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									THAMES EXAMINATIONS AND TRAINING LTD




 Intercultural Awareness and Competence Trainer Training Courses

                              Brochure for 2013




                                   Forward House
                                    17 High Street
                                   Henley in Arden
                                       B95 5AA
                                   United Kingdom

                       Tel: +44 (0)1564 330607 / +44 (0)7713 117056
       Email: info@thamesenglish.com / thamesexaminationsandtraining@gmail.com
                            Website: www.thamesenglish.com




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                            THAMES EXAMINATIONS AND TRAINING LTD
Thames Examinations and Training Ltd is an independent provider of international English language examinations for young learners, English for
Professional Purposes training services for adult non-native speakers of English and intercultural awareness and competence trainer training courses funded
via the European Commission’s Grundtvig programme.
Based in Henley in Arden, 13 kilometres from Stratford upon Avon, we have established an excellent reputation for providing high quality examination and
training services since our incorporation in 2001.

Intercultural Awareness and Competence Trainer Training Courses

Our intercultural awareness and competence trainer training courses are funded via the European Commission’s Grundtvig programme
(http://ec.europa.eu/education/grundtvig/inservice_en.htm) and are designed to meet the professional needs of those employed in the formal and informal
adult education sector in a European country (our course reference number is UK-2013-1682-007).
This five-day course, delivered in English, develops participants’ knowledge of intercultural awareness and competence and the skills required to design,
deliver, assess and evaluate an intercultural awareness and competence training programme. The course is highly practical and includes microteaching and
feedback sessions, participant group presentations, case study discussions, simulations, role plays, problem-solving activities and the development of
professional action plans. Participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Our Contact Details
Thames Examinations and Training Ltd
Forward House
17 High Street
Henley in Arden
B95 5AA
United Kingdom

Tel:           +44 (0)1564 330607 / +44 (0)7713 117056
Email:         info@thamesenglish.com / thamesexaminationsandtraining@gmail.com
Website:       www.thamesenglish.com


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                  1. Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Competence (IAC) - courses in 2013
Funding is available for all of our courses via the European Commission’s Grundtvig in-service training programme for adult
educators, administrators and managers: http://ec.europa.eu/education/grundtvig/inservice_en.htm. Please note that if you live
and work in the United Kingdom, you are not eligible to receive a Grundtvig training grant to attend a UK-based in-service
training course.

Course fee: €750 per person per week
Accommodation and subsistence allowance: €450 per person per week



                              Month in          Dates of      Deadline for your Grundtvig
                            which course        course        training grant application to
                             takes place                      be received by your national
                                                                         agency

                             February            18-22              17th September 2012
                              March              18-22              17th September 2012
                               April             22-26              17th September 2012
                               May               20-24                16th January 2013
                            September             9-13                 30th April 2013
                             October              7-11                 30th April 2013
                            November              4-8                  30th April 2013
For details of all national agencies, please refer to the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-
programme/national_en.htm

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                   2. Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Competence (IAC) – course outline

This highly practical course is designed for experienced trainers, teachers, tutors, lecturers, administrators or managers who would like
to move into teaching Intercultural Communication to adults in a European country. The course prepares participants for work in
informal and formal training and educational settings.



                                   09.00-10.30 & 11.00-12.30                                14.00-16.00
     Monday             Introduction to the course, trainers            and  Examining and using cultural dimensions
                         participants                                          (Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner; The
                        Defining culture using recognised models              GLOBE Study)

                        Examining and using cultural dimensions (Hall
                         and Hall; Hofstede)


     Tuesday            Determining the stages of culture shock and  Microteaching:         selecting/designing     and
                         adaptation: the w-curve                           delivering a short intercultural awareness and
                        Conducting needs analyses for developing          competence training activity
                         trainees’/learners’ intercultural awareness and  Feedback/feed forward
                         competence (general/specific; before-during-
                         after; inclusion of stakeholders)

                        Selecting/designing appropriate training activities
                         (content, materials, methods)




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Wednesday    Designing      intercultural    awareness      and  Assessing     trainees’/learners’ intercultural
              competence training courses (general/specific;       awareness and competence
              before-during-after; inclusion of stakeholders)     Selecting appropriate assessment tools and
             Establishing training/learning objectives and        techniques for formative and summative
              outcomes                                             assessment
             Determining the roles of the trainer and  Providing trainees/learners and stakeholders
              trainees/learners                                    with feedback/feed forward
                                                                  Developing personal action plans with
             Determining course content, materials, methods       trainees/learners
              and activities

Thursday     Evaluating an intercultural awareness and  Microteaching: assessing trainees’/learners’
              competence course                             intercultural awareness and competence;
             Designing course evaluation questionnaires    providing feedback/feed forward; developing
              (quantitative and qualitative)                personal action plans with trainees/learners
                                                           Feedback/feed forward
             Conducting interviews and focus groups with
              trainees/learners and stakeholders
             Managing change effectively


 Friday      Group presentations: designing an intercultural  Developing personal action plans with
              awareness and competence training course          participants
             Feedback/feed forward                            Continuing       professional       development
                                                                opportunities, including action research
             Group presentations: designing an intercultural  Round up and end of course evaluation
              awareness and competence training course
             Feedback/feed forward

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Preparation:

We ask all course participants to complete a pre-course questionnaire. This allows us to tailor the workshops to participants’ level of
professional experience and to provide suitable pre-course reading and tasks. We are also keen to find out about participants’ hobbies
and interests so that we can organise suitable social and cultural activities outside the workshops.

Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will:
 Have a good understanding of cultural dimensions and their role in intercultural encounters
 Be able to conduct needs analyses for developing trainees’/learners’ intercultural awareness and competence
 Be able to select/design appropriate intercultural training activities (content, materials, methods)
 Be able to design intercultural awareness and competence training courses (learning outcomes, content, materials, methods and
   activities)
 Be able to select appropriate assessment tools and techniques for formative and summative assessment purposes
 Be able to use appropriate assessment criteria and provide trainees/learners with formative and summative feedback/feed forward
 Be able to evaluate intercultural awareness and competence training courses using questionnaires, interviews and focus groups
 Have a good understanding of intercultural trainer competencies and continuing professional development opportunities,
   including action research

Methodology:

All participants will receive a comprehensive set of course materials in the first workshop. The course will be delivered using
techniques that participants can subsequently apply in their own training/teaching contexts. This will include the following: facilitator
presentations, pair work, small group activities, whole group plenaries, individual reflection, microteaching and feedback sessions, role
plays, simulations, problem-solving activities, case study discussions, participant group presentations, and use of DVD clips, photos,
realia and websites.



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Follow-up:

In the final afternoon of the course, we will examine intercultural trainer competencies and develop a personal action plan with each
participant for continuing professional development purposes. Thames Examinations and Training Ltd has a Wiggio site for the
trainers and participants to remain in contact with each other, to share ideas, experiences, materials and techniques and to inform each
other about small-scale research opportunities, trainer/teacher development events and professional conferences.

                                                          3. The Trainers

                                        Neale Richardson: Course Director and Facilitator


                                  BA (Hons) History and Educational Studies, Keele University
                                  MA Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham
                                  Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House London

                                 Neale has taught Intercultural Awareness and Competence on undergraduate and postgraduate
                                 degree programmes at Aston University. He has also designed and delivered intercultural
                                 communication training workshops for academic and administrative staff at Aston University. Neale
                                 has worked in the USA, Poland, Cyprus, China and Vietnam, where he has facilitated intercultural
                                 awareness and competence training courses in private companies and educational institutions. Before
                                 working in education and training, Neale was a manager in the retail industry for eighteen years.

                               Neale has also taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programmes at College of North West
                               London and University of Birmingham and has designed, taught and managed EAP programmes at
                               Aston University. He has written two EAP coursebooks: English for Medicine (MSc) and English
                               for Medicine (PhD), which have been approved by the Ministry of Education and Training in
Vietnam for use in Vietnamese universities. In addition, he has designed and delivered EAP teacher training courses at University of
Medicine and Pharmacy-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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                                   Claire Richardson: Course Administrator and Facilitator


                                         MA (Hons) French with Spanish, University of Edinburgh
                                         MSc Business and Management Information Systems, University of Lincoln
                                         Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House London
                                         Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House Singapore
                                         Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Level Modern Languages), University
                                          of Hull
                                         Additional Teaching Qualification (Primary Education), University of Strathclyde

                                         Claire has taught Intercultural Awareness and Competence on undergraduate and
                                         postgraduate degree programmes at Aston University. She has also designed and delivered
                                         intercultural communication training workshops for academic and administrative staff at
                                         Aston University. Claire has worked in France, Spain, Cyprus, Singapore, Malaysia, China
                                         and Vietnam, where she has facilitated intercultural awareness and competence training
courses in private companies and educational institutions.

Claire has also taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programmes at College of North West London, School of Finance and
Management (London) and University of Edinburgh. She has designed, taught and managed EAP programmes at University of
Birmingham and Aston University. In addition, Claire has designed and delivered EAP teacher training courses at University of
Birmingham, Aston University and University of Medicine and Pharmacy-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Claire has managed the
English for International Students Unit at Aston University for a number of years.

Both Neale and Claire have delivered long-term and short-term executive/professional and workplace training courses for employees
of the following organisations: NHK Broadcasting, Singapore Airlines, Elche General Hospital (Intensive Care Unit), Nothelfer,
Sodexo, Bestway, Forte Retail Services, Typical, Tianyu Gloria Plaza Hotel and Buttercup Bakery.



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                                                     4. Course Location

The Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Competence (IAC) course will normally take place at Arden House Conference Centre,
which is part of Warwickshire College. Built in 1840, Arden House is set in 27 acres of grounds and is a Regency period listed
building.




Located      within     the      building are modern     conference    and     meeting     facilities  and     a    day     spa
(http://www.warkscol.ac.uk/henleyspa/henley_spa.asp?S=1). Next door to Arden House are a sports hall and a fully equipped gym
(http://www.warwickshire.ac.uk/why_us/commercial_facilities/sport_and_fitness/henley-in-arden_sports.aspx). Course participants
may use all of these facilities.

Free minibus transport will be provided to and from Arden House. We can collect you from your accommodation in the morning and
return you there once the day’s programme has ended. A daily lunch will be provided at Arden House and drinks and snacks will also
be available throughout the day (all free of charge).

Occasionally, the Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Competence (IAC) course will take place at Forward House, Henley in
Arden: http://www.unitedbusinesscentres.co.uk/index.php/business_centres/henleyinarden . Complimentary transport, lunch, drinks
and snacks will also be provided for this venue.

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                                                  5. Getting to Henley in Arden

5.1   Arriving by Plane

The closest airport to Henley in Arden is located near the city of Birmingham: www.birminghamairport.co.uk . The airport is
approximately 19 kilometres from Henley in Arden.

The airport is directly connected to a train station, called Birmingham International. You can catch a train from Birmingham
International station to Birmingham New Street station. From there, you will need to walk a short distance to Birmingham Moor
Street station, from where there is a frequent train service to Henley in Arden. For all train times and prices, please refer to the
National Rail Enquiries website: www.nationalrail.co.uk

Please note that we can arrange an airport pick up for you. Simply email us your flight details and we will arrange
transportation from Birmingham Airport to your chosen accommodation.

5.2   Arriving by Train

In order to reach Henley in Arden by train, it is necessary to change stations either in Birmingham or Stratford upon Avon. Trains
from Birmingham Moor Street station serve Henley in Arden. The journey takes approximately 38 minutes with most trains running
hourly at 30 minutes past the hour. At peak times (6-8am and 5-7pm), trains are more frequent.

Trains from Stratford upon Avon to Henley in Arden also run on an hourly basis, except at peak times (see above). Most off peak
trains leave Stratford upon Avon for Henley in Arden at 26 minutes past the hour. The journey takes approximately 14 minutes.

For full details, please refer to the National Rail Enquiries website: www.nationalrail.co.uk




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5.3    Arriving by Bus or Coach

Coach travel is probably the cheapest, but not the most comfortable, way to reach most towns and cities in England. Information on
coach times, destinations and prices can be found using the National Express website: www.nationalexpress.co.uk . The main coach
station in Birmingham, called Digbeth Coach Station, is near the city centre and is just a short walk from Moor Street train station.

Bus service X20, running from Birmingham to Stratford upon Avon, passes down the High Street in Henley in Arden. This service is
operated by a Henley in Arden based bus and coach company called Johnsons. The X20 service runs approximately once an hour. To
obtain a full timetable please refer to http://www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk/index.html

5.4   Car Hire at Birmingham Airport

There are several car hire companies located at or near Birmingham Airport: http://www.birmingham-airport-guide.co.uk/car-
hire.html

5.5   Airport Taxi Services

Several taxi and mini cab companies provide transport between Birmingham Airport and Henley in Arden. The cost is approximately
£32 for a single journey and £59 for a return journey: http://www.birmingham-airport-guide.co.uk/taxi-transfer.html

5.6   Arriving by Car

Henley in Arden can be reached via two motorways: the M40 and the M42. Please use postcode B95 5AA with a Satnav or refer to
the following route planners: http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp and http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner




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                                                        6. Accommodation

We advise that you stay in either Henley in Arden or Stratford upon Avon unless you have your own transport. There are
neighbouring villages with places to stay, mainly top of the range country hotels or simple village inns, but these locations do not have
the amenities found in towns and can often be quite isolated.

6.1   Where to Stay in Henley in Arden

The Bridge House Hotel
289 High Street
Henley in Arden
B95 5DH
Tel: 01564 794469
http://www.bridge-househotel.co.uk/

This is a small hotel located very close to Arden House Conference Centre. The cost per room is approximately £55-70 per night.

Best Western Plus Henley Hotel
Tanworth Lane
Henley in Arden
B95 5RA
Tel: 01564 794551
Booking Line: 08457 767676
http://www.bestwestern.co.uk/Hotels/Henley-Hotel-Henley-in-Arden-83904/Hotel-Info/Default.aspx

Part of the Best Western chain, this hotel is situated about 1 kilometre from the town centre. The cost per room is approximately £67
per night.




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The White Swan Hotel
100 High Street
Henley in Arden
B95 5BY
Tel: 01564 792623
http://www.thewhiteswanhotel.com

The White Swan is also close to Arden House Conference Centre and serves as a hotel and a traditional inn. It is a good place to drink
English ale and dine on a wide range of good pub food. The cost per room is approximately £75-135 per night.

Hidden Cottages
Blunts Green
Henley in Arden
B95 5RE
Tel: 01564 795741
http://www.hiddeninwarwickshire.com/index.html

These four luxury self catering cottages are located 1.5 kilometres from the town centre. The cost per cottage is approximately £330-
460 for seven nights in low season and £375-600 for seven nights in high season.

Irelands Farm Cottages
Irelands Lane
Henley in Arden
B95 5SA
Tel: 01564 792476
http://www.irelandsfarmcottages.com/index.html

These five luxury self catering cottages are located 3 kilometres from the town centre. The cost per cottage is approximately £308-528
for seven nights depending on whether it is low or high season.


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6.2   Where to Stay in Stratford upon Avon

Stratford upon Avon is the nearest large town to Henley in Arden and has a wide choice of places to stay. If you decide to stay at any
of these locations, we will provide transport to and from Arden House Conference Centre.

Hotels

‘Character’ hotels:

There are many hotels to choose from in Stratford upon Avon. The following are ‘character’ hotels and are located in listed buildings
in or close to the town centre:

Legacy Falcon Hotel
http://www.legacy-hotels.co.uk/legacy-thefalcon/index.php?af=y

Best Western Grosvenor Hotel
http://www.bwgh.co.uk/grosvenor-stratford-upon-avon/welcome-to-the-best-western-grosvenor-hotel.html

Mercure Shakespeare Hotel
http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-6630-mercure-stratford-upon-avon-shakespeare-hotel/index.shtml

The Church Street Townhouse
http://www.churchstreettownhouse.com/

The White Swan Hotel
http://www.white-swan-stratford.co.uk/

Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel
http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/alveston/?gclid=CKyA5KmdiLICFUEMfAodJy4A2w


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Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club
http://www.menzieshotels.co.uk/hotels/midlands/stratford-upon-avon-welcombe-hotel-spa-and-golf-club/

Hotel chains:

The following well-known hotel chains also have hotels in Stratford upon Avon:

Holiday Inn
http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/stratford-upon-avon/sfdua/hoteldetail

Premier Inn
http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/STRAVO/stratford-upon-avon-waterways?DCMP=KNC_D_BND

Travelodge
http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/376/Stratford-Upon-Avon-hotel

Budget hotels and B&Bs:

The accommodation listed here, alphabetically, includes guesthouses and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs). Most have between two and
eight rooms. Web site details are included and prices listed are for single rooms per night.

Adelphi Guest House                                                   Aidan Guest House
39 Grove Road                                                         11 Evesham Place
Stratford upon Avon                                                   Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6PB                                                              CV37 6HT
Tel: 01789 204469                                                     Tel: 01789 292824
www.adelphi-guesthouse.com                                            www.aidanhouse.com
info@adelphi-guesthouse.com                                           enquiries@aidanhouse.com
£35-50                                                                £30-45


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Ambleside Guest House                    Arden Way Guest House
41 Grove Rd                              22 Shipston Road
Stratford upon Avon                      Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6PB                                 CV37 7LP
Tel: 01789 297239                        Tel: 01789 205646
www.amblesideguesthouse.com              www.ardenwayguesthouse.co.uk
peter@amblesideguesthouse.com            info@ardenwayguesthouse.co.uk
£30-40                                   £30-55

Ashgrove House                           Avonlea Guest House
37 Grove Road                            47 Shipston Road
Stratford upon Avon                      Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6PB                                 CV37 7LN
Tel: 01789 297278                        Tel: 01789 205940
www.ashgrovehousestratford.co.uk         www.avonlea-stratford.co.uk
info@ashgrovehousestratford.co.uk        enquiries@avonlea-stratford.co.uk
£30-50                                   £35-55

Barbette Guest House                     Bradbourne House
165 Evesham Road                         44 Shipston Road
Stratford upon Avon                      Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9BP                                 CV37 7LP
Tel: 01789 297822                        Tel: 01789 204178
www.barbette.co.uk                       www.bradbournehouse.com
barbettebb@gmail.com                     ian@bradbournehouse.com
£25-28                                   £30-40




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Bridgend                                          Broadlands Guest House
Binton Road                                       23 Evesham Place
Stratford upon Avon                               Stratford upon Avon
CV37 8PW                                          CV37 6HT
Tel: 01789 750900                                 Tel: 01789 299181
www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/bridgend.htm        www.broadlandsguesthouse.co.uk
bridgendhouse@aol.com                             jandtatbroadlands@live.co.uk
£34-38                                            £35-95

Brook Lodge Guest House                           Courtland
192 Alcester Road                                 12 Guild Street
Stratford upon Avon                               Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9DR                                          CV37 6RE
Tel: 01789 295988                                 Tel: 01789 292401
www.brooklodge.co.uk                              www.courtlandhotel.co.uk
enquiries@brook-lodge.co.uk                       info@courtlandhotel.co.uk
£40-46                                            £35-60

Cymbeline House                                   Emsley Guest House
24 Evesham Place                                  4 Arden Street
Stratford upon Avon                               Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6HT                                          CV37 6PA
Tel: 01789 292958                                 Tel: 01789 299557
www.cymbelinehouse.co.uk                          www.theemsley.co.uk
linda@cymbelineguesthouse.co.uk                   mel@theemsley.co.uk
£25-40                                            £32-40




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Faviere Guest House                                  Forget-Me-Not
127 Shipston Road                                    18 Evesham Place
Stratford upon Avon                                  Stratford upon Avon
CV37 7LW                                             CV37 6HT
Tel: 01789 293764                                    Tel: 01789 204907
www.faviere.com                                      www.forgetmenotguesthouse.co.uk
reservations@faviere.com                             kate@forgetmenotguesthouse.co.uk
£35-50                                               £30-50

Green Gables                                         Green Haven Guest House
47 Banbury Road                                      217 Evesham Road
Stratford upon Avon                                  Stratford upon Avon
CV37 7HW                                             CV37 9AS
Tel: 01789 205557                                    Tel: 01789 297874
www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/greengables.htm        www.green-haven.co.uk
jke985@aol.com                                       info@green-haven.co.uk
From £30 per person                                  £45-55

Linhill Guest House                                  Melita
35 Evesham Place                                     37 Shipston Road
Stratford upon Avon                                  Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6HT                                             CV37 7LN
Tel: 01789 292879                                    Tel: 01789 292432
www.linhillguesthouse.co.uk                          www.melitaguesthouse.co.uk
linhillguesthouse@sky.com                            info@melitaguesthouse.co.uk
£30-45                                               £49-59




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Midway Guest House                              Mil-Mar Guest House
182 Evesham Road                                96 Alcester Road
Stratford upon Avon                             Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9BS                                        CV37 9DP
Tel: 01789 204154                               Tel: 01789 267095
www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/midway.htm        www.mil-mar.co.uk
midwayguesthouse@btinternet.com                 milmar@btinternet.com
£35-45                                          £50-65

Moonraker House                                 Penryn Guest House
40 Alcester Road                                126 Alcester Road
Stratford upon Avon                             Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9DB                                        CV37 9DP
Tel: 01789 268774                               Tel: 01789 293718
www.moonrakerhouse.com                          www.penrynguesthouse.co.uk
info@moonrakerhouse.com                         penrynhouse@btinternet.com
£45-70                                          From £35 per person

Salamander Guest House                          Stretton House
40 Grove Road                                   38 Grove Road
Stratford upon Avon                             Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6PB                                        CV37 6PB
Tel: 01789 205728                               Tel: 01789 268647
www.salamanderguesthouse.co.uk                  www.strettonhouse.co.uk
p.delin@btinternet.com                          shortpbshort@aol.com
£20-37.50                                       £30-37.50




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Sunnydale Guest House                Travellers Rest
64 Shipston Road                     146 Alcester Road
Stratford upon Avon                  Stratford upon Avon
CV37 7LP                             CV37 9DR
Tel: 01789 295166                    Tel: 01789 266589
www.sunny-dale.co.uk                 www.travellersrest.biz
kimhelena@ymail.com                  enquiries@travellersrest.biz
£35-38                               £32-45

Twelfth Night                        Victoria Spa Lodge
Evesham Place                        Bishopton Lane
Stratford upon Avon                  Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6HT                             CV37 9QY
Tel: 01789 414595                    Tel: 01789 267985
www.twelfthnight.co.uk               www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/victoriaspa.htm
twelfthnight@fsmail.co.uk            ptozer@victoriaspalodge.demon.co.uk
£40-50                               £50-55

Virginia Lodge                       Woodstock Guest House
12 Evesham Place                     30 Grove Road
Stratford upon Avon                  Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6HT                             CV37 6PB
Tel: 01789 292157                    Tel: 01789 299881
www.virginialodge.co.uk              www.woodstock-house.co.uk
enquiries@virginialodge.co.uk        jackie@woodstock-house.co.uk
£35-45                               £30-48




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Self catering cottages/apartments:

As You Like It Cottage
College Lane
Stratford upon Avon
Tel: 01789 450266
http://www.asyoulikeitcottage.co.uk/contentok.php?id=894
ian@asyoulikeitcottage.co.uk

The cost of this cottage is approximately £310-360 for seven nights in low season and £360-410 for seven nights in high season.

No1 College Mews
College Lane
Stratford upon Avon
Tel: 01789 450266
http://www.no1collegemews.co.uk/contentok.php?id=882
ian@no1collegemews.co.uk

The cost of this apartment is approximately £300-340 for seven nights in low season and £340-390 for seven nights in high season.

Stratford Holiday Cottages
41 and 42 Shakespeare Street
Stratford upon Avon
Tel: 01789 298141
http://www.stratfordholidaycottages.co.uk/index.html
kdfield@stratfordholidaycottages.com

The cost of these cottages is approximately £250-700 for seven nights, depending on whether it is low or high season.



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6.3   Staying in a family home

Another option is to stay with a family in their home. For a list of home stay accommodation in and around Henley in Arden or
Stratford         upon           Avon,            please          refer        to       the          following        website:
http://www.homestaybooking.com/apps/WebObjects/HomeStayBooking.woa/5/wa/viewPage?pageAlias=home&lang=en&wosid
=xkOVgo1FjptsOekWtltN2M

                                               7. A Guide to Henley in Arden




Henley in Arden is a picturesque and historic market town located 11 kilometres north of Stratford upon Avon. Stratford’s key claim
to fame is the William Shakespeare connection as this is where England’s most famous playwright and poet was born. Henley is 29
kilometres south of Birmingham, England’s second city and home to a variety of attractions. Other famous towns and cities are not
too far from Henley: Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, Worcester, Cheltenham and Oxford.




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For a relatively small town (4000 inhabitants) Henley in Arden has a wide variety of facilities and places of interest. It has many old,
traditional black and white buildings and has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful small towns in England’. As Henley is on
the main route from Stratford upon Avon to Birmingham, people often stop in the town to eat or drink at one of the many pubs and
restaurants. Henley ice cream is famous throughout the region and has been made in the town for many decades. For a pint of
English ale in front of a blazing log fire, try the Bluebell Inn or the White Swan on High Street. The town’s Heritage Centre can be
found in Joseph Hardy House, which is understood to be a rare building dating back to 1345.

The website http://www.henley-in-arden.org/ gives comprehensive listings of places to eat and drink, shops, practicalities (tourist
information, banks, post office, doctor’s, dentist’s, emergency services, travel information and local organisations) and a detailed view
of Henley’s historical past and cultural highlights. For an informative short film documenting the town, the website www.henley-in-
arden.co.uk is worth referring to. It not only provides information on Henley past and present, but also gives an insight into the lives
of some of the residents of this typically English town.

                                              8. A Guide to Stratford upon Avon

Getting there by train and bus
Stratford upon Avon is easily reached by both train and bus. The railway station is situated less than half a mile from the town centre
on Station Road (just off Alcester Road). It connects Stratford upon Avon with Birmingham (via Henley in Arden). Typically, trains
run hourly to and from Birmingham. There is also a regular bus service between Stratford upon Avon and Henley in Arden.

Car parks
Stratford upon Avon has several car parks. Two short stay car parks are located at Arden Street and Windsor Lane. Prices are as
follows: up to 1 hour = £1; up to 2 hours = £2; up to 3 hours = £3; up to 4 hours = £5. Bridgefoot long stay car park is in Church
Street. Parking here, for up to 24 hours, costs £20.

Tourist information
The tourist information centre is located at 62 Henley Street. Tel: 01789 264293; Email: tic@discover-stratford.com; Website:
www.discover-stratford.com . The centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm (March to October) and 10am to 4pm
(November to February).


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Post office and banks
The post office is situated at 2 Henley Street and is open from 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. There are banks with ATMs (cash
points) located throughout Stratford. Here is a list of some of the more conveniently sited ones: Bridge Street, Henley Street, Chapel
Street and Rother Street.

Hospital
The      hospital      is     located      close      to      the      town                 centre        on        Arden        Street:
http://www.nhs.uk/Services/hospitals/MapsAndDirections/DefaultView.aspx?id=1566

Emergency services
The police station is situated on Rother Street. In case of an emergency, you should call the police, ambulance service or fire service
using the following phone number: 999.

Exploring Stratford and the Surrounding Area
One of the best ways to explore Stratford and the surrounding area is by open top double-decker bus. The open top bus stop is
located next to the tourist information office, opposite the Shakespeare statue. The hour-long bus tour takes in many places of interest
in the town of Stratford and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside. Tours are every twenty minutes in summer and every 30-60
minutes in winter: http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/united-kingdom/stratford-upon-avon.htm.

Boat trips along the River Avon are also available. Avon Boating provides a tour in traditional Edwardian passenger launches. Please
refer to http://www.avon-boating.co.uk/ for times and prices.

The Shakespeare Connection
The majority of visitors to Stratford upon Avon come to the town for the Shakespeare connection. Shakespeare’s birthplace, which is
an old timbered building in the town centre, is arguably one of the most visited places in England. Known as the Shakespeare Centre,
this building is the headquarters of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It houses a collection of archives relating to both the man and
the town of his birth. The website http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/home.html gives details of not only Shakespeare’s birthplace, but
also other houses directly linked to the writer and his family.



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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is an impressive building with an elegant riverside location. This is the home of the Royal Shakespeare
Company (RSC). The theatre complex has a viewing tower, restaurant, cafe and bar and a souvenir shop selling a variety of
Shakespeare related products. For up-to-date information on all RSC productions and events, please visit www.rsc.org.uk or contact
the booking line (Tel: 0844 800 1110).




Town walks and ghost tours
There are Stratford town walks (daytime), ghost walks and ghost cruises (evenings) where top hat wearing, grim faced gentlemen
regale visitors with terrible tales of Stratford’s ghosts, witches, murders and mysteries. For more information on these events, please
refer to www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk

Continuing the same theme, the Falstaff Experience, located within a 16th century building on Sheep Street, is notorious for being
Stratford’s most haunted building. Some suggest it may even be one of the most haunted places in Britain. A tour of the museum and
its labyrinth of surrounding alleyways has been described as having ‘a heady atmosphere’: www.falstaffexperience.co.uk

Eating and Drinking in Stratford
All tastes are catered for from fine dining to simple pub food, from classic English cooking to Indian curries. Many Stratford
restaurants offer pre-theatre menus, especially those near to the theatres themselves. The following website provides a comprehensive
list of places to eat and drink in Stratford: http://www.discover-stratford.com/food-and-drink.cfm


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There are many pubs in the town and one of the most well-known is the Dirty Duck on Waterside: http://www.dirtyduck-pub-
stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/. Actors from the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre come here to relax and the walls of the pub are
covered in autographed photographs of many famous actors who have performed with the RSC.

Shopping in Stratford
Stratford has a wide variety of shops ranging from high street chain stores to small locally run businesses. Twice a month (between
9am and 2pm, on the first and third Saturday of each month), there is a farmer’s market which is located at Rother Street Marketplace.
You can purchase fresh produce and sample regional farm products such as cheese and locally brewed cider.

Also worth a mention are the town’s charity shops, such as Oxfam (28 Wood Street), Shakespeare Hospice Shop (18 Greenhill Street),
British Heart Foundation (47 Sheep Street), Cancer Research UK (26 Wood Street) and Sue Ryder Care (31 Greenhill Street). You can
buy a variety of good quality, cheap, second-hand goods including books, clothes, china and glass, CDs and DVDs. If you are very
lucky, you may find something special for very little money.

For a complete guide to the Stratford upon Avon shopping experience, please refer to www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/shopping




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                                       9. Top 10 Attractions around Henley in Arden

1. Warwick Castle
Situated in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, Warwick Castle is one of the most spectacular buildings in England.
Picturesquely sited on a bend in the River Avon, the castle was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror. Warwick is approximately 13
kilometres from Henley in Arden and can be easily reached by rail or road. Warwick Castle is open from April to October. For full
details of events, admission times and prices, please refer to http://www.warwick-castle.com/




2. Birmingham Shops, Canals, Jewellery Quarter and Museum & Art Gallery

Located 29 kilometres north of Henley in Arden, England’s second city is a diverse mix of old and new. The Bullring Shopping
Centre is Europe’s largest inner city shopping complex. Among its attractions is the famous London department store, Selfridges. The
Selfridges building, constructed in 2003, is an iconic structure clad in 15,000 shiny aluminium discs. The building’s inspiration is said
to have come from a classic, shiny Paco Rabanne dress. For a full listing of the 160 shops, please refer to http://www.bullring.co.uk/



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Originally built over two hundred years ago to link Birmingham with London and Liverpool, the city has a large network of canals.
This includes over 15 miles of waterways in the city centre alone. For canal side atmosphere, Brindley Place (www.brindleyplace.com)
and Gas Street Basin have bars and restaurants located on both banks. Just beyond Gas Street Basin is the Mailbox
(http://www.mailboxlife.com/), which is a collection of high-quality shops and places to eat and drink. Canal trips are available from
Brindley Place, which not only take in the city centre, but also the surrounding countryside: www.away2canal.co.uk




Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter (http://www.jewelleryquarter.net) is located in the Hockley district, near the city centre. It is
Europe’s largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade. In the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, there is a museum
containing a working jewellery factory. Visitors can see how precious metals were worked in an original 19th century workshop. The
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is open from 10.30am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission for adults is £4. However, entrance
to the factory is by guided tour only: http://www.bmag.org.uk/museum-of-the-jewellery-quarter.

The city has a very good art gallery and museum, called Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
(http://www.bmag.org.uk/birmingham-museum), which is located in Chamberlain Square, five minutes’ walk from New Street train
station. It contains an impressive, permanent collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions from the
world of art. The museum also contains an Edwardian tea room, which serves a range of hot meals, snacks and drinks. The tea room
is open from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12.30pm to 4pm on Sunday. Admission to the museum and art gallery is free,
but there may be a small charge for special exhibitions.


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3. Royal Leamington Spa

Henley is 19 kilometres from Royal Leamington Spa, which can be reached by rail or road. Architecturally, much of Royal Leamington
Spa is built in the Regency style dating from the early 19th century. It is a pleasant and elegant town containing parks, a river, shops
and a good selection of places to eat and drink. Highlights include the Pump Room and Jephson Gardens, which are directly opposite
each other. The town has tree-lined avenues and wide streets containing many impressive Georgian mansions. For full details of the
key points of interest and facilities in Leamington, the website http://www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk/ should be referred to.




4. Kenilworth Castle
14 kilometres north of Henley in Arden, the spectacular ruins of Kenilworth Castle have a rich and varied history spanning almost 900
years. The building of the castle began in 1120. However, during the violent years of the English Civil War the castle was partly
destroyed to prevent it being used as a military stronghold. The castle and its Elizabethan garden are very popular tourist destinations:
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kenilworth-
castle/?utm_source=kenilworthcastle&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=redirect . Unfortunately, Kenilworth Castle does not
have a railway station. However, several public buses stop at Kenilworth.




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5. Heritage Motor Centre

The Heritage Motor Centre is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, including stunt models used in some of
Hollywood’s greatest car chases. It is open daily from 10am to 5pm and the entrance fee for adults is £11. The museum is located off
the M40 motorway (junction 12), close to the town of Royal Leamington Spa. For further details, please refer to http://www.heritage-
motor-centre.co.uk/




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6. Compton Verney

Compton Verney is Warwickshire’s award-winning art gallery, set in a beautiful grade 1 listed Georgian building within 120 acres of
parkland. Until the early 20th century, the magnificent mansion at Compton Verney was home to the Verney or Willoughby de Broke
family. It now houses a fine collection of British portraits, British folk art and crafts and the Marx-Lambert collection. For details of
opening times and ticket prices, please refer to http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/default.aspx . The Stratford upon Avon open top
double-decker bus stops right outside Compton Verney.




7. Snowshill Manor and Garden

Snowshill Manor was the home of a great British eccentric and collector, Charles Paget Wade, who dedicated his life to finding,
restoring and enjoying objects of beauty, both everyday and extraordinary. As Wade’s motto was ‘let nothing perish’, his Cotswold
manor house is packed full of treasures. The house also has a beautiful Arts and Crafts style terraced garden. Snowshill Manor is
located near to Broadway, in the Cotswolds: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor/




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8. The Cotswold Hills: Broadway and Chipping Campden

Situated within the counties of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds are a range of hills
described as ‘an area of outstanding natural beauty’: http://www.cotswolds.info/ . Two beautiful Cotswold villages/towns are
Broadway and Chipping Campden. 29 kilometres from Henley in Arden, Broadway is often referred to as ‘the jewel of the Cotswolds’
and ‘the show village of England’. It is a centre for arts and crafts and serves as a natural base from which to explore the surrounding
area. The village contains restaurants, pubs and small shops: http://www.cotswolds.info/places/broadway.shtml

Broadway is overlooked by the impressive Broadway Hill, which is over 300 metres in height. Broadway Hill is popular with walkers
and picnickers. Just beyond the hill lies Broadway Tower: http://www.broadwaytower.co.uk/ . This famous iconic structure was built
in 1800 by James Wyatt for the Earl of Coventry. From the top of the tower, it is possible to view an area which encompasses as many
as thirteen counties.

Close to Broadway lies Chipping Campden. It is a small market town notable for its elegant terraced high street, which was built
between the 14th and 17th centuries. The high street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings constructed from locally quarried
Cotswold stone. The oldest house in the high street dates from 1380 and once belonged to a wealthy wool merchant, who was an
advisor to King Richard the Second. According to English historian GM Trevelyan, the high street is the ‘most beautiful village street
now left on the island’: http://www.cotswolds.info/places/chipping-campden.shtml. One of the most famous buildings in the high
street is the 17th century market hall. Chipping Campden also has an excellent museum of craft and design (called Court Barn), which
houses a collection of works from the Arts and Crafts movement: http://www.courtbarn.org.uk/




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9. Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park, 6 kilometres east of Stratford upon Avon, is a beautiful 16th century country house set in the grounds of a deer park
on the banks of the River Avon. It has been home to the Lucy family since the 12 th century. Charlecote Park has a woodland walk,
which offers kilometres of good views of deer, rare breeds of sheep and the River Avon. William Shakespeare is alleged to have
illegally hunted rabbits and deer in the park and was supposedly arrested as a consequence. It is also recorded that Queen Elizabeth
the First stayed at the house for two nights in 1572, in the room which is now the drawing room. For visitor information, please refer
to the following website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park/

10. Coughton Court

Coughton Court is a Tudor period country house and has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. Coughton Court
holds a special place in English history for its role in two plots: one to murder Queen Elizabeth the First in 1583 and another to blow
up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 (the notorious Gunpowder Plot). The perpetrators of the Gunpowder Plot fled to Coughton
Court for protection following their failed attempt to kill King James the First. For visitor information, please refer to the following
website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coughton-court/




                          Charlecote Park                                              Coughton Court



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