The circus comes to Stratford!

The circus came to Stratford this Bank Holiday weekend as Bell Court hosted a series of ground and aerial workshops, which saw people juggling, spinning plates, tight-rope walking and even tumbling through the air on a trapeze!

Toby Saggers, Asset Manager at UK & European Investments, the owners of Bell Court, said: “The Bank Holiday Weekend at Bell Court was just brilliant. We had a fantastic turn out, with hundreds turning up to get involved in our circus workshops. The music added a great atmosphere, and Rozie T and her troop of dancers were amazing as always. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!”

Sarah Smith, from Circus Mash, added: “The circus workshops at Bell Court this weekend went down a treat with local families. Even with the weather not quite doing what we wanted, the turnout was fantastic and we had many mastering the art of the trapeze! We absolutely loved sharing our circus skills at Bell Court – there are definitely some budding circus performers in Stratford-upon-Avon!”


Round of ‘appaws’ for Bell Court’s latest pop-up

Bell Court is welcoming its latest pop-up shop to the development, luxury pet boutique – Cosy Chic Pet Boutique.

Launching its first pop-up shop in Bell Court on the 14 September, Cosy Chic Pet Boutique offers shoppers in Stratford the chance to own a bespoke, handcrafted pet bed, ‘purr’-fect for those pampered four-legged friends, along with all sorts of pet accessories, treats and clothing.

Cosy Chic Pet Boutique was founded by Courtney Gilbert, who started the company whilst at university just a couple of years ago. The company has since gone from strength-to-strength, even receiving a Twitter boost from Theo Paphitis during ‘Small Business Sunday’ last year.

Courtney comments: “We cannot wait to introduce Cosy Chic Pet Boutique to devoted pet-owners in Stratford-upon-Avon. We love how supportive of independent businesses the town is and feel our luxury pet beds and accessories will fit in perfectly with other retailers in Bell Court.

“Having our first physical shop is a big step forward for the company and we’re confident it will lead to plenty more opportunities.”

Toby Saggers, Asset Manager at UK & European Investments, the owners of Bell Court, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Courtney and her business, Cosy Chic Pet Boutique, to Bell Court in September. It’s a unique offering which is sure to go down well with local residents and those shopping in Stratford.”

All pet beds and accessories are hand crafted by Courtney herself who started making luxury pet beds while at university studying fashion design. She now sells her designs internationally through her website Cosy Chic Pet Boutique’s pop-up will be open in Bell Court from Friday 14 September until Sunday 28 October, and will be located in the main square, opposite Nando’s.

Roll Up! Roll Up! and Join the Circus this Bank Holiday

Ever dreamed of joining the circus? Well now’s your chance as the big top is coming to Bell Court this August bank Holiday weekend.

Through a series of ground and aerial circus workshops, guests can try their hands at juggling, plate spinning, and even fly through the air while mastering the art of the trapeze.

As well as the workshops, a whole host of other activity will be on during the Bank Holiday weekend, including live music, and dance performances from Rozie T Dance Academy.

Bell Court’s circus workshops will take place between 2 and 5pm Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August. Live music will also be on every afternoon at 2 to 4pm.

Tanti Auguri Veeno!

Authentic Italian wine café, Veeno, is celebrating a successful first year at Bell Court in Stratford-upon-Avon this Friday, and is inviting local residents to raise a glass this weekend.

Celebrating in true Italian style, Veeno will be hosting a party on Friday 17 August with a free glass of prosecco to anyone who says Auguri (Happy Birthday!) to them on arrival. Guests to the event can also enjoy live music from 7-9pm and a delicious slice of Veeno’s giant tiramisu which will be available for everyone to share.

Cosmin Alin Golache, General Manager for Veeno, Bell Court, comments: “We love an opportunity to party so can’t wait to celebrate the anniversary of our first birthday here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

“The last 12 months at Bell Court have been a real success and we hope to continue this success going forward. We’re looking forward to seeing as many people as possible join us and raise a glass to celebrate our first anniversary – and don’t forget to wish us Tanti Auguri! for your free glass of prosecco.”

Toby Saggers, Asset Manager at UK & European Investments, the owners of Bell Court, adds: “Congratulations to Veeno on a successful first year here at Bell Court. It is a wonderful addition to the centre and will no doubt enjoy continued success over the next 12 months. Saluti!”

Following Veeno’s birthday celebrations, the party continues at Bell Court with more live music performed by Ricky Cool and The In Crowd on Saturday (18th) between 2 & 4pm.

A place for you to enjoy great wine and authentic Spuntini, Veeno brings Italian Aperitivo to Stratford-upon-Avon. There’s also the opportunity to explore new flavours through Veeno’s wine tasting, and you can even take the flavours of Italy home with you thanks to Veeno’s beautiful Italian-inspired gifts.

Local arts and print retailer ‘pops-up’ at Bell Court!

Bell Court welcomes its first pop-up shop to the centre this summer – local arts and print retailer, Talesmith.

Launching on 13 August, Talesmith will offer a range of hand crafted print and design products such as, greeting cards, prints and bespoke gifts. Set up by local couple George Jillard and Jamie McGinn, Talesmith is a welcome addition to the centre and will be the first of many pop-up shops going forward.

John Stacey, Asset Management Director at UK & European Investments, the owners of Bell Court, said: “Talesmith is the ideal retailer to launch our pop-up offering. The development is already becoming a key leisure destination in Stratford and having high quality and unique retailers such as Talesmith open, will further bolster Bell Court’s popularity with both local residents and tourists.

“This is the first of a number of pop-up shops that will be opening at Bell Court and we’re hoping to announce further businesses in the coming weeks.”

Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Talesmith was founded by couple George and Jamie who launched the business just nine months ago. After two friends became engaged, they struggled to find the perfect engagement present, a framed personalised print for them to celebrate their New York engagement – so they created their own and Talesmith was born.

Jamie McGinn, co-founder of Talesmith, said: “We’re very much looking forward to bringing our prints and designs to Bell Court. As local residents, we have a real passion for the area and couldn’t think of a better place to launch our first pop-up shop.

“We’re amazed at how quickly Talesmith has taken off online and know that our shop in Bell Court will lead to plenty more opportunities for us.”

Talesmith will be open from 13 August until 2 September and will be located in the main square, opposite Nando’s. Other retailers at Bell Court include Debenhams and Lush, as well as independent businesses including Farringdon & Forbes, Magic Alley, Bardia’s, The Naildressers and The Browstudio.