When in 1839, James Cox moved his fledgling timber merchant's business to Avon Bridge Wharf, he could never have imagined that over 160 years later visitors would be arriving at the same site to be welcomed to a family entertainment complex called Cox's Yard.
During the great Victorian boom, there would have been wharves and warehouses lining the banks of the River Avon as businesses and the local population grew. James Cox and Son supplied timber to builders in Stratford and the surrounding area and gained a great reputation for providing the finest materials for many of today's historic buildings in Shakespeare Country.
Just as Cox and Son's business was located at the very heart of Stratford's business community, so the new Cox's Yard is playing a central role in the life of the town, and offering visitors a unique location for Drinking, Dining and Entertainment on the river.
Stratford owes its very existence to the river and the Avon plays an important role in the 21st century Cox's Yard.
The Attic Theatre is Stratford upon Avon's leading fringe theatre under the residence of Tread the Boards Theatre Company who perform many shows during the year.
The auditorium is based in a beautiful victorian beamed loft space on the second floor above the coffee shop hidden away.
The Attic also has played host to several other companies Playbox Theatre, Zero Culture Theatre Company, The Purple Cast and Jardis Shadows to name just a few.