Moored outside The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Monday 23rd August
After a very wet night it had least stopped tipping it down by the time we woke up and had breakfast. We set off to do the final 5 locks down to Stratford Basin, stopping on the way to top up with water and empty a can. As we dropped the more than 30 ft to the basin level we passed a lot of boats going the other way and this raised our hopes that the basin wouldn't be full. When we eased through the final bridge it became apparent that we were not to be lucky, the place was still packed.
Luckily the river front, which yesterday had been completely stuffed with boats was half empty, so we dropped the final 3 ft 10in through the last lock onto the Avon and moored up opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. As we were going through the last lock it started to rain fairly heavily so our luck with the weather had run out.
Just across the park where we are moored there is a Chinese buffet restaurant so we treated ourselves to lunch while watching the rain absolutely throwing it down for about 20 minutes.