The River Avon is only navigable for about a mile beyond Stratford on Avon so the options are to either turn round and return to Tewkesbury or head north onto the Stratford Canal which heads uphill to Birmingham. Wren last took this route up the Avon and onto the canal about five years ago so certain places and landmarks on the river have been familiar. It really is very pleasant.
The journey from Bidford was punctuated by a few very sharp showers which seemed to coincide with arriving at a lock so avoiding the rain was not an option. Apart from that the sun shone and the southerly gusts counteracted the strengthening currents of the river into Stratford. The only drama of the morning was sharing a lock not only with another boat but also with two large swans - we all survived the experience.
Once through the final lock the river immediately became much busier with professionally driven trip boats, an occasional wandering rowing boat and an awful lot more swans. The entry to the centre of town is dominated by the imposing theatre to the north and the large open space of the town park to the south where there is a continual flow of dog walkers and tourists and where the public mooring spaces are situated so that is where Wren found her berth for the night. It's a lovely spot, there's always something or someone to watch.
We hoped to be able to pick up some tickets for either Midsummer Night's Dream or Dr Faustus but alas and alack, as the Bard once said, it was not to be! However, while sitting waiting (in vain), we were somewhat surprised to see two familiar faces from the Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Group, Pam and Marg. What a coincidence.
As it was a warm and sunny evening we decided to take a stroll around town - it's nearly all restaurants and hotels interspersed with a few posh shops. Eventually the walk took us into the Windmill pub where it just happened to be quiz night so Wren's Crew took on the challenge. It was quite a jolly affair and we didn't embarrass ourselves too much - no wooden spoon thank heavens.
This morning the ship's engineer is doing a bit of investigating - there's been a bit of a water leak in the cooling system for a few days so while he's doing that the ship's cook will go and find a suitable coffee shop so this installment can be uploaded.