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New Year in Stratford

New Year Break in Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon is an ideal location for a winter break – an ancient market town, steeped in history and culture, yet easily accessible by road or rail.

We’ll be staying in a comfortable and refurbished family hostel, with a large group and fun atmosphere to celebrate the New Year.

The birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon is a market town with over 800 years of history. Located in the lovely rural Warwickshire countryside, it’s a popular destination with tourists from both the UK and overseas (recently voted the 6th best destination in the UK, on Tripadvisor).  Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town beautifully situated on the River Avon with a wealth of black and white timber framed buildings.


This is a 2 night break commencing Wednesday 30th December for 2 nights

There is an option to extend your break to 3 nights, please pop a note on the booking form to advise that you wish to do this.


In the heart of the country,we’re based just outside  Stratford-Upon-Avon, with easy road or rail access. The postcode for sat navs is CV37 7RG.

To check public transport options we suggest using either Googles journey planner or Travel Line.

Family Ages

Whilst the break is suitable for all ages, shared rooms are not suitable for children under 4 unless you book with friends happy to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know a little more on this New Year Party – head over to the New Year Party FAQ page!

For general UK questions then have a look at the general UK FAQ page

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Based just 2 miles outside the lovely town of Stratford Upon Avon, we’re staying in a comfortable, family hostel. The property has recently undergone a total refurbishment and offers good quality but unpretentious accommodation ideal for families.

There are also some cosy pods that are to the rear of the building! Each insulated four-berth large pod has everything you need including a kitchenette area with fridge, sink, kettle, crockery and microwave, wet room with toilet and shower!! We only have a limited number of these so snap them up before they go!!

The accommodation has a mix of private and shared rooms available. Private rooms will be a room for your family only, a shared room (modern dorm style) holds up to 8 beds and will be shared with other families, each with the same gender parent – a great way to make new friends !

Board Basis

The trip includes accommodation with bed, a hearty breakfast and evening meal for 2 nights.  There will also be mulled wine and mince pies on the first evening.


Arrival on the afternoon of Sunday 30th December when you can unpack and settle into your room.  There’ll be a get-together in the evening after dinner where you will get to meet everyone for mulled wine and mince pies.

On Sunday there’ll be a chance to visit a local attraction; enjoy a stroll around the town centre with its good selection of independent shops, restaurants and tearooms, or simply relax with new friends at the hostel. There will be some entertainment before dinner.

After dinner we’ll then have our New Year’s Eve Party with party games and dancing before we all see in the New Year with a countdown.

The theme for the party is….. Denim and Diamonds!!!

Departure after breakfast on the 1st January, although a number of families usually head for a local inn for a New Year’s lunch.

A third night is available should anyone wish to have a more relaxing departure, please contact us for how to book this.

New Year's Party

We always have a themed party for Our New Year’s Eve party…

This year it is……

Denim and Diamonds!!!!

The best dress up dress down theme!! Denim and Diamonds allows you to wear your jeans with gemstone jewelry, sequins and upscale pieces combine to give a comfortable and creative option for dressing up!!

Things To Do

There’s a wealth of things to do in Stratford. Visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up. Discover the fascinating story of William Shakespeare’s early years, and see where he spent the first five years with his new wife. You can meet your favourite Shakespeare characters and watch some of his best-loved scenes brought to life by actors as you stroll through the house and grounds, you may even want to take part!

The ‘Falstaff Experience’ is an award winning museum,where visitors will experience the full horrors of Tudor times.

Ghost tours and town walks are always a popular choice, often accompanied by some colourful and dramatic characters, or take an open top bus tour around the town.

For anyone wishing to make a full day of it, Warwick Castle is just a short drive away with a full program of events to appeal to young and old alike.

Any questions? Do drop us an email at


Prices & Booking

There are both private and shared rooms on this break, some with en-suite options. Private rooms hold one family each (adults and children), shared rooms have 4-8 beds and are shared with another family/families of the same gender parent.

There are a small number of ensuite rooms available - the upgrade will be £5 per person per night.



Please see below to find out what families think of Single With Kids’ holidays:

Angela and Joseph 9 - (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" Thank you for an amazing weekend. Great mix of people. Loved the fancy dress party. Half board was great. Need more of these weekends!

Krissy 6 - (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" I loved the magician!

- (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" We have had a lovely time, best New Year ever. We will definitely do it again. It’s been nice seeing old friends and meeting new people.

- (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" I really enjoyed this experience. How we all mucked in together and made lots of friends and met loads of new people. My favourite part of this holiday was when we went ice skating.

Julie, Chloe 13 and Skye 11 - (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" What a lovely way to spend New Year making new friends and seeing new places.

Skye 11 - (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" I enjoyed how I made lots of new friends and how we could play lots of games. The pod was cosy.

- (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" I think this was the best coordinated year ever. The magician kept the youngsters entertained.

Paul, Theo 12 and Nina 8 - (New Year in Stratford 2019)

" Lovely party. Well coordinated. Lots of fun.

Steve and Gabby 10 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Very impressed all round. Organisers and staff were excellent and we met some lovely people. Will defintely come again. "

- (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Great fun with lovely people and built in play dates. Fantastic New Year. "

Sarah, Molly 6 and Daisy 6 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Really lovely people. Made lots of friends and will definitely book on more holidays and breaks away. The youth hostel is lovely with very helpful and friendly staff and good facilities. "

Rachael and Alex 7 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" It was our first trip and we had lots of fun. It was a really good intro to SWK and we met some fantastic people. The event was well organised and the coordinators were very welcoming. Totally great experience. "

Sue, Jessica 13 and Zach 10 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Good laid back trip. Coordinators unobtrusive but friendly and helpful. Hardly saw the kids! Everyone was friendly and chatty. "

- (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Really fun holiday. Coordinators were great. "

Sarah and Louisa 9 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" We had a lovely time. It was a great mix of people who were friendly and fun. It was organised well by two coordinators who were very helpful and accommodating. The location was lovely and we hope to be back next year. "

Mark, Isabelle 10 and Madeleine 8 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Had an absolutely fantastic time. Definitely be back again next year. Jo and Lisa have been fabulous. Great crowd and great location. Thanks SWK. "

Natalie, Charlie-Joe 10 and Sienna 5 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" This has been our first SWK trip. We have not done anything like this before – come away on our own for two overnight stays far from home. I had to push myself to do this. Although after reading all the reviews and discussions on the website I felt it would be a good move. It’s been fantastic, so happy we came. Everyone was so friendly and we felt comfortable and welcomed. Interested in coming on another trip with SWK. Thanks. We loved it. "

Clare and Nuala 11 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" First trip and will not be our last. We had an absolute blast with some lovely people. Thanks folks. "

Harriet and Tabitha 10 - (New Year in Stratford 2018)

" Booked with anticipation but we have had the best time. Wonderful like-minded, fun, lovely people – parents and kids. All mucking in together and having a blast. YHA venue and staff were amazing. Will definitely book again. Thank you. "

Andrew and Aimee - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" Had a fabulous New Year’s SWK holiday and met new and old friends. Here’s to more future Single with Kids holidays "

Mark and Libby - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" Thanks for another great SWK weekend. Me and Libby loved it again. "

Cat and Kodie - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" We had a great New Year as we did last year. Well organised and very friendly. Can’t wait to come back next time. "

Felicity, Sophie and Charlotte - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" Thank you for a great weekend, meeting up with old friends and new. Looking forward to the next one! "

Vaughan. Katie and Ciran - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" We had a great time again at Stratford. Jo and Claire did a fantastic job in making everyone happy. See you again next year. "

Shirley and Lili - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" Had a fab weekend away for NYE with old friends! Well organised and the venue (YHA) was clean and staffed with great people. Here’s to more SWK holidays "

Kate, Maddie, Rose and Jess - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" Our first time – and what a fun time we’ve had! Thank you so much for all the good times. Hope we’ll see you all sometime soon! "

Annie, William and Millie - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" Thank you for a lovely New Year’s weekend – we all had so much fun. "

Kelly, Evan and Eva - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" We’ve had an amazing weekend and thank you so much for the organisation! We loved getting dressed up and having a boogie. It was well worth the journey down from Cumbria! "

Jane, James and Thomas - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" A great way to see in the New Year with old friends and new. Jo and Claire did a fantastic job and made sure we were well looked after. Looking forward to the next trip! "

Alison and Jamie - (Stratford New Year 2017-18)

" One of the best New Years we have had, really enjoyed. Will be back for more. "

Linda and Bethany, Phoebe, Liberty - (20+ trips!)

" We have had the most amazing two years with SWK and been on about 20 holidays. My girls absolutely love their trips away so they’re not missing out on holidays. The SWK trips are so fantastic that the girls will be talking about them nostalgically as adults. "

Charlotte and Reece - (Lakes Bunk Barn)

" Fabulous location, great company and the kids had a ball! Definitely a great experience of SWK. Loopy Laura extremely entertaining. Can’t wait to do the next one "

Kate and Jake, Joe - (Lakes Bunk Barn)

" Thank you for giving us the time to settle in and have a lovely couple of days together. Jake and Joe have both enjoyed the fantastic location and meeting some great friends. We had a great co-ordinator whose skills improved to the hugest level through the days - you will go far. Hope to share some more time with you and SWK in the future "

Alfie aged 4 - (Lakes Bunk Barn)

" I had a perfect time! "

Catherine and Heidi - (Easter in the Fort)

" I just wanted to say my daughter and I have today returned from the 3 night break at The Fort in Wales. As this was our first trip I was obviously a tad nervous and apprehensive. But we found it great fun and even relaxing !!!! The coordinator Jo was great,From the time we arrived she made us feel welcome and part of the group. The other parents were also friendly and welcoming.As were the older kids,Very helpful and friendly to the younger ones. Looking forward to next trip.
If it is your first time and still thinking about booking,Take the leap you won`t regret it !!! "

Gemma and Jude - (South Cost Resort)

" We had a wonderful time. The accommodation was amazing and so were the people. Sarah was a fantastic coordinator, she made us feel at ease straight away and was very friendly. The highlight? The nights spent as a group having a buffet or a barbeque in the lodges. It was really good to get to know everyone and let the children play together and have the freedom to run around.
We really, really enjoyed it and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t love the holiday to "

Sandra and Ana - (South Coast Resort)

" We have just returned from Milford. What a lovely holiday and what a really brilliant co-ordinator. Sarah managed to achieve that balance of making everyone feel as though they were being looked after and included, without feeling as though they were being organised! Thank you, both Ana and I really enjoyed ourselves "

Jill and Karie, Sophie - (South Coast Resort)

" Very relaxed, nice site – loved the hot tub, the children spent 90% of their time in it. Excellent coordinator. There was plenty of opportunity to participate and do a lot as the co-ordinator was brilliant at organising and making sure everybody was happy. I however, found that all the mums in our lodge got on so well and we were happy relaxing around the lodge a lot of the time. All the kids got on great and were happy just playing and jumping in and out of the hot tub and scootering around the site. It was a great chance to relax and not feel that we had to be dashing off anywhere. I even read my book! Great would definately book again. "

Julie and Sam, Hannah - (Majorca, Northumberland, Centre Parcs!)

" I have just returned from my first SWK holiday to Majorca. What a fab time we had. Of course it was nerve racking to start with but everyone was so friendly. A big thank you to Chrissie who made us so welcome. Everyone helped everyone out so it felt like you were on holiday with your family – perfect for people like me who have children of different ages with very different interests and needs.
When I think of the 3 holidays I took the kids on before SWk on my own and how lonely I felt and compare it to Majorca there is no comparison !!! I made some great friends that I have seen since arriving back in England – even though they live “up North” and they have introduced me to other SWK members too! My kids made great friends too, who they cant wait to meet up with at Wickstead. So if you are reading this and you have booked something and are nervous – don’t be! you will have a great time If you are thinking about taking the plunge and booking a SWK holiday go on do it! "

Suzi and Zahra, Sophiya - (Lake Garda)

" This was our first swk holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The girls had such a good time making new friends, as did I, and we will definitely stay in touch with several families. Thank you both so much for being great hosts! We will most definitely be coming on an swk holiday again, and the girls are already asking me what the next one is!! After this holiday, I don’t think we will be able to do any other holiday again as we enjoyed ourselves so so much, and the laid back easy-going manner was most definitely a positive. Thanks for a great holiday!! "

Brenda and Shannon - (7+ trips)

" have just come back from the Cornwall Lodges holiday. I was really nervous about going as I didn’t know anyone, and my 11 yr old daughter was in a panic!!!!!!…… Everyone on the holiday was brilliant, single parents, just like me. My daughter said on the last night ” this isn’t a holiday mum. . . . . this is heaven, when can we do this again?” I can only say with the greatest of gratitude THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE FOR MAKING ME FEEL SO ACCEPTED.
If any new people out there are thinking about booking a trip, stop thinking about it and just DO IT !!!!!!!!! . Joining SWK was the BEST thing i have ever done, and i am looking forward to many more trips, and making many more friends. Thank you so much Chrissie and Richard for the lifeline you have thrown me. "

Jaqueline and George, Harry - (Pembroke)

" Best Holiday I have been on in years – thank you Single with Kids – Chrissie was great!! "