Eggs-citing Easter Adventures in Shakespeare’s England, Warwickshire

Visit Warwickshire for eggs-cellent Easter adventures! Whether you are travelling with family, friends, or seeking a romantic escape Easter getaway, there is something in Shakespeare’s England for you to enjoy.

Easter Adventure Quest at Kenilworth Castle

Join Kenilworth Castle for a cracking adventure quest this Easter holiday. Explore the grounds and gardens to hunt for clues and challenges and discover traditional Easter games. Track down the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with an adventurer’s certificate and a tasty chocolate treat! The quest activity costs £2 per person and is available every day during the Easter holidays.

Over Easter weekend (7-10 April), join Kenilworth Castle for four days of Easter fun with traditional games, activities and challenges for the whole family to enjoy.

For more information visit the Kenilworth Castle website.

Easter egg hunt at Charlecote Park

This Easter, treat the whole family to a world of adventure on the Charlecote Park Easter trail. Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. The trail takes place between 1st- 16th April 2023, from 9am – 5pm, with last entry at 4pm, a perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful parklands of Charlecote Park.

The price of the trail is £3 per child (admission also applies) and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.

Booking is not needed but visiting earlier or later in the day is recommended to avoid peak visiting hours between 11am – 2pm when the property may have to temporarily close if they reach capacity.

For information visit the Charlecote Park website.

Easter fun at the British Motor Museum

Join the British Motor Museum between 1st-16th April for Bessie the Bus’s Birthday Bash as well as a whole host of Easter themed activities for the whole family. Join Bessie’s Family Tour every day during the Easter holidays at 11.30am and 1.30pm. You can also make your own 3D cardboard cut-out Bessie the Bus to take home, and have a go at the ‘Colour Creator’ Trail.

During Easter weekend (7-10 April) visitors can also enjoy an entertaining egg hunt around the museum for a chance to claim a reward!

All activities are included in the admission price.

For more information and tickets visit the British Motor Museum website!

The Case of the Disappearing Dragon’s Egg at Magic Alley

This Easter the Magic Alley Detective Agency presents -The Case of The Disappearing Dragon Egg! One of Erek’s dragon eggs has gone missing – can you solve the mystery of its disappearance and determine if it is magic or mischief?

By the end of the quest you will be asked to determine whether the egg was stolen by one of the suspects or whether it has disappeared as if by magic! If you do decide it is one of the suspects you will be required to tell us who you think it was, which room the egg disappeared from and the motive of the suspect who stole it.

This event is recommended for those over 6 with children over 4 permitted entry to take part in the egg hunt.

For more information and to book, visit the Magic Alley website.

Medieval Easter Fun at St Mary’s Guildhall

Experience dragons and knights at St Mary’s Guildhall this Easter. Visit between 1st-16th April to experience a fun dragon egg hunt and search for clues throughout the historic Guildhall. On Wednesday 5th and 12th April, St Mary’s resident knight will be recruiting new knights for his court at Children’s Knight School. Aspiring knights will learn traditional sword moves and tactical defence skills needed in order to fight a dragon. Specially-curated Tudor living history experience days will also be running every Tuesday and Thursday of the Easter holidays in the newly uncovered Medieval Kitchen.

For more information visit the St Mary’s Guildhall website.

Easterfest Leamington Spa

Hop along to Easterfest on the Parade in Leamington Spa on Monday 10th April for a full day of Easter fun including arts and crafts stalls, activities for the kids, an Easter egg hunt and more.

For more information click here.

Book an eggs-tra special Easter break in Warwickshire!

There are so many egg-stra-ordinary Easter events taking place across Shakespeare’s England that you might decide to stay a little longer.

At Meadowfield Luxury Glamping you can truly get away from it all with a peaceful, rural stay in a luxurious safari. Book a four night Easter break and you can save £155 on your stay. This offer is available Monday – Friday between 3rd to 7th April and 10th – 14th April.

Check availability and book your break here.

Book a stay at Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa between 7th-10th April and take advantage of their ‘eggs-cellent’ Easter package which includes: Two nights’ accommodation, Full English breakfast on both mornings and a choice of a two-course supper menu on one evening, a Champagne afternoon tea on one day, or Easter Sunday lunch.

To check availability and book your stay visit the Mallory Court Hotel website.

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for a full calendar of events and activities taking place in Shakespeare’s England this Easter.

Have a cracking Easter in Shakespeare’s England and don’t forget to share your stories and adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

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Mother’s Day Gifts and Days Out in Warwickshire

From decadent afternoon teas and long delicious lunches to special days out and luxurious spas – Shakespeare’s England is the ideal place to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day.

Here’s our guide to celebrating Mother’s Day in Warwickshire:

Great Days Out for Mother’s Day

You can find a host of fun, family activities for a great day out with Mum in Shakespeare’s England. Splurge out on a shopping trip, take a family ramble in the Warwickshire countryside, or visit one of the many family friendly attractions.

Charlecote Park is a beautiful 16th-century house surrounded by a landscaped deer park, on the banks of the river Avon. It is the perfect place to explore on a walk with friends or family, or to enjoy a day out exploring some of the beautiful English Countryside when visiting Stratford-upon-Avon. This Mother’s Day, visitors can capture special memories together with their Mother’s Day photo frame, and why not stop by the gift shop to buy Mum a gift to remember her day?

Forget chocolate and flowers! Celebrate Mother’s Day with all the family at Stratford Butterfly Farm! Take part in a Meet the Mini-Beast handling session where you can get close to creatures such as Madagascan hissing cockroaches, giant African land snails and a variety of stick insects. On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March: ‘Meet the Minibeasts’ handling session will take place at 11:00 in the Discovery Zone.

Search for more Things to do in Shakespeare’s England here.

Mother’s Day Dining

From cosy country pubs to award-winning fine dining, Shakespeare’s England has a foodie spot for all tastes. Treat Mum to a traditional Mother’s Day Sunday lunch with the family, or spoil her with a night out or a leisurely brunch.

We’ve included a few ideas below, or you can browse our Eating Out directory to find the perfect place for a tasty treat.

At the Coach House Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon you can treat mum to a delicious Mother’s Day, and she’ll enjoy a free glass of Prosecco*! A perfect reason to book a table at the winner of two Best Pub Awards in Coventry and Warwickshire!

There is free entry to St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry for Mothers who dine at Tales of Tea on Mother’s Day. Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch from the delicious new brunch menu and relax to live music performed by Chelsie Jade. More information here. *T&C’s apply.

Dine at The Arden Hotel and treat Mum to a delicious three course lunch! Their Mothering Sunday dining also includes a gift for every mother in the party. Three courses is £34.95. A children’s menu is available or alternatively a dish from the main menu for 1/2 price for children under 12. Book a table here

The perfect Mother’s Day treat is a traditional Afternoon Tea! Mallory Court Hotel and Spa are offering a traditional afternoon tea on Sunday 19th March with a gift for Mum for £37.50 per person.

You can browse other dining spots in Shakespeare’s England here.

A Luxurious Spa Gift

clear blue empty swimming pool with loungers around the edge

Encourage your hardworking Mum to kick back, it’s her turn to be looked after! Warwickshire offers a great selection of decadent spa retreats, whether she prefers a peaceful spa day with some downtime by the pool, or a relaxing spa break in the grand surroundings of a country house hotel. Looking for inspiration?

Visit our Shakespeare’s England Spa Guide to select the perfect Mother’s Day retreat for Mum.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Thanks to the many independent and artisan businesses in Shakespeare’s England you can find a host of ideas for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Go traditional and send her a bespoke bunch of flowers, or treat her to a memorable experience such as cocktail making classes, or a behind the scenes tour of a World Famous Theatre!

Order a beautiful bespoke floral gift for Mum from the wonderful Flowers at Coombe. Based within the glorious Coombe Abbey Hotel , their talented florists can created a stunning arrangement tailored to your Mum’s favourite blooms. Available for collection or delivery within 5 miles of Coombe Abbey. More information here.

Does your Mum love the great outdoors? Take her on a countryside adventure with Go Cotswolds and book yourselves onto their hugely popular Cotswolds in a Day Tour! Explore some of the prettiest gems in the Cotswolds, take in the stunning scenery and discover some Cotswolds hidden gems too. Book a tour online, or purchase a gift voucher for Mum to redeem when she’s ready.

If Mum loves a cheeky tipple then why not gift her with a bespoke gin or rum gift from one of Shakespeare’s England’s independent distilleries? Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon offer a lovely range of gin and rum gift sets featuring their award-winning, carbon neutral spirits that are distilled with a twist of history. For something even more special, surprise her with a Distillery Tour to see how and where the magic happens, or a visit to Judith’s – the new Shakespeare Distillery Rum and Gin School in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. More information here.

Just down the road in Royal Leamington Spa is the Warwickshire Gin Company who produce their own gins, rum and vodka all inspired by local historical events within their small and unique distillery space in the Old Town. If you can’t decide on a bottled gift, reserve Mum a spot on their Unique Gin Tasting Experience which includes a tour of the distillery, and samples of their delicious drinks. She will love the opportunity to select her own favourite from the collection! More information here.

A Relaxing Break Away

Book a blissful weekend or short break for Mum in Shakespeare’s England! There is a wide choice of accommodation options from luxury country houses to chic town centre boutiques. After a busy day of exploring Warwickshire, she will be glad of a blissful nights sleep and a leisurely breakfast the next morning.

You can find a selection of offers for short breaks in Shakespeare’s England here.

Search for accommodation in Shakespeare’s England here

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for a full calendar of events and activities taking place in Shakespeare’s England all year round.

We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day in Shakespeare’s England and don’t forget to share your stories and adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

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Celebrate English Tourism Week 2023 with Shakespeare’s England

Celebrate English Tourism Week 2023 in Shakespeare’s England! This annual event celebrates everything great about English tourism, and highlights the importance, value and vast contribution that the tourism sector makes to the UK economy. It is also an important reminder of the amazing experiences that are on our doorsteps that we often completely overlook.

Here are just a few ways to join us in celebrating English Tourism Week 2023 across Warwickshire!

Discover Warwickshire’s past on a FREE tour of the Market Hall Museum, Warwick.

Join a FREE tour of the Market Hall Museum in Warwick! Hear about the history of the Market Hall building and the highlights of its collection, from the infamous Warwickshire Bear to the amazing South Warwickshire Roman Hoards.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are provided by a team of Volunteer Tour Guides.
Free, donations welcomed. For times and to book visit

Front view of the Market Hall Museum in Warwick

Have a pint with Shakespeare at The Coach House Stratford-upon-Avon

In honour of English Tourism Week, the Coach House, Stratford-upon-Avon will be adding an image of Stratford’s most famous former resident, William Shakespeare to their Guinness Stoutie Machine. Visitors to the area, and residents alike, can opt to have the picture of one of England’s most famous exports gracing their pint of Guinness.

Find out more about the Coach House here.

An image of William Shakespeare's face on the head of a pint of ale

Win a day out at the National Trust ‘s Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park is a beautiful 16th-century house surrounded by a landscaped deer park, on the banks of the river Avon. It is the perfect place to explore on a walk with friends or family, or to enjoy a day out exploring some of the beautiful English Countryside when visiting Stratford-upon-Avon.

In celebration of English Tourism Week, Shakespeare’s England have teamed up with our friends at Charlecote Park to offer you a chance to win a family day out for 2 adults and up to 5 children! Head over to our Facebook or Instagram pages between 17th-24th March to enter via the competition post! The winner will be announced on our social media on Monday 27th March.

Front aerial view of Charlecote Park house and gardens


How you can support English Tourism Week 2023

Have an adventure!

A great way to show your support for English Tourism Week is to get out there and visit some of the wonderful tourism businesses in your area, and further afield! Visiting an attraction, popping out for a bite to eat, or booking a few nights away  will provide a welcome boost to business.

Shout about it!

Posting about your trips out and about in England on social media, and posting positive reviews when you visit a tourism or hospitality business will help to spread the word amongst your own connections and even further afield. Make sure to  include #EnglishTourismWeek23 in your social media posts, and please tag Shakespeare’s England when you visit us!

Follow Shakespeare’s England socials 

During English Tourism Week we will be shining a light on some of the exciting events taking place across Warwickshire during 2023, and giving you a sneaky peak at some of them before they open to the public. We will be engaging with local MPs and asking them to share our messages and help bring attention to tourism’s contribution in our destination. Keep an eye on our socials and engage with our updates to help us spread the word far and wide!

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Here’s a final word from the patron of English Tourism Week, His Majesty King Charles III:

“I personally believe that we are incredibly lucky to be blessed with such a rich assortment of historic and cultural gems in this country, not to mention the jewel of our national parks and, above all, some of the wonders of our many hidden gardens which are once again ready to amaze and delight visitors.”

English Tourism Week patron HM King Charles speaking in 2016. View a video of his message here.

We hope you have a wonderful #EnglishTourismWeek23 in Shakespeare’s England, don’t forget to share your stories and adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

Half Term Family Fun in Shakespeare’s England, Warwickshire

February Half Term has arrived already and if you are looking for ways to entertain the kids that won’t break the bank, you will love our round-up of family fun activities and events taking place across Warwickshire this half term.

Have a go history!

Kenilworth Castle

two children outdoors in the shadow of a castle

Travel back in time as history is bought to life at Kenilworth Castle! Learn more about the infamous reign of King Henry VIII and hear tales of Robin Hood as you join his band of Merry Men to rescue Maid Marion. Plus, visitors can test their own aim and try their hand at archery.

Book online in advance and save with Kenilworth Castle.

Warwick Castle

person dressed in costume firing a bow and arrow

Get your arrows at the ready for Warwick Castle’s Festival of Archery! Be astounded by the centuries-old art of archery as expert archers put their skills to the test in a series of exhilarating performances as bows bend and arrows soar right in front of your eyes. Feeling inspired? Try it for yourself and take your shot at ‘Have-a-go-Archery’*.

Book your visit online with Warwick Castle.

Dippy at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

A diplodocus skeleton in a museum at night

History Hunters take note! There’s a new guy in town and you are going to want to meet him! Dippy the Diplodocus arrives to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry from Monday 20th February. The iconic Diplodocus cast , known fondly as ‘Dippy’ is on loan from the National History Museum.

Tickets must be booked in advance via the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

St Mary’s Guildhall

A child examining an historic object through a magnifying

The history trail continues over at St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry at their hands-on Half Term History Hunters event from 18th-26th February. There’s a chance to to take part in an archaeological ‘dig’ led by the Guildhall’s resident archaeologist, where you will excavate mini sandpits and discover layers of history!

Book your visit online via St Mary’s Guildhall.

Fusilier Museum, Warwick

Two men in costume re-enacting a scene from war

The Fusilier Museum in Warwick has a weeklong programme of special events during February half term to celebrate its reopening. The fun filled programme starts with entertainment from local re-enactment group The Royal Warwickshire Regiment WW2 Living History Group on Saturday 18th February. There will be object handling with items from the museum collection, a treasure hunt, animal quiz and an art competition for children to enter throughout the week. Don’t miss the chance to experience the replica WW1 trench where visitors can experience the sights and smells of what it was really like to be in the trenches.

No pre-booking is required, the museum opens 10am-4pm (excluding Sunday 19th), check admission prices here.

Market Hall Museum, Warwick

A child in costume

Explore the myths and legends of ancient Roman culture on Thursday 23rd February at the Market Hall Museum in Warwick. Complete the 12 Labours of Market Hall to become a museum mythology hero! Create some Roman crafts, learn how to wear a toga and design a mythological mosaic, then hear some of the stories of ancient Rome from storyteller Pyn Stockman.

Event runs from 10am-1pm with storytelling sessions will be held at 10.30 and 11.30am. £5 per child.

Please book in advance at

The great outdoors!

National Trust Charlecote Park

A child outside in wellington jumping mud

Image: copyright National Trust Charlecote Park

Grab your boots and blow off some steam in the great Warwickshire countryside at the February half term Welly Wander at Charlecote Park. Enjoy adventures in the parkland on the Welly Wander trail, every day from 18th – 26th February, from 9am – 5pm, with last admission at 4pm.

£2 per trail (admission also applies), booking is not needed. Visit Charlecote Park for visitor details.

Compton Verney, Spectacle of Light

A manor house lit up in colourful lights at night

Let the little ones stay up a bit later in the holidays as you discover the night-time wonder of Compton Verney this half term through a wonderful Spectacle of Light and sound! Enjoy the beautifully illuminated trail as you walk through the majestic woodland and around the parkland all lit under the stars. Afterward, grab a bite from the ever-popular Digbeth Dining Club. It’s surely a spectacle not to be missed!

Book your visit online with Compton Verney.

Intrigue the imagination!

British Motor Museum

Children dressed in white laboratory coats and goggles

Continue the theme of colour and fun at the British Motor Museum where families can discover a palette of possibilities with a range of colour themed activities for half term from 11th-26th February.

Take a colourful stroll through the Museum with the Colour Creator Trail, build a colourful ‘ArtBot’, enjoy a family Colour in the Collection tour and take part in Science of Colour shows with the Museum’s resident scientists, Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin.

All activities are included in the main admission price. Book online with the British Motor Museum.

Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon

Magical paraphernalia laid out on a table

Lovers of magic will be spellbound at the launch of the new event Witchcraft and Wizardry experience at Magic Alley where families undertake a quest and complete puzzles and riddles based on alchemy, divination, astrology, magical creatures and more. Afterwards, explore the Magic Alley Magical Emporium to find the perfect keepsake souvenir.

This event is recommended for children over 6 and suitable for older children and adults with an interest in all things magical. The experience on average lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Book online via Magic Alley.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

An emperor scorpion

New to Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm this half term from 18th – 26th February, is a pair of Emperor Scorpions, one male and the other female. They are residing in Minibeast Metropolis where visitors can get up close to them (behind the safety of glass!) There is also a chance to enjoy Minibeast Handling sessions, Pupae Preparation sessions, and a Beetle Demonstration throughout the week.

For timings and admission information visit the Stratford Butterfly Farm website.

Kids Eat Free at Charlecote Pheasant Hotel!

Charlecote Pheasant Hotel are inviting children to eat free in their restaurant from Monday to Friday and during school holidays. The offer includes one free children’s’ meal from the children’s menu with every adult meal purchased over £10.95.

To book call the hotel and quote ‘KIDS EAT FREE’  on 01789 335960

Where to Stay

With a wide choice of accommodation from peaceful country retreats and boutique town centre bolt-holes to cosy bed and breakfasts, and self-catering stays – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Find a place to stay in Shakespeare’s England here.

Visit our Offers page for a choice of accommodation and dining offers in Shakespeare’s England.

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for a full calendar of events and activities. taking place in Shakespeare’s England all year round.

We hope you have a wonderful half term in Shakespeare’s England and don’t forget to share your stories and adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

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Time to Unwind: A guide to Spas in Shakespeare’s England

We all deserve a treat once in a while, and there’s no better way to relax than with a luxurious spa break. Whether you are in need of a spa day pick-me-up, or looking to get away for a relaxing retreat, in Shakespeare’s England you can find a host of spa destinations to suit every need.

Here’s our guide to relaxing spas in Warwickshire:

The Elan Spa at Mallory Court Country House Hotel, near Royal Leamington Spa

hyprotherapy pool with jets turned on in a hotel spa

Relaxation and rejuvenation are ready and waiting at this country hideaway near Royal Leamington Spa. Elan Spa at Mallory Court is a sophisticated, new addition to the Warwickshire spa scene offering a wide range of treatments, soothing experiences and state-of-the-art facilities all tucked away in the grounds of this award-winning country house hotel.

The stylish and contemporary facilities include: a thermal retreat, indoor Hydrotherapy pool where you can bathe away your stresses, or enjoy a relaxing lie down by the poolside, and an outdoor vitality pool with a view where you can kick back and take in your natural surroundings. Make sure to give yourself an energising boost in the steam room and pay a visit to the indoor and outdoor (glass-fronted) saunas.  The extensive treatments accompanied by Temple Spa products, are inspired by nature and designed to rebalance the mind, body and spirit.

Both residential spa breaks or spa days are available, there’s even an option to build your own bespoke spa day – you just need to decide which of the many options you want to try first!

Visit the Elan Spa at Mallory Court website for details.


Billesley Manor Spa and Health Club, near Stratford-upon-Avon

clear blue empty swimming pool with loungers around the edge

Although spas weren’t really a thing in Shakespeare’s time, the great playwright himself is said to have frequented the manor house which remains here today. Now a grand country hotel with oak-paneled walls and oozing with sophisticated luxury, Billesley Manor feels like a home from home – on a much grander scale!

The health club and spa is a peaceful oasis, with a chilled out seating area, secluded treatment rooms, indoor pool, steam room and sauna. The treatments here are complemented by ESPA products and include a tempting choice of face and body rituals designed to leave you floating on air.

Billesley Manor offers a selection of residential spa breaks, or the option to visit for a blissful spa day (we warn you, you may not want to leave!)

Visit the Billesley Manor Hotel website for details.

The Stables Spa at Studley Castle, Studley

front entrance to Studley castle hotel

Aaaaand relax….. As you travel along the majestic, tree-lined driveway towards Studley Castle, you will feel your cares melt away. The Stables Spa is a sanctuary of calm with a modern style that contrasts perfectly with the aged grandeur of the main castle building.

Take a dip in the pool, or treat your body to an invigorating steam or sauna before you settle on a lounger and drift away with a good book. The treatment menu offers a choice of specialist facial and body boosts, designed to relax and rejuvenate you.

Visit for a 1, 2 or 3 night spa break or enquire about one of the Stables Spa’s new spa day packages.

Visit the Stables Spa at Studley Castle website for details.


The Welcombe Hotel and Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon

a tranquil bool with jacuzzi pool in the forefont

As the name suggests, a warm welcome awaits at this hilltop retreat on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon. The Romans knew a thing or two about taking care of themselves, and the Roman inspired thermal suites at the Welcombe Spa are the place to discover how they liked to rejuvenate after a busy day of Empire building.

You will also find a 15-metre indoor pool, a Swedish sauna, steam room, a lanconium tepidarium, tropical & polar storm showers, an ice fountain, thermal loungers and a poolside whirlpool – not forgetting the outdoor vitality pool! The treatment options invite you to combine dedicated therapist treatment time with the opportunity to experience the very latest in heat and water therapies.

Book a residential stay or drift away for a single day on a relaxed non-residential spa package.

Visit the Welcombe Hotel Spa website for details.


Ettington Park Hotel, near Stratford-upon-Avon

neo-gothic hotel ettington park

It’s time to retreat, to this beautiful Warwickshire countryside retreat! Ettington Park is a neo-gothic style mansion which may look imposing from the outside, but offers an oasis of calm and luxury inside. Within the impressive hotel walls sits a tranquil Health Suite that is for the exclusive use of hotel guests, and the newly opened Redwood Treatment Room, where you can enjoy a range of relaxing treatments to soothe the day away. If you wish, you can also take advantage of the indoor pool, steam room and sauna.

Indulge in a blissful residential spa break, or spa day and your cares will soon be forgotten.

Visit the Ettington Park Hotel website for details.


Mercure Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, Wellesbourne

log driveway leading to walton hall

Nestled in the grounds of this 16th century manor house hotel is the Walton Hall Spa. Revive, rebalance and relax with a choice of pampering treatments, take dip in the pool and revive the body in the steam and sauna rooms.

Walton Hall offers a choice of relaxing spa packages for a residential stay or a daytime escape.

Visit the Walton Hall Hotel website for details.

Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind, enjoy a treat with friends, or to escape for a total reset, Shakespeare’s England has a spa to suit you.

Keep an eye on our Offers Page for new spa offers, or visit your chosen spa website to book.

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

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Shakespeare’s England’s Best Dressed Christmas Tree Contest

Can you help us to choose Shakespeare’s England’s Best Dressed Christmas Tree? 🎄
We asked our members to send us a photograph of their Christmas tree and we need your help to choose the best one!

All entries are below, to vote for your favourite, visit the post our Facebook or Instagram pages and place a comment or Like on the photo of your top tree!

We will announce the winner on Monday 19th December.

Christmas in Shakespeare’s England

Christmas is a special time to visit Shakespeare’s England as Warwickshire transforms into a winter wonderland with a whole host of festive events and activities to enjoy!

Our historic towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Kenilworth and Royal Leamington Spa will be sparkling with Christmas magic. Shop till you drop, indulge in delicious festive food and drink, make special Christmas memories with the kids, and get together for festive fun with friends and family.

Use our guide to help you plan the perfect Christmas in Shakespeare’s England!

Christmas Shopping in Shakespeare’s England

Add even more sparkle to your Christmas shopping at one of the many festive markets taking place across Shakespeare’s England.

Stratford-upon-Avon will switch on their Christmas lights on Saturday 19th November with a full day of festive fun across the town centre from 10am-7pm. And from 8th – 11th December you can stroll and shop at the Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market.

The annual Warwick Victorian Evening on Thursday 24th November is an event not to be missed. See the town Christmas lights turned on, capture a visit from Santa, and visit the Christmas market to find the perfect gifts from the carefully selected local, British and artisan traders.

Royal Leamington Spa switched their lights on at the beginning of November, but on Sunday 20th November the annual Christmas market will return to The Parade from 10am-5pm with a whole host of stalls, and a cheeky Christmas Elf Takeover. Click here for more information.

Kenilworth enjoys not one, but two Christmas lights switch on events!  On Friday 25th November from 6-8pm, the Old Town will see a traditional lights switch on with entertainment, food and drink from local businesses on the High Street in Kenilworth.  And on Sunday 27th November, join the festive fun on Warwick Road between 12pm – 8pm with market stalls, funfair rides and entertainment. (Lights are switched on at 6pm).

Festive Family Events in Shakespeare’s England

Christmas at Warwick Castle

Complete your Christmas wish list in one truly magical destination with a festive visit to Warwick Castle. Visit during daytime and discover twinkling trees, dazzling decorations, and festive flourishes at every turn. Make memories with Santa and Mrs. Claus as you listen to a special story of Christmas hope and joy. Glide upon an magnificent open-air ice rink, and as darkness falls, follow the magical illuminated light trail around the castle’s historic grounds. Book your visit early to avoid disappointment! 

Click here for more information.

Meet Santa at Kenilworth Castle

Book an audience with Santa when he pays a visit to Kenilworth Castle on special dates throughout November and December. Bring the children’s imaginations alive as they listen to his festive tales amidst the enchanting castle decorations.

Click here to book your visit in advance.

Candlelit Tours of Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Experience Christmas through the eyes of William Shakespeare himself on an after-dark tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, which will include costumed guides sharing stories of festive traditions of the 16th century and an insight into how one of the world’s greatest playwrights lived in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Luminate Coombe

As darkness descends during the festive season, join an enchanting journey, weaving a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic grounds of Coombe Abbey Park. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music. Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.

Click here for more information.


Do you believe? Join THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride with Vintage Trains and relive the magic of the 2004 motion picture being theatrically re-created and be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.  See the dancing chefs, meet the conductor and Santa and receive a ‘silver bell. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season!

Click here for information and how to book.

Christmas at Fairytale Farm

At Fairytale Farm from 3rd – 24th December you will enter a beautiful Fairytale Castle and start your journey from the South Pole to the North Pole in their magical and immersive event that includes dancing penguins, and a walk through the Secret Forest to meet Santa himself!

Click here for more information

Santa at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom

Santa will be making his way down the chimney at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon to greet families for a special Christmas experience on dates throughout December. There’s also a festive quiz, story-telling, puzzles, music, Christmas crafts and games combine to make this an unforgettable excursion for all the family.

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Festive fun at Compton Verney

Historic Manor and art gallery, Compton Verney has a host of festive events lined up for the family to enjoy throughout December. From 1st – 24th December you can take part in the festive reindeer trail within the stunning landscape, and on selected dates between Friday 9 December to Friday 23 December there is a chance to meet Santa in his magical Grotto!

Click here for more information on the Reindeer Trail.
Click here for more information on Santa’s Grotto.

Christmas trail and lunches at National Trust Charlecote Park

At Charlecote Park, a deep freeze is being felt this winter and your help is needed! Take on the Festive Curse Breakers Trail to help crack the code and break the freezing curse that’s fallen over the parkland and buildings this Christmas. You can also warm up after your adventures with a delicious festive lunch in the Orangery Restaurant (lunch must be booked in advance, find information here.

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Christmas Day Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

The best way to work up an appetite for your Christmas Day lunch is to join Stratford Town Walk on their special Christmas Day Walk! Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare on this multi award-winning 2 hour guided walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon. Booking ahead is essential.

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Catch a panto at the Belgrade Theatre

Child cast performing a pantomime

This year’s legendary Belgrade Theatre pantomime is the enchanting tale of Jack and the Beanstalk – and it’s their fastest selling panto ever!

In this good old fashioned panto you will head to the village of Prickly Bottom where the evil giant Blunderbore is causing havoc! What the village needs is a hero brave enough to climb up to the giant’s castle and send him packing. Will Jack and his mysterious beanstalk prove to be the heroes we are looking for? There’s only one way to find out!

Make sure you book your tickets early to guarantee the best seats at the best price on your preferred date, because they are getting snapped up quickly!

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Festive Food and Drink in Shakespeare’s England


‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry and there are plenty of places to indulge in wonderful festive food and drink in Shakespeare’s England this Christmas. Below is just a small taste of what you can enjoy…

Festive Lunch and Show at Studley Castle

Celebrate the festive season with a special treat at Studley Castle. Enjoy a sumptuous 3-course festive lunch served with Tea & Coffee followed by a Christmas Show in the Castle’s luxurious Evesham Restaurant. Available on selected dates at £35.00 person

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Festive Afternoon Tea at The Telegraph Hotel

Book a festive sparkling afternoon tea at the Telegraph Hotel between 29th November and 21st December within their stylish and relaxed Forme & Chase restaurant. From £23.50 per head.

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Festive Lunch with Santa at Billesley Manor

Book a Festive Lunch with Santa on Sunday 18th December at Billesley Manor. Lunch will be served in the stylish wood panelled surroundings of the Stuart Rooms restaurant, and tickets include a gift for your  child.

You might also like to take a festive afternoon tea with friends at Billesley Manor, available throughout December from £25 per person.

Click here for more information on lunch with Santa.

Christmas Breaks in Shakespeare’s England

Book a magical break in wintery Warwickshire to experience the festive season at one of our wonderful hotels.

Pre-Christmas Escapes

Enjoy a pre-Christmas stay in Stratford-upon-Avon at the stylish Arden Hotel. After a day of Christmas shopping, check in to your room before you relax in the No.44 Brasserie for a delicious dinner, and afterwards maybe take in the beautiful view over the River Avon on the all-weather terrace with a glass of mulled wine and delicious iced ginger cake under the patio heater. Perfection!

Pre-Christmas package is available from £279.00 per room per night.

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If you prefer the tranquillity of a rural hotel, then you might prefer a pre-Christmas escape at Mallory Court Hotel and Spa near Royal Leamington Spa. Relax in one of the hotel’s cosy lounges next to the fire with a delicious festive cream tea, and after a busy day of Christmas shopping, experience culinary excellence in The Dining Room within the Manor House for a Taste of the Season dinner.

Pre-Christmas package is available from £249.00 per room per night.

Click here for more information.

With a wide choice of accommodation from peaceful country retreats and boutique town centre bolt-holes to cosy bed and breakfasts, and self-catering stays – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Find a place to stay in Shakespeare’s England here.

Visit our Offers page for a choice of accommodation and dining offers in Shakespeare’s England.

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for a full calendar of festive events and activities. taking place in Shakespeare’s England this Christmas.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas time in Shakespeare’s England and don’t forget to share your festive adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

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Spooktacular Half Term Halloween Fun in Shakespeare’s England

Experience the thrills and chills of Halloween this October in Shakespeare’s England! From haunted castles and frightening fairy tales, to ghostly walks and fearsome family activities – there is plenty of eerie excitement to be found….if you dare!

Family Friendly Halloween Fun

Halloween at the Castle, Warwick Castle

From £29, Sunday 1st – Monday 31st October

Encounter Halloween frights and fun at Warwick Castle this October. Explore over a thousand years of spooktacular history as you venture through The Haunted Hollows, meet the Witches of Warwick, and experience the haunting Halloween atmosphere around the castle and grounds. 

As Halloween approaches, the castle’s spookiest residents invite you to join them for haunting half-term fun at The Haunted Castle (22nd-30th October). Enjoy mysterious mazes, eerie entertainment, and frightful delights for the whole family as over a thousand years of haunted history come to life.

For more information visit:

Halloween Fun at the Farm, Mary Arden’s Farm

From £7.50, includes pumpkin carving
25th, 27th, 29th October, 9:30am – 12pm & 1pm – 3:30pm

Discover the weird and wonderful traditions of All Hallows’ Eve at Mary Arden’s Farm this October half-term. This family friendly event gives the opportunity to explore the spooktacular traditions that people in medieval and Tudor England took part in to keep the spirits at bay, with fun-hands on activities to enjoy! All activities are included, including a pumpkin to take home.

Suitable for ages 4+, pre-booking is essential.

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Halloween half term, Kenilworth Castle

£36.90 for two adults and up to 3 children if booked online in advance
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm

Gather your little monsters and prepare for a ghoulishly good day out at Kenilworth Castle this October Half Term.

Follow Dennis, Gnasher and friends to solve creepy clues on the fun family quest around the grounds. Then, meet costumed performers to hear tall tales of the strange, the supernatural and the downright silly.

With so much spooky stuff to see and do, it’s a phantomtastic, great value day out for families – and tickets are even cheaper if you book in advance.

For information and how to book click here.

Twisted Circus – Family Friendly Edition, Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon

£8 or £9 when a performer is present
From 8th October

Roll up, Roll up! Welcome to the most Twisted Circus in Town!

As you enter the Corpse Brothers’ circus at Magic Alley, expect to find all your favourite circus characters but with a distinctly creepy twist ready for Halloween. Part circus, part funfair part carnival (or should that be carnevil!) you can immerse yourself in a different world long forgotten.

The Twisted Circus is suitable for children over 6 with strictly no admittance to anyone younger…some things are simply not suitable for little ones.

Anyone caught misbehaving will be sold to the circus – For Eternity!

For information and bookings, click here.

Halloween themed family fun day, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Free entry, Wednesday 26th October, 10.30am-4pm

Join the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry for a free Halloween-themed family fun day with activities including story-telling, a dressing up station with real stage costumes, and arts and crafts inspired by upcoming family shows such as David Walliams’ Demon Dentist. No booking is required and families can turn up on the day.

For more details visit

“Scarily Ever After” Halloween event, Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton

£7.75 per person, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm

Head to the award-winning Fairytale Farm in Chipping Norton for their Halloween themed “scarily ever after” family-friendly Halloween event which runs daily during half term.

Fun activities include: sing-a-long sessions, pumpkin carving and painting competitions, and indoor craft activities. Post photos of your children in fancy dress on the Fairytale Farm social media to be entered into a prize draw to win a free annual family pass to the farm.

From October 8, Fairytale farm is also launching an “illuminations and supper deal” which will run every weekend after 3pm. Wander through the illuminated walk, see farm animals (if you arrive before they are put to bed!), and enjoy a tasty hotdog or crusty bread and soup with a drink. The “illuminations and supper” deal is charged at £9.75 per adult and £8.75 per child.

For more information visit

Halloween Family Fun Day, Sulgrave Manor

£6 per child, £8 per adult, Sunday 30th October, 11am-3pm

Celebrate Halloween at Sulgrave Manor and enjoy a full day of fiendishly fun activities including a Halloween Trail, Craft Activities, Pumpkin Painting, Roasting Marshmallows, House Talks and Free Flow Tours.

For more information and to book online click here.

St John’s Haunted House, St John’s House, Warwick

£14 children, £8 adults, 2 and under free, Thursday 27th October – Sunday 30th October

Head to St John’s Haunted House in Warwick this half term. Get spooked as you explore rooms and see them as you’ve never seen them before. Discover the creepy story of the Knights Templar hospital that was based on the site in the Medieval era.

Make Mad Science bouncy eyeballs and a spooky lantern to take home. Get messy making potions, enjoy small world fairy play and more. Dressing up is welcomed for children and adults!

For more information and to book, click here.

Magic of Science, British Motor Museum

£40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October

Less scary but certainly magical is the Magic of Science which takes place at the British Motor Museum during October half term. Get up close to one of the Ford Anglias which starred in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and then join the mad scientists for some magical, mind-blowing experiments, extraordinary family tours plus make an optical illusion to take home!

Museum entry is just £40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, £14.50 for adults in advance or £16 on the day, £12.50 for concessions in advance or £14 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s are FREE.

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Ghoulish Fun for Grown Ups!

Halloween isn’t just for the kids! Shakespeare’s England has something spooky to offer the adults too….

Castle After Dark, Warwick Castle

From £20, 22nd, 23rd, 28th – 31st October, from 6pm

Can you brave the darker side of Halloween at Castle After Dark? From fearless families to brave scare-seekers, see if you have what it takes to conquer the UK’s scariest castle.

Brace yourself for an evening of spine-chilling scares ahead at Warwick Castle. The castle courtyard transforms into a frightful festival of entertainment. Feed your fear as you prepare for an evening you’ll never forget. The Castle Dungeon* awaits for frightful fun and Warwick Castle’s grisliest tales.

There’s terror at every twist and turn across three thrilling scare attractions within the Castle and grounds. You’ll face your fears as you venture through the darkness and open your mind to the most unnatural possibilities.

Recommended for ages 10+, pre-booking is required. Additional charges apply.

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Halloween Ghost Walk, Stratford-upon-Avon

Adults £10, Children £5 (recommend 8 years +), Monday 31 October 2022, Walks at 7pm and 7.30pm

Join this award-winning, entertaining ghost walk around the ‘haunted’ streets of Stratford upon Avon with Stratford Town Walk.  Join your costumed guide, Vincent, Edward or the Man in Black for a stroll around the ancient streets to discover the buildings seeping with tales of ghosts, witches, murder and misery.  Hear about ghostly goings-on at a haunted tearoom, the witch of Sheep Street, a jilted bride who appears in a local hotel, a young girl buried alive and more.  An evening of good old-fashioned story-telling. The guides are professional entertainers and deliver the tour in their own unique style.

Walks last 1-1.5 hours, pre-booking is essential.

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Spooky Cocktails and Ghost Tour, St John’s House, Warwick

£25 per person, Friday 28th October 7pm – midnight

Join this unique Ghost Hunt at St John’s House! Challenge your fears and take part in real experiments with Ghost Hunters ‘Haunted Happenings’ and enjoy some spooky gin cocktails from ‘The Warwickshire Gin Company’.

The evening includes a tour of the St John’s House to hear the fascinating and varied history of the building and all the people who have lived here. Then join experienced guides and paranormal experts as they show you what to look for and how to read the signs of unusual activity. Some of these activities take part in the cellar and attic, please note unfortunately there is no disabled access.

The bar will be open all evening for you to purchase further drinks and cocktails, either before or after your tour experience. Other alcoholic drinks available.

This is an adult only event, dressing up is welcomed!

For more information and to book click here.

Twisted Circus After Dark, Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon

From £15
Friday 28th October, Saturday 29th October, Sunday 30th October and Halloween from 7pm till late

Do you dare enter the Big Top after dark? Experience a Halloween event at Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon that is not for those of a nervous disposition!

During this Halloween scare attraction sound and lighting effects will be used and there will be live actors in attendance.

There is a glass of prosecco or equivalent soft drink included if you make it out alive!

Admission is for 18+ years only.

For more information and bookings visit:

Halloween Masquerade Ball, Billesley Manor Hotel

£65.00 per person, Sunday 30th October, from 7.00pm

Join Billesley Manor for a black tie masquerade ball in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice. Enjoy 5 courses along with blood punch in the newly refurbished Topiary Suite. Follow this with dancing to live music.

Tickets are £65.00 per person or £600.00 for a table of 10

Booking is essential, visit:


Book a Spooky Halloween Short Break in Shakespeare’s England

Extend your stay in Shakespeare’s England during Halloween and Half Term with some wickedly good accommodation to choose from!

With a wide choice of accommodation from peaceful country retreats and boutique town centre bolt-holes to cosy bed and breakfasts, and self-catering stays – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Find a place to stay in Shakespeare’s England here.

Visit our Offers page for a choice of accommodation and dining offers in Shakespeare’s England.

Enjoy a shivering-ly great time in Shakespeare’s England this Halloween and don’t forget to share your spooky adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.

HM The Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Shakespeare’s England are deeply saddened by the passing of HM The Queen Elizabeth II, and express our sincere condolences to all Members of the Royal Family. The Queen’s dedication to the UK and beyond was truly inspirational, and for over 70 years has helped promote the essence of Britain around the World. We thank her for her unstinting service and confirm our total support for King Charles III as he commences his reign.


Escape the Everyday in Shakespeare’s England this Summer

Escape the everyday with a summer break to Shakespeare’s England – a picture-perfect pocket in the county of Warwickshire dotted with bustling towns, charming country villages, miles of rolling green countryside, and a whole host of attractions and days out that will keep the whole family entertained throughout the summer.

There is a place for everyone to escape to in Shakespeare’s England! With everything from mediaeval castles showing thrilling live jousting, al fresco theatre performances of much-loved Shakespeare or classic fairytales, to traditional steam train journeys through our beautiful countryside, and creative and colourful art and cultural exhibitions, and all the fun kicks off this summer with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Commonwealth Games right here in Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa.

Read on to discover all the places you can escape to this summer in Shakespeare’s England.

Escape to History

From 23rd July, the ultimate jousting experience returns to Warwick Castle! War of the Rose Live! unleashes the action of historic battles from the 15th century.  Feel the past come to life as you witness thrilling battles, daring stunts and incredible jousting. Horses will charge, swords will clash, and the crowd will roar. But which side will you choose… red rose or white rose? Book your tickets.

The excitement doesn’t stop there! The skies of Warwick will be illuminated with the legend of the epic night-time spectacular, Dragon Slayer!  Myth becomes reality in this gripping theatrical experience as you join Guy of Warwick on his quest to prove his valour to Princess Felice. The live-action performance encompasses thrilling stunts, majestic horses and daring swordsmanship, before a breath-taking finale where projection mapping blended with live-action brings the legend to life on the walls of the castle itself. Discover more and book tickets.

Escape to history and enjoy an exhilarating, action-packed family day out at Kenilworth Castle on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July at their Legendary Joust. See lances shatter, feel the thunder of hooves and hear the roar of the crowd as reputations are won and lost as four legendary knights will compete on horseback. Learn more and book tickets.

Return to Kenilworth Castle over the August bank holiday weekend to experience their thrilling live Knights Tournament! Watch as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill with the winner decided by the clashing of swords in the Grand Melee finale! Find out more and book tickets.

Escape to Theatre

As the home of the world-famous Bard, Shakespeare’s England is the ideal location for those looking to escape to an immersive theatre performance. The Royal Shakespeare Company theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon are the theatrical home of Shakespeare’s works, while a whole host of theatre performances can be enjoyed across Warwickshire with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, and the brand-new 500 seat outdoor Amphitheatre at Berrybank Park in the Cotswolds also offering a diverse programme of performances this summer.

At The Belgrade Theatre, experience a very special performance of The Allesley Silas (Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th July).  Silas Marner is one of the great stories by one of Coventry’s most celebrated writers, George Eliot. This new version of the story, with joyous music by Rebecca Applin, was a sell-out success during Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, where it was performed in a circus marquee in Allesley Park.  For more information visit the Belgrade Theatre website.

Why not escape outdoors for a summer theatre performance with an al fresco feel?

The Amphitheatre Berrybank Park is a newly opened 500-seat green venue in the Cotswolds that is set on an ancient wold between Stow, Moreton and Chipping Norton.  This unique outdoor venue has an entire summer of music and theatre to look forward to, including world-class opera, Broadway and West End musical hits, jazz, blues, and community choirs.

This August brings a run of events for the whole family with a ‘gloriously silly’, Slapstick Picnic version of The Importance of Being Earnest – also showing this summer are The Wind in the Willows; Pirates of Penzance (complete with a chance to sing in the Chorus); Elmer’s Walk; The Woman in White; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Peter Pan (with real flying!).

The Real Garden Festival on August Bank Holiday Monday is the perfect way to see out the summer holiday, you and the kids can enjoy an ecology-themed day of outdoor discovery and wonder, with storytelling, foraging walks, dance and music.

The Amphitheatre will also be inviting guests to their outdoor cinema with summer showings of Moulin Rouge, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Paddington 2.  Visit our Events Diary to discover their full summer calendar.

During the summer weekends, The Dell, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon will play host to a range of lively student, community and semi-professional productions. The Dell is situated on the banks of the River Avon in Avonbank Gardens, near Holy Trinity Church.  Entrance is free and no booking is required. Find a list of performances here.

To discover these and other outdoor theatre events in Shakespeare’s England this summer, visit our Events Diary.

Escape to Arts and Culture

Head to Compton Verney to escape to an incredible Summer of Colour over the holidays, and make sure to experience their thought-provoking and immersive new artwork Luke Jerram: Crossings which invites you to take a rowing boat out onto their iconic lake and listen to different stories from around the world.  Each brightly decorated boat is fitted with speakers that play recorded audio the recorded audio of people sharing a variety of different life experiences and personal testimonies – what a perfect summer treat! For information sail over to

To coincide with Birmingham 2022, Warwick District Council is running a month-long CultureFest from Saturday 16th July to Sunday 21st August to showcase and celebrate the incredible arts and heritage venues, artists, and creatives in the area. Events and activities will be taking place across Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash. Click here for more information, or browse our events diary.

Escape to Family Fun and Fairytales

Escape the present and learn what life was really like ‘in the olden days’ at Mary Arden’s Farm this August. They are running a series of Tudor family experience days on 17th, 18th, 25th and 31st August from 10am-3pm. The kids will love this unique Tudor experience packed full of creative activities, at the home of Shakespeare’s mother – a perfect introduction to life in Shakespeare’s time. Booking online is essential (suitable for children aged 4+).

How about a trip down memory lane?  The British Motor Museum is inviting families to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Austin Seven with seven marvellous activities running from 22nd July to 5th September. Uncover this much-loved car’s history and take a look at some of its exciting adventures with at the ‘Small car. Big history: 100 years of the Austin Seven’ exhibition. Your little ones will love to have fun on the interactive family tour and even get crafty by making an Austin Seven to take home. Find out more here:

Escape on a tropical rainforest adventure with a minibeast-filled summer at Stratford Butterfly Farm where the whole family can walk among some of the world’s most stunning and colourful butterflies, and spot colourful fish amid the cool pools and splashing waterfalls. Join a series of interactive sessions throughout the holidays including Meet the Mini-Beast handling, Butterfly Life Cycle, and Beetle and Snake demonstrations in the Discovery Zone. To guarantee entrance over the summer holidays tickets advance online booking system is recommended, visit

Why not escape the humdrum of the town centre and hop onto the Shakespeare Express for a vintage steam train ride across Shakespeare’s England?! Every Sunday from 17th July to 4th September the steam hauled Shakespeare Express travels from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon on a series of return trips, calling at Birmingham Moor Street, Tyseley and, on the outward journey only, at Henley in Arden. Trains will travel along the Shakespeare Line through city townscapes and the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

On Saturday 31st July and Saturday 7th August you can step through the train keyhole into Wonderland. If you’re completely mad… you’ll fit in just fine on the Vintage Trains Mad Hatters Theatrical Experience! A fun-filled theatrical day out for everyone! Visit the Vintage Trains website for details and bookings.

To celebrate the Commonwealth Games, vintage steam or diesel trains will run over the Shakespeare Line returning from Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon, bookings and times:

Escape to Sport and Once in a Lifetime Events!

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be staged in Britain’s second city from Thursday 28th July to Monday 8th August.  Sporting action is taking place across Shakespeare’s England too with the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa from Friday 29th July to Saturday 6th August, and the start and finish of the Cycling Road Race in Warwick on Sunday 7th August!

If you can’t make it to the games you can still experience the excitement and atmosphere with the Queen’s Baton Relay which passes through Stratford and Warwick Districts on Friday 22nd July. Find details on where it will stop via our events diary.

Throughout the games themselves head to one of two Live Festival Sites in Market Square, Warwick and Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa to catch the action from the games on live screens, and take part in fun activities like pop-up lawn bowls! Details on the Live Sites can be found here.

Use our helpful guide to find out how you can experience all the excitement of the Commonwealth Games in Shakespeare’s England.

Escape for a short break in Shakespeare’s England

We get it, there is just too much for you to choose from! After a busy year, why not treat yourself and escape to Shakespeare’s England for an extended stay? With a wide choice of accommodation from glamping at Warwick Castle, to peaceful country house hotels and boutique town centre bolt-holes – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Find a place to stay in Shakespeare’s England here.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Shakespeare’s England this summer! There is something for everyone to enjoy, it is the perfect place to escape the everyday and make summer memories to last a lifetime.

Don’t forget to tag us in your escapes on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.



CultureFest 2022: A guide to a summer celebration of arts, heritage, and creativity

From 28th July to 8th August 2022, Birmingham and the West Midlands will play host to the Commonwealth Games.  Two of the key sporting events will take place in Warwick District. – the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls will be played at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa, and the Cycling Road Race will start and finish in Warwick.

In honour of this exciting opportunity, a month-long CultureFest will be hosted across Warwick District alongside the games.  CultureFest 2022– hosted by Warwick District Council and partners – will showcase and celebrate the incredible arts and heritage venues, artists, and creatives in the area with events and activities taking place across Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 21 August 2022.

Culturefest 2022 will feature a series of artistic, colourful, thought-provoking and fun events and activities that can be enjoyed by everyone – whether local to the area, or visiting!

See below a full list of events from the CultureFest programme and how you can experience them!

Alternative Leamington – Leamington Spa

An exhibition to celebrate the diversity within the town of Royal Leamington Spa.
16th July – 21st August 2022
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Andy Kershaw Introduces MG Boulter – Leamington Spa

As part of CultureFest (to coincide with the arrival of the Commonwealth Games), bowls and cycling enthusiasts will be delighted to welcome the fabulous MG Bouter to Temperance’s intimate venue.

Tuesday 26th July, 19:00 – 23:00
Temperance Bar, Leamington Spa
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Andy Kershaw’s African, Caribbean and Latin Dance Night – Leamington Spa

Temperance is thrilled to be able to welcome back legendary DJ, Andy Kershaw for a night of world music and dancing. As part of our CultureFest, he will be playing songs from around the Commonwealth and beyond.

Wednesday 27th July, 19:00 – 23:30
Temperance Bar, Leamington Spa
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Art in the Park Festival – Leamington Spa

A free, curated, arts festival, which showcases, sells, and provides live demonstrations from artists and craftspeople from the local area.

13th and 14th August, 10am-6pm
Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa
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Battle of the Big Top – Leamington Spa

Set within the vibrant world of a Big Top, we follow two siblings’ journey as they experience an adventurous visit to the circus.

Wednesday 3rd August – Sunday 7th August
Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
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Caitriona Dunnett at Hill Close Gardens – Warwick

Artist Caitriona Dunnett will be exhibiting at Hill Close Gardens this summer as part of CultureFest 2022.

Hill Close Gardens, Warwick
From Saturday 16th July
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‘Come Bowl with Me’ by Talking Birds – Leamington Spa

Come Bowl With Me is a funny and interactive outdoor performance by acclaimed Coventry theatre company Talking Birds, celebrating the popular and accessible sport of Lawn Bowls, which is being hosted in Leamington Spa for the Commonwealth Games.

Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Monday 25 July 2022
Jephson Gardens by the Clocktower and Pump Room Gardens
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Islamic Cultural Exhibition – Leamington Spa

Learn the history of Islam, its links with the Commonwealth, the uniqueness of the Holy Qur’an, Islam’s place with respect to other major faiths of the world.

Baitul Ehsan Ahmadiyyah Mosque (AMA UK), Leamington Spa

Saturday, 20 August 2022, 10am – 4pm
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Leamington History Group’s Commonwealth Town Trail – Leamington Spa

Book your place for a free guided tour around Central Leamington to learn more about the town’s past connections, including the Royal Pump Rooms, the Town Hall, Imperial House and the Commonwealth Club.

Visitor Information Centre, Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
Tuesday 26th July and Tuesday 2nd, 9th & 16th August
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Leamington Literary Society’s Promenade with Mr Dickens – Leamington Spa

Experience a magic lantern show at the Temperance Café, Bath Street, on Charles Dickens’s visits to the Royal Spa, followed by a leisurely stroll to the places he knew, by way of some intriguingly Dickensian alleyways!

Saturday 23 Jul at 11am-12pm
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Modern Pre-Raphaelite Visionaries: British Art 1880 – 1930 – Leamington Spa

‘Modern Pre-Raphaelite Visionaries’ offers you the chance to rediscover a host of ‘forgotten’ British artists working at the turn of the twentieth century.

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
The exhibition runs until 18 September 2022, open daily from 10am-4pm.
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Music Improvisation Workshop by Interplay Jazz – Warwick

Join members of Interplay jazz group in this entry-level music improvisation workshop to have fun and try out some simple techniques for making new music with other people.

The Nelson Club, 21 Charles Street Warwick
13th August, 2.30pm-4.30pm
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On Yer Bike! Exhibition at Market Hall Museum – Warwick

Cartoon happy man cycling

This exhibition tells the story of the history of cycling, with Warwickshire at its heart, and showcases a number of star cycles, including a boneshaker, a Chopper, a Royal Mail postal bike and a bicycle frame made of bamboo!

Saturday 2nd July – Saturday 29th October
Market Hall Museum, Warwick
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PechaKucha Night – Leamington Spa

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe.

St Patrick’s Irish Club, Leamington Spa
Friday 22nd July, 7.30pm
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Play, Me Leamington… Rotary Street Pianos – Leamington Spa

This project, inspired by artist Luke Jerram’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ Street Piano artworks will see three pianos, painted by local young artists, installed in Leamington Spa. They will be free for the public to play and enjoy, and help showcase the Rotary Club’s dedication to delivering inspiring experiences for Leamington’s residents.

Leamington Spa train station, outside the Royal Pump Rooms and inside the Royal Priors shopping centre
From 14 July until 30 August 2022
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Red Sky at Night, by Mikron Theatre Company – Leamington Spa

Mikron Theatre Company return to Leamington’s beautiful Foundry Wood for a theatre performance about the wild and wonderful world of weather.

Outdoor Classroom, Foundry Wood
Sunday 21st August
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Right Up Craig and Johnathan’s Street

Download and listen to six FREE podcasts that explore the streets of Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash via two restored Raleigh Magnums.

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Taking the Waters – Leamington Spa

In it’s centenary year, David Fletcher’s new play celebrates the Loft’s presence in Leamington Spa by bringing to life some significant events in the town’s history through drama, music and movement. It is also a deeply human story, told through the eyes of two generations of remarkable women.

Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
13th – 23rd July
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The Leamington Society’s Welcome Walking Tours – Leamington Spa

Visiting Royal Leamington Spa for the first time? Welcome!

The Leamington Society invites you to join them for a walking tour, to be introduced to the town’s history as a spa and to the modern town with its many attractions.

Visitor Information Centre in the foyer of the Pump Rooms
Friday 29 July – Saturday 6th August, 11am and 3pm
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The Legend of The Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle – Warwick

Experience an unmissable evening of captivating storytelling, fearless fighting, majestic horses & thrilling battles all set around the local legend of Guy of Warwick and his quest to prove his valour to Princess Felice.

Warwick Castle
Showing: 12th – 13th, 15th – 21st August 2022
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Wars of the Roses LIVE at Warwick Castle – Warwick

Witness the iconic history of the Wars of the Roses come to life before your eyes in a live action jousting experience.

Warwick Castle
23rd July – 4th September 2022
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Warwick Folk Festival – Warwick

Warwick Folk Festival returns for it’s 42nd year from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July 2022!

Castle Fields, Warwick
Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July 2022!
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Warwick’s Unbelievable History – Warwick

An alternative, self-led, tour of Warwick, which weaves fact and fiction to create unbelievable stories about the town’s incredible past.

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Warwickshire Pride Festival – Leamington Spa

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Warwickshire Pride is an annual festival – a celebration of LGBT+ life and culture. You can expect a wide range of stalls, live performances and entertainment, food stalls and a bar, fairground rides, a trans chillout zone, bi zone, women’s tent, talks, workshops and much more.

Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa
20th August, 11am-6pm
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Windows Into the Past – Warwick

History meets technology in Warwick’s interactive “Windows into the Past” shop front exhibition.

Market Street, Warwick
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Live Festival Sites – Warwick and Leamington Spa

Experience the Commonwealth Games in Warwick and Leamington Spa at two Live festival sites – in Pump Room Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa operated by Warwick District Council and another in Market Square, Warwick operated by Warwickshire County Council; both will have big screens, open from 10am – 10pm and are free to attend, to celebrate the region’s hosting of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Thursday 28 July – Monday 8 August, 10am-10pm
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More information on CultureFest can be found on their Facebook Page.

Visit our guide for more information on experiencing the Commonwealth Games in Shakespeare’s England.

Don’t forget to share your summer adventures in Warwickshire with Shakespeare’s England with the tag #MyShakespearesEngland on social media!


Experience Birmingham 2022 – The Commonwealth Games in Shakespeare’s England

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in venues all across Birmingham and the West Midlands, from 28 July until 8 August 2022.

We are so excited to be welcoming some of the Commonwealth Games action right here in Shakespeare’s England!  Exciting sport events will be held in Coventry and Royal Leamington Spa, and there is a whole host of cultural events to look forward to, such as Culturefest which is taking place at venues across the Warwick District’s four towns of Leamington SpaWarwickKenilworth and Whitnash.

Read on to find out more information about the sports, venues, tickets and schedule for the Commonwealth Games. Discover what the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games stands for and find out how you can experience all of the excitement and history of this iconic sporting event.

Sporting Events

The most dedicated, highly trained and determined athletes from across 72 nations will come together for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in a momentous celebration of sport, competition and community. Discover the exciting line up of sports from Athletics and Gymnastics to Basketball and Boxing – click here to find out more.

Click here for the full schedule of sporting events, and where they will take place.

Which Commonwealth Games sport events are taking place in Shakespeare’s England?


Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls – 29th July to 6th August
Victoria Park, 23 Archery Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3PT

Lawn Bowls competitor on the green

The home of English Bowls will be transformed this summer, as the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games programme is played on the hallowed greens of Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

In just the third ever Games hosted by an English city, the lawn bowlers vying for Commonwealth glory will compete for victory between Friday 29 July and Saturday 6th August.

During the Lawn Bowls and Para-Lawn Bowls, spectators will witness bowlers maintaining composure under immense pressure as they battle to get closest to the jack. Demanding strategy and cunning moves, this event at the Commonwealth Games is one of the most uniquely nerve-wrecking sports.

18 sessions, and 8 medal sessions will be played at Victoria Park.

From 4 – 13 July, park users will need to enter Victoria Park through the end of the old tennis courts car park. From 13 July, the access into the park will be through the Avenue Road pedestrian entrance, with the old tennis court car park closed to the public until 11 August.

Find more information on the Lawn Bowls here.

Cycling Road Race – 7th August 2022
Myton Fields, Warwick, CV34 6PR

Cyclists competing in a road race at the Commonwealth games

Warwick’s Myton Fields is a green recreation space, the other side of the river to St Nicholas Park that will be used for the Birmingham 2022 Road Race events on Sunday 7th August.

The Road Race will see the women complete seven laps of a 16km course, whilst the men will complete ten laps.

The course will involve the riders cycling past the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick town centre, as well as Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa, which is the venue for the Birmingham 2022 lawn bowls and para lawn bowls competition (see above). The final part of the course will cross the River Avon, where the cyclists will be treated to a stunning view of Warwick Castle.

Find more information on the Cycling Road Race here.

Live Festival Sites

From 28th July until 8th August visitors can enjoy two Live Festival Sites in Warwick and one in Royal Leamington Spa.  Soak up the atmosphere and keep up with all of the action at the Commonwealth Games with Live Screens and lots of fun pop up activities and events. Find out more about all Commonwealth Games Festival Sites here.

Accommodation in Shakespeare’s England

Whether you’re looking for a hotel, a tranquil rural stay, or a quaint B&B, we have accommodation throughout the county to suit your tastes, whatever your budget. Visit our accommodation page to find the perfect base for your Commonwealth Games stay and see our latest accommodation offers.

Travel to the Commonwealth Games

In anticipation of the rail network being busier than normal throughout the Commonwealth Games, Chiltern Railways have strengthened their timetable across the fortnight of 28th July – 8th August, as follows:
• On the weekends they are doubling the number of trains running between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone, to two per hour in each direction
• On weekdays they are running two trains per hour in each direction between London and Birmingham throughout the day
• On Sunday mornings they are adding additional early services, so that spectators can make sure they get to Leamington for the Lawn Bowls or Warwick for the Cycle Road Race on time for the start.

Due to major events also happening at Wembley on Sunday 31st July (Go Lionesses!) and Saturday 6th August, Chiltern Railways will not be running services to Aylesbury via Amersham as we will be using all available units to strengthen both the Birmingham and the Wembley service.

For more information on rail travel to the games you can visit the Chiltern Railways website.

Commonwealth Games Cultural Events in Shakespeare’s England

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Culturefest 2022

Birmingham 2022 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our region, and in response to this Warwick District Council, with the support of its partners, will showcase and celebrate the incredible arts and heritage venues, artists, and creatives in the area in a month-long CultureFest, with events and activities taking place across Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 21 August 2022.

CultureFest aims to encourage the people who live, work, and visit the area to discover or rediscover world-class venues and artists across our four towns and find new stories and experiences by young people and emerging talent.

The festival will add value to Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and give people a lasting memory of the district.

Use our CultureFest guide for a list of the events taking place, you can also keep an eye on our Events Diary and the festival What’s On page.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is the biggest celebration of creativity ever in the region and one of the largest ever Commonwealth Games cultural programmes.

Birmingham 2022 Festival is a £12 million six month long celebration

led by artists who know that great audience experiences are a magical combination of beauty, community, participation, diversity and inclusion. Heritage is a golden thread that runs through and between every event, project and idea. Above all, it is a festival made in the West Midlands for the Commonwealth, and everyone is invited.

When the Games conclude in August, the Festival will keep going through to the end of September.

For more information on the Birmingham 2022 Festival, and a list of events and venues, click here.

Get Set for the Games

As our region ‘Gets Set for the Games’, now is the perfect time to start planning so that you’re ready too.

Whether you’re a resident or a business owner, to help you prepare, the ‘Get Set for the Games’ online hub will provide the most up-to-date information and the tools you need to plan and prepare for the busy and exciting Summer ahead.

For more information on the Get Set for the Games programme click here.

Visit the official website of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for more information on this summer’s exciting events, and to find out how you can be part of the action!