied hard to attend the Princess Adventure, even though it is advertised for girls younger than herself. In the end, she enjoyed it, but had to admit that she is starting to get a little old for some of these things.
Patrick and Alex attended Knight School to brush up on their sword handling skills. They learned to cut off legs and arms – smash their opponents with the pommel of their sword, stick the blade in and twist – etc… Now they are ready for Middle School when we get home.
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a little further down the road from Warwick. The kids have not been properly introduced to Shakespeare yet, and I hoped to find a kid-friendly way to introduce the Shakespeare while in the Bard’s home town. Unfortunately we didn’t find anything like that available. So the next best thing was to find a pub with a table by the river and enjoy a plate of appetizers and drinks and watch the ducks. We still need to figure out how to get into the Shakespeare topic – we have the appetizers, drinks, and ducks covered.