SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLAND FATHER’S DAY 2021 EVENTS IN COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE

Venues across Coventry and Warwickshire are hosting a mix of indoor, al fresco and at-home events to celebrate Father’s Day 2021 now indoor hospitality and visitor attractions have reopened.

Shakespeare’s England members are planning a wide range of activities and events from brewery tours and a pub lunch for beer-loving dads to live theatre, takeaway afternoon teas or picnics and gift vouchers to use at a later date – with something for everyone.

Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, said: “I am delighted our members are now able to host a variety of indoor and outdoor Father’s Day events for families to celebrate this occasion on the actual weekend or afterwards, as all restrictions are currently due to end after June 21.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look and see what they have on as it is a great way to support our hospitality, tourism and culture industries which have been hugely hit by this pandemic.”

The full list includes:

The Belgrade Theatre, CoventryAbsurd Person Singular, June 23-26. Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy. Part of London Classic Theatre’s UK tour directed by Michael Cabot. For further details click here.

Bonds Lifestyle, Stratford-upon-Avon – the lifestyle and furniture store is throwing open its doors during the evening for Bonds Summer Celebration, to say a special thank you to all of their loyal customers, new customers and friends on June 24, 6pm – 10pm. Prosecco and canapes will be served on arrival, with entertainment in the evening. Check out their social media for further details.

Coombe Abbey Hotel – Afternoon tea isn’t just for mums. The Knight’s Afternoon Tea is perfect for dads of all ages as it offers a freshly-made savoury selection including smoked ham croque Monsieur, mini-Merguez chipolatas sausage & mustard mash, a Malt Kiln pork pie and buttermilk fried chicken & chipotle slider. Pre-book in advance. Details here. 

The Abbot’s Afternoon Tea is more traditional with feature finger sandwiches, mini cakes, scone and freshly-brewed loose-leaf tea. Pre-book in advance. Details here

 

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon – this 4-star hotel has a selection of online gift vouchers to stay or to dine at the hotel if you are looking to treat your dad to a meal, overnighter or weekend break in Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

View gift vouchers here.

The Cross at Kenilworth – Looking for a special foodie Father’s Day gift? The Michelin starred restaurant is already fully booked with families treating their dads on the weekend of June 20, but this year you can rely on the chefs at Antona at Home for a delicious dine in three-course meal delivered to your door or summer BBQ Feast Box.

For the Father’s Day weekend highlights include lobster and red pepper soup, rump of Cornish lamb and treacle tart. For vegetarian dads there is cauliflower soup, a main of aubergine, baby artichoke, red pepper, black olive and balsamic vinegar sauce and treacle tart. The three-course menus are priced at £45 per person. The ever-popular beef wellington three course menu for two is also available for a special treat priced at £110.

For further information click here. 

Antona at Home’s BBQ Feast Box for four contains everything outdoorsy dads need for the ultimate garden party, including nibbles, salads, home-made dips, carefully sourced meat options such as satay chicken kebabs, beef burgers, lamb koftas, and 28-day British sirloins. A bottle of Corzetti Prosecco is also included. This impressive box is priced at £185.

For further information click here.

Antona at Home has also teamed up with Warwickshire’s award-winning brewery, Purity Brewing Co. by offering three of its delicious beers to accompany the meals: Pure Gold, a refreshing, crisp and zesty golden ale, Lawless, an unfiltered lager with a smooth flavour and refreshing citrus kick and Jimbo, a best bitter brewed in memory of Purity’s co-founder.

Eden Hotel Collection – Takeaway Afternoon Tea at Home or Takeaway picnic options are available, plus a range of gift vouchers to use later in the year.

 

Mallory Court, Leamington SpaTakeaway Afternoon Tea at Home

 

 

The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon Takeaway Afternoon Tea at Home or Takeaway Picnic Afternoon Tea

Alternatively, gift vouchers valid for 12 months can be purchased for Mallory Court (here ) and The Arden Hotel (here )

 

 

Go Cotswolds has a Cotswolds Trails & Villages tour on Sunday June 20 (and every Wednesday and Sunday). For the beer-loving dad, their Brewery, Pub Lunch & The Cotswolds tours will resume from Sunday July 3 – gift vouchers are available for this and all tours.

 

Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon – Looking for a Father’s Day family outing? In May half term Magic Alley launched their new interactive quest, The Enchanted Treasure, exploring a magical world of dragons, fairies, wizards, time travel and pirates. Visitors will also meet the newest member of the Magic Alley family – Willow, a pony-sized unicorn.

Sam Jenkins, Head of Events, said: “Willow is definitely a great addition to the Magic Alley family. We have no doubt that children or all ages will be enchanted by her.

“The Enchanted Treasure Trail involves solving magical riddles and puzzles as you move through all the different themed rooms finding treasure as you explore- there will be video clues and some invisible symbols to find – with the help of a UV torch of course!”

The event is suitable for anyone over five-years-old. Children who successfully completes the quest will each receive a prize and a certificate. Tickets can be booked in advance at http://www.magicalleystratford.com/eventsand pre booking is vital for weekends and school holidays.

 

A teaser video for The Enchanted Treasure Trail can be viewed here https://youtu.be/_vJuB40VVc0

 

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon – reopens to the public on Monday June 28. Visitors will be able to step into William Shakespeare’s shoes and enjoy a Latin lesson, quill writing, Tudor games and a family trail. Advance tickets can be booked here with daily opening from 11am to 5pm.

Heritage lovers can now purchase the venue’s newly launched Scholars of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall membership as a Father’s Day (June 20) gift this year. Membership gives the opportunity to both discover and support this Tudor treasure, which has stood at the heart of Stratford for more than 600 years. Last it was forced to close just ahead of its 600th birthday.

Lindsey Armstrong, General Manager of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, said: “Our newly launched membership scheme is the ideal way to support an independent heritage attraction at a vital time in its recovery.

“We are guardians of one of the world’s most important locations in the story of William Shakespeare, but we are also a small team and rely upon our supporters, visitors and volunteers.  With Father’s Day falling just ahead of our reopening, we hope the gift of membership proves to be a popular idea.”

 

 

Membership includes unlimited visits and discounts in the gift shop and on events when they are able to restart including a programme of talks and activities. Adults £25; concessions £20; children (5-16) £15; families (2 adults and 2 children) £60. Further details here: shakespearesschoolroom.org/become-a-member.

For further information on Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall visit shakespearesschoolroom.org

 

For further information on what to do in Shakespeare’s England click here. 

Family-friendly half-term events & activities

Attractions across Coventry and Warwickshire are getting ready to host exciting holiday activities.

The half term break is set to take place from Monday, May 31 and Shakespeare’s England members are gearing up to welcome people in.

With attractions now able to open once again under strict Coronavirus measures, they are all preparing a whole host of events for all the family to enjoy.

There will be everything from digital festivals, a literary festival, interesting exhibitions and a whole lot more to keep young people entertained.

Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, is pleased that there is so much for families to take part in and enjoy during the school break.

“It has been so long since people have been able to enjoy events in person and at attractions, so I am thrilled that members are welcoming people back,” said Helen.

“There is so much on offer across the region and I would urge people to stay safe, but to go out and enjoy themselves.

“After months of being closed, we need to make sure we are supporting these businesses and that there is something to cater for everyone.”

The full list of events includes:

British Motor Museum – Join the British Motor Museum this May half-term as it celebrates the 60th Birthday of the ‘Most Beautiful Car in the World!’ – the Jaguar E-type.

Meet Dotty or Dougie the costumed characters from the swinging 60s and explore the new Jaguar E-type exhibition.

People can even take home their own E-type – that is, a cardboard cut-out for youngsters to make and decorate at home!

Those not able to visit the Museum can still join in the Birthday celebrations with the online activities. For more information click here. 

 

 

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – The Belgrade Theatre is one of six regional theatres hosting the first ever MTFestUK digital tour from May 31 to June 6.

MTFestUK is a celebration of new musical theatre. The festival sets out to promote quality artistry with a view to showcasing and elevating projects to full production, giving audiences an insight into the process of creating new work and the art of collaboration.

This year’s festival was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but the show must go on! The eight brand-new musicals selected to feature in this year’s festival will be embarking on a digital tour with Belgrade Theatre audiences able to view from Mon 31 May to Sun 6 June.

The lineup this year features musicals by Harry Hill, Andrew Lippa, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Tasha Taylor Johnson to name a few. Over half of the musicals are by first time writers.

 

 

Chesford Grange Hotel – The hotel has a Warwick Castle package with dinner, bed and breakfast and one day castle entry as well.

Warwick Castle Tents on East Front

 

 

Kenilworth Castle – The castle is running its Medieval Kenilworth event taking place from May 29 to May 31 and then Kids Rule from June 1 to June 6.

 

 

Stratford Literary Festival – Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is just one of the leading names in the Stratford Literary Festival’s programme of events for young people this year. The creator of worldwide success, How to Train Your Dragon, will be discussing the conclusion to her best-selling series, The Wizards of Once, in a live online event on May 16.

In fact, May 16 will be entirely devoted to children’s events and a number of big names will be providing quality entertainment for all ages. The nation’s storyteller and award-winning author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Sir Michael Morpurgo, will be sharing insights into two of his latest books for both young and older readers.

Although much of the Festival will take place online this year, several in-person workshops will be running for young people under Covid-compliant conditions. On May 16 Playbox Theatre will be running two workshops at Stratford Primary School focusing on story-telling through drama for ages 8-11 and 12+.

The following week, May 22 Stratford Primary School will also be hosting hands-on craft events with the brilliant Aardman modellers, returning to Stratford to show participants of all ages how to create much loved characters Shaun the Sheep, Feathers McGraw and Morph.

 

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry – Two new exhibitions will be opening at the museum from May 28 – 2 Tone: Lives & Legacies and UnNatural History.

The half-term programme will also include Wildlife Wonder & Nature and Art Masterclass: Wet Felting Art

Coventry Transport Museum – Events that will be taking place at the museum include This Makes That With These: Star Inventions and Make and Play Engineers: Playing with the Stars

Lunt Roman Fort – The fort will be hosting The Romans Return.

Go CotswoldsGo Cotswolds will be reopening on May 17. As well as the signature ‘Cotswolds in a Day’ tour running four times per week this year, the team are also launching the new ‘Cotswolds Trails & Villages’ tour on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Children over the age of three are welcome on the Cotswolds in a Day tour, and children over eight on the Cotswolds Trails & Villages tour, so either tour can make a great family day out for half term.

 

 

Fairytale Farm – located just outside Chipping Norton – will open for May Half Term with its ever popular ‘Once upon a Unicorn’ event.

Fairytale Farm will host this popular event every day from May 29 to June 6

 

Gardens at Fairytale Farm

 

For further information about Shakespeare’s England and its members visit www.shakespeares-england.co.uk

 

 

 

What you need to know about Brexit

VisitBritain Brexit consumer sentiment research
VisitBritain’s report on the latest wave of Brexit consumer sentiment research is now live. Please note that at the time fieldwork was conducted (22 February – 9 March 2021), the UK had left the EU, the transition period had ended, and the conditions agreed in the deal between the UK and the EU applied from 1 January 2021. At the same time the COVID-19 pandemic affected the ability to travel to Britain for non-essential reasons from all markets surveyed.  Read the full document here.

 

Nearly 2 months since the trade deal was signed, it’s time for the second instalment of ClearSight® on Businesses and Brexit. In this report we provide the ‘post deal’ counterpoint to the first edition, examining business sentiment in January and February 2021 in comparison to December 2020 when trade negotiations hung in the balance and ‘no deal’ remained a distinct possibility.

Read the latest report from ClearSight® on Businesses and Brexit 

 

Q & A Session

Business Events Brexit Questions by VisitBritain. Please download the Q&A here.

 

As of 1 January, there are changes to how we must conduct business with our partners on the continent. This page is designed to help you access the information and support that is available to help you and your business adjust.

ClearSight™ latest report on Businesses and Brexit.

There are some significant and positive elements to the deal. For instance:

  • There will be no taxes on goods (tariffs) or limits on the amount that can be traded (quotas) between the UK and the EU from 1 January.
  • New Rules of Origin allow for self-certification of goods as well as a 12-month grace period to allow time for manufacturers to adjust. Securing flexibility from the EU regarding Rules of Origin is obviously of significant benefit to the region’s export manufacturers, not least our automotive sector and those in the supply chain. For more detail see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rules-of-origin-for-goods-moving-between-the-uk-and-eu
  • The UK is no longer obliged to comply with EU standards of data protection, but data will continue to be exchanged in the same way for at least four months, providing the UK makes no changes to existing data protection rules.
  • The UK will continue to have access to a number of EU funding programmes, for example UK science and research will be eligible for funding from the new Horizon Europe scheme.

However, there are also some challenges that we will now face together as a region – and other areas where we will be seeking clarification on the detail from government:

  • Businesses offering services, such as banking, architecture and accounting, will lose their automatic right of access to EU markets and will face some restrictions.
  • There will no longer be automatic recognition of new professional qualifications for people such as doctors, chefs and architects.
  • Many of the rules about storing and processing data still need be decided and will be negotiated in the months ahead.

 

Whilst there is still a lot of detailed information to be worked through, we wanted to alert you to a range of free resources that can help you and your business adapt to our new trading relationship with the European Union.

Many businesses are most likely to see change through their people (such as the EU nationals that make up a valued part of their workforce), trading relationships (direct imports or exports of goods or services from or to the EU, purchasing or selling goods from or to the EU via a distributor) and legal protections and regulations (such as safeguarding intellectual property or product labelling requirements).

You can complete a free ‘Brexit checker, and access an extensive range of UK Government advice, by visiting www.gov.uk/transition.

 

In addition, the West Midlands Combined Authority has been working with our region’s business guidance organisations to deliver a range of FREE support and resources.

Having received further funding from the Government to help businesses prepare, the West Midlands’ Growth Hubs have joined forces to establish a single point of information. 

The site is designed to act as one central resource where businesses will be able to access tailored support and advice and a calendar of upcoming events. And through the site there is an opportunity to access 1-2-1 guidance from a local expert.

I would strongly encourage you to access this local, tailored support by visiting https://bit.ly/EUTransitionGrowthHubSupport

You can also call your local Growth Hub using the numbers below:

  • Coventry & Warwickshire: 0300 060 3747
  • Birmingham & Solihull: 0800 032 3488
  • Black Country: 01902 322 995

 

 

VISITING THE UK

Guidance regarding what visitors will need to enter the UK, school travellers entering the UK, what visitors can bring into the UK, healthcare in the UK for overseas visitors, and requirements for driving in the UK, can all be found here.

Brexit and Tourism 

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period until 31 December 2020.

The future of reciprocal arrangements between the UK and European Union are ongoing and subject to negotiations. Please ensure you check the official UK Government website for updates prior to travelling.

 

Updated guidance for EU, EEA or Swiss citizens on crossing the UK border and visiting the UK from 1 January 2021.

Guidance has been updated on the ‘Visiting the UK from 1 January 2021’ section on gov.uk. Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will continue to be able to travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. They will be able to cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK. They will not be able to use an EU, EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021 unless they:

  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  • have a frontier worker permit
  • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • are a Swiss Service Provider

 

UK and US sign Customs agreement

The UK and US governments agreed a deal to continue Customs cooperation following EU Exit. Further details are available on gov.uk.  

 

EU Transition – Data Protection Partnership Pack – please download here. 

This document has been updated, please see attached.

 

Can EU citizens come to live and work in the UK after the Brexit transition has ended?

Please visit gov.uk for advice for EU citizens interested in living and working in the UK.

School children visiting the UK – Will collective visas for school groups still apply?

For the latest updates on collective visas, please check government guidance for school children entering the UK as part of a school group. This explains the steps leaders of school parties must take before bringing school children to the UK as part of a school group from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, if they would normally need a visa to enter the UK.

 

What will EU citizens visiting the UK need to bring?

If you’re an EU citizen visiting the UK make sure you:

  • bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you
  • have travel insurance that covers the duration of your trip – an EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance because it does not cover everything
  • EEA and Swiss citizens visiting the UK should check the guidance on healthcare for the latest information on access to NHS healthcare.

 

Will European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) be phased out?

There will be no changes to healthcare access for residents of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland who visit the UK before the end of 2020. You can continue to use your EHIC until the end of 2020 as you do now.

Please check healthcare for EU citizens visiting the UK for updates on changes following 1 January 2021.

Do EU citizens need travel insurance when they visit the UK?

The government advises visitors to the UK to take out travel insurance. This means that you can reclaim any healthcare costs you are required to pay from your insurer.

For further details, please ensure you check for updates on healthcare for EU citizens visiting the UK before you travel.

 

TOURISM JOBS AND SKILLS

The UK tourism industry employs 3.1 million people, making it the UK’s third largest employer. However, the seasonal nature of many tourism businesses means that employers often struggle to attract and retain sufficiently skilled staff, and the industry can be overlooked for its successful, long-term career prospects.

With over two thirds of the UK’s international visitors coming from the EU, many of our members rely heavily on employees from the EU primarily for their language skills and understanding.

Unfortunately, UKInbound members are reporting that their EU employees are starting to return home and they are finding it difficult to recruit staff from within the UK. UKInbound therefore urging Government during the Brexit negotiations to ensure that there will be an immigration system in place to allow businesses to access EU workers after the UK leaves the EU, and to ensure that there is visa-free access for our EU visitors. Read more.

 

Bringing goods into the UK – What can visitors bring into the UK?

What you can bring into the UK varies depending on whether you are visiting from an EU country or from outside the EU. Visit the official government website for further details on bringing goods into the UK.

 

Can visitors with a non-UK driving licence still drive in the UK?

If you have a non-UK driving licence you are able to drive in the UK. You do not need an international driving permit (IDP).

 

Can visitors from the EU use their mobile phone in the UK?

You’ll pay the same for calls, texts and mobile data in the UK and the EU if you have a SIM card issued by a mobile phone network from an EU or EEA country.

Eat out to Help out

Dining out in Warwickshire is always a treat but it is even more tempting thanks to the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme. During August you’ll get a big bite out of the bill with 50% off*.
Try a variety of dishes and take a culinary tour of the region. We’ve an impressive list to whet your appetite. From a Michellin-star menu at The Cross at Kenilworth, Shakespaw cat café – a purr-fect place for afternoon tea, the enchanting Fairytale Farm and an award-winning pub, The Howard Arms.
There’s no need to take a voucher or download a code, and you take advantage of the offer as much as you like up to the end of August. Just be sure to check ahead with venues as you may need to pre-book.
*Up to £10 per head.

The Destination Management Organisation has a number of members who are also taking part in the scheme these include:

Diners are advised to check with individual venues to see when the offer is available.

 

Know Before You Go

WHAT IS KNOW BEFORE YOU GO?

Know Before You Go is a simple and memorable phrase designed to encourage people to check details around their destination prior to travelling, in recognition that access to services and facilities could be restricted.

As an organisation, our aim is to embolden people and businesses to take responsibility for their travel in England. This will ensure that their experience is as enjoyable as possible, while avoiding placing unnecessary pressure on regional attractions, services and health systems. To communicate this message effectively, we will take a cross-channel approach so that checking before travelling becomes the suggested norm for everybody.

The message will be supported by the “We’re Good To Go” Industry Standard with businesses displaying a mark to signal to visitors that businesses have taken a number of steps in line with government guidance to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Know Before you Go more information on VisitEngland website.

 

Find out more about the Shakespeare’s England region and places with “Good To Go” standard.

 

‘We’re Good To Go’ get global ‘Safe Travels’ stamp

UK businesses registered ‘We’re Good To Go’ get global ‘Safe Travels’ stamp

VisitBritain has today announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Please read more here. 

 

Update to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance (England)

The guidance has been updated with some information for Step 3 (no earlier than 17 May) of the roadmap and contains steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus. In addition to the info below, businesses should make sure that they are familiar with the UK government guidance to ensure that they make their business safe during coronavirus.

Following the move to Step 3, businesses will be able to:

  • Reopen indoor areas of their venues.
  • Serve customers in groups of up to 6 or 2 households indoors, or in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
  • There will also be some relaxation of rules around live performances, business events and soft play areas.

Businesses may wish to erect outdoor shelters. To be considered ‘outdoors’, shelters, marquees and other structures can have a roof but need to have at least 50% of the area of their walls open at all times whilst in use.

Table service will be required for venues that serve alcohol, even if no alcohol is ordered, this means customers must order, be served and eat/drink while seated. If a venue does not serve alcohol, customers can order and collect food and drink from a counter. But they must consume food and drink while seated at a table.

Entertainment within or outside restaurants, pubs, bars

At Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, more types of socially distanced indoor and outdoor events are allowed. Some types of events, including live performance events and business events, should have a cap on attendance of:

  • 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower – indoors
  • 4,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower – outdoors

These events should be ticketed. Read the organised events guidance for more information on the types of event subject to these requirements.

If businesses are organising a performance event, they also should read the performing arts guidance. If they’re organising a business event, they should also read the visitor economy guidance.

Any events should be held in a separate room from regular food and drink customers to prevent mixing with event attendees.

Businesses can continue to provide other types of entertainment to food and drink customers. The following guidance should be followed:

  • Determine the viability of entertainment and maximum audience numbers. Make this consistent with social distancing outside and within venues, and with other safety considerations.
  • Prevent entertainment, that is likely to encourage audience behaviours with increased transmission risk. For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.
  • Reconfigure your entertainment spaces to ensure customers are seated rather than standing. For example, repurposing dance floors for customer seating.
  • Communicate clearly to customers your arrangements for entertainment. Clearly supervise them with extra staff if appropriate.

Changes to shops and branches guidance (England)

At Step 3, customers may attend shops in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households of any size indoors; or in groups of no more than 30 people outdoors.

Limit on mourners at funerals to be removed (England)

Legal limit on numbers of mourners at funerals to be removed in England at Step 3 of the roadmap. Venues such as places of worship are to set limits based on individual capacity. All organisers must continue to be COVID secure and follow social distancing rules

 

The Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality businesses has been updated and includes information for:

Operators of road, rail, tramway and water passenger services (e.g. coach, bus and tour operators, heritage railway and boat trips)-These are defined as Public Transport Services under the Coronavirus Regulations – the Welsh Government has issued Guidance on public transport(updated as of 12 April).

 

All tourism and hospitality businesses in Wales should also refer to section 7 of the Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality businesses (specificallygroup visits and organised activities) in respect of limits on the numbers of people that can gather in respective environments (including considerations around household mixing and organised activities).

If you’re itching to get out but want the reassurance that the venues you visit are safe to explore, look for the ‘We’re Good to Go’ logo. When you spot this handy green tick you’ll know that the teams looking after you are following all the appropriate government and industry COVID-19 guidance.

The ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme has been created by VisitEngland and helps you to have a worry-free experience in South Warwickshire.

Here are our tips for getting out and about again:

  • Know before you go – check the websites and information from the places you’d like to visit. There could be restrictions and you might have to pre-book.
  • Follow guidance – the measures in place are to protect you and the teams working here.
  • Take plenty of photos – share them with us on social media using #MyShakespearesEngland.
  • Share your favourite places with friends –  they’ll thank you for it and might recommend a new place for you to try, too!
As different areas of the UK are at different stages of reopening, the We’re Good to Go map and the Know Before You Go map shows visitors the local restriction and which businesses have been awarded the We’re Good to Go industry standard.
Check out Shakespeare’s England’ Know Before You Go guides.
Here are some of the Shakespeare’s England members are ‘Good to Go’:

The Belgrade Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company – opening up July 2021

Culture Coventry

Coventry Transport Museum – Culture Coventry

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Coombe Abbey Hotel – open

Go Ape Coventry

Warwick Visitor Information Centre

PEACH PUBS

The Rose and Crown

Park Cottage Guest House

British Motor Museum – opens on May 17th

Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa

Compton Verney House Trust – open

The Howard Arms Ilmington

Daisy Lodge in Stratford upon Avon…

Hathaway Tea Rooms

Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon – open

Hotel du Vin Stratford

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the childhood home of William Shakespeare will reopen on Monday, 17 May

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place will reopen to visitors on Monday, 14 June

Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

Avon Boating Ltd – open

Shakespeare Distillery – open from May 17th

Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa

Orangemabel

Go Cotswolds Ltd

Bicester Village

Lord Leycester Hospital – open form 21st May

 

Review: Glamping at Wootton Park

If the arrival of summer isn’t a good enough excuse for camping here in Warwickshire then we don’t know what is. But for those who prefer a bit of luxury, it’s time to forget muddy tents and soggy wellies and get glamping instead!

We went to stay at the new Aquarius SuperPod at Wootton Park in Henley-in-Arden to try out the ultimate glamping experience.

© Anneka Nicholls

Glamping Holidays at Wootton Park, Warwickshire

Set in 360 acres of beautiful countryside, Wootton Park is the ideal place to get away from it all and get back to nature.

Once a dairy farm, this family run business now offers luxury accomodation, weddings, events, office lettings and a whole host of outdoor activities including wakeboarding, paddleboarding and horse riding. The estate is also home to a variety of farm animals and local wildlife.

The Aquarius is the latest luxury camping pod to open at Wootton Park. It is the ideal spot for a romantic couples break or family holiday.

Although it may look small, this boutique space has two bedrooms (one king and one bunkbed) and can sleep up to four people. The best part is that it has everything you need to experience the great outdoors in comfort. Aquarius SuperPod includes:

  • Large hot tub
  • Kitchenette with fridge, electric hob, toaster, kettle and microwave
  • Spacious lounge area with sofa and TV
  • Underfloor heating
  • WIFI
  • Ensuite with hot running water
  • Gas BBQ and firepit

© Anneka Nicholls

Glamping Pod at Wootton Park - Interior© Anneka Nicholls

“A Home Away From Home”

Upon arriving, we received the warmest of welcomes from the Wootton Park team. It was clear that they had gone the extra mile with attention to detail.

The pod was well equipped with everything we could possibly need from towels and fluffy robes, to cooking utensils, cutlery and firewood. Great for those who would usually pack the kitchen sink!

Everything had been designed with space-saving in mind but it didn’t impact on the experience. We were in a home away from home.

The bright green accessories and wooden interior added a rustic yet contemporary charm throughout. The crisp bed linen and soft blankets were the perfect cosy touches.

There was also plenty of space in the lounge/kitchenette to cook and relax with ease. It was a world away from traditional camping and we loved it.

Come rain or shine, you wouldn’t find yourself bored here.

© Anneka Nicholls

© Anneka Nicholls

© Anneka Nicholls

“The best of both worlds”

Outside was a table and chairs, hammock and hot tub – all with an unspoiled view of the countryside. We also had optional use of the BBQ and firepit.

For us, the hot tub really did offer the best of both worlds. It was more than big enough for four people, easy to use and kept us warm long into the evening. Meanwhile the hammock made for a lovely place to unwind and listen to the birdsong.

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Local attractions and things to do in the area

Wootton Park is a fantastic base from which to explore the history and beauty of Warwickshire. There’s plenty of family-friendly activities and experiences to try during your stay. Why not give wakeboarding a go just next door at Spot-On Wake?

Located just 7 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and 10 miles from Warwick, Wootton Park is within easy reach of the local attractions and historic market towns. Cadbury World and Hatton Country World are also not far away.

Don’t miss a visit to nearby Henley-in-Arden, one of the oldest market towns in the region with its character pubs, shops and ice cream parlour.

The Aquarius SuperPod is self-catering and now joins six other glamping pods, two of which are TreePods with Hot Tubs, set on stilts amongst the trees.

Prices: 1 week stay in high season £950. Prices vary and reduce to £700 in low season.

Book online and find out more at www.woottonparkpods.co.uk or email stay@woottonpark.co.uk 

For more suggestions on places to stay, take a look at our blog post on Alternative and Quirky Accommodation in Shakespeare’s England.

Review by Anneka Nicholls.

It’s all about the Egg at Stratford Butterfly Farm this Easter!

It’s all about the Egg at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm during the Easter holidays from 13 – 28 April. Visitors can discover the freshly laid eggs from tropical Butterflies and Moths and see the Caterpillars that have hatched out of them and the pupae they turn into. Within the Emerging Case visitors may even see a butterfly hatch from its pupa!

Visitors can also discover the fascinating connection that Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm has to the rainforests of Belize and the ancient Maya civilization. Their artefacts have been replicated and are on display throughout the Farm. The Maya were skilled at growing crops such as maize, chili pepper, beans and squash. Most importantly they discovered the cacao pod giving us the delights of delicious chocolate!

Children and adults can also take part in the popular ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions which take place daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm throughout the holidays with the Education Team. Visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects.

On display are a couple of new residents including a Dragon Headed Katydid, also known as Eumegalodon blanchardi. These ferocious looking creatures originate from the forests of Borneo in South East Asia and have huge chewing mouthparts for eating tough vegetation. The males and females are easy to tell apart as the female has a long sword like ovipositor which is used to lay eggs in the stems of banana plants. The other new resident is an Orchid Mantis, also known as Hymenapus coronatus, which originates from Malaysia and Indonesia. These beautiful pink and white mantis have lobes on their legs that look like flower petals. Although this species does not live on orchids, it does look remarkably like a beautiful orchid flower.

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said “Here at the Butterfly Farm you can see the entire life-cycle of a butterfly – the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis and finally the adult, which is absolutely fascinating to watch. Come and discover the Maya and their links to chocolate which of course is so popular at Easter! With two new inhabitants to admire and our popular Meet the Mini-beast handling sessions, we have plenty for everyone to enjoy!”

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 6:00pm, last entry 5:30pm. Open every day of the week except Christmas Day. For more information including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.

Charlotte’s Trophy

Charlotte’s Trophy is an annual tournament, hosted by Dallas Burston Polo Club, celebrating the life of Charlotte Walter. Charlotte’s family sponsor the event, to raise money for Helen & Douglas House, the Oxford-based hospice that have supported Charlotte and the Walter family before, during and after Charlotte sadly passed away.

The event, which also marks the last tournament of the winter season, is played on the 2.4-acre all-weather SuperArena® and offers guests the opportunity to spectate from the comfort of The Millstone Hare. This year, guests at Charlotte’s Trophy watched from the balconies overlooking the arena as 5 teams faced off throughout the day, in 3 dramatic clashes.

As the teams and grooms prepared their ponies, the clouds began to part, letting the sun pour through, filling the arena with a warm Spring glow. The commentator’s voice started to boom around the estate, introducing the players to the crowd gathering in the arena-side pub. The two teams, Offchurchbury Polo Club and Environmental Energies, made their way on to the surface of the giant arena, ready for battle.

Meanwhile, in the Drawing Room of The Millstone Hare – the hospitality venue for Charlotte’s Trophy, guests were treated to a welcome drink, provided by one of the event sponsors, RK Vodka, and invited to join the commentator, Joe North, on the balcony to watch the first match.

Bartender pouring drink at bar

With their favourite teams chosen, the spectators began to cheer as the goals came thick and fast, with Joe calling each move and providing an entertaining narration of the game. The excitement from each chukka reverberated around the estate like the thundering of hooves on the arena’s sandy surface. As the first game drew to a close, the guests meandered towards the warm comfort of The Millstone Hare. Inside the Drawing Room, the hospitality guests browsed the raffle table, comprising of prizes donated by the supporters and sponsors of Charlotte’s Trophy.

Displayed across the table was a fabulous spectrum of prizes, ranging from vouchers for health and wellbeing treatments contributed by The Health Pod in Daventry and a 4.5 litre bottle of Famous Grouse whisky, donated by Major Richard Carney MBE – Director of Group Operations for the Dallas Burston Group, to a back and shoulder massage with Aromatherapy from Studio53 in Northampton, and tickets to the highly sought-after Christmas party nights at the IXL Events Centre at Dallas Burston Polo Club.

The day’s commentary continued as the second match got underway between CANI and Oxford Polo. Despite the changing weather, the balcony was lined with smiling faces, heads turning as the ponies and players darted around the arena, all eyes locked on to the ball. Above the arena, the clouds had been steadily drawing nearer and were now hanging over the estate, giving the match a more sinister feel. The moody grey sky suggested rain was imminent, but nobody was perturbed by the threat. The buzzer echoed around the arena, signalling the end of the match and the spectators clapped the players as they shook hands and rode away, leaving the arena surface to settle, ready for the final game of the day.

Back in the vibrant atmosphere of the Drawing Room, the hospitality guests had returned to find that the food, served by The Millstone Hare team, was ready and laid out on the buffet table. Before long, the sound of knives and forks provided the soundtrack to the event, whilst the guests guests filled up on the warm wintery dishes.

Figures watching polo match

The final fixture began with the Beavan Polo team facing off against the youthful Oxford Polo team. Before entering the arena, Huw Beavan said “The relaxed atmosphere at this event creates the perfect conditions for new players to experience tournament polo. My team, Beavan Polo, is made up of young players that come to me for lessons and tournaments like Charlotte’s Trophy allow them to grow in the game.”

Guests of the hospitality package, now fuelled by the warmth of the food, had assembled once more along the balcony to enjoy the last match of the day. An incredibly gripping contest saw 12 goals scored in the first 2 chukkas, creating a 9 – 3 score line in Oxford’s favour. The 3rd chukka stunned spectators as Huw Beavan, Polo Manager at Dallas Burston Polo Club, scored an astonishing 6 goals, bringing the teams level for the final chukka. Joe North called the teams back on to the sand for the final section of the game and the spectators clung to the railings in anticipation. The next 7 minutes of polo were a test of endurance and will.

As both teams fought to lift Charlotte’s Trophy, Oxford Polo mustered an impressive wave of last-minute energy, running Beavan Polo out 12 goals to 9. The polo teams made their way up to the Drawing Room, to resounding applause from the spectators. Charlotte’s Trophy was presented by Major Carney, to Oxford Polo, amid cheers and camera flashes. Following the polo prize-giving ceremony, Sue Walter, Charlotte’s mother, began to draw tickets from the raffle. The Walter family were thrilled and overwhelmed to see £1,000 raised for Helen & Douglas House, in raffle tickets alone.

Adam Walter, Charlotte’s brother, said “My family and I are always so grateful to the polo club for hosting this very special event. Helen & Douglas House were so incredibly supportive to my sister before she passed away and have continued to support my family since. We were extremely happy to have raised such a great amount for the hospice, it’s nice to be able to give something back.”

World Vegan Day in Shakespeare’s England

For the past 24 years, November 1st has been celebrated around the globe as World Vegan Day (WVD).

With more than 3.5 million British people now identifying as vegan in the UK alone*, it is a lifestyle choice that is more popular than ever before.

WVD first began back in 1994 when Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society, wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the society’s formation in the UK and the conception of the term ‘vegan’.

Fast forward to now and we want to show our support for World Vegan Day and the fantastic vegan food offerings in our region.

So with that said, here is our very own guide to some of the best vegan food spots in and around Warwickshire. Bon Appétit!

Boston Tea Party

Since starting out in Bristol in 1995, Boston Tea Party (BTP) now have over 20 cafes dotted around the UK. The ones to mention in and around Warwickshire and the West Midlands include:

  • Solihull
  • Birmingham Corporation Street
  • Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Harborne, Birmingham
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Worcester

The local BTP in Stratford-Upon-Avon is a much-loved lunch spot that is popular with both locals and visitors. What we love about their menu (apart from the fact that everything on there is served all day) is that nearly every dish can be adapted to be vegan or vegetarian.

Why not give the aptly named ‘Vegan Boss’ a try? A plant-based breakfast feast of scrambled tofu, sweetcorn fritters, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, spinach, hash browns and toast.

The Vegan breakfast at Boston Tea Party Cafes
The Vegan Boss

For a lighter start to the day, they also have the Brown Rice Porridge. A winter warming combination of coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup, blueberries, mango, and cinnamon.

If it’s a hearty brunch you’re after then the Vietnamese Banh-Mi should catch your eye. A colourful bowl of goodness filled with BBQ pulled jackfruit, pickled vegetables, vegan mayo, coriander and Sriracha chilli sauce, all served with a toasted baguette and pickled coleslaw.

All of their coffees can also be made vegan plus there’s a range of fresh smoothies to choose from. Trust us when we say you’ll be spoilt for choice!

The Green One Smoothie at Boston Tea Party cafes
‘The Green One’ smoothie. Spinach, cucumber, banana, chia seeds, apple juice and lime.

 

Vegan coffee at Boston Tea Party

 

RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Hidden atop the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the RSC Rooftop Restaurant offers much more than just panoramic views of Stratford-Upon-Avon and beyond.

Whether you’re going to a show or just visiting for the day, the menus here are bound to impress any vegan guest.

As well as the vegan high tea menu which incorporates a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies including sandwiches, cakes and scones served with soya cream and jam, the restaurant also provide vegan pre-theatre and dinner menus. You can view them all here.

The a la carte vegan dinner menu is available from 7.45pm Monday to Saturday and has three tempting courses including a mushroom, spinach and chickpea masala curry accompanied by lime and coriander rice.

No matter what menu you order from, the kitchen at the Rooftop Restaurant will make your dish from scratch using ingredients from independent sources.

The Rooftop Restaurant also offer gluten-free dinner and afternoon tea menus.

 

The Stag, Redhill (Alcester)

Set in a charming 500-year-old coach house, The Stag at Redhill is a historic hotel, restaurant and bar just 3 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon.

With traditional beamed ceilings, an open fireplace and stylish decor, the Stag’s restaurant is the place to be if you’re looking for a cosy atmosphere and some hearty vegan dishes to keep the chilly November days at bay.

To celebrate WVD, the team have been busy preparing some exclusive specials including the Beetroot Risotto and Red and Puy lentil Cottage pie (pictured below).

World Vegan Day at The Stag, Redhill
Beetroot Risotto with parsnip crisps.
Red and Puy lentil Cottage pie topped with sweet potato mash.

 

The Bell, Alderminster

One of Warwickshire’s hidden gems! The Bell is a former eighteenth century coaching inn turned country pub with a multi award-winning restaurant and boutique B&B on the historic Alscot Estate.

With 97% of their produce coming from the surrounding areas and vegetables grown in the Alscot Estate’s garden kitchen, you can rest assured knowing the team have got you covered when it comes to great tasting, locally sourced vegan food.

To celebrate World Vegan Day 2018, the team have pulled out all the stops to offer some irresistible WVD specials on both their a la carte and prix fixe menus. These include:

The Nourish Bowl (pictured below). Quinoa Salad, Marinated Beetroot, Chickpeas, Carrots, Mouli, Avocado & Salsa Verde Dressing;
A chickpea & courgette burger served with spicy indian vegetable chutney, salad and sweet potato fries.

The Nourish Bowl, endorsed by personal trainer & lifestyle consultant Darren Putt based at Motus Training on the Alscot Estate.
Stuffed Tomatoes with Quinoa & Butternut Squash.

The chefs here are happy to cater for other special dietary requirements and requests, including gluten free.

Last month, The Bell were runners up in The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018 for ‘Best Place to Drink’ and ‘Best Sunday Lunch’.

Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Here at Shakespeare’s England, we believe that there’s always room for dessert so when you can get sorbet and ice cream that’s this good, it’s not to be missed.

Hooray’s sell over 10 different vegan gelato/sorbet flavours including mango, kiwi, chocolate, coffee and pink grapefruit just to name a few!

With an ever-changing menu and new vegan recipes, who knows what dairy-free delights await your visit but what we can tell you is that you’ll get unique flavours and fresh ingredients.

Mother and daughter team, Sara and Sasha Young opened the Hooray’s shop in 2013 and have supplied Stratford-Upon-Avon and the surrounding areas with delectable delights ever since.

Proudly independent and now regarded as one of the best gelaterias in the UK, the Hooray’s team make over 38 flavours of artisan gelato and sorbets, all from their on-site kitchen at the back of the shop.

Purity Brewing Company, Alcester

Established in 2005, Purity Brewing Company is an award-winning award craft brewery based on a working farm just 20 minutes drive from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Lawless Lager, winner of the World’s Best Pale Lager at the 2015 World Beer Awards.

With five delicious vegan-friendly AND gluten-free beers, each with their own distinctive taste, character and brewing process, there’s something for everyone.

• Lawless Lager – Brewed with Eldorado hops, unfiltered and unpasteurised then matured for 40 days for a smooth full flavour and citrus kick.
• Longhorn IPA – A full bodied Rye IPA with enticing hop aromas, sweet rye malt and decisive bitterness.
• Bunny Hop – This one truly lives up to its name! An extra pale, extra hoppy beer with pronounced bitterness
• Saddle Black – A returning favourite from Purity, this Black IPA delivers roasty malt flavours and a bitter bite.
• Session IPA – This unfiltered IPA is infused with real grapefruit peel and brimming with tropical fruit notes and hop aromas.

Longhorn IPA, International Beer Challenge Medal Winner 2015.

Purity were recently named Brewery of the Year 2018 by The Good Pub Guide. Join them on one of their award-winning brewery tours every Saturday at 11am and 2:30pm.

The FarGo Village Vegan Festival, Coventry

Later this month, FarGo Village will be hosting a vegan festival with over 20 confirmed stallholders selling everything from artisan street food to Christmas gifts!

Plus visit Fargo Village’s very own vegan brewery, the Twisted Barrel Brewery and Tap House, vegan supermarket The Green Unicorn Vegan Store AND vegan café Totally Vegan!

Friday 30th November 5pm – 10pm & Saturday 1st December 11am – 6pm.

The Green Unicorn Vegan Store @ FarGo Village.
The Twisted Barrel Brewery & Tap House.
Totally Vegan Café.

*Source: https://www.comparethemarket.com/car-insurance/content/cars-against-humanity/ (2018)

This guide was written in collaboration with New Shades of Hippy, a green lifestyle and travel blogger based in Warwickshire.

Enjoy an action-packed summer in Shakespeare’s England!

With summer around the corner now is a great time to plan a break to Shakespeare’s England.

Have a go at camel trekking with Joseph’s Amazing Camels. The 3 hour experience starts with refreshments followed by grooming and tacking up the camels. The trek lasts just over an hour and finishes with a drink and strawberries. Minimum booking is 2 people. Cost is £95 a head for up to 4 people. Treks take place throughout the year weather permitting.

Visit Ragley Hall for their Summer House Sounds Concerts from 12 – 14 July with 3 outdoor concerts from Tom Jones, Madness & Il Divo. The popular Game Fair returns from 27 – 29 July whilst the Battle Proms Picnic Concert takes place on 11 August. Camper Calling festival returns on the August Bank Holiday weekend from 24 – 27 August and will be headlined by Mel C, Scouting for Girls, Feeder and The Coral.

Explore the magical world of Teletubbyland live on stage as The Teletubbies head to the Belgrade Theatre with their first ever theatre show on 18 and 19 July.

The annual Big Picnic takes places at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage on 22 July, plus a whole programme of outdoor theatre performances and their Summer Arts Project – a crowd-curated installation based on Romeo & Juliet.

Experience perilous stunt riding, fearless jousting and epic special effects never before seen in the UK at War of the Roses Live! at Warwick Castle every Saturday and Sunday and every day from 21st July to 2nd September.

Watch Dragon Slayer, the new evening show at Warwick Castle from 3rd August. Showcasing the journey of Guy of Warwick as he battles beasts to win the heart of Princess Felice, the Earl of Warwick’s daughter, Dragon Slayer is the first night-time spectacular created exclusively by the Castle. Combining fire jousts, equestrian acrobatics, stunts and performances, the show includes an interactive procession through the grounds to the Courtyard.

The final battle comes to life through a projection and light show and concludes with an epic battle of man versus dragon featuring real flames and dazzling pyrotechnics.

Get set for a summer packed with time-travelling fun and even learn the ingenious secrets of castle-building with the Hands on History Crew at Kenilworth Castle from 25 July – 31 August. Some exclusion dates apply – check the website for more details. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day. On 26 & 27 August the Castle will re-create the 1266 Siege of Kenilworth Castle. Expect thrilling re-enactments and one almighty attack as the castle is besieged. Cost is £14.30 for adults and £8.60 for children.

See a performance of Miss Littlewood by the Royal Shakespeare Company which runs from 22 June – 4 August at the Swan Theatre. With book, music and lyrics by Sam Kenyon and directed by Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, Miss Littlewood tells the story of Joan Littlewood, the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre.

Wander through the Maize Maze which returns from 21 July for the summer holidays at Cotswold Farm Park. Venture down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland themed maze and find the White Rabbit. If you find your way to the middle there will be a delightful Tea Party plus you may spot The Mad Hatter. There will also be various games and puzzles.

Step back in time to the 13th Century when the Battle of Evesham is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August. The free to attend event, takes place in the Heart of Evesham, featuring a mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment.

The award winning 10th Stratford River Festival returns to the banks of the River Avon on the 30 June & 1 July. It is the largest family friendly free event held in Stratford with over 70,000 visitors expected to enjoy events on and off the river, market stalls, entertainment and fireworks display.

The Stratford Town Centre Food Festival will take place on 22 & 23 September with over 100 stalls spread throughout the historic streets.

Warwick Folk Festival takes place from 26 – 29 July bringing together leading names from around the world including Show of Hands, Jon Boden & Remnant Kings, Korrontzi, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys and Granny’s Attic. There are also ceilidhs, plenty for families with circus skills, storytelling, theatre and crafts.

On 11 August at Hill Close Gardens, Kenilworth folk group Romany Pie present a First World War anthology of songs, readings and poems. Plus there’s the opportunity to see an exhibition about life on the home front in Warwick. Tickets: £11.

The Warwick Court Leet Beer, Cider & Music Festival will be taking place on 13 & 14 July. Enjoy live music on both days plus 85 different ales and 26 different Cider varieties!

Escape Arts will be hosting FabFest on 22 and 23 July and taking their Art and Media bus to the Old Tramway in Stratford upon Avon from 12noon – 5pm.

Escape at Art in the Park takes place at Jephson Gardens in Royal Leamington Spa on 5 & 6 August. Entry is free and there are lots of stalls selling art, plus live music, food and art activities.

Visit Chedhams Yard on 11 August and learn all about Bees, Honey and Hives with local beekeepers. On 25 August the Yard will host its Flower Festival with Elizabeth’s Flowers showing what can be done with flowers from your garden or the local florist store.

Celebrate Land Rover’s 70th birthday at the British Motor Museum and take part in the summer holiday fun from 21 July – 2 September.  Follow the Land Rover Explorer Trail, design your own model car and discover AutoScience LIVE – a 25 minute show full of cool interactive demonstrations with ‘mad scientists’ Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin! Or wander around the new exhibition at  featuring cars from National Geographic’s popular motoring TV show Car S.O.S which runs until the end of February 2019.

Enjoy a £99 summer spa break at Ardencote with use of the Spa facilities, a 3-course dinner, Lime & Lemongrass Back Wrap (25min), overnight accommodation, full English breakfast, free-flow refreshments and 10% off additional pre-booked Spa treatments. Valid Sun – Fri from 1 June to 31 July. Based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double bedroom.

Visit The Almanack on 7 July for an evening celebrating rubs, meats and all that is slow ‘n’ low. Bourbon and craft beer meet smoked meats, chops and BBQ glazes. Plus, don’t miss their Bank Holiday Party on 26 August for rum cocktails, jerk chicken plus reggae music to get the Caribbean vibes going!

Elmfest takes place on 11 August from 12pm – late at The One Elm with live music all day, streetfood, outside bars, plus face painting for the kids.

A Gin & Rose Party is hosted by The Rose & Crown on 26 August with guest gins, rosé wine, ice cream, cones of fish and chips and live music from Thom Kirkpatrick late afternoon.

For more suggestions on things to do plus recommended accommodation and restaurants in the area see: www.shakespeares-england.co.uk.

Father’s Day in Shakespeare’s England

With Father’s Day weekend just around the corner, Shakespeare’s England is geared up to offer the special Dad in your life a fantastic day!

From afternoon tea to delicious lunches and unforgettable days out, you can rest assured he will be feeling pretty special this Sunday 17th June.

Step back in time on Sunday to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall where all Dads and Grandads go in free (when accompanied by paying children and or grandchildren). Learn about the influences around young William as he embarked upon a path that would lead him to become the world’s most famous playwright. Quote ‘Dads Go Free’ at the reception desk!

Compton Verney are also offering free admission to all Dads and Grandads when visiting with their families this Sunday, plus they receive a free slice of cake with every main meal in the Compton Kitchen!

Celebrate Father’s Day in style with a speciality afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey from 12:30pm – 4pm. Recently voted by Telegraph experts as one of the 30 best places for afternoon tea’s, you’ll be sure to impress here. Call 02476 450 450 to book.

If he loves the countryside, take Dad for a fun day out at Cotswold Farm Park where he’ll get in free on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June only! Make sure you book online and Dad’s ticket will be free when accompanied by a paying child, toddler, adult or senior ticket.

Treat your dad to a three course Sunday lunch from 12:30 – 4pm at The Welcombe, followed by a complimentary 18-hole round of golf for the man himself! £30.00 per adult, £15.00 per child (aged 5-12) and under 5’s eat free.

The Globe, Warwick are serving up an indulgent selection of specials this Father’s Day including Rib-eye Steak served with a Bacon & Leek sauce, green beans and a potato Fondant. Book a table before they’re all gone!

Admire a feast of classic cars with Dad at the ‘Best of British Classic Cars’ at Kenilworth Castle. Between 11am and 5pm, enjoy the castle grounds, a live brass band and he can even make his own toy car to take home! Adults: £11.30, children: £6.80 or members go free.

Visit Hilltop Farm for a Father’s Day BBQ feast this Sunday! Treat Dad to a hearty platter of food, a free pint and live music, it’s the perfect way to spend quality time with the family! Food served from 1pm – 4pm. Cost is £20 per person or £10 for under 12s. Booking is essential.

Woodside, Kenilworth is offering a three-course lunch prepared by their award-winning team of chefs plus a free pint or a glass of wine for each Dad within your party. Cost per person is £26. Children 2-12 years old are half price and under 2s are free.

Looking for something unique to do with Dad this weekend? The Stratford Butterfly Farm are calling all Dads to take part in a special ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling session. If he’s not afraid of creepy crawlies, bring him to the Discovery Zone at 12pm this Sunday 17th June!

Spoil Dad to a two (£21.95) or three (£25.95) course meal from the special Father’s Day menu at The Townhouse and he’ll receive a complimentary All Hail Ale gift set, featuring 2 x 500ml Brakspear Ale and Tankard Pint Glass. RRP: £10. Book your table now.

Head to Ardencote for a special 3 course Father’s Day lunch. Enjoy stunning views around the gardens, free parking and a contemporary family setting. Cost is £21.95 per person, £12.95 per child aged between 5-12 and under 5s eat free. Booking is essential.

From 10am – 5:30pm, get creative with the whole family at The MAD Museum. Receive 20% off a family ticket (£17.60) or 20% off an individual ticket for Dad (£6.24). Don’t forget to say “Dad wants to be a designer” when you arrive at the museum’s reception desk to redeem your discount.

Join The One Elm for lunch or dinner and get a lovely Father’s Day treat from Purity Beer for him to enjoy! Or dine after 6pm and enjoy 2 roasts for £20 – bargain!

Or there’s delicious food and a free pint waiting for all Dads this Sunday lunchtime at The Glebe Hotel for just £25.95 per person. Be sure to book your table in advance!