Finally winter has arrived. Last week we had the first torrential downpours that made the river unnavigable and today we've got the frost. The Canal basin was frozen over and the crew on the trip boat had to work hard to get things going at 11am. Dutch Barges aren't the ideal shape to be ice breakers.
I was taking some pictures of the boat cracking through the ice when I noticed the sun was shining through the lamp in the Bancroft Gardens so I thought I'd grab a photo whilst the grass was white and I had a reasonable silhouette of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the background. I know you shouldn't take directly into the sun but the results can be quite dramatic.
It's not the best picture and there's some distortion - I was using the streetsweeper 24-120mm lens but I can feel the grass cracking under my feet as I was walking and I like the shadows.
What to do in Stratford in Winter
Stratford upon Avon might not be the first place you think of to visit on a cold winter's day. For lots of people the town is forever associated with warm summer days and picnics by the river, but actually there's loads to do whatever the weather.
You could take a trip with Canal and River Tours in their heated, covered boat whilst listening to the free audio commentary. If you're lucky you might even see the ghost of the lock. The Mad museum is another great place to go for kids of all ages with its cunning contraptions. If you really want to get out of the cold then there's no finer place than the Butterfly Farm, with it's tropical temperatures and lush flora you'll leave winter behind for a while.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the town also has more than its fair share of theatres. If that's a little too highbrow then it also has a fantastic cinema, the Picture House, tucked away on Windsor Street. With a range of delightful places to grab some lunch or just a hot bowl of soup there really no excuse from staying away from Stratford in the Winter.