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Winner - Stratford upon Avon On-line Award for 'Best Tour Company' in Stratford upon Avon 2018

Winner - Stratford upon Avon On-line Award for 'Best Tour of Stratford upon Avon' 2018

Winner - Theo Paphitis SBS Award - November 2017

Winner - Travel & Hospitality Award for 'Excellence in Service' in Warwickshire for 2018

Winner - Luxury Travel Guide Award for 'Walking Tour Operator of the Year' for 2018

Winner - Stratford upon Avon On-line Award for 'Best Town Tour' in Stratford upon Avon 2017

Winner - Luxury Travel Guide Award for 'Unique Experience of the Year' for 2017

Winner - Stratford upon Avon On-line Award for 'Best Tour' in Stratford upon Avon 2016

Winner - Pride of Stratford Award for 'Tourism Initiative of the Year' 2015

Finalist - Travel Industry Superstar Award - Visit England and Mirror Travel 2014

Finalist - Pride of Stratford Award for 'Tourism Initiative of the Year' and 'Stratford Pride Award' 2014

Finalist - Pride of Stratford Award for 'Tourism Initiative of the Year' 2013

Finalist - Pride of Stratford Award for 'Tourist Attraction of the Year' 2012

TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018  

Winner - Coventry & Warwickshire Godiva Award for 'Best Visitor Attraction' 2006

'Highly Commended' Finalist in the Coventry & Warwickshire Godiva Awards 2005

Finalist in the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards 2004

Town Walk guides in 2006 with a Godiva Award for Best Visitor Attraction
Stratford Town Walk was established in June 2002 when John and Helen Hogg identified a gap in the market.  John and Helen arranged a meeting with their guiding colleagues to invite them to join their guiding venture and Stratford Town Walk was under way.  A team of guides now provide the highly-acclaimed, award-winning walking tour, every day of the year, even Christmas Day!  The guides are local, specialise in Stratford, its history, the Shakespeare connection and have a deep love and respect for the town itself.  The guides have many years guiding experience, with backgrounds in management, teaching, education and tourism.  Some are Blue Badge, some are Guide Friday trained and others trained by Stratford Town Walk.  Most importantly, the guides provide interesting, entertaining tours with an emphasis on quality of service and high customer satisfaction.

In addition to the daily public walks, guides provide private guided coach and walking tours for groups of all kinds, from the UK and all over the world.  Stratford Town Walk was particularly pleased to look after the Stratford Sister Cities delegation, when approximately 140 people visited Stratford and even the rainy day failed to spoil the excitement and enjoyment.  It is very rewarding to have repeat visitors and particularly so, to hear visitors remark on how beautiful the town is and how they are delighted to discover how much it has to offer.  For example, the variety and excellence of the shops, tearooms, restaurants, pubs, attractions and the overall sense of beauty and historical fascination of the town.  At Christmas, the town is like a winter wonderland with the attractive shop windows and Christmas lights, which are a credit to all who contribute.  Step away from the main streets to discover a rich selection of attractive art, antique, mystic and book shops.


Ghost Walk guidesIt soon became clear that there was demand for a Ghost Walk.  Again, there were no ghost walks taking place in Stratford upon Avon.  John is a member of The Magic Circle and and has a natural interest in all things unexplained and magical.  Stratford is steeped in ancient buildings and comprehensive research showed that stories of ghosts, witches, murder and mayhem were oozing out of them.  The Ghost Walk was subsequently introduced and caters for the high demand of public and private tours.  On one occasion, a couple travelled all the way from Oxford just to sample the ghost walk.  Afterwards, before travelling home, they declared "the ghosts in Stratford are far better than  those in Oxford!"  On another occasion a lovely couple were so keen to join the walk, they drove from Hull to Stratford for the Ghost Walk then travelled home the same evening as they had work the next day.  The Ghost Walk guides - The Man in Black, Vincent, Herbert Mortimer and Jocasta are entertainers or actors and deliver the ghost walk in their own particular style.  It is good old-fashioned storytelling with entertainment.
 


In 2006 the Stratford Ghost Cruise was conceived and developed in partnerhsip with Bancroft Cruisers, followed soon after by the Stratford Shakespeare Cruise.  Other tours added to the portfolio include a Floating Ghost Walk and Pub historty Walk.

Charity Walk outside Shakespeare's BirthplaceEvery year Stratford Town Walk guides offer their time to raise funds for local charities. Stratford Town Walk's ongoing chosen charity is the cancer unit at Stratford Hospital.

There can be no resting on laurels and new initiatives are under constant review. Stratford Town Walk has links with many businesses in Stratford who offer discounts to Stratford Town Walk customers. These popular and useful discounts are for attractions, tearooms, shops, restaurants and pubs and encourage visitors to spend time in the town and make repeat visits to Stratford.







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